Open Letter Regarding the Investigation of Voice of America and BBG Management by the Office of the Inspector General

VOA TV’s Huchen Zhang interviews Chen Guangcheng for the first time on U.S. soil, with Reggie Littlejohn, in 2013. Zhang is among the “Mandarin Five” currently on forced administrative leave.

To Whom It May Concern:

We have learned that the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of State has decided to start an investigation of “management decisions” giving rise to the Guo Wengui interview incident at Voice of America. We applaud the OIG’s decision to investigate the VOA Management and have some suggestions regarding the investigation.

For those unfamiliar with the Guo Wengui interview incident, on April 19 of this year, Voice of America China Branch was set to broadcast a three-hour live interview of Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire with close ties to the Chinese State Security apparatus, who claimed to have information about high-level official corruption in the Chinese regime.  Specifically, Guo stated his intent publicly to expose how China’s State Security apparatus pressured the Chinese business community into financing its infiltration into organizations globally, as well as its monitoring of Chinese citizens.

This exposure of widespread official corruption had the potential to afford a rare revelation of the machinations of the police state to those who are its innocent victims. VOA promoted the upcoming interview heavily for a week, with the full knowledge and consent of VOA management.

Instead, VOA’s upper-level management abruptly cut short the interview mid-broadcast, to the consternation of the Chinese audience, many of whom stated that they believe that VOA was kowtowing to censorship and pressure from the Chinese Communist Party.   VOA has since suffered a sharp loss of its viewership and reputation in China, and has indeed become the object of mockery.

Equally disturbing, five journalists involved in the interview were put on administrative leave pending “investigation.”  Five months later, four remain on involuntary leave.  Has the investigation of the “Mandarin Five” been concluded?  If so, why has no report been issued?

In an Orwellian twist, a VOA Mandarin TV host happened to wear a white flower on her show shortly after the aborted interview with Guo.  According to the BBG Watch website, Human Resources at VOA attempted to pressure this host and several others into admitting that the wearing of the white flower symbolized the “death of VOA.”  Predictably, the effect of this interrogation was the intimidation of VOA staff.

Why did the VOA Management turn seemingly overnight from supporting the Guo interview to trying to shut it down?

VOA Management has argued that they were simply upholding journalistic standards of “verification, balance and fairness.”   However, former VOA Director Robert R. Reilly has defended the journalistic practices of the Mandarin Five and criticized the investigation against them, stating, “In my 11 years of experience at VOA, I am unaware of anything like this having happened before.”

According to reports and information provided to us, the Chinese Communist regime took several extraordinary actions during the days leading up to the interview.  For example, two days before the scheduled interview, officials from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned VOA’s Beijing correspondent to pressure VOA to cancel the interview.   Officials then issued a warrant for the arrest of Guo.  After this, the Chinese Communist Party issued a notice alerting Interpol of the Chinese regime’s arrest warrant for Guo.  Having done this, they then accused Guo of being a fugitive criminal.  The day before the interview, the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. called the VOA Mandarin Service and demanded cancellation of the Guo interview.

Could it be that VOA Management did indeed cave to pressure from the Chinese government?  If so, why would VOA Management be vulnerable to such pressure?

Could reports be true that some members of VOA management and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG, VOA’s parent federal agency) have significant business interests in China?

If such ties do exist, they would of course make members of VOA Management and the BBG vulnerable to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party.

In our opinion, maintaining financial ties to the repressive regime whose abuses you are charged with exposing presents an inevitable conflict of interest.

The VOA Mandarin Five are being investigated by VOA Management and the BBG.  Now VOA Management and the BBG themselves will be investigated by the OIG.  In our view, the investigation should encompass at least the following questions:

1)   Did VOA Management cave to pressure from the Chinese regime to cut short the interview exposing official corruption?

2)   Do members of VOA Management and the BBG, or their family members, maintain financial ties to China?  What are these business relationships?

3)   What is the selection process for VOA Management and members of the BBG?  Is it required that financial ties with nations into which VOA broadcasts be disclosed, to avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of impropriety?  If such disclosure is not required, why not?  If it is required, did the VOA management and members of the BBG comply?

The Chinese Communist Party has spent a lot of money to cut off any information from the outside, including using lobbying and other pressure to influence media from the outside to limit their coverage of issues in China which the CCP views as sensitive. Despite the CCP’s ability to limit Internet usage, short wave remains a powerful tool, precisely because it is out of the control of the CCP censorship system.

After 70 years, the BBC ended its vital shortwave radio broadcasts in Mandarin in 2011, as did Deutsche Welle in 2013. Other international shortwave services have followed suit, severely reducing or eliminating their shortwave services. VOA and Radio Free Asia stand alone in their extensive shortwave radio capacities to reach Chinese people hungry for global news unfiltered by official Communist news sources.

Again, we applaud the OIG’s decision to conduct an investigation. We look forward to the results of this investigation, which we believe will include a complete vindication of the VOA Mandarin Five.

Reggie Littlejohn, President
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Chen Guangcheng
Author, The Barefoot Lawyer

Bob Fu, President
China Aid Association

Jianli Yang, President
Initiatives for China

Yaxue Cao, Director and Editor
China Change

Lianchao Han, Visiting Fellow
Hudson Institute

Fengsuo Zhou, Co-founder
China Human Rights Accountability Center

 Related links

“How China Managed to Muffle the Voice of America.” Sasha Gong, May 23, 2017
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-china-managed-to-muffle-the-voice-of-america-1495580183

“The VOA Follows Good Journalistic Practice.” Amanda Bennett, May 26, 2017
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-voa-follows-good-journalistic-practice-1495815429?mg=id-wsj

“VOA Should Come Clean on Mandarin Service.” Robert R. Reilly, June 4, 2017
https://www.wsj.com/articles/voa-should-come-clean-on-mandarin-service-1496603701

“Voice of America interrogates its Chinese TV host for wearing a white flower,” BBG Watch Commentary, August 27, 2017
http://bbgwatch.com/bbgwatch/voice-of-america-interrogates-its-chinese-tv-host-for-wearing-a-white-flower/

BBC Chinese Service Makes Final Broadcast in Mandarin.   March 28, 2011
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-12864041

Deutsche Welle: Farewell to Shortwave Chinese Broadcasts, February 1, 2013
http://m.dw.com/zh/告别短波德国之声中文广播最后一次直播节目/av-16489448?&zhongwe

 

Posted in BBG, Chen Guangcheng, Chinese Communist Party, Guo Wengui, Uncategorized, Voice of America | Comments Off on Open Letter Regarding the Investigation of Voice of America and BBG Management by the Office of the Inspector General

China’s One (Now Two) Child Policy Turns 37; Chinese Woman Dies After Husband Pressures Her to Abort Four Girls in One Year

Credit: WND

WASHINGTON, D.C. China’s coercive population control policy turns 37 this week (September 25). The news media touted the Two Child Policy as having “abandoned,” “ended” or “ditched” the One Child Policy. However, forced abortion, involuntary sterilization, the monitoring of women’s menstrual cycles, and the sex-selective abortion of baby girls continue.

Over the summer, for example, it was reported that a Chinese woman from Anhui Province died after her husband pressured her into aborting four pregnancies in a year, because he wanted a son. The couple already had a four-year-old daughter. After the Two-Child Policy was instituted on January 1, 2016, they decided to have a second child, which the husband determined would be a boy. When the woman became ill because of the repeated abortions, her husband divorced her. She used the divorce settlement money (approximately U.S. $2500) to seek hospital treatment, but then died. Her husband did not visit her in the hospital and was planning on marrying another woman at the time of the report.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “My heart breaks for this woman, pressured into four abortions by her husband, then left to die from the trauma – all because he wanted a son! Brutal son preference remains in China, and as I had predicted, the sex-selective abortion of baby girls continues under the Two-Child Policy. Second daughters are still aborted or abandoned.”

In an ineffective effort to stem the tide of sex-selective abortions, the Chinese government has made it illegal for a doctor to inform a pregnant woman of the gender of her child. Nevertheless, people can learn the gender for a price, either by illicit ultrasounds or other means. Indeed, because of the demand, an “Underground Railroad” is carrying on a “roaring trade” to smuggle the blood of pregnant women from mainland China into Hong Kong, where it is tested for gender.

Government enforced abortion continues under China’s new Two Child Policy. For example, on July 22, 2016 – more than six months after the institution of the Two Child Policy — a Guangdong couple was told they must have an abortion or both lose their government jobs. The wife was eight months pregnant.

Forced sterilization is still employed under the Two Child Policy, usually against women, but at times against men as well. A Yunnan man’s ex-wife was sterilized for having three children. He remarried and had a fourth child, at which point he was sterilized earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the shift to a Two Child Policy has not yielded the number of new births needed to support China’s swiftly aging population. According to a study by researchers in China and England, the Two Child Policy “will bring only a small increase in population growth.” In 1965, just 3.3% of China’s population was over the age of 65. Under the One Child Policy, it was projected that by 2050, 29% would have been over 65. This percentage is only slightly reduced to 25% under the Two Child Policy.

Littlejohn added, “China’s population problem is not that it has too many people. It is that it has too few young people to support its rapidly aging population. Senior suicide is on the rise, as many elderly find themselves abandoned by their families and the Chinese government provides no safety net for them. China desperately needs more babies, so much so that they are considering paying couples to have a second child.

So why does China continue coercive population control in any form?

As I have long said, I believe the Chinese Communist Party will never abandon coercive population control, because coercive population control is keeping the regime in power. Although every couple is allowed to have two children, single women are still forcibly aborted, as are third pregnancies. Women of childbearing age still have to go in for mandatory pregnancy checks several times a year. Two Child Policy violators are still forcibly sterilized. All this instills terror. The Chinese Communist Party is a brutal, totalitarian regime, which reigns with terror. The Two Child Policy is social control, masquerading as population control.

“We applaud the Trump administration’s decisive action of defunding the UNFPA, an action for which we have long advocated, because of UNFPA’s complicity with coercive population control in China.

“We call for the immediate, unqualified end to all coercive population control in China. One out of every five women in the world lives in China. The women of the world will not be free until the women of China are free.”

In addition to advocating against coercive population control, WRWF’s “Save a Girl” Campaign has saved hundreds of baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment.

 

 

Posted in Chinese Communist Party, Forced Abortion, forced sterilization, gendercide, One Child Policy, Reggie Littlejohn, sex selective abortion, two child policy, Uncategorized, UNFPA, Women's Rights Without Frontiers | Comments Off on China’s One (Now Two) Child Policy Turns 37; Chinese Woman Dies After Husband Pressures Her to Abort Four Girls in One Year

FREE LIU XIA! — An Open Letter from Chen Guangcheng, Yuan Weijing and Reggie Littlejohn to President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Branstad, and Members of the United States Congress

Dec. 6, 2012, Liu Xia poses with a photo of her husband, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, during an interview at her home in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Dear President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Branstad and Members of the U.S. Congress:

“Liu Xia is free” state Chinese authorities. She has not, however, been seen since the July 15 sea burial of her husband, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo. Friends and even her lawyer do not know where she is. The international community is growing increasingly concerned about her health and well-being.

I recently had dinner with activist Chen Guangcheng, his wife Yuan Weijing, and their family. Of course, much of the conversation centered on the death of Liu Xiaobo and the plight of his widow, Liu Xia. We are all very worried about Liu Xia and urge you and the international community to call for her release. Chen Guangcheng understands what Liu Xiaobo may have experienced while in prison. Yuan Weijing knows the anguish of the wife of a jailed prisoner of conscience. I include their remarks at their request and with their permission.

Chen Guangcheng: “I believe they may have taken Liu Xia to a black jail. Under the dictatorship, any place can serve as a black jail: a hotel, a basement, an organization’s office. The point is to control a person’s location and to cut them off from communication with the outside world. I do not believe they are treating her well. I remember when I was in a black jail. It was a small room. Four guards were with me all the time. They even followed me into the bathroom. I believe they are keeping Liu Xia in a black jail to pressure other activists, to show them that they will persecute their families, even after they die. But the brutality of the Chinese Communist Party will have the opposite effect. Many people are turning against the Party. They used to want to help the Party improve. Now, they say that talking to the Party is like talking to a cow. The Party cannot understand.

 “The Party has been persecuting innocent people for decades, but now people are beginning to understand the true situation. The Party can control the media, but they cannot control the Internet. Now people are beginning to understand that the suffering in China is caused by the control exerted by the regime, and the lies and propaganda promoted through the state-controlled media.”

