Hethersett teen reaches final of Amnesty International competition

A proud Norfolk school pupil has had her story about China's one-child family policy nominated for Amnesty International's Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year award.

Chloe Lansley, 13, of Shop Lane, Hethersett, chose to write about the controversial law initiated by China's communist government to control the country's spiralling population because she is one of three sisters and could not bear to think of life without either of her siblings Holly, 22 and Kate, 20.

The policy forbids couples in urban areas from having more than one child and gives parents with multiple children fewer benefits than their one child counterparts, which has been linked to an increase in forced abortions, female infanticide and under-reporting of female births due to a preference for sons as they provide greater financial support for the family.

However, wealthy families can pay the state to have more than one child.

Chloe, who also lives with mum Fiona, 50 and father Jonathan, 49, said: 'In my family all of the children are girls and I could never imagine living without my sisters or my mum so it was quite a personal choice.'

Her social studies teacher Jo Collin suggested she participate in the competition, which involved over 3,000 children from across the UK submitting stories on human rights issues.

Chloe added: 'I think that everybody should have the right to life and human rights and these should be enforced everywhere. It should not be linked to how much money you bring to the family.'

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Her story was chosen for the 'stylish and poetic approach' she took to dealing with a pressing human rights issue and the 'well-structured mix of description and fact,' used in the story.

She will be in a shortlist of 10 candidates, who will have their work judged by a panel of editors, authors and industry professionals including Guardian writer Joseph Harker, award-winning author Kathryn Cave and the 2011 Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year Angus Kirk.

The writers will then be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony held at Amnesty International UK's headquarters on May 9, where the overall winner will be announced.

The winner's work will then be showcased at the organisation's annual Media Awards in central London in front of an audience of over 400 of the nation's top media figures on May 29.

Her teacher said: 'We are delighted that Chloe's essay is in the top ten. As an international school community with students from several continents, we actively encourage our pupils to be global in their outlook and perspectives and try to raise the awareness of all our students about the iniquity of injustice, wherever it occurs.'

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