New Zealand: Peaceful Falun Gong Protest Meets Xi Jinping’s Entourage at Government House

November 23, 2014 | By a practitioner in New Zealand

( Four young high school students received an unexpected lesson in current events when they passed by Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, on November 20.

Ally, Mary Jane, Josephine and Reed happened to arrive just as Xi Jinping, head of Chinese Communist Party (CCP), was arriving for a state visit. They were surprised to see the peaceful Falun Gong protest assembled to meet him, and asked what was happening.

Ally said, “I learned about the history of communism in Vietnam, but I thought communism was a thing of the past. I didn’t know it still haunts China today. I support you! Let’s work together to stop the persecution.”

Mary Jane said she would go online to learn more, after learning about the crimes of live organ harvesting.

The practitioners were calling for a stop to the 15-year-long brutal persecution of Falun Gong, and bringing the perpetrators (Jiang Zemin and Zhou Yongkang, etc.) to justice.

Lawyer Kerry Gore, a spokesperson for Falun Gong, is interviewed by local media.

Banners reading “Falun Dafa is Good,” “Stop Live Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners,” and “Bring the Main Perpetrators Jiang Zemin, Zeng Qinghong, Luo Gan, and Zhou Yongkang to Justice” were prominently displayed for visiting top Chinese officials to see

Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s motorcade passes the peaceful protest, unable to avoid seeing the prominently displayed banners.

Adam (left), a passerby, learns about Falun Gong.

Four high school students support Falun Gong after learning the facts.

The passengers in Xi’s motorcade looked out as they entered the yard of Government House, the residence of the Governor General for New Zealand. They were confronted with large banners exclaiming “Falun Dafa is Good,” “Stop Live Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners,” and “Bring the Main Perpetrators Jiang Zemin, Zeng Qinghong, Luo Gan, and Zhou Yongkang to Justice.”

Local media reported that Falun Gong was holding a peaceful protest here in New Zealand while practitioners in China were being brutally persecuted and even subjected to forced organ harvesting.

Several mainstream media outlets interviewed lawyer Kerry Gore, a spokesperson for Falun Gong in New Zealand. Gore called on New Zealand Government to raise human rights issues with the Chinese delegation, and help stop the persecution and organ harvesting atrocities.

Falun Gong practitioner Nick said more people should learn the facts about Falun Gong.

A passerby named Adam asked what the banners (written in Chinese) meant. A practitioner explained the facts to him. He said, “Good luck! New Zealand is a country of freedom. Everyone can express his voice. I support you!”

Mark, a security guard at the Government House, said he had lived in Hong Kong for many years. He said, “I know Falun Gong. Practitioners’ efforts opposing the persecution remind me of Gandhi’s peaceful protests in India. The Communist Party is misleading the Chinese people, and turning them into machines, instead of individuals with independent thinking.”

In contrast to the peaceful protest by Falun Gong practitioners, Chinese students arrived by bus, and assembled for a raucous welcome to the Chinese delegation. A passerby asked if they came voluntarily. One answered, “No. We were paid.” They declined to answer questions when a TVNZ reporter asked who organized them to come.

A Chinese who appeared to be in charge ordered the students to block the Falun Gong banners. They drove a car and parked in front of the practitioners several times, attempting to block the banners, but were stopped by police each time.

Chinese version available

Category: Rallies & Protests

Attendees of Organ Trafficking Symposium at the Hague Learn about Organ Harvesting in China

November 25, 2014 | By Minghui correspondent Rong Fa

( Falun Gong practitioners gathered outside an international symposium on organ trafficking to raise awareness of the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from live prisoners of conscience in China, the majority of whom are Falun Gong practitioners.

The symposium on “Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal” took place on November 21 at Europol Headquarters at the Hague in the Netherlands. Practitioners collected signatures for a petition, demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises, displayed banners, and told attendees about the European Parliament’s resolution condemning the crime against humanity in China.

Some attendees encouraged practitioners to continue raising awareness of the atrocities. One of them worked for Europol and said he knew that Falun Gong practitioners in China area killed for their organs and that it should be stopped. He added the Chinese Communist Party’s crimes are a severe violation of human rights.

A symposium attendee from the Netherlands told practitioners, “An independent reporter just told us what’s going on in China. You’re doing a great job. We need to do more to stop this crime. We need to know more about what’s happening. I support you.”

Another attendee from South Korea said many of his colleagues are aware of the organ harvesting in China.

An EU Parliament Member said he had been actively supporting Falun Gong practitioners’ efforts to peacefully resist the persecution in China. He left his contact information for practitioners to continue sending him updates.

Attorney Petunia I. Seabi from South Africa signed the petition to call for the end of organ harvesting in China

Attorney Petunia I. Seabi with South Africa’s Department of Justice was in the Hague for a different conference. She spoke to a practitioner during the lunch break, took a flyer, and signed the petition to call for an end to organ harvesting. She said she would pass the information to others.

Police Officer Cristina

Cristina, a police officer part of Europol, signed the petition to lend her support.

According to the symposium’s official website, attendees included professionals from law enforcement, intelligence agencies, anti-human trafficking experts, human trafficking rapporteurs, human rights NGOs, international organizations, EU officials, health organizations, transplant professionals, transplantation societies and the media.

News of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China broke in early 2006. Independent investigations later revealed extensive involvement of the Chinese military, court and hospital systems.

In addition to imprisonment and torture, Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to thorough physical examinations, including blood and tissue type tests. China’s hospitals boast the ability to find a compatible organ in two or three weeks, and even a backup organ if the first surgery fails.

Under the Communist regime’s violent repression campaign against Falun Gong, those involved in organ harvesting are able to avoid legal repercussions while raking in profit.

Ms. Zaat stops by in her car to learn about organ harvesting in China


A passerby signed the petition to condemn the persecution

A Falun Gong practitioner informs police officer about the persecution

A pedestrian speaks to a practitioner to learn about organ harvesting

Chinese version available

Category: Organ Harvesting

Three Illegally Tried and Sentenced at a Brainwashing Center

November 25, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent in Liaoning Province

( Three Falun Gong practitioners were illegally tried and sentenced on September 30 in the Anshan Brainwashing Center in Liaoning Province, officially known as “Anshan City Loving Educational Base.” The practitioners are Mr. Yao Yuandong (姚元东) and his wife Ms. Gao Sujuan (高素娟) and Mr. Long Gao (龙刚). Details of the sentencing are currently unknown.

The brainwashing center is an extralegal detention facility designated to coerce practitioners to abandon their belief in Falun Gong. It is controlled and managed by the Anshan City Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the city’s 610 Office, a Party-based security organization in charge of the nationwide persecution of Falun Gong.

The Tiexi District Court rejected the case on May 23, 2014, on account of lack of evidence. According to legal procedures in China, the Tiexi District Police Department should have released the practitioners after the court’s rejection.

On September 27, the three practitioners were told that they would be released on bail. However, when they stepped out of the Anshan Detention Center, they didn’t see their family members waiting for them. Instead, city 610 Office staff took them to the brainwashing center immediately.

Three days later, they were secretly tried and sentenced.

The practitioners are now under intense pressure to renounce their belief. They are locked up separately with a guard at the door. Xie Yongfang, head of the 610 Office, announced that they would be released as soon as they wrote statements renouncing their practice of Falun Gong. Xie brought the practitioners’ family members to the brainwashing center to pressure them around the clock.

The local neighborhood committee assigned personnel to participate in the brainwashing. One of them, whose last name is Bai, spends an hour each day in the practitioners’ cells trying to coerce them to give up Falun Gong. On September 29, Bai tried to force the three practitioners to stomp on an image of Falun Gong founder but they firmly refused.

The practitioners have already been tried four times prior to the latest trial after their arrest on October 27, 2013. Courts in China can try a person as many times as needed to get a conviction. The first three joint trials of the practitioners took place on March 25, April 2, and May 6.

Pressured by the local 610 Office, however, the court tried each practitioner separately a fourth time. Mr. Yao Yuandong (姚元东) and his wife Ms. Gao Sujuan (高素娟) were tried on August 21, while Mr. Long Gao (龙刚) was tried on September 4.

Anshan Brainwashing Center in Liaoning Province, officially known as “Anshan City Loving Educational Base,” as stated on the sign.

Parties responsible for the persecution:

Xie Yongfang (谢永芳), director of the Anshan 610 Office, +86-412-2225062 (office), +86-13644200338 (mobile)
Kang Kai (康凯), head of the Domestic Security Division of Anshan City, +86-18241280541 (mobile)
Liang Bing (梁冰), secretary of the Anshan City Political and Legal Affairs Committee, +86-412-5512288 (office), +86-13941245555 (mobile)

Chinese version available

Category: Accounts of Persecution

Falun Gong Practitioners Share Takeaways from San Francisco Conference (Photos)

October 19, 2014 | By Minghui correspondents Xiao Yan and De Xiang in San Francisco

( More than three thousand Falun Gong practitioners from around the world attended the 2014 San Francisco Falun Gong Experience Sharing Conference on October 16, 2014. Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, lectured for more than two hours at the conference. Afterwards, several practitioners shared their feelings and insights.

Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Is Key

Degr Svab from the Czech Republic

“At a certain moment during his lecture, I felt as if Master Li spoke directly to me. It was a tremendous encouragement,” said Degr Svab from the Czech Republic. “I feel I’m confident and clear on what I will do and how to improve in my cultivation. This is what I’ll take away from the conference.”

Mr. Svab began practicing Falun Gong about ten years ago. “I reached the lowest point in my life then, and I had no idea what to do, so I began reading something about martial arts. My sister said she could give me a book to learn to do sitting meditation, and thus I obtained the book Zhuan Falun.”

“When I read the book, it seemed I already knew that what’s written in the book is real. It’s profound, but I could learn it,” he recalled. “I suddenly realized a month later that many things in my life had been far away from the standard Master Li talks about in the book. I felt I must live up to the standard.”

Mr. Svab said he believes that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are high and profound principles, and that he will never be able to comprehend them thoroughly. “For me, it is a key. If I can keep these principles in mind, no matter what problem I encounter and what decision I need to make, if I follow these principles to gauge things and myself, I can always find a solution,” he said.

Learning the Language to Inform Chinese of Falun Gong and Persecution

Dima Suchin from Germany

“I cherish the opportunity to attend a large-scale conference. I can always learn a lot from other practitioners,” said Dima Suchin from Germany. “Master Li talked seriously about cultivation this time. I understand that every one of us should be responsible for what we do. Doing the three things well is indeed very important. I can’t slack off and seek comfort. Instead, I should truly advance on the path of cultivation.”

Dima began practicing Falun Gong in 2006. He said that to him, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance means “telling the truth, being an upright person, thinking of others in doing all things, being calm no matter how others treat us, and that one can’t do whatever he wants.”

“I think people in mainland China should take a good look at Falun Gong and ignore the lies concocted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” he continued, “You can see that people in more than 100 countries are practicing Falun Gong. Practitioners have created many wonderful things, like the Divine Land Marching Band. I hope people can approach and get to know Falun Gong instead of letting the CCP tell them what Falun Gong is about. They should judge for themselves.”

In order to do better in helping Chinese people learn about Falun Gong and the Chinese regime’s persecution of the practice, he took some time to learn Chinese. He reflected, “I think Falun Gong is profound Chinese culture. It has changed my life for the better. I love Chinese people, and I’m happy to meet them. I hope to have a better connection with them, so I need to learn Chinese.”

He finally said in Chinese, “Hello, Chinese people, I’m Dima, I’m from Germany. I cultivate Falun Gong, and Falun Gong is great.”

Falun Gong Teaches Me to Look Within

Zhi Jing traveled from Ottawa said that she passed a test on her journey to attend this conference. She arrived late at the airport on October 14 and missed her flight. She reasoned that she couldn’t board the plane that day because she still had a test to pass in cultivation.

She said she looked within after returning home and found many attachments that she had not abandoned for a long time, such as resentment, being unable to balance work and cultivation, and others. Many factors contributed to her missing her plane that day. She said she also realized that it would be real improvement if when encountering a conflict, she can have compassion, does not complain about others, and takes it lightly.

“I attended the conference and listened to Master Li’s lecture, I felt I was engrossed in it. I understand I should treat any tests and tribulations in cultivation with righteous thoughts. I need to improve in many aspects Master Li mentioned in his lecture. I’ve benefited a lot,” Zhi added.

