Tourists in Paris Sign Petition Condemning the Persecution of Falun Gong

August 07, 2015

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from Paris held a signature collection drive on Human Rights Square in front of the Eiffel Tower on August 2, 2015, to raise public awareness of the persecution of the practice in China. Practitioners also demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises.

Numerous tourists from around the world stopped by, took videos and photos, talked to practitioners, and signed the petition condemning the persecution.

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Exercise demonstration

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Signing the petition to support Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance

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People view the materials that expose the facts of the persecution

Marc is a Christian. After talking to a practitioner about the persecution, he said that most former communist countries have already abandoned this ideology, but it is sad that people in China, such a large country, don’t have freedom of belief and speech. He said that the persecution cannot last long, because God is watching and controlling everything.

After signing the petition, Marc told the practitioners that he would pray for them. “God bless you,” he said.

Many Chinese tourists also witnessed the activities. They took photos and videos of the display boards. Some also asked for Falun Gong materials. A few quit the Communist Party with the help of practitioners.

Chinese version available

Category: Other Community Events

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Lawsuits Against Jiang Zemin Reveal Extreme Torture, Deaths in State Custody

August 08, 2015

(Minghui.org) Many Falun Gong practitioners are now exercising their legal right to sue Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution of Falun Gong and causing them great harm and tremendous suffering during the past 16 years. The number of lawsuits being filed against the former Chinese dictator is rapidly rising.

The Minghui website receives copies of criminal complaints against Jiang from many practitioners daily. In this report, we present a snapshot of some of the practitioners whose lawsuits were received by Minghui on July 30 and 31, 2015.

Their lawsuits were mailed to the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate, which are required to process all criminal complaints filed by citizens, as of a recent ruling by the Supreme People’s Court.

1: Mr. Gai Chunlin (盖春林) and Ms. Huang Suqin (黄素芹)

Hometown: Qingyuan County, Fushun City, Liaoning Province
Date filed: Around July 30, 2015

Key Facts:

Mr. Gai Chunlin

Police arrested Mr. Gai in April 2005. In less than three weeks, his family was informed that he had died of heart attack in a brainwashing center.

His family observed severe burn marks on his face and chest and asked for an autopsy. The tissue in part of his digestive tract was “cooked,” indicating that he died as a result of being force-fed boiling water.

His food container was covered in dust when his family found it, suggesting that Mr. Gai hadn’t been given anything to eat for a long time.

Ms. Huang Suqin

Ms. Huang was arrested twice in 1999 and tortured in a brainwashing center for 11 days.

In October 2001, she escaped arrest for telling the public about the persecution of Falun Gong. She left home for four years to avoid further persecution.

Related Report:
Details about the Death Due to Torture of Mr. Gai Chunlin from Qingyuan County, Fushun City

Details of complaint in Chinese

2: Ms. Zhuang Yan (庄严)

Profession: Teacher
Hometown: Changchun City, Jilin Province
Date filed: June 30, 2015

Key Facts: Ms. Zhuang was arrested five times, detained three times for about a year, put in a brainwashing center for a month, tortured in a forced labor camp for a year, and sentenced to two years in prison.

In 2000, Ms. Zhuang was not allowed to work and denied all promotions. She was given only the equivalent of $33 USD a month, putting great financial strain on her family, which had no other source of income.

Her husband died in February 2003 after enduring years of constant harassment and threats from the authorities. In October, Ms. Zhuang was put in a brainwashing center for a month, leaving her son with her ill parents.

The police repeatedly tortured Ms. Zhuang during an interrogation in June 2004 until she lost bowel control. She was hung up with her hands tied behind her back, beaten, forced to sit still on a “small stool” (used as a torture device) for 30 hours straight, and put in a forced labor camp for a year.

Ms. Zhuang’s mother died in 2009 due to lack of care. Her father died in July 2011, the day after learning of Ms. Zhuang’s arrest.

Current Circumstances: She was last arrested on July 19, 2011 and sentenced to two years in prison with three years of probation in 2012.

Details of complaint in Chinese

3: Mr. Shang Shuichi (尚水池) and Ms. Fan Shuling (范书玲)

Profession: Former teacher
Hometown: Yuzhou City, Henan Province

Key Facts: When Mr. Shang was arrested and detained for four months in 2000, he was forced to wear shackles and walk quickly. The flesh around his ankles was worn away until his bones became visible.

Mr. Shang was again arrested and tortured in Beijing’s Zhaoyang Detention Center in 2001. He was force-fed large amounts of concentrated salt water. Guards released toxic gas into his and other practitioners’ cells and poisoned his food. Three days later, Mr. Shang’s nose and nails turned black. Guards put them in a car and deserted them in a Beijing suburb.

