Tailai Prison Intensifies Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners

November 24, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Heilongjiang Province

(Minghui.org) Tailai Prison has intensified its persecution of detained Falun Gong practitioners since November 2015, when a new mandate was issued to specifically target practitioners who refuse to give up their belief.

As no law in China criminalizes Falun Gong, the imprisoned practitioners never considered themselves criminals and thus refused to take part in forced labor. Their peaceful protest against the false imprisonment was met with this new mandate.


Mother of D.C. Resident Tried for Her Faith, Supporters Arrested

November 21, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Liaoning Province

(Minghui.org) A Dalian City resident was tried two days after her son, a resident of Washington, D.C., called for her unconditional release in front of the Chinese Embassy. Some of her supporters were also arrested for trying to attend her trial in Dalian.

Ms. Yuan Xiaoman was seized from home on May 12, 2016 for filing a criminal complaint against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin for ordering the persecution of Falun Gong that resulted in her family’s ordeal.

Ms. Yuan, her husband, and their son practice Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The couple had been repeatedly arrested and tortured for their faith since the persecution began in 1999. Their son, Mr. Du Haiqing, later moved to the U.S. to escape the persecution.


Film on China’s Live Organ Harvesting, “The Bleeding Edge,” Screens in Canada

November 17, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zhang Yun

(Minghui.org) The Bleeding Edge, a film exposing China’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, was shown as part of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) on November 5, 2016.

The film is a narrative feature by award-winning Vancouver-based director Leon Lee, who won a Peabody Award in 2015 for his documentary Human Harvest about the horrors of forced organ harvesting in China. The Bleeding Edge stars actress Anastasia Lin, winner of Miss World Canada 2015.


Two Disabled Women Tried in Chuxiong City

November 15, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Yunnan Province, China

(Minghui.org) Ms. An Lanbo and Ms. Wang Ping were tried by the Chuxiong City Court on October 26, 2016, for practicing Falun Gong.

The two women spoke in their own defense. Ms. An told the court that practicing Falun Gong does not violate any existing Chinese law and is allowed in other countries. The prosecutor recommended that Ms. An be sentenced to up to a four-year prison term and Ms. Wang up to eight-years.


Five Beijing Women Tried in as Many Months in Same Detention Center

November 14, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Beijing

(Minghui.org) Five Pinggu District residents were tried in Pinggu District Detention Center between May and October 2016. All of them were sentenced to prison for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Ms. Yang Xiaofeng was tried on May 24, and sentenced to two years and fined 4,000 yuan on June 22. Her appeal has been denied.

Ms. Liu Cuifen was tried on July 20, and sentenced to two years and fined 4,000 yuan on August 22. She has filed an appeal.


Father Denied Visits with Daughter Imprisoned for Her Faith

November 10, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Liaoning Province

(Minghui.org) A Shenyang father has been denied visits with his daughter, who is serving time for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Ms. Sun Shujia, 37, was reading Falun Gong books together with some friends at a private home on April 17, 2014 when a group of officers broke in and seized them. She was later sentenced to 3 years and 2 months.

The authorities kept her at a local detention center for more than two years before moving her to a local prison in September 2016.

Her family has tried many times, unsuccessfully, to visit her since her prison transfer.

Most recently, her father went to the prison again on November 2. Two guards received him, but refused to let him see his daughter.

Mr. Sun grew worried when the guards told him that his daughter ate very little. They replied no when he asked if she was on a hunger strike.

Mr. Sun pleaded them to grant him a meeting with his daughter, as he was really concerned about her well-being. The guards left without responding.

The elderly man calls for the public to help seek release of his daughter, as she broke no law by exercising her constitutional right to freedom of belief.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Thrice Given Forced Labor, Liaoning Man Faces Indictment for His Faith

November 08, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Liaoning Province

(Minghui.org) A Dashiqiao City resident faces indictment for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Mr. Liu Qingyu was walking down the street on June 28, 2016, when several officers came out of nowhere and seized him. They body searched him and confiscated the 1,830 yuan of cash he planned to use for some personal business.

Mr. Liu’s lawyer requested that his case be dismissed, as no law in China criminalizes Falun Gong. The police, however, proceeded to have him formally arrested in August. His case now rests with the local procuratorate, which may issue a formal indictment any time now.

Prior to his latest arrest, Mr. Liu had been given forced labor three times for his faith. His family worries about what lies in store for him and calls for his immediate release.

Three Prior Forced Labor Terms

Mr. Liu was first arrested on December 5, 1999 and had his home ransacked that night.

During the interrogation, officer Li Jinsheng took off Mr. Liu’s pants and held him down. A few officers used metal bars to strike his buttocks and legs until he passed out. When he came to, a deputy chief named Zhang Maojie punched him in the head for more than 30 minutes.

Mr. Liu was next transferred to Dashiqiao Detention Center, where he was forced to do hard labor without pay for long hours every day. He was given two years of forced labor six months later.

The police kept harassing Mr. Liu at home after his release. He was forced to live away from home, but was seized at a bus station in 2004. The police sent him to a labor camp, where he was incarcerated for half a year. Every day he was forced to watch propaganda videos slandering Falun Gong.

Mr. Liu was arrested again on May 4, 2008 and given one year of forced labor. The guards at Masanjia Labor Camp only gave him a meager amount of food to eat every day. In the meantime, they forced him to work for extended periods of time, allowing him only a couple of hours of sleep every night.

The police took him out of the labor camp on August 7, 2008 and conducted a marathon interrogation session in the police department. They shocked him with electric batons intermittently from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. They shocked his fingers, toes, and penis. His big toe nails fell off as a result.

The police next kept him at Heicheng City Detention Center for one month before moving him back to the labor camp. He was abused to the point of losing half of his body weight.

He wasn’t released until 2009, only to be arrested again 7 years later.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution