Xu Zhiyong (Chinese: 许志永; pinyin: Xǔ Zhìyǒng) 40, is a lawyer and lecturer at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications. He was one of the founders of the NGO Open Constitution Initiative and an active rights lawyer in China who helped those underprivileged. He is the main founder and icon of the New Citizens’ Movement in China. In January 2014 he was sentenced to four years in prison for “gathering crowds to disrupt public order” Continue reading
As a founding member of the New Citizens Movement, Mr Xu had repeatedly called for transparency within the Chinese government and an end to corrupt practices.
The movement called for the Chinese leaders to live up to their own constitution and attracted a following around China large enough to raise concerns among China’s Communist leadership.
Students in Taiwan who occupied the island’s parliament starting on March 18 to protest the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) with China used Ustream’s free service to bypass mainstream media and broadcast live coverage of the protests to viewers around the world.
The occupation began a day after legislator Chang Ching-chung a member of the ruling Kuomintang party, presided over a March 17 hearing at which he hastily declared the CSSTA reviewed and sent it to the legislature for a final vote. Chang’s actions angered lawmakers from the Democratic Progressive Party, the Kuomintang’s major opposition, as well as students who have criticized the lack of transparency behind the legislative process. The CSSTA, signed by China and Taiwan in June 2013, would open up dozens of service sectors to Chinese investment, stoking fears that small- and medium-sized Taiwanese businesses may have trouble competing with their bigger Chinese counterparts. The pact has brought into sharp relief just how fearful Taiwanese protesters remain of China’s influence on Taiwan’s society as a whole. Click here to read full article
Family Planning Law and China’s Birth Control Situation
China’s family planning policy is not the “one child policy” as understood by some people. The government advocates each couple to have one child in accordance with the family planning policy. However, any couple facing genuine difficulties, mainly those in rural areas whose first child is a girl, can apply for the birth of second child by going through the necessary formalities. If couples in urban areas are both the product of a one child family they are entitled to produce a second child.
Some foreign media and, in particular, Washington Post, have criticized family planning policy in China for endorsing regional differentiation and double standards and have criticized China’s policy of family planning for encroaching upon human rights. reproductive health care is part of China’s family planning. At present, the State Family Planning Commission is cooperating with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to launch a pilot project in 32 poverty-stricken counties in China. China plan to gradually substitute the old method of setting a standard for child-bearing with newer more relevant policies. Second, by making follow-up visits to patients, we are going to step by step issue service cards to replace the original child-bearing certificates. At the same time, we will educate the people on different methods of contraception and birth control so that they can make informed decisions.
In its General Recommendation no. 19, the Committee concludes that coerced or compulsory sterilization and abortion are acts that adversely affect women’s physical and mental health and are therefore considered forms of violence against women.These acts also violate the equal right of women to determine the number and spacing of children as provided in Article 16.