Internal Regulation: Practitioners May Not Hire Their Own Lawyers

August 21, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China

( Ms. Luo Xizhen’s family was informed that there was an internal regulation that Falun Gong practitioners are not allowed to hire their own lawyers. When Ms. Luo’s family requested a copy of the regulation from the judges, they were given the run around.

Ms. Luo was arrested on June 26, 2014, for handing out Shen Yun DVDs. Her case file was submitted to the local court on July 21, 2014.

Family Given the Run Around

Ms. Luo’s family tried to contact judge Zou Xishan from the Dongchang District Court for days. They asked Zou on the phone when the lawyer could look at the files. Zou replied, “Anytime, as long as the lawyer brings his license and identification.” But when Ms. Luo’s family called him on July 28 to confirm the date and time, Zou said that he needed instructions from his superiors.

Zou informed Ms. Luo’s family the next day that they were not allowed to hire a lawyer themselves and could only use lawyers appointed by the court. Ms. Luo’s family protested.

Zou told the family, “You must report to us if you want to have your own lawyer. We need to get permission from the Political and Legal Affairs Committee.”

Ms. Luo’s family went to the Dongchang District Court on July 30 to meet Zhao Yan, chief judge of the criminal tribunal, to request a copy of the regulation. Zhao said, “This is an internal regulation issued by the Central Government Political and Legal Affairs Committee. It states that, in Falun Gong cases, the lawyer must be appointed by the court. This was an oral notification, so we don’t have hard copies of it. You just can’t hire a lawyer yourselves.”

Ms. Luo’s family again went to the Dongchang Court on the morning of August 4 to talk to the deputy chief of the court, Yao Guiying. Yao said on the phone that she would consult her superior. But when Ms. Luo’s family called her again, she said exactly the same thing as Zhao had told them.

Ms. Luo’s family then called the appeals office of the court and the inspection and supervision office, but no one answered. They called Yao again and told her, “It is our right to hire a lawyer. Your regulation is unreasonable.” They also asked Yao to give them a copy of it. Yao said again that she would contact her superior.

On the afternoon of August 4, Ms. Luo’s family went to the court again. The person in the appeals office told them that Yao had the last word about this issue, so Ms. Luo’s family called Yao again. Yao insisted that what she had said earlier still held. Later, Ms. Luo’s family called her again, and Yao repeated the same thing and then hung up the phone. After that, she no longer answered the phone.

Parties Responsible for the Persecution of Ms. Luo Xizhen:

Liu Donghai (刘东海), chief of the Dongchang District Court: +86-435-3947299, +86-13704353350 (Cell)
Yao Guiying (姚桂英), deputy chief of the Dongchang District Court: +86-435-3947298, +86-13844587677 (Cell)
Zhao Yan (赵岩), judge of the criminal tribunal at the Dongchang District Court: +86-435-3947289, +86-15844587666 (Cell)
Zou Xishan (邹喜山), case clerk at the Dongchang District Court:+86-435-3947285, +86-13069276789 (Cell)
Cui Yueqin (崔岳琴), the person in charge of the inspection and supervision office: +86-435-3947216, +86-13804458466 (Cell)
Yang Ping (杨萍), staff at Dongchang Court Appeals Office: +86-435-3947294, +86-13324358895 (Cell)

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Dalian Practitioner Mr. Qu Bin on Hunger Strike to Protest 6-year Illegal Sentence

August 21, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Liaoning Province, China

( Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Qu Bin is on hunger strike in the Dalian Detention Center, after he was unlawfully sentenced to 6 years in prison at the end of July. The verdict was given only one week after he was arrested. Mr. Qu has suffered repeated persecution over the years for practicing Falun Gong, and his family is very concerned about his health. He has become very thin, and weighs less than 110 pounds.

On July 23, 2014, Xu Bingli, president of the Zhongshan Court, judge Liang Yongguo and several others arrested Mr. Qu from his rented apartment. A week later, judge Liang Yongguo notified his family members to go and pick up the notice of his sentence. The court also refused to allow his lawyer to meet with him.

Mr. Qu Bin

Earlier, on December 13, 2013, Mr. Qu was granted bail pending trial as he was in critical condition due to persecution. In order to avoid further persecution, he left home, and the court put him on its wanted list.

Persecuted for setting up satellite dishes to watch NTD TV programs

Mr. Qu was first arrested on July 6, 2012 during a large-scale raid against Falun Gong practitioners in Dalian. The raid targeted practitioners who had installed satellite dishes for people to watch NTD TV programs. NTD TV is a New York based TV network, which broadcasts uncensored world news that is banned by the CCP.

While he was held in the detention center, Mr. Qu went on hunger strike for 20 days, during which time he was brutally force-fed. Food was forced into his lungs, causing him to lose consciousness and vomit blood. He had to be taken to a hospital for emergency treatment. He was in a coma for a long time and his pupils were dilated. Thinking he would die in a few days, the police notified his family to take him home.

His wife, Ms. Zhou Yuping, said, “Qu Bin gradually regained his health through practicing Falun Gong after we brought him home. I told him to hide somewhere else as he had done in the past, but he refused, saying he had been away from home for years. He said that he would do whatever he could to make up for the loss he had caused me and our child. He helped me with cooking and our child’s school work, and did his best to fulfil his responsibility as a husband and a father. Our home was once again filled with happiness and warmth, even though we didn’t have much money. However, our happiness was again cut short.”

On August 2, 2013, Mr. Qu was again arrested, but for health reasons, he was released on August 8 and put under surveillance.

On August 30, Mr. Qu was arrested once more by police and detained in the Dalian Detention Center. Within days, the procuratorate transferred his case to the Zhongshan Court.

Because Mr. Qu’s health kept deteriorating and he lapsed into critical condition, the detention center submitted an application to the court, stating that he was not in any condition to be kept in the detention center. However, judge Liang Yongguo rejected the application, saying the application from the detention center was not good enough, and he must not be released.

Ms. Zhou said, “My father-in-law and I are extremely worried about his health and we often see him suffering in our dreams.” Her father-in-law said, “He is my only son. I don’t want to lose him. I’m not sure if he can make it through this time.”

On October 29, 2013, the Zhongshan Court opened the trial. Mr. Qu had to be pushed into the court room in a wheelchair as a result of the severe persecution he’d been subjected to. The trial lasted only ten minutes. Mr. Qu’s wife defended him in court and insisted that her husband was not guilty of any crime by upholding his belief.

Wife: “He is an extraordinary person. I have great respect for him.”

In her appeal letter Mr. Qu’s wife wrote, “He is a very strong man. I can see he is an extraordinary person from the sacrifices he has made in safeguarding his belief. As his wife, I have great respect for him. In fact, he is not the only one. The whole group that shares the same belief as his has proved that they are extraordinary. I changed from not understanding them at the beginning to gradually understanding them. People in society have also begun to understand them and more people have begun to extend their help, especially those working in the legal sector.”

“I can see that this period in history will soon be over, because no one can stop time and history from going forward. Everyone is writing their own part in this history with their conduct.”

Earlier Persecution Facts

Mr. Qu Bin, 40 years old, was repeatedly arrested, sent to labor camps, imprisoned and subjected to cruel torture in the past 15 years.

From December 2000 to August 2001, he was detained in the Dalian Detention Center and suffered severe torture, including being hung up and shocked with electric batons. His whole body was covered with wounds and he had scabies.

On March 19, 2001, guards and inmates stripped Mr. Qu naked and beat him violently with rubber sticks. They shocked the soles of his feet, the backs of his knees, his armpits, his face, his mouth and his genitals simultaneously with several high-voltage batons.

On January 11, 2003, Mr. Qu was once again arrested and taken to the Yaojia Detention Center in Dalian. The Zhongshan District Police Department tried to extract confessions from him by torture. His eyes were badly injured and he became extremely weak as a result. He was later sentenced to four years in prison.

