5,038 Signatures in Hebei Province Condemn State-Sanctioned Forced Organ Harvesting

July 03, 2015

(Minghui.org) Minghui.org has received a petition with 5,038 signatures from three areas in Hebei province–Baoding, Qinhuangdao, and Zhangjiakou–condemning the state-sanctioned killing of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners for their organs.

As of today, more than 50,000 people in China have signed their names to condemn this atrocity.

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The petition from Hebei province with 5,038 signatures condemning the killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs in China

The illegal harvesting of organs from non-willing prisoners of conscience was first exposed in 2006. Since then, independent investigators have collected a great deal of evidence, as detailed in several books, including Bloody Harvest by Matas and Kilgour, and The Slaughter by Ethan Gutmann.

A documentary titled David & Goliath (Human Harvesting) on this topic has been screened in several cities around the world, and won the Peabody Award this May.

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) crimes have shocked the international community. In 2013, the organization “Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting” submitted petitions with 1.5 million signatures from 53 countries to the United Nations, condemning the crime and calling for action to stop it.

Despite living under the oppressive communist regime, more and more Chinese people have courageously stood up and spoken out for Falun Gong. The signature campaign in China began in December 2013 and has amassed 52,461 signatures by the end of June 2015.

Many Chinese people have learned about the persecution through the persistent efforts of Falun Gong practitioners in China. In addition to signing their names, some wrote comments.

One retired government official wrote, “The CCP is the origin of all the disasters in China. The Chinese people will have a bright future, but only if we disintegrate this evil Party and eliminate communism.”

Another man said: “My family members and I have learned a lot about the persecution of Falun Gong and the organ harvesting. We are shocked by the evilness of the CCP. Such a bloody and cruel crime can only be done by demons. It is completely against humanity. I support Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance. These crimes should be exposed to the public.”

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Category: Organ Harvesting

Lawyers Beaten and Mistreated by Court Officials in Shandong Province

July 03, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) During a court proceeding in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province against Falun Gong practitioners, bailiffs rushed into the courtroom, dragged one of the lawyers out of the room and beat him.

The Dongchangfu District Court in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province, held a trial against practitioners Yang Yuxi, Li Xizhu, Song Guifeng, Liu Sheng, Kang Linfen, Chen Yuzhen and Lin Xiuwei, at 9:00 a.m. on June 18, 2015.

Defense lawyers Wang Quanzhang, Shi Fulong, and Chen Zhiyong were hired to defend the practitioners.

The defense asked for the withdrawal and screening of some so-called evidence, requested the testimony of a witness and questioned other court procedures. Their speeches were repeatedly interrupted, and their requests were turned down by Wang Yingjun, the presiding judge and judge Xu Chengxin.

Mistreatment of Lawyers

When Wang Quanzhang, one of the defense lawyers, spoke in defense of the practitioners, he was interrupted by the presiding judge many times, and then expelled from the courtroom.

About seven bailiffs rushed into the courtroom and removed Wang from the room. Outside the room, the bailiffs beat Wang and tore his clothes. Police officers brought new clothes and forced him to put them on. Mr. Wang’s face, forehead, chest, stomach and back were injured

Lawyers Shi Fulong and Chen Zhiyong were not allowed to leave the courtroom and were physically searched.

Chen was not allowed to leave the courtroom until about 11:00 p.m. Wang came back to the courtroom and he and the other lawyers counted their personal belongings that were placed on the ground. Then, Wang and Shi were arrested and taken to the Huxi Police Station in Dongchangfu District for interrogation. Their computers and removable disks were confiscated. They were not allowed to leave until about 2:00 a.m. the next day.

Lawyers Tang Jitian, Zhang Weiyu, Yan Xin, and Yu Wensheng; lawyer Wang Yu’s husband Bao Longjun and friend Han Ying; lawyer Liu Jianjun’s wife and daughter went to the National Lawyers Association to file a complaint for mistreatment on the afternoon of June 19. The officers of the association acted similar to the judges and bailiffs.

Participants in the persecution of the practitioners and lawyers:
Dongchangfu District Court: +86-635-8434838, 635-5050588
Wang Yingjin (王英军): +86-13001756446
Ma Ruijin (马瑞金), director of the Domestic Security Division in Chiping County,
Liaocheng City: +86-18866351185

Please refer to the original Chinese article for more people and offices involved in the persecution.

Related report: Ten Shandong Residents Arrested – Seven Indicted and Facing Trial

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Romania: Signature Campaign Against Forced Organ Harvesting in Bucharest

July 03, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner from Romania

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from Bucharest, Romania held a signature campaign to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, and calling for the end to the Chinese state-sanctioned killing of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners to sell their organs for profit.

More than 300 local citizens and tourists signed the petition at Cismigiu Park on June 28 2015, to be submitted to the United Nations by the organization “Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting” (DAFOH).

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Practitioners (in yellow t-shirts) inform the public about the brutal persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese regime.

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Tourists stop to read the practitioners’ poster boards and sign the petition calling to end the killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs in China.

A few people had already heard about the persecution from public media. But for most, it was their first time. They were shocked by the brutality of the persecution still ongoing in China. They not only signed their own names, but also asked their friends and family to do so, as well.

After signing, some people praised practitioners’ efforts to expose the persecution and for their peaceful resistance.

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VOA: US House Representatives Condemn Live Organ Harvesting

July 02, 2015

(Minghui.org) Voice of America (VOA) reported on June 26, 2015, that two House Representatives, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Gerald Connolly, introduced Resolution 343 one day before, condemning the persecution of Falun Gong in China. In particular, this resolution calls for an end to live organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

In her statement, Ros-Lehtinen wrote, “All people have the inherent and fundamental human right to practice their spiritual beliefs without fear of harassment, including Falun Gong followers. China should immediately end its systematic campaign of propaganda, imprisonment, and abuse against those who practice Falun Gong, release all prisoners of conscience, and allow an independent investigation into its state-sanctioned organ harvesting.”

Initiated by Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Connolly (D-VA), this resolution was co-sponsored by six other representatives including Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), and David G. Valadao (R-CA).

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Category: Organ Harvesting

Adelaide, Australia: ABC Radio Interviews David Matas about Organ Harvesting in China

July 02, 2015 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Australia

(Minghui.org) David Matas, Nobel peace prize nominee and renowned international human rights lawyer, spoke on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) radio yesterday, June 29, 2015 in Adelaide, about the Chinese regime’s killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs.

ABC Radio Host, Ian Henschke: “… Horrific and Almost Unbelievable”

According to Matas, “Originally the Chinese Communist Party encouraged it because it was helpful because of the exercises, and it cut down on the costs of the health system. But then it became very popular, and it’s spiritual. The Communist Party is atheist. The Party started to worry about its own ideological support and popularity when Falun Gong became so popular that there were more practitioners of Falun Gong in China than there were members of the Communist Party.”

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a set of peaceful meditative exercises and teachings based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

“But, why would that be so horrendous that you would then start locking people up and removing their organs?” Asked ABC Radio Host, Ian Henschke.

Matas said, “What happened initially when the repression of Falun Gong started, the Falun Gong practitioners had the same incomprehension you do. This is harmless, it’s not political, it’s not organized, it’s a set of exercises, there must be some mistake. So there were huge protests everywhere. A lot of people were going to Beijing to protest in Tiananmen Square. These people were locked up in the hundreds of thousands. You’re starting with a population of 70 million. They ended up being the largest population, by far, of prisoners, in the Chinese gulag, in the re-education labor camps. There is an estimate of one million plus of them.”

International Reaction

Israel has so far taken the strongest stand, along with Taiwan and Spain, in recent times, in criminalizing travel to China for organ transplantation. Henschke added, “The Israelis obviously understand what goes on in concentration camps. They have now decided that it’s a horror to be involved in any shape or form with this trade.”

Matas highlighted that the Transplant Society, “an international forum for the world-wide advancement of organ transplantation,” as per their official site, denied admission to 35 Chinese transplant doctors to a recent conference, on the basis that there was complicity in transplant abuse. Matas further said that the Transplant Society “refused to attend a Chinese transplant conference in Hangzhou, China that year, also because of that complicity.”

Matas firmly stated that the primary source of organs is from Falun Gong practitioners. “…we’re talking millions and millions of them… tens of millions,” commented Henschke.

“Even if you ended all transplant tourism, that wouldn’t end transplant abuse. There needs to be more transparency. China still will not tell you where their organs are coming from.” Matas stated further, “What’s more, the death penalty in China is now centralized. Everything goes through Beijing. They know what the figures are. They should be able to release them.”

After his radio interview, David Matas spoke at the University of South Australia about the issue of organ harvesting on the evening of June 29.

Matas is scheduled to speak at Melbourne University on July 8, following a stop over in New Zealand.

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Category: Organ Harvesting

Dozens of Boli County Falun Gong Practitioners of Heilongjiang Province Bring Criminal Charges Against Jiang Zemin

July 02, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Heilongjiang Province, China

(Minghui.org) As more and more Falun Gong practitioners file criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution of their spiritual belief, dozens of residents from Boli County of Heilongjiang Province have joined in.

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Mailing receipts for Boli residents’ criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin

They had been arrested, had their homes ransacked, or were incarcerated at one time or another over the past 16 years of persecution. Their only “crime” was their refusal to give up their belief in Falun Gong, a spiritual practice based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

One recurring theme in their criminal complaints against Jiang is how much they and their families have suffered as a result of the persecution. Mr. Huang Yueji (黄跃吉) died in 2004 after repeated arrests and detention took a toll on his health. Ms. Dai Zhenbo (代振波) and her son both spent three years in labor camps, and the son was not allowed to return to school upon his release.

The Wu family of nine practitioners (two of whom passed away as a result of the persecution) summarized their reason for seeking justice against Jiang in the complaint: “In the past 16 years, we suffered unimaginable pain physically, spiritually, and financially. All these were caused by Jiang Zemin’s decision. We want to charge Jiang Zemin and bring him to justice.”

Below are excerpts from some practitioners’ criminal complaints.

Grandparents Arrested, 6-Year-Old Grandchild Left at Home Alone

Mr. Liu Guichen (刘贵臣), 59, and his wife have been arrested several times since July 1999.

The couple raised a granddaughter who lost her parents at the age of five. In 2000, when Mr. Liu’s wife was still imprisoned, police broke into his home and arrested him, leaving their six-year-old granddaughter at home alone.

Mr. Liu described his arrest. “My granddaughter was very frightened and cried, but police ignored her and pushed me into the car. I looked back through the car window and watched my little granddaughter chasing the police car, barefoot, until she was out of sight. This grieved and worried me terribly. …. How could she survive on her own?”

Beaten with Eyes Taped Shut

Ms. Hu Qizhi (胡启芝), 52, was arrested twice, sentenced to do force labor once, and escaped from three attempted arrests. Her home has been ransacked five times. Her parents’ home and niece’s home have also been ransacked once. Police forced her to pay 40,000 yuan. She has been homeless for six years to avoid being arrested again.

Ms. Hu suffered severe torture while being interrogated. Policeman Chen Ju (陈举) used the airplane torture on her (head bent down, arms pulled up against a wall), slapped her in the face, kicked her, and handcuffed her arms to the back of a chair. Policeman Dong Ye (董野) covered her eyes with tape, and several policemen proceeded to beat her together. Ms. Hu wrote in her complaint, “As my eyes were covered, I couldn’t see who was beating me. Someone slapped my face, another stomped on my hands, another one punched me in the head…”

Her father was not able to endure the constant harassment, persecution, and pressure and passed away.

Nine Practitioners in One Family Persecuted, Two Died

The Wu family from Boli Town had nine practitioners who suffered constant persecution directly caused by Jiang: Mr. Wu Jiahe (吴家和), his 66-year-old wife Ms. Jiang Shuqin (姜淑芹), their oldest son, oldest daughter, youngest daughter and her husband, their youngest son and his wife, and Mr. Wu’s niece.

Mr. Wu’s family suffered a great deal of misery from arrests and detention, being homeless, and being forced to pay exorbitant amounts of money. Stress and intimidation brought about Mr. Wu’s passing in 1999 and his wife’s in 2002. A happy family was destroyed. The children of this family were forced to live in fear and poverty.

Their daughter, Ms. Wu Ping, an excellent high school teacher, was forced to quit teaching. She was arrested, detained, and taken to a brainwashing center.

Handicapped Woman Files Complaint for Her Deceased Husband

Ms. Zhang Chunhua (张春华), 64 and handicapped, is a typical case of a Falun Gong practitioner’s family being implicated in the persecution. Her husband, Mr. Huang Yuejie, passed away after being arrested six times and twice sent to forced labor.

Mr. Huang suffered unspeakable torture while in detention. He was given nearly inedible food in the detention center. He was forced to do hard labor in the labor camp, watch videos that defamed Falun Gong, and beaten violently. He said, “One time, two policemen slapped me in the face for more than half an hour, and then forced me to continue my hard labor.”

Constant harassment, arrests, detention, and extortion brought much pain to him and his family.

Ms. Zhang wrote about her miserable life in her complaint: “While my husband was detained in the forced labor camp, I, a handicapped woman, lived in a leaking thatched cottage and took care of my son. On rainy days, it rained in the cottage, too. I didn’t have enough basins to hold the water that leaked through. We were short of rice and always hungry.”

Partial List of Other Boli Practitioners Who Also Filed Criminal Complaints

In addition to the above-mentioned practitioners, the following Boli residents have also filed criminal complaints against Jiang:

Ms. Li Deying (李得英), 69Ms. Zhang Guiqin, 68Mr. Bai Yushi (白玉水), 63Mr. Zhang Guoping (张国平), 61Ms. Liu Caiman (刘彩满), 61Ms. Liu Yuhua (柳玉华), 54Ms. Dai Zhenbo (代振波), 52, and her son

Background

In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners in the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang’s directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

Changes to China Will Impact Entire Planet

July 01, 2015 | By Zhang Yun, Minghui Correspondent in Toronto

(Minghui.org) Various spheres of society are paying close attention to the massive wave of lawsuits raised against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin.

Joe Etienne, a renowned Canadian attorney, Sheng Xue, Chair of the Federation of a Democratic China, and Han Guangsheng, former Director of the Shenyang Judicial Bureau, spoke in agreement of the great significance of these lawsuits in a recent interview.

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Joel Etienne, a renowned Canadian attorney

Bringing Changes to China Will Impact Entire Planet

Canadian attorney Joel Etienne commented on corruption in the Chinese political sphere, “…the problem is misapplication of laws. The laws are in the infrastructure, but not applied, or lack transparency. You can turn a dictatorship into democracy. You don’t have to necessarily change or transform the infrastructure.”

According to Etienne, if investigators, prosecutors, and judges collaborate properly, all human rights criminals can be brought to justice. Only a few successful verdicts are needed to bring sweeping changes to the entire country. In a court case outside China of a serial killer murdering 25 people, 25 trials would not be necessary. A single conviction in a court of law can sentence such a criminal to life imprisonment.

Etienne said the lawsuits against Jiang will cause a huge impact to the entire planet, and that its influence would reach beyond China. Chinese people’s filing of complaints can be considered a form of voting and a form of expression.

Etienne said, “If you had a choice between being a voter for American president, or an individual right now filing a [criminal] complaint in China, I would rather be the person filing the complaint in China, because if you can help bringing changes to China, you are really changing the entire planet. I wonder sometimes if people in China have a correct understanding of the impact it would have on the entire planet if they could help their government evolve and change.”

Etienne fully supports more people suing Jiang because “there is strength in numbers… This is a classic reason why dictatorship cannot stand. If only one person is on the street, the dictator can get rid of that person. If all the people are on the street, then the dictatorship is done.”

Lawsuits Against Jiang Very Encouraging

Sheng Xue, Chair of the Federation of a Democratic China, described the tide of lawsuits against Jiang Zemin as encouraging and carrying immeasurable significance.

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Sheng Xue, Chair of Federation of a Democratic China

Sheng said the many lawsuits filed overseas are making great progress. However, suing Jiang in China was an especially great undertaking. She mentioned that the verdicts of high-level Communist Party officials Wang Lijun, Bo Xilai, and Zhou Yongkang failed to include their crimes against humanity. All Falun Gong practitioners’ lawsuits against Jiang charge him for crimes against humanity. When these lawsuits are carried out, the influence will be immeasurable.

A Breakthrough is Imminent

Sheng Xue said many people are aware of the numerous problems in Chinese society. “They know the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is a monstrosity, but don’t know what to do.” Sheng believes that suing Jiang Zemin was a good starting point for a breakthrough; it’s not only to stop the persecution of Falun Gong, but also to push China a step forward.

Referring to the communist dictatorship, Sheng said, “When you attempt to ply loose the first piece of a puzzle in the system, it may seem to be a solid metal board…however, after the first piece is plied off, the rest fall like dominoes.”

Grassroots Campaigns Have Indeed Brought Changes

Jiang utilized the entire state apparatus and all forms of media to instigate public resentment against Falun Gong and carry out the persecution. The strong tide of lawsuits against Jiang are now forming a counter-persecution situation in China.

Regarding this situation, Sheng Xue said, “It’s great! The CCP’s system has been heavy-handed. Many people would say, ‘The CCP could do anything.’ Based on their past experience, most Chinese people fear the CCP. Even if a person hasn’t been persecuted, he’d still be scared of challenging the CCP, because of what he has heard and witnessed…Now a group of people step out to sue Jiang. It’s a brave undertaking! The laws are the best weapon.”

According to Sheng, the tide of lawsuits allow people to feel hope and courage. Sheng noted how national outrage over Sun Zhigang’s death in police custody had brought about a swift closure to the forced labor “re-education” system. Grassroots campaigns have indeed brought changes, she concluded.

Persecution of Falun Gong “A Crime Against Humanity”

Han Guangsheng, former Director of the Shenyang Judicial Bureau now living in Canada, says he fully supports Falun Gong practitioners’ legal actions against Jiang, because the persecution of Falun Gong “tramples on human rights” and “a crime against humanity.”

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Han Guangsheng, former Director of the Shenyang Judicial Bureau

Han says the lawsuits against Jiang are “unprecedented” in China. He called the CCP a brutal dictatorship that has power as its ultimate goal and ruthlessly suppresses anyone it deems a challenge to its rule. The persecution of Falun Gong is against the Chinese Constitution, says Han.

“The 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre and persecution of Falun Gong will be redressed and rectified once the CCP collapses,” Han added.

Separating Oneself from the CCP is the “Only Way Out”

Jiang established the “610 Office” nationwide in 1999 to carry out his persecution campaign.

According to Han, so many Falun Gong practitioners had been arrested that all the detention centers were full. The vice secretary of Shenyang’s Political and Legal Affairs Committee asked Han to open forced labor camps to imprison Falun Gong practitioners. Han refused, saying Falun Gong practitioners hadn’t violated any laws, and therefore didn’t belong to any category of criminals accepted by forced labor camps. Despite this, the Ministry of Justice ordered all forced labor camps to imprison Falun Gong practitioners.

It became the starting point of Han’s separation from the CCP. “If I refused to follow this order, I would’ve been removed from my position, expelled from the Party, or even arrested,” he recalled.

Han eventually fled China and applied for asylum in Canada, because he “didn’t want to assist the CCP in committing crimes against humanity, or be arrested.” He said, “Leaving China was the only way out.”

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