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    » 08/26/2010, 00.00

    CHINA

    Young Chinese mother kidnapped and sterilized to enforce one-child law



    The woman disappeared on 15 July and was subjected to forced sterilization. Because of the operation she is still in hospital. Her mother, who reported her missing child, was arrested for 10 days. The damage of the one child law.

    Hong Kong (AsiaNews / CHRD) - A young mother of 23 was kidnapped and forcibly sterilized by the members of the population control office in Anhui. The news was reported today by the CHRD (Chinese Human Rights Defenders).

    Li Hongmei, 23, from Changfeng County, gave birth to her first child last June 21. On 15 July, the office for family planning kidnapped her along with her child. When her family reported her disappearance, Li’s mother, Yang Yonglian, was arrested by local police and detained for 10 days on charges of "hindering the course of official duties."

    Later the family learned that Li, a mother for less than a month, had been brought to the hospital in Shuangfeng, where members of the population control forced her to sign consent for her sterilization.

    CHRD said that after the forced sterilization Li became ill and is suffering from dizziness and chest pains. At present she is still in hospital.

    To ensure the economic development programs, and hold down the population growth, since the late 70's China has adopted a one-child law which allows a couple to have only one child. In every province, city, village an annual quota of new births is set. In order to meet this quota representatives of the Office for population control resort to forced abortions (even in the ninth month), sterilization of women and men, huge fines of up to one or two years of annual wages for those who have a second child.

    Sociologists and economists have long warned about the dangers of a quickly aging population. Moreover, the preference for male children among farmers has led to a widespread practice of selective abortions, female foeticide and has also created a serious imbalance in the ratio between males and females. Because of this, different personalities are demanding that the state change the one child law, allowing at least two children per couple. Each year, however, the government reaffirms the "common good" of the On Child Act.
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    22/12/2010 CHINA
    One-child law enslaves women's bodies
    A CHRD report denounces absolute control over women's lives because of the one-child rule: forced gynaecological examinations; abortions even in the ninth month, sterilization, contraceptive implants. Local leaders who arbitrarily use fines to get rich. The one-child rule "for another five years" at least.

    25/09/2010 CHINA
    The "success" and failure of the one-child law
    The infamous law is 30 years old. It has stopped the birth of at least 400 million children. It is a source of violence, abortions, forced sterilizations, injustice. And it is revealing its problems: an aging population, lack of manpower, imbalance between males and females.

    01/03/2011 CHINA
    China, damage of one-child law points to "risk of collapse"
    The government presents a survey (pending the national census data) that shows an increase in population since 2010. But experts warn: "These are older people, not newborns. The one-child rule - an "hourly Tiananmen” - threatens to destroy social stability.

    27/03/2004 China
    Risk of abortion for 40-60 million female children over ten year period


    20/08/2004 PHILIPPINES
    Church: "Two-child policy is anti-family"




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