This Uyghur woman became another victim of China’s forced sterilization program
“Imagine the response if just one woman was dragged from her home in Washington DC, Paris or London, beaten, tied to a medical slab and forcibly sterilised. There would be riots on the streets and rightly so! Yet such violence is a central element in China’s population program and has traumatised countless women across the communist Chinese Empire. Sadly in the time since the Beijing Conference on Women all we have had is silence, how can anyone truly committed to the rights of women claim to be concerned about human rights, yet ignore or deny the plight of women subject to this brutality? Faced with years of in-action and evasion it seems we dealing, not with an absence of evidence, but a singular lack of integrity.” Extract from the Tibettruth Submission to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. View Here
During the next few days New York City will be the destination for a large number of female activists campaigning on a range of issues from women’s human rights to social and educational issues. The focus is the forthcoming UN meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) which will undertake a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (agreed in 1995 these international documents promote and assure key women’s rights) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly. In addition to that major international event a NGO women’s Conference on Beijing+15 will also take place on February 27 / 28, at which a number of key subjects relating to women’s rights will feature, enabling NGOs to submit ideas and raise concerns with the official UNCSW conference (scheduled to begin on March 1).
Absent however from these events will be any meaningful examination of the abuses suffered by women as a consequence of China’s coercive population control program. Indeed in the months of preparations for the Beijing+15 events this major human rights subject has received virtually no attention from Women’s NGOs, despite the fact such organizations are aware of the atrocities inflicted upon women across the Chinese Empire.In an effort to raise this issue Tibettruth has drafted and distributed a document which has been submitted to the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) and Women’s organizations. You can read the document in full Here
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