Tag Archives: China

Written Testimony of Chen Guangcheng: A Matter of Life and Death

Chen Guangcheng  

On April 30, 2015, Chen Guangcheng delivered the following testimony during a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing entitled “Population Control in China: State-Sponsored Violence Against Women and Children.”

 

The original version is published at the CECC hearing page, and is offered here with thanks to Chen Guangcheng for permission to do so.

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Thirteen Million “Hidden” Children due to China’s One-Child Policy

Genevieve Plaster  

In 1968, Dick van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes starred in a children’s fantasy movie based on a book written by James Bond creator Ian Fleming. While Chitty Chitty Bang Bang celebrates whimsy embodied in a flying (and water-compatible) English racing car, it also features a rather dark storyline: In the faraway land of Vulgaria, children are banned from the country by the baron and baroness, resulting in a sizable subpopulation of illegal minors hiding underground or locked in prison.

 

When the children are freed by Van Dyke’s crew, they storm the castle and a shocked Baron Bomburst exclaims, “Where are all these children coming from? I thought we passed a law against children!” Eerie, the parallel between fiction and reality.

 

In 2010, China conducted its latest census, which revealed that the country had 13 million undocumented children. The majority were “over-quota” children born in violation of China’s one-child policy, and who were accordingly denied legal identification or “household registration” known as hukou. Without hukou, a person cannot attend school, receive healthcare or government support, travel by train or plane, or get married.

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The Worst Human Rights Abuse in the World

Nora Sullivan  

Last week the news broke of yet another forced abortion in China.  In an interview with the UK’s Sky News, Liu Xinwen and her husband Zhou Guoquing revealed that their home was invaded by officials from the Shandong Family Planning who held down Mr. Zhou while his wife was pulled from her bed and forcibly taken to a hospital where she was forcibly aborted at six month of pregnancy.

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Human Trafficking Report Shows One Child Policy a Lead Cause of Trafficking in China

Nora Sullivan  

Last week, the State Department released their annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.  The years report saw the downgrade of three countries (China, Russia, and Uzbekistran) from a Tier 2 ranking to Tier 3, which is the lowest possible ranking.  Countries designated into the Tier 3 category are those countries that “do not fully comply with the (trafficking) law’s minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.”

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Chinese Think Tank Calls for End of One Child Policy

Nora Sullivan  

The China Development Research Foundation, a government run Chinese think tank, has issued a recommendation calling for a change in the country’s infamous one-child policy.  This call for a “roll back” marks the first time since the policy’s institution in 1980 that any government agency has publicly pushed the state on its compulsory and oftentimes coercive family planning policy.

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Chen Guangcheng’s Escape Highlights Forced Abortion Issue and Human Rights

Nora Sullivan  

On April 27th, in a daring flight to freedom that caught the attention of the entire world, Chen Guangcheng successfully managed to escape the dwelling where he has been under house arrest for two years and evade the authorities who have kept him under constant surveillance, showering him and his family with abuse.  The 40-year-old blind lawyer and family man was driven by friends from his home in the Shendong province to Beijing, where he took refuge in the U.S. Embassy.  Following negotiations between the U.S. and China, Chen was effectively returned to Chinese authorities at a Beijing hospital. However, the State Department has said that China has indicated it will approve Chen’s application to travel to the United States.  The fallout from his epic escape has been enormous and has ignited an intense discussion regarding human rights in China. View More