Tuesday, December 29, 2009

David Taylor MP, a friend of Chen Guangcheng

Back in November 2007 the late David Taylor MP tabled the following early day motion in the House of Commons:

‘That this House notes the four years and three months' imprisonment of 34 year old Chen Guang

Cheng, a blind Chinese human rights activist; further notes his crime consisted of acting on behalf
of women undergoing forcible abortions and sterilisations; further notes that 130,000 women
undergo forcible abortions per year as part of the coercive one-child policy; further notes that after
Cheng's case failed in the Beijing courts he was subsequently imprisoned on trumped up charges
of damaging public property and organising villagers to disrupt traffic; further notes that his
attorneys were detained and prevented from appearing and that neither witnesses nor evidence
were presented for the defence; further notes the detention in September by Chinese police of
Yuan Weijing, the wife of Chen Guang Cheng, to prevent her from going to the Philippines to collect a human rights award on his behalf for his `irrepressible passion for justice in leading
ordinary Chinese citizens to assert their legitimate rights under the law'; further notes with shame
that the Chinese policy is supported with British taxpayers' money through government grants
made to the United Nations Population Fund, the International Planned Parenthood Federation
and Marie Stopes International, all of which finance Chinese family planning yet have failed in 20
years to change the policy of coercive abortion and sterilisation; and calls on the Government to
cancel all grants to groups providing money to countries with coercive family planning policies as
well as demanding that Mr Cheng be released from prison without delay.’

David Taylor MP, a socialist, a humanitarian and a friend of Chen Guangcheng.




Requiescat in pace.

3 Comments:

Blogger Chris H said...

I never knew there were such people left in the LP.

May he rest in peace.

12/30/2009 3:18 AM  
Blogger Patriccus said...

Agreed Chris, he was one of the few genuinely independent minded and principled MPs left following the Blair "revolution".

Huge loss.

12/30/2009 3:16 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Hi Chris and Patriccus, merry Christmas to you both, before I go any further and happy New Year.

David Taylor's death has robbed us of a superb MP and valiant defender of human life and dignity.

There are still excellent Pro Life MPs on the Labour benches, Jim Dobbin, Geraldine Smith and David Drew are just three. Tommy McAvoy and John McFall are also pretty good.

12/31/2009 12:23 PM  

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