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China: Family Planning

Volume 490: debated on Monday 23 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of China regarding alleged abuse of those who protest against the one child policy in China since July 2008; and if he will make a statement. (259021)

We are aware of reports of mal-administration of China's one child policy, but have not received reports of protests against it since July 2008.

We remain concerned, however, about the continued imprisonment of human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who highlighted reports of enforced sterilisation and abortion in Linyi City, Shandong Province in late 2005. Chen Guangcheng's case was raised most recently at the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue in November 2008. We continue to monitor Mr. Chen's situation and that of his family.