Open Letter: Stop the Genocide Olympics!

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Dear Friends,

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) and the Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) released today an open letter urging the United States Olympics Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. Failing that, the signatories declared that they will mobilize with others to boycott what amounts to “Genocide Games.”

[See the text of the Letter below.]

Signing for the sponsoring NGOs were Reggie Littlejohn, the founder and President of WRWF, and CPDC Chairman Brian Kennedy.  Among the 108 other signatories who joined them are many luminaries – including courageous Chinese freedom-fighters and human rights activists like Chen Guangcheng, Wang Dan, Bob Fu, and Teng Biao– and luminaries from a broad range of disciplines like: Rep. Frank Wolf (Ret.), Frank GaffneyEric Metaxas, Kelley Currie, Ellie Cohanim, John-Henry Westen, Fr. Frank Pavone and George Weigel

The Open Letter begins with a powerful reminder: Adolf Hitler shamelessly exploited his role as host of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin to legitimate his regime, consolidate his power and prepare to mount the Holocaust and launch World War II. 

Today, we are witnessing another totalitarian regime determined to use the 2022 Beijing Olympics to advance its quest for absolute control at home and global domination abroad. This prospect has become all the more abhorrent in the wake of the U.S. State Department declaring that the Chinese Communists are engaged in an ongoing genocide against millions of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang Province. 

 The letter makes clear that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is perpetrating a host of other, egregious crimes against humanity as well, including: religious persecution, forced abortion and sterilization, involuntary organ harvesting, forced labor, mass surveillance, detention of dissidents, unrivalled environmental predation, and the deliberate unleashing of the coronavirus pandemic on the world.

Others determined to join this fight against tyranny and for the “Freedom Olympics” are invited to learn more and sign a petition at GenocideGames.org.  Do it today!

Here is the text of the letter and the list of signatories:

April 15, 2021

Ms. Susanne Lyons
Chairman
U.S. Olympic Committee
27 S Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

         Re: Stop the 2022 Genocide Games

Dear Ms. Lyons:

In 1936, the Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany. Predictably, they proved to be an enormous propaganda windfall for Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, affording it unwarranted international prestige, legitimacy and credibility. Arguably, these benefits served as a smokescreen for the horrific crimes against humanity that the Nazi regime subsequently unleashed in its genocidal Holocaust against 6 million Jews and in the course of the world war Hitler precipitated.

Today, we are confronting another totalitarian regime actively engaging in, among crimes against humanity, another genocide. Yet, as of now, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and its international counterpart are preparing to enable the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to receive and exploit a propaganda bonanza that will make what the Nazis enjoyed pale by comparison. That must not happen.

As you know, the United States government has determined that the CCP is genocidally oppressing millions of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the region of western China they call East Turkistan and the Chinese Communists have branded Xinjiang. At least one million of these victims are incarcerated in scores of concentration camps, some replete with crematoria, where they are being brainwashed, raped, forcibly aborted and sterilized, tortured, organ-harvested and forced to perform slave labor.  Is that acceptable to the U.S. Olympic Committee? Would your organization want to be associated with, let alone be seen as condoning, such barbaric behavior?

The U.S. government has prohibited the importation of cotton produced in East Turkistan lest American consumers unwittingly support the CCP’s slave labor practices. Western companies in China that are complying with this requirement – including some that are sponsors of the 2022 Beijing Olympics – are being punished by the Chinese government for such compliance. Does the U.S. Olympic Committee really want to side with China’s slave-masters?

That would especially be the case since the PRC has given no indication that it will abandon the genocidal oppression of Uyghurs and others, let alone dismantle the massive infrastructure used for this purpose. Rather, the CCP will no doubt exploit the “Genocide Games” as proof that the world is indifferent to, if not actually implicitly endorsing, its crimes against humanity.

If the Chinese Communist Party’s systematic oppression of those enslaved in its Captive Nations – including not only Uyghurs, but Tibetans, Southern Mongolians and the people of Hong Kong – were not bad enough, countless millions of Chinese citizens are also victims of the CCP. China employs the world’s most comprehensive state surveillance and a repressive “social credit system” to ensure their submission. Were a Beijing Olympics to occur next year, athletes, international staff and visitors would all be subjected to these invasive and coercive totalitarian techniques, as well.

In addition, Olympians would effectively be legitimating the CCP’s assiduous persecution of millions of religious believers. Millions of Chinese Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and Muslims are among those who have been subjected to CCP imprisonment, torture and executions in the last several decades.

Then there is the matter of the Chinese Communist Party’s involuntary extraction of vital organs. Eminent international human rights experts have found that forced organ harvesting is taking place in the PRC on an industrial scale. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of China’s own people, ethnic and religious minorities and prisoners of conscience have been murdered to profit the CCP. Is the U.S. Olympic Committee willing to associate with the perpetrators of these crimes?

The CCP is the perpetrator of the murderous One Child Policy, through which they have “prevented” 400 million lives through forced abortion, involuntary sterilization, forced contraception and infanticide. Because of son preference, tens of millions of baby girls have been selectively aborted. Forced abortion and sex-selective abortion continue in China under the Two Child Policy. There are now 30 to 40 million more men living in China than women, leading to rampant sex trafficking, forced marriage and sexual slavery. Is it fair to female athletes to force them to compete on Chinese soil, where females are rampantly subjected to the most violent forms of sexual violence?

Communist China is also guilty of unrivaled environmental predations, to the great detriment of both its own people’s health and safety and those of others downwind or downstream from, for example, the CCP’s toxic pollution, damning of rivers and devastating overfishing of international waters. Is your Committee prepared to ignore such irresponsible conduct, to say nothing of subjecting American athletes, USOC personnel and attendees to China’s potentially hazardous environmental conditions?

