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Background on Chen:
The self-taught Chinese lawyer was first taken into policy custody in September 2005, after exposing China’s brutal population control tactics in the Shandong Province. For months Chen was held without trial, subjected to beatings, and denied contact with his lawyer, his wife, and other advocates. On August 24, 2006, Chen was formally sentenced to serve four years and three months in prison for “damaging public property and gathering people to block traffic.” Throughout the trial, Chen’s lawyers were denied access to their client, harassed and beaten, and key witnesses were blocked from testifying; the trial itself lasted less than two hours. Since that time, Chen has made numerous unsuccessful attempts to appeal his sentence.