Not long after he made it home, flesh fell off his feet, and they festered. He had broken ribs and punctured and infected lungs. He died 18 days after he got home on February 20, 2001, at the age of 49.

His wife, Ms. Fan, is also a practitioner, as was his father. Ms. Fan was arrested and detained multiple times and constantly harassed by the authorities. Under the tremendous stress, Mr. Shang’s father died soon after he did.

Related Reports:
Dafa Practitioner Shang Shuichi Dies After Torture by Beijing Police: Drugged, Ribs Broken, Feet Charred by Red-hot Iron

Additional Details Regarding the Death of Dafa practitioner Mr. Shang Shuichi from Yuzhou City, Henan Province

Supplementary Information About the Torture Leading Up to the Death of Practitioner Shang Shuichi from Yuzhou City, Henan Province

Details of complaint in Chinese

4: Mr. Wang Liyang (王立阳) and daughter Ms. Wang Yingxia (王英霞)

Hometown: Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province
Date filed: July 2015

Key Facts: Mr. Wang was arrested in 2002 with his younger brother, tortured, and sentenced to six years in prison.

His mother was not able to visit Mr. Wang and his brother in the detention center, and she died a few days later due to tremendous mental distress.

When his teenage daughter tried to rescue him from prison, she was put in a brainwashing center. After 13 days, she became mentally ill, and her condition has not improved.

Current Circumstances: Mr. Wang was released in 2008 and is trying to get medical help for his daughter.

Related Report:

A Young Lady Suffers Mental Collapse from Police Brutality

Details of complaint in Chinese

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 during 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.

Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

Falun Gong Practitioners in Jinchang and Harbin Cities Arrested for Suing Jiang Zemin

August 08, 2015 | By Minghui correspondents in Heilongjiang and Gansu Provinces, China

(Minghui.org) Since May, more than 120,000 Falun Gong practitioners have filed lawsuits charging former dictator Jiang Zemin for launching the brutal persecution of Falun Gong. Many of the complaint letters were published on the Minghui website, prompting more and more practitioners who were victimized by the persecution to do the same.

In response, police in some areas have retaliated against practitioners. It was reported that local authorities from Jinchang, Gansu Province, to Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, (about 1800 miles away) have arrested practitioners for mailing their complaints.

Six Practitioners in Jinchang City Arrested; Five Detained

Post offices in Jinchang City began to check IDs and keep records of those who send letters to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and Supreme People’s Court in Beijing on May 20.

On May 27 and 28, the Jinchang City Police Department and the Domestic Security Division sent plainclothes officers to different post offices within the district to gather information on practitioners who mailed complaints against Jiang Zemin.

Acting on orders from the Jinchang City Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the 610 Office, 6 Falun Gong practitioners who mailed complaints on May 30 were arrested. Five were placed under administrative detention.

Days later, agents from the 610 Office harassed several practitioners at their homes. One police officer threatened the supervisor of a practitioner’s son and daughter.

Authorities in Harbin Withhold Complaints, Attempt to Arrest Practitioners

In the Shuangcheng District of Harbin, local authorities began to keep an eye on mail addressed to the Supreme Court and Supreme Procuratorate beginning in early June. By June 7, more than 20 letters of complaint against Jiang were reportedly withheld by the post office and handed over to the police.

The head of the Shuangcheng District post office gave orders to all post offices in towns and villages within its jurisdiction to reject all mail directed to the country’s highest legal authority on June 8.

Practitioners had to go to post offices in Harbin and other neighboring districts to send their criminal complaints. Seven practitioners from Handian Town traveled to a post office in the Pingfang District on July 9 to mail their lawsuit.

A postal clerk accepted their letters and payment but did not issue a receipt. In some instances, she did not put a stamp on the express mail service receipts.

The next day when the practitioners called for a tracking number or went online to check the status of their letters, they discovered that their letters were not entered into the postal system. They learned afterwards that the clerk had given their letters to the authorities instead of mailing them.

Officials from Shuangcheng City 610 Office, Handian Town Police Station, and the Pingfang District tried to arrest these practitioners on July 11. That morning, three police cars carrying a dozen officers went to Hongyue Village in Handian Town. They ransacked Ms. Sun Defen’s home and broke into Mr. Liu Qingyi’s home. He was not present, so they went to his son’s home but also failed to arrest him there.

The police then arrested Mr. Liu Qingjie and went to Ms. He Xiuzhi’s home twice to arrest her. When they could not find her, they seized her personal belongings, including Falun Gong books.

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 during 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.

Related report in Chinese

Chinese version available

Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin