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Chinese Man Beaten Over Brother’s Forced Sterilization Ruled Eligible for U.S. Asylum

Posted by radiofreechina on January 12, 2007

By Gudrun Schultz

SAN FRANCISCO, United States, January 11, 2007 ( – A U.S. federal appeals court ruled in favour of a Chinese man’s appeal for political asylum Tuesday, after he was beaten by birth control officials in his home town while protesting attempts to forcibly sterilize his brother, the San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday.

Li Bin Lin filed for asylum in 2001 from the U.S. territory of Guam, where he had fled after officials called for his arrest for resisting birth control officers.

Li’s brother had been told by officials that he must undergo a vasectomy after his wife became pregnant for the third time. His brother fled to avoid the operation. Birth control officials came to the family home in Fujian province in March 1998 to seize and destroy household property, according to the court–when Li attempted to stop them, he was beaten and threatened with arrest.

Under a 1996 U.S. law designed to protect people fleeing China’s population-control program, immigrants are eligible for asylum if they have been forcibly sterilized or given an abortion, or if they have been persecuted for “other resistance to a coercive population control program.”

Li’s appeal was initially rejected by the Board of Immigration Appeals, which said he was attacked for trying to protect household property, not for resisting population-control measures.

Judge Stephen Trott, with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, disagreed.

“Li’s physical altercation with the birth control officials while the officials attempted to use coercive measures to enforce birth quotas constitutes physical resistance,” Judge Trott said in the 3-0 ruling.

Li’s brother was eventually sterilized.

See coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle:

See related LifeSiteNews coverage:

Forced Abortion Still A Reality in China Says New Amnesty Report

Infanticide, Forced Abortions and Sterilizations in China’s Linyi Province


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