Previous reports:
Court Conducts Rushed Trial of Eleven Practitioners Without Informing Their Attorneys
After Suffering Years of Brutal Persecution, Mr. Qu Bin is Arrested Again
Mr. Qu Bin Severely Persecuted in Yaojia Detention Center

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Queensland, Australia: Fair Visitors Support Falun Gong and Learn the Exercises

August 18, 2014 | By Minghui correspondent Chen Xinning in Queensland, Australia

( Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated the exercises and raised awareness about the persecution in China at the Ormeau Fair in Queensland, Australia on August 9 and 10, 2014. Many visitors stopped to learn the exercises and sign a petition to condemn the persecution, particularly the Chinese regime’s organ harvesting atrocities.

This was the second year that practitioners were invited to the annual fair, one of the largest events in Queensland. They joined the over 140 exhibitors at the Brian Harris Oval. The Ormeau district, where the event was held, is located between Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and the Gold Coast, a famous tourist destination.

Practitioners teach visitors the exercises at the fair.

A visitor signs the petition to help stop the persecution.

A practitioner demonstrates the meditation on stage.

A retired couple, Carmel and Ron, were sympathetic upon learning the facts of the persecution and said that they were glad they could sign the petition to end forced organ harvesting. They hoped that the persecution would soon end.

Mark, an armor testing specialist, had heard of the Chinese regime’s persecution of Falun Gong. He also mentioned that he had been following the organ harvesting issue.

Reg, an advocate for crime prevention, was shocked to learn that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had extended their persecution beyond China and commits crimes against Australian citizens. He signed the petition to support Falun Gong.

During the two-day event, many visitors were attracted to the Falun Gong exercises. Sharee who works in the airline industry and her two friends from Indonesia, had seen practitioners doing the exercises in Brisbane. Sharee had been wanting to learn the meditation. She took down the contact information of the coordinator at a nearby exercise site, and plans to learn the meditation soon.

Lisa, a Reiki master, attentively listened to the introduction of exercises and facts of the persecution. She said she was looking for something to help her, as she had been feeling depressed and unwell. Practitioners recommended that she read Zhuan Falun, Mr. Li Hongzhi’s main book of Falun Gong teachings. Lisa said she would read it online.

There were Chinese among the visitors as well. After learning the facts about the persecution, some decided to join the movement among Chinese people to withdraw their memberships in the CCP and its affiliated organizations.

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Court Lies to Defense Attorney, Tries Falun Dafa Practitioner Secretly and Without Counsel

July 27, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Tianjin City, China

( There is no honor in China’s legal system. The family of Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Wang Guiqi learned that firsthand, when they hired lawyers to defend Mr. Wang. Mr. Wang was forced to appear in many secret hearings between March and November 2013, without legal counsel. And the court intended to bypass his lawyer and try him in June 2014.

First Secret Trial

Officers from the Hangzhoudao and Daliangzi police stations in the Tanggu District planned to arrest Mr. Wang in November 2012 because he practices Falun Dafa. The Tanggu District Court in Binhai New District tried Mr. Wang secretly on March 21, 2013. The court didn’t inform his family and appointed him a lawyer that Mr. Wang objected to. During the trial, Mr. Wang insisted on defending himself.

Mr. Wang’s family hired two human rights lawyers from Beijing after they learned about the secret trial. On two occasions, April 25 and May 8, 2013, the two lawyers went to the Tanggu Court and asked to see Mr. Wang’s files. Chief judge Li Hongliang said that the case had taken too long and denied their requests. On May 8, the lawyers officially appealed to the court and submitted Legal Opinion on Reopening Wang Guiqi’s Case.

Mr. Wang’s lawyers received the verdict on July 29: he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. The lawyers appealed to the Tianjin Second Intermediate Court on August 2, 2013.

