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Blind dissident urges global pressure on China over rights

Published on Jan 30, 2013 5:49 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng urged the United States (US) on Tuesday not to let business concerns prevent it from pressing China over human rights, saying America must never "offer the smallest compromise" on its principles.

Mr Chen is a self-taught legal advocate whose escape from house arrest last April and subsequent refuge in the US Embassy XXX embarrassed China and led to a diplomatic tussle that ended with him leaving China to study in New York.

He used a speech at a human rights award ceremony in Washington to call on the world to hold China to account for repression and to urge ordinary Chinese to look to the example of Myanmar as they struggle to win their rights.

"I sincerely hope that everyone - petitioners, human rights workers, civil rights groups, national governments and especially the US government - will come together to encourage progress in human rights," said Mr Chen.

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