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.


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Heilongjiang Woman Sentenced to Prison Again for Her Faith

November 01, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Heilongjiang Province

(Minghui.org) A Qiqihar resident was sentenced to a four-year prison term for accusing former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin of ordering the persecution of Falun Gong that resulted in her previous five-year imprisonment.

Ms. Nie Xiuchun remained bedridden for years when she was young. She credited Falun Gong for helping her regain mobility and return to the workforce. Her happy life didn’t last long though, as Jiang launched a nationwide campaign against Falun Gong in 1999.

Ms. Nie was sentenced to a five-year prison term in 2007 for refusing to renounce Falun Gong. Her husband divorced her while she was incarcerated.

She filed a criminal complaint against Jiang in July 2015, holding him responsible for her lengthy imprisonment and broken family.

The local police responded by arresting her again on December 21, 2015. She was tried on July 19, 2016 and soon given a four-year prison term.

Ms. Nie has filed an appeal to Nongken Intermediate Court and Intermediate Procuratorate.

Background Information

Jiang Zemin, as head of the CCP, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong in July 1999.

The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners over the past 17 years. More have been tortured for their belief, and even killed for their organs. Jiang is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

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

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

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Police: “Our Name Is Villain!”

September 29, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent from Heilongjiang Province

(Minghui.org) Mr. Xia from Harbin City was hosting his guests on September 20 when three plainclothes officers broke in and tried to arrest them. When he demanded to know their identities, and one officer claimed, “Our name is villain!”

The police revealed that they were acting on a tip from Gao Zhiqiang, head of Wopeng Village, who reported that Mr. Xia and his guests planned to read books of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

While Mr. Xia wasn’t arrested, all his guests, Mr. Cai, Mr. Su, and Mr. Xu Zhenbin, were taken into custody. Mr. Cai and Mr. Su were released later that night after they gave in to police pressure and signed a statement promising to renounce Falun Gong.

Mr. Xu was sent to Shuangcheng Detention Center, where he remains at the time of writing.

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Harbin Man Arrested for Suing Jiang Zemin, Tried for Practicing Falun Gong

September 08, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Heilongjiang Province

(Minghui.org) A Harbin resident was tried on charge of “using a cult to undermine law enforcement,” a standard pretext used by the Chinese communist regime to imprison Falun Gong practitioners in its campaign to eradicate the spiritual discipline.

Mr. Zhao Haijun is one of 53 locals arrested on May 6 of this year for filing criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin and accusing the former Chinese dictator of initiating the persecution of Falun Gong that resulted in their past arrests.

During the trial on August 26, Mr. Zhao’s lawyer defended his constitutional right to freedom of belief and refuted the judge’s claim that suing Jiang “was a crime.” The prosecutor recommended 8-10 years of jail time.

Mr. Zhao is awaiting the verdict at Shuangcheng Detention Center.

Inconsistent Charges

The lawyer argued that no law in China criminalizes Falun Gong and that his client had every right to practice his faith and distribute information about Falun Gong. He challenged the prosecutor to provide the legal basis for the alleged ban on Falun Gong; the prosecutor had nothing to produce.

Judge Hu Yelin then said suing Jiang Zemin was a “crime.” The lawyer refuted, “The indictment made it crystal clear that my client was charged for his faith. How come you suddenly changed the accusation to his lawsuit against Jiang?”

The judge did not reply. The lawyer went on to argue that his client broke no law by exercising his constitutional right to seek justice against Jiang for infringing upon his freedom of belief.

The lawyer argued that the lack of clarity in the alleged crime showed that the authorities were simply piling up various accusations against his client because they did not have any evidence with which to charge him in the first place.

Questionable Evidence

The prosecution evidence included informational materials about Falun Gong and equipment confiscated from Mr. Zhao’s home.

The indictment alleged that Mr. Zhao used the confiscated equipment to produce more than 500 Falun Gong brochures. The prosecutor, however, failed to produce evidence proving the amount of materials alleged confiscated.

Lawyer Threatened

Towards the end of the trial, the lawyer requested that the court take inventory of the confiscated Falun Gong materials so as to reach an accurate tally. The judge threatened to revoke his law license in response.

Courthouse Heavily Guarded

Since Mr. Zhao’s arrest, more than 400 local residents have signed a petition demanding his release.

Many supporters gathered outside the courthouse on the trial day, but only 15, including Mr. Zhao’s family members, were allowed inside the gallery. Those denied access were harassed by plainclothes officers, who tried to drive them away. Nevertheless, many chose to stay through the entire court proceeding.

Days before the trial, local Falun Gong practitioners put up bulletins and hung banners in the vicinity of the courthouse with messages about the communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong. The authorities ordered all the bulletins and banners removed before the trial began.

As the hearing went on, police vehicles patrolled outside, with at least five uniformed officers in each vehicle.

Background

Jiang Zemin, as head of the CCP, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong in July 1999.

The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners over the past 17 years. More have been tortured for their belief, and even killed for their organs. Jiang is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

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

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

Related Reports:
Neither Families Nor Attorneys Allowed to Visit Ms. Liu Yanyi and Mr. Zhao Haijun
Mr. Zhao Haijun from Harbin City Arrested Along with Over 50 Other Practitioners
Over 50 Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested in One Night after Filing Criminal Complaints against Former Chinese Leader
Mr. Zhao Haijun from Harbin City Arrested Along with Over 50 Other Practitioners

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Woman Sentenced to Prison for Suing Authorities for Her Suffering in the Persecution

September 02, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Heilongjiang Province, China

(Minghui.org) A teacher in Jiansanjiang was sentenced to three years in prison for filing a lawsuit against the local brainwashing center that kept her captive after her 4-year imprisonment. She was targeted by the authorities for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline persecuted by the Chinese regime since 1999.

When Ms. Jiang Xinbo was released from prison on September 9, 2013, she was taken straight to Qinglongshan Brainwashing Center (in Jiansanjiang), where she was confined for two months and tortured. However, she was taken back to the brainwashing center in February 2014 and not released until April 23.

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Ms. Jiang Xinbo

Her latest arrest came when police took her from her home at the end of 2015 and put her in a detention center the next day. After holding a hunger strike for 12 days, Ms. Jiang was transferred to Hegang City Second Detention Center and placed under criminal detention.

Ms. Jiang continued her hunger strike. The guards forcibly administered intravenous injections. She was denied meetings with her lawyer because she refused to wear a black headcover during the visits.

Her family was notified of her arrest in February 2016. She was tried on July 8 by Jiansanjiang Court. Prior to the trial, the authorities threatened several Falun Gong practitioners in the city not to appear at the trial. On the day of the trial, a dozen police cars surrounded the court, and many officers guarded the entrance. Armed police units patrolled major roads to Jiansanjiang.

The trial started at 10 a.m. and lasted for three hours. Ms. Jiang was allowed to speak for about ten minutes. No verdict was issued that day. A month later on August 10, the court sentenced Ms. Jiang to three years in prison and fined her 30,000 yuan (~$4,500 USD).

Related reports:
Heilongjiang Authorities Arrest Nine in One Day Over Human Rights Case

Seven Practitioners Secretly Transferred After Four Attorneys Beaten at Jiansanjiang

High School Teacher Ms. Jiang Xinbo Harassed and Detained After Filing Charges Against Persecutors

Teacher Ms. Jiang Xinbo Taken to Brainwashing Center after Being Persecuted in Prison for Four Years

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Family Suspects Organ Harvesting in Case of Harbin Man’s Death

July 22, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Heilongjiang Province

(Minghui.org) As mounting evidence points to the state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, an elderly couple in Harbin City now suspects that their son was an early victim of the horrendous crime committed by the Chinese communist regime.

Mr. Kong Fanzhe died on the same day of his arrest on February 21, 2003 for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. The police didn’t notify his parents until three days later.

The elderly couple noticed a long cut running from their son’s chin to his pubis loosely sewed up with nylon cord. There were also bruises all over his body.

According to an insider, when Mr. Kong’s body was first brought to the morgue, it was so bloody that the workers had to rinse it under water for hours.

Mr. Kong’s parents requested to know the cause of his death and were told that he “jumped out of a fourth-floor window while trying to escape police arrest.”

Mr. Kong’s parents had planned to sue the responsible parties, but were stopped by local authorities. They have struggled to live a normal life following their son’s untimely death, and had always wondered about the long cut they saw on his body. Now with mounting evidence of organ harvesting, they suspect that their son, only 33 at the time of death, was likely cut open for organ harvesting.

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Category: Deaths

Husband Dies While Wife and Son Detained for Their Faith in Falun Gong

June 07, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent from Heilongjiang Province

(Minghui.org) A 66-year-old man from Shuangyashan City died without his family by his side. Mr. Wang Yanfan’s wife and son have been detained since October 2014 for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Mr. Wang, also a Falun Gong practitioner, worked hard to seek release of his family, to no avail. He then filed a criminal complaint in June 2015 against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution of Falun Gong that tore apart his family.

The local police moved quickly to arrest Mr. Wang two months later. He was deceived into going to the local police station on August 14 and taken straight to Shuangyashan City Detention Center.

Mr. Wang soon developed severe symptoms of coronary disease and was released five days later. While struggling to recover from his illness, he was forced to move out of the district as the local police feared he’d “make trouble” again by seeking the release of his wife and son.

The authorities declined Mr. Wang’s relatives’ request to allow his wife and son to see him during his final days. He passed away on May 23 of this year.

Ms. Shan Jinli and her son Mr. Wang Dongsheng remain detained at Shuangyashan Detention Center following their 2014 arrest. It is unclear whether they have been informed of the elder Mr. Wang’s death.

To date, the police have not returned any of the confiscated items from their home, including their family car, bank cards, jewelry, camera, cell phones, cash, and printers.

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.

Chinese version available

Category: Accounts of Persecution