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Petition to Asking Women's NGOs & UNCSW To Oppose Forced Sterilizations

Asking Women's NGOs & The UNCSW To Publicly Oppose Forced Sterilizations

Because shocking as this may sound the United Nation's Commission On The Status Of Women (UNCSW) and vast majority of Women's Non-Governmental Organizations are ignoring the suffering of women resulting from China's coercive population control program, and the atrocities it inflicts. This appalling indifference was on display at the CSW61 Forum in New York (March 2017 ) and also CSW57 (March 2013) which had as a priority the theme of eliminating all violence against women. Yet despite being very aware of the issue a collectively signed declaration by United Nations agencies, while raising a number of examples of violence against women ignored entirely forced sterilizations. SEE HEREThis disregard also surfaced during 2014 at the CSW58 and Beijing +20 meetings. Anyone of integrity compassion and supportive of human rights will share the dismay and concern at the continuing silence of the UNCSW and related Women's NGOs on this clear example of violence against women.For a number of years successive appeals have been made by Tibettruth (an independent research and lobbying network on Tibet and China) to the United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women (UNCSW) and associated Women's Non-Governmental Organizations that the issue of human rights violations, arising from China's coercive birth control program, be featured at the annual Session of the UNCSW and related NGO Forum, both held in New York.Although it may seem too incredible to accept, for whatever reason such requests have not been received with any positive outcome, and the ongoing abuses suffered by women across China and occupied lands such as Tibet, East Turkestan, Southern Mongolia and Manchuria are continually overlooked by the UNCSW. It is anticipated that a similar evasion and censorship will preside at the forthcoming CSW 62nd Session, March 12 to 23, 2018.We feel this is a tragic oversight, given the nature and extent of atrocities, that impact upon countless women, who have no choice but comply to the dictates of China's draconian population control policies. Any woman in violation of such laws faces a brutally intimidating spiral of coercion including; loss of housing and employment, confiscation of property or possessions, arbitrary arrest, psychological and physical abuse. “Coercive controls imposed on Chinese women and their families, and additional abuses engendered by China’s population and family planning system, violate standards set forth in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 1994 Programme of Action of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development.China was a state participant in the negotiation and adoption of both. Acts of official coercion committed in the implementation of population planning policies contravene provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Convention), which China has ratified.” Source: CECC 2016 Report In January 2014, more than 20 government personnel in Yuqing county reportedly took Tan Kaimei, who suffered from uterine fibroids, to the local family planning office where they signed her agreement on an operation consent form and pinned her down while performing a sterilization procedure on her.Tan and her husband reported to the U.S.-based human rights organization China Aid that officials refused to give them a legal explanation for the forced procedure. Source: Page 105 2015 Report By CECCSuch human rights abuse has one objective, to terrorize women into complying with sterilizations and abortions, and those who resist face the harrowing prospect of forced birth control surgeries.In March 2013, local family planning officials ordered Wan  Liqiao to pay a 6,000 yuan (US$980) ‘‘protection fee’’ to avoid having to undergo a tubal ligation after her third pregnancy. One day later, and before she could come up with the fee, officials forced her into a van and took her to the local family planning office, where they performed a tubal ligation surgery on her without prior medical examination (she has a rare blood type) and without obtaining her or her family’s written consent. Source: CECC 2013 Report The scale of such violations is staggering and has been noted previously are of a dimension and implementation that Heinrich Himmler could only dream of. In 2010 in one Chinese city alone nearly 10 000 women were targeted for forced sterilizations in a period of two weeks, with relatives of women arrested, houses raided, people detained. According to Amnesty International doctors worked almost 24 hour shifts to ensure the demanded numbers of women sterilized such medical atrocities grossly violate a woman's right to control over her own body and show no respect for reproductive rights. Issues that many would naturally expect attract the urgent and alarmed attention of the UNCSW. Yet, unbelievably despite numerous appeals; along with the submission of detailed evidence and testimony of these abuses, it has thus far chosen to remain silent and inactive on the plight of women traumatized by China's population control terrorism.We had hoped that this troubling attitude would change at the 57th Session of the UNCSW, which had agreed the theme of the Elimination and Prevention Of All Forms Of Violence Against Women And Girls. Sadly the assembled delegates and organizations involved turned their backs to the suffering of women being forcibly sterilized, be they in occupied Tibet, China, East Turkestan, Uzbekistan, India or Israel. In light of the obvious violence that China's population program inflicts we had thought that this troubling issue would, at last, be given serious and meaningful examination and discussion with the UNCSW and among Women's NGOs. After all the international agreements and statutes of various bodies; including the United Nations, which those involved with the UNCSW uphold and advocate, are clear in asserting opposition to coercion regarding reproductive freedoms; and define forced sterilizations as constituting violence against women:Both the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development and 1999 Cairo Plus 5 Conference in New York rule out coercion relating to reproductive rights. Additionally the 1995 UN Women's Conference and NGO Forum recognized such abuse as serious violation of women's human rights and condemned such practices calling for governments to take action. This commitment is reflected in the conference report; the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, both of which received the support and consent of governments. These documents clearly state governments should;"Take all appropriate measures to eliminate harmful, medically unnecessary or coercive medical interventions" and that: "Acts of violence against women also include forced sterilization and forced abortion, coercive/forced use of contraceptives" (section D, paragraph 115). It is also stated that women should have the right to have control over their sexuality and reproductive health, "free of coercion, discrimination and violence".Clearly forced sterilizations, coerced abortions and sterilizations, in tandem with intrusive monitoring of women's reproductive cycles, constitute acts of discrimination that violate:Articles 1 and 2 of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).Article 16(e) of CEDAW specifically guarantees women the rights: "to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children and to have access to the . . . means to enable them to exercise these rights."At the Fourth World UN Conference on Women, the participating governments, including China's, recognized and reaffirmed:"the right to have control and decide freely and responsibly . . . matters related to . . . Reproductive health, free of coercion . . . and violence." (Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, para 96.) To this end, governments agreed to:"Take all appropriate measures to eliminate . . . coercive medical interventions . ." (para 106(h).)Having collectively agreed and committed China to the terms and agreements of the Platform for Action and the Beijing Declaration, which rightly defined violence against women as including:". . . forced sterilization, and forced abortion, coercive/forced use of contraceptives . . " (Ibid-Paragraph 115).Yet what is the point of these international agreements and commitments if they are ignored, and the violations which they condemn are allowed to continue unopposed? There is no doubt that such gross violations form a harrowing assault upon women's human rights, and are a deeply disturbing example of state violence towards women. This fact, in consideration equally that coercion, and forced sterilizations have been acknowledged as constituting violence against women and a denial of their reproductive rights, surely demands that the subject of forced sterilizations and forced abortions (which form a central element of China's population program) be acknowledged and campaigned against by the UNCSW and Women's NGOs.Given the violent nature of such abuses, in which women are subject to the most horrendous atrocities we note our disappointment and concern that the UNCSW  and associated Women's NGOs have selected to ignore this issue at  the 61st Session of the UNCSW. Moreover we see that it does not feature at that the parallel Women's NGO Forum. In light of these troubling omissions we request that the public be informed what actions and measures are being taken by the UNCSW and associated Women's NGOs, to oppose, report and eliminate China's forced sterilization and forcible abortion of women.

Tibet Truth
1,942 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Weight Watchers

Discontinue plans for Weight Watchers program for teenagers

This summer, my family spent 18 weeks living out of state at an eating disorder treatment center while my step-daughter fought a crippling eating disorder. Eating disorders are caused by a variety of factors, but I know that our culture of obsessive dieting is a huge factor. As the parent of someone who almost died from an eating disorder, I was horrified to learn that this summer, Weight Watchers will offer a free program aimed at teenagers like my step-daughter. Join my campaign to demand that Weight Watchers stop plans to target teenagers. Eating disorders have a 10% fatality rate and are the most fatal type of mental illness. My step-daughter’s illness was so severe that she spent 9 weeks being fed from a tube. She developed heart issues, hormonal issues, and insulin-resistance because of heavy dieting while her body was still developing. Some of the other children in treatment center with her have bone-density loss and organ damage as well. These are not diseases to be taken lightly. Weight Watchers claims that its new program is meant to encourage healthy habits at a young age – but we know that dieting more often leads to unhealthy habits which can spiral into dangerous diseases. This program has nothing to do with teenagers’ health and everything to do with the company’s goal to grow its revenue to more than $2 billion by 2020. Weight Watchers thinks its bottom line is more important than our children’s health and that is unacceptable. Sign my petition and tell Weight Watchers that we demand better. If you disagree with this petition, please do not post comments about it in the comments, as this could be very triggering to those suffering from an eating disorder.  Feel free to email me at  I will respond to you as soon as I can so that you know you have been heard and I will also share your comments with Weight Watchers when I send the other comments.  Thanks!

Sarah Wright
18,998 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Jackie Doyle-Price MP

Create a law to protect models from getting dangerously skinny!

I’m a 25 year old model, a clothes size 8. The girl in the picture is me. When I walked into one of the UK’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one -- I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me "down to the bone".When I look in the mirror I see someone that is healthy and comfortable in their skin. That’s because I had the guts to carve out my own path and refuse to let people pressure me into losing more and more weight. But with London Fashion Week the reminders are everywhere that we need a law to protect young girls, and boys, who are put under pressure to be dangerously thin.Modelling can be a very lonely place, especially for girls working internationally who are away from the usual support network of friends and family. When models travel overseas they are often put into shared accommodation with other models, and being surrounded by girls who are all striving to stay thin can perpetuate bad eating habits and encourage eating disorders. I’ve been on shoots for up to 10 hours where no food is provided -- the underlying message is always that you shouldn’t eat. The agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole.Earlier this year France became the latest country to vote to criminalise the use of models who are dangerously thin. Those breaking the law face fines and up to six months in jail. And there is growing momentum for change in the UK -- Caroline Nokes MP is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and is campaigning for the Government to look at the possibility of legislating to ensure models are of a healthy weight.  The time is now for us all to come together.Please sign my petition to create a law to protect vulnerable young girls and boys in the industry.*Note: the fur in the image is fake fur! 

Rosalie Nelson
161,386 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law".

Hank Hunt
612,220 supporters