Chinese version available

Category: Experience Sharing Conferences

Torture Methods: Extreme Heat (Graphic Photos)

October 19, 2014 | By Yun Jian

( The kiln at the brickworks factory at the Fanjiatai Prison is maintained at a temperature above 70 degrees Celsius (about 160 Fahrenheit) all year long.

Falun Gong practitioner Liao Yuanhua (廖元华) was forced to take off his shoes and stand in the kiln on August 3, 2001. Mr. Liao could not stand still due to the intense heat, which would have been difficult to bear even for those in shoes.

The prison guards then stepped on his feet so he wouldn’t move. He finally fell into a sitting position, but the guards weren’t done yet. They proceeded to place red hot bricks under his body until he lost consciousness from the heat.

At a detention center in Chaoyang, Liaoning Province, the policemen tortured Mr. Gong Yongguo (宫永国) for not renouncing his belief in Falun Gong. In April 2001, they dumped boiling water on Mr. Gong’s torso, an act that left him with severe burns that were still visible two years later.

Mr. Gong Yongguo suffered severe burns on his body.

The wounds were still visible two years after the torture. The pictures above were taken in 2003.

The Chinese communist regime stops at nothing in their torture of Falun Gong practitioners – as long as they didn’t give up their beliefs, any and all torture methods would be used on them. The Chinese police pride themselves on having “108 torture methods,” of which extreme heat is only one.

Torture with extreme heat can be broken down into two categories: methods that incorporate metal, and those that don’t. Each of these categories also has a large variety of associated instruments and devices.

According to survivors, the metal instruments used include, but are not limited to, heated metal rods, heating radiators, metal pipes, iron plates, hooks for ovens, clothes irons, and needles with lit cigarettes at the end.

Non-metal torture instruments include burning coals, charcoal, electricity poles, bottles full of boiling water, and even the heated ground in the summertime.

Almost any part of the body can be burned – survivors have reported being burned on the head, face, forehead, mouth, tongue, ears, jaw, neck, shoulders, torso, chest, abdomen, nipples, back, lower back, rib area, arms, armpits, wrists, back of hands, palms, bottom, private parts, thighs, knees, legs, ankles, and at various acupuncture points all over the body.

Below are some actual accounts of torture in China’s prisons using extreme heat.

Torture with Hot Metal Devices

A Rare Case of Escape

A Falun Gong practitioner who escaped from a Chinese labor camp found himself in a Houston hospital in 2001. Mr. Tan Yongjie (覃永洁) was later interviewed by the local TV station WB39, whose report is as follows:

“They [the labor camp guards] burned him. They pressed an iron rod into his leg twice, and told Mr. Tan, ‘If you want us to stop, you better sign these documents [renouncing Falun Gong].’ Refusing to comply, he never said a word the whole time, so they continued burning him. He was burned a total of thirteen times.”

Mr. Tan also told the station that he screamed while his legs were shaking violently. He also became incontinent due to the pain. The guards had left him for dead due to his severe injuries, and Mr. Tan was able to escape and arrive in Houston by way of Hong Kong and California.

Mr. Tan Yongjie with 13 severe burns

A Case of Mental Collapse

The labor camp guards burned the shoulders and back of Mr. Yan Shengliang (闫升亮) with an iron block on June 20, 2002, at the Xuchang No. 3 Forced Labor Camp. Mr. Yan was then dragged outside and forced to expose his burns to temperatures above 40 degree Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). As a result, Mr. Yan lost consciousness and was sent to a hospital for emergency care. He suffered from severe mental trauma which developed into dementia.

Torture with Various Hot Objects

Mr. Liu Xifeng (刘喜峰) wrote in his personal account in a submission to the policemen from the Shenzhen City National Security Bureau in Guangdong Province burned his face with high-powered lamps at an extralegal detention hostel.

“The lamp was extremely hot. I could hear the sizzling noise and the burnt smell when the bulb touched my face. The policeman had started with my nose, and then moved to my eyes and cheeks. Within a few minutes, I was burned beyond recognition.”

In May 2000, Domestic Security Division policewoman Xing Jianping (邢建萍) spread heated sand on the cement ground, and forced Falun Gong practitioner Jiang Xiuxiang to crawl over the coarse sand with her pants rolled up to the knees.

Ms. Jiang’s knees bled and blistered immediately. Her pants were soaked in blood. She wouldn’t ever be able to walk on her own after this torture.

At the Liyuzhuang Brainwashing Center in Hebei Province, Ms. He Xiuping (何秀苹), 49, was burned with honeycomb charcoals on her legs. She lost consciousness. She couldn’t take care of herself and became mentally ill soon after.

Mr. Xiang Xulin (向绪林), a physician in Hunan Province, died on January 6, 2003 at the age of 56. According to sources at the Chishan Prison, he was tied to hot cement electricity poles in June. His organs were damaged as a result of the burning.

Mr. Xiang Xulin

Survivor accounts such as what’s listed above in this report are hard to collect, given the Chinese regime’s information control. Still, they offer a glimpse of the atrocious human rights violations hidden behind the iron curtain.

Chinese version available

Category: Physical Torture Methods

Three Falun Dafa Practitioners from Xiantao Detained Again

October 19, 2014 | By a Minghui correspondent from Hubei Province, China

( Three Falun Gong practitioners from Xiantao City, Hubei Province, are being detained in the Xiantao No. 1 Detention Center. The following accounts detail the arrests of these practitioners, Mr. Mao Yixiang, Ms. Wang Dongmei and Mr. Li Jinyang.

Mr. Mao Yixiang Arrested

Mr. Mao Yixiang is a resident of Sanfutan Town of Xiantao. Officers from the Sanfutan Police Station broke into his home on August 5, 2014. They confiscated his computer, printer and some CDs. He was forced to leave home to avoid further persecution.

The police deceived Mr. Mao’s family into asking him to return home. They arrested him on arrival and took him to the police station, claiming that he would be released after 15 days. Instead, he was transferred to the Xiantao City No. 1 Detention Center 15 days later. His family hired a lawyer.

Mr. Mao has been detained many times over the past years. He was sentenced to three and a half years of prison in the past.

Mr. Li Jinyang Arrested at a Train Station

Mr. Li Jinyang disappeared on January 21, 2014. That day he had purchased a train ticket from Guangdong Province to his hometown for the Chinese New Year. While waiting for his train, he put up two posters about the persecution of Falun Gong and was arrested by onsite security personnel. His family did not know his whereabouts until six months later, when the learned that he was being held in the Foshan Detention Center.

His parents are in their 80’s and his father had just undergone a cancer operation. So they asked a relative to go to Fushan to visit him on their behalf. However, the relative was not allowed to see Mr. Li, saying it was because he refused to wear the prison uniform and insisted on doing Falun Gong exercises.

Mr. Li was recently transferred to Xiantao No. 1 Detention Center.

Mr. Li’s wife was forced to divorce him while he was serving a three-and-a-half-year prison term. His brother and sister-in-law broke their ties with him for fear of being implicated by the Chinese regime’s guilty by association policy.

Ms. Wang Dongmei Arrested in Guangzhou

Ms. Wang Dongmei is a resident of Xiaotao. She went to work in Guangzhou City, Guangdong in August 2013. The local police learned that she practiced Falun Gong and began monitoring her and tapped her phone. She was eventually arrested.

She was taken back to Hubei Province and detained in the Banqiao Brainwashing Center and later in the Shiyan Detention Center. Her family did not know her whereabouts until after she was transferred to the Xiantao First Detention Center.

Ms. Wang had been sentenced to forced labor twice in the past.


Category: Accounts of Persecution

Photo Report: Falun Gong Activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina

( Falun Gong practitioners in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have held a number of activities in 2014 – in Chinatown, in the Barrancas de Belgrano neighborhood, at book fairs, and in front of the Chinese embassy – to tell the public about Falun Gong and call for an end to the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China.


A candlelight vigil commemorating those who have died as a result of the 15-year persecution in China

Group Fa study after the exercises


A parade in downtown Buenos Aires


Group exercise

Screening the movie “Free China”

Talking to the public about Falun Gong

Falun Gong practitioners hand out materials in Chinatown every weekend

Young practitioners are also involved in the activities

Introducing Falun Gong at a book fair

Chinese version available

Category: Other Community Events