Friday, August 1, 2008

Beijing Olympics

Expert on Forced Abortions in China Urges Boycott of Beijing Summer Olympics

Washington, DC ( -- A leading expert on the brutal campaign of forced abortions and sterilizations that accompany China's one-child family planning policy is urging a boycott of the Summer Olympics. Steven Mosher, of the Population Research Institute, says the games will legitimatize China's abhorrent human rights records.

"The Olympics is intended to be a celebration of the human spirit," Mosher said.

'"But the spirit of the Chinese people, not to mention the spirit of the Tibetans and other minorities, is being crushed under the weight of an oppressive regime," he explained.

"We should no more celebrate the Olympics in China in 2008, than we should have celebrated the Olympics in Nazi-controlled Berlin in 1936," Mosher told

Although China is hoping to gloss over the problems during the games, Mosher says its record on forced abortions has gotten worse instead of better in recent years.

"China is one of the worst violators of human rights in the world," he explains. "Giving the Chinese Communist Party bragging rights over the games makes a mockery of their meaning."

As recently as May, a Chinese court upheld a decision by Beijing authorities to prohibit the wife of a leading opponent of forced abortions there from leaving the country.

Yuan Weijing had hoped to be in the Philippines in August to accept an award for her husband.

Yuan is married to Chen Guangcheng, a blind attorney whom Chinese officials jailed for preparing a class action lawsuit defending more than 10,000 women in Linyi who became victims of forced abortions and sterilizations two years ago.

Chen exposed the barbarism to the world in interviews with American media outlets and he was detained by local officials afterwards and sent to prison on bogus charges.

Mosher has formed the "Beijing Boycott Coalition" to oppose the Beijing Olympics. His group invites activists and groups of different backgrounds to join in protesting ongoing human rights violations in China by refusing to watch the games or patronize its sponsors.

The Beijing Boycott Coalition reaches across ideological boundaries to include all those who care deeply about human rights and the Chinese people, and want to send a message to the Beijing regime, he explained.

Related web sites:
Beijing Boycott Coalition
Population Research Institute

(I don't think I will be boycotting the Olympics, but I will be watching them with the knowledge that China not only has a horrid record on human rights when it comes to forced abortions, but also in regards to religion. Christians are still beaten and jailed for meeting outside of the "official" Christian church and are sometimes jailed for years on trumped up charges. I am disappointed that the Olympic committee would be willing to hold the Olympics in Beijing and allow the Chinese government to falsely bolster their reputation without their need to change. I just heard a report today that a local Chinese newspaper published a picture of students wearing bloody t-shirts in Tiananmen Square after the confrontation, and they were forced to remove the picture from their website and all the newspapers were removed from newsstands. How about that for freedom. I will be remembering these things while watching the Olympics.)