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China Fires 12 After
Inquiry on Adoptions
New York Times, Sharon LaFraniere, September 29, 2011
BEIJING — Twelve government employees have been fired and stripped of
their Communist Party membership after an investigation into allegations
that family planning officials kidnapped children in an impoverished
rural area in the southern Chinese province of Hunan, People’s Daily,
the party’s official newspaper, reported Thursday.
While investigators concluded that the government workers did not engage
in “baby trading,” they did find “severe violations” of
regulations, according to the newspaper’s Web site, People’s Daily
Online. A Hunan-based Web news portal said the officials were guilty of
“negligence and handling work in a simplistic way.”
In a scandal that has drawn widespread coverage, parents and
grandparents claim that officials from Longhui, a county that is
administered by Shaoyang, illegally seized at least 16 children between
1999 and 2006 because of allegations that family planning rules were
violated. Caixin Century Weekly, a Chinese magazine, reported in
May that some were later adopted by foreigners.Government investigators
examined 14 cases. In one, parents voluntarily surrendered their child
because they were unable to provide care. Five other children were
deemed abandoned because the facts about their parentage were hidden by
“involved persons,” People’s Daily reported. Eight more were taken
because they had been illegally adopted by local families.
Investigators found no evidence that the city’s orphanage, the
Shaoyang Social Welfare Institute, paid kickbacks to officials who
delivered babies, according to the newspaper’s report.
Edy Yin contributed research.
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