China, North Korea - Forced Abortions

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Bush Administration Report Shows Forced Abortions in China, North Korea

Washington, DC -- Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented the annual report, "The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2002," on conditions in 196 countries. Powell said the report reflects "the steadfast commitment of the United States to advance internationally agreed human rights principles worldwide."

The report notes that "The People's Republic of China (PRC) is an authoritarian state in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP or Party) is the paramount source of power." The Chinese government refused permission for independent nongovernmental organizations to monitor human rights conditions and lists as problems, "violence against women" which includes "imposition of a birth limitation policy coercive in nature that resulted in instances of forced abortion and forced sterilization."

The report says moreover that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) worked "closely" with population control officials in China in 32 counties which employed coercive methods of population control. Despite the repeated denials of UNFPA the U.S. report states that these counties that worked with UNFPA employed "birth limitation policy, including the requirement that couples employ effective birth control methods, and enforced it through other means, such as social compensation fees." Cooperation with such coercive population control programs resulted in the denial of U.S. funds to UNFPA.

The report also reveals a grim picture in North Korea where the report says, "Female prisoners underwent forced abortions, and in other cases babies reportedly were killed upon birth in prisons."

The new Human Rights Reports are found at http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2002/

Source: Pro-Life Infonet April 1, 2003 #2940


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