79 Falun Gong Practitioners from Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province Sue Jiang Zemin Since May 2015

September 26, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Zhejiang Province, China

(Minghui.org) In Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, 79 Falun Gong practitioners have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin since May 2015, according to reports compiled by the Minghui website.

The practitioners charge the former Chinese dictator with initiating the brutal suppression of Falun Gong and hold him responsible for the tremendous suffering inflicted upon them by his campaign. The criminal complaints were mailed to the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Many of these practitioners recounted how Falun Gong returned them to health and gave them a new outlook on life. Their dream to live a healthier and happier life, however, was shattered when Jiang Zemin launched a nationwide campaign to eradicate the practice in 1999.

Simply for refusing to give up their belief, they were arrested, detained, tortured, and had their homes ransacked and personal belongings seized by the authorities. Many also saw their families blacklisted for the practitioners’ belief, while some were also forced to pay huge fines.

Below, we profile a few of these practitioners:

Ms. Shi Xiaoying, Imprisoned for Eight Years

Ms. Shi, 51, was sentenced twice, serving eight years in prison. “I was taken to the Zhejiang Provincial Women’s Prison on January 5, 2005 for the first time,” Ms. Shi wrote in her complaint.

“The guards ordered inmates to torture and insult me. I was deprived of sleep for not giving up my faith. Later, I was put in solitary confinement and forced to sit on a small stool for hours each day.”

She was arrested and sentenced a second time on September 4, 2009. “This time it was four years in prison. I experienced the same kinds of treatment. After eight years of physical and mental torture, I lost most of my teeth. As I was less than 50, I had only a few teeth remaining.”

Ms. Shen Xiaohui (沈筱慧): Injected with Unknown Drugs at Mental Hospital

Ms. Shen, 45, went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong after the persecution started in 1999. Later she was taken back to Ningbo City by the local police. However, after one month in detention, she was taken to the Kangning Mental Hospital and was subjected to forced therapy.

“I refused to wear the hospital gown, so some nurses pushed me down onto a bed and used an electric baton to shock me in the head. That kind of pain I will never forget,” Ms. Shen wrote.

“I was regularly injected with an unknown substance which harmed my central nervous system. My memory deteriorated badly. Even now I can’t recall completely how I was tortured. Later, I was told clearly by the doctor that they gave me injections because they were following their superiors’ instructions.”

Ms. Niu Zixia: Sentenced to Three Years

Ms. Niu, 45, was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison on October 13, 2008.

“I was taken to the Zhejiang Provincial Women’s Prison in July 2009,” Ms. Niu wrote in her complaint. “I was isolated in a room where two inmates monitored me 24 hours a day. I was forced to sit on a stool without moving for hours each day as a punishment for not giving up my belief.”

Ms. Huang Yaqin: Brainwashing and Forced Labor for Eight Years

Ms. Huang, 52, was sentenced to eight years in prison for practicing Falun Gong. She said in her complaint, “I was arrested in my shop on the evening of October 31, 2006. Around seven to eight plainclothes police ransacked my home.

“I was taken to the Zhejiang Provincial Women’s Prison in May 2007. Police ordered three inmates to monitor me 24 hours a day,” she said. “I was forced to watch videos slandering Falun Gong and had to write statements attacking my own belief.

“I had to do hard labor Monday to Saturday. During the work, two inmates watched me. One day I fainted and was taken to hospital for surgery.”

Ms. Wang Caizhu: Arrested Three Times

Ms. Wang, 71, was arrested three times for practicing Falun Gong.

Around a dozen officers from her local police station went to her home and ransacked it in June 2011. Her Dafa books were confiscated. She was held in the local detention center for 13 days.

Later, she was taken to the brainwashing center twice and was held there for 59 days.

