So the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) launched March 14 it’s 60th Session and New York is again hosting hundreds of women’s NGOs and several thousand female activists all gathered to champion gender equality and end violence against women. Not all forms of violent behavior though, some it would appear are entirely acceptable to the United Nations, particularly China’s forced sterilizations, an issue which remains regularly ignored and evaded by those who gather annually at the UNCSW.
Yesterday Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women sat around the table with an old old friend of the UNCSW, Ms. Meng Xiaosi, 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.
As we reported previously, in March 2010 as a delegate attending a UN meeting she received the applause of the UNCSW and Women’s NGOs. Just a few weeks later Ms Xiaosi was congratulated by her psychopathic colleagues in the Chinese regime, when in a period of two weeks nearly 10, 000 women were sterilized in one city alone! Of which Amnesty International noted at that time: “Local officials aim to sterilize 9, 559 people by 26 April, some against their will, in a drive to meet family planning targets in Puning City, Guangdong Province, southern China…The local authorities claim that by the end of 11 April, the 20-day campaign had already met 50 per cent of its target. A local doctor, quoted in the Chinese media, said that his team was working from 8am until 4am the next day performing surgeries for sterilization. Local reports suggest at least some people are not freely consenting to being sterilized”
The ideological storm-troopers of Ms Meng Xiaosi’s All China Women’s Federation infest every village, town and city, and are responsible at a local level for the enforcement of the population program. Through a spiral of intimidation and coercion they trample over women’s human and reproductive rights to meet Government population targets, imposing fines, organizing education campaigns, withdrawing employment and housing rights, and if such bullying fails, forcibly sterilizing women.
As a leading communist Chinese Minister, with responsibility for women, and particularly her role in the All China Women’s Federation, Meng Xiaosi has played a prominent role in planning and authorizing China’s population control tyranny, which has attracted international attention and condemnation from human rights organizations such as Amnesty International:
“Forced sterilisation (sic) amounts to torture, and it is appalling that the authorities are subjecting people to such an invasive procedure against their will. Reports that relatives are imprisoned as a means of pressurizing couples into submitting to surgery are incredibly concerning. The Puning City authorities must condemn this practice immediately and ensure that others are not forcibly sterilised. (sic)” (Kate Allen Director of Amnesty International UK)
Despite that atrocity against women’s human rights being widely reported the UNCSW offered not a single word of protest, while Ms Meng Xiaosi continues to enjoy the most cordial and supportive of relations with UN Women. On the issue of China’s forced sterilizations the UN Commission on the Status of Women and its associated NGOs have proved disappointingly apathetic to the plight of their sisters who are being subject to the horrors of such atrocities. This major violation of women’s human and reproductive rights is consistently ignored and avoided by the CSW and many women’s NGOs. Who this year will again be issuing declarations of intent to end all violence against women and girls. Apart that is from the psychotic violence inflicted upon women China’s forced sterilizations program. Atrocities neither recognized or condemned by the champions of women’s rights. Welcome to the hypocritical and integrity free world of @UN_CSW @UN_Women and related Non-Governmental Organizations.
As activists focus on December 10, the 67th commemoration of International Human Rights Day, it is timely to remind ourselves that the atrocities and injustices perpetrated against oppressed and occupied peoples do not exist in a vacuum, but are an integral element within a wider political and economic oppression, that’s waged by an aggressor to install fear, exert control and exploit people. While the championing of individual rights are of critical value, unless the wider realities of economic and political tyranny is challenged and exposed human rights violations will continue. Within the context of occupied Tibet (applying also to other nations and peoples who suffer occupation) no sensible person would dispute that the collective freedom of a people is a fundamental right, and as evidenced by China’s decades old terrorism against the people of Tibet, only national, political, territorial and economic independence, can provide Tibetans with a guaranteed protection against the systemic violations inflicted by China.