Finally, holding the 2022 Olympics in Beijing would amount to a vindication of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to avoid responsibility for the ongoing, murderous coronavirus pandemic that emanated from Wuhan and was then deliberately spread around the world, thanks to the PRC allowing international flights to continue after severely restricting domestic travel. Again, the question occurs: Does the USOC wish to be remembered as standing with the millions of American and other victims of the CCP virus or with those who unleashed it?

For all these reasons, we – the undersigned members of the Committee on the Present Danger: China and leaders of the international human rights community who also stand against the Chinese Communists’ ongoing genocide and other crimes – call upon the U.S. Olympic Committee to lead an urgent international effort to relocate the 2022 Winter Games to another venue in this country or elsewhere, providing a “Freedom Olympics” alternative to the “Genocide Olympics.” Failing that, you are on notice that we will bend every effort to boycott the Games.

We remind you that the 2020 Olympic Charter states: “The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”  Honoring arguably the greatest human rights abuser in the world with the privilege of hosting the Olympics runs directly counter to the Olympic Charter. Holding the Games in Beijing does a tremendous disservice to athletes, who do not want their desire to prove themselves the world’s best to be put in the service of the world’s worst oppressors.

Moreover, under the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, to which both China and the United States are parties, the official designation of CCP genocide by the U.S. government requires that we “punish” the offending regime. Specifically, Article 1 of that binding international treaty states: “The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.”

We are, therefore, obliged at a minimum not to reward the Chinese Communist Party with hosting perhaps the most prestigious international event in the world. Instead, we should recognize the CCP as the Transnational Criminal Organization it is and treat it accordingly.

Please advise us at the earliest possible moment whether you and the rest of the U.S. Olympic Committee will stand with us or with the genocidal Chinese Communist Party.  If we do not hear within ten days of the date of this letter that you are pressing the IOC to move the Games, we will press for a boycott.

                                                        Sincerely,

                                                                Brian Kennedy
                                                                Chairman
                                                                Committee on the Present Danger: China

                                                                Reggie Littlejohn
                                                                Founder and President
                                                                Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

cc:

International Olympic Committee
President Joe Biden
Vice President Kamala Harris
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken
National Security Advisor to the President Jake Sullivan
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member James Risch
House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Greg Meeks
House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Michael McCaul
Tom Lantos Commission
International Religious Freedom Caucus
Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Worldwide Corporate Sponsors of the 2022 Olympics:

         Airbnb
         Alibaba Group
         Allianz
         Atos
         Bridgestone
         Coca-Cola
         Dow Chemical
         General Electric
         Intel
         Omega
         Panasonic
         Proctor & Gamble
         Samsung
         Toyota
         Visa, Inc.

Additional Signatories: (108 Signatures)

Carrie Abbott, President, The Legacy Institute

Theodore Baehr, Chairman, MOVIEGUIDE®

Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer, The Radiance Foundation

Kim Bongiornro, Co-founder, Moral Action Ministry

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, President, Human Life International

Andi Buerger, Founder, Voices Against Trafficking

Douglas Burton, Senior editor, RuralWatch.News

Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign USA

Yaxue Cao, Director and Editor, China Change

Chris Chappell, Host, China Uncensored

Guangcheng Chen, Human Rights Activist, Author, Barefoot Lawyer

M K Cheng, Advocate, Democracy for Hong Kong in the UK Union

Samul Spurgeon Babu Chuttugalla, Pastor, Youth Gospel Crusade

Bill Clark, NW Director, Peace Catalyst International

Ellie Cohanim, Signing in her Individual Capacity

Anders Corr, Publisher, Journal of Political Risk

Blanquita Cullum, Co-Founder, Voices Against Trafficking

Kelley Currie, Signing in her Individual Capacity

Peggy Dau, Representative, IranAliveMinistries

Stefania Della Santa, Missionary, Associazione L’ONDA

Paula DeSutter, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Tendere’ Veritas Consulting

Hatgin Dolgion, President, Inner Mongolian People’s Party

Gunnery Sergeant Jessie Jane Duff, US Marine Corps (Ret.), Military Advisor, Committee Present Danger: China

Nicholas Eberstadt, Signing in his Individual Capacity

Stephen Enada, President, International Committee on Nigeria

Rt. Rev. Andudu Adam Elnail, Bishop, Co-leader of the GAFCON Suffering Church Network

Charles Faddis, Senior Partner, Artemis

Joseph Farah, Founder and CEO, World Net Daily

Willy Fautre, Founder and Director, Human Rights Without Frontiers

Kevin Freeman, Founder, NSIC Institute

Bob Fu, Founder and President, ChinaAid

Frank Gaffney, Vice Chairman, Committee on the Present Danger:  China

Lela Gilbert, Sr. Fellow for Int’l Religious Freedom, Family Research Council

Dr. Sasha Gong, Signing in her personal capacity

Ethan Gutmann, Signing in his Individual Capacity

Bryan Hickox, Chairman, The Jesus Alliance

Joyce Ho, Founder and Director, Project Black Mask HK

Walter Hoye, CEO, Issues4Life Foundation

Salih Hudayar, Founder & President, East Turkistan National Awakening Movement

Dolkun Isa, President, World Uyghur Congress

Charles Jacobs, President, Americans for Peace and Tolerance

Steve Jalsevac, President, LifeSiteNews.com

Kevin Jessip, Chairman, Save the Persecuted Christians

Sheryl Kaufman, Board Member, Americans for Limited Government

David Kilgour, Member (Ret.), Canadian Parliament

Se Hoon Kim, Director, Captive Nations Coalition (CNC)

