WRWF to Host Event at United Nations in New York on Thursday: Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers will host an event at the United Nations Commission traffiked_girl_sipea_0qwdon the Status of Women (UNCSW). The event, entitled, “Femicide, Trafficking, & Reproductive Violence Against Women & Girls,” will take place Thursday, March 23, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the United Nations Church Center in New York (details below). The event is open to the public and does not require pre-registration.

 Reggie Littlejohn, Founder and President of Women’s Rights without Frontiers, stated, “I have spoken at the UNCSW many times, but always at the invitation of another NGO. This year, for the first time, the UNCSW approved WRWF to host an event ourselves. I’m thrilled about this and delighted to host such a distinguished panel of experts. It will be such an honor to speak to the attendees of the UNCSW – eminent women from all over the world.”

Speakers and topics will include:

Reggie Littlejohn, Founder & President
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
“Forced Abortion and Gendercide in China — The Real ‘War Against Women’”

Sarah Torre, Visiting Fellow, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society
The Heritage Foundation
“Sterilization Campaigns and Gendercide are Harming Women in India”

Arina Grossu, Director, Center for Human Dignity
Family Research Council
“Sex Trafficking and its Relation to Pornography, Violence, and Abortion”

Rebecca Oas, Associate Director of Research
Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)
“Distortions in the Data: Ensuring Women’s Priorities Count in the SDG Indicators”

The event will take place on the10th Floor of the United Nations Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3521.  Once on the 10th Floor, participants will be directed to the room.

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China – Late Term Forced Abortion Victim Speaks Out for International Women’s Day.

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Photo credit: wnd.com

March 8 is International Women’s Day.  Women’s Rights Without Frontiers presents the heartwrenching testimony of Yue Zhang, who suffered a late-term forced abortion under China’s One Child Policy in 2013, because she was unmarried.  It remains illegal under China’s Two Child Policy for unmarried women to give birth. We give special thanks to Women’s Rights in China for connecting us with Ms. Zhang, and to The Heritage Foundation for hosting an event to shine a light on continuing coercion under China’s Two-Child Policy. 

Here is the full testimony of Yue Zhang, a young woman of remarkable courage:

Among Forced Abortion Victims, I Am Not the Last One

Author: Yue Zhang, March 2017

My name is Yue Zhang, I was born in Nanjing City in China’s Jiangsu Province in 1985. First, I would like to thank Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) for inviting me to speak, and the introduction from Women’s Rights in China (WRIC). I would also like to thank The Heritage Foundation for giving me the opportunity to stand here and tell my tragic experience of forced abortion by Chinese health and family planning officials. It used to be a memory that I was most reluctant to look back at, and even regarded it as extremely shameful. But today I understand that the victim must be brave enough to stand up and tell the truth, and show the world that the Chinese Communist Party’s family planning policy continues to murder, fine and persecute women. Even though the Chinese Communists have modified the policy, the act of harming the women and destroying lives is still continuing to happen.

At the end of August, 2013, I felt nauseous and uncomfortable. I thought I was sick and went to the hospital for a check-up.  The doctor told me that I was pregnant. Upon hearing this news, I at first felt surprised and happy — I was at the proper age and always had dreamed of becoming a mother.  Every time I saw friends and classmates together with their child, I admired them and wanted to have a child of my own. After the initial excitement, I was also felt worried and frustrated, because I was not married.  Moreover, I had separated from my boyfriend before I found out I was pregnant. In China, it is against the family planning policy for unmarried women to give birth to their child. I was worried for the future of my child, worried that he or she couldn’t obtain Hukou (household registration). A child without Hukou is unable to go to school, unable to receive education, and unable to have the rights to get various vaccinations in hospital.  That child will also have many difficulties building family and career in the future. Although I had these concerns, my right to become a mother and my desire to protect lives allowed me to continue the pregnancy of my child. I felt happy every time the little baby moved in my womb.

Around 5 months into my pregnancy, the government’s Family Planning Committee found that [that I was pregnant]. One day the neighborhood Committee waited outside my house along with Family Planning Officials.  In the beginning they were beat around the bush, but pretty soon they disclosed the real purpose of the visit:  to persuade me that, in my situation, I had to either perform abortion or pay a large “social maintenance fee.” After that, they left my house to let me think through my options.

I decided to continue my pregnancy with this child.

One day in early March in 2014, when I was six months pregnant, our community street Family Planning Officials suddenly broke into my house, telling me my two only options: First is forced abortion, Second is paying the social maintenance fee. Otherwise, if the child is born, without Hukou, he will not be able to do anything. They also threatened to inform the bank to confiscate my house, telling my employer to fire me and leave me unemployed. I felt anguish — I couldn’t choose either option.

After the officials left, I immediately inquired about the Family Planning Policy and Social Maintenance Fee policy of Jiangsu Province.  I learned that with my annual income level, in order for my child to get Hukou, I needed to pay over sixty thousand US dollars of “Social Maintenance Fee,”or penalty. After paying the penalty, one could get the Hukou with the receipt [of the penalty fee] at the local police station. I simply couldn’t afford this huge cost. According to the “Jiangsu Province Population and Family Planning Ordinance” Chapter 6, Article 41, specific standards [setting the amount of the social maintenance fee], “for those who give birth outside of wedlock, the first child will be charged for 0.5 times to 2 times of the amount of the basic standard of Social Maintenance Fee. The urban residents’ basic standard is the previous year’s average annual income of the county where the individual lives. For those whose annual income is more than twice of the average urban or rural residents’ annual income, in addition to the fee mentioned in Paragraph 3 of this article, the individual shall be charged a fee of the equivalent of one or two times of the extra portion of the individual’s annual income.” In 2013, the average income for Nanjing City’s residents was 39,881 Yuan.

Unfortunately, 2013 was the year in which I had the highest annual income since I started working.  That year the market conditions were favorable and my sales number was high, therefore I had the highest bonus amount. With my annual income of approximately thirty thousand US dollars, I would have to pay an equivalent of sixty thousand US dollars of social maintenance fee. But this is not an annual thing [that I got such a high income].  Moreover, I had already consumed most of the money that I earned and sometimes I even had to borrow money from bank to pay for some larger costs during daily life.

But I never wanted to give up on an innocent little life.  My mother also could not bear to see this happening.  My poor mom asked around for help and information.  She finally told me that, by the time I would give birth, we could bribe the doctor to help with the birth, and we could request a favor from the local police officers and get Hukou by paying some money.

Finally, in mid-March of 2014, a group of six to seven people from the Family Planning Committee forced their way into my house.  They sent two people to watch my house, and four others to drag and pull me into a car waiting at my door for a while.  My helpless mother also followed me in the car to the hospital.

In the hospital, on the same afternoon, the doctor injected a need of oxytocin into my abdomen. I was trembling.  I kept shouting and struggling.  The doctor left after the needle injection. After a few hours of stomach pain, I started to see blood and liquid flow.  In the evening, I had strong stomach pain, and after another few hours, I first saw the water capsule, and then the child came out. I dared not open my eyes to see [the child].  A lively, fresh life just silently got destroyed like this.

I cried and roared.  Doctors and nurses took away the little life. I wanted to beg them to leave it with me, but I couldn’t speak. Afterwards, the doctor gave me another shot, saying that it was to stop the pain, but the pain did not stop. When they performed the operation to clean my womb, it was so unbelievably painful. Lying on that bed, I felt my body was cut open and broken.

I kept crying.  The child was still so small — didn’t open the eyes and have a chance to come to this world and call me “Mom,” didn’t even make a sound of crying, and just get deprived of life by the government.

My mind and body suffered great harm, but my boyfriend who was in love with me for many years didn’t even come to look at me and give my any comfort.

For a long time, I always had nightmares.  I dreamed of lying on the operating table.  My stomach was cut open.  I was dead in the dream, with a large pool of blood on the ground, and all kinds of internal organs lying on the ground. Sometimes I dreamed of my child, a small life lying in a pool of blood, asking me why I didn’t want him …

In the traditional Chinese culture and the backward ideas, this experience would be considered very shameful.  Pregnancy outside of wedlock not only violated the country’s law, but also indicated that I was not a decent girl.  Some people even describe the womb of people like me as the“house where people have died, meaning, who would want to live in a house where people had died? These people believe that it would be unlucky to marry someone like me and it would be hard to gt pregnant. Therefore, I dared not tell anyone.  I was having hallucinations and for awhile always seem to hear children crying around me. Sometimes I believed it was my fault.  I hated myself for getting pregnant without getting married, and causing my child to die. Physical and psychological pain for a while has made me want to stop living this life.