The United Nations in promoting this important event should reflect with shame upon its prioritization of the territorial and political sovereignty of member states over human rights issues, along with its cynical refusal to recognize the collective rights of a people (a term which the UN has great difficulty in using. It favors more neutral terminology such as groups or minority, definitions of which enables oppressive states such China to effectively violate with impunity. How so? Well if a people are denied the right to national, external self-determination (independence) they remain at the mercy of the occupying oppressor with the backing of the United Nations! After all it was the UN which cynically engineered its various statutes on human rights to deny any recognition of external self-determination, focusing instead upon individual rights. Such a position offers no protection when an entire people’s freedom is violently denied, and makes a mockery of any claim by the United Nations to be progressing human rights, especially relating to China where its mass program of forced sterilizations remains virtually ignored by the UN, which, while offering platitudes on a handful of individual Tibetan human rights cases, callously ignores the collective plight of Tibetans and their justifiable struggle for independence.
Graphic via @tibettruth
Key updates on October 7 Day 28 of the hunger strike by executives of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) “Former TYC President Tsewang Rigzin la visited the UN on behalf of TYC as a Special Representative upon our request. Tsoktsur Tsewang Rigzin la met with Assistant Secretary General of the Office of Human Rights Commissioner Ivan Simonovic and informed him about the critical situation in Tibet and requested them to respond to the TYC’s Indefinite Hunger Strike in Delhi and the demands.” (Source TYC)
Excellent work by the TYC and we hope that the United Nations (which today found itself again mired in controversy after allegations that a former UN executive was bribed by Chinese businessmen http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/06/us-investigating-alleged-united-nations-bribery-scheme/ ) will respond positively to the just demands being placed upon it for action on Tibet.
Secondly, we just received a tweet from @anonymzmeduza reporting that a Chinese regime website has today been attacked by the hacktivist collective known as #teamriddler. The official site, which seems to cover the Nagchu area of Tibet’s Kham region has been been targeted.
As the three Tibetan hunger-strikers continue their painful and courageous action demanding action from the United Nations they have received support today from an Anonymous hacking collective called ‘Operation Tibet’. News posted on Twitter reports that Chinese government websites are today being targeted to show solidarity with the hunger-strike. At the time of this posting three such targets had been reported as taken offline.
Many thanks to @tibettruth @FibsFreitag @plutoscave @team_riddler and @AnonymousTibet for sharing news of these actions.
As three executive members of the Tibetan Youth Congress enter the fifth day of their hunger-strike, in Delhi, India, to demand active engagement on Tibet from the United Nations (UN) we should remind our subscribers and friends that in 2012 outside the New York headquarters of the UN a trio of Tibetans went on a 30 day hunger-strike. Their protest was called off 22nd March after Mr Parfait Onanga (Representative of the UN Secretary General) and Richard Bennett (Representative of the UN Human Rights Office) issued statements and assurances to the hunger-strikers and organizers that action would be taken. Indeed Tibetans were promised by a UN investigation into the situation inside Tibet and were assured that official would be arranging a meeting with China’s government to discuss the plight of Tibetans.
Those pledges it would appear turned out to be, what an optimist may describe as well intended platitudes, a more cynical view would suggest that in making such assurances UN officials knew very well that China’s regime would of course reject any inquiry into the plight of Tibetans. Thus making their promises to Tibetan hunger-strikers little more than self-serving rhetoric, after all it would have been a public relations nightmare to have witnessed Tibetans dying at the very doorsteps of the United Nations!
That the institution is corrupt and toothless in regard to the political dictates of China is well known, that reality however should not discourage those who seek to hold the United Nations to account for its silence, appeasement and hypocrisy in its dealing with the Chinese regime. In that context the bravery, determination and sacrifices of the three Tibetans currently on hunger-strike deserve our solidarity and active support, if nothing else their action is highlighting the tyranny which Tibetans are enduring under an illegal and vicious occupation. For that we salute them!