1. Angus Walker

Chen Guangcheng to get passport by end of the month

Chen Guangcheng (2nd l) is accompanied by officials outside the US embassy in Beijing on May 2nd. Credit: US Embassy Beijing Press Office

Chen Guangcheng and his family will have their passports at the end of this month, sources have told ITV News.

Chinese government officials visited him yesterday to take photos as part of the passport application process.

The Human Rights activist, who escaped house arrest in late April and sought refuge in the US Embassy, was told he could apply to study in the States after a diplomatic stand off between China and the USA.