U.S. House calls on China to end rights abuses and coercive population control as Olympics loom
U.S. House calls on China to end rights abuses and coercive population control as Olympics loom

.- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution calling on China to end human rights abuses to ensure that the Olympic Games take place “in an atmosphere that honors the Olympic traditions of freedom and openness.”
The legislation includes two amendments asking China to release at least 734 political prisoners and to end its coercive population control policy that includes forced abortions and has helped produced a gender imbalance caused by what one lawmaker called “gendercide.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) , who sponsored the two amendments, said in a statement that dissidents in China are suffering “not in spite of, but precisely because of the Olympic Games.”

“In recent months, the Chinese Government has been filling its jails, watching, intimidating, house arresting and warning all known dissidents,” he claimed. “Tragically, but predictably, the Olympics have been the occasion of a massive crackdown designed to silence and put beyond reach all those Chinese whose views differ from the government line.”

Smith related that a trip he made to China in July was affected by the government crackdown when several human rights lawyers were detained by the Chinese police when they attempted to meet with him and Rep. Frank Wolf.

The New Jersey lawmaker argued that China’s coercive population control policy has imposed “unspeakable violence, pain and humiliation on hundreds of millions of Chinese women.” He noted China’s suicide rate among women is the highest in the world.

Smith said that tens of millions of girls are missing in a disparity caused by sex-selective abortions.

“The lost girls of China is gendercide,” he said, asserting that the Chinese government’s population policy constitutes “one of the greatest continuous crimes against humanity in human history.”

Emphasizing that “human rights are indivisible,” Smith noted that he and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) had presented a list of 734 political prisoners to the Chinese government and asked for their freedom.

The resolution, with both of Smith’s amendments, was passed by the House by a vote of 419 to 1.

According to the Guardian, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said the U.S. government should curtail what he called "the disgusting actions of this small group of anti-Chinese lawmakers.” He argued that the lawmakers were attempting to politicize, interrupt, and sabotage the Beijing Olympics.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 16, 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 26:14-25


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Is 50:4-9a
Gospel:: Mt 26:14-25

Homily of the Day

Mt 26:14-25


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: