For Al Jazeera, Melissa Chan follows up on the story that Hunan family planning officials are being investigated for illegally confiscating babies who were born in violation of the one-child policy:
According to sources close to the situation, Zhou Qiang, the secretary of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, signed a directive to launch an investigation over recent allegations of abducted children being sold for profit.
On May 13, a public meeting was set up by authorities of Gaoping County, Shaoyang City. Hundreds of villagers came in attendance to report disputes and abuses concerning the family planning policy.
The investigation was jointly-opened by the Discipline Inspection Commission at both city and county levels.
Yang Libin, the father of one of the victims, has already been visited by authorities twice since the investigation was opened. Yang’s younger daughter had been abducted by family planning officials before she was adopted by an American couple. Yang had been interviewed about the case by over a hundred media organizations, he told Caixin.
Local government officials have refused all requests for interviews from Caixin.