Hearing set for Thurs., Sept. 22 @ 2 p.m.
Highest female suicide rates, war on single moms, gender gap, forced sterilizations/abortions legacy of 'One-Child' Policy
Contact: Jeff Sagnip, 202-225-3765; chrissmith.house.gov
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2011 /Standard Newswire/ -- China's brutal "One Child Policy" and its gross violations of human rights, particularly those of women, will be the subject of human rights activists testifying before the House on Thursday.
The hearing comes in the wake of Vice President Joe Biden's widely reported, controversial comments during an official state visit to China last month. Speaking to a Chinese audience Biden said he was not "second guessing" the policy, indicating the U.S. Administration's apparent lack of concern for the oppressive policy. Due to the outcry of Members of Congress and human rights groups, Biden later backtracked on his remarks.
Congressman Chris Smith, chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees human rights and chairman of the Congressional-Executive China Commission, will hold the hearing, entitled "China's One-Child Policy: The Government's Massive Crime Against Women and Unborn Babies." To watch live via webcast, click here. Witnesses will testify about China's harsh population control program. Smith calls China's one child policy "cruel and barbaric" noting that pregnant women without birth permits are hunted down and there are no single moms in China.
Who: Congressman Smith (NJ-04), chairman of the House human rights subcommittee; other invited members of Congress. Witnesses to testify: Chai Ling, former student leader at Tiananmen Square, founder of All Girls Allowed; Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women's Rights Without Frontiers, and; Dr. Valerie Hudson, author of the book "Bare Branches."
When: Thursday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m.
Where: 2200 Rayburn Building (on second floor)