The intermediate court notified the lawyers on August 30 that they could read Mr. Wang’s files. This was the first time the lawyers had been allowed access to their client’s files. With only one day to prepare, the lawyers were told to submit their defense in writing on September 1 and September 16, because the authorities were planning to conduct another closed trial. The lawyers refused to comply and submitted letters demanding that the trial be public.

Second Trial

The court finally held an open trial on November 4. During the proceedings, the presiding judge interrupted the defense attorneys repeatedly, which obstructed them from defending Mr. Wang effectively. Nonetheless, the lawyers were able to defend Mr. Wang with a substantial amount of evidence.

That afternoon, Mr. Wang’s lawyers filed a complaint with the Second Court of the Tianjin Procuratorate against those who participated in Mr. Wang’s unlawful trials. The lawyers accused them of abusing their power, malicious prosecution, and illegal detention. Nevertheless, the court upheld the previous verdict passed down by the Tanggu District Court.

Mr. Wang was then sent to the Binhai New District Prison, where the guards severely tortured him in an attempt to “transform” him. The torture harmed him mentally and physically, and he became very thin and weak.

Family Continued Asking Lawyers to Appeal

In early April 2014, Mr. Wang’s family again asked the lawyers to appeal on Mr. Wang’s behalf, and the two lawyers agreed without hesitation. They filed a grievance with the Tianjin Second Intermediate Court. The court accepted their petition and told them to wait until further notice.

Mr. Wang’s lawyers went to the Binhai New District Prison in early April this year. They asked to see him, but the prison officials denied their request.

The lawyers warned the officials that they had the legal right to meet with their client, Mr. Wang, and that they would sue the prison for abuse of power if their request continued to be denied.

The prison officials were afraid of being held responsible and told the lawyers to contact the Tianjin Prison Bureau, which is in charge of the Binhai New District Prison.

When the lawyers went to the Tianjin Prison Bureau to submit their request, the bureau officials gave them the runaround. They showed the lawyers unrelated documents and regulations, and evasively replied that they were not responsible for Mr. Wang’s case. The lawyers refuted the excuses and demanded that their legal right to visit their client be met. The officials had nothing to say in response and physically removed them from the office.

The following day the lawyers went to the Tianjin Bureau of Justice, which is in charge of the Tianjin Prison Bureau. They filed charges against the prison bureau for their omission, but were again subjected to the officials’ attempts to obstruct them in every possible way.

On June 14, during a prison visit, Mr. Wang’s family saw that his physical and mental condition had worsened. He was having trouble walking. As he talked with his family, he began to cry and said he could not endure it anymore. It seemed that Mr. Wang was being severely tortured. After that, the jail contacted Mr. Wang’s family several times to say that they would take Mr. Wang for a physical examination and medical treatment.

The Third Trial

On June 15, 2014, Mr. Wang’s family received a phone call from the Tianjin City Second Intermediate Court. They were told that the court had scheduled a trial to respond to Mr. Wang’s appeal and that the family should arrive at the courthouse at 9 a.m. on June 17. The family asked whether or not they had notified Mr. Wang’s lawyer. The court staff person said, “It’s just to clarify a few facts. It’s not necessary to notify the lawyer.”

When the family told the lawyer about it, Mr. Wang’s lawyer said that the court had violated the law for not notifying him. The lawyer called the court, and the court said that they were only going to ask the family a few things and it was not a trial. The lawyer believed them and informed the family.

When the family arrived in the courtroom on the appointed day, the female judge whose last name was Meng said, “This will be a trial on this case.”

The family was shocked, in disbelief that the court would lie so blatantly. They immediately called the lawyer, who talked to the judge on the phone and stated that this deception by the court was not acceptable. The judge did not contradict the attorney and hung up. The judge accepted Mr. Wang’s plea and quickly ended the trial.

After the “trial” ended, Judge Meng admitted in a conversation with the family that, according to the law, the lawyers had the right to see Mr. Wang. She also revealed that she could not do much in Mr. Wang’s case, due to pressure from higher authorities.

Sadly, Mr. Wang’s illegal arrest and trials are not unusual in today’s China, where the legal system is abused as a tool of persecution.

Related articles:

Mr. Wang Guiqi’s Attorneys Appeal Unlawfully Upheld Verdict
Mr. Wang Guiqi Secretly Sentenced to Four and Half Years, His Attorneys File Charges Against Officials
Lawyer Sues Court for Abuse of Power in Falun Gong Case
Tianjin Intermediate Court Plots Secret Trial Against Mr. Wang Guiqi
Mr. Wang Guiqi Appeals Unlawful Verdict, Requests Public Hearing
Mr. Wang Guiqi Secretly Tried and Sentenced in Tianjin City, Lawyers Appeal

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School Children Targeted for Brainwashing by the 610 Office in Guangxi Province

July 27, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Guangxi Province, China

( The “Youth Education Center Against Heretical Organizations” was established in Baise City, Guangxi Province, in May 2014. It is another way the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) brainwashes school children into being against Falun Gong.

The program was set up by the Baise City Municipal Committee, the Political and Legal Affairs Committee, and the 610 Office. Meant as a “model,” the program is to be promoted nationwide in the future.

Located in the Baise Science and Culture Center for Youth, the organization opened its doors on May 13. Videos, audios, window displays, books, bulletin boards, charts, and pictures slandering Falun Gong and its founder are employed.

It has been confirmed that the Longlin County Middle School, Leli County Central School, and several other schools have already brought into the project and established similar programs.

Feng Zhiwu, head of the Baise 610 Office, has been aggressively attacking Falun Gong at public meetings and organizing brainwashing centers. Feng is responsible for the initiative to “thoroughly investigate” and “clean up all Falun Gong related material.” The persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in Baise has escalated as a result.

Targeting School Children

Feng is now targeting school children, feeding them CCP ideology and slandering Falun Gong. He often personally participates in the activities.

For example, Feng and a group of investigators visited Baise No. 1 Elementary School, Baise No. 7 Middle School, and Baise Science and Culture Center for Youth on May 20, 2014, and Longlin County Middle School on July 3, 2014, to check on the schools’ progress in implementing the “Anti Heretical Organization” initiative.

For the second time since 2010, Baise No. 1 Elementary School held a school wide “criticism assembly” on May 16, 2014. School principle Ji Qiufeng gave a speech slandering Falun Gong, to which the students chanted their agreement.

Dongjing Central Elementary School held a signature assembly on April 16. Teachers and students were to sign a pledge slandering Falun Gong.

Xilin County Middle School held a “Refusal to Join a Heretical Organization Signature Assembly” on April 11, 2014. School principle Ji Zhengxiong and assistant principle Lu Haiping slandered Falun Gong in their speeches.

Several other middle and elementary schools in nearby counties held similar assemblies.

The Jinxi County Education Bureau distributed propaganda booklets to the 45,130 students in the county. Teachers in the schools were questioned. Those who practice Falun Gong and refused to abandon their belief were immediately removed from their posts.

Baise is a poor city. Families can barely afford textbooks for their children. Teachers don’t get paid on time and often don’t receive their full salary. It is still a question as to where the funding for the new center came from.

Parties involved in maligning Falun Gong:
Feng Zhiwu (封志武), head of the Baise 610 Office: +86-776-2693829, +86-18607768227, +86-15677628221
Ji Zhengxiong 季正雄, principle of Xilin Middle School: +86-13877677361, +86-776-8688183, +86-776-8680072
Lu Haiping (陆海平), assistant principle of Xilin Middle School: +86-13877677215
Ji Qiufeng (吉秋凤), principle of Baise No. 1 Elementary School: +86-13977692178

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San Francisco: Rally and Parade Protest 15 Years of Persecution

July 21, 2014 | By Minghui correspondents Li Ruoyun and Wang Ying

( Falun Gong practitioners protested 15 years of persecution by the Chinese communist regime with a series of events in San Francisco on July 19: a group exercise at the UN plaza, a rally and parade, a photo exhibit, and torture re-enactment in the city. They held the activities to call for an end to the persecution and for bringing the main perpetrators to justice.

The persecution of Falun Gong was officially launched overnight on July 20, 1999.

Practicing the exercises at the UN plaza in San Francisco




The Divine Land Marching Band







The march passes through San Francisco’s Chinatown

Torture re-enactment

Mourning Falun Gong practitioners persecuted to death in China

Ms. Yu Zizhen

Yu Zizhen shared her personal story at the rally. She arrived in the United States less than a year ago. She said that hers was one of the many families torn apart by the brutal persecution in China.

She was born on January 24, 1999. Her father Yu Ming and mother Ma Li were arrested on January 1, 2000 for handing out truth-clarification materials. In the following 10 years, her father was incarcerated three times and detained for nearly eight years. Her memory of her father was basically one labor camp to another, one brainwashing center to another and torture, hunger strikes and electric shocks.

Mr. Yu finally came home in 2009. He was nearly a complete stranger to her. In 2013, Mr. Yu was illegally arrested again.

Ms. Yu hoped her personal story would inspire more people to help end the persecution and set free all imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners.

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Montreal, Canada: Rally in front of Chinese Consulate to Protest the Persecution

July 20, 2014 | By a practitioner in Montreal

( Falun Gong practitioners held a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate on St. Catherine Street on July 17, 2014 to mark the 15th anniversary of peaceful resistance to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution. They exposed the CCP’s atrocity of live organ harvesting from persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and called for an end to the brutal persecution in China.

Falun Gong practitioners hold a rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Montreal to mark the 15th anniversary of peaceful resistance to the CCP’s persecution.


Exposing the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong to passers-by.

Collecting signatures to stop the CCP’s live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners

Practitioners demonstrated the exercises, which caught the attention of passers-by. A number of people came forward to ask for more information and many signed the petition to protest the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

Experiencing the Persecution in China

Ms. Sun, from a small town in Northern China, experienced the persecution in China first hand. She recalled, “On July 20, 1999, the Party initiated the persecution of Falun Gong. One afternoon in 2000, I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. I was caught by police and imprisoned. I was beaten, abused and intimidated.” She shed tears while speaking, recalling her experience.

Ms. Sun continued, “I was frequently confined at home, monitored, followed and harassed on the many occasions that the Party thinks ‘sensitive,’ such as April 25, July 20, the Beijing Olympics, or during the Party’s conferences.” Ms. Sun was fortunate to be able to come to Montreal in 2013 and put the harassment behind her.

Chinese People Renounce the CCP and Its Affiliated Organizations

A Chinese woman came out of the consulate and asked a practitioner for information about the rally. She expressed her support, but not openly. The practitioner introduced the world-wide movement of withdrawing from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. The woman agreed to renounce the Party on the spot.

Many Chinese students were attending class in a building next door to the consulate. During break, they came out to read the poster boards about a number of subjects, including the CCP-staged self-immolation incident [to frame Falun Gong], high level Chinese officials being sued in international courts and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. Many of the young people accepted the Falun Gong informational materials from the practitioners.

People Sign the Petition Form to Stop the CCP’s Live Organ Harvesting

Throughout the event, passers-by stopped to read the poster boards. Some said that they had not known about the atrocities before. After learning the facts, many signed the petition to stop the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

A student from a nearby school stopped by and said that he frequently saw the practitioners’ events. He said, “I think your events against the persecution are very peaceful. I cannot understand the Chinese regime’s persecution. I feel sorry for the innocent practitioners who bring grace to people but suffer persecution.” He signed the petition against the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

A woman named Dolores from Quebec talked with a practitioner at the rally. Dolores said, “I’ve heard of Falun Gong. I think it is beneficial to all people. Everyone should practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. There is nothing wrong with that. I think that what is happening in China is terrible. It is good to collect signatures in Quebec. People are shocked when they see the poster boards, as they don’t understand why such things occur in China.”

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Category: July 20 Events