Here I would like to thank my mother.  She accompanied me through the most desperate days.  She tried many ways to enlighten and comfort me, encouraging me to travel and study. With my mother’s encouragement and help, in December of 2014 I came to the United States. As a stranger in this country, I felt the culture of an open society.  I felt the air of freedom, democracy and human rights. All this gave me the courage to sail on with my life. In May of 2015, I applied into a Language school in New York City, to enhance my English communication skills.

I remember that, soon after I went to the language school, once we discussed the family and marriage in class, a classmate asked me “I heard that in China, you can’t have multiple children, is this true?” After listening to my explanation of the Chinese Family Planning policy, they all were surprised, and directly told me that, “if the government dared to tell me how many children I could have, or did not allow my child to be born, I would use a gun.” It was at that time, I realized that this was not my fault.  In fact my child also had the right to come into this world. On the contrary, it was the Chinese government’s fault. China’s Family Planning Policy persecuted me and violated my legal rights.

Reading some online articles from the Women’s Rights in China (WRIC) Chinese website about Chinese family planning, I was very much enlightened. In December of 2015, I took the initiative to join the volunteer team of Chinese women’s rights. During the interaction with other volunteers, what I learned and heard completely changed my view from my education in China.  I saw things that I couldn’t see in China. I learned that it is a basic human right to give birth to child, and forced abortion is an inhumane action of murder.  I also learned about how to make my voice heard for myself and for others’ rights. Most importantly, I realized that all of this is not my fault, but is because of the serious human rights violations by the Chinese government for a long time. It is not us who should feel ashamed.  It is the government that represents Chinese Communist Party that should feel ashamed. We have to stand up when our legal rights are violated, share our experiences, and reveal the murderous nature of the Chinese Family Planning Policy. I am here today not only for myself, but also representing millions of Chinese women, who till this day still cannot make decisions about their own body and their own womb.

In today’s China, it is not just me who suffered from the Family Planning Policy.  Another forced sterilization just happened. On February 8, 2017, in Yunnan Province’s ZhaoTong City, resident Hu Zheng Gao and his ex-wife have three children.  His ex-wife was forcibly sterilized for violating the Family Planning Policy, and paid a huge sum for the Social Maintenance Fee. Hu Zhenggao remarried in 2013, and his wife gave birth to another child. Surprisingly after 17 years, he got arrested by local Family Planning Officials when visiting home for Lunar New Year. They were detained till 2:00 a.m., and the local government officials threatened him with two options. The first option was to get sterilized immediately.  The second option was to be jailed for 15 days together with his wife for disturbing public order. Eventually he had anesthetic medicine applied and was forced to the Family Planning Office of the township government and was performed sterilization operation. His wife remained detained in the police station where he was sterilized.

Countless bloody facts are telling us that China’s inhumane murderous family planning policy is still in progress and is continuing to persecute women and families.

The Chinese government formally adopted the Two-Child Policy on December 27, 2015, and formally implemented it on January 1, 2016. Many people  believe that this will mean a fundamental change to China’s Family Planning Policy, but this is not true. After implementing the Two-Child Policy, there was not a corresponding policy regarding women’s occupation, maternity leave, healthcare or education. Using healthcare as an example, there is a serious deficiency in the number of gynecological doctors and pediatricians. According to official data from the proceedings of China’s Family Planning Committee on September 27, 2016, the mortality rates for the first half of 2016 for pregnant women and new mothers have increased by 30.6% compared with same period in 2015. In other words, the steep rise in mortality rates indicates that the lives of Chinese women are not respected or receiving enough attention, no matter whether it’s a One-Child or Two-Child policy.

