NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected asylum for a woman who it says helped the Chinese government limit childbirths.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that Suzhen Meng (ZOO’-chehng mehng) assisted in the persecution of women for over two decades. It upheld lower court findings that she reported women with unauthorized pregnancies knowing they would be subjected to forced abortions and sterilizations.
Meng sought asylum on the grounds that she faced political persecution in China. She said she reported police corruption while she was a security officer.
Her lawyer, Gary Yerman, says Meng was merely a “census taker” who kept track of births. He doesn’t know yet if his 61-year-old client will appeal.
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