Gordon Klingenschmitt, Chaplain, The Pray In Jesus Name Project

Ilshat Kokbore, Director of Chinese affairs department, World Uyghur Congress

Al Kresta, President & CEO, Ave Maria Radio

Tash Lamsang, President, Tibetan Youth Congress NY&NJ

Ann Lau, Chair, Visual Artists Guild

Dede Laugesen, Executive Director, Save the Persecuted Christians

Chung Hang Baggio Leung, Former Members of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, HK Legislative Council

Sean Lin, Executive Director, Truth Warrior Alliance

Ted Lipien, President, Free Media Online

Clare Lopez, Signing in her personal capacity

Carnes Lord, Professor of Strategic Leadership, US Naval War College

Robert Maness, CEO, Iron Liberty Group LLC

Richard Manning, President, Americans for Limited Government

Bradley Mattes, President, Life Issues Institute

Faith McDonnell, Director of Advocacy, Katartismos Global (KGI Global)

Jill McElya, President, Invisible Girl Project

Eric Metaxas, President and Founder, Socrates in the City

John Mills, Former Director, Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy, and International Affairs, Retired – Department of Defense

Janet Morana, Executive Director, Priests For Life

Allen Morris, Executive Director, Concerned Methodists

Anne Morse, signing in my individual capacity

Steve Mosher, President, Population Research Institute

Maura Moynihan, Author, researcher, Tibet Policy Group

Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue

Ayman Abdel Nour, President, Syrian Christians for peace

Elizabeth Nowrasteh, Screenwriter, The Stoning of Soraya M. And The Young Messiah

Jenny Noyes, Executive Director, New Wineskins Missionary Network

Ghulam Osman, President, East Turkistan Government in Exile

George Parker, Executive Director, Revealing Light Ministries

Jorge Parrott, President, Christ’s Mandate for Missions

Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host/Author, In The Market with Janet Parshall

Rev. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Bart Peacher, Founder/President, It Is Time Israel

Paul Pickern, CEO, All Pro Pastors International

Mike Ramirez, Event Coordinator, San Antonio, Texas Patriots’ Group

Shakeel Raphael, Director, Free Nadeem Samson

Tenzin Sampho, Represent, US-Tibet Committee

Suzanne Scholte, President, Defense Forum Foundation

Donald Shenk, Director, Gospel Tide Broadcasting Association

Deborah Sigmund, Founder & Executive Director, Innocents at Risk

Terese Simpson, Signing in her Individual Capacity

Mark Singer, Co-founder, Moral Action Ministry

Molly Smith, President, Cleveland Right to Life

Gani Stambekov, President, Free Kazakhs

Patricia Streeter, Co-leader, Anglican Persecuted Church Network

Carol Swain, President, Be the People Project

Juliana Taimoorazy, Founder and President, Iraqi Christian Relief Council

Biao Teng, President, China Against the Death Penalty

Bradley Thayer, Professor, CPDC Advisor

Enghebatu Togochog, President, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center

Quoc-Hung Tran MD, Vice President, Vietnam Democracy Center

Dan Wang, Student Leader, Tiananmen Square Pro-Democracy Movement

George Weigel, signing in his individual capacity

John-Henry Westen, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, LifeSite News

Frank Wolf, Member of Congress 1981-2014, retired

Jianli Yang, President, Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Elizabeth Yore, Esq., Founder, YoreChildren

Gong Yi Yuan, Chairman, Hong Kong Freedom Beacon Inc.

Maria Zack, President, Nations in Action

Jing Zhang, Executive Director, Women’s Rights in China

Lin Zhang, Writer, Liberty China

Fengsuo Zhou, Founder and President, Humanitarian China

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Reggie Littlejohn’s Report to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Forced Abortion, Gendercide, Genocide,

and the Abandonment of Widows under

China’s Two-Child Policy;

Campaigns to Empower Rural

Women and Girls

Statement by Reggie Littlejohn

Co-Hosted by Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and

The Women’s United Nations Reporting Network

March 18, 2021

The 2021 theme for the UNCSW is “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”  This theme touches the very heart of the work of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.   Forced abortion, sterilization and infanticide constitute extreme violence against women and girls, and run directly counter to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.  It is heartbreaking that, 26 years after the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women, these atrocities continue unabated in China.

I will speak about the continuation of forced abortion and gendercide under China’s One Child Policy, now its Two Child Policy, especially against Uyghur Muslim and other ethnic minority women living in Xinjiang today.   

I will also speak about our campaigns to empower women and girls in rural China – Our Save a Girl Campaign, and our Save a Widow Campaign.

* * *

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.  According to credible reports, the CCP is forcibly sterilizing Uyghur women in Xinjiang to this day.  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 gives 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. 

The 2020 Congressional-Executive Commission on China Report released in January, 2021, states that under the Two-Child Policy, “Chinese authorities continued to threaten or impose punishments, including heavy fines, job termination, and abortion, on families for illegal pregnancies and births.”  Moreover, “During the 2020 reporting year, central government authorities continued to reject calls to end birth restrictions, despite population experts voicing demographic, economic, and human rights concerns over China’s population control policies.”  CECC Report, Population Control section, p. 1.

Abuses committed by the CCP in furtherance of coercive population control “violate standards set forth in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 1994 Programme of Action of the Cairo International Conference on Population Development.”  CECC Report, Population Control section, p. 3.

The CECC Report explains that, although national family planning law prohibits officials from abrogating the “legitimate rights and interests” of citizens when enforcing family planning law, in fact, some provincial and local family planning regulations “continued to explicitly instruct officials to carry out abortions – often referred to as ‘remedial measures,’ (bujiu cuoshi) – for unsanctioned pregnancies.”  CECC Report, Population Control section, p. 4.

A Radio Free Asia Report stated: “According to a June 8 report published on the official Xinjiang Web news site, an average of 8 million ‘extra’ pregnancies are aborted in China each year.”  The term, “extra pregnancy” is a euphemism for an “illegal pregnancy.”  Therefore, there are 8 million forced abortions in China each year.

Those who refuse to abort can suffer catastrophic financial consequences.  For example, in 2019, when a Guangdong couple was pregnant with their third child, local population control officials pressured the wife 14 times to terminate the pregnancy.  When she refused to abort, the couple was fined US $22,000, and both husband and wife were fired from their jobs. 

In another incident, a couple, surnamed Zhong, in August of 2017 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 a 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 … [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. 

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 keep. 

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.  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.

Forced Abortion, Sterilization, Infanticide and Systematic Rape in Xinjiang

Several bombshell reports have been released in recent months, interviewing escapees from Xinjiang, including from the prison camps.  They tell harrowing stories of forced abortion, involuntary sterilization, infanticide, and systemic rape carried out at the hands of the CCP.  Here are some examples:

Gulnar Omirzakh is the impoverished wife of a detained vegetable trader.  After the birth of their third child, the Chinese government ordered her to get an IUD.  She complied.  Nevertheless, two years later, four military officials came to her door and gave her three days to pay a fine of $2,685 for having more than two children.  If she could not pay, she would join her husband and a million others, locked in internment camps for having “too many children.”

“God bequeaths children on you.  To prevent people from having children is wrong,” said Omirzakh, an ethnic minority Kazakh.  “They [the Chinese Communist government] want to destroy us as a people,” she stated, according to a compelling, investigative report by the Associated Press.

The Chinese Communist Party regards Omirzakh and people who share her views as religious extremists.  CCP-backed scholars have identified “as a key obstacle [to the CCP’s goals in Xinjiang] the religious belief that ‘the fetus is a gift from God,’” according to the AP Report. The CCP locks up these religious believers, mostly Muslim, in internment camps, where they will receive political and religious re-education, in an attempt “to purge them of their faith.”

“The state [Chinese government] regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forced intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands,” the AP Report continues.  

“Hundreds of thousands might be an understatement, because there are 15 million Turkic minorities in Xinjiang,” said German researcher Adrian Zenz, according to an ABC News analysis.  Zenz released his own, heavily documented investigative report this week, published by the Jamestown Foundation think tank.

At the same time as it is forcibly aborting, sterilizing and detaining the Uyghur and Kazakh population, the CCP is encouraging births among the Han Chinese, including Han Chinese who have settled in Xinjiang.  This practice may amount to “Han settler colonialism” or even cultural and ethnic genocide. 

According to some of the ex-detainees interviewed by the AP:

  • Women were given repeated health examinations in the internment camps.  If they were found pregnant, they were forced to abort. 
  • A pregnant woman disappeared from the camp. 
  • Two others, terrified of the consequences of being pregnant in the camp,  “got rid of their children on their own.” 
  • Another witness saw “a new mother, still leaking breast milk, who did not know what had happened to her infant.”

Forced sterilizations are also common:

Another former detainee said she was injected until she stopped having her period, and kicked repeatedly in the lower stomach during interrogations.  She now can’t have children and often doubles over in pain, bleeding from her womb.

Those who have too many children are not only interned in camps, but their children can be taken away and placed in an orphanage.

Regarding forced sterilization, the Zenz Report states:  “In 2018, 80 percent of all new IUD placements in China were performed in Xinjiang, despite the fact that the region only makes up 1.8 percent of the nation’s population.”

In early 2021, the use of systematic rape has come to light in China.  A teacher forced to work in one of the Uyghur detention camps in Xinjiang Province recently told the BBC:

. . .“rape was common,” and the guards “picked the girls and young women they wanted and took them away.”

She described witnessing a harrowing public gang rape of a woman of just 20 or 21, who was brought before about 100 other detainees to make a forced confession.

“after that, in front of everyone, the police took turns to rape her,” [the teacher] said.

“While carrying out this test, they watched people closely and picked out anyone who resisted, clenched their fists, closed their eyes, or looked away, and took them for punishment.”

This excruciating account was reported in BBC’s recent investigative report, ‘Their goal is to destroy everyone’:  Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape. 

This account of gang rape, after what appears to have been a Cultural Revolution-style struggle session to extract a forced confession, is the stuff of nightmares – except that according to accounts of several women who have escaped the camps in Xinjiang and spoken to the BBC, it is actually happening today, to real women in Xinjiang, at the savage hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

The CCP has also been credibly accused of forcibly aborting and sterilizing Uyghur women in the hundreds of thousands, as well as committing infanticide of full term babies born outside of the family planning limits.  Secretary of State Pompeo, on his last day in office, officially labeled these and other human rights abuses by the CCP to be Genocide.

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

The 2020 CECC Report states that sex-selective abortion continues in China to this day:

The government’s restrictive birth limit policies have also exacerbated China’s sex ratio imbalance, which reportedly fueled the demand for foreign women and resulted in human trafficking. Although Chinese authorities continued to implement a ban on “non-medically necessary sex determination and sex-selective abortion,” some people reportedly continued the practices in keeping with a traditional cultural preference for sons.

Moreover, as I had predicted, the sex-selective abortion of baby girls continues under the Two-Child Policy.   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. 

In the summer of 2017, 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

We predicted 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 Abandoned Widows: Invisible Victims of the One Child Policy

China’s current elderly population is 241 million, 17.3 % of the nation’s total population, and rising.  China’s elderly population is set to peak at nearly half a billion, or 35% of the total population, in 2050. 

China has the highest female suicide rate in the world.  According to a State Department Report, 590 women end their lives every day in China.  China also has a skyrocketing rate of senior suicide, which has increased 500% in the past 20 years, as the One Child Policy has destroyed the family structure in China.

Sadly, senior suicide is on the rise.  According to a report in the China Daily — a Chinese government–affiliated English language news outlet — the suicide rate of rural Chinese elderly has increased 500% in the past two decades, from 100 to 500 per 100,000.  According to sociologist Liu Yanwu, who studied the issue for six years, “. . . I was more shocked by the lack of concern in villages where the elderly commit suicide . . . It seems that death is nothing to fear, and suicide is a normal, even a happy end.”

In the past, elders were venerated and cared for by their children and grandchildren.  “Filial piety was valued in old China, but many elderly people in rural areas can no longer depend on their children as a result of the great economic and social changes over the past three decades,” continues Liu, “and the pension system fails to compensate . . . In China, farmers are vulnerable, and old farmers are the most vulnerable.”

Studies show that the elderly, especially elderly widows who traditionally have depended on their children to support them in old age, are becoming destitute and so desperate that they are committing suicide.  They are the invisible victims of the demographic disaster caused by the One Child Policy and are in urgent need of help. 

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, through our “Save a Widow” Campaign, is extending help to elderly widows, to ease their suffering and give them dignity and new hope in the twilight season of their lives. 

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

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.  The 2020 CECC Report has confirmed that the birthrate continued to drop through 2020.  Indeed, according to a BBC Report, China’s birthrate has fallen to its lowest level since the 1950s. 

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. 

In February 2017, China considered 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.  China’s problem is 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.

Conclusion:

It is impossible to celebrate any advancement of women’s rights anywhere on earth, when one out of five women in the world is subject to a regime that will strap them down to tables, thrust its hands into their wombs and rip their little ones out, as these women scream and plead for the lives of babies they desperately want.  Gendercide – the sex selective abortion of baby girls – has been practiced for generations in China, and widows are destitute and abandoned in the countryside.

The women’s movement can claim no real victory so long as this scourge against women continues to blight the face of the earth.  Chinese women cannot stand up against forced abortion without risking detention, for themselves and for their families.  It is time for all women to rise up for our sisters in China and be a voice for the voiceless.

It is a travesty that China – one of the worst women’s rights offenders in the world — is being honored by hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.  I call on the international women’s rights community to join me in pressing to get the Olympics moved to a country that respects the rights of women.

The CCP’s brutal use of forced abortion, involuntary sterilization, rape, and internment of families who have ‘too many children’ is shocking, heartbreaking, and outrageous.  The targeting of those who believe that children are a gift from God constitutes religious persecution as well.  No legitimate government would perpetrate such monstrous barbarism. 

The CCP must be held accountable.  We applaud Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s swift condemnation of these abhorrent practices and his determination that these and other practices constitute genocide.  We appreciate Secretary Blinken’s agreement with that determination.  We demand the end of all coercive population control in China.  Forced abortion and sterilization constitute savage violence against women.

Recommendations:

  1. We call on the UNCSW, the U.S. Government and all people of conscience to demand that China cease all coercive population control. 
  2. The U.S. President should continue to 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 baby girls in China from gender discrimination or poverty, and enabling mothers to raise their daughters, in one small area of rural China.
  4. Women’s Right Without Frontiers has found our “Save a Widow” Campaign to be highly effective in restoring dignity and providing practical support to destitute or abandoned widows, in our small area of rural China.
  5. The UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China, as well as a lack of transparency, by past administrations.  We believe funding by the U.S. should not have been restored without a thorough investigation regarding whether the UNFPA will be completely transparent in its activities in China, taking careful precautions not to be complicit with coercive population control, but rather, actively to oppose it.  This is especially the case, now that there has been a recent determination that the CCP is committing genocide, in large part based on coercive population control practiced against Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang.
  6. Given the official determination of Genocide, and all its human rights abuses, China has no right to host the 2022 Olympics.  We ask the UNCSW to call upon the International Olympic Committee to move the “Genocide Games” to a free country.

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

WRWF’s Save a Girl Campaign.

WRWF’s Save a Widow Campaign.

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

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

Related Links:

Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2020 Report (released in January 2021)
https://www.cecc.gov/sites/chinacommission.house.gov/files/documents/2020%20ANNUAL%20REPORT%20FINAL%201223.pdf

Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang, January 19, 2021

https://2017-2021.state.gov/determination-of-the-secretary-of-state-on-atrocities-in-xinjiang/index.html

Number of Newborns in China Drops 15% in 2020 as Corona Virus Weighs 2/8/21

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-society-population/number-of-newborns-in-china-drops-15-in-2020-as-coronavirus-weighs-idUSKBN2A907A

‘Their goal is to destroy everyone’:  Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape, February 2, 2021

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-55794071

Chinese Birth Rate Falls to Lowest in Seven Decades 1/17/2020

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51145251

China imposes forced abortion, sterilization on Uyghurs, investigation shows, June 29, 2020

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-30/china-forces-birth-control-on-uyghurs-to-suppress-population/12404912


Xinjiang Hospitals Aborted, Killed Babies Outside Family Planning Limits, Uyghur Obstetrician, August 17, 2020
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/abortions-08172020144036.html

China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population, June 29, 2020

https://apnews.com/article/e2674c069d46f6d5c9a3d3be40d612d4

Sterilizations, IUDs, and Mandatory Birth Control:  The CCP’s Campaign to Suppress Uyghur Birthrates in Xinjiang.  Adrian Zenz, The Jamestown Foundation.  June, 2020

https://jamestown.org/product/sterilizations-iuds-and-mandatory-birth-control-the-ccps-campaign-to-suppress-uyghur-birthrates-in-xinjiang/