Yuan Weijing: “I have an idea of what Liu Xia has been experiencing. For the four years that Guangcheng was in prison, I thought constantly of him. Every time I ate, I wondered if he was getting enough to eat. If it was cold outside, I wondered if he was cold. If it was hot, I wondered if he was hot.  At night, memories of our whole life together before his arrest would play in my mind like a movie. I could not sleep, wondering if he was being beaten or interrogated, or if he was sick and being denied medical treatment. I was very worried that I would never see him again, that our children would grow up without their father.

 “During these years, I was under constant surveillance and my movements were restricted. When I was allowed to go out of the house, I was followed. Sometimes the guards did not let me out of the house at all. Every night, thugs surrounded the house and shined a flashlight through my bedroom window every 10 to 15 minutes. They would talk loudly outside the room where I was trying to sleep. If I had a conversation on the phone, they would try to overhear the conversation. In the morning, I could see where their boots matted the earth outside my bedroom window. Sometimes they took my phone away.

 “They encouraged me to divorce Guangcheng, saying ‘You are so young. Other women wear pretty dresses and make-up. Why don’t you divorce Guangcheng, go back to your family and start a new life?’ I told them, ‘Guangcheng has not done anything wrong. You are doing something wrong by putting him in jail. I will wait for him.’ Did they encourage Liu Xia to divorce Liu Xiaobo during his long prison term? We may never know, but I would not be surprised if they did, as this is a common practice of the Party, both to break the activist and his wife.

 “I was supposed to see Guangcheng every month, but I was only allowed to see him five times in the four years he was in prison. Once, his hair had been cut off. I asked him why. He didn’t say anything, but his face was sad. I found out later that he had been beaten. He was thin and I saw that they were not giving him enough to eat. I felt so sad but did not want to cry in front of him. After I left the prison, I cried very hard and called an activist friend to ask him to spread news about Guangcheng so we could get more help from the international community. After I did this, the guards jammed my phone and would not let me leave the house.

 “So I can understand the reports that Liu Xia has battled depression. I’m sure she was very worried about her husband, and rightly so. I can only imagine her devastation at Liu Xiaobo’s tragic death. I was fortunate that my husband made it out alive.”

Liu Xia is a poet and writer. She has been under illegal house arrest since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, without being charged with a crime or any due process of law. She reportedly suffers from depression and was hospitalized for a heart attack in 2014. Now, she has disappeared. We are concerned for her health and well-being – even her very survival.

We urgently request that you make it a top diplomatic priority to call for all restrictions on Liu Xia be lifted immediately, that she would be able to communicate with family, friends, her lawyer and the media, and that she would be allowed to travel outside of China, if she wishes, for medical treatment or for any other reason.

We support the letter from the chair and co-chair of The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) in their request that U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad invite Liu Xia to meet with him in the Embassy in Beijing.

We ask that President Trump and the ranking members of the appropriate congressional committees identify those responsible for the death of Liu Xiaobo and the extrajudicial house arrest of Liu Xia and utilize the Global Magnitsky Act to impose entry and property sanctions upon these persons.

Finally, Chinese authorities ordered that Liu Xiaobo be cremated and that his remains be scattered in the ocean. This move has been criticized by activists and friends as a way to prevent the creation of a pilgrimage site for those who want to honor Liu’s memory and carry on his work for freedom and democracy in China. We call upon the U.S. Government to create a memorial to Liu in Washington, D.C. Such a memorial might be appropriate as part of the Victims of Communism Memorial, which is a replica of the “Goddess of Democracy” statue destroyed on Tiananmen Square, as Liu was a leader of the Tiananmen Square movement.

Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia have both been heroes in standing for truth. It cost Liu Xiaobo his life. May Liu Xia, through your decisive intervention, be spared this tragic end.

Respectfully yours,

Chen Guangcheng

Yuan Weijing

Reggie Littlejohn, President

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Posted in Chen Guangcheng, Chris Smith, Donald Trump, Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo, Marco Rubio, Reggie Littlejohn, Rex Tillerson, Terry Branstad, Uncategorized, Victims of Communism, Women's Rights Without Frontiers, Yuan Weijing | Comments Off on FREE LIU XIA! — An Open Letter from Chen Guangcheng, Yuan Weijing and Reggie Littlejohn to President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Branstad, and Members of the United States Congress

Blind Activist Chen Guangcheng – Personal Reflections on the Fifth Anniversary of his Arrival in the United States

Reggie with Chen Guangcheng after his arrival in the U.S.

May 19 marks the five-year anniversary of Chen Guangcheng’s arrival in the United States. WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn advocated tirelessly for Chen’s release from 2008 until his 2012 release and led an international coalition to free him. What follows are her personal reflections at the time of this anniversary.

May 19, 2012 was perhaps the most exciting day of my life. After years of non-stop international advocacy, several emergency Congressional hearings (called by Rep. Chris Smith, without whose dedicated efforts Chen would likely never have made it to the United States), weeks of struggle with the Chinese government and several sleepless nights, I was standing at the Newark airport, waiting for the arrival of the man whose plight had become the central focus of my life.

My heart went out to Chen Guangcheng the first time I read of him. Blinded by an illness at age three, he and his wife, Yuan Weijing, had displayed almost supernatural courage and compassion, documenting at great risk to themselves a pattern of brutal forced abortions and sterilizations in Linyi, where they lived. Women were being dragged out of their homes, strapped to tables and forced to abort babies they wanted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Whole villages were fleeing to sleep in the surrounding fields to hide from Family Planning Police. Relatives of an illegally pregnant woman in hiding were being detained and tortured.

Chen was detained and then placed under severe house arrest for years for exposing these atrocities, and the Chinese government heavily persecuted his entire, extended family, detaining and torturing them as well.

Now, five years after first setting foot on U.S. soil, Chen and his family are living safely in the Washington, D.C. area. His home is filled with light and life. He and Weijing just had their third child, a beautiful boy who is the joy of the family. Chen continues his advocacy and has invited me to collaborate with him. We have appeared together on Voice of America, spoken together at the Heritage Foundation, testified together at Congress.

Every time I go to see his family, it still feels like an impossible dream come true. One of the greatest heroes of the twenty-first century, a man whose courage I cannot begin to comprehend much less imitate, is now my good friend. I can only respond with humility and gratitude.

