04/30/2012 07:48 am ET | Updated Jun 30, 2012

Chen Guangcheng Escape: EU Urges China To Show Restraint In Dealing With Blind Dissident

BEIJING, April 30 (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday urged China to exercise "utmost restraint" over blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, who escaped house arrest last week and is believed to be under U.S. protection in Beijing.

"Human rights defenders should be treated in full compliance with Chinese laws and constitution," the Delegation of the European Union to China said in a statement.

"We call on the Chinese authorities to exercise utmost restraint in dealing with the matter, including avoiding harassment of his family members or any person associated with him." (Editing by Nick Macfie)