AsiaNews August 10, 2011:
Chinese authorities are investigating
allegations made in the South Korean press that human remains from Jilin
province were illegally sold in South Korea where they were used for
According to South Korean broadcaster SBS, some hospitals in China
apparently sold aborted fetuses after they were turned into a "human-flesh
capsule" containing remains. South Korean papers reported that these
capsules were sold as medications for some incurable diseases at the cost of
800,000 won (US$ 750) per 100 capsules.
South Korean customs authorities asked prosecutors to look into the matter.
The South Korean government announced that it would work with China to stop
this “horrific” trade. Chinese officials said that they would take the
necessary steps to end it, adding that China has “strict regulations” to
handle the disposals of human remains.
Although investigations are underway, the fact that it involves aborted
fetuses increases the credibility of the reports. Despite publicly stating
its intention of softening its ‘one-child policy’, China’s Communist rulers
have continued to enforce forcefully the law. Anyone who breaks it and
cannot pay a fine is forced to abort.
Under traditional Chinese customs, couples are supposed to have a boy to
take care of his parents when they are old. Hence, the problem of forced
abortion is compounded by sex selection. The result is that every year,
millions of baby girls are not born.
“In 2011, a year after China [. . .] vowed to bring sex ratios to a normal
level, there are now 119 boys born for every 100 girls born. The gender gap
has not closed, but widened,” wrote Reggie Littlejohn, who runs the Women’s
Rights Without Frontiers website. “Make no mistake. China’s One Child Policy
is enforced through forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide.
[. . .] The One Child Policy is China’s war on women.”
Women and those who oppose China’s government pay the price for this war.
The best-known case is that of blind activist Chen Guangcheng.
Released from prison in September 2010 after four years in jail, he said
he was still subject to house arrest without charges or trial.
Convicted for destruction of property and assembling a crowd to disrupt
traffic, the lawyer is in fact targeted by the authorities for his steadfast
work on behalf of women and for his opposition to forced abortions, which
are part and parcel of the family planning policy China adopted in the late