And yet, five years after Chen’s arrival in the United States, and despite his passionate advocacy to end it, coercive population control in China remains. China has shifted from a One Child Policy to a Two Child Policy. This modification was presented by the Chinese government as an “abandonment” of the One Child Policy, implying that all coercive population control had ended. No so. Unmarried women and women pregnant with a third child still face forced abortion. The sex-selective abortion and abandonment of baby girls continues, especially for second daughters.

The fight continues. But now, instead of fighting the lonely battle for Chen’s life and freedom on the other side of the world, I have the honor of facing the battle shoulder to shoulder with him – with one of the greatest human rights champions the world has ever known, someone I honor and admire more than words can ever say.

 

 

Posted in Chen Guangcheng, Chris Smith, One Child Policy, Reggie Littlejohn, two child policy | Comments Off on Blind Activist Chen Guangcheng – Personal Reflections on the Fifth Anniversary of his Arrival in the United States

Help Us “Save a Girl” in China for Mother’s Day!

Hui Zhong, saved by WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign

This Mother’s Day, honor your mother by helping us save girls in China – girls like little Hui-Zhong!

Look at this sweet and innocent face! This is “Hui-Zhong” (not her real name), two months old. With help from our “Save a Girl” Campaign, she will grow up to know just how bravely her mother fought for her.

She is a third daughter, even more unwanted than a second daughter. When Hui-Zhong’s mother was pregnant, everyone assumed that this baby would be a boy. Instead of celebrating when Hui-Zong was born, her grandmother wanted her gone and told Hui-Zhong’s mother she had to “give her away.” Sometimes this means finding a childless couple to take your daughter. Sometimes this means leaving your daughter in a field to die. Hui-Zhong’s grandmother cursed at her mother and treated her harshly. She was angry that she had three granddaughters and no grandsons.

Then on top of this, their village leader discovered that Hui-Zhong’s mother was pregnant with an illegal third baby! He threatened Hui-Zhong’s mother that she needed to pay him $500 – impossible for this poor village family — to keep the baby a secret from the Family Planning Police. If the Family Planning Police found out about this third child, at best, the family would have to pay an even greater fine. Because they could not pay, they might even face forced abortion or involuntary sterilization.

Hui-Zhong’s mother did not know what to do.   But still, she bravely refused to “give away” her precious daughter. Hui-Zhong’s mother resorted to hiding her daughter.

Luckily, a Women’s Rights Without Frontiers’ (WRWF) undercover fieldworker discovered Hui-Zhong’s mother. Our fieldworker told her that we are helping mothers keep their daughters because girls are just as good as boys. This is a powerful message in the Chinese countryside, one that most people have never heard. Our fieldworker offered Hui-Zhong’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter. With the help of this stipend, Hui-Zhong’s mother is raising Hui-Zhong.

Our “Save a Girl” program saved Hui-Zhong’s life. Hui-Zhong’s mother said even though we are strangers, we help her while her fellow Chinese neighbors only make her life more difficult.

This Mother’s Day, will you honor your mother by helping save baby girls in China?

What better way of expressing gratitude for the mother 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 mother 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 Hui-Zhong? 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 Hui-Zhong, 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.

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Help Us “Save a Girl” in China for Mother’s Day!

Celebrate New Life By Helping Save Girls in China

Huiqing’s” mother resisted forced abortion and is able to keep her daughter with WRWF’s help

This is “Huiqing,” a one month old baby girl, born in a remote village in China.  Who wouldn’t love this adorable baby?  We hope she will never know the firestorm of controversy that her birth brought to her family – all because she was conceived without a “Birth Permit” — and then born, not a boy, but a girl.

You see, Huiqing was conceived under China’s brutal One Child Policy.  She has an older brother, so her family was not allowed to have another child.  Her parents did not have a “birth permit” for her.  She was an “illegal child,” subject to forced abortion.  Her parents thought she was a boy, and so bribed the village leader not to report their illegal pregnancy to the Family Planning Police.

Then, China announced its new “Two Child Policy,” so Huiqing’s parents thought they were safe.  But in many areas, children conceived under the One Child Policy were not grandfathered in under the Two Child Policy.  They remain illegal!

After Huiqing was born, out of the blue, Family Planning Police arrived at the home of her parents and ordered her mother to be sterilized.  Under the Two Child Policy, women are routinely sterilized after their second child – to prevent them from having a third child.  These forced sterilizations are not carried out by highly trained gynecological surgeons.  People with very little training often butcher women in the remote villages.

Huiqing’s father wanted another son.  If Huiqing’s mother were sterilized, this would be impossible.  So Huiquing’s father began to pressure her mother to “give her away” to avoid the sterilization.  This sometimes means finding a childless couple to adopt her.  It sometimes means leaving her in a field to die.

Huiqing’s brave mother would not accept the pressure from her husband or the Chinese government.  She wanted desperately to keep her daughter, who brought her much happiness.  But she did not know what to do or where to turn.

Thankfully, a Women’s Rights Without Frontiers’ (WRWF) undercover fieldworker found Huiqing’s mother before it was too late.  Our fieldworker told her that we are helping mothers keep their girls because girls are just as good as boys.  Our fieldworker offered Huiqing’s mother a monthly stipend for a year to empower her to keep her daughter.  With the help of this stipend, Huiqing’s mother is defying the pressure from the Chinese government and her husband and is raising Huiqing on her own.  She told our fieldworker that if WRWF can help her, she will survive on her own.  Nothing is more important to her than to stay with her baby daughter.

It is such an honor to help brave women like Huiqing’s mother!  And you have a unique opportunity to help as well!

Will you help us save women and girls in China? Become a “GirlSaver”!

Won’t you help us save more girls like Huiqing?   We have saved hundreds of girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted or abandoned just because they are girls. Some baby girls are born to families so poor that their health is at risk.  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

You can give a one-time donation in any amount.  Or $25 per month, or $300 per year, our GirlSavers have helped WRWF save at-risk babies in China, babies like Huiqing, who would likely not be alive if one of our undercover fieldworkers 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.

