Introducing Falun Gong at IRIE Musical Festival in Toronto

August 08, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Toronto, Canada

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto were invited to participate in the annual IRIE Music Festival on August 1 and 2, 2015. They gave out information about Falun Gong, collected signatures on a petition calling for an end to the persecution in China, and received great feedback from the festival musicians and visitors.

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Many people stopped by the Falun Gong booth during the IRIE Music Festival.

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After learning about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, many signed a petition to end it.

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Visitors learned the Falun Gong exercises.

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Claire, a nurse from New York, learned the Falun Gong exercises and felt great afterward.

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Suhani from Toronto signed a petition calling for an end to the Chinese Communist Party’s organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

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Ingrid from Toronto and Suzette from Hamilton supported Falun Gong practitioners’ freedom of belief.

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Pamela from Upstate New York signed in support of Falun Gong and said practitioners should have the right to meditate.

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Daphne from Toronto signed the petition and learned the exercises.

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Dennis from New York asked practitioners what he could do to help stop the persecution. He signed the petition and a postcard to Prime Minister Harper, calling for his help to stop the persecution.

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Christopher, a college student in Toronto, bought a copy of Zhuan Falun, He told the practitioners, “You are doing something wonderful! I will join you. The next time you have an activity, you will see a black man in your group.”

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Over 134,000 People File Criminal Complaints Against Jiang Zemin

August 09, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent

(Minghui.org) Over 134,000 people have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), between the end of May and August 6, 2015. They urge the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Supreme People’s Court to bring Jiang to justice for his abuses of power in orchestrating the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The complaints charge Jiang with unlawful imprisonment, depriving citizens of their constitutional right to freedom of belief, abuse of power, and many other crimes. Jiang initiated the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, and created the 610 Office, giving it the power to override the police and judicial systems to carry out his directive.

Over the past 16 years, more than 3,800 Falun Gong practitioners have been confirmed tortured to death. The actual toll is likely higher, because such information is tightly censored in China.

In total, copies of 111,597 complaints from 134,386 Falun Gong practitioners and their family members were submitted to the Minghui website from the end of May to August 6. Copies of 12,416 complaints from 14,234 people were submitted to the Minghui website in the past week, between July 31 and August 6.

Among the plaintiffs, 1,534 are Falun Gong practitioners who left China to avoid the persecution and are currently living in 25 different countries. They also filed complaints against Jiang to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

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Lawsuits against Jiang Zemin have grown significantly since the end of May 2015.

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Distribution of the plaintiffs among China’s provinces and municipalities.

Some of the complaints that were withheld in Beijing by agents of the Ministry of State Security since July 1, 2015 are being received with signatures by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. Some of the mailings were withheld for over three weeks before being delivered. Among the 7,108 complaints signed for by the Procuratorate or the Court last week, 1,705 had been withheld in Beijing for one month.

Based on post office delivery confirmations and recipient signatures for express mails, 59,380 complaints from 73,152 people have been received by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Supreme People’s Court, the Ministry of Public Security, and the CCP Central Discipline Inspection Commission. Among all complaints mailed, 53% have been confirmed received.

Facing the tide of lawsuits against Jiang, “610 Offices” and police forces have become less aggressive in carrying out the suppression of Falun Gong. However, police in some areas are withholding such mail in post offices, and harassing or unlawfully detaining plaintiffs for 10 to 15 days. These detentions violate the Chinese Constitution, postal law, and criminal law.

Authorities Becoming Less Aggressive

Police and local administrative and judicial officials have recently called or visited Falun Gong practitioners about the lawsuits against Jiang based on a name list from higher officials. They asked whether the complaints were written and fingerprinted by the practitioners. Some listened to practitioners’ explanations, and some decided to quit the Chinese Communist Party and its youth organizations.

Domestic Security officers and “610 Office” agents in Pingdingshan, Henan Province and Yantai, Shandong Province visited plaintiffs and left on friendly terms.

Tongjiang, Heilongjiang Province is a city with a population of fewer than 100,000. The police and courts have actively participated in the persecution over the past 16 years, and many Falun Gong practitioners have been sentenced to long-term imprisonment. Facing the lawsuits against Jiang, they have now become less aggressive. For example, Tongjiang police arrested a practitioner as he mailed his complaint on July 27, but freed him three hours later.

Voices of Support Around the World

Falun Gong practitioners from 11 U.S. states marched in Chicago’s Chinatown on August 1, 2015 in support of those who are filing lawsuits against Jiang. Ms. Xu, who came to the U.S. three months ago, said, “I like to read books, especially those about World War II. I think the Chinese Communist Party’s crimes in the persecution of Falun Gong are more than that of the Nazis.”


