Media Release Sunday 10th December 2017
Right to Life is disappointed at the government’s continued silence and failure to oppose the violation of human rights cruelly inflicted on the long suffering Chinese people by a tyrannical regime. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Right Honourable Winston Peters recently stated in a foreign policy speech that there had been no major shift in New Zealand’s foreign policy towards China. He stated that we should have more regard for the fact that the Chinese government was lifting the standards of living of millions of people than “harping on about the romance of freedom.” This is an appalling statement. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is loud on supporting the human rights of the “refugees” on Manus Island but silent in defending the human rights of the Chinese people.
Human rights are inalienable; they are integral to the intrinsic dignity of every human being. They are not a romantic aspiration that may be suppressed by the state under the pretext that it is necessary to promote the economy. It is appalling that our Foreign Minister is prepared to make New Zealand complicit in these crimes against humanity by our silence. The Minister stated that trade and cultural links were to be his focus in dealing with China.
The Chinese government is guilty of the most horrendous human rights abuses against women and families. It denies the human right of families to choose how many children they are going to have. A family is required to obtain a permit authorising the birth of a child. Pregnancies that are not authorised are required by law to be aborted. Women who are not married who become pregnant are required to have an abortion. Children who escape being aborted and are born without a permit are frequently not recognised by the state and are often have difficulty obtaining health services and an education.
China’s one child family policy started in 1979 but was changed to a two child policy for economic reasons in 2016. The policy has resulted in forced abortions, 196 million compulsory sterilisations, the mandatory insertion of 403 million forced intrauterine devices, punitive fines, imprisonment, destruction of homes and loss of employment. Sex selection abortions have resulted in 37 million missing girls. Since 1971 there have been 330 million abortions. There are, as a consequence, a surplus of 36 million men in China.
The former Prime Minister John Key, advised our Society that the government had no policy on the human rights abuses in China. Right to Life believes that our government has a responsibility to the international community to defend the human rights of the Chinese people as well as other oppressed people.
Our government is also complicit in funding the human rights abuses in China by providing generous funding each year to the United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, [IPPF]. In the 2016/17 financial year, our government gave $6,930,000 to the UNFPA and $2,500,000 to the IPPF. Both of these organisations support the Chinese Family Planning Association [CFPA] in implementing the two child family policy with forced abortions and sterilisations. The CFPA is an affiliate of the IPPF.
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