Posted in China's missing girls, China's One Child Policy, Forced Abortion, forced sterilization, gendercide, Reggie Littlejohn, sex selective abortion, two child policy, Uncategorized, Women's Rights Without Frontiers | Comments Off on Celebrate New Life By Helping Save Girls in China

Victory! Trump defunds UNFPA

Reggie Littlejohn has advocated defunding UNFPA since 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Trump administration has announced that it will cut off U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund, on the basis that the UNFPA’s activities in China are complicit with that nation’s coercive population control program, the implementation of which includes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “We are thrilled that the U.S. is no longer funding forced abortion and involuntary sterilization in China.  The blood of Chinese women and babies will no longer be on our hands. My very first press release, in 2009, was entitled “You Are Funding Forced Abortions in China.” I have consistently advocated for the defunding of UNFPA over the years, most recently just a couple of weeks ago at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

“My message at the UNCSW was that The United States Secretary of State should investigate and evaluate UNFPA’s activities in China, and the President should de-fund them under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which ‘prohibits funding for any organization or program that, as determined by the President, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.’

Littlejohn continued, “The UNFPA clearly supports China’s population control program, which they know is coercive. Under China’s One (now Two) Child Policy, women have been forcibly aborted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Some of these forced abortions have been so violent that the women themselves have died, along with their full term babies. There have been brutal forced sterilizations as well, butchering women and leaving them disabled. Where was the outcry from the UNFPA? In my opinion, silence in the face of such atrocities is complicity.   Dr. Martin Luther King once said, ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’ The UNFPA’s silence in the face of decades of forced abortion has been a sword in the wombs of millions of women and babies of China. I rejoice with them that the foot of the UNFPA is finally off of their necks.”

UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China in the past. The agency denies that it is complicit with forced abortion. According to a Washington Times report, however, UNFPA’s former head, Dr. Nafis Sadik was awarded the Population Prize Award by the Chinese State Family Planning Commission in 2002.

In her acceptance speech in Beijing, Dr. Sadik praised China’s population control program. “Looking back, I feel a great sense of pride for the Chinese Government and people for their support to UNFPA and to me, personally, I also feel proud that UNFPA made the wise decision to resist external pressures and continued its fruitful cooperation with China,” she said. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/18/family-planning-funding-spotlights-china/?page=all

“This victory belongs to all who worked so hard over the years to bring it about, including Congressman Chris Smith, Marie Smith, the Population Research Institute and Human Live International.  But above all, it belongs to the women and babies of China.” concluded Littlejohn.

Posted in Forced Abortion, One Child Policy, Reggie Littlejohn, two child policy, UNFPA | Comments Off on Victory! Trump defunds UNFPA

Reggie Littlejohn to United Nations: Forced Abortion Continues in China; Investigate and Defund UNFPA

Reggie Littlejohn stands before the UNCSW 61 banner at the United Nations in New York. Credit: Fiona Basile

NEW YORK.   Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has hosted its first event – entitled, “Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence Against Women and Girls” — at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).  WRWF Founder and President, Reggie Littlejohn, discussed reports that forced abortion of third children and single women, as well as the conditions that give rise to the sex-selective abortion of baby girls, continue under the two-child policy.

Reggie Littlejohn with co-panelists Rebecca Oas of C-FAM (left) and Arina Grossu of FRC (right). Credit: Fiona Basile

One of Littlejohn’s recommendations regarding how the UN can help the women and babies of China is by investigating UNFPA’s activities in China, demanding transparency, and in the case of a lack of cooperation, defunding UNFPA.  Littlejohn states:  “The United States Secretary of State should investigate and evaluate UNFPA’s activities in China, and the President should de-fund them under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which ‘prohibits funding for any organization or program that, as determined by the President, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.’

UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China in the past, and I have no doubt that any unbiased investigation would find them complicit again.  I have long advocated for the defunding of UNFPA.  The U.S. cut off funding to UNFPA in 2002 because an investigation, headed by then Secretary of State Colin Powell, found that UNFPA was complicit with the Chinese Family Planning officials in coercive implementation of China’s one-child policy.  The Obama administration restored this funding.  The UNCSW – as the advocate for women’s rights within the United Nations – should press relentlessly on the UNFPA to be fully transparent and accountable regarding its ‘family planning’ activities in China.  I believe that any independent, unbiased investigation into UNFPA’s activities in China will lead to the inescapable conclusion that they are complicit with China’s population control practices, which include forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.  To the extent that the global community is funding the UNFPA, the blood of Chinese women and babies is on our hands.” 

Baby saved by WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign. Photo courtesy of WRWF.

Littlejohn also recommended that the Chinese government implement a program to save baby girls, similar to the WRWF’s successful “Save a Girl” Campaign.  She stated, “Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has found our ‘Save a Girl’ Campaign to be highly effective in saving the lives of baby girls in China and enabling mothers to keep their daughters.  When our network in China learns of a woman who is being pressured to abort or abandon her baby girl, or whose family is so poor that her daughter is at risk, a fieldworker will go to her door and offer encouragement and practical support, saying, ‘Don’t abort or abandon your baby girl.  She is a precious daughter and will bring you much joy!  We will offer you monthly support for a year to enable you to keep your daughter.’  We have saved hundreds of baby girls this way in our small area of China, and would encourage the Chinese government to implement such a program nationwide, to address China’s pressing gendercide issue.”

Read Littlejohn’s complete Remarks here.  

The panel also featured Arina Grossu of the Family Research Council, whose topic was “Sex Trafficking and its Relation to Pornography, Violence and Abortion”; and Rebecca Oas of C-FAM, whose topic was “Distortions in the Data: Ensuring Women’s Priorities Count in the SDG Indicators.”  Attendance was standing room only.

 

 

Posted in China's One Child Policy, Forced Abortion, gendercide, Reggie Littlejohn, two child policy, Uncategorized, Women's Rights Without Frontiers | Comments Off on Reggie Littlejohn to United Nations: Forced Abortion Continues in China; Investigate and Defund UNFPA

Reggie Littlejohn’s Remarks at the United Nations re: Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence Against Women and Girls

Reggie Littlejohn in front of the UNCSW 61 banner. Credit: Fiona Basile

On March 23, WRWF  hosted a panel discussion at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).  The panel was entitled, “Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence Agains Women and Girls.”  Also featured on the panel were Arina Grossu of the Family Research Council and Rebecca Oas of C-FAM.  Reggie Littlejohn delivered a condensed version of the following Remarks.

Forced Abortion and Gendercide Under

China’s Two-Child Policy

Remarks by Reggie Littlejohn

Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence

Against Women and Girls

Hosted by Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

March 23, 2017

Honored guests, I would like to begin by thanking the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for giving us the opportunity to dispel the major misconceptions that have arisen since China shifted from a One Child to a Two Child Policy at the beginning of 2016. While I have spoken many times at the UNCSW, this is the first time Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has been selected to host our own event. We must remember the millions of women, children and families whose lives have been destroyed and continue to be destroyed by coercive population control in China.

China Has “Prevented” 400 Million Lives through the One (now Two) Child Policy; 336 million abortions, 196 Million sterilizations

The Chinese Communist Party has boasted that it has “prevented” over 400 million lives. In March 2013, it revealed it has conducted more than half a billion birth control procedures, including 336 million abortions and 196 million sterilizations.

One statistic the CCP never discloses is how many of these abortions were forced. Of these 336 million abortions, how many women were dragged out of their homes, strapped to tables and forced to abort babies that they want, up to the ninth month of pregnancy? How many women died as a result of these violent procedures? And of these 336 million abortions, how many were selectively aborted because they were girls?

Another statistic the CCP never discloses is how many of the 196 million sterilizations were forced? In April of 2010, in Puning City, Guangdong Province, family planning officials set out to sterilize 9,559 people. Those who refused were detained, along with their family members. Forced sterilization is a crime against humanity.

Such large statistics boggle the mind and mask the hundreds of millions of individual broken lives caused by this brutal Policy, such as Feng Jianmei, who was forcibly aborted at seven months in June 2012. In February 2013 she gave an interview in which she said that her family was still being harassed by authorities. She had to relocate 600 miles from her family to get away from the painful memories.

Forced abortion and involuntary sterilization are violence against women. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers calls upon President Xi Jinping to end this state-sponsored crime against humanity. China will not be free until the women of China are free.

2016 Revealed China’s Annual Abortion Statistic is not 13 but 23 Million

According to the 2015 State Department China Human Rights Country Report, released in 2016, the estimated number of abortions in China has increased from 13 to 23 million a year. In the past, the Chinese government reported 13 million abortions a year. The 2015 State Department Report noted that according to official Chinese sources, “The number of abortions performed is believed to be higher,” because the statistics in the past were collected only from registered medical institutions and did not include abortions at unregistered clinics. The State Department Report states that an “official [Chinese] news media outlet” has reported that “at least an additional 10 million chemically induced abortions were performed in non-governmental facilities.”

Adding abortions at official and unofficial facilities results in 23 million abortions a year. 23 million abortions a year comes to 63,013 abortions a day, 2625 abortions an hour, 43 per minute. The United States population is about 320 million, with about 1 million abortions per year. The population of China is almost 1.4 billion, with about 23 million abortions per year. Therefore China, with four times the population of the United States, has 23 times the number of abortions.

According to the State Department Report, the Chinese government did not provide a statistic on how many of these abortions were forced.

Forced Abortion Continues Under China’s Two-Child Policy

2016 began with the deceptive announcement by the Chinese Communist Party that it had “abandoned” or “scrapped” the One Child Policy. This language is misleading, as it give the impression that forced abortion and coercive population control have ended in China. Nothing could be further from the truth. To the contrary, both forced abortion of unmarried women and of third children continues. Further, the sex-selective abortion of baby girls continues.

For example, a couple, surnamed Zhong, in August of this year were forced to choose between an abortion at eight months or the loss of both of their government jobs.   In a separate incident, He Liping was forced either to pay an impossible “terror fine” of $39,000 or face abortion at six months.

A May 4, 2016, BBC article entitled ‘Reinventing China’s Abortion Police,’ discusses a small collaborative project by Stanford University and Shaanxi Normal University to repurpose 69 Family Planning Officials — apparently on the assumption that they are no longer needed now that China has moved to a two-child policy. In this article, a Chinese Communist Party official unwittingly admits that coercive population control continues in China.

The article follows one Family Planning Official, Li Bo, who has been “reinvented” from “hunt[ing] down families suspected of violating the country’s draconian rules on how many children couples can have” into a rubber duckie squeezing, nursery rhyme singing “Chinese Father Christmas,” complete with “a bag full of toys and picture books.”

Has his job really been “reinvented,” or is he really a member of the womb police, masquerading as “Chinese Father Christmas” — the new face of China’s Family Planning Police? Buried deep in the article is the following account of the dark side of Li Bo’s job – an important piece of original reporting by the BBC:

Since the start of 2016, all Chinese couples have been allowed two children. But they can have no more than that unless they are from ethnic minorities – so Li Bo still spends some of his time working as a birth-control enforcer. In the town’s health clinic he is busy screening local women. All women of childbearing age have check-ups four times a year to ensure they’re healthy . . . and to see if they are pregnant. . . But Li is also a loyal Communist party official who believes the state knows best and society’s needs are greater than those of individuals. So he is matter-of-fact about the unpleasant task of telling women who couldn’t afford the fine to terminate their pregnancies. “People didn’t swear at us but they probably did behind our backs,” he says. “It’s natural because we were carrying out the law and they were breaking it so it is just like the clash between a policeman and a thief.” He adds that as long as restrictions are in place, such clashes will continue.

From these words, uttered by a Chinese Communist Family Planning Official, we learn that:

  1. Coercive pregnancy screening continues. Under the Two-Child Policy, Family Planning Police continue to screen women of child-bearing age for illegal pregnancy four times a year.
  2. Forced abortion continues. It is still illegal for single women to have babies in China, and for couples to have third children. It appears that some may be given an opportunity to pay a fine, but Li Bo tells “those who couldn’t afford the fine to terminate their pregnancies.” In other words, if a woman is illegally pregnant and cannot pay the fine – which can be as much as ten times her annual salary – she is forced to abort. Forced abortion, therefore, continues under the Two-Child Policy.
  3. Women pregnant without permission are considered criminals. Li Bo’s statement that women who are pregnant without permission “were breaking it [the law] so it is just like the clash between a policeman and a thief” demonstrates that such pregnancies are still considered illegal; and illegally pregnant women are regarded lawbreakers deserving of punishment, just like thieves.
  4. Forced abortion continues to cause unrest. Li Bo is correct in adding that “as long as restrictions are in place, such clashes will continue.” This statement is an admission that these clashes – often resulting in forced abortion – continue to this day, due to the two-child restrictions.

