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China: Shock At Beating Death of Executive Who Filmed Police Violence With Mobile Phone

Posted by Author on January 11, 2008


Reporters Without Borders, 10.01.2008-

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the way a construction company executive, Wei Wenhua, was beaten to death by municipal law enforcement officers known as “chengguan” in Tianmen, in the province of Hubei, on 7 January when he used his mobile phone camera to film them in a violent clash with protesters.

“We are horrified by the readiness of the local authorities to trample on the freedom of information and expression,” the press freedom organisation said. “There was no justification for this behaviour. Wei is the first ‘citizen journalist’ to die in China because of what he was trying to film. He was beaten to death for doing something which is becoming more and more common and which was a way to expose law enforcement officers who keep on overstepping the limits.”

Reporters Without Borders added: “This tragedy shows how the Chinese authority flout freedom of expression every day. They go after anyone who might be ready to report something that is newsworthy. We will ensure that this news item gets reported.”

His family and the state news agency Xinhua said Wei, 43, filmed a group of about 50 “chengguan” in the process of dispersing demonstrators who were protesting against waste-dumping in their neighbourhood. When the “chengguan” realised they were being filmed, they attacked and beat Wei for several minutes before calling an ambulance. He died on the way to hospital. Witnesses said five other people were hospitalised.

Tainmen deputy mayor Wang Faliang admitted at a news conference yesterday that the “chengguan” were responsible for Wei’s death and said 50 people had been assigned to investigate the case. Twenty-four “chengguan” were arrested and charged and four are still being held.

According to an official report, the investigators recovered Wei’s mobile phone but the video he shot had been deleted.

An attempt to redefine the role of the “chengguan” was already under way in measures that took effect on 1 January, as this was not the first time their violent behaviour has embarrassed the authorities. According to the US-based news website Boxun, they often inflict injuries when dispersing demonstrators and were responsible for three deaths in 2007.

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Original report from Reporters Without Borders

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Pastor’s 2nd Open Letter to China Chairman Over Officials’ Assault of Home Church

Posted by Author on January 11, 2008


by Zhang Ming-xuan, Press Release, Chinaaid, Jan 10 2008-

Dear Respected President,

Merry Christmas! Today is Christmas Day. It is on this day that Jesus, the savior of the world, was born, which brings peace to China and around the world. Moreover, today is a momentous and joyous day all the world over. However, driven to desperation, I wrote you a second letter. Although I am not sure whether you can read it, I am sure that you will not be ferocious with me, an uneducated hairdresser. I would like to speak to you about the truth of the harmonious society that you have consistently advocated. Some corrupt political officials, who are always deceiving their superiors and subordinates, bring disgrace to you and our Party. I am determined to sacrifice my life for Jesus and our peaceful nation, even though I may be imprisoned or sentenced to death, if only for the hope that China will be really harmonious, strong, prosperous, free in religion, and full of love.

My orphanage was forced to move out of its building on Christmas Day. I am shocked as to how people would be able to drive these orphans out of their school and force them to be homeless. I have been preaching the Gospel and have done well for more than ten years in Beijing, but as of now I have become an opponent to the Party and our State. The police office, the Religion Bureau and the United Front Work Department in Sanhe City, have disregarded what they have heard at the conference of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the 18th of December. Instead they have struck the Chinese Home Church Alliance and have begun persecuting Christians even worse than before.

What’s more, you have been emphasizing that our Party give fundamental consideration to the people’s interests, and unite the religious believers at large in hopes of achieving a better society. We are always trying our best to fulfill these goals. Why are they always treating me as an enemy? Is it not natural for Christians to celebrate Christmas Day? It is a normal religious activity, which should be protected by the Constitution.

Unfortunately, on Christmas day many tragedies have taken place in the homeland: five Christians were arrested in Shangqiu city Henan province; three were arrested in Yichun city Helongjiang province; orphans were forced to leave school and leave their home in Sanhe City, Hubei Province.

What’s worse, the landlord was called and threatened not to let us spend Christmas Day in the home, by the Director of Security Order in the village. The plain-clothes police, head of police office, District of Dongba Town, Chaoyang Area, Beijing. The officials stated that if we spent Christmas Day in our church, they would confiscate the land contract. “The land is mine, and the house is yours; I will seize your contract, and dismantle your house; you will be put to prison by the Religious Bureau and police office and United Front Work Department”, the district pretentiously said to the landlord. The landlord dared not to disobey their orders, and we had to spend Christmas Day in a hotel on the 23rd of December.

President Hu, the Land belongs to the Nation, but the district tells us arrogantly that it is his. They intimidate the populace, which brings great crimes to the Party, our Nation and the People, and destroys the great blueprint of building a peaceful society.

Unexpectedly, these orphans and students were driven out of the yard (20 rooms), which was rented for five years by Chinese Home Church Alliance in Beixiangkou, Yanjiao Town, Sanhe City, Hebei Province. These homeless orphans were driven out by the town government officials, police office, Religious Bureau and United Front Work Department in Sanhe City with their ulterior schemes.

The school (main in English and computer) was attacked by them on the 14th of October, and I was taken to be questioned by the chief of Religious Bureau in Langfang City, but he found me blameless. My phone was inspected and my personal freedom was kept under close custody during the opening of the Seventeenth National People’s Congress. A foreign teacher and some students were driven out by threatening students and orphans with their tricks on the 28th of October. The head of the village threatened to cut off the supply of electricity if we did not move out on the 18th of November. They cut off our electricity on the December 5; we had to buy a power generator, because the electrical engineer refused to help us. We had never gone against the electric energy consumption and paid our electric bill on time every month. Why would they cut off the electricity without permission?

I called to the electric power supply bureau in Sanhe City for the reason many times on the 9th, 10th and 12th of December. I have heard nothing from them to this day. I brought a lawsuit against the electric power supply bureau of Sanhe City on December 17. The court in Sanhe City did not handle the case, instead, they asked me to look for the help of the municipal government, and I went to meet the minister of the United Front Work Department and the director of the Religious Bureau, but they both did not care. “It is none of our business”, they both replied.

Around five o’clock in the afternoon, the landlord forced us to move. Liu Mingyi, the landlord, was threatened that his house would be demolished and he would become homeless, if I did not move in three days. These orphans were forced to give up school on December 20th. Children have rights to receive compulsory education, ensured definitely in article 2, 4 and 57 of “the Compulsory Education”. These orphans were driven out for the reason that they had no fostering certificate and residence permit. These children cried to go to school. The five orphans are respectively only seven years old, eight years old, eleven years old, twelve years old, fourteen years old. They have no capacity to live and they now have had to suffer and starve on the pavement. Perhaps they will endanger the society one day, which is not good for building the well-off society.

The law becomes these officials’ means to persecute the common people. These officials are not the executors of the laws, but the bane of our nation and people. Is it not the peaceful society that we try our best to construct? “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans: 13/1). Therefore, we Christians stand on the right side of the law. However, it is written that on the Bible, “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong” (Romans: 13/3). What these local officials do is in diametric opposition.

President Hu, I, Zhang Ming-xuan used to be a hairdresser, instead, today I have become God’s son, the disciple of Jesus, a pastor. I have been always obeying the word of God, submitting myself to the authority according to the teachings of the Bible. The Bible tells us to love the world like loving yourself, how can I show no emotion to these orphans. I was arrested more than twelve times by the police office and the Religious Bureau, but I was found not guilty and released. They strike the Chinese Home Church Alliance with all means, which would awaken more people of good sense, which also makes me believe in love and conscience. I believe China will become a nation of laws and a developed and religiously free country under your leadership.

I will pray for you!

Jesus Christ bless you!

Peace to you!

God bless China and all Chinese authorities!

President of Chinese Home Church Alliance

Pastor Zhang Ming-xuan
A quarter to eight on the 25th, October, 2007

Original report from Chinaaid.org

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Crushed Bus Lifts China Three Gorges Dam Area Landslide Deaths to More Than 30

Posted by Author on November 23, 2007


By Chris Buckley, Reuters, Nov 23, 2007-

BEIJING, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The death toll from a landslide near China’s massive Three Gorges Dam soared on Friday when state media revealed the collapse had crushed a bus, killing about 30 people.

The bus was found three days after Tuesday’s landslide. Early reports from the Xinhua news agency had put casualties at the railway tunnel construction site at one worker killed, one injured and two missing.

The latest report from the scene in Badong county, Hubei province, said a road near the rail site had also been buried under rocks and earth.

Rescuers said there were no signs of life on the bus, a long-distance coach from Shanghai crowded with returning migrant workers. Just how many died remains unclear.

Records taken at a checkpoint close to the accident showed it had been carrying 27 people, but did not make clear whether that included or excluded three staff recorded when the bus left Shanghai, said Zeng Bing, a Badong government official.

The victims included a four-month-old boy and his 20-year-old mother, according to a local government Web site.

“We’ve starting digging out the bus, but the chances of survivors are really, really dim,” said Zeng. “It’s been too long, and the bus was totally crushed.”

A manager from the Lichuan Lida Bus Company told Reuters that officials had been alerted to the missing bus only after relatives and the company contacted them with their worries.

The landslide struck near a tributary of the 660-km (410-mile) Three Gorges Dam reservoir, sending down 1,000 cubic metres of rocks and mud and scaffolding, according to a report on the Badong official Web site (www.cjbd.com.cn).

The disaster appeared to be the latest warning of geological threats around the dam. Reports have not speculated on whether the slide could be linked to the dam’s rising waters, which are due to peak at 175 metres (574 feet) above sea level next year.

Badong is one of the steep areas along the reservoir that locals recently told Reuters have seen more landslides and tremors since the water level rose last year, increasing pressure on brittle slopes.

In September, dam officials warned of potential “environmental catastrophe” unless erosion and geological instability around the reservoir were controlled — an abrupt departure from bright propaganda about the world’s biggest dam.

Since then they have repeatedly said those threats are being dealt with and the dam’s environment is better than expected.

“There have been no injuries or deaths” due to dam-related landslides, Tong Chongde, a spokesman for the Three Gorges Project Construction Committee, told a small news briefing on Thursday. Phone calls to Tong on Friday went unanswered.

In the rainy summer of 2007, landslides across the dam area killed at least 13, according to local news reports and the dam’s own environmental agency.

Rescuers used explosives to shatter boulders blocking access to the crushed bus, the Badong government said.