The Chinese government created a wrong policy for its own interests, arbitrarily violated women’s legal rights, and deceived the Chinese people for a long time. There are millions more women, most of whom are not as lucky as I am, since I can come to the United States and access a completely different culture, access democracy and freedom.  These women are still living in guilt and self blame, unaware of their legal rights. They are struggling to have one more child, suffering all kinds of persecution without being able to appeal for justice. Because of this, I choose to stand up, and I have founds that many people from China are sharing the same belief and voice as mine. I believe one day, Chinese women can really become the owners of their own bodies, control their own right to give birth, and no longer bear the burden of family planning policies.  Their bodies will no longer be harmed by the government.  They will live their lives with dignity.

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Watch Reggie’s Speech at the San Francisco Walk for Life (Video!)

WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn was a keynote speaker at the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco last month, which was attended by an estimated 50,000 people.  Littlejohn stated, “I am grateful to Eva Muntean and Dolores Meehan for caring about the women and babies of China, who are still undergoing forced abortion and sterilizations under the new Two-Child Policy.  I am also grateful for the opportunity to surprise my daughter, Anni, with a memorable birthday gift!”   Littlejohn invited the entire crowd to join her in singing Happy Birthday to Anni, whose birthday was the day after the Walk.

Reggie addresses 50,000 at the West Coast Walk for Life, flanked by husband Rob, daughters Anni and Ruli Zhang, Fr. Frank Pavone, President of Priests for LIfe, and Lori Hoye, Co-Head of the Issues4Life Foundation.

Reggie addresses 50,000 at the West Coast Walk for Life, flanked by husband Rob, daughters Anni and Ruli Zhang, Fr. Frank Pavone, President of Priests for LIfe, and Lori Hoye, Co-Head of the Issues4Life Foundation.

Littlejohn continued, “Anni was almost forcibly aborted at 6 to 7 months.  Family Planning Police were pressuring her mother daily to abort her, because she was her father’s second child.  As a second daughter, she could have been a victim of sex-selective abortion.  But her brave parents sacrificed greatly to bring her into this world, and we’re so glad she’s here!”

Littlejohn pointed out that Anni was born on January 22, 2003, the thirtieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, now Celebration of Life Day.  “I believe that Anni symbolizes all the beauty, brilliance and love of Chinese girls, every one of whom deserves to draw breath on this earth.”  Littlejohn and others rescued Anni and her sister Ruli from China three years ago.  Littlejohn and her husband are now raising Anni as their own daughter. Once in America, Littlejohn discovered that Anni has an amazing talent playing piano.  Anni won an international contest and performed piano in Carnegie Hall just before Christmas, 2016.  She had only been playing three years.

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Save a Girl for Valentine’s Day!

screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-5-03-00-pmThis February 14th, will you honor a woman or girl in your life who you love by saving a girl – a girl like Ai Lin?

Look at beautiful baby “Ai Lin.” Isn’t she adorable? Who wouldn’t love her?

Yet, Ai Lin is an unwanted second daughter. Her grandfather already has a granddaughter and expected a grandson. As a village leader, he holds great authority. In fact, Ai Lin’s own grandfather forced a seven-month pregnant woman in their village to have an abortion. Because that baby turned out to be a boy, people say that he is cursed because he has two granddaughters and no grandsons.

Ai Lin’s grandfather expected her to be a boy. If the grandfather had known that Ai Lin would be a girl, who knows if he would have forced Ai Lin’s mother to have an abortion. Instead, he pressured Ai Lin’s mother to “give her away” so her mother can have a baby boy. In the Chinese countryside, to “give away” a baby girl too often means to leave her in a field to die. Ai Lin’s mother was extremely distressed and did not know what to do.

Thankfully, a Women’s Rights Without Frontiers’ (WRWF) undercover fieldworkers found Ai Lin’s mother before it was too late. Our fieldworker told her that we are helping mothers keep their girls because we believe that girls are just as good as boys. Our fieldworker offered Ai Lin’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter. With the help of this stipend, Ai Lin’s mother is defying the pressure from her father-in-law and is raising Ai Lin.

Our “Save a Girl” program saved Ai Lin’s life. Her mother believes that we were “sent to her by God to encourage her to keep her daughter.”

