Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese lawyer who won global acclaim for uncovering rights abuses under China's "one child" policy, has escaped from house arrest, according to his supporters.
Chen had been unable to leave his home in east China since he was released from a four-year jail sentence in September 2010. He has reportedly endured several beatings and is believed to be in poor health.
"He was able to get out of his home on April 22 and his friends were alerted and escorted him to a safer location outside of (his home province of) Shandong," Bob Fu, a US-based activist in close contact with Chen, told AFP.
The claim was supported by a China-based supporter of the lawyer.
Fu -- a former Tiananmen Square democracy activist who fled China in 1996 after being persecuted for his religious beliefs -- was unwilling to describe the circumstances of Chen's escape from Donggushi village for safety reasons.
Fu said he had been in direct communication with the supporters who had escorted Chen to a safe location. Read More