Washington: Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has announced affiliations with three US institutions, which he says will allow him to keep speaking out on the "inhumane brutality" of the Chinese government.
Chen sparked a diplomatic crisis when he fled to the US Embassy in Beijing from house arrest. Since last May, he had been a special student at New York University.
Chen has said that NYU forced him to leave because of pressure from the Chinese government, which the university denied.
He will now be supported by the conservative Witherspoon Institute, the Catholic University of America and the Lantos Foundation, a human rights organisation.
Chen is a self-trained lawyer who exposed abuses in the enforcement of China`s one-child policies. He`s redoubled his criticism of Beijing since he arrived in the US.