This Valentine’s Day, will you help “Save a Girl” by honoring the women and girls that you love?

What better way of expressing gratitude for the woman or girl in your life than by rescuing a woman and a girl in China?

Step 1: Donate $25 or more – the amount of money it takes to help support a girl saved in China for one month

Step 2: Indicate in the notes section of your donation the woman or girl you wish to honor, and her email address. We will send her an email to let her know you have given a donation in her honor to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Will you help us save women and girls in China? Become a “GirlSaver!”
Won’t you help us save more girls like Ai Lin? So far, we have saved hundreds of girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted or abandoned just because they are girls. Each one of these girls is infinitely precious. Please help us save them by donating to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Learn more about how you can help to save girls here:
http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=give
For $25 per month, or $300 per year, our GirlSavers have helped WRWF save at-risk babies in China, babies like Ai Lin, who may not be alive if our undercover fieldworker had not met her mother and assured her that little girls are as special as boys. We put our money where our mouth is, offering practical assistance to empower these mothers to keep their daughters.

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Join Walk for Life San Francisco This Saturday – Reggie to Keynote

Credit: Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times

Credit: Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers president, Reggie Littlejohn, will be a keynote speaker of the Walk for Life, West Coast. 50,000 people are expected to march at noon on January 21 in San Francisco.

Littlejohn stated, “It is a great honor to be given the opportunity to speak in this powerful venue on behalf of the women and babies of China. I thank Eva Muntean and the other organizers of the Walk for embracing international issues. Something few people realize is that the Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has “prevented” 400 million lives through its brutal One Child Policy. That’s greater than the entire populations of the United States and Canada combined. And too many of these lives were “prevented” by forced abortion. Millions of girls have been selectively aborted and abandoned as well. These issues continue under the Two-Child Policy as well. The greatest hemorrhage of human life in the world is flowing out of China today.”
Littlejohn will be joined by fellow keynote speakers Pam Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, Melissa Ohden, survivor of a failed saline abortion, and Rev. Childress, founder of Black Genocide.org.
Rain or shine, please join Reggie and 50,000 others at the Walk for Life West Coast 2017!
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Eric Metaxas/Breakpoint about Reggie’s daughter Anni at Carnegie Hall!

Anni Zhang performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, 12/18/16. Photo credit: Voice of America

Anni Zhang performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, 12/18/16. Photo credit: Voice of America

Heartfelt thanks to Eric Metaxas and the folks at Breakpoint for this powerful piece about our daughter Anni’s performance at Carnegie Hall last month, and how it shows the infinite value of every life! 

Anni Zhang standing in front of Carnegie Hall with her parents, Reggie Littlejohn and husband, Robert

Anni Zhang standing in front of Carnegie Hall with her parents, Reggie Littlejohn and husband, Robert

Anni is the daughter of veteran dissident Zhang Lin.  She was almost forcibly aborted under China’s One Child Policy as his second child and was able to be born because of the bravery of her parents.  She also could have been selectively aborted as a girl, as happens to so many second daughters in China.  But she was born, escaped China, and performed brilliantly at Carnegie Hall, after only three years of piano lessons!  Read her story here: 

Eric Metaxas – Breakpoint – The Infinite Value of Every Life – From Chinese Jail to Carnegie Hall  http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/30337    

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Walk for Life Names Reggie Littlejohn Keynote Speaker

reggie-and-petitions-use-this-copyWomen’s Rights Without Frontiers is thrilled to announce that our president, Reggie Littlejohn, has been named keynote speaker of the Walk for Life, West Coast.  50,000 people are expected to march at noon on January 21 in San Francisco.

Littlejohn stated, “It is a great honor to be given the opportunity to speak in this powerful venue on behalf of the women and babies of China.  I thank Eva Muntean and the other organizers of the Walk for embracing international issues.  Something few people realize is that the Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has “prevented” 400 million lives through its brutal One Child Policy.  That’s greater than the entire populations of the United States and Canada combined.  And too many of these lives were “prevented” by forced abortion.   Millions of girls have been selectively aborted and abandoned as well.  These issues continue under the Two-Child Policy as well.  The greatest hemorrhage of human life in the world is flowing out of China today.” 