In a triumph of investigative journalism, on October 28, 2016, the BBC has released a Report, “China’s forbidden babies still an issue,” confirming that under the Two-Child Policy, forced abortion remains a threat for women pregnant with a third child.

In this Report, John Sudworth, the BBC’s Beijing Correspondent, interviews the father of a family in hiding because his wife has just given birth to their third child. The Report describes the man as “anxious and on edge, but still determined to tell his story.” The father told the BBC, “A third baby is not allowed, so we are renting a home away from our village. The local government carries out pregnancy examinations every three months. If we weren’t in hiding, they would have forced us to have an abortion.” (Emphasis added.)

The family was able to escape forced abortion by going into hiding, but when they come out, they will face a fine that could be as large as ten times their annual salary. “We don’t have the money for the fine.   We just don’t know what to do,” the father told the BBC. He does not, however, regret his decision. “When I look at our new baby, I feel happy.”

Sudworth aimed to discover what the policy shift from one to two children per couple means in practice. “And what we have discovered,” he concludes, “suggests that the brutal machinery of enforcement is still in place along with the Chinese state’s insistence on the right of control over women’s wombs.”

This powerful report confirms what I have been saying all along: the new two-child policy will not end forced abortion. As blind activist Chen Guangcheng succinctly tweeted:

This [new two-child policy] is nothing to be happy about. First the #CCP would kill any baby after one. Now they will kill any baby after two. #ChinaOneChildPolicy

Under the Two-Child Policy, a woman’s body remains in the domain of the State. The entire infrastructure of coercion remains in force, with forced pregnancy examinations every three to six months.

My heart goes out to this family, compelled to go into hiding, becoming fugitives, all to avoid the forced abortion of their third child.   They are caught between the joy of holding their new baby in their arms and the fear of what will happen to them when they come out of hiding, since they cannot pay the fine. Who knows whether they will lose their jobs as well, becoming destitute – all this to give birth to their children, which is a human right.

Sudworth also visited the local family planning center, where he asked a senior official whether forced abortions had been carried out in the operating rooms there. The official replied, “Very few,” and then added, none for “at least 10 years.”

Sudworth reflected, “Where else in the world would you find a government official admitting that his colleagues have kidnapped, drugged and forcibly operated on women, no matter how long ago? Where else would the qualifier ‘very few’ be considered an acceptable alternative to an outright denial?”

Sudworth’s colleague then called several family planning centers and spoke to officials at random. She pretended to be pregnant with her third child and asked how she might keep it. All the officials stated that she would have to pay a fine. Such fines can reach ten times a person’s annual income. Inability to pay such fines has led many women to abort a child they would otherwise want.

Beyond this, some of the officials went further, “engaging in coercive home visits with the aim of ‘persuading’ women to have abortions,” according to the BBC Report. One official told Sudworth’s colleague, “If you’re reported to us, then we’ll find you and we’ll persuade you not to give birth to that baby.”   Another official said, “We’ll definitely find you and persuade you to do an abortion.” When asked if a woman could have a third child and then pay the fine, a third official stated, “No. You just can’t.”

The official’s statement, ‘If you’re reported to us . . .’ indicates that the system of informants remains under the two-child policy.   ‘Illegally pregnant’ women have been reported to family planning police by their neighbors, co-workers, supervisors and people in their villages who are paid just to watch women to see if anyone looks pregnant. The official’s statement, ‘If you’re reported to us . . .’ indicates that this Orwellian system of informants remains in place under the two-child policy.

The statement by the officials, ‘. . . we’ll definitely find you and persuade you to do an abortion’ indicates that the Chinese government continues to conduct search and destroy missions, searching for ‘illegally pregnant’ women to destroy their desperately wanted babies. This happened to Feng Jianmei and Wujian, both of whom were dragged out of hiding and forcibly aborted. And what does the word ‘persuade’ mean here? Does it mean forcing a woman to ink her fingerprint on a consent document, like they did to Feng Jianmei?

I applaud the brilliant investigative journalism of John Sudworth and his colleague, and the courage of the BBC to publish his Report,” concluded Littlejohn. “It is extremely difficult to find people willing to speak to the western media about the continuation of forced abortion in China, because of harsh retaliation of the Chinese government against them personally and their families. The story of this courageous couple in hiding deserves to be told the world over. This is investigative reporting at its best.

At a March 8 event at The Heritage Foundation, commemorating International Women’s Day, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers was honored to present Yue Zhang. Ms. Zhang is heroic in her courageous determination to tell the world about the late-term forced abortion she suffered in 2014. She was forcibly aborted because she was unmarried. As you listen to her, please remember that it remains illegal in China today for an unmarried woman to have a child. Ms. Zhang also was given the “option” to pay an impossible fine. Please remember that the Chinese government today continues to present women with “terror fines” that can be many times their annual salary. When these women cannot pay, they are forced to abort.   Some may go into hiding and give birth secretly. In this case, their child will lack household registration, or hukou. Without hukou, this child will have no official existence – will be ineligible for healthcare, education, will not be able officially to work or marry, will not be given a passport and so will not be able to travel.

Conditions Giving Rise to Gendercide Continue Under the Two-Child Policy

Moreover, gendercide continues. In the countryside, it has long been the case that where the first child is a girl, a couple may have a second child. Many couples have regarded this as their last chance to have a boy, and have selectively aborted or abandoned their second daughters. Sex-selective abortions have overwhelmingly been late term, because a woman has to be five to six months pregnant to determine the gender by ultrasound. In addition, many women resist having these ultrasounds until very late in the pregnancy, because they resist being pressured, usually by their in-laws, into aborting their daughters.

Now, according to an article from a Chinese news service published in January of this year, married couples are circumventing mainland Chinese law against sex determination tests for unborn children by employing genetic testing firms in Hong Kong.

The article features the story of a young woman who sent a sample of her blood to a Hong Kong-based testing firm. The day after receiving the report showing she was most likely pregnant with a girl child, she had an abortion.

We predicted last year that the increasing availability of non-invasive pregnancy tests (NIPTs) and the modified two-child policy would result in an increase, not a decrease, in sex-selective abortion. Second daughters remain endangered. The combination of son preference with the Chinese government’s coercive low birth limit has created a culture that oppresses females. The ripple effects of these biases and destructive policies are seen both in the highly skewed birth ratio between male and female babies, and the widespread practice of sex trafficking of women and girls as prostitutes or forced brides.

