Human rights defender Mr Chen Guangcheng, along with his wife Ms Yuan Weijing, his mother, and six-year old daughter, have now been under house arrest for almost a year, during which time they have been completely isolated from the outside world, and forced to endure severe food shortages as none of the family is being permitted to leave the property.
Chen Guangcheng is a blind, self-taught human rights lawyer who served four years imprisonment as a result of his work on women's rights in Linyi City, Shangdong Province.
Since his release from prison on 9 September 2010, neither Chen Guangcheng nor his wife Yuan Weijing have been allowed to step outside their home or maintain any form of contact with the outside world.
Phone-jamming equipment has been installed which makes it impossible for the family to use the phone. A group of approximately 30 men surround the house and block off the entrances to the village in which the family lives.