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CNN Newsroom: Chinese Dissident Reportedly in U.S. Custody

April 30, 2012

Excerpted from CNN Newsroom program's transcript:

BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN ANCHOR: 

Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China, and she joins me live from New York.

And, Sharon, I know you testified at that congressional commission and advocated for Chen's freedom. Talk to me about his family members who I know are still in China. How many members of his family. What happens to them now?

SHARON HOM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA:

Well, from his own mouth, after the escape, Chen Guangcheng actually posted online almost a over-14-minute video in which he details quite extensively what was happening to his family throughout this 19-month illegal house arrest. Not only was his wife and elderly mother throughout this period of time harassed, threatened, intimidated, physically beat up. The child was followed to school and each day had her school bag, had -- her things had to be checked and searched and reviewed by the security thugs that were following her. So this -- after his escape, he posted online and said of his three asks to Premier Wen Jiabao, one of the asks was, please, look for the safety of my family who I am very concerned about. So it's his wife, his elderly mother and his child.

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