Thai Supreme Administrative Court Reverses Rulings–Allows Falun Gong Association

August 07, 2015

(Minghui.org) The Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand on August 4, 2015, reversed rulings by the lower court and the Interior Ministry, which refused to allow Falun Gong practitioners to register. The higher court ruled that the group was lawful and constitutional.

The decision was made during the time when more than 120 thousand Falun Gong practitioners in China and overseas were filing criminal complaints against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for launching and directing the persecution.

The Chinese government has been exerting pressure on the Thai government, and trying to extend the persecution policy to Thailand.

Falun Gong practitioners filed a document on January 4, 2005 in the Phayathai District, to register the “Falun Gong Association of Thailand.” On September 27, the Interior Ministry’s Local Administration Department rejected the registration, using the excuse that the registration would negatively impact Thailand’s relationship with China.

Practitioners filed a suit with the Administrative Court against the registrar over the rejection. The local administrative court ruled in favor of the Interior Ministry on February 2, 2006. Local practitioners then started the 10-year long lawsuit.

In court on August 4, Falun Gong practitioners stated that the Interior Ministry’s refusal was based on the propaganda from the Chinese government. They argued that the practice of Falun Gong is guided by the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and is beneficial both physically and mentally.

The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the Civic Code, Article 82 (1), allows the registrar to endorse an association if it is not unethical, abides by the law, does not disrupt peace and stability, or threaten security.

The reason for registering the Falun Gong association as given by the applicants was to “promote Qiqong exercise in the Falun Gong style and exchange news and information among practitioners and the general public that has no political or profit-making agenda.”

The court said that the application should not be seen as going against the law, disturbing morality, or as a threat to national security.

The court said, “The Local Administrative Department’s claim that the supporters of Falun Gong were outlawed in China, and that allowing registration of the group would affect bilateral relations, has nothing to do with this group of people who are registering an association in Thailand.”

The 610 Office’s Attempts to Extend the Persecution Overseas Have Failed

Under Jiang Zemin’s direction, the 610 Office, the major, unlawful organization that carries out the persecution of Falun Gong, has been trying to extend the persecution policy overseas.

For example, after the City of Kingston, Canada proclaimed May 13, 2012 as Falun Dafa Day, Chinese special agents impersonating practitioners sent emails to a city government official, trying to discredit Falun Gong. The emails were forwarded to local practitioners, who told the government officials what Falun Gong really is. The city government officials indicated that they would not be interfered with by the fraudulent emails, and would support Falun Gong in the future.

On May 13, 2013, the city of Kingston issued a proclamation to Falun Gong again. The city has proclaimed Falun Gong seven years in a row, including 2015.

Another example in Canada took place in May 2015, when more than ten Canadian Members of Parliament (MPs) say they received emails from people posing as Falun Gong practitioners. The emails were filled with threatening and derogatory language. The cases were reported by practitioners to the Hate Crime Unit of the Ottawa police.

Many MPs replied to a practitioner who clarified what had taken place, and thanked her for the letter. Few believed that the malicious e-mails were from practitioners in the first place. They are now offering to help practitioners investigate this occurrence.

Deputy Green Party Leader Bruce Hyer said, “I don’t believe that the Falun Dafa, who believe in peace, in truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, are going to threaten MPs. So it seemed probable to me that the Communist Party of China or Party supporters are doing this to discredit Falun Dafa.”

The third example is from New Zealand. An email was mistakenly sent by New Zealand’s foreign minister to members of Parliament on May 5, 2015. In the leaked email, which was intended only for National Party MP’s, foreign minister Murray McCully told MPs not to attend a World Falun Dafa Day (May 13) celebration.

David Shearer, the Labour Party’s Foreign Affairs spokesman, said to the press, “It is outrageous to warn MPs off from attending events. It should not be dictated to by Murray McCully and his ministry because they feel it might upset another country.”

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Forum on Lawsuits Against Jiang Zemin Held in Sydney, Australia

August 07, 2015 | By Hua Qing, a Minghui correspondent in Sydney

(Minghui.org) A forum covering the recent global wave of lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party, was held in Sydney on August 1, 2015. Attendees held a discussion on the rising number of lawsuits against Jiang filed by Falun Gong practitioners around the world, for the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Scholars and experts shared their insight on the topic and expressed their confidence that Jiang would be brought to justice for his crimes.