Falun Gong practitioners march in Chicago’s Chinatown on August 1, 2015 to support the lawsuits against Jiang.

Sydney barrister Robert Dubler called the lawsuits “a wonderful step” for the Chinese people. “They [Falun Gong practitioners] built up walls of cases just to show that even if you are the former leader of a powerful country, it doesn’t mean you should be above the law,” said Dubler.


Mr. Robert Dubler, Senior Counsel of Barristers in Sydney

French human rights lawyer William Bourdon called the lawsuits against Jiang a very special new development during a recent interview. He said that he and his team were ready to engage in global collaboration, and work together with lawyers in Ottawa, Montreal, London, and other places to bring Jiang to justice.

Dr. Sev Ozdowski, a human rights expert and Australia’s former Human Rights Commissioner, recently expressed his support for the lawsuits. “When you look back, people win against oppression, and you will win,” he encouraged. “Just do what you do, stay strong, and continue to lodge complaints; continue demanding more human rights for yourselves!”


Dr. Sev Ozdowski OAM, president of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education

Dr. Ling Xiaohui, a China expert, says Jiang’s crimes against Falun Gong fit the definition of Crimes Against Humanity in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court during his speech at a forum in Sydney on August 1, 2015.

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

Lawsuits Against Jiang Zemin Include 12-Year-Old Girl Sent to Brainwashing Center

August 09, 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 momentum of this new wave of lawsuits against the former Chinese dictator is on the rise.

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 copies of lawsuits were received by Minghui on July 27, 2015.

These lawsuits are 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.

Neither Old nor Young Can Escape the Brutal Persecution

These lawsuits involve, among others, a practitioner over 80 and young teenagers when the persecution began.

The young girls witnessed the arrest and torture of their parents. One, 12, was sent to a brainwashing center without her parents. The other lost her father to the persecution.

Case 1: Mr. Sun Changrui (孙常瑞)

Profession: Retiree
Hometown: Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province
Date filed: July, 2015

Key Facts
Mr. Sun Changrui, 85, has been arrested six times. His home was ransacked seven times in the past 15 years.

His family was under great stress, which contributed to his once-healthy wife falling ill. She threatened her husband with divorce many times and considered ending her life.

Details of complaint in Chinese

Case 2: Ms. Li Juan (李娟)

Profession: Manager of a private company
Hometown: Anhua County, Hunan Province
Date filed: July 6, 2015

Key Facts
Ms. Li Juan’s lawsuit also described the communist regime’s mistreatment of her parents.

Ms. Li’s father, Mr. Li Mengxian was arrested four times and tortured in detention. He was sentenced to forced labor twice, for one year and 15 months. His workplace lowered his salary and denied his bonus.

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When Mr. Li Mengxian was last arrested on June 6, 2009, he was beaten during interrogation so badly that blood dripped from his ears, noses, eyes and mouth.

The labor camp refused to admit him due to his extremely high blood pressure. He was then sent to a hospital, where he was injected with an unknown drug and sent home the same night, after which his gums rotted, his teeth became loose, and his urine turned an abnormal color. He also showed signs of internal injuries. He died on June 9, 2011, at the age of 49.

Ms. Li’s mother, Ms. Long Ximei, was arrested three times. She was sentenced to one year of forced labor after her last arrest on June 6, 2009.

This all began for Ms. Li Juan when she was 11 years old. She witnessed and was traumatized by her father’s arrest in 2001 when she was 13. She was left to care for herself at 13 when both parents were under detention.

Local 610 Office officials and the local police interrogated her while she was in middle school. School administrators tried to make her to sign letters to give up her practice of Falun Gong. She has lived under fear and stress for the past 16 years.

Details of complaint in Chinese

Case 3: Ms. Nan Zhenxin (南振欣)

Profession: Former government employee of Qingzhou City Tax Bureau
Hometown: Qingzhou City, Shandong Province
Date filed: Not specified

Key Facts
Ms. Nan was arrested six times and sent to a forced labor camp once, but was released due to high blood pressure.

Her husband and 12-year-old daughter were arrested together with her in October 2002 and taken to a detention center. Police tortured her father in front of her. She was later sent to a brainwashing center alone, threatened, and deprived of sleep. She was released a month later after her family was extorted out of 1,000 yuan.

Agents from the local 610 Office sent Ms. Nan to the brainwashing center after her arrest in 2014. She was beaten, deprived of sleep continuously for almost two weeks, and pinched forcefully on her sensitive body parts. She lost consciousness several times. She was on the verge of death after a month and was released. Her face was no longer recognizable.

Both Ms. Nan and her husband were government employees. However, both were fired from their jobs because they practice Falun Gong. Her husband was arrested in 2012 and was sentenced to one year of forced labor.

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 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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