Uppsala, Sweden: People Learn about Falun Gong at Cultural Festival

September 17, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Sweden

(Minghui.org) Home to the oldest university in Scandinavia, Uppsala is a well-known town with diverse culture. During a recent annual cultural festival, Falun Gong practitioners introduced people to the meditation system rooted in ancient Chinese culture.

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One practitioner tells a man about Falun Gong exercises.

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A man signs a petition to help practitioners persecuted for their belief in China.

Local resident Erik Olsson said he had seen practitioners at the event in previous years. He said he was glad to meet the practitioners, but at the same time felt sad because the persecution of Falun Gong in China has not stopped.

Intrigued by the peaceful exercises, two women asked many questions and found local exercise groups they could join. Like Olsson, they signed petitions calling to end the 16-year-long persecution in China.

Many Chinese students and tourists came to the event. One young woman said she was happy to see Falun Gong practitioners. “I came here a week earlier for study and didn’t we have Falun Gong practitioners here,” she said. She mentioned that her parents used to practice Falun Gong in China, but stopped after the meditation practice was banned by the communist government in 1999.

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Two Chinese read about Falun Gong, information that’s heavily censored in China after the suppression of the meditation practice began in 1999.

Tuula, a native Swede, said she would tell more people about the benefits of Falun Gong. “Helping people know the truth is important, and I will keep doing things like this,” she said.

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A man learns Falun Gong exercises.

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Category: Other Community Events

Head of Household Arrested for Entire Family’s Criminal Complaint Against Jiang Zemin

September 18, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Shandong Province

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Kemin and his family filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) , who launched the persecution of Falun Gong.

Mr. Zhang lives in Hebeiwopo Village of Wanjia Town, Pingdu, Shandong Province.

Du Ruihua, director of the Wanjiaa Appeals Office and other Pingdu officials went to Mr. Zhang’s home on the afternoon of August 3, 2015.

They tried to intimidate the family. With them, they had the criminal complaint that Mr. Zhang’s family had submitted to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate a month prior.

An officer from the Pingdu Police Department asked if Mr. Zhang’s daughter practiced Falun Gong. Mr. Zhang replied that his entire family practices. He said that his daughter’s grades improved greatly after she began the practice.

Du Ruihua asked Mr. Zhang’s daughter if she did indeed practice.

She said yes. She picked up a Falun Gong informational calendar on the table and showed it to Du. She told Du that Falun Gong is freely practiced throughout the world.

Interrogated and Handcuffed

The officer from the Pingdu Police Department called the local police station when he saw a computer and printer in Mr. Zhang’s home. Three officers from the station came and confiscated the computer, printer, Falun Gong books and many more items.

They arrested Mr. Zhang and took him to the police station. Mr. Zhang explained the the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong and that many people have quit the CCP and its affiliated organization.

The officers interrogated him and cuffed him to a chair.

Agents from the 610 Office arrived around 9:00 p.m. One agent asked him for information about his contacts. Another agent turned on the computer and demanded that he answer all questions as if Mr. Zhang was giving a deposition during a legal proceeding.

“Speaking of legality, who are you?” Mr. Zhang asked.

The agent answered that he was from the Pingdu Police Department. Mr. Zhang asked to see his badge, which the agent refused to do.

The agent asked him why he practiced Falun Gong. He told him that he had many ailments and regained his health as a result of the practice. After the interrogation, the agent asked him to check the transcript of his statements.

“It says here that you showed me your badge, but you didn’t. You are lying,” said Mr. Zhang. The agent agreed to delete the statement.

Then three more agents arrived. Mr. Zhang asked them if they were CCP members.

“Quit the CCP if you are. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate has accepted my criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin,” he said. “Li Dongsheng, the head of the 610 Office was arrested. What are you guys going to do when you have to face justice for being a part of this?”

Mr. Zhang was released at 11:30 p.m.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Washington DC: Forum Explores Movement to Prosecute Former Chinese Dictator

September 18, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent in Washington D.C.

(Minghui.org) A forum held at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 15 discussed the current movement in which thousands are suing former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for persecuting Falun Gong. Representatives of the Falun Gong group, lawyers, and human rights advocates provided historical background, personal testimony and analysis of the movement’s significance.

Frank Lee, spokesperson for Falun Dafa Association in Washington D.C., said Chinese citizens are risking their lives by filing criminal complaints against Jiang. “Facing a totalitarian regime, they did so using their real identifies, including name, address, and personal information. We admire their courage and selflessness,” he said.

Jiang launched the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, explained Lee. At least 178,000 criminal complaints have been filed against Jiang between late May to mid-September. Most of these complaints come from China with copies submitted to the Minghui website and some have been from plaintiffs residing in other countries including the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

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A forum was hosted on September 15 by the Falun Dafa Association in Washington D.C. to support lawsuits against Jiang Zemin.

An Act of Conscience

Lee said these lawsuits will not only bring Jiang to justice, but will also provide a clearer picture of the persecution of Falun Gong.

Since the persecution began in 1999, the government-controlled media in China has been spreading defamatory propaganda both in China and overseas, explained Lee. He said that when a large number of Chinese people were misled and became hostile towards practitioners, they became numb to this severe human rights violation. And this acquiescence led to even harsher mistreatment of practitioners, including organ harvesting from living practitioners, said Lee.

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Frank Lee, spokesperson for Falun Dafa Association in Washington D.C.

Criminal Responsibility and Civil Liability

Human rights lawyer Ye Ning said that more than 300,000 practitioners in China have been subjected to detention or imprisonment. Minghui has confirmed nearly 4,000 deaths of practitioners as a result of abuse in police custody.

Mr. Ye brought up the fact that the United States signed the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide in 1988 and that the first prosecution for crimes against humanity took place at the Nuremberg Trials following the World War II.

The systematic and massive suppression of Falun Gong practitioners in China, especially live organ harvesting, should be opposed by all governments and organizations, he said.

In addition to criminal responsibility, Ye said that Jiang should also be held civilly liable because tens of millions of practitioners and their families suffered as a result of the suppression.

Suing Jiang Will Bring Real Changes

Martin McMahon, a civil rights lawyer who practices in New York and Washington D.C., said he was encouraged by the movement to bring Jiang to justice.

When a communist-regime backed physical assault against Falun Gong practitioners took place in 2003 in the US, McMahon accepted the practitioners’ case. “The violence stopped within 24 hours after the lawsuit was filed,” McMahon said.

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Civil rights lawyer Martin McMahon has represented practitioners in lawsuits against Jiang.

McMahon recently submitted several lawsuits against Jiang on behalf Falun Gong practitioners. His assistant, Jameson Fox, said the peaceful and persistent efforts of practitioners to raise awareness of this issue will eventually bring real changes.

Path to a Better Future

Human rights advocate Wei Jingsheng said the downfall of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is inevitable. “The Party is vicious and it has consistently harmed Chinese people. No one with a conscience would want to side with it and share in its ill fate.”

Dr. Charles Lee, spokesperson for the Tuidang (Quit-the CCP) Center, said that the number of Chinese people who have formally renounced the CCP and affiliated organizations is now over 200 million, a movement that began in late 2004.

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Human rights advocate Wei Jingsheng

At least ten Falun Gong practitioners in Washington D.C. have filed criminal complaints against Jiang and several of them gave testimonies at the forum.

Plaintiff Wang Chunrong was arrested three times and her home was ransacked each time. She used to be the chairperson of the Board of Directors at a large accounting firm. For her belief in Falun Gong, she was first sent to Masanjia Labor Camp and then to the Liaoning Province Women’s Prison.

“In the persecution of Falun Gong, Jiang has committed genocide, torture, and crimes against humanity,” Wang said. “This has created tremendous pain and loss for practitioners and their families. Suing Jiang will help stop this tragedy.”

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin