China ends controversial one-child policy

China ends controversial one-child policy

The Chinese government has announced it will end its controversial one-child policy, in a bid to tackle an aging population and shrinking workforce.

The one-child policy came in to affect in 1980, to try and slow China’s population growth, but the nation has seen a significant slow down in recent years.

The policy was eased somewhat in 2013, but many couples were still restricted to only having one child.

But the governing Communist Party has issued a ruling following a four day meeting in Beijing, that every couple is now allowed two children.

The historic change was “intended to balance population development and address the challenge of an ageing population”, state news agency Xinhua said.

Human Rights organisations have welcomed the change, but have still raised concerns about enforcing a two child quota.

Human Rights Watch says its clear China has made the change primarily for economic reasons.

“As long as the quotas and system of surveillance remains, women still do not enjoy reproductive rights,” Maya Wang of Human Rights Watch told AFP.

Amnesty International has taken to Twitter in response to the announcement, saying “two-child policy won’t end forces sterillisations, forced abortions, gov control over birth permits.”

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