Japan: Voices Against Persecution in Hiroshima

August 16, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Hiroshima, Japan

(Minghui.org) On August 6, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, people from all over the nation gathered in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to pay their respects and call for peace.

Falun Gong practitioners were also present to update passersby on the 16-year-long brutal persecution of the practice of Falun Gong in China.

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A passerby signs a petition calling for an end to the persecution.

“I see you practitioners in this park every year, and I know why you are here,” one Japanese man said, “But there is hardly any news coverage on this. What’s going on now? How many are still practicing Falun Gong?”

A practitioner replied, “More and more people have learned the truth about the persecution. Not only that, in the past three months over 134,000 people have filed criminal complaints in China against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for persecuting Falun Gong.

“There are about 100 million practitioners worldwide, and new people join from time to time,” the practitioner continued, pointing to several new Japanese practitioners in yellow T-shirts demonstrating the exercises.

“How about the Chinese communists? There are lots of human rights violations in China,” the man asked as he signed a petition calling for an end to the persecution.

“It’s improving. As a matter of fact, 210 million have announced their resignations from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) organizations,” said the practitioner.

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Reading about the persecution. One poster says, “Stop the CCP from Persecuting Falun Gong.”

A Chinese tourist came up and said, “When I was young, all my textbooks said Falun Gong was bad. Later I knew they [what the textbooks said] were lies. If a person wants to practice Falun Gong, how can he or she get started?”

“You can learn the exercises, then read the book Zhuan Falun,” replied the practitioner. “We follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and try to become better people.”

The tourist thanked the practitioner, signed a petition, and took some brochures and a DVD.

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Signing petitions calling for an end to the brutal persecution

As the practitioners held a candlelight vigil at dusk, passersby came up to learn the exercises until the event was over.

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Falun Gong Practitioners from Beijing and Harbin Arrested for Suing Jiang

August 17, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Beijing and Heilongjiang Province, China

(Minghui.org) Over 100,000 people have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist regime, since the end of May 2015.

The people are urging the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Supreme People’s Court to bring Jiang to justice for his abuse of power in orchestrating the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The complaints charge Jiang with illegal imprisonment, deprivation of Chinese citizens’ constitutional right to freedom of belief, and abuse of power, among other crimes.

Jiang launched the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, and created the 610 Office, an office with the power to override the police and judicial systems to carry out his directives.

The following cases of arrest and torture of practitioners are from Beijing and Harbin, Heilongjiang Province.

Ms. Zhao Xiuhuan Detained

Ms. Zhao Xiuhuan, 60, from Beijing, was arrested at home by officers from the Shijingshan Police Department and local police station on July 28, 2015, for suing Jiang.

The police ransacked her home and confiscated a computer, two printers, and approximately 80 informational brochures about the persecution of Falun Gong. Ms. Zhao is detained at the Shijingshan Detention Center.

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Zhao Xiuhuan

Ms. Zhao was arrested several times in the past for practicing Falun Gong. During the 2000 Chinese New Year, local police officers, to keep Ms. Zhao from going to the Tiananmen Square to protest the persecution, illegally arrested and detained her for 40 days.

A year after Jiang launched the persecution of Falun Gong, Ms. Zhao was arrested again and detained for 10 days.

Her third arrest happened in 2002. She was arrested for making informational materials and talking to people about the persecution of Falun Gong. She was sentenced to a seven-year prison term.

When imprisoned in a women’s prison in 2004, Ms. Zhao was once forced to split her legs into a straight line against the wall by prison guard Chen Jing. As a result, she was severely injured, nearly passed out, had blood in her urine, and could barely walk.

Guards also forced her to bend at the waist to 90 degrees while two of them sat on her back. She was sometimes forced to stand for a long time and was monitored by inmates.

Details of the persecution in Chinese language:
http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2015/8/12/314001.html

Ms. Liu Li’s Whereabouts Unknown

Ms. Liu Li was supposed to be released on August 6, 2015, after being illegally detained for 15 days at the Harbin City No. 3 Detention Center, for suing Jiang. However, without reason, she was transferred by officers from the Minzhu Police Station in Shuangcheng City on that day.

Her whereabouts are now unknown.

The Shuangcheng Police Department and Harbin City Police Department launched large-scale arrests of practitioners who sued Jiang from July 11 to 23, 2015. At least 70 practitioners, including Ms. Liu Li, were arrested.

Ms. Liu was arrested on July 21 by officers, including Sui Zhongxiang and Xu Xingfu from the Minzhu Police Station, Shuangcheng Police Department, and Harbin Police Department. The police ransacked her home, and they confiscated computers, Falun Gong books, DVDs, and paper currency amounting to 1,000 yuan because they had information about Falun Gong printed on them.

While at the Minzhu Police Station, Ms. Liu talked to officers about the persecution of Falun Gong. They then beat Ms. Liu and forced her fingerprints onto some documents.

Ms. Liu tried to escape the next day but did not succeed. She was then taken to the Harbin City No. 3 Detention Center.

Participants in the persecution of Ms. Zhao:
Shijingshan Police Department: +86-010-68873814
Pingguoyuan Police Station: +86-010-68836781

Participants in the persecution of Ms. Liu:
Sui Zhongxiang (隋忠祥), director of the Minzhu Police Station: +86-18945060808
Xu Xingfu (许兴福), officer of the Minzhu Police Station: +86-15146049998

Details of the persecution in Chinese language:
http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2015/8/13/314066.html

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 thousands of Falun Gong practitioners over 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 now allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

Category: Accounts of Persecution

Senior Member of European Parliament Urges Chinese Regime to Release Human Rights Lawyer

August 17, 2015 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Germany

(Minghui.org) Member of European Parliament Dr. Klaus Buchner issued a statement on July 15, 2015 criticizing human rights violations in China after well-known Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu was arrested.

Titled “The Human Rights Situation in China Intolerable,” his statement started with the most recent human rights violation in China where more than 100 Chinese human rights lawyers and advocates were arrested or summoned by public security agents the week before. Among them was well-known human rights lawyer Ms. Wang Yu, and so far her family does not know her whereabouts.

Ms. Wang was arrested after she and other Chinese lawyers publicly called for support for the recent nationwide wave of legal complaints filed against Jiang Zemin, the former leader of the Communist Party of China. The complaints have been filed by Falun Gong practitioners.

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Screenshot of Prof. Dr. Klaus Buchner’s blog post.

In Dr. Buchner’s statement, he brought up an incident that happened one week before Wang Yu’s arrest. Simply for pleading “not-guilty” on behalf of several Falun Gong practitioners, she was violently expelled from the court of Sanhe City Hebei Province.

“One of the most well-known Falun Gong human rights cases where Ms. Wang and many other Chinese lawyers were persecuted during the defense of their clients, took place in the city of Jiansanjiang in Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China and it attracted the attention of international human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch,” added Dr. Buchner.

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Four Falun Gong practitioners being tried in Jiansanjiang Court are still in custody.

“We see the commitment of the lawyers for the persecuted Falun Gong practitioners in China. That’s why in February of this year, more than 20 MEPs from several European countries signed a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to Germany and local Chinese authorities, in support of the lawyers pursuing the release of their clients,” wrote Buchner.

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Lawyer Wang Yu protested and urged the authorities to grant the defendants’ their legal rights during the trial in Jiansanjiang.

Beijing authorities have not revealed the whereabouts of Ms. Wang, her husband and her underaged son. “I am very concerned about the lives and safety of Ms. Wang and her family,” wrote Dr. Buchner. “I urge the Chinese government to release Ms. Wang and her family members immediately and unconditionally, and her colleagues from the law firm Beijing Fengrui and to direct the security forces in accordance with Chinese laws on legal responsibility.”

Dr. Buchner’s statement concluded, “The European Commission and the German Government should also use economic dealings with China to help these Chinese lawyers and all those persecuted because of their religion. This is to be addressed as a major focus in the coming EU-China human rights dialogue in October in Brussels.”

He stated that the German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel should urge the Chinese government to release Ms. Wang and her family immediately and unconditionally during his state visit to China.

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Category: Voices of Support Worldwide