Terence P. Jeffrey
April 12, 2011
When President Barack Obama hosted a state dinner in January for Chinese President Hu Jintao–who also serves as secretary general of the Chinese Communist Party–Obama toasted Hu for China’s “reverence of the family” and its “desire to give our children a better life.”
But in the months leading up to that state dinner, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a U.S-based group, had repeatedly reported on a 2010 incident in which Chinese officials separately detained a new mother and her one-month-old baby girl–keeping the mother and infant apart to intimidate the mother into undergoing a sterilization procedure.
In its annual human rights report on China released last week, the U.S. State Department listed the detention of this one-month-old baby as an example of China’s mistreatment of women.
“A U.S.-based human rights organization reported that in August, the one-month-old daughter of a mother in Changfeng County, Anhui Province, was detained by local family-planning officials until the woman signed a document consenting to a sterilization procedure,” said the State Department Country Report on Human Rights in China.