Authorities Press Falun Gong Practitioners to Sign Documents “Repenting” for Suing Former Dictator

August 22, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Sichuan Province, China

(Minghui.org) Many Falun Gong practitioners have filed lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese dictator who launched the persecution of Falun Gong 17 years ago. As they used their real names and addresses in their criminal complaints, they have been retaliated against for exercising their constitutional right to hold Jiang responsible for infringing upon their freedom of belief.

In Qiancao Town, Sichuan Province, the authorities have deceived and threatened the local practitioners into signing documents that claimed they “repented” filing their lawsuit, that the lawsuit was false, or that they denounced Falun Gong.

Deceptions

The authorities in Guangming Community called a practitioner to the community office. They convinced her that they needed to see her about compensation for her land. She unknowingly signed a statement saying that she “repented” practicing Falun Gong.

The director of Jinsha Community told a practitioner to sign unknown documents and that, if she did, the harassments would stop. The practitioner and her family were not told what the documents said before or after signing them.

Another practitioner from the same community was told to sign a statement. The document said, among other things, that she had been deceived into suing Jiang and that she had decided to sever ties with Falun Gong. The practitioner refused to cooperate.

Threats

Besides deceiving practitioners, the Jinsha Community authorities tried to coerce the practitioners into signing the false statements in other ways.

A practitioner was the sole caretaker for her husband who had cancer and her paralyzed daughter. The authorities threatened to put her away in a brainwashing center.

The authorities threatened to fire a practitioner’s son who worked for the town government. The son had to force his mother into signing the documents.

After the authorities frequently broke into a practitioner’s home and harassed her and her family, her son and daughter-in-law were terrified. They not only signed the documents against the practitioner’s will, but also prohibited her from meditating or leaving the house.

Authorities in Ebaoshan Community threatened to revoke the local practitioners’ pensions if they refused to sign. They also ordered a practitioner and the family to turn in their personal identifications until the practitioner signed.

Some authorities were unwilling participants in persecuting practitioners. Many times they told the practitioners that they were under pressure from their superiors to get their signatures. They had to ask the practitioners to stop practicing Falun Gong because it was causing them “a lot of trouble.”

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Public Screening of Documentary ‘Hard to Believe’ in New Zealand Gets Warm Response

August 21, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner

Public Screening of Documentary Hard to Believe in New Zealand Gets Warm Response

(Minghui.org) The documentary Hard to Believe by director Ken Stone reveals China’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit. The film, which has won many awards, was shown to the public at the Paramount Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand on the evening of August 16, 2016, with a full-house audience.

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Theater venue

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Audience member asks questions after the film screening.

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Invited guests answer questions from the viewers.

A question and answer session was held after the screening. Marama Davidson, Member of Parliament (MP) of the Green Party, moderated the session. Journalist Ethan Gutmann, who participated in investigating the live organ harvesting, Jaya Gibson, and Angela Ballantyne, president of the International Association of Bioethics and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice in University of Otago Wellington, answered questions from the viewers on the spot. Jacob Lavee, professor of surgery at the Faculty of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University and president of the Israel Society of Transplantation, answered questions via a videoconference.

After watching the documentary, many viewers wished to know what they could do to help stop the atrocities. Gutmann said that each one could tell his doctor about the topic and raise awareness in their community.

MP Davidson said she felt that live organ harvesting should not be happening. She said she would study more and initiate a resolution like those passed by the U.S. Congress and European Parliament to help stop the horrible crimes in China.

Well-known human rights lawyer Kerry Gore watched the documentary in the theater. He said, “We noticed that resolution H.Res 343 passed in the U.S. Congress. It is an important step to recognize the Communist Party’s crime of live organ harvesting. The live organ harvesting must stop. I believe that New Zealand parliament shall pass a similar resolution.”

Dame Margaret Sparrow, a well-known doctor, also watched the documentary in the theater. She said it was her first time hearing about the systematic live organ harvesting, and she was shocked. She indicated it was “intolerable, completely wrong, and a grave trampling of human rights.” She believed that any medical person would object the crime.

Ben Gray, a doctor, said he had received information about the live organ harvesting atrocities before, but felt it was hard to believe. He believed the existence of the crime after watching the film, and listened to the answers. He said, “As a doctor, I will convince politicians with my profession. I hope that a code like that in Israel can be passed in New Zealand to make organ transplantation touring to China illegal.”