Littlejohn will be joined by fellow keynote speakers Pam Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, Melissa Ohden, survivor of a failed saline abortion, and Rev. Childress, founder of Black Genocide.org.

Please join Reggie and 50,000 others at the Walk for Life West Coast 2017!

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Georgetown Conference Names Reggie Littlejohn Keynote Speaker

Photo: Reggie Littlejohn Credit: QMI Agency

Photo: Reggie Littlejohn. Credit: QMI Agency

Student leaders at a Georgetown University conference have selected Women’s Rights Without Frontiers president Reggie Littlejohn as keynote speaker based on her work against forced abortion in China – a mission they hailed as unifying the divide between left and right.

Littlejohn is scheduled to give the main address for the 17th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life in Washington, D.C. on January 28.

“We chose Reggie Littlejohn to keynote this Conference because we believe her international, human rights mission to address China’s Two-Child Policy transcends the entrenched and divisive rhetoric often used when life and death issues are addressed in politics on the national stage,” stated Conference Co-Director Jeannette Joly. “Through her own powerful political engagement, Reggie Littlejohn has successfully received recognition for Women’s Rights Without Frontiers from both the left and right sides of the aisle. Undoubtedly, these unifying efforts to save women from forced abortion and baby girls from sex-selective abortion will move, inspire, and motivate the attendees of the 2017 Conference.”

Named after Georgetown alumnus John Cardinal O’Connor of New York, the Conference promotes discourse on the sanctity of human life and is the largest conference of its kind in the United States.

Joly praised Littlejohn’s “impressive experience” defending human rights in China, and said her message is especially important following China’s switch this year from the infamous One Child Policy to a “Two Child Policy.” Littlejohn has affirmed in Congressional testimony that the new policy hasn’t stopped China’s system of coercive population control, including forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.

“I am honored to have been selected as keynote speaker at Georgetown’s Cardinal O’Connor Conference,” said WRWF president Reggie Littlejohn. “I am grateful that the conference has the vision to embrace international issues and attempt to bridge the ideological divide between pro-life and pro-choice by promoting discourse about coercive population control in China. 

“Meanwhile, under extreme cultural pressure, women in China abort or abandon their baby girls,” Littlejohn continued.  “Is gendercide truly a choice, or is there a connection between gendercide and forced abortion?  WRWF is offering practical assistance to mothers in China and has saved 200 baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment through our ‘Save a Girl’ campaign.

Previous keynote speakers include Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Dr. Robert George, and Helen Alvaré.

For more information on the 17th Annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference and to register to attend:
http://www.oconnorconference.com/

To learn more about WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign: http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=end-gendercide-and-forced-abortion

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Bittersweet Carnegie Hall Performance by Littlejohn’s Daughter Rescued from China

Anni Zhang in front of Carnegie Hall with Reggie Littlejohn and husband Robert

Anni Zhang in front of Carnegie Hall with Reggie Littlejohn and husband Robert

NEW YORK:  On Sunday, 13-year-old Anni Zhang, rescued from China,  was living a dream come true – she performed piano in Carnegie Hall.  What should have been a completely joyous occasion, however was marred.  Her father, veteran activist Zhang Lin, was not able to attend because the Chinese government refused to issue him a passport.

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, played a key role in bringing Anni to the United States from China, where she and her father were under house arrest after she had been detained and denied the right to go to school.  Littlejohn and her husband, Robert, have been raising Anni as their own daughter. They flew the family, including Anni’s older sister Ruli, from San Jose, CA to New York to celebrate Anni’s achievement with her.

Jing Zhang (no relation), Ruli Zhang (Anni's older sister), Reggie Littlejohn, Anni Zhang, Robert (Reggie's husband), Yao Cheng

Jing Zhang (no relation), Ruli Zhang (Anni’s older sister), Reggie Littlejohn, Anni Zhang, Robert (Reggie’s husband), Yao Cheng

Littlejohn stated, “My husband and I are so proud of Anni.  She came to the United States without playing an instrument, and after just two years, she won an international competition to perform at Carnegie Hall.  That’s got to be some kind of a record.  I think she’s a genius!  She looked gorgeous in her purple sequined concert gown, and she played brilliantly.  But as my heart was bursting with pride for her, it was also aching for her father, who could not be here to enjoy this important moment with his daughter.”

Littlejohn continued, “I spoke with Zhang Lin.  He told me that he has applied several times for a passport, telling the authorities that he needed one quickly so that he could come to New York and see Anni perform.  Each time, they refused him a passport.  They once told him it is because of his ‘history.’  What could this statement mean, other than that they are punishing him for his ‘history’ of pro-democracy activism?    What kind of an inhumane government is this, that would detain a 10-year-old to punish her father, and then would refuse a passport to the father to punish them both?”

Activist Chen Guangcheng issued the following warning to the Chinese government:  “Controlling people’s right to freedom of movement is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes.  To the Chinese Communist Party: If you want to be recognized as legitimate in the international community, you need to respect the basic rights of citizens.”

Jing Zhang, president of Women’s Rights in China and colleague of Zhang Lin, also played a major role in bringing Anni to the United States.  She stated:  “The Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of pro-democracy activists is unprecedented.  Recently family members of activist Peng Ming, who was serving his sentence, received horrible news.  Hubei Prison officials claimed that Peng Ming died suddenly of a heart attack. But then Peng Ming’s heart and brain were secretly removed, without permission from his family.  Many dissidents and even petitioners seeking justice are imprisoned.  The CCP has become desperate.  At this time, they will make life more difficult for Zhang Lin.”

Yao Cheng, a close friend of Zhang Lin, who helped Anni escape and paid for it with years of jail time, stated:  “I did not expect the Chinese government to issue Zhang Lin a passport.  The Chinese government is lying.  We cannot expect them to have mercy on him.

Anni said, “Performing at Carnegie Hall was one of the most wonderful moments of my life.  I only wish my father could have been there to share it with me.”

Anni is known as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience.”  When she was ten, Anni was kidnapped out of her elementary school, detained overnight, denied the right to go to school and put under house arrest with her father.  Learn more about her story here.

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Will You Let Them Get Away with This?

Photo credit: Lee Love

Reggie Littlejohn in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Lee Love

Dear friend,

I want to tell you what we’re up against in 2017.

At Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, we are world leaders in the fight to keep China accountable for its cruel forced population control policies – a battle most governments have given up on.

With your help, in 2016:

WRWF's "Save a Girl" campaign saved this baby girl

WRWF’s “Save a Girl” campaign saved this baby girl

– We took the lead in exposing continued forced abortion under China’s new Two-Child Policy, especially of single mothers and third babies.

– And of course, as of this year, hundreds of baby girls and moms have been saved from coercive population control and deadly son preference thanks to our “Save A Girl” campaign!

There’s no doubt: we’re impacting the global conversation on China. This is a big victory!

But here’s the thing: the Chinese government wants to get us off their back, and they know how to do it.

Last October, the Chinese government made the misleading announcement that they were “abandoning” the One Child Policy.  This was a convenient way to shut down news headlines exposing their brutal population control, without ending the actual practice.  Forced abortion and gendercide continue under the “Two Child Policy.”

The sad thing is, this actually worked. Media everywhere started discussing the coercive One Child Policy as a thing of the past!

In 2017, we’ve got to keep China from getting away with this “change in name only.”

Will you join us?

Your gift will help us save women and babies from forced population control, one baby at a time, through our ever-growing Save a Girl campaign.

You’ll also help us keep up the global pressure on behalf of countless other families who fall victim to forced abortions and forced sterilization under the Two Child Policy – even as we speak.

Because of your generosity, we have the power to fight these terrible tragedies, and help the oppressed families of China see the day when the dignity of a woman and her child is truly honored and loved at last.

There are only a few days left to make your gift this year. You can make a difference in the lives of countless families who have nowhere else to turn!

The Chinese Communist Party has announced that it has “prevented” 400 million lives through it’s One (now Two)-Child Policy.  That’s more than the entire populations of the United States and Canada Combined.  Far too many of these lives were “prevented” through forced abortion and sterilization.

Thank you for joining forces with us against the greatest crime against women and girls in the world today!

With gratitude,

Reggie Littlejohn

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

 

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