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Ma Jian: China’s Barbaric One-Child Policy

More than 30 years have gone by since the introduction of China's one-child policy in response to the Mao-era population boom. At The Guardian, author Ma Jian condemns the policy's corrosive social effects, and the coercive...

‘The Dark Road’ and Ma Jian on Censorship

Following the UK release of his latest novel, The Dark Road, the Index on Censorship talks to exiled writer Ma Jian about his career, Beijing's longstanding ban on his work, the value of free expression, the legacy of Tiananmen,...

Backroom Battle Delays One-Child Reform

The merging of China's Health Ministry and National Population and Family Planning Commission last month added fuel to speculation that the country's family planning policy is in for an overhaul. But citing "a recently retired...

Standing Their Ground: Violent Evictions in China

A new report from Amnesty International (PDF) examines China's forced evictions, a major source of social unrest. Heavy debts incurred to finance stimulus projects encourage local governments to sell off land, which accounts for...

Is Chen Guangcheng “Pro-Life”?

Chen Guangcheng's work against forced abortions and sterilisations began in 2005, nine years after his first foray into legal activism. It landed him on the 2006 TIME 100 list and in six years of various forms of detention, and...

Chen Guangcheng Begins Life in New York

At The Daily Beast, Melinda Liu described the beginning of Chen Guangcheng and his family's life in New York as they embraced the spring sunshine while avoiding, for now, the glare of the media. Feeling the warm sun on his face,...

Cautious Optimism for Chen Guangcheng US Visit

At The New York Times, Philip Pan describes Chen Guangcheng's story so far: My friendship with Mr. Chen began in the summer of 2005, when a New York University professor, Jerome A. Cohen, arranged for us to meet at a teahouse in...

Ai Weiwei Picks Chen Guangcheng for Wired Smart List

Chen Guangcheng won two nominations for Wired UK's 2012 'Smart List' of "50 people who will change the world", including one from Ai Weiwei: "Chen Guangcheng is an activist from Shandong who lost his sight as a child; but he is...

Women Rebel over Forced Abortions

International attention is again sharpening on China's human rights record just ahead of Hilary Clinton's first visit as U.S. Secretary of State to China.  The Times Online reports on a turn of Chinese public opinion against how...

Population-control abuses in Shandong confirmed – Xinhua

As a follow-up to Philip Pan’s article in the Washington Post today, and coverage of the arrest of activist Chen Guangcheng, see Xinhua’s Sept. 20 story: The national population and family planning agency on Monday said that an investigation has proven that reported population-control abuses by family planning officials in east Shandong Province are factual. […]

China Says Officials Detained for Population Control Abuses – Philip P. Pan

From the Washington Post: China said Monday it has dismissed and detained officials in the eastern city of Linyi for abuses committed while enforcing the country’s one-child policy. But the government provided no details, and said nothing about the arrest of a blind activist who had campaigned against the use of forced abortion and sterilization […]

Help China help itself – Kerry Kennedy

From the Los Angeles Times: As international leaders gathered Thursday at the United Nations to address plans to eradicate global poverty, the Bush administration notified Congress that it will withhold the U.S. contribution ($34 million) to the U.N. Population Fund for the fourth consecutive year. This aid provides vital services for the world’s poorest women […]

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