Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Experts" laud China's family planning policy

Source: (China) Author: Ronald Ssekandi
KAMPALA -- Population "experts" have lauded China's module on family planning to reduce the burden the population growth is exerting on the global resources and better development of human beings.
The "experts" from over 20 countries are attending a two-day international forum early this week to review the progress and prospects of the action plan adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development held in Egypt, in 1994.
Harry Jooseery, executive director of Partners in Population and Development (PPD), an intergovernmental organization that brings together 23 developing countries, told Xinhua that developing countries, especially the ones in sub-Saharan Africa, need to adopt the Chinese module while putting into consideration of their own environment and conditions.
Jooseery said that some African countries like Rwanda are already planning to adopt the Chinese module as population growth is negatively affecting the quality of life of their citizens.
Sara Seims, chair of the Development Committee of the Population Association of America and a member of UNESCO's Global Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Education, also urged developing countries to adopt deliberate family planning polices as China did if they are to reduce the effects of rapid population growth.

Heh heh heh.

Did anyone mention Human Rights?

That Chinese population module, or if you want, family planning policy being lauded by "experts", including, let it be noted, a member of UNESCO's Global Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Education, involves widespread coercive sterilisation and the forced abortion of foetuses up to eight months gestation. It has resulted in a shortage of females with about 100 girls being born compared to 118 boys and a booming trade in stolen children with an estimated 70,000 children kidnapped and sold on the black market each year.

Shocked? Don't be. There's nothing new or especially candid about these unelected population wallahs expressing their enthusiasm for China's one-child policy.

Back in 1991 the then head of UNFPA, Nafis Sadik who is now special adviser to the UN Secretary General, said: "China has every reason to feel proud of and pleased with its remarkable achievements made in its family planning policy and control of its population growth." (Xinhua, 11 April 1991)

Mmm, yes, indeedy. What's a little liberal fetish like human rights when it comes to slashing the number of humans on the planet? You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs and all that.

The Chinese State Family Planning Commission was obviously pleased with Sadik's sterling efforts to build support for the one child policy. In 2002 it gave her a population award.

Chen Guangcheng, the human rights campaigner who was beaten up and subjected to a show trial because he made a fuss about forced abortions and sterilisations is still in jail, by the way.


Blogger Merseymike said...

China's one-child policy was absolutely right in terms of both economics and sustainability. The method of achieving it is rather less appealing - but the outcome was and remains absolutely necessary. Other countries will follow their lead, and no country which does not do so should be showered with 'aid' which is largely provided to support unsustainable over-breeding.

This view will be regarded as uncontestable within the next 20 years, such is the threat of world overpopulation

11/27/2008 3:42 PM  

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