Prison Guards: “We Simply Don’t Treat Falun Gong People as Humans”

July 28, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) Two Falun Gong practitioners in Shandong Province were illegally arrested for disseminating information about Falun Gong and the persecution and were taken to the Shandong Province Women’s Prison in Jinan City.

The practitioners told of the inhuman treatment they experienced while incarcerated, especially solitary confinement.

The guards placed practitioners in a solitary confinement cell if they refused to give up Falun Gong. The cells are small and dark, with a cold cement floor. There is only a small stool in the cell.

Practitioners ate, slept, and relieved themselves in the small cell. They were locked in the room for a long time, without sunlight or fresh air. Additionally, they were not allowed to have contact with their families or anyone else.

The winter in Jinan City is cold and harsh. Practitioners in solitary were not provided a winter jacket, but only long underwear. They were given just a thin blanket which did not keep them warm.

It was impossible to get any sleep on the cold floor because of the freezing temperature. Practitioners had to walk around to try to get warm.

Lack of sleep gave them headaches. Without any furnishing and given the severe cold, their bones ached, and their muscles cramped. Many practitioners became ill and developed a high fever.

Jinan City is like a furnace in the summer. The small isolation cells can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the ventilation is poor. Practitioners who weren’t well to begin with often fainted after being in the small cell for a short period of time.

The female guards would not provide toilet paper or feminine hygiene products to practitioners in the small cell.

When asked why they were so inhuman toward practitioners, the guards responded, “We simply don’t treat Falun Gong people as humans.”

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Delhi, India: The Times of India Reports on Falun Dafa

July 22, 2016

(Minghui.org) The Times of India newspaper (the third largest in India) published a report on July 18, 2016, entitled “Falun Dafa: An attempt to cultivate good, eliminate bad.”

“If you observe closely, you might find them in public parks, schools or houses, exercising in slow rhythmic movements to the sound of music, or practicing meditation,” begins the article.

“Falun Dafa, or Falun Gong, a spiritual philosophy with its roots in the 90s in China, has a sizable presence in India, with over 25 places of practice in Nagpur city alone, besides its presence in over 114 other countries.”

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Indian students do Falun Gong exercises in a group.

The article talked about a three-day Falun Dafa conference in the city, at Ambedkar Hall, Chhatrapati Nagar that was attended by over 100 Falun Dafa practitioners from 15 cities. The conference involved practitioners sharing experiences in the practice and insights gained from reading the Falun Dafa Books. The group conducted a march from Ambedkar Hall to Samvidhan Chowk. A candlelight vigil was also held to pay tribute to the Falun Dafa practitioners suffering persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“The USA, European Union and several other countries have condemned the Chinese order [to persecute Falun Dafa],” noted the article, after explaining how the practice came under attack by the communist regime in 1999 when the number of practitioners reached 70 million.

“Truth, compassion and tolerance are the three tenets of this philosophy,” stated the article and that the practice was introduced in 1992 by Li Hongzhi in China. “Li Hongzhi has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize three times. [Falun Dafa] was introduced in India in 2000, starting from New Delhi.”

Marc Luburic, a native of Australia, who runs a talent management agency in Mumbai, has been practicing Falun Dafa for four years. “’The practice isn’t so much about the exercises, but as a means of cultivating your mind and heart,’ he says. Luburic recalls popping pills, getting injections and drinking in moments of stress before being introduced to the philosophy. He says, within a week of following the exercises, his body no longer craved for alcohol or other substances. Good health and curing of illnesses is a by-product of the practice, he said.

The article also quotes the president of the Falun Dafa Association in India, Suren Rao, a freelance creative writer based in Kolkata, who said, “’Looking within is the focus of the practice. Instead of pointing fingers, we need an understanding that the problem originates from us, and can be solved by us.’”

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Category: Falun Dafa in the Media

Judge Upholds Prison Sentence of Doctor for Practicing Falun Gong

July 26, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent from Guangdong Province, China

(Minghui.org) Dr. Wu Zhiqi, a doctor from Maoming, Guangdong Province, appealed his three-year-and-three-month prison sentence for his spiritual belief in Falun Gong, given by the Dianbai District Court. Two months later, his lawyer received a phone call from the first instance court, that the higher court had made a decision about his appeal.

The lawyer and Dr. Wu’s family were asked to come to the court on the morning of June 29, 2016.

As soon as Dr. Wu’s family and his lawyer entered the courtroom in Dianbai Court on June 29, Lin Ming, the judge who sentenced Dr. Wu, approached and told them that his sentence had been upheld. He asked Dr. Wu’s wife to sign the verdict, but she refused.

The judge said to them: “Whether you sign it or not, the decision takes effect immediately.”

He left the paper with Dr. Wu’s wife and walked out.

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Dr. Wu Zhiqi before he was arrested

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Dr. Wu at Dianbai No.1 Detention Center in Maoming City on June 30, 2016

Secret Trial

Dr. Wu was arrested on November 19, 2015 and had been detained at the Dianbai No. 1 Detention Center since then.

The Dianbai District Court held the first hearing of Dr. Wu on April 7, 2016. His defense lawyer, Mr. Zhang Zanning, was barred from entering the courtroom, and judge Lin appointed two lawyers for him without his consent. The judge didn’t announce a verdict at the end of the hearing.

On April 28, 2016, judge Lin notified Dr. Wu’s wife and daughter to come to the court, without telling them why.

While they were talking to the judge, the wife noticed a police car arriving at the court, with Dr. Wu sitting inside. She and her daughter followed as Dr. Wu was led into the court.

They were shocked by what unfolded. Judge Lin conducted a closed trial of Dr. Wu and sentenced him to three years and three months. The entire trial lasted less than 30 minutes.

Judge and Detention Center Attempted to Obstruct Family Visitation

After Dr. Wu’s family and his lawyer received the court order of upholding his sentence on June 29, they went to the detention center to meet with him.

The guard who received them said that they had to acquire permission from judge Lin in order to meet with Dr. Wu.

Once they contacted Lin, he demanded that Dr. Wu’s family show their residential registration record before they were allowed to visit him.

Dr. Wu’s wife had to go back home to get it.

After they returned to the detention center, the guard said that only people listed on the residential registration record were allowed to see him. However, as his children had grown up and moved out, they weren’t on the record anymore.

The guard insisted that he was following the rules and that only those on the record, which only contained Dr. Wu’s wife, were allowed to see him.

Dr. Wu’s lawyer argued with him, saying that he had never heard of such a regulation regarding family visitation.

“That’s the rule we have here,” the guard answered.

“Are my client’s children not his children just because they aren’t on his residential registration record?” the lawyer asked. He called the police department in Beijing and was about to file a complaint against the detention center for unreasonably obstructing his client’s family visitation.

With help from the lawyer, the detention center finally allowed Dr. Wu’s daughter and sister to meet with him.

According to Dr. Wu’s family, he had lost nearly 30 pounds during his detention there. He looked anxious and distressed. His family is really worried about him.

Related reports:
Guangdong Doctor Sentenced for Practicing Falun Gong
Supposedly Public Trial Closed to Defense Lawyer and Supporters of Wrongfully Accused Falun Gong Practitioner
Maoming City: Four Falun Gong Practitioners’ Homes Raided, Ten Arrested

Perpetrators’ contact information:

Huang Fu (黄甫), president of Dianbai Court: +86-668-5516598, +86-668-5116333, +86-13902548033
Lin Ming (林明), presiding judge: +86-668-5526017, +86-13592958900
Chen Xiaofeng (陈晓峰), prosecutor of Dr. Wu’s case at Dianbai Procuratorate: +86-668-5522811
Zhu Guanheng (朱冠恒), president of Dianbai Procuratorate: +86-13927559966

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Three Chinese Court Cases Highlight the Unlawful Nature of the Persecution of Falun Gong

July 25, 2016 | By You Ran

(Minghui.org) During the 17-year-long persecution of Falun Gong in China, many practitioners in Tianjin, Beijing’s largest nearby neighbor, have been arrested for their belief. Below are three cases from earlier this year illustrating how innocent practitioners are arrested, detained, and tried for no reason.

Technical Expert Imprisoned for Belief

Li Wen had the highest GPA in his class when he graduated from the renowned Tsinghua University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1991. He was employed as a lead engineer at a factory that manufacturers glass products and television parts. He holds a number of patents and has garnered many awards from his company.

Mr. Li and his wife were arrested in July 2001 for practicing Falun Gong. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and held in Tianjin Prison. The management at his company sought his release, but officials rejected their requests. Company representatives were forced to visit Mr. Li in prison to get technical assistance.

In July 2015, Mr. Li was again arrested, this time while at home. He was put on trial in Hexi District Court on March 28, and his attorney Yu Wensheng pleaded not guilty, “At least 100 lawyers, in more than 1000 court trials, have pointed out the suppression of Falun Gong had no legal basis. Article 300 of Chinese Criminal Law has been abused to frame Falun Gong practitioners,” the lawyer said during the trial. The lawyer said he was attempting to not only to safeguard Falun Gong practitioners’ basic rights, but to also to stop law enforcement officials’ unlawful actions.

Defense Attorney Detained

Ninghe County Court held a trial against Mo Weiqiu in December 2015, and her husband Li Guangyuan chose to defend her. But the judge did not allow Mr. Li speak, other than answering yes or no when the judge asked questions. The trial lasted half an hour. Mr. Li asked the judge it would be impossible for the five computers found in Ms. Mo’s home to be presented as material evidence, but the court dismissed his request and said Ms. Mo would be sentenced to three to six years.

The judge asked Ms. Mo’s daughter and other relatives to leave the courtroom, and then had Mr. Li arrested. Police confiscated 7,000 yuan that he was carrying on him, and after being detained for 29 days he was forced to pay a fine.

False Testimony from Anonymous Witnesses

Two other practitioners, Chen Yuanhua and Yang Fujing, were on trial on January 26, 2016, when the chief judge asked them if they had distributed Falun Gong materials and if they were guilty. Both women said they were not distributing Falun Gong materials when they were arrested, and that they did not commit any crime. The women told the judges that freedom of belief is protected by the Chinese Constitution.

The prosecutor said three village residents were walking on the street after 1am on August 27 last year when they saw Ms. Chen and Ms. Yang distributing Falun Gong materials. The defense attorney refuted this claim, because his clients were arrested the evening of August 26 and already in custody at the time. He requested the three witnesses present their testimony in the court room and that the prosecutor present some material evidence. But both requests were rejected by the judge.

Ms. Chen and Ms. Yang were sentenced to 4 and 3 ½ years imprisonment, respectively.

Ninghe Court sentenced Ms. Mo to 4 ½ years imprisonment on April 27.

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Shenyang Practitioners Arrested for Talking about Falun Dafa

July 24, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Liaoning Province, China

(Minghui.org) Six Falun Dafa practitioners from Kangping County, Shenyang City, were arrested on June 24, 2016, while they were talking to people in the countryside about the persecution of Falun Dafa.

Two elderly practitioners were released that evening due to their old age. One practitioner escaped, and practitioner Ms. Tang Xiuxia was released the next day after the detention center refused to admit her due to her high blood pressure. Ms. Wang Hongying and Ms. Zhao Xiujuan were detained for three days and released on bail, pending trial. They’ve been harassed twice since their release.

The Arrest

Officers led by Wang Shunde, director of Beisiiazi County Police Station, arrested the six practitioners and took them to the police station.

The practitioners told the officers that the persecution of Falun Dafa is lawless and wrong, but Wang refused to listen. He claimed, “I will send you to jail even if I receive retribution.”

Wang ordered the blood tests administered to the three practitioners at 10:00 p.m. that night.

Doing Whatever He Could to Detain Practitioners

Preparing for their detention, Wang took the three practitioners to a hospital for the physical exams required by the detention center. Ms. Tang’s blood pressure reached 180 mmHg, and Ms. Wang’s reached 190 mmHg. But Wang insisted on taking them to the Shenyang Detention Center.

Wang tried to hide the fact that the two practitioners had high blood pressure. But the guard at the detention center took their blood pressure and refused to admit the two practitioners because of their high blood pressure.

Wang then took them to a hospital and forced them to take medication to lower their blood pressure. Ms. Wang took the medication, but Ms. Tang spit hers out. Wang ordered five officers to hold Ms. Tang and force her to take the pill, but her blood pressure still remained high.

Wang took Ms. Tang to a different hospital for another physical exam, and her blood pressure was still high. They took her back to the detention center, and the detention center still refused to admit her. They had to release her the next day.

Harassed After Release

Ms. Wang and Ms. Zhao were detained at the detention center. They were released on bail, pending trial, on June 27. Wang ordered officers to harass them on June 30 and July 1. Officers confiscated personal belongings from the practitioners, and they also tried to obtain information about the practitioner who escaped on the night of their arrests.

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Human Harvest Documentary Premieres in Taiwan

July 17, 2016 | By Su Rong, Minghui correspondent in Taiwan

(Minghui.org) The documentary Human Harvest, a Peabody Award winner , exposes the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their faith.

The film premiered simultaneously at the Ambassador Theatre in Taipei and the MLD Cinema in Kaohsiung on July 9, 2016. The Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants (TAICOT) sponsored the screenings.

Attendees expressed great concern and condemned the organ harvesting crime still taking place in China.

Attorney: Spread the News and Pressure the CCP on Human Rights

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Attorney Liu Silong calls for the public to pressure the CCP regarding its human rights violations.

Attorney Liu Silong of Jen-Song United Law Firm said the documentary confirmed what he had heard previously about organ harvesting. He said the existence of the crime had been proven by the detailed analysis in the documentary and something the CCP cannot deny. “I hope it becomes a landmark in freeing mainland China from the darkness of totalitarianism,” he said.

Liu called for everyone to act against the atrocity, spread the news, pressure the CCP to stop its human rights violations with powerful public opinion, and help stop the genocide.

Medical Professor: Let Future Doctors Know

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Professor Li Shujun of Kaohsiung Medical University

Professor Li Shujun of Kaohsiung Medical University said she was looking forward to bringing the documentary to her university and letting future doctors know about the CCP’s organ harvesting crimes.

Professor Li said, “I deeply feel there are three groups of victims: the Falun Gong practitioners who lost their lives, the surgeons who were driven to kill the practitioners for their organs, and the patients who received the organs. The latter two groups became part of the criminals because of censorship.”

Having taught in mainland China for a year, Professor Li sees all people living in the totalitarian country as victims; by hiding information from the people, the regime can commit terrible crimes with impunity. She said the atrocity of organ harvesting cannot be tolerated and hopes it will be stopped as soon as possible with increasing pressure from the international community.

General Manager: ‘Hurry up and spread the news’

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Mr. Lin Jingliang, General Manager of Taixiang Consulting Company

Mr. Lin Jingliang, General Manager of Taixiang Consulting Company, said, “After watching the documentary, I realized most people and myself had been deceived. I used to think the organs of executed prisoners would be wasted anyway if they weren’t used. I’m shocked to see how innocent people who cultivate truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance had been killed as a source of organs…It concerns so many lives. We have to hurry up and spread the news. The media in Taiwan has to shake off political and economic restrictions and take the responsibility of media, to expose the CCP’s crime to the public and to safeguard human rights.”

Radio Show Host: ‘A test of our conscience’

Mr. Hai Ming, a well-known radio show host who had interviewed David Kilgour, told the reporter, “What was presented in the documentary is very convincing. The documentary should be widely promoted so more people will help stop the persecution…More and more people in Taiwan and all over the world are convinced by facts of the organ harvesting. It’s a test of our conscience when facing the CCP’s pressure. To our delight, more and more people are stepping out to say ‘no’ to the CCP’s violation of human rights, through public opinion, legislation, and resolutions.”

Deputy Director of TAICOT: ‘No one can sit on the sidelines’

Dr. Huang Shiwei, Deputy Director of TAICOT, said, “As the facts of organ harvesting get exposed internationally, no one can sit on the sidelines. Everyone will eventually have to ask himself, ‘What role have I played when Falun Gong practitioners were killed for their organs?’ It will become a key point of reflection and pity for mankind.”

Dr. Zheng Yuanyu, a consultant of TAICOT, commented, “The process of searching for truth is like putting together puzzle pieces. It’s a hard job. Fortunately, with persistent efforts from all circles of society, many countries, like Israel and Spain, have enacted legislation banning organ transplant tourism. The U.S. Congress and the European Parliament have passed resolutions calling for the CCP to stop organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience. International organizations are working on bringing organ harvesting criminals to the International Criminal Court. As the film’s director Leon Lee had said, the complete truth will be unveiled at any moment.”

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Category: Organ Harvesting

Family Suspects Organ Harvesting in Case of Harbin Man’s Death

July 22, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Heilongjiang Province

(Minghui.org) As mounting evidence points to the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, an elderly couple in Harbin City now suspects that their son was an early victim of the horrendous crime committed by the Chinese communist regime.

Mr. Kong Fanzhe died on the same day of his arrest on February 21, 2003 for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. The police didn’t notify his parents until three days later.

The elderly couple noticed a long cut running from their son’s chin to his pubis loosely sewed up with nylon cord. There were also bruises all over his body.

According to an insider, when Mr. Kong’s body was first brought to the morgue, it was so bloody that the workers had to rinse it under water for hours.

Mr. Kong’s parents requested to know the cause of his death and were told that he “jumped out of a fourth-floor window while trying to escape police arrest.”

Mr. Kong’s parents had planned to sue the responsible parties, but were stopped by local authorities. They have struggled to live a normal life following their son’s untimely death, and had always wondered about the long cut they saw on his body. Now with mounting evidence of organ harvesting, they suspect that their son, only 33 at the time of death, was likely cut open for organ harvesting.

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Category: Deaths