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CHINESE PARENTS TO REQUEST DAMAGES AFTER LOSING ONLY CHILD

27 June, 12:01
CHINESE PARENTS TO REQUEST DAMAGES AFTER LOSING ONLY CHILD (ANSA) - Beijing, June 27 - A group of around 100 Chinese parents intend to present a petition to request damages after the deaths of their children left them without any offspring because of the law banning them from having more than one child.

The group members say the law means they are now living in poverty in their old age with no family to help them. "We are working on a letter to present to the National Congress of the People with amendments and suggestions about the family-planning law," said Li Jianxin, a sociologist at Beijing University, where a group of experts has gathered to discuss the one-child law.

The law is widely criticised in China, although it also has many supporters who say it is a useful check on population growth.

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