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Women in China: imprisoned and abused for dissent

, Index number: ASA 17/029/1995

This report deals with the violations of human rights suffered by women from all walks of life in China. It describes violations which fall within the traditional AI concerns - imprisonment of prisoners of conscience, torture, ill-treatment, political killings - but also discusses violations arising from the enforcement of the official birth control policy and the social context within which violence against women occurs. AI recognizes that the lot of women has improved since the coming to power of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949. However, as this report shows, women in China are still suffering violations of their fundamental human rights.

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