Jubilee Campaign's Law of Life Project Calls on the UN to Protect Pregnant Women from Forced Abortion in China
Representing the "Coalition to End Violence Against Pregnant Women" JC-LOLP's Attorneys have received the United Nation's acknowledgement that their "Complaint & Request for an Investigation of State Violence & Discrimination Against Chinese Women & Children" has been received.
WASHINGTON, August 6, 2012 /Christian Newswire
/ -- As widely reported and documented by persecuted Chinese human rights leaders, like Liu Xiaobo and (most recently in his August 1 presentation to Congress) Chen Guangcheng, the totalitarian government of the "People's Republic of China" rules its people with an iron fist and is responsible for a multitude of human rights violations against its own people that violate China's own Constitution and laws with impunity, as well as the international human rights conventions to which China is a signatory. In Chen Guangcheng's telling words to Congress on August 1 (quoted in the Washington Post
"Currently the human rights situation is deteriorating. Great cruelty has resulted from efforts to maintain social stability, resulting in a situation in which there is no ethics, rule of law or justice," he said. "This has led to [an] increasing number of people whose rights have been violated, and these people have and will rise up in protest."
Photo: Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng speaks to the media after a meeting with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) at the Capitol in Washington. (Pete Marovich / Getty Images / August 1, 2012)
Perhaps the most widely felt of these human rights abuses is the One-Child Policy. Chen himself was imprisoned for over four years for protesting against this policy which forbids Chinese citizens from becoming pregnant or giving birth without separate permissions of the government, and coercively punishes the people with confiscatory fines (used to pay informants and other corrupt practices not authorized by law), forced abortion and forced sterilization for failure to comply with this "family planning" policies and procedures enforced by the local apparatchiks of China's "National Population & Family Planning Commission
There are numerous reports of pregnant women being kidnapped from their homes or off the streets by the NPFPC, to then be tortured and forced into 'family planning clinics' to have their children forcibly killed by means of dismemberment, decapitation, poisoning or vacuuming the child out of their womb unwillingly. This picture of Feng Jianmei, repeated daily in China, is a wake-up call to the world. As Jubilee Campaign's co-founder Lord Alton
said at our Defending Life Luncheon
a few weeks ago, "This is not a million years ago, this is [a picture of Feng Jianmei and her forcibly aborted third-term child taken] in June, this year!"
Following the July 5 joint resolution
of the European Parliament applauded by many NGOs
condemning China's One-Child Policy and the July 9 Congressional Hearing on the Continued Human Rights Attacks on Families in China
featuring the tearful, anguished testimony of Guo Yanling
recounting her forced abortion, sterilization, confiscatory fines paid to get out of jail and flight from China seeking refugee status in Thailand, JC's Law of Life Project, along with ChinaAid
, All Girls Allowed
, Women for Life International
, Canada Silent No More
, and Endeavor Forum Inc.
decided to form the "Coalition to End Violence Against Pregnant Women"and file a complaint in the United Nations documenting these human rights violations against Feng Jianmei, Guo Yanling and 15 other similar and just as egregious cases On July 31st, this Coalition submitted its very first "communication/complaint
" to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women who acknowledged on August 3 its receipt of what it deemed to be our "Complaint & Request for an Investigation of State Violence & Discrimination Against Chinese Women & Children."
Our dear friend and ally Reggie Littlejohn, from Women's Rights Without Frontiers
(many of you may remember her from her tireless work on behalf of Chen Guangcheng), submitted her own complaint to the Commission on the Status of Women
. She specifically noted that China failed to respond to 2011 complaint submitted by Women's Rights Without Frontiers. In light of the international outrage created by Feng Jianmei's case we hope that the People's Republic of China will respond to our complaints and ultimately change their unjust and corrupt policy.
While we know from the testimony submitted by the Population Research Institute
at the July 9 Congressional hearing that the United Nation's Population Fund (UNFPA) actively supports and funds forced abortion and other coercive human rights violations in China using federal funds provided to the U.N by the Obama Administration
, we trust that the U.N.'s Commission on the Status of Women, will take its mandate to eliminate state-sponsored or condoned violence against women and their children seriously and investigate and report these violations as they ought according to their own procedure, consciences and international law.
Mr. Casey will be available, in person or via cell phone (703-624-4092).
JUBILEE CAMPAIGN'S LAW OF LIFE PROJECT IS A PUBLIC INTEREST LEGAL ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO LEGALLY DEFENDING THE RIGHT TO LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN BEING FROM BIOLOGICAL CONCEPTION UNTIL NATURAL DEATH IN ALL MATTERS WORLDWIDE WHERE SUCH A DEFENSE IS REQUIRED. JUBILEE CAMPAIGN IS AN INTERNATIONAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION THAT SEEKS TO BE A "VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS" PROMOTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL, PARTICULARLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF ANY AGE IN COUNTRIES WHICH IMPRISON, TERRORIZE OR OTHERWISE OPPRESS THEM.