Background

In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners in the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang’s directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

Scotland: Author Ethan Gutmann Exposes China’s Organ Harvesting Crimes

September 16, 2015 | By Tang Xiuming

(Minghui.org) Author and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann traveled to Scotland last month to promote his latest book, “The Slaughter,”which details the Chinese regime’s systematic harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

The book explains how much of the free world is complicit with the genocide-like crimes in China through allowing transplant tourism patients to purchase organs sourced from victims. Mr. Gutmann spoke at three events in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The popular Edinburgh Art Festival was underway at the same time.

Mr. Gutmann first spoke at Waterstones Bookshop in Glasgow on August 28, 2015, about his investigation into the organ harvesting in China. He then spoke at the University of Edinburgh on August 29, following the screening of “Hard To Believe,” a documentary film about organ harvesting in China,directed by Ken Stone.On August 30, Mr. Gutmann spoke at the Just Festival in Edinburgh on the invitation of the organizers. The title of his discussion was “Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem.”

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Poster for the events

Mr. Gutmann reinforced to his audience at the three events, that the Chinese regime continues to kill prisoners of conscience for their organs, despite a number of claims since 2006 that it would only take organs from consenting donors. In fact, Mr. Gutmann said that the regime reacted to his book’s publishing last year by saying it would only harvest organs from consenting donors starting in January 2015.

“There’s a fairly simple way to think about this,” Mr. Gutmann said, “What is the waiting time for a kidney in the United Kingdom? It is three years. But in China, it is three weeks or less. That means we are looking at an enormous stable supply of donors with matching blood types on demand. This has been one of the tips that something is really going on in China.”

“One other disturbing trajectory, is the prices,” he said, “If China were cutting off the use of organs from prisoners of conscience, we would expect to see the price of organs going up dramatically. But they are not, nor are we seeing waiting times changing. It appears, at least, that this business is as usual.”

Mr. Gutmann said that in reality the Chinese regime is mis-representing the number of organ transplants, “They make up numbers at will. They lie as they like.”

The voluntary transplant numbers were previously only about 1 percent of the 10,000 transplants in China per year, he said. But the voluntary numbers jumped into the thousands after the regime announced that executed prisoners’ organs would no longer be taken. Mr. Gutmann said the regime’s claims remain unsubstantiated.

He encouraged audience members to talk to their doctors about the forced organ harvesting in China. He told the story of Israeli doctor Jacob Lavee, who proposed a ban on Israeli people traveling to China for organ transplants. As a result, legislation was passed, and it is now illegal for the people of Israeli to have transplant surgery in China. Mr. Gutmann said he hoped Scotland would take similar steps. The audience members discussed the issue afterward.

Mr. Gutmann Motivates City Councilor to Take Action

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City Councilor Martha Wardrop (right)

Glasgow City Councilor Martha Wardrop was an invited guest at Mr. Gutmann’s talk at Waterstones Bookshop. She said that city councilors should know about what was happening in China, and requested a list of Ethan’s books so she could ask her library to buy them.

A Falun Gong practitioner from Dalian City told Wardrop that some of her friends in Dalian had been tortured to death for practicing Falun Gong. The practitioner said that the body exhibits that travel the world are thought to be using bodies of Falun Gong practitioners who were tortured to death. “There were two body factories in Dalian,” the practitioner told Wardrop, “The bodies of Falun Gong practitioners tortured to death were processed into cadavers for profit.”

Wardrop told the practitioner, “Glasgow and Dalian are twin cities. I would like to gain more information and then talk to the Lord Provost of Glasgow.” Wardrop said that she would also invite practitioners to speak to the City Council.

Glasgow resident Alex Lennox attended the event. He said he had forwarded information about the live organ harvesting in China to the city councilor Andy Doig, of Renfreshire. The councilor replied to his email with, “Whilst China is an economic giant we cannot use that as an excuse to overlook their human rights abuses, not least in Tibet and against the Falun Gong.”

Doig is a Christian. He had encountered Falun Gong practitioners collecting signatures a few years earlier. He signed the petition and asked the practitioners for a few blank forms and flyers to share with his friends at church.

Let Me Help You

Claire Russell, a volunteer at Freedom from Torture, received invitations to the events from Falun Gong practitioners. She said she planned to send the information to all the other volunteers in the organization. She stressed that the doctors in the organization needed to know about the organ harvesting in China.

The director of a library in Glasgow was very moved by Ethan Gutmann’s talk at Waterstones Bookshop. “Let me help you,” she said, “This is great, as more people can know the current situation in China.” The library director asked for more flyers and posters so she could distribute them to other libraries in the city.

Medical Professional: The Film Is Thought-Provoking

A screening of the documentary film “Hard To Believe” was held in the John McIntyre Conference Center on the evening of August 29, at the University of Edinburgh. The audience included nurses, instructors from the university, and employees of the national health service. Many expressed horror that the Chinese regime would harvest organs from prisoners of conscience, and many were shocked that such a crime against humanity was occurring.

Emma, a research scientist at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and University of St. Andrews, said that her research was related to medical ethics. “I know some members of Scottish Parliament and some surgeons,” she said, “I will contact the members of parliament and see if the film screening can be held in the parliament.”

Ethan Gutmann is a veteran China analyst. His first book, “Losing New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire, and Betrayal,”details his personal experiences and insights into the corruption and seduction foreigners are pulled into while living in and doing business in China. Mr. Gutmann lived in Beijing for three years, where he was exposed to some of the most debase behavior of China’s corporate world.

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Category: Other Community Events

Canberra, Australia: 11 Torture Victims Sue China’s Former Dictator Jiang Zemin

September 14, 2015 | By Mu Wenqing in Canberra Australia

(Minghui.org) Eleven practitioners who had been tortured in China in the brutal persecution of Falun Gong filed lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese dictator who started it all. Nine of them protested in front of the Chinese Embassy on August 16, 2015.

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Falun Gong practitioners who have filed criminal complaints against Chinese former dictator Jiang Zemin protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, Australia on August 16, 2015.

Ms. Li Min and Mr. Zhang Yong, two of the 11 plaintiffs, both are graduates of Tsinghua University.

Li Min, worked in Beijing Tsinghua Holding Shuimu Construction Engineering Co., Ltd after finished her Masters degree. She was jailed in Beijing Woman’s Forced Labor Institute for 2 years, detained many times, house-ransacked and was restrained from business trip abroad. She was injected unknown medicines while in forced labor institute.

Zhang Yong, a student of Electric Engineering department, worked for Dalian City Electronics Research Institute after graduation. He was charged to 2 years of forced labor in 2003 and jailed in Dalian Forced Labor Institute, where he was handcuffed between a high bed and a low bed (see image below) for 24 hours resulting in severe damages to both hands and legs. He has not recovered fully from the tortures after arrived in Australia for years.

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Torture re-enactment: Stretched and forced to stand in awkward position

Zhang’s wife Yu Manhua was also charged to 2 years of forced labor in 2003 during which was injected unknown medicines and forced to work 12 hours a day.

Chen Hong, another torture victim of the persecution, had her house ransacked 5 times. She was detained 2 times (once for 40 days and then for 32 days) in Tianjin City. She was jailed in Tianjin City Banqiao Woman’s Forced Labor Camp for 1 year where she had to work 14 hours a day sitting on a small stool. Long hours of sitting resulted in cuts in her buttocks, hematochezia, and varicose veins.

A practitioner from Guangdong province, Yang Huici had one rib broken while being beaten at Qianmen Police Substation in Beijing. In 2001, she was handcuffed behind the back with one arm over her shoulder and the other behind her waist until she lost consciousness 3 times.

She was also charged to one and a half years of forced labor in Guangdong Province Woman’s Forced Labor Institute.

Chen Guan, a practitioner from Zhaoqing City Guangdong Province, had been jailed in brainwashing institute multiple times in 2001, 2002, and 2004. The longest one was 3 months.

All the 11 torture victims have mailed their complaints to the Supreme Procuratorator and Supreme Court of China in Beijing.

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Category: Rallies & Protests