Medical Atrocities in East Turkestan
The United Nations Fund for Population Activity (UNFPA) has insisted that it is opposed to human rights abuses linked to birth-control programs, whilst denying the reality of forced sterilisations and other medical atrocities, generated by China’s population policies.
It also claims to champion free-choice in contraception, yet appears content to ignore the harrowing violations which China inflicts upon women across Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Manchuria and East Turkestan. Given the totalitarian nature of communist China’s government is it any wonder that the involvement of such organisations has not lead to any genuine moderation of such odious practices. Unfortunately supporters of internationally aided government-funded population programs insist such violations no longer occur, despite a wealth of documentation which reports a range of human rights abuses arising from the implementation of China’s population program.
Such facts does not trouble UNFPA which continues to provide funding, surgical, and technical support to a number of ‘county projects’ in China.
In 2003 a team of independent journalists from Radio Free Asia interviewed residents of Korla City, East Turkestan (so-called Xinjiang Province) This area was included as one of the ‘county projects in China that UNFPA actively supports’. The following is an extract of what Uyghurs living in Korla City reported about China’s coercive population program:
RFA: “I am Radio Free Asia. We heard that the first of January, in 2003, comes a new resolution about birth control policy. Can you give us some information about that?”
Birth Control Officer in Korla City: “It is a new resolution which was made based on the Uyghur region’s condition; it has proceeded since January first, in 2003.”
RFA: “If someone [is] against the plan, what kind punishment will be given for?”
Birth Control Officer in Korla City: “Punishment will be given according to the new resolution. If they hide [a] new born baby they have to pay a social compensation fee.”
RFA: “If someone’s illegal pregnancy is found what will happened?”
Birth Control Officer in Korla City: “We don’t allow her to bear [the] baby.”
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Here’s what another birth control official in Korla had to say:
RFA: “Your office is proceeding with the new birth control plan?”
Birth Control Officer 2 in Korla City: “Yes, we received a new birth control plan, the first of January in 2003, and started our job according to the new plan.”
RFA: “If someone is suspected with illegal pregnancy what would happen?”
Birth Control Officer 2 in Korla City: “We forcibly make her abort her child”
RFA: “Does it have to be forced? If she refuse what will be happen?”
Birth Control Officer 2 in Korla City: “Yes, it must be forced. If not, how we can control the population? It is clearly mentioned in our birth control policy.”
RFA also interviewed women involved in the UNFPA county project:
RFA: “Usually [do] hospitals explain anything about the risks of IUDs or abortions?”
Woman: “No…. we accept insertion of IUD because we have to do it. Peasants [are] against birth control but government workers [are] not.”
RFA: “If government workers wanted to have more children, what would happen?”
Woman: “They have to pay [a] heavy fine or they will be fired.
”RFA: “If the government finds out someone is illegally pregnant, in spite of the age of [preborn] baby, will they force her to do abortion?”
Woman: “Yes, pregnant women will be forcibly brought to the hospital by birth control officers. Birth control officials wait for her until the operation is done, because they want to make sure the baby was killed or not.”
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RFA: “How do birth control officers find that someone’s pregnancy?”
Woman: “Their job is searching about each family’s private life everyday. They can find out. In case someone had not been [discovered], all responsibility would [go] on birth control officer’s head.”
Material Courtesy of: Radio Free Asia, “Family Planning in Uyghur Region,” March 17, 2003