Taipei: 660,000 Petition Signatures Call for End to 17-Year Persecution

July 19, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Shen Rong

(Minghui.org) Over 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners participated in a candlelight vigil at Taipei City Hall Square on the evening of July 17, 2016. The event was one of a series of activities held in many nations calling for an end to the violent suppression of Falun Gong in China since July 1999.

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Candlelight vigil by Falun Gong practitioners at Taipei City Hall Square on the evening of July 17.

Helping the Innocent

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Chang Chin-hwa, president of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association, says the persecution of Falun Gong is “the largest human rights violation of the 21st century.”

Chang Chin-hwa, president of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association, said, “After former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin started to persecute Falun Gong 17 years ago, practitioners have been arrested, detained, tortured, imprisoned, made to do forced labor, and subjected to other types of mistreatment.”

Chang pointed out not only the scale but also the severity of the persecution, such as the killing of practitioners for their organs. With persistent efforts from practitioners, the atrocity has attracted attention in many countries. The United State House of Representatives passed H.Res.343 last month to condemn the harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China.

In China, more than 200,000 criminal complaints have been filed against Jiang Zemin since last May. Over one million signatures have been collected in support of prosecuting Jiang, among which more than 660,000 come from Taiwan.

“We all know justice will prevail,” said Chang at the gathering, “so please come join us to support the innocent and hold Jiang responsible for the tragedy.”

Stopping the Crimes Against Humanity

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Taipei City Councilor Chang Mao-nan admires practitioners’ courage.

Several city councilors spoke at the event. Chang Mao-nan from Taipei referred to forced organ harvesting as a “crime against humanity.” He thanked practitioners for their hard work, and encouraged more people to join the event and sign petitions to support the effort to prosecute Jiang.

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Zeng Zicheng, Hsinchu City Councilor

Hsinchu City Councilor Zeng Zicheng said that freedom and human rights are universal values, adding, “Any government against them will be wiped out in history.” He hopes that the day will come soon when the suppression will stop, while the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance are widely celebrated in the world.

Further Efforts Needed

Many government officials, professors, and lawyers were happy to hear that H.Res.343 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. “It’s just the beginning,” said human rights lawyer Chiu Huang-Chuan. “Further efforts from more countries are needed to ensure that the freedom of belief is protected for Falun Gong practitioners.”

Hsu Chun-hsin, a law professor at National Cheng Kung University and former Legislative Member, called the persecution of Falun Gong a genocide. “Because it is a violation of international laws, it relates to all of us,” he asserted.

Teng Biao, a renowned human rights lawyer, said it is difficult for outsiders to understand the severity of the suppression, noting that Western society has not paid much enough attention to this issue because these countries do not want to confront the Chinese communist regime for economic reasons.

Democracy advocate Tseng Chien-Yuan said that Falun Gong represents conscience and high morality. “We are happy to see Falun Gong practitioners coming through all of these difficulties. It’s a miracle, and it’s important for our society.”

The World Needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance

Ms. Luo, 65, started to practice Falun Gong in 2000. “Because of problems with my feet, I couldn’t walk at the time. Five days after I began doing the exercises, I could walk around slowly. Two days later, I saw a strong light from head to toe as I was doing the meditation. I no longer needed surgery for my foot, and I was fully recovered,” she recalled.

In addition, she became more open-minded and now holds a positive attitude toward life. “Thinking about the the practitioners in mainland China, I want to cry, because they have suffered so much for their belief. I hope more people in this world will learn how good Falun Gong is,” she said.

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Seth Hirsch, 23, has practiced Falun Gong for four years.

Seth Hirsch from Ohio in the U.S. came to know Falun Gong four years ago when he was 19. “Someone gave me a bookmark that had the website with Falun Gong teachings. That was a turning point of my life,” he explained.

Seth said the practice brought him physical health as well as spiritual enlightenment. His relationships with his family improved, and he became more considerate of others. While participating in the parade and candlelight vigil in Taipei, he often waved to tourists from mainland China. “I hope they can learn what Falun Gong really is, instead of being influenced by the hate propaganda from the Communist Party. After all, the world needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”

Mr. Liu, who often sees Falun Gong practitioners at tourist attractions, such as Taipei 101, said he was impressed by the peaceful nature of Falun Gong practitioners. “I have also met some people from the pro-Communist group that came to attack Falun Gong. It is easy to tell who is right and who is wrong.”

Regarding the 17-year-long persecution in mainland, Mr. Liu said it is a matter of time for this to clear out: “The truth is always the truth. Falun Gong will succeed—that’s for sure.”

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A boy holds a candle in memory of Falun Gong practitioners tortured to death for refusing to renounce their faith in mainland China.

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Category: July 20 Events

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Taipei, Taiwan: Falun Gong Practitioners Hold Large Group Exercise Commemorating Peaceful Protest in Beijing 17 Years Ago

April 26, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Liu Wenxin

(Minghui.org) More than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners participated in a large group exercise at Taipei City Hall Square on April 24, 2016. The event was organized by the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association to commemorate the April 25th peaceful protest in Beijing 17 years ago, and to call on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to end the suppression.

Shortly after Falun Gong practitioners were illegally arrested in Tianjin, a major city near Beijing in April 1999, over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners participated in a peaceful appeal in Beijing on April 25. Jiang Zemin, head of the CCP at the time, ordered a ban on Falun Gong in July. The ban was followed by nationwide arrests, detentions, and torture of innocent practitioners.

