Beijing, China -
Chinese blind dissident Chen Guangcheng has called congress for a second time, saying his family is being harassed over the high profile incident when he escaped house arrest and made it to the US Embassy in Beijing.
US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday that it has issued entry visas to Chen Guangcheng and his family as the tension between the US and China continue but China has not acted on Chen's passport application. The Chinese government was very embarrassed over the incident that it calls an internal domestic matter that the US has no business being involved with.
Chen has been offered entry to the US to study law at New York University. Mr Chen, a self-taught lawyer who campaigned against forced abortions under China's one-child policy, was himself jailed for four years in 2006 for disrupting traffic and damaging property, and placed under house arrest after his release in 2010.
In Chen's complaint during his second call to congress, he said the Shandong province officials have created "trumped up" charges of attempted murder against his nephew. His nephew's house was broken into and he fought with three attackers, none of which sustained serious injuries.