Sweden: Support Builds for Lawsuits Against Former Chinese Dictator

October 28, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Sweden

(Minghui.org) Following a signature drive in front of Chinese Embassy on October 10, 2015, Falun Gong practitioners from across Sweden gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm again on October 24. They raised awareness and collected more signatures in support of the movement in which thousands are suing former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin for initiating the persecution of Falun Gong.

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Falun Gong meditation and peaceful demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy

Many more people had an opportunity to learn about the benefits of Falun Gong and the 16-year brutal persecution of this ancient spiritual discipline in China.

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“It’s inconceivable…too evil,” said a middle-aged couple, after they hearda practitioner explain how the Chinese Communist Party defamed Falun Gong with fabricated stories, including the staged “self-immolation” on Tiananmen Square, and how the regime has gone so far as to harvest organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit.

Many signed the petition when they learned that Jiang launched and directed the persecution of Falun Gong and that more than 190,000 Chinese people have recently filed criminal complaints against him.

The couple and many others said they hoped Jiang Zemin would be brought to justice as soon as possible.

Chinese version available

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Court Officials Obstruct Attorney’s Defense of a Falun Gong Practitioner

October 30, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) Ms. Li Xianying was tried for her belief in Falun Gong on October 9, 2015 in Jilin Province. The Yongji County Court prevented her lawyer from attending the trial. In addition, the court notified her family members just one day before the trial of the trial date, in violation of existing Chinese procedural legal requirements.

Ms. Li Xianying was arrested by officers from the Chengnan Police Station, Yongji County Police Department and Yongji County 610 Office on the morning of July 1, 2015. The police ransacked her home.

She was detained at the Jilin City Brainwashing Center and then transferred to the Hongqi Detention Center.

The police did not contact her family on July 8, and when they did it was to extort 200 yuan from them for physical exam fees. They also failed to notify them on approval of the arrest.

Ms. Li’s daughter decided to hire an attorney for her mother on September 29. She notified her mother using express mail. The Yongji County Police Department and the 610 Office heard about it and scheduled the trial at 9:30 a.m. on October 9, but only notified Ms. Li’s family on October 8, one day before the trial. This violated the law that the court should notify the family members three days in advance.

Meanwhile, the court sent two local community staff members to coerce Ms. Li’s daughter into dismissing the attorney.

Ms. Li’s attorney still managed to file all the required documents on time on October 9. However, Judge Ju Wenyao demanded that the attorney have his qualifications verified by the justice bureau.

The justice bureau validated the attorney’s qualifications and notified the judge over the phone. However the judge repeatedly asked the same questions about the validation in order to trap the attorney at the justice bureau and delay his attending the trial.

Finally the phone conversation was over and the attorney went back to the court. However, he could not find judge Ju Wenyao, and the judge refused to answer his phone. Court officials told the attorney that the trial was already over.

Chinese version available

Category: Accounts of Persecution

A Letter to Master Li Hongzhi: You Have Truly Blessed Us

October 30, 2015 | By a Falun Gong supporter in China

(Minghui.org)

Greetings, respected Master Li!

For various reasons, we do not practice Falun Gong [also known as Falun Dafa], but from your Dafa disciples we have witnessed the goodness and power of Falun Dafa and feel your compassion and magnificence.

This letter as an expression of our most sincere gratitude and profound respect!

My two siblings and I are now over 60 years old, and have experienced numerous sufferings under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). When we were young, we went through three years of “natural disasters,” which are now widely known to have been man-made. We suffered from hunger at an early age.

During our teenage years, we fell victim to the “Cultural Revolution.” We received no education, but were classified as “educated youths” and forced to do labor in the mountains and on farms. When we reached our working age, the “reform and open policy” came. State-owned enterprises were restructured and unemployment soared. That brought great crises to our family.

I had to seek work far away from home to survive, leaving the weight of the entire family squarely on my elder brother’s shoulders.

My father worked hard and was very competent. He succeeded with great efforts to accumulate a small amount of savings and a few possessions. The CCP labeled him an “urban petty bourgeois.” His property was confiscated and became part of the so-called collective property. His grievances turned to depression and despair that eventually manifested into illnesses, and eventually his death.

My two siblings were left to take care of our mother until she passed away.After my divorce, I had no choice but to hand over my two children to my sister to raise. She took care of them without a word of complaint, and without asking for, or getting a penny for their support.

Her husband and their three children were all sickly and needed a lot of medication. Their family was already in dire straits financially. Then, she took in my two children, making their situation worse. Her husband was so angry that he wanted a divorce.

When my sister was taken to a forced labor camp because of her belief in Falun Gong, I had no choice but to return home.

After both my siblings started practicing Falun Gong, I witnessed the positive changes in their manner and conduct.

My elder sister used to be impetuous, feisty and arrogant. Right or wrong, she had to win. She developed all kinds of illnesses, with one terminal that almost ended her life. Funeral arrangements had even been made.

However, she began practicing Falun Dafa and became healthy and illness-free. Now, she walks with a spring in her step. She looks much younger than her actual age.

My elder brother is very capable, but he was stubborn and valued money too much. After he started practicing Falun Dafa his behavior and attitude improved dramatically.

Both my siblings are energetic and cheerful. They don’t look like people who are fast approaching 70. Because they have personally benefited from Dafa, they go about telling everybody about Falun Dafa, so much so that some relatives and friends have also started practicing.

Our family owns a small house on a street in the prime location. There is a small shop on the ground floor, so living there and managing a business are both very convenient.

After I returned home, my brother said to me: “Dafa’s Master teaches us to be good people and to always think of others first. We want to give you the house. Your sister and all our children are in agreement. The house is all yours now.”

After her husband’s death, my elder sister now lives alone on a very small pension. Her son is grown up. He and his wife are both out of work and living in a rented property. Their two daughters own homes but have accumulated a bit of debt. All in all, their financial situation is rather tense.

My elder brother and his wife are retired and living on a fixed retirement income. Their two children are adults now and independent, but not well-off.

If they sold the house and each took a share from the sale, that would certainly help each of them improve their lives. But, my siblings made their decision and their children raised no objection, and complied with respect and understanding.

Nowadays, lawsuits abound, with lots of families fighting each other for inheritance and turn into sworn enemies. My current wife just couldn’t believe what was happening in our family until all of the property deeds were complete.

She was greatly touched, and sighed, “Falun Gong people are really different. They don’t even fight for things they have a right to. They gave us the house of their own free will. We are truly beneficiaries of their Master Li. Falun Dafa has truly blessed us.”

When my sister talks to my wife about Falun Gong, my wife is very receptive. My wife and I have both withdrawn our memberships in the Chinese Communist Party and all its affiliates. We also follow my sister’s suggestion to recite, often and with reverence: “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”

One night, my wife experienced a terrible stomachache and was in a great deal of pain. She remembered that my sister had taught her the Falun Gong exercises, so she started doing them. Before she even finished the first exercise her stomach pain had disappeared.

I want to take this opportunity to send greetings from all my family members to Master Li Hongzhi! It’s our dearest wish that Falun Gong will spread throughout the world!

We also hope that everyone who has been blinded by the lies of the Communist Party will learn the facts and see that “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” so they can make the right choice for their future!

Thank you once again, Master Li!

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Category: People in China Awaken to the Truth

Brisbane, Australia: Chinese Tourists Learn the Truth About Falun Gong

October 28, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Zhao Lin

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Annie lives in Brisbane, the third most populous city in Australia. Annie has gone to King George Square every day over the past several years.

“I have personally benefited from the practice and I would like to share it with more people,” she said. More specifically, Chinese tourists have been misled by the hate propaganda in China and they are very hostile towards Falun Gong practitioners. “These people need to know the real story of Falun Gong,” she said.

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A tourist listens to a practitioner explaining facts of Falun Gong.

One example is a middle aged woman Annie met October 23. “Why are you always against China?” the woman asked, angrily. “Don’t you want China to be stronger and better?”

Annie explained to her with patience, “I love China, both the long history and its traditional culture; but I do not like the totalitarian regime treating people so badly.” She then briefly reviewed how peaceful Falun Gong practitioners were severely suppressed in China for their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

Upon hearing how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) brutally persecuted practitioners, such as organ harvesting from living people, the woman changed her attitude. In the end, she thanked Annie and agreed to separate herself from the CCP.

More than 30 Chinese tourists agreed to sever ties with the CCP organizations on that day. Among them was a group of seven tourists. They took pictures and accepted information on how to access overseas websites from China by special internet tools.

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One Chinese tourist agrees to quit the CCP organization.

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Ningxia Woman’s Ordeal: Forced Labor, Prison Sentence and Torture

October 29, 2015 | By Su Qingling

(Minghui.org) I am Su Qingling, 47, a Falun Gong practitioner. I am a former employee of the Yanghe County Forest Management Station, Yongning County, Ningxia Province.

In my youth, I came down with epilepsy and also was diagnosed with other illnesses. My marriage and work life was very difficult because of my health condition.

However, after I began to practice Falun Gong in 1997, I became healthy, no longer had to take medication, and could do the household chores and my job well. My family was amazed by the effectiveness of Falun Gong and were very supportive.

After the onset of the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, I refused to renounce my faith. I was arrested four times, given a three-year forced labor sentence in 2001 and was detained for 42 months after my arrest in 2004. I was tortured while in detention.

My work place fired me upon my release in January 2009, and I was harassed by police during the Chinese Communist regime’s sensitive dates. My husband divorced me two years later, because he feared being implicated.

Three Years of Forced Labor

The police arrested me in September 2000, because they heard that local practitioners planned to go to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. I was detained for 15 days.

I was arrested again one month later and detained in the Yinchuan City Detention Center. I was forced to work for long hours daily. The police brought my family members to the detention center, a total of 8 people, to persuade me to renounce Falun Gong. I refused and was given three years of forced labor.

After eight months of detention, I was taken to the Yinchuan Women’s Labor Camp on June 27, 2001. The guards tried to make me give up Falun Gong. They took turns talking to me around the clock and deprived me of sleep for a week. Then, my epilepsy relapsed a day after they stopped the torture.

I was released on May 21, 2003, a few months earlier than my term.

Tiger Bench Torture

I was arrested again in April 2004 and detained for 20 days.

Next, I was arrested at work on July 19, 2005. The police ransacked my home. Then, I was taken to the Yinchuan City Detention Center, where I was forced to work about 10 hours daily.

When I asked that my work quota be reduced, I was tortured on the tiger bench for three days and nights. I could only move my head.

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Torture illustration: Tiger bench

My arrest was approved in August and the first hearing was held at the end of 2005 and ended without a verdict.

I went on a hunger strike on February 6, 2006 to protest the intense forced labor. I was again tortured with the tiger bench. I was brutally force fed while on the tiger bench. They inserted the feeding tube through my nose and caused bleeding

The doctor of the detention center released me after three days.

Tortured After Missing Work Quota

I was sentenced to a 42 month prison term during the second hearing on February 26, 2006, and transferred to the Yinchuan Women’s Prison on May 18.

At the prison, I was forced to work long hours and tortured if did not meet my quota.

Practitioners were forced to attend brainwashing sessions. The food we were given was poor and restroom visits were limited.

My brother was not allowed to see me before he left China. My sister was also denied visitation rights, although she had come all the way from Canada.

When I was released on January 18, 2009, I learned that I was fired from my job. I tried to appeal, but without success. County government officials refused to meet with me to discuss the matter.

As a practitioner, it was difficult to find even a temporary job. When I was hired for a janitor job, I was fired after the manager learned that I was a practitioner. However, with the help of several co-workers I was not let go in the end.

Family Implicated and Harassed

My husband used to support my practicing Falun Gong. But after the onset of the persecution, the local police kept harassing me. My husband could not take the stress and pressure. He cooperated with the police to monitor me and then divorced me.

My son became withdrawn socially because of my situation.

One of my older brothers was once detained for three days in the police station in 2000, even though he is not a practitioner. My other brother immigrated to Canada because of the pressure. My other brothers, sister-in-laws and relatives were also affected to some extent, and many did not want to associate with me any longer.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

BMJ Blog Publishes “China’s Semantic Trick With Prisoner Organs”

October 29, 2015

(Minghui.org) The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), a weekly peer reviewed medical journal, published a blog entry entitled, “China’s semantic trick with prisoner organs” on October 15, 2015, by K. Allison, et al.

The authors stated, “Since 2006, mounting evidence suggests that prisoners of conscience are killed for their organs in China with the brutally persecuted Buddhist practice, Falun Gong, among others, being the primary target. This issue has increasingly captured the attention of public media (e.g. BBC radio report and recent SBS and CBC television reports) and the political sphere (e.g. the European Parliament resolution ‘Organ harvesting in China’ of 12 December 2013 and the like named European Parliament workshop on 21 April 2015).”

Under pressure from the international community, China transplant officials admitted to harvesting organs from death-row prisoners years ago, to shift attention to its practice of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience. But the World Medical Association (WMA) states unmistakably in its policy that “in jurisdictions where the death penalty is practised, executed prisoners must not be considered as organ and/or tissue donors.”

To avoid continued external criticism, “On 3 December 2014, the director of the China Organ Donation Committee and former vice-minister of health, Huang Jiefu, announced that China would cease using death-row prisoners’ organs for transplantation after January 2015. Since then, many medical professionals and international journalists have believed that China has stopped using executed prisoners as a source of organs. This, however, is a misjudgement of the situation in China.”

The authors pointed out that, “The term ‘death-row prisoners’ organs’ to which Huang referred is different from the common definition of prisoner organs. The announcement by Huang refers to the intention to stop the use of organs illegally harvested without the consent of the prisoners. If ‘consent’ is obtained, organ procurement from executed prisoners is legal according to current Chinese laws.

“These prisoner organs procured with ‘consent’ are now classified as voluntary donations from citizens. The re-defining of prisoners as regular citizens in this context is facilitated by the fact that there is currently no law in China that distinguishes prisoners from regular citizens for organ sourcing.

“However the use of ‘voluntarily donated’ prisoner organs in China continues to violate international ethical guidelines. It is a fundamental principle in transplant medicine that organ donations must be made voluntarily, which in turn requires autonomous, informed decision making. Even with ‘consent,’ using organs from prisoners is not acceptable: prisoners are neither free from coercion nor always fully informed, nor able to freely consent, nor are their families.

“Such organs are still being used for transplantation, but are no longer considered as prisoner organs in China:

China Daily reported on 4 December 2014: ‘Prisoners are still among the qualified candidates for donations, but their organs will be registered in the computerised system instead of being used for private trades, which will be the main difference in the future, Huang told reporters.’

People’s Daily reported on January 28, 2015: ‘According to Huang Jiefu, death-row prisoners are also citizens. The law does not deprive them of the right to donate organs. If death-row prisoners are willing to atone for their crime by donating organs, they should be encouraged.’

“All these statements collectively deliver a clear message: death-row prisoners are still allowed or perhaps even encouraged to ‘voluntarily’ supply organs in China. These organs are now classified as voluntary donations from citizens.”

Apparently, China plays a semantic trick on the issue. Prisoner organs are continuously harvested under a different saying to avoid condemnation. “China’s semantic trick with prisoner organs works very ‘successfully’ and has already begun to bear fruit.”

The authors noted, “Still, there is currently great confusion in the international community regarding this issue due to a lack of transparency in China. For example, at the European Parliament workshop on ‘organ harvesting in China’ on 21 April 2015, the former president of the Transplant Society (TTS), Francis Delmonico, erroneously stated that ‘organ procurement from executed prisoners has been illegal since 1 January 2015, by the law of China.’ Very recently, Jeremy R Chapman, editor-in-chief of the journal Transplantation, stated in a commentary in the July issue that ‘the use of organs from executed prisoners is now, by government mandate, illegal.’ These interpretations are in clear contrast to the aforementioned statements of Chinese transplant officials who in 2015 continue to openly defend prisoner organ ‘donation.’”

Furthermore, the authors found, “The announcement of December 2014 itself is neither a law nor a governmental regulation. It is only at best a statement of good intentions but has no force of law. The announcement is not even mentioned in the policies of the PRC National Health and Family Planning Commission, which administers the China Organ Transplant Response System (COTRS). And to underline the legal uncertainty, the 1984 Regulation that permits the use of executed prisoners’ organs has not been abolished.”

The authors pointed out, “After repeated past unfulfilled promises from China, such as the Chinese Medical Association letter to the WMA in 2007, and the failed Hangzhou Resolution in 2013, announcements alone, without subsequent legal actions and without verification that those respective laws are implemented, should not be regarded as satisfactory by the medical community.

“If this semantic trick (labelling prisoner organs as voluntary donations from citizens) is accepted by the international medical community, China would officially bypass international ethical guidelines, and the unethical practice of organ harvesting from prisoners may become a never-ending story.”

They continued, “Moreover, the new ‘standard’ may foster the increase of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience as well.”

“By re-defining prisoners as regular citizens for ‘voluntary’ organ donation, China’s national organ procurement system may be abused to whitewash organ sourcing from both death-row prisoners and prisoners of conscience.”

They concluded, “Therefore, by reason of international ethical standards and vulnerable populations at risk of abuse, the use of organs from any kind of prisoners must be prohibited by law in China. China must make its organ donation system transparent and verifiable to independent professional organizations and open to international inspections to gain credibility. Until then, sanctions should remain.”

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Category: Organ Harvesting

Sweden: The Beauty of Falun Dafa Featured at Culture Night in Norrkoping

October 28, 2015

(Minghui.org) The beauty of the Chinese meditation practice Falun Dafa was showcased for a fifth consecutive year at the annual Culture Night in Norrkoping, a town in eastern Sweden, on September 26, 2015.

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Falun Dafa open house at Culture Night, Norrkoping, Sweden

Many people visited the Falun Dafa open house, attracted by the diverse program which included: an origami lotus flower workshop, a demonstration of the Falun Gong exercises, and a petition drive for human rights.

The culmination of the event was a screening of the documentary film “Transcending Fear” (2014), which tells the story of prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. Gao, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has been in prison and under arrest for more than five years for defending supporters of Falun Dafa, Christians, and other victims of the Chinese communist regime.

People Eager to Learn about Falun Dafa

A couple and their daughter asked questions about Falun Dafa as they all made lotus flowers. They wanted to know why it is being persecuted in China and if it was a religion. The hosts, local practitioners, explained that Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, became so popular in China that the regime feared it would become more influential than the communist party. The Chinese regime also has a tradition of banning any movement or group not in line with communist ideology, the Cultural Revolution being a prime example of state-sponsored destruction of traditional culture and values. The target this time was Falun Dafa.

Visitors to the open house also learned that Falun Dafa is a method of cultivation rooted in traditional Chinese culture. It helps to improve a person’s character and health. It is free to learn, voluntary, non-religious, and non-political.

Practitioners expose the persecution to help stop even more sinister deeds from being done behind the scenes in China. If nobody talks about these atrocities, the regime will get away with doing even worse things.

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Finding out about Falun Dafa and why it is persecuted in China

Another young family who came to learn more about Falun Dafa signed a petition to stop practitioners from being killed for their organs, which has been happening on a large scale in Chinese prisons and army hospitals.

A man and a woman curious about the Falun Dafa philosophy watched with interest a video presentation about it. The man took a copy of the book Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, which details the Chinese Communist Party’s history of violent campaigns. He also took a copy of the report Bloody Harvest by David Kilgour and David Matas, two Canadian experts who investigated the claims of forced organ harvesting from Falun Dafa practitioners in China.

Others expressed interest in learning the exercises.

Several local newspapers published the program for Culture Night, which included the Falun Dafa open house event. Hundreds of program books were printed and distributed throughout town by the Norrkoping municipality, which sponsors the initiative.

During the last 30 years, Culture Night in Norrkoping has gathered hundreds of artists, musicians, lifestyle enthusiasts, and art lovers from the town and the surrounding Ostergotland region.

Category: Other Community Events