Nov. 20, 2015 | Press Releases

HRF Urges China to Abolish Population Control Policy

NEW YORK (November 20, 2015) — The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) urges the Chinese government to abolish its population control policy. At the end of last month, China announced that it would end its one-child policy, which has been in place since the 1980s. A new two-child policy will be ratified when the single-party parliament is in session next March, allowing all families in China to have two children instead of one.

HRF Urges China to Abolish Population Control Policy

“China must stop meddling in its citizens’ private affairs and abolish its tyrannical population control policy altogether. The new two-child policy is hardly an advancement from the previous policy – it still preserves the rampant practices of forced abortion and compulsive sterilization,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of HRF. “The Chinese Communist Party’s intrusive population control policy violates the basic human right of families to decide the number of children they wish to have. Of all totalitarian regimes installed in the 20th century, China’s is the only one that has imposed such a draconian policy,” he added.

This recent adjustment to the population control policy is thought to be motivated by an aging population and a shrinking workforce. Under the longstanding one-child policy, forced abortion and sterilization practices have been widespread. Additionally, the policy has contributed to a population gender disparity; there are now 30 million more Chinese men than women.

The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies.

Read this release in Chinese here.

Contact: Noemi Gonzalo-Bilbao – Human Rights Foundation, (212) 246-8486,