China’s Two-Child Policy is Social Control Masquerading as Population Control

Now, we read that the new two-child policy has failed to yield the baby boost expected to help allay the self-inflicted demographic disaster China inevitably faces. NBC News reported in January 2017 that the increase in births is substantially below the 20 million for which authorities had hoped.

There are many reasons Chinese couples are reluctant to have a second child, such as the fact that raising a child in China is expensive. So in February 2017, we read that China is considering paying couples to have a second child.

If China wants more babies so desperately that it is willing to pay couples to have a second child, then why is the government aborting single women and mothers of third children? Why doesn’t the government simply abandon all coercive birth limits?

It makes absolutely no demographic or economic sense for the Chinese government to continue to impose birth limitations of any sort whatsoever. China’s population problem is not that it has too many people. It’s that it has too few young people and too few women.

Nevertheless, the Chinese Communist Party has not agreed to get out of the bedrooms of the Chinese people. Women’s bodies remain in the domain of the state. Forced abortion is not a choice. It is official government rape. We need to keep the international pressure on the Chinese Communist Party until all coercive population control is eradicated.  Modifying the One Child Policy into a Two Child Policy has not ended forced abortion, forced sterilization or gendercide. Coercive population control in China does not need to be modified. It needs to be abolished.

Recommendations:

  1. The Secretary of State should investigate and evaluate UNFPA’s activities in China, and the President should de-fund them under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment. UNFPA has been found to be complicit with forced abortion in the past, and I have no doubt they will be again. I have long advocated for the defunding of UNFPA. The U.S. cut off funding to UNFPA in 2002 because an investigation, headed by then Secretary of State Colin Powell, found that UNFPA was complicit with the Chinese Family Planning officials in coercive implementation of China’s one-child policy. The Obama administration restored this funding. The UNCSW – as the advocate for women’s rights within the United Nations – should press relentlessly on the UNFPA to be fully transparent and accountable regarding its “family planning” activities in China. To the extent that the global community is funding the UNFPA, the blood of Chinese women and babies is on our hands.
  2. The U.S. President should utilize the Global Magnitsky Act to deny visas to perpetrators of forced abortion and freeze their US assets.
  3. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has found our “Save a Girl” Campaign to be highly effective in saving the lives of baby girls in China and enabling mothers to keep their daughters. When our network in China learns of a woman who is being pressured to abort or abandon her baby girl, or whose family is so poor that her daughter is at risk, a fieldworker will go to her door and offer encouragement and practical support, saying, “Don’t abort or abandon your baby girl. She is a precious daughter and will bring you much joy! We will offer you monthly support for a year to enable you to keep your daughter.” We have saved hundreds of baby girls this way in our small area of China, and would encourage the Chinese government to implement such a program nationwide, to address China’s pressing gendercide issue.

Take action by signing WRWF’s petition against forced abortion in China.

Support WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign.

Watch — Stop Forced Abortion – China’s War on Women! Video (4 mins)

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/?nav=stop-forced-abortion

Related Links:

The Heritage Foundation – Continued Coercion: China’s Two-Child Policy Threatens Human Rights and Prosperity 3/8/17
http://www.heritage.org/event/continued-coercion-chinas-two-child-policy-threatens-human-rights-and-prosperity

China Considers Baby Bonus for Couples to Have Second Child 2/28/17 http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/28/china/china-second-child-subsidy/

China Population Crisis: New Two-Child Policy Fails to Yield Major Gains 1/28/17
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/28/china-population-crisis-new-two-child-policy-fails-to-yield-major-gains.html

In Pursuit of Baby Boys, Families Send Samples to HK, Abort Baby Girls 1/17/17
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/01-17/242002.shtml

Have China’s Missing Girls Actually Been There All Along? 1/9/17
https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2017/01/chinas-missing-girls-along/

China 2015 Human Rights Report (released in 2016), p. 55 (23 million abortions a year)
https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/252967.pdf

China’s Forbidden Babies Still an Issue 10/28/16
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37788712

China: Forced Abortion at Six Months; Pregnant Women Told They “Deliberately Broke the Law” 8/28/16
http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/china-forced-abortion-at-six-months-pregnant-women-told-they-deliberately-broke-the-law/

Chinese Government Sources Admit Forced Abortion Continues Under Two-Child Policy 8/9/16 http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/blog/chinese-government-sources-admit-forced-abortion-continues-under-two-child-policy/

Guangdong Families Told to Have Abortion or Lose Job 7/22/16 http://www.sixthtone.com/news/guangdong-families-told-have-abortion-or-lose-job

Reinventing China’s Abortion Police 5/4/16
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36203572

Data reveal scale of China abortions 3/15/13
https://www.ft.com/content/6724580a-8d64-11e2-82d2-00144feabdc0

Mr. Vice President, Can You Second Guess Yourself on UNFPA Funding Now? 8/24/11
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/275483/mr-vice-president-can-you-second-guess-yourself-unfpa-funding-now-reggie-littlejohn

‘One Child’ Expert Urges Investigation Before UNFPA Funding Resumes 1/30/09
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/one-child-expert-urges-investigation-unfpa-funding-resumes

You Are Funding Forced Abortions in China 3/27/09
http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/reggie-littlejohn/you-are-funding-forced-abortions-china

Family planning policy prevents 400 million births, Xinhua News Agency (11/9/06)
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-11/09/content_729166.htm

Posted in China's One Child Policy, Chinese Communist Party, coerced abortion, communism, Forced Abortion, gendercide, human dignity, Human Rights, NIPT, One Child Policy, pro-life, Reggie Littlejohn, Save a Girl, Sixth Tone, two child policy, Uncategorized, UNCSW, Women's Rights Without Frontiers | Comments Off on Reggie Littlejohn’s Remarks at the United Nations re: Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence Against Women and Girls

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.

Posted in Arina Grossu, C-Fam, Family Research Council, Forced Abortion, gendercide, Heritage Foundation, human trafficking, Rebecca Oas, Reggie Littlejohn, reproductive health, reproductive rights, Sarah Torre, sexual slavery | Comments Off on WRWF to Host Event at United Nations in New York on Thursday: Femicide, Trafficking and Reproductive Violence