Sydney: Wide Support for Falun Gong Lawsuits against Jiang Zemin

August 21, 2015 | By Hua Qing, Minghui correspondent in Sydney

(Minghui.org) Australian Falun Gong practitioners, elected officials and people from a variety of backgrounds held a rally outside of Sydney’s Town Hall on August 8, 2015 to show support for the recent wave of lawsuits against Jiang Zemin. Jiang, former head of the Chinese Communist regime, has had nearly 150,000 criminal complaint filed against him for launching the persecution of Falun Gong.

Elected officials, attorneys, and representatives for Falun Gong and the local Chinese community gave speeches at the rally, condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong and supporting the lawsuits against Jiang.

Lucy Zhao: “Important Moment in History”

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Lucy Zhao

Lucy Zhao, President of the Australian Falun Dafa Association, gave a speech at the rally.

“Today is an important moment in history,” she said, “which we are fortunate to witness. More than 122,000 people filed a lawsuit against Jiang Zemin, the former Communist Party leader, for his crimes against humanity and torture.

“Over the past 16 years, hundreds of millions of people were persecuted. They are innocent people who practice the peaceful Falun Gong meditation practice. They follow the principles Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.

“It has been verified that more than 3,000 people died from the persecution. Hundreds of thousands were taken to labor camps, prisons and mental hospitals. Millions of families were broken up.

“The most shocking crime is the organ harvesting from living people. Kidneys, livers, hearts and corneas were taken from prisoners of conscience, and sold for profit. How can we keep silent about such a crime? That’s why these people, including some in Parramatta, are filing a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin.

“These people [persecuted in China] need support, help and encouragement from people who live in a free society.

“Innocent people are suffering and dying. A little help from every one of us can help save lives. Only on the day when the former dictator Jiang is brought to justice will the abuses against Falun Gong and other innocent people in China come to an end. From then on, the Chinese people will enjoy freedom of belief and expression, mirroring what we enjoy in Australia.”

Phil Bradley: Announces Amendment Against Organ Harvesting

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Phil Bradley

Phil Bradley, representative of the Green Party, also spoke at the rally.

“The Greens have been very strong supporters of human rights,” said Mr. Bradley. “We strongly support multiculturalism, oppose human rights violation and discrimination, wherever it happens. Today we concentrate specifically on organ harvesting, which is an appalling illegal practice. We need to keep up with international pressure to end the organ trade.

“We are in the process of proposing new laws. I’m proud to announce that David Shoebridge, a member of the Greens, as well as a member of the Legislative Council, will roll out the New South Wales Human Tissue Amendment (Trafficking in Human Organs) Bill 2015 next Tuesday in the New South Wales Parliament. This amendment would make it an offense for using unethically harvested or trafficked organs in New South Wales.”

Andrew Wilson: “You are on the winning team”

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Andrew Wilson, Parramatta City Councillor, gave a speech at the rally.

“Enjoy your democratic right in a free country,” said Mr. Wilson. “I hope one day, we will go to China, have a rally, and you will be able to do the same without being arrested.”

Wilson commented that the Chinese Communist regime is telling its people and the entire world that a group of people that follows the principles Truthfulness Compassion, Forbearance are bad people, while on the other hand, those who resort to persecution are good people. Mr. Wilson questioned the morality and logic of this reasoning.

“I honestly hope we quickly see in China that not just Jiang Zemin,” said Wilson, “but everyone who is involved in evil practices, everyone who uses the rule of law to persecute people, is brought to justice. I believe you are on the winning team. I believe I will be proven right.”

John Hugh: “Nobody should be above the law”

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John Hugh

John Hugh, Parramatta City Councillor, said in his speech at the rally: “I’m glad I’m here with my colleagues to support the democracy in this country and our common values, because everyone needs freedom of speech and freedom of opinion. It’s a common value worldwide. I don’t believe that this means that we are against the Chinese government, as a lot of people have accused us.

“This rally means that we are against any crime that is perpetrated against humanity. Anyone who committed this crime should be brought to justice, no matter if this person was in charge of a government or a normal civilian. Nobody should be above the law.”

Mr. Hugh wrapped up his speech by saying, “Although I face enormous pressure, I still want to stand here today and tell everyone, ‘This is our right.’ No matter who puts pressure on you, don’t fear. Just stand up for your principles.”

James Shaw: “You are a fantastic part of our community”

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James Shaw

James Shaw, Parramatta City Councillor, expressed his support and praised Falun Gong practitioners.

“ Parramatta is a very multicultural area with many different religions and party beliefs, as well as many points of view,” said Councillor Shaw. “That’s a good thing. No matter what your religion or your culture, you should know, ‘I can practice my belief.’ You can do whatever you want to do as long as you don’t harm anyone.

“We want to live in a world where we respect each other and where human rights are a given. Human rights are fundamentally what we are here about.”

“As a Parramatta City Councillor, I’m happy to support you. You are a fantastic part of our community. Like Councillor Wilson and Councillor Hugh, I’m more than happy to support you and show it during this rally. I would like to thank you for having me. You have my support in pushing for human rights in China and that you are able to practice your belief, free of persecution.”

Than Nguyen: China Commits Breach of Its Human Rights Obligations

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Than Nguyen

Than Nguyen, Director of Australia’s Human Rights Relief Foundation, a lawyer at the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and former President of the Vietnamese Community in New South Wales, gave a speech at the rally.

“All Falun Gong practitioners do is a few gentle meditation exercise,” Mr. Nguyen said. “This meditation was practiced in China for thousands of years, and follows the principles Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.

“For that reason, they are arrested and imprisoned. Clearly they are prisoners of conscience. China has signed and ratified a number of international human rights instruments, including the international covenants on economics, social and cultural rights, international covenant on civil and political rights, and more importantly, on the convention against torture. The fact that the regime arbitrarily arrests and imprisons its people for meditating is a breach of those human rights obligations.

“The fact that the regime allows Falun Gong practitioners to be tortured and imprisoned, and have their organs up for sale, deserves condemnation. But in a civilized world, condemnation is not enough. What we need is that the rule of law prevails. Those who committed crimes against humanity and against their own citizens must be brought to justice.

“I understand that the Falun Gong movement has asked people for their support, and the court to prosecute Mr. Jiang Zemin, the ex-leader of China, for the terrible crimes he committed while in power. Personally, I fully support this. I come from a legal background. I believe what defines us as human beings is not how strong or how weak we are, but how just and how respectful we can be of one another.

“In a society, we have a social contract, and nobody can rise above the law. Anyone who commits a breach of the law must be brought to justice. So I’m here tonight to say to you that the Human Rights Relief Foundation and the Vietnamese community are with you. We are one, whether it’s a group of people, whether it’s an ethnic or minority group, or a group of people that calls for a conscientious genuine self-belief, and is non-violent.

“The Falun Gong teachings are based on tradition and have spread way beyond China’s borders… The traditions of Buddhism, Taoism call for compassion and justice. These are the fundamental values that underline human rights and dignity. We must implement them. And the ways to implement them is to undertake activities like this, to make sure the members of the community are aware of the human rights violations taking place throughout the world, and to ensure that anyone that committed crimes against humanity and committed human rights violations, be they current or ex-leaders of the Communist regime in China or North Korea, understands that they won’t be allowed to escape the day when they are brought to justice.”

Dr. William He: CCP is of Anti-human Nature

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Dr. William He

Dr. William He, a leader of the Chinese community, recipient of several honorable citizen awards and doctor of Chinese medicine, gave a speech and exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution he and his family experienced in China. He mentioned that the CCP’s persecution of the Chinese people occurred because of the party’s anti-human nature.

“It’s time for all people who have experienced the CCP’s persecution to step forward and have their voice heard,” said Dr. He. “My friends and I have established an organization. We are collecting information about the persecution from the Chinese people. Please feel free to contact me. One day, we will send all documented cases to the Chinese Supreme Court and International Court, and charge the CCP for its brutal crimes against humanity.”

Several Falun Gong practitioners also gave speeches and shared their personal experience of being persecuted in China.

Many people signed a petition calling for an end to the Chinese regime’s forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. Local residents were happy to see City Councillors come forward and show their support.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

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Falun Dafa Practitioners’ Families Destroyed as a Result of Jiang Zemin’s Policy of Persecution

August 21, 2015 | By Ming De

(Minghui.org) When Ms. Wu Weiming was released from prison in 2006 after four years of imprisonment because of her spiritual belief in Falun Gong, she found herself in a terrible situation. Her father had passed away, her mother was seriously ill, her husband had divorced her, her son was forced to leave school, and she had been fired from her job.

Now, she is among the 146,000 Falun Gong practitioners who have filed criminal complaints against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin, for launching the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999.

Arrested, Imprisoned, Home Ransacked

Ms. Feng Xilan was arrested 11 times and sentenced twice for a total of 12 years since 1999, because she did not give up her belief in Falun Gong. She was tortured and in critical condition both times she was wrongfully imprisoned.

“I was arrested in October 2000. The police ransacked the house in front of my mother,” she said.

“My mother was so terrified, she couldn’t speak and just kept shaking. While I was detained, she was extremely worried. She walked around our home again and again, absentminded. She fell and broke her right wrist.

“The police harassed her in 2005 and she thought they had persecuted me to death. She could not calm down and walked around outside our home. She was so terrified that she did not talk for a long time. After that, her health deteriorated quickly and she passed away, grief-stricken and sad,” recalled Ms. Feng.

Four-Year-Old Child on Her Own

Ms. Luan Qingling described what happened to her four-year-old daughter after her husband was forced to divorce her while she was imprisoned.

“My daughter stayed at home by herself most of the time. She often went outside to look for me. When I finally saw her after I was released, she told me she cried every day in her little bed.

“She said to me with tears in her eyes, ‘Everyone’s mom came to take them home every day after school. But I was always alone. No one ever came to take me home. I missed you so much, Mom.’

“That was such a heart wrenching moment for me,” said Ms. Luan.

Broken Families, Broken Hearts

Because of the persecution, many Falun Gong practitioners’ families fell apart.

When practitioners were arrested or imprisoned, their family members were regularly harassed because of the Communist regime’s guilt by association policy. The mental torment was no less than any physical torture.

Many of the practitioners’ elderly parents suffered mental breakdowns. Their health deteriorated and they passed away.

“In the days just before she died, my mother could not speak or eat. She just looked at me with a grief-stricken stare, tears streaming from her eyes. My heart was broken,” said Ms. Feng Xilan remembering her mother’s last days.

Many practitioners recounted how practicing Falun Gong saved their marriage. However, because of the persecution, they were forced to divorce. Many of their children were left unattended. They missed being brought up by parents who loved and cared for them. They could not attend school. Instead of a happy and carefree childhood, they faced discrimination and humiliation.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

179 Falun Gong Practitioners from Penglai City, Shandong Province Sue Jiang Zemin between Late May and Mid August

August 21, 2015

(Minghui.org) A total of 179 Falun Gong practitioners from Penglai City, Shandong Province have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin between May 24 and August 12, 2015, according to reports compiled by the Minghui website.

The practitioners charge the former Chinese dictator with initiating the brutal suppression of Falun Gong and hold him responsible for the tremendous suffering inflicted upon them by his campaign. The criminal complaints were mailed to the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Many of these practitioners recounted how Falun Gong returned them to health and gave them a new outlook on life. Their dream to live a healthier and happier life, however, was shattered when Jiang Zemin launched a nationwide campaign to eradicate the practice in 1999.

Simply for refusing to give up their belief, they were arrested, detained, tortured, and had their homes ransacked and personal belongings seized by the communist authorities. Many also saw their families implicated for their belief, while some were also forced to pay huge fines.

The Penglai practitioners who filed criminal complaints include people from all walks of life, includingmany retirees.

Five Practitioners Recall Arbitrary Detentions, Torture

Ms. Cai Yucong (蔡玉聪), 62, was twice sent a forced labor camp for three years each time. She was held in detention centers ten times, for about 200 days altogether, and her home was ransacked five times. She was subjected to brainwashing, sleep deprivation, and other torture. She was also denied family visits. Her legs became very swollen, and her skin began to peel from being forced to stand still for hours at a time for several days.

Ms. Cong Shuhua (丛淑华) is a 60-year-old retired schoolteacher. She was held in detention centers three times, arrested and had her home ransacked eight times, and sent to a brainwashing center once. Her child cannot find employment because he is related to a Falun Gong practitioner.

Mr. Jia Yu (贾玉), 72, was arrested a total of five times, and had over 10,000 yuan extorted from him. He had to leave home for one year to avoid further persecution.

Ms. Li Yifang (李宜芳) was arrested twice and detained for a total of 45 days. Repeated harassment and fear caused her husband to fall ill, and he passed away in 2004. With no income, Ms. Li struggles to get by.

Mr. Zhang Xingzhou (张兴周), 73, was held in detention and brainwashing centers seven times, and sent to prison with his wife in 2003. He was force-fed, denied toilet use, and doused with cold water for several hours in winter. He almost died from the torture in prison.

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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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin