Taiwan: 17,000 in Taichung Support Criminal Complaints Against Jiang Zemin

August 29, 2015

(Minghui.org) In July and August, more than 17,000 residents in Taichung, Taiwan signed a criminal report form urging the Chinese authorities to bring former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin to justice.

Such efforts echo the recent flood of lawsuits against Jiang filed by 157,000 Falun Gong practitioners in China and overseas for launching and directing the violent persecution of Falun Gong. The number of lawsuits has steadily increased since May.

According to Chinese law, a criminal report form signed and dated by any individual with knowledge of a crime constitutes a criminal complaint that can be submitted to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and Court.

The signatures in Taichung come from those in all walks of life, including government officials, city council members, lawyers, teachers, and doctors.

City Council Member: Signature Campaign Will Raise Awareness of the Persecution

He Mingjie, a Taichung city council member signed the criminal report form and said that the city council has passed a resolution condemning the persecution of Falun Gong. “No matter where you are, no matter what you believe, everybody should have the basic human rights,” he said.

“The signature campaign will raise the public awareness of the persecution,” he added. “I believe that more and more people will join the support for the peaceful resistance.”

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He Mingjie, the city council member of Taichung, with the criminal report form he signed to condemn Jiang Zemin for his crimes in the persecution of Falun Gong.

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Huang Guoshu, a member of the Legislative Yuan, heard about the lawsuits against Jiang and signed the criminal report form at a Falun Gong event.

City council member Zeng Chaorong ran into Falun Gong’s signature campaign booth at a tourist location. He said to practitioners, “I’ve always supported Falun Gong.” Mr. Zeng, along with his his companions, including several lawyers and doctors, signed the forms.

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Shi Chunfu, the deputy chief of the city department of cultural affairs, signs a criminal report form against Jiang Zemin.

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Gao Lianyong, a local artist, signs a criminal report form.

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Taichung residents signing criminal report forms against Jiang Zemin.
Taichung Resident: “I admire Falun Gong”

Mr. Lin, a local businessman, often visits mainland China and knows well about the persecution of Falun Gong there. He told practitioners that he often tries to convince his Chinese friends to quit the Communist Party.

“I even bought hundreds copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party for my Chinese friends. When they come to Taiwan, I always take them to Falun Gong’s booths at the tourist spot, and tell them to read your materials,” he said to a practitioner.

“I really admire Falun Gong, especially those at the tourist spots trying to tell people about the persecution,” said Mr. Lin after signing the criminal report form.

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Taiwan: Tourists and Residents Sign Petition to Support Suing Jiang Zemin

August 19, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Zheng Yuyan

(Minghui.org) The increasing number of criminal complaints against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, which amounts to over 146,000 as of August 13, 2015, has attracted much attention from the public inside China and overseas. In Taiwan alone, nearly 100,000 signatures have been collected since July, which have been sent to both the Supreme Court and Supreme Procuratorate in China to support the lawsuits.

Below are some stories that occurred recently when practitioners in New Taipei City, Taiwan, collected signatures from nearby retail areas and markets.

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Posters illustrating the persecution in China and the lawsuits filed against Jiang

This Is Important and I Am Very Happy to Help

When practitioners told passersby about the lawsuits on the evening of August 1, a middle-aged man watched for a while and then asked a practitioner, “I am from Mainland China and I will immigrate here soon.” He signed a petition and asked a practitioner to help him quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) organizations, “You are doing the right thing. Please keep it up,” he said.

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Practitioner explains criminal complaints filed against Jiang

Two young men in their 20s walked by. A practitioner explained why so many criminal complaints have been filed against Jiang and asked, “Do you want to sign the petition to support it?”

“I want to,” replied Mr. Li from Hunan Province, “but my mother is a Party secretary. If she hears about this, I will be in big trouble.”

“Please do not worry about this. Both your mother and you want a happy, peaceful life. But if one is associated with this regime that harmed tens of millions of innocent people, how could he or she have a safe future?” the practitioner explained.After Mr. Li signed the petition, his friend, Mr. Chen from Taiwan, signed as well and thanked the practitioner, “This is important and I am very happy to help.”

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A motorcyclist stopped and learned about the persecution in China

96-Year-Old Woman: “I Am Glad I Lived Long Enough to See This Happening”

As Ms. Tsai, 96, and her family was taking a walk in the market, they stopped and asked practitioners what was going on. “I am from Shanghai and my daughter-in-law is from Anhui. We know what’s going in China,” she signed the petition while chatting with a practitioner.

“I am glad I lived long enough to see this happening ,” the woman said with a big smile.

A young couple signed the petition and continued talking about it as they walked away. “We should tell more people about this,” one said excitedly.

Taiwan Businessman: Helping to Sue Jiang Is Helping Ourselves

After reading the posters and pamphlets in detail, Mr. Wu wanted to sign the petition. But his wife stopped him. “You still have business over there. What if doing this [signing a petition] will get you into trouble?” said Ms. Wu.

Seeing their hesitation, one practitioner explained to them that, by suppressing innocent practitioners and the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, Jiang has undermined the moral values in Chinese society. “There have been many reports that Taiwan businessmen lost their fortune to the totalitarian regime.When nobody stands up to support the righteous, the society will be in chaos and disasters, like the recent explosion in Tianjin, abound.”

Mr. Wu nodded and turned to his wife, “I think what she [practitioner] said makes sense. Helping this [suing Jiang] is also helping ourselves.” He signed the petition and said, “Jiang will be punished for his crimes. That is for sure.”

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A couple signs petition to support Falun Gong.

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Hualien, Taiwan: County Officials Support Practitioners in Ending the Persecution

August 07, 2015 | By Falun Gong practitioners in Hualien, Taiwan

(Minghui.org) Several county officials joined activities at the Hualien Railway Station on July 26, 2015 to raise awareness of the 16-year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China. Wang Tingsheng, a Legal Council member, said the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are important to mankind.

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Candlelight vigil in Hualien County on July 26, 2015.

“We all cherish freedom, democracy, and human rights. Falun Gong practitioners have set a good example for us, both following truth and opposing the suppression. That’s very inspiring, and I think we should support each other.”

Other officials who came to the rally and candlelight vigil included Legislative Councilor Hsiao Bi-khim, former Democratic Progressive Party Hualien Chairman Guo Yingyi, Hualien County Councilor Huang Zhenfu, and Hualien City Senior Secretary Wang Senyuan.

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Government officials from Hualien County, the largest county in Taiwan.

Hsiao said she was aware of the suppression in China as well as the recent detention of human rights lawyers who represented practitioners. “Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed a law in June criminalizing the transplantation of organs from executed prisoners in China, as part of the efforts to stop the Chinese communist’s violation of human rights.” She said that freedom did not come easily, and people should help those ruled by totalitarian regimes.

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Legislative Council Member Hsiao Bi-khim, speaks at the event.

Linking Jiang’s persecution policy to the massive tragedy in China, Guo said it is time to bring lawsuits against Jiang Zemin. “Facing such a massive suppression that harmed millions of people, we have to hold the perpetrators responsible.”

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Guo Yingyi, former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party in Hualien County, said he supports the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin.

In his speech on behalf of Hualien mayor Tian Zhixuan, Wang said that human rights are universal values, and that the live organ harvesting committed by the communist regime was outrageous. “Chinese communists must stop the brutality. The courage and spirit of Falun Gong practitioners are something we all can learn from.”

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Practitioners do the Falun Gong exercises at Hualien Railway Station.

Wang, Hsiao, and other officials also signed petitions supporting the lawsuits against Jiang. About 103,000 criminal complaints had been submitted to the Supreme Court and Supreme Procuratorate in China as of July 23, 2015.

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Passerby signs petition to support practitioners.

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Taiwan: Picture Exhibition Exposes Organ Harvesting Atrocities in Mainland China

August 03, 2015 | By Sun Bai and Su Rong in Taiwan

(Minghui.org) A series of picture exhibitions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is raising awareness about the state-sanctioned organ harvesting atrocities in China. Beginning in April 2015, the exhibitions have shown at various locations throughout Kaohsiung, including the historic sugar factory at Qiaotou (Taiwan Sugar Museum), The Xinzuoying Train Station, Pier-2 Art Center, and National Sun Yat-sen University

The recent 2-day exhibition at the Xinzuoying Train Station in Kaohsiung City was co-hosted by the Falun Dafa Association and the Taiwanese International Organ Transplant Care Association on July 25 and 26.

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Thomas Chung, organizer of a music festival at Pier-2 Art Center

Thomas Chung is one of the organizers of a music festival at the Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung. He visited the exhibition at the Xinzuoying Train Station and immediately signed the petition after he learned about the organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China. He also provided a free booth for the picture exhibition at the popular Pier-2 Art Center.

“I heard of the organ harvesting in China some time ago,” he said. “I thought it outrageous. How can the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) do this?”

Mr. Chung said that providing a free booth for the exhibition at Pier-2 Art Center was his way to show support, as he wants more people to learn about this atrocity.

Upon learning about the crime of removing organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and selling them to transplant patients, passersby condemned the CCP’s violation of human rights and signed the petition calling for an immediate end to the atrocity.

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At the Xinzuoying Railway Station in Kaohsiung City, people sign a petition calling for an end to the mainland’s state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting.

Visitor response regarding the organ harvesting tends to be uniform – from shock, upset, to condemning the Communist Party.

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Signing a petition to stop forced organ harvesting in China, at Pier-2 Art Center.

The Pier-2 Art Center attracts visitors from all over Taiwan. Many people who stopped at the Falun Gong informational booth said that that they were aware of the persecution of Falun Gong but few had heard about the crime of forced organ harvesting in mainland China. People were eager to sign a petition to stop the atrocity.

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People sign a petition to stop forced organ harvesting in China at the Taiwan Sugar Museum.

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Carefully reading display boards detailing the Chinese regime’s crimes of forced organ harvesting

The Taiwan Sugar Museum, a historical sugar factory in Qiaotou, Kaohsiung, draws many visitors, especially on holidays and weekends.

A family of four said that they were Chinese government officials on an unguided tour of Taiwan. The mother read each display board closely and said that she had not heard about the organ harvesting issue before coming to Taiwan. She asked if she could do something to help those being persecuted. She signed the petition and asked her family to sign too.

A Taiwanese woman and her daughter viewed the exhibition at the sugar museum. The woman said that her mother-in-law was planning a trip to China for an organ transplant. After seeing the exhibition, she said that she would discourage her mother-in-law from going to China because it would result in the murder of an innocent person.

Passersby Eager to Sign Petition

Several college students visited the information booth. One commented, “Only Nazis and the Communist Party would do such terrible things.”

After they signed the petition, one young man said that he wanted to learn more about the organ harvesting issue so he could give the information to his parents who are doing business in China.

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Dr. Huang from Hong Kong said that the world should pay attention to the organ harvesting issue, and should try to stop it.

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A Different Graduation Celebration: Falun Dafa Week at National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan

June 22, 2015 | By Minghui correspondents Sun Bai and Su Rong

(Minghui.org) The Class of 2015 at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan received a unique congratulations on the eve of commencing a new chapter in life: The Falun Dafa Society was hosting a Falun Dafa Week consisting of an art exhibition, a Han couture fashion show and opportunity to try on traditional garments, a film screening, and many more events leading up to the graduation ceremony on June 12.

The rich offerings attracted a lot of students and faculty members. Many international students also partook of the events.

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Students at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan visited the Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) International Exhibition during Falun Dafa Week, June 2015.

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The photo exhibit on display during Falun Dafa Week offered students and faculty the opportunity to learn about the beauty of Dafa, as well as the persecution in China.

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Igor from Ukraine, Anna Kudinova and her father Ivan Kudinov from Russia, have joined the Falun Dafa Society at National Sun Yat-sen Uuniversity.

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Upon viewing the art exhibition, a student from Ecuador said that she would make time for the Falun Dafa exercises every day.

Fernando Ojeda and Julio Mayor, two professors from America, had rave reviews of the paintings displayed in the Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) International Exhibition. They also learned the Falun Dafa meditation and commented on the peacefulness and tranquility they experienced.

They signed the petition to call for ending the forced organ harvesting in China—the Chinese communist regime’s killing of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience for their organs.

Lina from Germany also signed the petition. “People in Taiwan and mainland China share similar ethnic backgrounds. I hope that the mainland will respect freedom of belief, just like Taiwan does,” she said.

An exchange student from Mainland China viewed the photo exhibit and changed the negative view of Falun Dafa that she had developed as a result of the communist propaganda. She remarked, “Falun Dafa is good! I didn’t know that.”

Several Falun Dafa Society members also shared their stories with visitors.

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Xiu Ru from the Business School was able to get rid of her bad temper upon practicing Falun Dafa.

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Wen Xin, also with the Business School, volunteers at a student organization that helps middle school students improve their academic performance. She learned to teach the children according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance after she started practicing Falun Dafa.

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Business School Master’s degree candidate Kai Ting recovered from insomnia through practicing Falun Dafa. The insomnia had been a lingering syndrome resulting from a car accident.

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Taiwan: Legislature Bans Transplant Tourism

June 19, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Su Rong in Taiwan

(Minghui.org) Taiwan has officially banned transplant tourism. Legislators amended Taiwan’s Human Organ Transplant Act on June 12, 2015, forbidding illegal organ sales.

The Act further stipulates that patients who get organ transplants overseas must provide legal proof of the source of the organs in order to be eligible for medical care in Taiwan.

Organs Harvested from Prisoners of Conscience

Ms. Theresa Chu, spokesperson for the Falun Gong Human Rights Legal Team, said that, by imposing criminal penalties on organ trade, the Taiwanese are prohibited from going to China for organ transplants.

In China, organs are mostly harvested from living prisoners of conscience, mostly Falun Gong practitioners, who are persecuted in China. The Act also prevents the Taiwanese from receiving organs from unknown sources and ensures that the transplant is medically safe.

Ms. Chu commended the amendment highly. She said that it prevents people from becoming an accomplice in the forced organ harvesting trade by going to China for an organ.

“Despite this resolution, Falun Gong practitioners in China still face the danger of having their organs harvested. They are the largest source in the Chinese regime’s organ pool,” said Ms. Chu.

Taiwanese Legislation

According to Wang Jin-Pung, Speaker of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, the Act stipulates that organs must be provided or received without any form of compensation [free of charge]. If those who purchase transplant organs overseas are found guilty of receiving an illicit organ, the maximum sentence is five years, plus Taiwan levies a fine of no more than NT$1.5 million [approximately $49,000 USD] on the accused. Additionally, doctors involved in illegal organ transplants could lose their license.

The members of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan are elected for three-year terms. Their legislative duties consist of passing laws and overseeing Taiwan’s administration.

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Wang Jin-Pung, Speaker of the Legislative Yuan, passes the Amendment to Human Organ Transplantation Act.

Legislators Support the Amendment

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Legislators from different political parties Yu Mei-nu (left), Hsu Shao-ping (middle) and Tien Chiu-chin support the amendment to prohibit organ harvesting.

Legislator Yu Mei-nu of the Democratic Progressive Party said that the Chinese regime is actively involved in the organ trade, which depends heavily on the harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.

“We hope to effectively deter organ trafficking and its sales with this amendment,” said Yu.

Legislator Hsu Shao-ping of the Kuomintang, a Chinese political party that ruled China from 1927 to 1948 and still exists in Taiwan, commented that human organ transplants is a serious ethical issue in the medical field and concerns human rights internationally.

“Those who harvest organs from living people and sell them for profit are committing a crime against humanity according to International Criminal Law,” Hsu said.

“The Act clearly forbids organ trafficking, sales, and transplant tourism–and stipulates penalties. It also bans the use of organs from death row prisoners. Taiwan’s organ transplant regulations have reached international standards,” said Tien Chiu-chin, a Taiwanese legislative member from the Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) and sponsor of the resolution.”

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Taiwan: 6,000 Falun Gong Practitioners Celebrate Master Li Hongzhi’s Birthday and Falun Dafa Day (Photos)

(Minghui.org) May 13th , World Falun Dafa Day and the birthday of Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, is just around the corner. On April 26, 6,000 Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners held activities at Freedom Square in Taipei to celebrate the holiday and send their birthday greetings to Master Li.

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Practitioners formed the Chinese characters for “5.13 World Falun Dafa Day” and “Thank You, Master.” Between the characters is an image of a practitioner sitting in the full lotus position.

Huang Chunmei, one of the organizers, said, “We want to express our appreciation to Master Li this way. We also want to show the beauty of Falun Gong to the public.”

Wu Hsiang-Ching, the image designer, said, “I designed a young female practitioner sitting in the double-lotus position. Falun Dafa improves body and mind, and keeps practitioners healthy and youthful, just like the image shows.”

Falun Gong was first introduced to the public in 1992, and has since spread to more than 100 countries. In Taiwan, 800,000 people from all walks of life practice it at more than a thousand exercises in 300 towns. Practitioners who have benefited from it both physically and mentally want to express their appreciation and help more people know about Falun Gong.

The image and words attracted the attention of many tourists. Mr. Chou, a tour guide, felt pure, strong energy. He took a lot of pictures. Mr. Chou said, “Falun Gong practitioners are nice and have good manners. They are different from many other groups.”

“I have never seen such a large scale character-forming. It is amazing,” he said.

A couple from China were glad to see Falun Gong in Taiwan. The husband said, “The Communist Party always deceives people. I knew all their propaganda attacking Falun Gong were lies.”

“This is an eye-opening event,” he said. “I am very glad to see Falun Gong again today. The last time that I saw such a large scale Falun Gong event was in Liaoning Province 17 years ago.”

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Tourists studying Falun Gong materials.

Practitioners set up display boards to let people know about the teachings of Falun Gong and how it has been embraced throughout the world.

Robin Whitwell, a computer engineer from England, read the information for a long time and then talked to practitioners. He commented, “The communist party tries to control everything, including education, the Internet, media, etc. Chinese people have no freedom to learn the truth.”

Robin said that Chinese people should fight for freedom. He felt terrible that the Party persecutes Falun Gong. “Freedom of belief should not be suppressed,” he said.

Mr. Wan, a retired businessman, supports Falun Gong. “One of my friends has practiced Falun Gong for more than 10 years. He is a really good person and has benefited from Falun Gong a lot. The persecution is really ridiculous. It should end now,” he said.

“There are no human rights in China,” Mr. Wan said. “Ten years ago, one of my business partners asked me to invest in China and promised me big profits. I rejected the offer, because I know the Party’s policies are not reliable. They don’t have any credibility. I also tried to talk my partner out of it. He didn’t listen to me and ended up losing 100 million yuan.”

Mr. Wan said that the Party has ruined the moral standard in China. “My friends, who do business in China, told me that China is full of counterfeit products. The pollution is very severe. You can’t even find clean drinking water. I have no desire to travel there.”

Mr. Lin, who was with Mr. Wan, agreed with him: “There is no protection for Taiwanese in China. There is no law in China. We don’t have any hope there. I don’t want to do business there until the situation in China changes.”

Falun Gong practitioners Bai Dehsiung and Fan Guohua often go to tourist spots to tell people about Falun Gong.

Mr. Fan said, “I try to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in daily life and always consider others first when I do business. My customers trust me, and my business just gets better and better. I want to tell people about such a good practice.”

Mr. Bai witnessed the spread of Falun Gong in Taiwan over the last ten years. “I am glad that Taiwanese are not influenced by the communist party’s lies, and more and more have joined the practice. However, many Chinese people still don’t know what Falun Gong really is. That is why I often come here to tell people about Falun Gong.”

“I won’t stop until the persecution of Falun Gong ends in China,” said Mr. Bai.

At 3 p.m. the Divine Land Marching Band and the NTDTV Flag and Drum team, both made up of Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners, performed for the tourists, marking the end of the event.

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