Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rally Near UN Calls for End to Persecution of Falun Gong

By | September 28, 2014

Alan Adler, executive director of Friends of Falun Gong, at a rally near the United Nations in New York on Sept. 27, 2014, calling for the end to the persecution in China. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)
NEW YORK—As the climax to five days of protests, Falun Gong practitioners from the greater New York area gathered together near the United Nations on Dag Hammerskjold Plaza on a sunny Saturday afternoon to hold a rally calling for an end to the persecution of their spiritual practice in China.

David Tompkins, a Falun Gong practitioner who helped organize the rally, said the protests began on Sept. 23 in response to Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli leading China’s delegation to the U.N. Climate Summit.

“Zhang was responsible for genocide, torture, and crimes against humanity in carrying out the persecution of Falun Gong,” said Tompkins. Saturday’s rally, Tompkins said, was to call for an end to the persecution being carried out in China by officials like Zhang.

Alan Adler, the executive director of the human rights organization Friends of Falun Gong, described that persecution as “a campaign of terror, imprisonment, lies, torture, and killing; a campaign of pure evil against a defenseless group of people who have no agenda or political aspirations.”

Falun Gong involves doing gentle, meditative exercises and living according to the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Introduced in China in 1992 it spread rapidly. By 1999 100 million people had taken up the practice, according to media reports. In July of that year, the-then head of the Chinese Communist Party, Jiang Zemin, ordered a campaign to “eradicate” the practice.

Organ Harvesting

 Adler called upon “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Human Rights Commissioner Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad, as well as all 193 member nations, to support an international investigation into the 15-year persecution and the gruesome organ harvesting.”

Dr. Damon Noto, spokesman for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, talked about the deadliest form the persecution of Falun Gong has taken: the forced harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners that Adler alluded to.

“The world will come to know what the medical community has known for years,” Noto said, “China is executing prisoners of conscience for their organs.”

Noto urged countries around the world to speak up and take a stand against this atrocity.

Dr. Wang Zhiyuan is the director of the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, an NGO whose purpose is stated in its name.

He began his speech by noting the world’s concern about ISIL, but then pointed out that the Chinese Communist Party was a more sinister terrorist group.

Wang described the organ harvesting taking place in China as using the entire machinery of the state, involving all 31 provinces and province-level cities and more than 200 hospitals, to carry out a campaign of genocide against Falun Gong practitioners.

Quitting the Party

 Independent filmmaker Jeremy Taylor gave a spirited account of how the Chinese regime violates “everything,” listing people, human rights, the environment, other countries, borders, treaties, and contracts.

Taylor professed his love for the Chinese people, but said, “The Chinese Communist Party makes me nauseated.”

The publisher of the New York, English-language edition of Epoch Times, Stephen Gregory, related in his remarks how eagerly the people of Hong Kong had snatched up the Epoch Times editorial series Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party when it was first published in 2004. The Nine Commentaries provides an uncensored account of the Chinese Communist Party.

According to Gregory, 600,000 copies were distributed in Hong Kong in the first week the Nine Commentaries was available.

Soon afterward, a movement to renounce all association with the Chinese Communist Party began. To date 178 million Chinese people have done so, according to the website for the Global Service Center for the Quitting Chinese Communist Party.

At the end of the rally Tenzin Dolkar of Students for a Free Tibet turned to address the rows of Falun Gong practitioners dressed in their characteristic yellow t-shirts that were arrayed behind the speaker’s stand.

Dolkar said that the Chinese Communist Party wants every oppressed group in China, including the Tibetans and the Falun Gong practitioners, to be isolated from one another. She called upon all of those who suffer under the CCP to unite together in their opposition to it.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Daughters of Chinese Dissidents Call for Meeting With Obama


The White House says the president doesn’t have time. Congressman Chris Smith asks him to skip a hole or two of golf

Grace Geng, daughter of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, speaks at a news conference Sept. 17 outside the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Next to her is Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.). (Tiffany Wu/ Epoch Times)
WASHINGTON—With the vocal support of four congressmen, five daughters of political prisoners in China made a plea to the Chinese communist regime to release their fathers from prison. At a press conference, which was held at “House Triangle” outside the Capitol Building on Sept. 17, the group expressed a strong wish to meet with President Obama. They hope that he would raise their fathers’ cases with General Secretary of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping, when the two attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Council (APEC) summit, in Beijing this November.

Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who organized the press conference, said that because private diplomacy has not produced results, he wants the administration to take a new, tougher approach, and for the president to find his voice on human rights in China.

“The repression [in China] is pervasive, unrelenting, and absolutely unnecessary—as those detained love their nation and want China to reflect its highest ideals,” said Smith, who has held numerous congressional hearings on human rights in China. He held a hearing concerning the daughters’ appeal to Beijing, Dec. 5, 2013, when they gave formal testimony.

Smith made an impassioned plea to the president, pointing out that Obama has two daughters, and Smith has two daughters, and so both understand in a personal way what the Chinese daughters must be suffering. Smith wrote President Obama, asking him to meet with the families of imprisoned dissidents. But after six months, the only response he got from the White House was the president didn’t have time. 

Smith suggested that he make time by skipping a hole or two of golf. 

Smith was joined at the news conference by three of his colleagues: Congressmen Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) and Steve Stockman (R-Texas). Also speaking was the Chinese blind lawyer and civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

Chen said through a translator, “The freedom for China is really in the long-term interest of America.”

‘What else can I do?’
Grace Gege Ge, daughter of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, spoke at a news conference Sep. 17 outside the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Next to her is blind lawyer and civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)
The daughter of Gao Zhisheng, Grace Geng, spoke of her father’s physical and mental condition upon his release in August after five years of isolation and imprisonment. The picture she painted of her father is a far cry from the articulate, established lawyer, who pro bono represented persecuted groups such as Falun Gong practitioners and peasants who were robbed of their land.

Geng described the solitary confinement that her father was subjected to. “In the past five years, my dad was imprisoned on a cage-like dark cell ward… My dad told me that the law allows no more than 15 days imprisonment in such a cell ward, to prevent causing serious physical and mental damage to the prisoner. But my dad was thrown in such a cell for years. The cell had no windows, no roommates, no sunlight, no fresh air at all.” 

Geng said that her father is physically impaired and has difficulty walking. He badly needs to see a dentist. His teeth are mostly loose, and he is unable to chew. He is in constant pain. She said he speaks with a lisp and respond slowly or not at all. 

Geng said that her father is not really free. Twice a day, in the morning and afternoon, the police visit for two hours, and harass him and the family members he is staying with.

She begs the President and Secretary of State John Kerry to help her father reunite with the family in the United States, where he can get his illnesses treated.

“As an ordinary, powerless young girl, what else can I do?”

Congressman Smith said, “Gao’s medical parole and reunion with his family should be a top priority of the Obama Administration.”

Daughter Denied Visit With Father
Ti-Anna Wang said her father Wang Bingzhang has been imprisoned for 11 years of a life sentence, and is serving it in solitary confinement. Mr. Wang, who was the founder of the overseas Chinese democracy movement and started the dissident magazine China Spring, was kidnapped while in Vietnam and taken to China where he was subject to a sham trial. Now 67 years-old, his daughter is very worried about his health.

“The past decade of confinement has taken an irreversible toll on his physical and mental health,” she said. She hasn’t been able to visit her father in the last five years because the Chinese regime refuses to issue her a visa. Her speaking out for his release has resulted in this punishment, she said. 
Esther Huixin Zhang spoke on behalf of her father Zhang Shaojie, a Christian pastor, who was sentenced to 12 years in July. He was not allowed to see his lawyer for 101 days. A first he was charged with disturbing the public order, and since then, the charges have changed a few times. Before he was arrested, her father and the family had been followed. In their household and friends, very large surveillance cameras were installed, she said.

The daughters of attorney Chang Boyang and Liu Xianbin spoke at the news conference. Friends of Tenzin Delek and Lobsang Tsering also spoke.

More Assertive Policy
Ti-Anna Wang said the best hope the five daughters have for their fathers’ release is for the U.S. government, including President Obama, “to intervene more assertively on our behalves.”

According to Rep. Smith, the way forward for the United States to become more assertive in encouraging respect for human rights in China is to support H.R. 5379, the Human Rights Protection Act of 2014, which he introduced. He said it would allow “the President to deny entry visa and freeze the assets of any Chinese official who tortures and abuses freedom-loving dissidents like Gao Zhisheng.”

Correction: The name of the daughter of Zhang Shaojie, the Christian pastor, is Esther Huixin Zhang, not Rachel Zhang Huixin.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Photos Bear Witness to the Brutality of the Persecution (Part 1) (Graphic Photos)


“A picture is worth a thousand words.” The pictures in this article are graphic evidence of the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The campaign to eradicate Falun Gong was launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in July 1999. Psychiatric abuse, sexual assault, severe beatings, and electric shocks are common methods of torture Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to, all in an effort to force them to give up their belief.
The pictures are published in a small size. They can be enlarged by clicking.
Injection of Unknown Drugs

In order to overcome Falun Gong practitioners’ determination, the CCP police injects them with nerve-damaging and poisonous drugs. has confirmed over 230 cases of death as a result of such abuse.
Ms. Song Huilan after being tortured: Her leg turned black and stiff
Ms. Song Huilan was injected with unknown drugs (her right foot festered and fell off)
Ms. Song Huilan is a Falun Gong practitioner from Xinhua Farm, Hegong City, Heilongjiang Province. In December 2010 she was illegally arrested again and detained in Tangyuan County Detention Center.
On February 23, 2011, head of the detention center Yan Yong and guards Li, Mu Zhanguo, Jiang Jiwu, and Yang Li shoved her onto a bed, handcuffed her, hooked her up to an IV, and infused her with a bottle of unknown drugs.
She was immediately overcome with pain. She rolled back and forth and could not utter a word. She later lost all sensation below her knees, and her whole body became rigid.
She could not walk, and her tongue became stiff and her body unresponsive. She was completely incontinent. Her reaction time slowed down and her memory failed. On the night of February 28, she experienced extreme pain in her heart.
The next morning, the prison doctor, Zhang Jianhong, took a look at her right leg and said, “This leg is useless now.” By then, Ms. Song’s right leg had developed a large, purple, bubble-blister. She was sent home later.
Her whole body was stiff, like a piece of wood, and her eyes did not focus. She couldn’t talk and did not react to any stimulus. There was necrosis on her right lower leg. Her foot and toes were black and dripped blood. Her leg was as hard as metal and got worse every day, becoming darker and stiffer. Blood dripped out whenever she moved her leg even slightly.
Ms. Song was in extreme pain every second. Her elder sister and her daughter took turns looking after her day and night for fear that she might pass away any minute. On May 25, 2011, her right foot fell off.
Rape and Sexual Abuse

In order to force female Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their belief, the CCP police have used the most base and inhumane means, including rape and sexual abuse, which has caused the deaths and mental disorder of many female practitioners.
Young Policeman Rapes Middle-aged Women
After Liu Jizhi was badly beaten there were dark bruises all over her body.
Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Liu Jizhi, 52, is from Xituan Village, Dongchengfang Town, Zhuozhou City, Hebei Province. On the evening of November 2005, local police illegally arrested her and four other practitioners and took them to the local police station.
When the police beat her violently with rubber batons Ms. Liu fell down. Policeman He Xuejian (21 years old) pulled her up and kept hitting her. He then pinched and grabbed her breasts.
He dragged Ms. Liu to his dormitory the next day and beat her with a rubber baton. He also shocked her nipples for fun. Ms. Liu was bruised all over. He then pushed her onto his bed and stripped off her pants.
He raped Ms. Liu, who is older than his mother. Wang Zengjun, another police officer in the room, did nothing to stop him, just lay in bed and watched indifferently. Half an hour later, He Xuejian dragged 42-year-old Ms. Han Yuzhi to his room and raped her, too.
After the incident was reported on the Minghui website, Ms. Liu and her daughter had to leave home to avoid retaliation. Hebei Police Department offered a reward of 100,000 yuan for her whereabouts. They sent over a dozen police cars to arrest her and her daughter when they learned the two were at the Beijing air force residence compound.
After they drove out of the compound where she and her daughter had been doing odd jobs at the laundry, they changed the plates on their vehicles and took them to Xishan Hotel in Mancheng in Hebei Province. They planned to kill the mother and daughter. Fortunately, their plot was exposed in time and that did not happen.
Pressured by public outrage over the incident, the CCP sentenced He Xuejian to eight years in prison.
Public Beating and Rape
After 9:00 p.m. on May 14, 2001, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Ping (alias) from Langfang City in Hebei Province was stopped by a patrol police officer while putting up truth-clarification flyers in the Yonganli area in Beijing.
The officer touched her private parts while searching her. When Ms. Want told him to stop, he brutally beat her with a rubber baton for over an hour, until she was bruised all over and barely breathing.
The police officer shouted to the crowd of spectators, “She is a Falun Gong, a counter-revolutionary. Beating her to death is nothing!”
Pictures taken nine days after Ms. Wang was raped
When Ms. Wang fell down, two of her front teeth were knocked out, and her head was badly injured. Her whole body swelled up and turned purple. The policeman struck her hard on the right temple and she lost consciousness.
He then dragged her underneath Dongzhimen Bridge, tore off her pants, and raped her. Afterwards, he also savagely thrust the rubber baton into her vagina and rode on top of her. When Ms. Wang came to her senses, she shouted, “Help! Help!” The policeman did not care and only ran away after Ms. Wang said she would report him to the police station.
(To be continued)



【明慧网二零一四年九月二十二日】(明慧记者穆文清西澳报道)九月十九日晚,在西澳的二零一四东山戏剧节(The Hills Festival of Theatre 2014)上,一出特别的话剧《完美的心》(The Perfect Heart)深深打动了马鲁剧院(Marloo Theatre)的现场观众。该剧首次将发生在中国的活摘法轮功学员器官的事情搬上舞台,艺术家们用短剧的方式呈现今天仍在中国发生着的残酷迫害,令现场观众唏嘘不已。






约翰•德布(John de Beaux)是这部话剧的编剧,艾莉森•塞勒(Alison Seiler)是导演,他们两人在珀斯的一个表演学习班上相识。艾莉森邀请约翰参加九月底的西澳戏剧节,约翰因为对活摘器官真相有非常深入细致的了解,也一直想为制止这件正在发生的人间悲剧做点什么,他立刻想到这是一个机会,应该把这个真实发生着的悲剧搬上舞台。

这样大约三个月前,约翰在艾莉森的帮助下开始编剧,因为对活摘器官的事情一直关注,也了解得非常深入全面,约翰的剧本写作进展很快,质量也高。艾莉森说约翰的剧本感动了她全家人,在此之前他们都没有听说过活摘器官这件事情。后来她的爸爸(Meirion Griffiths)、妈妈(Jill Griffiths)和哥哥(David Griffiths)都参加了演出。

饰演法轮功学员的Meirion Griffiths(艾莉森的父亲)说:“虽然我们不是法轮功学员,我们全家都是基督徒,但是这个问题是人的最基本权利,参与这个演出也让我体会到我们在澳洲拥有的自由多么可贵。”

饰演少女莎拉的主要演员Sarah Welsford和饰演法轮功学员的Kara Shaw均表示,排练这个演出不容易,总是感到非常紧张(nervous),话剧本身的内涵非常深刻,所携带的信息也很大。她们表示,这不单单是表演,而且要在短短的半个小时之中把这些信息传递给观众。


Sarah Langrid饰演两个角色,她说:“我本人不是法轮功学员,对我而言最大的挑战是要去了解这些事实,表达出来并且要让观众理解和接受。我加入团队稍微晚一些,所以更不容易,但是大家都非常帮忙,整个剧组的成员们都互相帮助。”

接下来话剧《完美的心》将于九月二十七日在西澳独立戏剧家协会(Independent Theatre Association)举办的戏剧节(Dramafest)上演出。该戏剧节已经举办了二十五年,历来是西澳表演天赋在舞台上的最大展示机会。演出将在Floreat的哈克特馆(Hackett Hall)举行,西澳读者可访问艺术节网站:

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