Thursday, May 02, 2013

China's New Civility? Medical Treatment Refused for Dissident's Nephew.

Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party in China, was named the country's President six weeks ago amid grand promises of reform. Indeed, Xi described his plan for a comprehensive national renewal as the "Chinese Dream."

"We need to treat peoples' needs fairly and endeavor to make them feel justice has been done in every single case." Xi said.

How's that working out?

Just ask the nephew of human rights activist Chen Guangcheng who lies in prison is suffering from appendicitis. Here's an excerpt of the Guardian story describing this particularly vile case of retribution by Communist officials. 

Supporters and relatives fear for the life of the Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng's jailed nephew after officials refused him medical parole for surgery.

Chen Kegui was diagnosed with appendicitis last week and is receiving antibiotics from prison authorities, but his father said his appendix was suppurating and fears it will rupture if not removed.

Prison officials have said they will arrange help but have given no details. The jail in Linyi, in eastern Shandong province, does not have the medical facilities for an operation.

Chen Guangcheng, a blind, self-taught legal activist, fled to the US embassy in Beijing last spring after spending years under house arrest in the village of Dongshigu.

He is now living in the US with his wife and children, but has warned of retaliation by local officials against relatives who remain in China, including his nephew.

Chen Kegui was sentenced to three years and three months for attacking officials who broke into the family's home after learning of his uncle's escape. The family say he acted in self-defence. Jared Genser of the advocacy group Freedom Now wrote to the UN special rapporteur on torture on Monday to ask for help, warning: "In light of the life-threatening nature of Chen Kegui's illness, the denial of adequate medical treatment in this case presents an urgent threat to his wellbeing."...

Wesley J. Smith responds, "If true, that is beyond cruel. It is a flagrant violation of human rights as a way of punishing Chen Guangcheng, and a warning to other would-be dissenters. Hello President Obama and Secretary Kerry? Are you paying attention?"