Washington DC: Forum Speakers Recount Acts of Torture, Call for Justice

May 31, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Washington DC

(Minghui.org) A forum on “Human Rights Atrocities in China—Bringing Perpetrators to Justice” was held at the Rayburn House Office Building on May 26, 2016. Ten Falun Gong practitioners recounted the tortures they endured, and submitted the names of over 200 perpetrators to the U.S. Government, requesting further investigations and justice.

Former dictator Jiang Zemin, the person who initiated the persecution, was one of the Chinese Communist Party officials and police officers named. All information on the perpetrators originated from the Minghui.org website.

Representatives from the U.S. Congress, State Department, and U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) attended the forum. The Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015, introduced last month, aims to strengthen religious freedom protection through increased inter-agency cooperation, and sanctions against countries and individual perpetrators.

Speakers at the “Human Rights Atrocities in China—Bringing Perpetrators to Justice” forum, which was held in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 26, 2016.

“Death Bed” Survivor Calls for Justice

Ms. Ma Chunmei

The “death bed” is one of the many torture devices used by the Chinese Communist Party police on prisoners of conscience, especially Falun Gong practitioners. The victim is tied to a metal bed and not allowed to move for a long period of time. Other types of torture, such as forced-feeding, are employed at the same time.

“They [guards in Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp] tied my limbs to a metal bed and inserted a rubber tube into my stomach to force-feed me. They pushed and pulled the rubber tube to inflict pain. I vomited the salty corn paste along with blood all over the place. They laughed. I noticed that one of them was taking pictures,” said Ms. Ma Chunmei from northeastern China, a “death bed” survivor who described one of the ways she was tortured in November 1999. She was a United Nations refugee, and resettled in the U.S. in September 2009.

Ms. Ma was handcuffed to an upper bunkbed in 2000 after she protested in the labor camp cafeteria that she was being tortured. She was suspended with her feet off the ground, so that her arms and handcuffed wrists bore her entire weight. She vomited and fainted.

“After I regained consciousness, I realized that the guards had cuffed my outstretched limbs onto a metal bed. I was restrained in that position for three days and nights without any food or water. I couldn’t move after being released from the death bed.”

Ms. Ma submitted a list of 79 perpetrators who were responsible for her suffering in a persecution aimed at coercing citizens to abandon their beliefs.

Surviving Sister: “Our Grief Never Ends”

Ms. Gao Rongrong

Ms. Gao Rongrong died at the age of 37 on June 16, 2005. She suffered six to seven hours of non-stop high-voltage electric baton shocks on May 7, 2004, and was disfigured.

Ms. Gao Weiwei, her elder sister, said at the forum, “Rongrong was detained in secrecy during the final three months of her life. We don’t know how much she suffered. The grief in our family never ends.”

The 610 Office, a Party-based security agency in charge of persecuting Falun Gong, and local police continued to harass the family after Gao Rongrong’s death. Her elder brother, once a senior editor of a newspaper, has been forced to leave home and move frequently to avoid harassment.

Ms. Gao Weiwei, along with her father and another younger sister, made it to the United States in May 2014. She submitted a list of 88 names of people who were personally responsible for the death of her younger sister, Gao Rongrong.

Support from U.S. Officials

Ms. Abiola Afolayan, representative for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

“Falun Gong practitioners have long been subjected to systematic, brutal, bloody, and wholly unwarranted suppression and persecution,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas in her statement.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues on various legislative initiatives, urging the government of China to end abuses perpetrated upon the Falun Gong practitioners, and embark on a path towards peace, harmony, and inclusion of all persons on China.”

Ms. Tina Mufford, policy analyst, East Asia-Pacific, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“The stories of your bravery, your courage, your perseverance, and survival is truly inspiring,” said Ms. Tina Mufford, policy analyst, East Asia-Pacific at USCIRF. She called the persecution “horrific, stark, and mind-boggling.”

“Your testimonies here today are so important to let the world know what’s happening in your country, what religious violations really mean, how they have destroyed so many lives, and how you still survive in the face of all that you have experienced.”

Ms. Wang Chunyan displays photos of her friends who were tortured to death because they refused to abandon their belief in Falun Gong.

Ms. Yin Liping was gang-raped in the notorious Masanjia Forced Labor Camp. She submitted the names of 42 perpetrators.

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Category: Overview of persecution

[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] Dafa Brings My Family Health and Happiness

May 30, 2016 | By Yan Ming, a Falun Dafa practitioner in Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) When I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997, I was the only one in my family practicing. Now, my entire large family has joined me in the practice. We live our lives by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and we are all very grateful for the practice, and the health and happiness it brings.

Dafa Changed My Daughter-in-Law

My daughter-in-law practiced Dafa with me shortly after I started, but she stopped when the persecution began suddenly in July 1999. She was so traumatized by the persecution that she even tried to stop me from practicing, threatening to divorce my son.

Facing such strong pressure from her, I wasn’t moved. Instead, I tried to treat her better and better and let her know how great Dafa is through my own actions. Sometimes I told her about other practitioners and how they benefited from the practice. She was deeply moved by these stories and became supportive of my practicing Dafa. Sometimes she also talked to other people about Dafa and cleared up misunderstandings they had about the practice due to the persecution.

My daughter-in-law later had back surgery and was bedridden for six months. After the surgery, she wasn’t able to do any heavy work. I encouraged her to resume practicing Falun Dafa.

It wasn’t easy for her to agree to pick up the practice again. But after she did the exercises for a while, she completely recovered and was able to do anything.

She soon started a small business selling clothes. Following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, she often returned extra items given by her clothing distributor and developed a good reputation for her integrity and honesty.

My 85-year-old Father Enjoys Good Health

I still remember when I first introduced Falun Dafa to my father, a loyal Communist Party member; he was yelling at me so loudly that people on the street could hear him!

But with time, he gradually changed his mind and began to accept that I practiced Falun Dafa. However, he didn’t fundamentally change his view about Dafa until he finally read a Dafa book.

“This is indeed a good practice! You really have to practice it well,” he said to me after finishing reading the book.

Although he used to have very poor health and his one brother and two sisters all passed away due to a disease that runs in our family, my father is now enjoying good health and happily tends the garden at home at 85 years old.

Dafa Saved My Life Twice

I’d like to share two stories of how Master protected me from grave danger.

I suddenly woke up one night, unable to move or talk. I realized I might have been poisoned by the burning coal gas. My daughter-in-law and her newborn baby girl were in the same room. But no matter how hard I struggled to sit up, I couldn’t move at all.

I had just started practicing Falun Dafa at that time and I suddenly thought to call for help from the Master (referring to Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of the practice).

“Master, please help us!” I shouted out in my heart.

With that thought, I sprang out of bed and hurried to turn on the light. The room was full of smoke. I opened the window and awakened my daughter-in-law. She grabbed her daughter and the three of us fled the room. We were all fine.

I had another brush with death the following spring. I had just finished watering the garden far from my house. The watering wand was connected to an extension cord of more than 600 ft. As I was wrapping up the cord, I was shocked by a strong electric current. My body shook violently. Standing by a well about two feet wide, I was propelled to the other side of the well by the electricity, which was then tripped.

I then took a deep breath and looked at myself. I was surprised to find I was completely fine, and did not even have any burns on my skin. Thank you Master, for your protection!

No Longer Fighting Over Self-Interest

We had a small farm about five miles from my village. I brought the watering pipes and irrigation equipment to water the farm one day.

The farm lot was nearly 300 yards long. It had two wells on each side. I often used the well on the north side.

I unloaded the equipment by the well and then laid out the watering pipe on the farm.
When I was about 70% done with the preparation, along came another tricycle. That person went straight to the well and began to use it, completely ignoring me.

As the well was only about one foot wide, only one water pipe could fit in it at a time. This person came from another village. As the well was dug by our village, he wasn’t supposed to use it.

I was stunned at first. But then I thought, “I am a Dafa practitioner, and I shouldn’t fight with him for this. If he wants to use this well, then I will just use the other one instead.”

I wrapped up the pipes, loaded them into the tricycle, took them to the well on the south side and did everything again from the beginning. I was actually very calm and peaceful.

On another day, I went to a village to introduce Dafa to the residents there and met a young man.

“You practice Falun Gong?” he asked me.

“Yes,” I answered.

“I went to water the farm the other day and used your well. I knew I was in the wrong, and I was already prepared to have a big fight with you. But I didn’t expect…”

It was the same person! I told him that I was able to let him use the well because I practice Falun Dafa.

“Falun Dafa is indeed great!” he said.

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Category: Journeys of Cultivation

Twelve Members of European Parliament Issue Declaration Calling for Investigation into Forced Organ Harvesting in China

May 29, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent Rongfa in Belgium

(Minghui.org) Twelve Members of the European Parliament recently issued a joint declaration requesting the European Parliament to investigate the illegal harvesting and trafficking of human organs by the Chinese communist regime.

Belgian MEP Louis Michel is one of the initiators of the declaration. His cabinet director Bénédicte Van den Berg said that the declaration is a strong voice against illegal organ transplantation and advocates an independent investigation in China. Organ harvesting is a key and sensitive issue, she said, because it is about human rights and human lives.

Practitioners of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), a cultivation practice persecuted in China since 1999, rallied in front of European Parliament in Brussels on May 25 and 26, 2016 to express support.

The group exposed how the communist regime in China harvests organs from living practitioners imprisoned in China for their faith. The organs are used in transplants and sold for profit. In addition to condemning the persecution of Falun Gong, they asked members of the European Parliament to support this effort to bring further investigations into the Chinese regime’s harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong practitioners.

Falun Gong practitioners in front of European Parliament call attention to organ harvesting from practitioners detained in China for their belief.

The EP passed a resolution in December 2013 calling on the Chinese regime to stop harvesting organs from living prisoners of conscience. The recent declaration initiated by 12 MEPs from four political parties calls on the EP to take further action and investigate the crime of organ harvesting in China. Once the declaration gains the support of more than half of the MEPs, it will become a resolution.

Nick, a Falun Gong practitioner at the rally, said that they would continue to hold activities in front of the European Parliament until the declaration becomes a resolution. He believes that continuous efforts by people and leaders around the world are what’s needed to end China’s organ harvesting atrocities.

German MEP: “We Must All Do the Best We Can to Stop the Persecution”

Arne Gericke, MEP from Germany, attends the rally to support the practitioners’ efforts.

German MEP Arne Gericke came to the rally with a copy of the declaration in his hand. He said he wants to let more people know about this horrendous crime currently taking place in China.

“It is hard for people in Europe to know clearly what is happening in China. The truth of the tragic organ harvesting is concealed by the Chinese regime. I thank those who closely watch what is going on in China. They help us understand and make proper responses,” said Gericke.

“Organ harvesting from living people for profit is unacceptable in Europe,” said Gericke. “We are absolutely shocked. We want to help but didn’t know where to start, and that is why I am so happy to see [Falun Gong practitioners] here. This allows me to know what I can do. We must all do the best we can to stop the persecution.”

“It Is Our Responsibility to Take Action”

Czech MEP Tomas Zdechovsky, another initiator of the declaration, believes that organ harvesting in China is an important issue. “We want to open up the discussion on this issue in Europe. It is essential for our conversation with China, which is related to not only the economy, but also human rights,” said Zdechovsky.

“For me, it is important that we speak up on this issue and get everyone’s attention,” said British MEP Julie Ward, who signed the declaration “for the seven million people I represent.”

Explaining why he supports the declaration, German MEP Joachim Zeller said, “I believe that this is the most extreme form of human rights violation, and it is our responsibility to take action.”

Raising Public Awareness

Martin Bursík, a professor from the Czech Republic, hopes to help end the crime of organ harvesting.

Martin Bursík is a professor from the Czech Republic. He stopped at the rally and mentioned having heard a talk given by David Kilgour in the Czech Republic several years ago. Kilgour is a former Canadian MP and an independent investigator of organ harvesting in China. Bursik expressed support for Falun Gong and signed the petition against organ harvesting.

Journalists from Denmark plan to help raise awareness of the organ harvesting crimes in China.

Five journalists from Denmark saw the posters and learned about the ongoing persecution in China. One of them, Ms. Ditte Lumti, said, “This is the first time I’ve heard about this horrible crime.” They said that they would do what they could to help raise awareness of the issue.

Many passersby sign the petition against the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong in China.

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Category: Voices of Support Worldwide