Within the somewhat more restrained posture and rhetoric displayed by both Clinton and Trump during the final Presidential Election Debate Hillary came out with a line that would have passed by unnoticed to those sucked in by the inflamed narrative which has characterized this contest. The former Secretary of State used this national televised platform to declare her belief that forced abortions in China are now ended. In other words she has issued a public endorsement of China’s propaganda assertions on this issue. Yet her declaration is at odds with a wealth of documented evidence and reports. And she now finds herself contradicting, on the subject, the meticulous conclusions and inquiries of the Congressional Executive Committee On China and the United Nations Committee Against Torture! No doubt her fact-free assertion would have been warmly received by the Chinese Regime, not so those women across China and occupied lands such as Tibet and East Turkestan who continue to suffer a range of violations under China’s draconian population control policies. Including forced sterilizations and forced abortions.
As this post is being written there are convening preparatory meetings by regional and country divisions of the United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women (UNCSW) and also women’s Non-Governmental Organizations. Such gatherongs are planning for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.
We have for some years now exposed and challenged the UNCSW and associated women’s NGOs for their refusal to oppose and condemn forced sterilizations, and in particular their silence on China’s coercive population control program. Anyone committed to the principle and enjoyment of human rights would be deeply concerned that a UN body and NGOs seemingly dedicated to defending and promoting women’s rights chooses to ignore these harrowing violations. Yet that’s precisely what is happening.
Something is very wrong indeed especially when their collective silence and evasion on this issue is in opposition to the findings and concerns of other divisions of the United Nations. Unlike the UNCSW (and UN Women) the UN’s Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) is sufficiently concerned about the plight of women suffering under the harrowing realities of China’s population policies to take action. It also is not inhibited to express its concerns:
“In November 2015, the UN Committee against Torture conducted its fifth periodic review of China’s compliance with the Convention.18 In its concluding observations, the Committee stated its concerns about China’s coercive implementation of the population policy, such as coerced sterilization and forced abortion, and the lack of information on investigations into such allegations” (Source: CECC Report 2016).
We would like to thank the UN Committee Against Torture for its concern on this most disturbing of human rights violations and welcome their decision to investigate and challenge the Chinese authorities on this matter. A few months earlier UNCAT had requested China’s regime provide information on ‘‘the total number of investigations or prosecutions launched against officials and other persons” with respect to coercion within China’s population program. Responding during October 2015 China’s government failed to furnish the Committee with the relevant data sought by UNCAT. No surprise there then!
This clear refusal to comply with a official UN inquiry into reports of violations imposed by China’s population control program provides further evidence (not that much more be needed) that women in China remain subject to a range of draconian measures that contravene a number of human rights principles and breach the United Nations’ Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, (adopted by the Fourth World Conference on
Women on 15 September 1995, endorsed by UN General Assembly resolution 50/203 of 22 December 1995) That document, to which China is a signatory, states that governments which participated in the Fourth World Conference on Women reaffirmed their commitment to ‘‘Ensure the full implementation of the human rights of women and of the girl child as an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms; . . .’’ (para. 9) and ‘‘are convinced that . . . [t]he explicit recognition and reaffirmation of the right of all women to control all aspects of their health, in particular their own fertility, is basic to their empowerment; . . .’’ (para. 17).
The UNCSW and its associated NGOs may be seen across social media and the internet as being deeply motivated to ensure that women are empowered in all sorts of areas, education, employment, social mobility and human rights. However their take on empowerment does not extend to a woman having a right not be forcibly sterilized, they do not advocate what any right-thinking person would consider as constituting a fundamental freedom. Even when their prestigious UN colleagues in the Committee Against Torture document their concerns on the subject and expose the Chinese authorities blatant refusal to cooperate, they remain mute!
When she presides over the 2017 Commission On The Status of Women assembly Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women will no doubt be reunited with an old friend of the UNCSW, Ms. Meng Xiaosi. A member of China’s communist party, Minister and Vice-Chairperson of National Committee on Women and Children under the State Council China. She’s also vice president of the All China Women’s Federation (ACWF), a national organization that assists in the enforcement of China’s notorious population control policies upon women in China, and occupied Tibet and East Turkestan.
A closing note that just about says it all on the issue, on March 14th 2016 she was warmly applauded by UNCSW delegates as she presented a speech (image above) on equality for women!
Image: SFT Canada/Edited @tibettruth
Sheng Xue a respected and renowned activist for human rights and freedom presented recently a poem she composed titled ‘Light Me Up’ dedicated to those brave Tibetans who sacrifice their lives to demand national freedom for Tibet.
I opened my eyes in the morning
The room is dark.
I opened the window to welcome the gentle wind
The sky is dark.
I opened the door to greet the wild wood
The mountain is dark.
My heart opens to embrace freedom,
in a world dark and hard.
I didn’t want much,
to hope the yak in the mountains can freely run.
That the eagle can crown the turqoise sky,
to hear the monks chanting in the temple.
I just want to see His Holiness at least once in my life time.
I keep them as dreams in my heart, I don’t dare to ask.
But there is no light,
the darkness expands.
Filling all the space
and tearing at the sun’s rays.
Suffocating each and every breath,
it builds up and strives to quell my hopeful heart.
I want to run, run, and run.
but the temple demolished, broken, shattered.
The debris like the bodies of history piled upon a bloody hill
Each step along the road to Lhasa under the shadow of the gun,
streets full of tanks and check-points.
Where can I hide
What should I try
Who will listen to my cry
And how can I die
I can no longer remember,
what does light look like?
I can no longer remember,
the healing touch of sunshine.
I can no longer remember
the feeling of a sweet night,
nor recall the five noble colors of prayer flags.
I saw a dim light in a death cup
I should light myself up
Light me up
Light me up
Light me up
I’d rather die for my ideals
If I cannot live with my beliefs
light it up with a style,
light it up for a life more real.
The light grows more intense,
blinding brightness the flames
reach to the sky.
The Himalaya became a prayer
and forever I left the fear.
Light me up,
the sounds of flames singing with the wind.
Light me up,
the excited fire dancing like the sea’s wave.
The burning ocean consumes,
kiss me, touch me.
Hold me like a baby
once, once and once again.
I must return
I have to come back with the light
Light for freedom, religion, dignity, culture, language and human rights.
Light me up
Light the mountain up
Light the river up
Light the sky up
Let the flame burned up the darkness
Light the sun up
Let it shine
Let it blaze for all lives
Let it’s luminous rays dispel the shadows in Tibet
Shining Tibet shining bright!
Original image: marvel comics group/additional text from @tibettruth
Graphic from @tibettruth
Recently over in Scotland the political establishment ran elections, like politicians elsewhere, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) were in full ‘vote for me’ mode. Yet the endorsement of a candidate surely requires a demonstration of integrity and commitment to ethical values. Right? Yet voters in Scotland are being exposed to the unsettling truth that their representative, though presenting themselves as dedicated to values of justice, freedom and equality, are consciously choosing to ignore a major human rights issue which is casting a shadow over an institution in the very heart of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSE) is a prestigious medical organization and a highly respected member of Scotland’s national establishment, it is also a body that honors Professor Huang Jiefu, an individual with close links to harrowing medical atrocities in China; the forced extraction of organs from prisoners of conscience, political prisoners and others.
This issue has been presented via our activism to each and every Scottish MSP, we have also contacted the office of Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party, Scottish Labor and Liberal Democrats (Scotland) and the Church of Scotland. They have been asked to make clear their position and asked to support the growing calls to RCSE that it withdraw it’s fellowship to Huang Jiangfu.
Here’s the thing, not one MSP has responded to our communications, while a spokesperson for the First Minister offered only an evasive reply, the Church has chosen to remain silent. Scotland’s Labor and Liberal Democrat parties have also ignored appeals sent to them regarding this issue.
What do we draw from this reaction? Well it appears that the Scottish political and religious establishment is more concerned with protecting the reputation and status of Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh than standing against China’s human rights atrocities. Ethics are being relegated and callously ignored and Huang Jiefu, around whom so many disturbing questions swarm continues to receive the uncritical support of the RCSE.
No matter the solidarity of silence from Scotland’s politicians and its church every effort will be made to continue exposing and challenging Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh on this matter, Meanwhile for any Scottish readers if your prospective Parliamentary candidate comes knocking urge them to actively support those who are justly want Huang Jiefu’s association with the RCSE ended.
We have just received a communication from an official within the Scottish Government in response to our concerns regarding Edinburgh College Of Surgeon’s honoring of Professor Huang Jiefu. An individual closely linked with medical atrocities in China, the forced extraction of human organs from executed political prisoners and others.
The contents were evasive and displayed a worrying credulity towards Chinese reports that such abuses were to be stopped from January 2015, an assertion issued by the very same Professor Huang! No such moderation has taken place, a fact investigated and reported upon by the New York Times. The newspaper noted that under the new regime of supposedly not using organs from executed political or criminal prisoners, China’s organ supply showed no decrease!
..”organs from prisoners, including those on death row, can still be used for transplants in China, with the full backing of policy makers, according to Chinese news reports, as well as doctors and medical researchers in China and abroad. “They just reclassified prisoners as citizens,” said Huige Li, a Chinese-born doctor at the University of Mainz in Germany. Source: NYT November 16, 2015
Not surprisingly we shall be dispatching a further correspondence to the office of Scotland’s First Minister, we shall keep our subscribers and visitors posted on developments.