Sydney: Hubei Province Party Secretary Met with Protest for Persecuting Falun Gong

August 14, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Hua Qing

(Minghui.org) Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin banned Falun Gong in July 1999, with many followers subsequently implementing his persecution policy. This has driven the nationwide suppression at different levels during the past 16 years. Li Hongzhong, Hubei Province Party Secretary, is one of such officer. He visited Sydney on August 6, 2015, and was met with a protest.


Protest by Falun Gong practitioners in front of Sydney Town Hall in response to Li Hongzhong’s visit.

Track Record of Human Rights Violations

Li was mayor and Party secretary of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province between 2004 and 2006, and gave orders to intensify the suppression, wrote Lucy Zhao, coordinator of the Australian Falun Dafa Association, in a letter to Sydney mayor Clover Moore.

One example was when Futian District Court in Shenzhen sentenced 16 practitioners during the first two months of 2004, with terms up to 13 years. At least 150 Shenzhen practitioners were arrested between 2005 and 2007, according to information received by the Minghui website and the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG).

When the nationwide campaign was launched in 2004 to defame Falun Gong in the education system, Li ordered all schools to react actively. This included three months of slandering propaganda, brainwashing with defamatory DVDs, and forcing students to sign petitions and present posters attacking Falun Gong.

As early as 2000 and 2001 when Li was Party Secretary of Huizhou City in Guangdong Province, he was already playing a key role in mistreating Falun Gong practitioners. More than 30 practitioners were sent to brainwashing centers and five were sent to forced labor camps. Wang Liyun, arrested for telling others about Falun Gong on October 25, 2000, was arrested, beaten, and tortured. She died one year later at the age of 40.

Involvement in Organ Harvesting

Li visited Sydney because Hubei Province’s capital city of Wuhan, was proposed to be a sister city of Sydney.

During the rally in front of the Sydney Town Hall on George Street, Zhao requested that the Sydney city government not invite Li to speak to city officials because of his previous human rights violations.

Li continued to suppress Falun Gong after being appointed as Hubei Province Party secretary in late 2010. In Wuhan City alone, at least 108 practitioners were arrested in 2001, five sent to forced labor camps, and eight sent to prisons. Five died due to being tortured while in police custody.

In both Shenzhen and Hubei, Li played an instrumental role in organ harvesting, wrote Zhao in her letter.

Shenzhen City included heart transplants and liver transplants as part of medical insurance in 2006. It was one of the first cities that issued such a policy. Investigations led by the WOIPFG found that numerous Shenzhen hospitals were involved in organ harvesting.

Li awarded Tongji Hospital of Wuhan in 2014 for breakthroughs in organ transplantation, and this technology was quickly introduced to ten major hospitals in China.


One passerby signs a petition to support Falun Gong practitioners.

10,000 Transplant Procedures Per Year vs. 37 Registrations Nationwide

When Li’s white SUV entered the parking lot at Sydney Town Hall, he was confronted with banners by practitioners with words of “Falun Dafa is Good,” and “Bring Chinese Official Li Hongzhong to Justice for Persecuting Falun Gong.” As he left at 11:00 a.m., his vehicle was again met with protesting practitioners.

According to an article on The Sydney Morning Herald on April 8, 2015, “China has the second highest rate of transplants in the world, with startlingly short wait times for transplant recipients of just two to three weeks. But a recent Red Cross report found only 37 people nationwide were registered organ donors and harvesting organs from executed prisoners did not come close to accounting for the more than 10,000 transplant procedures performed every year.”

“There’s no other way to explain what’s happening,” Human rights lawyer David Matas said in the article, “Somebody’s being killed for the organs.”

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Category: Rallies & Protests

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Over 146,000 Falun Gong Practitioners and Their Families Have Filed Criminal Complaints Against Former Chinese Dictator

August 16, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent

(Minghui.org) From the end of May to August 13, 2015, Minghui has received copies of a total of 122,417 criminal complaints that were filed against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin, who launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999.

146,783 Falun Gong practitioners and their families in China and overseas submitted their lawsuit documents to China’s judicial departments, urging that Jiang’s crimes over the past 16 years of persecution be investigated. In the week of August 7 and August 13 alone, over 12,397 people submitted such 10,820 lawsuits.

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The number of lawsuits filed against Jiang Zemin has grown significantly since the end of May 2015.

Among the plaintiffs are 1,648 Falun Gong practitioners who left China to avoid the persecution and are currently living in 25 different countries. They also filed complaints against Jiang with the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

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Number of criminal complaints confirmed delivered each week

Based on the postal receipts and sign-off messages, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Supreme People’s Court, the Ministry of Public Security, and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection have received 67,425 lawsuit documents from 82,662 people. The number accounts for 55% of the total number of complaints mailed.

Authorities Direct Police to Intimidate Practitioners

The police in Fushun City, Liaoning Province, called Mr. Liu Yue and asked if he had submitted a complaint. Mr. Liu replied, “Have you any idea the damage Jiang caused my family?” The police officer said that he had the complaint in his hand and just wanted to make sure.

He then told Mr. Liu, “I am impressed by you [Falun Gong practitioners]. I have made so many phone calls and no one has denied mailing their complaint.”

Police in Shenyang, Liaoning Province went to a practitioner’s home late one night to summon him to give a deposition the next morning. At the police station, the practitioner told the officers about Falun Gong and the persecution, and stated that it was his constitutional right to file such a complaint. One officer said that they were only acting on orders from their superiors, and asked the practitioner to help him quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations.

Several 610 Office agents went to Mr. Sui Shouzhong’s home in Pingdu Ciy, Shandong Province and asked whether he had filed a suit against Jiang. Mr. Sui admitted that he had.

An agent picked up the Falun Gong literature he saw in Mr. Sui’s home to use as evidence against him. Mr. Sui warned him, “If you touch or take anything in my house, it’s illegal. I can sue Jiang and I can sue anyone else who commits a crime.” The agents left.

Continuing to Clarify the Truth of the Persecution

Police arrested Ms. Dang Xianxia and Ms. Zhang Dongqing from Handan, Hebei Province for telling the public about the persecution of Falun Gong. Nine practitioners went to pick them up after they were illegally detained for 15 days. Ms. Dang and Ms. Zhang were all smiles because about 50 people, including two police officers, in the detention center heard the facts about Falun Gong from them and agreed to quit the Party.

Mr. Yang Jianbo from Sanhe City, Hebei Province, went to Sanhe Court to protest the show trial of four other practitioners. Beicheng Police officers arrested him and detained him for two days. When Mr. Yang was released, he warned the police, “It was wrong for you to arrest me.” They apologized repeatedly.

Voices of Support from Around the World

People from around the world, including government officials, have spoken out in support of the lawsuits being filed against Jiang Zemin. Among them was Canadian Member of Parliament Peter Kent, who finds the the movement encouraging and hopes that China’s top court will hold hearing on these complaints.

Rev. Majed El Shafie, founder of One Free World International, an international human rights organization based in Toronto, says that suing Jiang Zemin is a very important first step in achieving justice. He stressed that the future of China is in the hands of Chinese.

Robert Dubler SC, a renowned lawyer in Sydney, Australia, commented, “It’s a wonderful step that the Chinese people are trying to do more in their country. It’s really where the action should be occurring. 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.”

Complaint Statistics

According to the Minghui website, as of August 13, 2015, the number of Falun Gong practitioners who have filed criminal complaints against Jiang hasa exceeded 1,000 in 38 cities in China.

They include Tianjin, Beijing and Chongqing, 10 cities in Hebei Province, 5 in Shandong Province, 2 in Jilin Province, 6 in Heilongjiang Province, and 7 in Liaoning Province.

Below are the ten Chinese cities with the most lawsuits against Jiang Zemin filed:

Changchun, Jilin Province
Harbin, Heilongjiang Province
Baoding, Hebei Province
Yantai, Shandong Province
Chengdu, Sichuan Province
Dalian, Liaoning Province
Wuhan, Hubei Province
Chifeng, Inner Mongolia
Zhoukou, Henan Province
Nanchang, Jiangxi Province

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.

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

Congressman Urges U.S. Government to Rescue Falun Gong Practitioners Detained in China

August 16, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in New York

(Minghui.org) Congressman Joseph Crowley, Representative of Queens and the Bronx, urged the U.S. Department of State on July 29 to help rescue a Chinese Falun Gong practitioner arrested in Heilongjiang Province.

Ms. Meng Zhaohua of Suiling County, Heilongjiang Province is the mother of Sun Ying, who is a constituent of Rep. Crowley.

Ms. Meng was abducted from her house at around 4am on July 16, 2015. Seven more practitioners were arrested on the same day in a coordinated action organized by Yang Dongqi, head of the provincial Political and Legal Affairs Committee, who also sent an agent to supervise the arrests in Suiling County.

Fearing that Ms. Meng will be tortured and possibly face organ harvesting, Congressman Crowley urged the State Department and U.S. Embassy in China to urgently look into the case and take action necessary to ensure her safety.

According to Sun Ying, Ms. Meng was first detained in local police department for a few days. Police did not notify her family of her whereabouts. She was later secretly transferred to Hailun County Detention Center.

Ms. Meng went on hunger strike to protest her illegal detention. Police transferred her back to Suiling County Detention Center, where she has been held since.

Local authorities used the arrest to extort money from Ms. Meng’s family. On July 30, Guo Xudong, captain of the Suiling County Domestic Security police, threatened Ms. Meng’s husband and confiscated her personal belongings without a search warrant.

The other 7 practitioners detained after the coordinated arrests were Sun Chuantong, Xiu Zhongchen, Shen Qingyun, Gu Yanwen, Wang Yanxia, Zhang Fengtian, and Wang Shufang.

At the time of writing, Ms. Meng Zhaohua and Mr. Sun Chuantang are detained in Suiling County Detention Center. Shen Qingyun, Xiu Zhongchen are held in Hailun County Detention Center. Gu Yanwen and Wang Shufang are detained in Qing-an County Detention Center.

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Category: Voices of Support Worldwide