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Christina Thinrauch, who works for the railway, watched the documentary.

Christina Thinrauch, who works for the railway bureau, watched the documentary, and said that the live organ harvesting was horrible. She said that each patient going to China for organs needs to know the source. In this way, each one can help stop the evil crime.

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Category: Organ Harvesting

Falun Gong Practitioners in Norway and Melbourne Protest CCP’s Denial of Travel to Wang Zhiwen

August 20, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents in Norway and Melbourne

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Oslo held a peaceful protest in front of the Chinese Embassy to Norway on August 13, 2016, calling for the Chinese Communist Party’s regime to allow Falun Gong practitioner Wang Zhiwen to travel out of the country. On August 16, Falun Gong practitioners in Melbourne, Australia, held a protest in front of the Chinese Consulate for the same reason.

Mr. Wang Zhiwen, a well-known former coordinator of the Falun Dafa Association, was denied travel abroad to visit his daughter in the United States. The practitioners called for the government to reissue Wang’s passport and allow him to travel abroad.

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In front of the Chinese Embassy in Norway, Falun Gong practitioners protest China’s invalidating Wang Zhiwen’s passport.

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Falun Gong practitioners in Melbourne, Australia, protest in front of the Chinese Consulate, calling for the CCP to free Wang Zhiwen.

When the communist regime began its persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, Wang was one of the first to be arrested. He was subsequently imprisoned for 15 years and brutally tortured. In prison, all of his teeth were broken, his nails were pierced with toothpicks, and he was restrained with 50-pound shackles in solitary confinement.

Wang has been under house arrest and constant surveillance since he was released from prison in 2014. His daughter Danielle Wang, a U.S. citizen, and son-in-law Jeff Nanarella went to Beijing recently in an attempt to bring him to the U.S. However, border agents in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, told him his passport had been revoked and refused to allow him to leave the country.

Mr. Fan Huiqiang, spokesperson for the Australian Falun Dafa Association in Victoria, strongly condemned the CCP for refusing to allow Wang to travel. He said, “We urge CCP officials at all levels, including Chinese Consulate employees, to see the current situation clearly. The persecution of Falun Gong was dictated by Jiang Zambian, but now he is facing imminent arrest. If you choose to follow him, you will go down with him.”

Falun Gong practitioners all over the world are protesting, calling for the Chinese government to issue Mr. Wang a passport and allow him to join his daughter in the U.S.

Related article in Chinese:
挪威法轮功学员中使馆前声援王治文(图)

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Family Denied State Compensation for Xinjiang Engineer’s Unnatural Death

August 18, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Xinjiang Province

(Minghui.org) The family of an imprisoned woman who died an unnatural death has been denied state compensation. Ms. Zhao Shuyuan’s son filed an appeal to the Xinjiang Province Prison Management Bureau the day after she died, but it is unclear whether he had received a response before his mother’s body was forcibly cremated by the authorities on August 8. Ms. Zhao, a Falun Gong practitioner, was incarcerated for filing a criminal complaint against former dictator Jiang Zemin for launching the devastating 17-year persecution of Falun Gong.

Death within 83 Days of Prison Admission

Ms. Zhao, an engineer from Karamay, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, died within 83 days of her prison admission for filing her criminal complaint against Jiang. She accused the former Chinese dictator of initiating the persecution of Falun Gong that resulted in her lengthy imprisonment in the past.

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Ms. Zhao Shuyuan

Family Accuses Prison of Dereliction

The 52-year-old Ms. Zhao was transferred to Xinjiang Women’s Prison in Urumqi on May 3 to serve a five-year term. Her health quickly declined, as the guards kept force-feeding and torturing her.

Meanwhile, the prison repeatedly denied Ms. Zhao’s family’s requests to have her released on medical parole. Even after she lost consciousness on three occasions, the prison still refused to render her proper treatment.

Ms. Zhao died on July 22.

According to China’s state compensation law, inmates are entitled to state compensation if they are injured or die as a result of abuse, mistreatment, or other human rights violation imposed on them by prison workers. Families of deceased inmates may further request compensation for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Ms. Zhao’s son and his two lawyers filed a state compensation request to the prison on July 26, demanding a total of 2 million yuan in special damages (covering medical expenses, funeral expenses, and loss of earnings) and general damages (covering mental suffering).

They accused the prison of dereliction that resulted in Ms. Zhao’s unnatural death.

The prison issued a decision one week later to deny state compensation. The very next day, on August 8, they had Ms. Zhao’s body cremated.

Timeline of Key Events Surrounding Ms. Zhao’s Final Months

November 5, 2015
Ms. Zhao was arrested in her hometown of Karamay, Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

February 17, 2016
Ms. Zhao was tried without her lawyers’ knowledge.

March 7, 2016
Ms. Zhao was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

May 3, 2016
Ms. Zhao was transferred to Xinjiang Women’s Prison in Urumqi.

May 10, 2016
Ms. Zhao was taken to Xinjiang Medical School Fifth Affiliated Hospital for a required checkup. The doctors reported she was in good health.

May 31, 2016
Ms. Zhao’s two lawyers met with her and were shocked to notice she had lost a significant amount of weight. They immediately filed a verbal request for her medical parole, but were turned down.

June 23, 2016
Ms. Zhao’s son and her lawyers submitted a written request for her medical parole, but were again unsuccessful.

June 26, 2016
Ms. Zhao lost consciousness and was rushed to Xinjiang Medical School Fifth Affiliated Hospital. When she came to hours later, the guards immediately took her back to prison, despite the doctors’ warning that her condition could deteriorate quickly without inpatient care.

July 12, 2016
Ms. Zhao passed out again and was sent to Xinjiang Air Force Hospital. The doctors said she was in serious condition, but she was again taken back to prison as soon as she regained consciousness later that day.

July 19, 2016
Ms. Zhao lost consciousness for a third time. She woke up about four hours later, only to slip into a coma shortly afterwards.

The doctors at Xinjiang Medical School Fifth Affiliated Hospital issued a critical condition notice at 6:00 p.m., but the prison insisted she be taken back, citing lack of funds to cover her medical expenses.

Her family strongly requested that Ms. Zhao stay in the hospital for further treatment at their own expense. The prison officials relented, but it was too late.

July 22, 2016
Ms. Zhao died at 6:05 p.m.

July 25, 2016
Ms. Zhao’s son hired two lawyers to help his family seek state compensation for his mother’s unnatural death.

July 26, 2016
The lawyers filed a written request for state compensation to Xinjiang Women’s Prison.

August 2, 2016
The prison issued a decision to reject the family’s state compensation request. Ms. Zhao’s son filed an autopsy request on the same day.

August 3, 2016
Ms. Zhao’s son filed an appeal to the Xinjiang Province Prison Management Bureau, hoping the agency would reverse the prison’s decision.

August 7, 2016
The prison hired a medical examiner to perform an autopsy on Ms. Zhao’s body. It is unclear if her family was given the autopsy results.

August 8, 2016
The prison had Ms. Zhao’s body cremated.

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Category: Deaths

Everyone Should Stop Being Accessories to the Persecution of Falun Gong

August 08, 2016 | By Yiyan

(Minghui.org) Around this time 17 years ago, the Chinese Communist Party launched an unprecedented campaign against practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline based on the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

Since then, countless citizens have been arrested, tortured, or even killed for their organs simply because of their faith. Many people who do not practice Falun Gong have also been hostile to practitioners, due to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) continuous propaganda against the practice.

Such relentless persecution has never dampened Falun Gong practitioners’ efforts to raise awareness of what the CCP is capable of doing to their citizens.

Many non-practitioners have come to admire the courage and determination of practitioners over the years. Some even openly published statements on the Minghui website to nullify negative things that they said about Falun Gong and Falun Gong practitioners in the past. They vowed to stop being accessories to the persecution and were determined to stand up for Falun Gong.

Below is such a statement written by a man named Guo Fengfa, who’s wife practices Falun Gong:

“I am an 81-year-old man. My wife began to practice Falun Gong in 1996, and she soon quit smoking and saw her chronic cough go away. What I liked most was that she was no longer that dominant and bad-tempered wife. I couldn’t thank Falun Gong enough for giving me a much better marriage.

“The persecution that started three years later, however, terrified me, as I didn’t want my family to get implicated because of my wife’s belief. I did everything possible to try to stop her from practicing Falun Gong. I even blamed Falun Gong and its founder for getting my family into trouble.

“My wife, though, never wavered in her faith. As the years went on, I gradually came to see that she’d done nothing wrong by exercising her constitutional right to freedom of belief. Falun Gong only taught her to be a good wife. I should never have badmouthed Falun Gong and its founder. I now openly declare that what I said in the past about the practice is null and void.

“Falun Gong is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”

Mr. Guo’s statement reminded me of many other people who are still being deceived by the CCP, or haven’t plucked up the courage to say a fair word for Falun Gong.

It is my sincere hope that they too will soon realize that Falun Gong practitioners should never have been persecuted for their belief. I believe that the persecution will end earlier if they stop abetting the persecution and stand up for their fellow citizens’ right to freedom of belief.

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Category: Opinion & Perspective

Returning to Falun Dafa Gave Me a Healthy New Heart

August 17, 2016 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) My life had been very difficult for many years. Things at work were unpleasant with everyone fighting with one another, trying to get ahead, and the competition was overwhelming. As a result, I did not eat or sleep well.

My health was poor. I had chronic pain, dizziness, and a very troubling heart condition. I felt pessimistic. No amount of pills, injections, or physical therapy helped. On a daily basis, I suffered from chest and back pain, an irregular heartbeat, and shortness of breath.

I fell down several times on my way to work, rendering me unconscious. The last time it happened, I felt like I was on the verge of death. The feeling persisted, and I was always worried.

Since I felt like I was dying and had nothing to lose, I decided to try cultivating Falun Dafa again. I contacted someone who practices and borrowed a copy of the book The Great Way of Spiritual Perfection.

Because of the persecution, it has been difficult to acquire Falun Dafa books, so I hand copied it and gave back the original.

I would transcribe the book after my grandson went to school. I even drew all the exercise figures and diagrams. It took me nearly three hours just to complete the pictures. When I was done, I felt as though my body had been completely transformed. I felt like a strong and healthy young man.

I no longer sensed that I had any health problems. I rode my bicycle to my grandson’s school to pick him up. Pedaling the bike was easy—it felt like someone was pushing me along.

Since I began practicing Falun Dafa again, I have been in excellent health. The results of a complete heart exam showed that my heart disease was gone. My doctor was very pleased and curious about my improvement.

I sincerely thank Master Li Hongzhi for giving me a new life.

Category: Health Benefits

After 8-Year Sentence, Falun Gong Practitioner Denied Lawyer Visits

August 16, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Beijing, China

(Minghui.org) After an intermediate court upheld Ms. Wang Lei’s eight-year prison sentence for her spiritual belief in Falun Gong, the communist authorities prevented her lawyer from visiting her.

When the lawyer went to visit Ms. Wang at a detention facility in Beijing on June 30, 2016, after filing another appeal against the intermediate court for upholding the sentence, his request to see her was turned down by the guards, who claimed that the lawyer could meet with Ms. Wang only after she was taken to prison.

The guards also asked for a long list of legal documents before approving his visit, including a visitation approval letter from the Beijing Prison Management Office, a receipt of the complaint he filed through the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, Ms. Wang’s appeal, and the lawyer’s representation documents.

According to Ms. Wang’s family, her appeal had been seized by the detention facility long before. When the lawyer went to the Beijing Prison Management office to request a visitation letter, he was given the runaround.

“It’s very obvious that they are trying to cover up what amounts to a trumped-up case,” said Ms. Wang’s lawyer.

“My client was sentenced on the charge of ‘undermining law enforcement.’ But there has never been any law that says practicing Falun Gong is illegal. She was exercising her constitutional rights to freedom of belief and speech. There is no evidence that she caused any damage to the society or law enforcement just by practicing Falun Gong. And, yet, she was given such a heavy sentence of 8 years.”

He criticized the judges for rubber-stamping Mr. Wang’s sentence and assisting in the persecution of Falun Gong.

Ms. Wang Lei was arrested with a dozen other practitioners on February 26, 2014. The police did not inform her family of her arrest, nor did they allow them to visit after they learned she had been arrested.

After she was detained for over a year, Beijing Fangshan District Court sentenced her to eight years on November 24, 2015. Her family was not informed.

After her appeal, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court upheld her sentence on February 24, 2016.

Ms. Wang was transferred to the detention center in Daxing District in March 2016 and subjected to intensive brainwashing. The guards beat her to try to force her to renounce Falun Gong.

After the persecution began in 1999, Ms. Wang was repeatedly arrested and sent to forced labor camps four times, where she was shocked with electric batons, beaten, force-fed, and deprived of sleep. She suffered several episodes of psychosis as a result of the torture.

Related report:
Woman Suffers Relapse of Torture-induced Psychosis, Still Tried and Sentenced to 8 Years

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Category: Accounts of Persecution