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Panel at forum on global lawsuits against Jiang Zemin in Sydney

China Expert: Lawsuits Help People See Righteousness and Evil

Dr. Ling Xiaohui, a China expert, said during his speech that bringing Jiang to trial was a matter concerning essential morality standards of righteousness and evil, and concerns our future. Dr. Ling quoted the definition of Crimes Against Humanity in the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court, and said Jiang’s crimes against Falun Gong fit this definition.

Dr. Ling also stated the great significance of bringing Jiang to a public trial. It included revealing the true story behind this persecution, exposing the organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, and relieving the Chinese people from the deception of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda.

Professor: Persecutors of Righteous Faith Doomed

Li Yuanhua, a former professor from Capital Normal University in Beijing, pointed out during his speech that persecutors of righteous faith were doomed, using examples of emperors in Chinese and world history. He said that many people were being encouraged by Falun Gong practitioners’ global lawsuits against Jiang. More and more are joining this magnificent force to bring the criminal to justice. He said that anyone who commits such monstrous crimes would be nailed to the pillory of shame in history. It has never failed.

City Councilor: Wishing Lawsuits Against Jiang Great Success

Parramatta City Councilor John Hugh said that safeguarding the law was the duty and responsibility of everyone in Western society. It’s perfectly normal for someone in a Western country to sue a government head. In Taiwan, right across the strait from mainland China, former president Chen Shui-bian had been brought to trial for corruption. So had been many former high-ranking CCP officials in China. Mr. Hugh said he had recently received a message from his friend, who told him she had become one of the plaintiffs against Jiang. He admired her courage.

Mr. Hugh ended by wishing the lawsuits against Jiang great success.

Writer from Shanghai: Justice Will Win—Jiang Will Be Put on Trial

Mr. Qin Jin, writer and expert on Asian Studies, said during his speech that the CCP had committed more wicked crimes than Hitler. Bringing Jiang to justice has great significance in history.

Ms. Sun Baoqiang, a writer from Shanghai, wrote a poem on the wave of lawsuits against Jiang. She commented that justice would eventually win, and Jiang would be put in trial.

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Hualien, Taiwan: County Officials Support Practitioners in Ending the Persecution

August 07, 2015 | By Falun Gong practitioners in Hualien, Taiwan

(Minghui.org) Several county officials joined activities at the Hualien Railway Station on July 26, 2015 to raise awareness of the 16-year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China. Wang Tingsheng, a Legal Council member, said the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are important to mankind.

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Candlelight vigil in Hualien County on July 26, 2015.

“We all cherish freedom, democracy, and human rights. Falun Gong practitioners have set a good example for us, both following truth and opposing the suppression. That’s very inspiring, and I think we should support each other.”

Other officials who came to the rally and candlelight vigil included Legislative Councilor Hsiao Bi-khim, former Democratic Progressive Party Hualien Chairman Guo Yingyi, Hualien County Councilor Huang Zhenfu, and Hualien City Senior Secretary Wang Senyuan.

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Government officials from Hualien County, the largest county in Taiwan.

Hsiao said she was aware of the suppression in China as well as the recent detention of human rights lawyers who represented practitioners. “Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed a law in June criminalizing the transplantation of organs from executed prisoners in China, as part of the efforts to stop the Chinese communist’s violation of human rights.” She said that freedom did not come easily, and people should help those ruled by totalitarian regimes.

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Legislative Council Member Hsiao Bi-khim, speaks at the event.

Linking Jiang’s persecution policy to the massive tragedy in China, Guo said it is time to bring lawsuits against Jiang Zemin. “Facing such a massive suppression that harmed millions of people, we have to hold the perpetrators responsible.”

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Guo Yingyi, former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party in Hualien County, said he supports the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin.

In his speech on behalf of Hualien mayor Tian Zhixuan, Wang said that human rights are universal values, and that the live organ harvesting committed by the communist regime was outrageous. “Chinese communists must stop the brutality. The courage and spirit of Falun Gong practitioners are something we all can learn from.”

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Practitioners do the Falun Gong exercises at Hualien Railway Station.

Wang, Hsiao, and other officials also signed petitions supporting the lawsuits against Jiang. About 103,000 criminal complaints had been submitted to the Supreme Court and Supreme Procuratorate in China as of July 23, 2015.

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Passerby signs petition to support practitioners.

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