Sundsvall, Sweden: Traveling Art Exhibition Offers Broad Appeal

November 09, 2015 | By a Swedish Falun Gong practitioner

( The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) International Exhibition came to Sundsvall, Sweden from September 28 to October 10. The show drew broad interest from the news media and local residents.

The major Sundsvall newspaper, Sundsvalls Tidning, reported the event on September 28 with an article titled “Forbidden Art Has Come to Sundsvall.” In addition to describing Falun Gong’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and its benefits on mind and body, the article talked about the severe suppression in China, especially the Chinese regime’s forced organ harvest from living Falun Gong practitioners.

The article noted that the exhibition has been held in more than 300 cities in 50 countries and also highlighted the efforts of practitioners worldwide to oppose the persecution in China.

Report in local newspaper, Sundsvalls Tidning, on the Zhen, Shan, Ren International Art Exhibition.

The Sundsvall government supported this cultural event and provided a location in City Hall without charge. The chairwoman of the Cultural Committee attended the opening ceremony and recommended the exhibition to the public.

Many people, including artists, came to the exhibition. Several teachers brought their entire class, to discuss both social studies and art.

Below are comments left by visitors in the guest book:

“It is very touching because these artworks have extraordinary energy. And they are relaying an important message. Thank you very much.”

“These paintings have a high artistic value. The exhibition also educated me about the ongoing brutal torture in China, something I did not know about before. We should report this important information in our news media and include it in school textbooks.”

“Everyone needs to come and see this exhibition.”

Taking in the artworks in Sundsvall, Sweden.

Rolf, a Swede who helped organized the Sundsvall exhibition, has enjoyed art since he was young and has done some painting. “To me, these are excellent artworks, because they represent genuine art and carry important messages.”

Rolf attended a workshop when Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder of Falun Gong, visited Sweden in 1995. He had been to China before the persecution started in 1999. “When I stayed with Chinese practitioners, we each felt like we were part of a big family and there was no barrier between us,” Rolf recalled.

Since the persecution began in 1999, he and many other practitioners have worked hard raising awareness of the brutality taking place in China. “With help from more people,” Rolf said, “We hope that this suppression will end soon.”

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Category: Other Community Events

Ms. Yang Yongmei Secretly Sentenced for Her Beliefs

November 10, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China

( Ms. Yang Yongmei from Jiaohe City, Jilin Province was sentenced to two years in prison in a secret trial held in August 2015, for her belief in Falun Gong. Her lawyer and family were not notified of the trial.

The lawyer heard about her sentence two months later when the family visited her at the detention center on October 29, 2015.

Ms. Yang’s lawyer submitted Power of Attorney documents to the Jiaohe Police Department, the court and the Procuratorate, which they refused to accept. They would not even disclose who was in charge of Ms. Yang’s case.

Ms. Yang was arrested on April 18, 2015, when she was telling people about Falun Gong and the persecution.

The 590 yuan that she was carrying at the time of her arrest was confiscated.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Film Human Harvest Shown in the British Parliament

November 10, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Tang Xiuming

( A screening of the documentary film Human Harvest: China’s illegal organ trade was held in the British Parliament for the first time on November 4, 2015. The film was honored as the best 2015 International Investigative Documentary by the Association of International Broadcasters (AIB), and has received the prestigious Peabody Award.

Poster for documentary film Human Harvest: China’s illegal organ trade

Human Harvest follows Nobel Peace Prize nominees David Matas and David Kilgour as they investigate the atrocities of illegal organ harvesting in China, particularly of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. They estimate that 40,000 to 60,000 people have been killed for their organs in China.

The film has been shown in over 20 countries to great critical and audience acclaim.

The AIB wrote in announcing the award: “Our judges said that this program effectively captures the horror of the story through credible testimony and proactive research. Complemented by outstanding production values and solid structures, this documentary told a story that definitely needs to be more widely known.”

Officials Express Concern About the CCP’s Live Organ Harvesting

A Lord of the upper house said the film was “Stunning” after watching it. He also wished to know whether the organ harvesting atrocities still continue.

Dr. Alex Chen, representative of DAFOH (Doctors against Forced Organ Harvesting), answered the question. He pointed out that China’s promise to stop using organs from death-row prisoners is a semantic trick. He continued that actually death-row prisoners are still being used as organ source but they are categorized under “voluntary donation” like ordinary citizens. However the use of “voluntarily donated” prisoner organs in China continues to violate international ethical guidelines. The World Medical Association (WMA) states unmistakably in its policy that “in jurisdictions where the death penalty is practiced, executed prisoners must not be considered as organ and/or tissue donors.”

Filmmaker Wants to Raise Awareness

Director Leon Lee attends the award ceremony in London

Filmmaker Leon Lee said, “Facing such a crime against humanity, as a human being you have a decision to make… It is a powerful thing to have more people know the issue. The more people know it, the more positive effect on stopping the crime there will be. From feedback from screenings in many countries including the screening in the UK Parliament, we are confident the crime will be stopped.”

NGO Chair: Live Organ Harvesting Must Be Stopped

Daisy Arcilla Brett-Holt, Chair of Worldwide Philippine Jury Initiative PH &UK, watches the film in the UK Parliament at 1 pm on November 4, 2015.

Daisy Arcilla Brett-Holt, Chair of Worldwide Philippine Jury Initiative PH &UK, had been a teacher in Philippine, UK and Nigeria. She watched the film in the UK Parliament on November 4.

She said, “My God, I heard that some kidney patients in the Philippines went to China. But I have never thought they went there for organ transplants. This is horrible. This is a powerful film.”

She continued, “How to change it? Just continue telling people about the crime and draw attention of more people. When more people are moved, they will demand change.”

“The CCP seems powerful and the current situation is hard to change. But I believe as long as you continue doing this, it will change sooner or later.”

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Category: Voices of Support Worldwide