On China’s Coercive Family Planning and Forced Sterilization Program in Xinjiang.  Press statement, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, June 29, 2020

https://www.state.gov/on-chinas-coercive-family-planning-and-forced-sterilization-program-in-xinjiang/

China imposes forced abortion, sterilization on Uyghurs, investigation shows, June 30, 2020

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-30/china-forces-birth-control-on-uyghurs-to-suppress-population/12404912

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

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

Widows and Elder Suicide in China

Loneliness, Hopelessness and Suicide in later life:  A case-control psychological autopsy study in rural China, April 24, 2020

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7214700/

Can China Afford Rapid Aging?  July 18, 2016

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4949193/

https://springerplus.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40064-016-2778-0

Suicide Among Elderly Increases, April 8, 2014

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-08/04/content_18239837.htm

China’s Elderly Population to Peak at Half a Billion in 2050

https://gbtimes.com/chinas-elderly-population-to-peak-at-half-a-billion-in-2050

China’s Elderly Population Continues to Rise, With 241 Million Now Over 60

https://gbtimes.com/chinas-elderly-population-continues-to-rise

Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2017 Report, “Population Control” section, see p. 158

https://www.cecc.gov/publications/annual-reports/2017-annual-report

Ageing China:  Changes and Challenges, September 20 2012

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-19630110

China:  The Disturbing Trend of Elderly Suicide,  October 6, 2016

http://www.silvereco.org/en/china-the-disturbing-trend-of-elderly-suicide/

Suicide Among the Elderly in Mainland China, July 2009

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26672766_Suicide_Among_the_Elderly_in_Mainland_China

How China’s Rural Elderly Are Being Left Behind and Taking Their Lives, updated, March 11, 2016

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/how-chinas-rural-elderly-are-being-left-behind-and-taking-theirlives/article29179579/

Why are so many elderly Asians killing themselves?  February 18, 2014  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/why-are-so-many-elderly-asians-killing-themselves-n32591

China’s Rural Poor Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Aging Crisis February 4, 2017

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-05/china-s-rural-poor-bear-the-brunt-of-the-nation-s-aging-crisis

Relying on Whom?  Poverty and Consumption Financing of China’s Elderly

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK109233/

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Invitation Today! WRWF to Co- Host Free Virtual Event at United Nations, 11:00 a.m. Eastern

You are invited to attend our virtual webinar at the United Nations TODAY! The Women’s United Nations Reporting Network and Women’s Rights Without Frontiers will co-host a free, virtual event at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).   Women’s Rights in China will report on the true status of women in China.  Please join us!  Details below. 

UN Commission on the Status of Women Session 65

ABANDONED IN CHINA – BABY GIRLS & ELDERLY WIDOWS

The Status of Women in China

Where Is Social Protection & Support?

WEBINAR

March 18, 2021 Time: 11:00 am Eastern

REGISTER FOR WEBINAR HERE

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F4vOsP6kQ9uaj_DDnuCsSw
 

The two most vulnerable groups of females in China are baby girls/forcefully aborted or abandoned, and widows, usually elderly. Widows are exponentially increasing all over the world, but the rising number of poor, destitute widows has been quite invisible, especially in China. Many are in small, remote Chinese villages and without social protection, social provision for survival with dignity. In a society that continues to favor males, baby girls and elderly widows are often considered a liability in China. Widows may have large medical bills for their deceased husbands and for themselves. Their family may be far away and often disinterested in caring for an ageing family widow. Baby girls, if they are lucky enough to survive, are often abandoned, as their mothers are pressured to “give them away” in favor of having a boy. Baby girls and widowed older women are, indeed, a tragic hidden crisis in China. This panel will discuss, show examples, and consider viable solutions, for Chinese baby girls and for elderly widows, with a particular focus on social protection, greater gender equality, human rights, and social justice.  Beyond this, women in China continue to face gender-based violence and discrimination.

Distinguished Speakers:

  • Ms. Reggie Littlejohn – Attorney, Founder Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
    • Video on China Abandoned Baby Girls; China Elderly Widows – Overview & Video
  • Ms. Jing Zhang – Founder & Director, Women’s Rights in China 
    • Forced Abortions in China – Video

 Moderator: Ms. Lois A. Herman – Coordinator WUNRN-Women’s UN Report Network 

CONTACT:  Reggie Littlejohn, 310.592.5722; reggielittlejohn@gmail.com

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China Does Not Deserve to Host the 2022 Olympics

Olympic Flag (Shutterstock – credit: lazyllama)

Because of its genocide and many other serious human rights violations, the Chinese Communist Party does not deserve the honor of hosting the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. They will just use this prestigious event to further their propaganda, as they did in 2008. We call on the International Olympic Committee to move the Olympics to a willing city in a free country, perhaps to a place that has recently hosted the winter Olympics, so that they already have the infrastructure. We would love to see the U.S. host the “Freedom Olympics” as an alternative to the “Genocide Olympics.” We are not alone in this growing call to boycott. Read the article below.
https://onenewsnow.com/sports/2021/03/02/boycott-calls-growing-louder-over-china-hosting-olympics

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International Women’s Day a Mockery for Chinese Women [WARNING: Distressing Content]

(iStock photo – credit: spukkato)

International Women’s Day will not be celebrated by hundreds of millions of Chinese women who live under the iron fist of the Two Child Policy, many of whom have been victims of forced abortion up to the ninth month of pregnancy, as well as forced sterilization.  They have had a fundamental right stripped away: the right to bear children.

Recently, the use of systematic rape has come to light in China.  A teacher forced to work in one of the Uyghur detention camps in Xinjiang Province recently told the BBC:

. . .“rape was common,” and the guards “picked the girls and young women they wanted and took them away.”

She described witnessing a harrowing public gang rape of a woman of just 20 or 21, who was brought before about 100 other detainees to make a forced confession.

“after that, in front of everyone, the police took turns to rape her,” [the teacher] said.

“While carrying out this test, they watched people closely and picked out anyone who resisted, clenched their fists, closed their eyes, or looked away, and took them for punishment.”

This excruciating account was reported in BBC’s recent investigative report, ‘Their goal is to destroy everyone’:  Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape. 

This account of gang rape, after what appears to have been a Cultural Revolution-style struggle session to extract a forced confession, is the stuff of nightmares – except that according to accounts of several women who have escaped the camps in Xinjiang and spoken to the BBC, it is actually happening today, to real women in Xinjiang, at the savage hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

The CCP has also been credibly accused of forcibly aborting and sterilizing Uyghur women in the hundreds of thousands, as well as committing infanticide of full term babies born outside of the family planning limits.  Secretary of State Pompeo, on his last day in office, officially labeled these and other human rights abuses by the CCP to be Genocide.

Meanwhile, forced abortion continues to be rampant across China, not limited to Xinjiang.  A Radio Free Asia report stated that, according to an official news outlet, “an average of 8 million ‘extra’ pregnancies are aborted in China each year.”  “Extra” pregnancies – a euphemism for “illegal” pregnancies —  are aborted by force.

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “I find it impossible to celebrate any advancement of women’s rights anywhere on earth, when one out of five women in the world is subject to a regime that will strap them down to tables, thrust its hands into their wombs and rip their little ones out, as these women scream and plead for the lives of babies they desperately want.  Gendercide – the sex selective abortion of baby girls – has been practiced for generations in China, and widows are destitute and abandoned in the countryside.

“The women’s movement can claim no real victory so long as this scourge against women continues to blight the face of the earth.  Chinese women cannot stand up against forced abortion without risking detention, for themselves and for their families.  It is time for all women to rise up for our sisters in China and be a voice for the voiceless.” 

Littlejohn stated, “It is a travesty that China – one of the worst women’s rights offenders in the world — is being honored by hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.  I call on the international women’s rights community to join me in pressing to get the Olympics moved to a country that respects the rights of women.”

Watch a 4-minute video, “Stop Forced Abortion.”

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

Sign a petition to stop forced abortion:

http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=sign_our_petition

Related Links

‘Their goal is to destroy everyone’:  Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-55794071

China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population

https://apnews.com/e2674c069d46f6d5c9a3d3be40d612d4

Sterilizations, IUDs, and Mandatory Birth Control:  The CCP’s Campaign to Suppress Uyghur Birthrates in Xinjiang.  Adrian Zenz, The Jamestown Foundation.  June, 2020

https://jamestown.org/product/sterilizations-iuds-and-mandatory-birth-control-the-ccps-campaign-to-suppress-uyghur-birthrates-in-xinjiang/

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Thanks to your help, “Xingjuan” was saved from being given away to strangers

Xingjuan was eleven months old when we found her.  She is a rare third daughter in her family.  Rare, because even second daughters are at risk of being aborted or abandoned under China’s Two Child Policy.  Few third daughters are allowed to see the light of day.  

Life is extremely hard for Xingjuan and her family.  Her parents are vegetable farmers.  During the Covid-19 economic shutdown in China, no trucks came to their remote village to buy vegetables.  Much of their crop simply rotted in the greenhouse.  Not only did they make no money, but they spent money, time and energy maintaining their farm.  Now, they are financially devastated. 

Another factor that makes life hard for this family is “daughter shaming.”  They are known in their village as “the family with daughters only.”  Xingjuan’s paternal grandmother feels particularly shamed by this, because her son (Xingjuan’s father) is the only boy she had, and now she has no grandsons, either.  This grandmother found a family in a nearby village that has two sons, and tried to pressure Xingjuan’s mom into giving Xingjuan away to that family.  Because there are so many more men living in China than women, some parents resort to “adopting” a baby girl, to raise her as the future wife of their son.  Xingjuan’s mom fought against giving away her daughter. 

Fortunately for Xingjuan and her family, our fieldworker heard about their plight and approached them with an offer of encouragement and financial support for one year.  Our support turned the whole situation around: now Xingjuan is viewed as a lucky girl by her family, and even the grandmother has changed her mind.  The grandmother said that for years she prayed to God for a grandson, but now she sees that granddaughters can be a big blessing from God, too.  She admits she has never thought of granddaughters this way before!  

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MARCH FOR LIFE D.C: VIRTUALLY “MARCHING” TO SAVE BABY GIRLS AND ABANDONED WIDOWS IN CHINA

Reggie leads a group marching against forced abortion and gendercide in China, at a recent March for Life.

Like so many, we were disappointed that the March for Life was virtual this year.   The March for Life has long been one of the highlights of our year.  There is no substitute for the energy of being in the midst of that massive march!

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers “marched” virtually to end “gendercide” – the sex-selective abortion of baby girls — in China.  In addition, WRWF “marched” on behalf of abandoned widows, and on behalf of the Uyghur minority women who are being forcibly aborted and sterilized by the Chinese Communist Party in Xinjiang.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of WRWF, stated,  “We believe that women have the right to give birth to their daughters without being pressured to selectively abort them.  And we also believe that elderly women have the right to live out their days with dignity, with food on the table every day, knowing that someone cares about them in their old age – even if that person lives on the other side of the earth.”

The sex-selective abortion or abandonment of baby girls has continued under the Two Child Policy.  

According to the new Congressional-Executive Commission in China Report, released on January 14, 2021 “. . . Chinese authorities continued to threaten or impose punishments, including heavy fines, job termination, and abortion, on families for illegal pregnancies and births.”  These atrocities were especially committed against the Uyghurs:  “According to [German research analyst Adrian] Zenz and the AP [Associated Press report], government documents show that beginning in 2016, authorities have carried out widespread and systematic forced sterilizations, abortions, and intrauterine device (IUD) insertions on ethnic minority women in the XUAR [Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region], at rates far higher than anywhere else in China.”  

Secretary of State Pompeo declared the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority population in Xinjiang to be Genocide.  Their practices of forced abortion, forced sterilization and forced contraception are China’s War on Women.

According to one U.N. estimate, up to 200 million women are missing in the world today because of sex-selective abortion.  This gendercide has created a gender imbalance in China, where there are an estimated 37 million more males living than females.  This gender imbalance is in turn driving human trafficking and sexual slavery, within China and from the surrounding countries.

WRWF’s “Save a Girl” Campaign has saved hundreds of baby girls from sex-selective abortion or abandonment.

At the other end of life, China has the highest female suicide rate in the world.  According to a State Department Report, 590 women end their lives every day in China.  China also has a skyrocketing rate of senior suicide, which has increased 500% in the past 20 years. The One Child Policy has destroyed the family structure in China.  In the past, the Chinese enjoyed large families and it was not a burden for children and grandchildren to support the elderly.  Now many elderly are completely abandoned and destitute, especially elderly widows.  And the sad solution for many is to end their lives.  Our Save a Widow Campaign is restoring hope and dignity to widows in rural China. 

Littlejohn concluded, “We at Women’s Rights Without Frontiers are committed to helping Chinese women at every stage of their lives.  We help baby girls to be born, instead of being selectively aborted or abandoned because they are girls.  Likewise, we help their mothers defend themselves against the pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls.  And now we are extending help to elderly widows, to ease their suffering and give them dignity and new hope in the twilight season of their lives.  We do this because of the infinite value of each human life, from beginning to end.” 

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CHINA CLAIMS IT HAS “EMANCIPATED” UYGHUR WOMEN FROM BEING “BABY-MAKING MACHINES”

Uyghur mother and sons in Xinjiang Province, China (iStock photo credit: rweisswald)

“In the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur [sic] women were emancipated . . . making them no long [sic] baby-making machines.” 

This quote is taken from an article recently appearing in the Chinese Communist Party-owned China Daily, claiming that the “eradication of extremism” has helped Uyghur women “to become healthy, confident and independent.”  In fact, this article seeks to justify China’s horrific human rights abuses against Uyghur women.  U.S. officials and China critics have slammed the article.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for example, promptly responded in a tweet,“Uyghur women are not ‘emancipated’ by forced abortions and sterilizations.” 

The China Daily article states that the birthrate among Uyghurs in Xinjiang has decreased “from the eradication of religious extremism.” What’s missing from the article is that, according to an AP Report, CCP-backed scholars have identified “as a key obstacle [to the CCP’s goals in Xinjiang] the religious belief that ‘the fetus is a gift from God.’”   This belief is identified as “religious extremism.”  By that definition, believers in most major world religions, including Christianity, would be identified by the CCP as “religious extremists.”   

Saying that the minds of Uyghur women have been “emancipated” from this “extremism,” “making them no longer baby-making machines,” shows the Chinese Communist Party’s disparaging view of religious faith, its patronizing view of women, its racism against Uyghurs, and its complete disrespect for the value of human life.

The China Daily article, citing a “report,” claims “The changes were not caused by ‘forced sterilization’ of the Uygur [sic] population, as repeatedly claimed by some Western scholars and politicians.’”  

This claim is pure propaganda.  It demonstrates the way in which the CCP’s media organs simply promote any narrative they want the world to believe, without any connection to reality.   In fact, according to credible sources — including the Associated Press, researcher Adrian Zenz, and Radio Free Asia, — substantial evidence exists that Uyghur women are being heavily persecuted through forced abortion, forced sterilization, and even infanticide.  These practices constitute crimes against humanity. 

The Trump administration has taken a leading role worldwide in forcefully condemning the CCP’s atrocities against the Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group in Xinjiang Province, also known as East Turkistan.   The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act received strong, bicameral and bipartisan support.  We call upon the Biden administration strongly to condemn human rights atrocities perpetrated by the CCP in Xinjiang, to sanction Chinese officials responsible for these atrocities under the Global Magnitsky Act, and to issue a genocide determination.  We further call upon them not to renew funding for the UNFPA, absent complete transparency and proof that the UNFPA is not collaborating with the CCP’s egregious population control program.  We also believe that China should not be honored to host the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.

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Breakpoint/Colson Center Reggie Interview: God’s Image in a Little Girl

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I am grateful to Breakpoint and the Colson Center for highlighting our life-saving work in China.   This Breakpoint piece focuses on my work at Mother Teresa’s home for abandoned children in Calcutta.  I tried to feed a small girl with a broken body but the spirit of a giant.  The radiance of her smile showed me why Mother Teresa was committed to the infinite value of every human life, especially those society casts off as worthless.  In many ways, this small girl was the inspiration behind our mission to save baby girls in China.  You can read this inspiring Breakpoint interview HERE.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Babies, Mothers and Widows in China Are Grateful to You

As we celebrate a day of thanks with our families and loved ones, I hope you feel great about what you have done for the women and girls of China.  Because of your generous support, hundreds of mothers have been able to resist the pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls.  These mothers are intensely grateful to you for enabling them to keep their beloved daughters. 

And, because of you, we are able to offer dignity and support to destitute widows in the Chinese countryside.  They are grateful beyond words for your help, which translates into food on the table and the restored sense that — even when their families have abandoned them — there are people who care, including you!

May the gratitude of the families we have saved in China overflow into your own hearts and homes this Thanksgiving day and always.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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