Practitioners in many regions around the world have since been holding events every year to raise awareness of the severe human rights violations. Several city councilors from both Taipei and Kaohsiung, the two largest cities in Taiwan, attended the event at Taipei City Hall Square on April 24.

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Over 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners joined the group exercise in Taipei on April 24, 2016.

Speaking Out for Justice

Chang Chin-hwa, president of Taiwan Falun Dafa Association, said that then Chinese premier, Zhu Rongji, met with some practitioners during the appeal and addressed their request. “This peaceful solution impressed Western society and international news media. However, Jiang nonetheless chose to suppress Falun Gong three months later. The atrocity has continued for the past 17 years, and includes harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, which is beyond imagination.”

Falun Gong practitioners are not the only victims of the totalitarian CCP regime. About 80 million Chinese died during the series of political campaigns launched by the Party in the past few decades. More than 230 million Chinese have renounced their memberships in the CCP and its affiliated organizations since the publication of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party in 2004.

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Chang Chin-hwa, president of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association, spoke at the event. The three Chinese characters in front of her are: “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.”

She said practitioners in Taiwan have joined efforts to end the persecution of Falun Gong in China and hold Jiang responsible for his crimes. “We must speak out for justice and we must stop the CCP’s brutality,” remarked Chang.

A Better World

Chen Lina, a member of the Kaohsiung City Council, traveled to Taipei to support the Falun Gong practitioners. From her observation, she found practitioners are nice people and they bring positive energy as well as hope to the society.

Because of the positive changes Falun Gong has brought, “I would recommend Falun Gong to my friends,” she said.

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Looking back at the events of 17 years ago, Chen said it was a turning point in history. It takes efforts to do things that will benefit the entire society, but Falun Gong practitioners have been doing so, with determination and persistence. She believes this will lead to a better world and a brighter future for everyone.

Suppression Will Stop

Taipei City Councilor Hung Chien-yi said he came here to help Chinese people gain freedom, human rights, and justice. “The Chinese communist regime is one of the few regimes that suppress people so badly.” He said this goes against the society, and he called on more people, including tourists from the mainland, to condemn Jiang’s directorship, and the harm he has caused to the people.

Despite the ongoing persecution, Hung said the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance will prevail, and the suppression will come to an end.

Chang Mao-nan, another Taipei City Councilor, praised Falun Gong practitioners for their persistence in freedom of belief. “What I do not understand is, what makes the CCP scared and what basis does it have to suppress Falun Gong?” He encouraged tourists from China to learn the facts about Falun Gong during their trip, and pass on the information after returning.

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Taipei City Councilor Chang Mao-nan said he believes Falun Gong will be freely practiced in mainland China in the future.

Chang reiterated that Falun Gong practitioners are innocent and peaceful. It is Jiang and the CCP who act against people’s will, causing harm to Chinese people. He expects Falun Gong will once again be widely practiced in mainland China in the future.

Both Hung and Chang hoped to initiate a resolution in the Taipei City Council to hold Jiang responsible for the severe human rights violations.

Tsai Shou-jen, a practitioner who attended the event, said many Taiwan residents heard about Falun Gong for the first time during the appeal 17 years ago. “It was amazing that the group was so peaceful. What impressed us more was that when practitioners left the site, they voluntarily cleaned up the place, and even cigarette butts left by police officers were picked up.”

Tsai said that on the day following April 25, 1999, more than 20 people went to a group exercise site near Tsai’s home to learn the exercises. Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of people practicing Falun Gong in Taiwan.

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Category: April 25 Events

Taipei: Organ Harvesting in China Exposed at Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress

April 01, 2016 | By Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan

(Minghui.org) The 31st Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO 2016) was held from March 24 to 27 in Taipei, Taiwan. Many eye doctors and medical professionals learned from this event about the organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China.

More than 4,000 ophthalmologists and healthcare professionals from Asia and other continents participated in the congress. Several Falun Gong practitioners working as volunteers at the event informed the attendees of the atrocity in China.

Broad Concerns Over Organ Trafficking

One physician from Europe said he had heard about organ harvesting in China but did not know the details. After watching a documentary video on the subject, he was shocked and asked for a copy of State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China, a book about the involvement of Chinese state institutions in this severe human rights abuse.

The physician came to the booth again the following day with more ophthalmologists. They discussed this further and a few physicians left their business cards for updates so that they could follow up on this issue.

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Ophthalmologists learn about live organ harvesting in China.

The United States House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) marked up H.Res. 343 on March 16. The resolution calls on the Chinese government to cease the practice of state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and to cooperate with investigations into these crimes.

Additional Evidence in China

Many physicians shared what they had heard about organ trade in China.

One ophthalmologist in Taiwan said that, if his patient made a donation to a certain foundation in China, he could be assured that an organ would be available in a short time.

One eye transplant physician in southern China said organ transplants were widespread in China a few years ago. “Even a township hospital could perform hundreds of transplants each year,” he added.

Another eye transplant physician from China who passed by looked through the materials on display. He said he knew that the source of organs in China was questionable. “We used to do many organ transplants in my province. Now it has become a sensitive topic. Doctors do not talk much about it and the number of such surgeries has decreased a lot these past years.” He agreed that live organ harvesting still continues in China, except that it has gone underground.

The physician came again the next day and took a copy of Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China in Chinese. After hearing about the systematic persecution of citizens in China by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), he decided to renounce his membership in the regime.

Hundreds of Chinese physicians attended this four-day event, and many of them accepted materials from Falun Gong practitioners. They thanked practitioners for their efforts to raise awareness about this issue.

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Category: Organ Harvesting