The provincial government said grieving families would be cared for and it ordered officials to “protect social stability”, the Badong government report said. (Additional reporting by Guo Shipeng, editing by Nick Macfie and Roger Crabb)

– Original report from Reuters : Crushed bus lifts China dam area landslide deaths

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China: Propaganda Authorities’ Intervention Increase, Journalist Banned Over Serious Corruption Reports

Posted by Author on November 15, 2007


By Edward Cody, Washington Post Foreign Service, U.S, Monday, November 12, 2007-

BEIJING — A few weeks ago, Pang Jiaoming’s career as a reporter ended, just two years after it began.

The Communist Party’s Central Propaganda Department and the official All-China Journalists Association issued a directive ordering Pang’s employer, the China Economic Times, not only to fire him, but also to “reinforce the Marxist ideological education of its journalists.” In a separate notice to news organizations across China, Pang said, propaganda officials announced that he was also banned from further work as a reporter at other publications.

Pang’s offense was a pair of articles reporting that substandard coal ash was being used in construction of a showcase railroad, the $12 billion high-speed line running 500 miles between Wuhan, in Hubei province, and Guangzhou, an industrial hub just north of Hong Kong. The ash is a key ingredient in concrete used for tunnels, bridges and roadbed, Pang wrote, and a substandard mix raised the specter of collapsing structures and tragic accidents.

Pang’s report, which was published on the front page, illustrated the growing desire of young Chinese reporters to push the limits of the country’s draconian censorship system. In a booming and fast-transforming economy riddled with corruption, they have found a fertile field for investigative journalism, along with readers increasingly hungry to know about malfeasance that affects their lives.

But his fate also dramatized how helpless China’s journalists remain under the thumb of an authoritarian government that maintains a vast propaganda bureaucracy with unquestioned power to control what is published and decide who rises and falls in the news business.

Change has begun, with visible loosening since the 1970s. But the party’s propaganda mandarins have retained the power to intervene whenever they decide to do so, and in the past several years they have intervened with increasing, although unpredictable, frequency. As a result, working as a reporter in China has come to mean succumbing as a compliant propagandist or dancing along the censors’ red line — making each story a high-stakes gamble on how far to go.

“China is a heaven for investigative reporting, since it has a lot of interesting things to cover, but it is not a heaven for Chinese investigative reporters,” said Zhan Jiang, journalism dean at the China Youth University for Political Sciences in Beijing.

Pang, a slight Hainan Island native with a sparse mustache and hair hanging unfashionably down the back of his neck, had an unlikely background for someone trying to play the edge. He graduated in 2005 from the China Youth University for Political Sciences, which traditionally has been a training ground for the Communist Youth League once led by President Hu Jintao.

Nevertheless, Pang gravitated swiftly toward investigative journalism, focusing on economic corruption and environmental degradation.

Money wasn’t the lure; Pang said he earned about $120 a month in salary and, with the per-word payments common in Chinese journalism, was able to add another $300. But Pang decided it was the work for him. Soon after starting, he wrote about pollution in Jiangsu province. Then he took aim at pollution in Shanxi province, coal mining corruption in Hunan province and abuse of pasture lands in Inner Mongolia. In his wake were dozens of local officials angered by the disclosures.

As a result, Pang became known at the Central Propaganda Department as someone willing to cross the line. His image was further defined by a sassy blog that featured drawings of the classic see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, speak-no-evil monkeys.

Pang’s latest gamble began in June, when several letters arrived at his newspaper’s Beijing headquarters. Because substandard ash was used in the mix, said a writer working on the railroad project, concrete was getting stuck in construction site funnels. After looking into the problems that substandard ash could cause and getting his editor’s approval, Pang boarded a train south and launched his investigation. What he found, he said, were five factories selling ash rated below the national standard for use in concrete. Pang said he witnessed the substandard ash being loaded into trucks and mixed into concrete for use on the railroad. He had samples of the ash analyzed by two laboratories, which found it did not meet China’s standards, he added.

There was a difference of about $12 a ton between the substandard ash, which contained rock and other waste, and the mandated fine ash, which comes mostly from the smoke of coal burned in power plants, Pang said. That meant a lot of money was being made from fraud, he suggested, probably at the railroad construction company as well as at the coal ash providers.

“If there was no cooperation between the railroad construction company and the sellers of the coal ash, how could all this be done?” he asked.

With its clear suggestion of corruption and safety hazards, the first article drew a swift reaction when it appeared July 4. Pang said his editors got calls from the Railway Ministry, the Central Propaganda Department and the All-China Journalists Association urging that nothing further be written on the subject.

The ministry and its Wuhan-Guangzhou Passenger Dedicated Line subsidiary issued denials, meanwhile, saying their own analyses showed that ingredients in the concrete met the standard. Undeterred, Pang published a second report July 24, offering further details from what he described as “inside sources” and repeating his allegations.

Angered by the challenge, and apparently responding to upset officials in the Railway Ministry, the Central Propaganda Department demanded to see Pang’s documentation. Pang said he handed over his material as requested, but without revealing his sources. The next move by propaganda officials, he said, was to hold a meeting Aug. 27 between the newspaper editors, on one side, and on the other, railway officials, university specialists and a senior representative of the All-China Journalists Association. All of the latter condemned the stories, saying they had damaged the reputation of the railroad in China and abroad. A week later, an official ruling declared that the ash in question had been analyzed and was without problem. That was followed by the firing order.

“Our investigation showed that Pang’s report was untrue and not comprehensive,” said Sun Zhaohua, who attended the meeting as director of the self-discipline division at the All-China Journalists Association.

Pang said he was not surprised to see Sun join the attack on his stories. The journalists association does not represent journalists, he said, but serves as a wing of the Central Propaganda Department.

“I don’t see anybody who protects us journalists,” Pang said. “But maybe I can protect myself.” To do so, he has continued his investigation, accumulating what he says is more scientific proof that substandard ash was used.

But aligned against Pang and his kind is a formidable propaganda bureaucracy that has been a key part of the Chinese Communist Party since the days of Mao Zedong.

Li Changchun, who guides the machinery as head of the Central Leading Group on Propaganda and Ideological Work, was just reappointed to the Politburo’s Standing Committee, the apex of power in China. His deputy, Liu Yunshan, who was just reappointed to the Politburo, has since 2002 administered the Central Propaganda Department, headquartered in a new building next to the Zhongnanhai leadership compound and a few hundred yards from Tiananmen Square.

Liu’s operation, with about 250 staff members, has been assigned mainly to monitor domestic information. Efforts to control, or at least influence, foreign information about China have been entrusted to the party’s External Propaganda Leading Group, which merged 16 years ago with the State Council Information Office, according to David L. Shambaugh, a China specialist at George Washington University writing in the January issue of the China Journal.

In addition, the party’s central bureaucracy has been replicated dozens of times in provincial and municipal offices around the country.

The New China News Agency, although an organ of the government, has been assigned a number of party propaganda officials to monitor reports from each department. The agency, ostensibly a public news purveyor, also has been tasked with writing internal government reports, providing the party and government with news the public is not allowed to see. A former editor said senior correspondents have long vied to write official reports rather than general news, hoping to get noticed by party cadres.

Pang said he was not dismayed by the odds despite his experience. His girlfriend, also from Hainan, has continued to work and bring in money, he said, adding, “Myself, I’ll just have to wait and see for a while.”

– Original report from Washington Post : Chinese Muckraking a High-Stakes Gamble

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Secret Document Reveals China’s Nationwide Campaign Against Unregistered Christian Churches

Posted by Author on November 15, 2007


Midland, China Aid Association Inc.(CAA), Texas, U.S, November 13, 2007-

CAA recently received a secret document from a reliable government source showing the Chinese governent has been launching a nationwide campaign against unregistered Christian churches since July of this year.

Click here for Full Translated Text of the secret document

The “confidential” (jimi) document was issued on July 24, 2007 by Duodao District Committee Office of Jingmen Municipality of the Communist Party of China, Hubei province. The document number is listed as “Duo Ban Fa [2007] No. 18” which seems compatible with the standard way of document listing by the Chinese government. In order to protect the source, CAA has to omit the specific three-digit serial number on the top of the document.

The document entitled as “Notice on Forwarding ‘Work Plan for Special Administration on Christian Activities in Duodao District’ from Duodao District Committee Office of the Communist Party of China and Office of Duodao District People’s Government” (Work Plan) was issued to all township and neighborhood Party committees, all people’s governments, neighborhood offices, and relevant work units. According to the document, the work Plan was formulated by the Department of United Front of District Committee, District Bureau for Religious Affairs of Ethnic Minorities and Duodao Branch of Public Security Bureau.

Though this document was issued in a local level, it does reveal that the central government has directed a national campaign specifically against unregistered Christian House churches. According to the document, the secret campaign was launched “based on the relevant documents from the central government, provincial government, and municipal government and the decisions from the working conference on special administration on Christianity throughout our province.”

Moreover, according to “Guidelines and General Requirements” of the Work Plan, the whole campaign was urged and instructed by the National Christian Working Seminar and “leading comrades in the central government”. CAA learned that the central government convened a secret National Christian Working Seminar which is called “601 Conference” on June 1, 2007.

The purpose of the crackdown was said to “Fight against infiltration activities by hostile overseas forces under the guise of Christianity and safeguard the stability in our society and in the religious arena.” By urging the government-sanctioned patriotic Christian organizations to work closely with the public security agents, the aim of the campaign is to establish” a socialized mechanism of management of religious affairs.”

According to the document, the duration of the crackdown was “set at five and a half months, starting on June 15 and ending November 30 in three phases” including propaganda, actions, and inspection.

As for the self-appointed missionaries (house church leaders), the document urges to “tackle the problem in three ways: education and stop, order them to stop their activities and crack down on their activities according to law.” For those unregistered churches, the public security agencies are asked to “work with departments in charge of religious affairs and resolutely stop their activities. In the meantime, the leaders of the site should be investigated and due penalties rendered. All their illegally acquired income shall be confiscated.” Furthermore, for unauthorized churches that were found preaching “heresies, religious fanaticism, feudal superstition, or harm the physical and mental health of the people, and violate the laws of the state,” the public security agencies are urged to “resolutely crack down on them and abolish them on the basis of sufficient evidence. ”

Finally the whole campaign was asked to be carried out in super secrecy. “Being serious internally and lax externally with strict confidentiality. We should only perform the special administration, but not talk about it. Without approval from the district’s leading team for the special administration, no agencies in all the areas shall disclose the information in this document to any media. All the documents for the special administration are classified as “confidential” and must be printed in serial numbers. After the documents are used, they shall be stored at a confidential room and their content must not be disclosed.”

CAA also received 4 sets of registration forms from Yu’an District, Liu’an city, Anhui province showing both the believers and their relatives are mandated to fill these forms including their personal data such as when they become Christians, who introduced and where the meeting place is, both home and work addresses, date of birth and their IDs etc.

“This campaign is another clear example of absolute violation of the relevant international human rights covenants and China’s own Constitution on protection of citizen’s religious freedom,” said Bob Fu, “We urge the Chinese government to stop this kind of illegal secret practice if China intends to be a true respected responsible stakeholder in the international community.”

Issued By China Aid Association Inc. © November 13 2007

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2,000 Former Soldiers Rioted in 3 China Cities Over Poor Living Conditions

Posted by Author on September 13, 2007


Reuters, Via Toronto Star, Canada, Sep 12, 2007 –

BEIJING–About 2,000 former soldiers rioted in three Chinese cities last week over poor conditions in railway vocational schools where they were retraining, a rights group said.

Nearly 1,000 smashed equipment and set fires in their school in Baotou in Inner Mongolia and clashed with hundreds of police. At least 20 people were injured and five were arrested, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said yesterday.

Similar riots occurred in Baoji, in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in central China, on the same day, Sept. 3, the centre said in a faxed statement.

“Food in the schools is bad and expensive. The dormitories have no electrical outlets and the students need to pay to recharge their cellphones,” it said.

An official at the Baoji school refused to confirm details, saying only that “everything has returned to normal.

“It was not a big deal, and things like that happen on campus a lot. But it was exaggerated by some people,” he said. “I do not want to say anything more about it, because it would not be good for our school’s reputation.”

The Wuhan school would not comment. Phones at the Baotou school were disconnected.

An official at the Railway Ministry declined to comment.

The simultaneous incidents, in which school property was smashed or set on fire, were organized by some of the former soldiers, the centre said.

The rioters were among 6,000 discharged troops the ministry recruited in July to be trained at 12 railway vocational schools across the country, it said.

Troops discharged from the People’s Liberation Army used to be offered good posts in the government or the police, but reforms in recent years have meant most of them have been left on their own after being demobilized, fuelling discontent.

It is rare in China for co-ordinated protests to hit several cities simultaneously, demonstrating the power of cellphones and the Internet, the Hong Kong-based group added.

– Report from Toronto Star: 2,000 retired soldiers riot over poor living conditions

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Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (15) – Flying An Airplane

Posted by Author on August 16, 2007


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The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group Evidence has surfaced of over 100 torture methods being employed by Chinese authority against Falun Gong adherents in China’s labour camps, detention centers, and mental hospitals, to force them to renounce their belief, or by physically destroying them if they refuse.

Torture Methods (15) – “Flying An Airplane”Flying an Airplane

Victims are forced to bend over while holding their legs straight. The person’s head is bent down until it cannot go down any further, while the hands are pulled up and held up to the highest point. The hips have to point up.

The body in this position looks like the shape of an airplane, which is how this torture de-rived its name. With the feet close together, the arms are lifted to the highest position and the hands must touch the wall.

Cases

1. Yu Lixin, female, 27, resident of Dalian City, Liaoning Province

Ms. Yu Lixin was detained at the Dalian City Detention Center because she practiced Falun Gong.

On the evening of April 15, 2001, she was forced to stand with her hands clasped behind her head and, at the same time, bow down at a 90-degree angle. Mean-while, she was beaten, kicked and shocked on the back of her neck with an electric baton.

There were bruises all over her body.

In the early morning on April 16, 2001, Ms. Yu was escorted to a room on the fifth floor, ostensibly to clean it. All of the rooms in the detention center had iron parapets enclosing the windows, except for the room that Ms. Yu was supposed to be cleaning.

Shortly after being escorted to the room, she was seen falling from the window. The fall killed her.

2. Li Binghua, male, 39, a farmer, resident of Yuxin Town, Tianmen City, Hubei Province

In May 2000, Mr. Li Binghua went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Consequently, he was arrested and sentenced to one year of forced labor at the Shayang Labor Camp.

The Labor Camp officers did not allow him to rest. Even when Mr. Li was walking, they forcefully made him walk as if “flying an airplane.”

They ceaselessly insulted him and took turns telling dirty stories and saying disgusting things in his ears. They intentionally pulled him out of the restroom when he was in the middle of urinating, and they did not let him use toilet tissue when he went to the toilet. They would stop him or put dirty things into his bowl when he had only finished half of his meal.

Four inmates, instigated by the camp officers, often took turns beating Mr. Li, slamming his head or body against the wall. This kind of torture occurred over a long period. As a result, Mr. Li began to exhibit the behavior of someone who is brain-damaged.

The labor camp authorities locked Mr. Li in a “solitary confinement” cell to isolate him from others.

Original report from flghrwg.net

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China Suffers Severe Drought and Floods in July

Posted by Author on August 14, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 11, 2007-

Recent climate anomalies in China has caused ceaseless droughts in some areas and continuous floods in other places. Experts have pointed out that the global greenhouse effect and other human factors were the main reasons for the disasters.

Continuous droughts and high temperatures have been afflicting many areas including Hunan, Jiangxi, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Xinjiang, Fujian provinces and Shanghai City, with Jiangxi and Hunan being the hardest hit. The drought in the mid-eastern part of Inner Mongolia has lasted a long time, and the situation keeps worsening.

According to the latest official figures, this year 23 million acres of cultivated area suffered from the droughts, which is 2.7 million acres higher than average. The droughts affected 21.7 million acres of crops, among which 7.8 million acres are severely affected, and 1.4 million acres completely withered. The drought has also caused a fresh water shortage for 5.88 million people and 4.7 million cattle.

Since this summer, heavy rainfalls have caused floods in many parts of China, especially in Chongqing City as well as Sichuan, Guizhou, Xinjiang, Guangxi and Hubei provinces. So far the flood has killed nearly 700 people, affected 120 million, and caused US$7 billion economic losses.

Jiangxi is experiencing the worst drought in 50 years, with 1.06 million people facing a drinking water shortage, and 1.3 million acres of crops affected by the drought. The drought is still worsening, and is spreading quickly from the middle to the rest of the province.

According to latest figures, from April 1 to July 30 this year, the average rainfalls in Jiangxi is 594 mm, 32 percent below that in the same period of past years, and 20 percent blow that in the same period of 2003.

In Hunan Province the drought has continued for four weeks, which omens a dry autumn. Several million people are facing a drinking water crisis. Rainfall is down by 25 percent compared to previous years, leaving half of the two million water reservoir facilities empty.

According to the Hunan Meteorological Bureau’s forecast, the temperate will reach up to 40° C (104° F) in most of August.

Since June, high temperatures and low rainfall have affected the northeast Heilongjiang and some other areas in the province. The provincial Sanjiang Plain area is afflicted by a summer drought, which has not occurred in that area for many years. Some areas experienced over 40 continuous rainless days. A lot of farmlands are covered with a 30-centimeter (11.8 inches) deep layer of dry soil.

In Fuzhou, capital city of Fujian Province, high temperature as lasted for 31 days by July 30, the longest period since the city’s first official weather record was made in 1880. In many other parts of Fujian, hot weather has also lasted for 26 to 35 days.

In Zhejiang the continuous hot weather has lead to water shortages in many places and the situation is becoming more serious.

Recently Shanghai has suffered continuous hot days with temperature as high as 39° C (102° F) or even higher.

According to a meteorological department report, Shanghai’s temperature peeked at 39.6° C (103° F) on July 29. The last time Shanghai had the same temperature was on July 25, 2003, and it broke a 63 years’ record.

So far nearly 700 people have died as a result of the flood, lightning and mudslides across China. The flood has affected up to 120 million people with economic losses amounting to $7 billion.

Chongqing City recently was hit by the heaviest rainfalls in the century. Millions of people were affected and nearly 100 were killed or missing. The losses reached 2.978 billion yuan ($0.39 billion).

Guangxi Province was also hit by continuous torrential rainfalls, resulting in mountain torrents and river flooding which affected 8.3 million people and caused a direct economic loss of 9.84 million yuan ($1.3 million).

From July 27 to 31, heavy rains hit Sanmenxia City of Henan Province, the south part of Shanxi Province, middle southern parts of Shannxi Province. Serious rainstorms and landslides have occurred in many areas. According to preliminary statistics, 57 people were killed and 43 were missing as of August 10.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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70-year-old Chinese Woman Commits Suicide to Protest Forced Demolition

Posted by Author on August 2, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 01, 2007 –

On July 27, Zhang Shiying, a villager from Xinguan Village, Suizhou City in HubeiZhang Shiying lies in the street after leaping to her death Province, jumped from a building to protest the local authorities’ policy of forced demolition.

[ Editor’s Note: The Chinese government frequently seizes people’s homes, offers compensation of only a fraction of the market value, and demolishes the homes to clear the land for sale for the construction of office buildings or other high-profit ventures. ]

(photo above : Zhang Shiying lies in the street after leaping to her death in an effort to save her son-in-law’s home. – by Liu Feiyue, from The People’s Observer)

Zhang’s son-in-law, He Shihai, told The Epoch Times on July 28, “Our mother is very brave. She gave her life to protect her children’s legal rights and to protest the mafia-like local authorities. Our relatives, friends and family are very sad and angry.”

According to He Shihai, it was his house that this late mother-in-law was trying to protect. He Shihai said that the local government planning department recently announced his house to be an illegal construction, though earlier the authorities had issued him a permit to build the house. Mr. He’s family is far from alone in their suffering.Permit More than 140 previously permitted buildings in the area were later announced to be illegal.

(photo right: The building permit issued to He Shihai, Zhang Shiying’s son-in-law.- by Liu Feiyue, from The People’s Observer)

On May 9, the City Planning Enforcement Bureau issued a forced demolition notice to He Shihai. Mr. He pleaded for an administrative review, but never received any response.

On July 26, the day before Zhang’s suicide, He Shihai negotiated with the leaders of the Bureau, proposing that the Bureau demolish only two of the four storeys of his house. But the Bureau insisted on demolishing the whole building.

At around 8 a.m. Friday morning, before any agreement was reached, the Bureau sent two to three hundred people and over a dozen vehicles to prepare for the demolition of He’s house. He Shihai told the reporter, “They also brought some gangsters. Many people in that group were not law enforcement personnel, but gangsters. We all know that.”

[ Editor’s Note: It is a common practice that municipal governments will hire local hoodlums to drive out residents with threats and beatings; BBC cameramen captured on such incident last year. ]

Zhang Shiying, almost 70 years old, climbed to the top of building to protest the brutalZhang Shiying jumped off the four-storey building demolition, maybe in a hope that an old woman’s pleas could move the gang. But the demolishers would not be stopped. Her last hope destroyed, Zhang jumped off in despair.

(photo right: Zhang Shiying jumped off the four-storey building when her pleas could not stop the demolition of the house. – by Liu Feiyue, from The People’s Observer)

Medical personnel were unable to save Zhang Shiying’s life. On hearing about her death, the gang immediately ran away. He Shihai rebuked the demolishers for their cold-bloodedness, “They are so inhuman. They saw someone jumping off the building, but they cared too little to do anything to help. All they did was run away.”

He Shihai said that as a result of general criticism, his house has survived for the time being.

At the site of the event, an official of the Bureau openly lectured He and his supporters that “the authorities would always overpower law and reason.”

He Shihai said he has no confidence at all that he can protect his house. He chided the government officials for caring only for their own profits, and having no regard for people’s lives. He lamented that common people in China have been suffering too much.

He Shihai said that if the authorities continue to abuse their powers and fail to handle things justly, he and his wife will appeal and seek justice for their mother.

This tragedy was first introduced to the public by Mr. Liu Feiyue, chief editor of People’s Observer (in Chinese), a Website dedicated to disclosing human rights abuses in China. Liu Feiyue said that the tragic suicide of Zhang Shiying is the result of an extremely brutal forced demolition program. Liu said, “People have been pushed over the edge by forced demolitions. It’s time for the world to think why such tragedies have happened again and again in China.”

Indeed, in China it is not uncommon fort people to kill themselves to protest the unfair treatment by the authorities. China’s legal system has denied people every possibility to protect their basic rights, so when wronged by the authorities, the helpless common people often find their own lives to be the only thing they can use to express their despair and indignation.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Chinese Woman Commits Suicide to Protest Forced Demolition

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photos: Slave Labors in China Exploitative Cotton Factory

Posted by Author on July 15, 2007


The Epoch Times, Jul 14, 2007-workers in Exploitative Cotton Factory (1)

In the wake of the heartbreaking story of underground brick factories involving scores of child slaves found in China’s Shanxi province, a similar exploitation has emerged: a corrupt cotton factory in Wuhan City, Hubei Province.

In a darkened factory chamber several dark-skinned workers surrounded a large pile of contaminated cotton. Some workers lay exhaustedly on the factory’s grimy floor, their bodies covered with dark mosquitoes and flies. One of the workers raised his hand, which was dyed black from his labor, and revealed a damaged finger that had been cut off by a machine.

Photos of Exploited Workersworker in Exploitative Cotton Factory

On July 7, Wang Haofeng, a former photojournalist for a Wuhan-based newspaper known for exposing hidden crimes, found the factory by chance. At his own risk, Wang snuck into the facility and shot some breathtaking photos that he later posted on his own personal web page—Wang Haofeng’s “Focus.” In his posting Wang included a call to save these exploited workers.

According to the Information Times , Wang revealed that the media actually exposed thisworker in china Exploitative Cotton Factory (3) factory in 2001. At that time the factory was accused of employing underage children who were tortured and denied pay. The story broke when the children escaped and the local government in Wuhan fined and condemned the facility. But despite media exposure and police intervention, the factory soon resumed its old ways, and has secretly remained in operation until now.

Since its initial exposure, circumstances have grown even worse for factory workers. Composed of five or six enclosed brick chambers, the factory resembles a dark tomb. The facility lacks windows, lights and fans, making for suffocating, hot and stuffy working conditions, particularly in Wuhan, which is notorious for its unbearably hot summer. The chambers are hazy with dust that irritates the nose, eyes and throat. No person would stay inside this facility of his own free will.

Due to the extreme temperatures, nearly all workers labored naked from the waist up.worker in China Exploitative Cotton Factory Just like the contaminated cotton that they dealt with, the worker’s bodies were dyed black—each of them was black from head to toe. The white surgeon’s mask worn by one worker revealed black marks at his mouth and nostrils. One could clearly see that the air inside the chamber was dirty and smoke-saturated. One very young laborer looked to have been responsible for processing the various colors of collected worn-out cloth. His many hours spent in the factory had dyed his hair a lifeless pale red, like dead grass. It was quite painful to rest eyes on this ruinedworker (5) youth.

During his secret investigation, Wang talked to one worker who showed him a damaged finger, explaining that his finger had been cult off by a machine in the factory. “The boss is quite cruel,” the worker told Wang, “Since I entered this factory, I have become thinner and there is great pain in my chest when I breathe.” Soon after the worker finished his words, a man who appeared to be a supervisor showed up, pointing a long sharp knife at Wang. Another supervisor shouted, “If you dare to take photos, I will beat you to death!”worker (6) Meanwhile, another man who appeared to be running the operation came forward to give the worker a tongue-lashing “Why did you talk to an outsider?!” he shouted.

When recounting how he managed to come out of the factory in one piece, Wang said with a smile, “It was really a narrow escape.” The armed supervisor grabbed Wang’s camera, yet when he checked it he found that no photos had been taken. Cleverly, Wang brought several cameras with him and the supervisor never found the camera that had actually been used to document the facility. When the supervisor saw that no photo was taken, he promptly threw Wang out.

Because of his close brush with the angry supervisors, Wang did not have enough time toworker (7) observe the other chambers in the factory. Therefore, he could not accurately determine just how many laborers there were in the facility. But he did spot over ten workers in the chamber when he first arrived.

This exploitative cotton factory was located next to a funeral parlor in Hankou, Wuhan City. Most of its ingredients came from the used and dirty cotton cloth retrieved from the funeral parlor’s garbage.

– original report from The Epoch Times: China’s Exploitative Cotton Factory

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Rights Defenders Arrested by 1000 Armed Police in Central China

Posted by Author on June 30, 2007


By Li Xi, Epoch Times China Staff, Jun 29, 2007-

Over one thousand armed police officers, riot police, and City Management police officers suddenly congregated at Hualou Street, Wuhan city on the morning of June 23, 2007 to arrest human rights defenders.

The police busted into the homes of local human rights defenders whose names were on the authority’s black-list. It was reported that Mayor Li Xiansheng had authorized this operation as local resident groups had protested his plan of forcefully relocating the Hualou Street.

On May 20,.2007, nearly a thousand residents and human rights defenders had held a general assembly meeting to ask the Chinese authorities to investigate the collusion between their local government officials and a businessman. The event resulted in the issuing of a warrant for the arrest of the meeting’s organizer, Yu Zhenghua. But Yu was tipped off and ran away before police could arrest. Meanwhile his home was surrounded by more than ten police officers.

However on June 23, 2007 at about 6 am, 4 to 5 human rights defenders were arrested by more than twenty police officers who forced their way into their homes. A female resident was even dragged out from her bed.

Later, as local residents gathered at the local police station, protesting for and demanding the release of those arrested, around one thousand police officers were sent to disperse them. Some of the residents were beaten and arrested as they were either taking photos or filming the proceedings. One elderly woman surnamed Yu was injured during the crackdown. She is believed to be 80 years old.

As part of the operation, City Management police officers used long bamboo poles with sickles tied on their ends to remove all the banners from street. They were demolishing the street and preparing for the forceful relocation. The police officers did not leave until 3 pm that day.

According to local residents, the operation was Mayor Li Xiansheng’s promise to Zhou Weixin, the General Manager of Hutchison Whampoa Property, Hong Kong. Li was to personally supervise and seize the human right defenders who had organized the assembly on May 23,2007.

Hutchison Whampoa Property, Hong Kong had secured the land near Hualou Street a few years ago with a 1.1 billion yuan (approximately US$141 million) bid. The entire site area is nearly 120,000 square meters (1.3 million square feet) and the land is zoned as both a commercial and a residential district.

Wuhan city local government had not obtained the right of ownership for this site before they sold the property to Hutchison Whampoa Property. Neither did they inform or ask for permission from the local residents., The residents thus became distressed as their local government had used forceful and foul means to get what they want. They suspected that Mayor Li Xiansheng had abused his political status in exchange for personal gains with Hutchison Whampoa Property, Hong Kong.

– original report: Human Rights Defenders Arrested in Wuhan

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China Leader Admitted for First Time Regime is Facing Crisis

Posted by Author on January 16, 2007


By Luo Bing, Chengming Monthly Magazine (Chinese), Hongkong, Jan. 1, 2007-

Chinese President Hu Jingtao admitted recently that the Chinese Communist PartyCover, Chengming Monthly, Jan. 1, 2007 (CCP) regime is facing three unprecedented crises: A political crisis, a crisis revolving around social infrastructure, and a crisis concerning overall governance within the regime. Among them, the crisis of governance is the most threatening.

CCP is Faced With Three Unprecedented Crises

It was at the Annual Conference of the 12th Central Committee Political Bureau of 2006 that Hu admitted to the enormous pressure that the ruling party is facing. This pressure comes in the form of three unprecedented crises. These are: a political crisis, a social infrastructure crisis, and a crisis concerning governance. All three of these crises are triggered by and amplified by one another, creating a very difficult situation.

Among the three crises, the one revolving around governance of the regime is most serious. Hu wasted no time in pointing out that the most serious and urgent issue the CCP is facing is the implementation of the party’s principles and policies to the entire country. This is critical in that it is needed to check, reverse, and ultimately solve the crisis. It is directly related to the country’s fate, the interests of 1.3 billion people, and the vitality of the party as a ruling party.

Vice Premier Wu Banguo said at the meeting that the escalation of the governance crisis at the local level had all but destroyed the stability of society, economic development, financial order, and any potential for a harmonious relationship between the people and the government.

Disclosures: 200 to 250 reports regarding political issues, social stability, or accidents submitted by local governments account for half of the various reports every day.

A new trend has appeared recently, which is, more reports are about superstructure, democratic parties, and appealing events in religious circles. For example, legal proceedings against various party committees and government departments are used to put the heads of the respective government departments and legal departments into a passive state.

Premier Wen Jiabao said, “Lawsuits against the party or its government organs from all circles reflect not only the progress in the legal system and its law-making procedures, but also the administrative gap between the party, government organizations, and the law, which serves to worsen the crisis in governance.”

Summary of the 31-Province Questionnaire on CCP and its Organizations

The assessment questionnaire of CCP and its organizations of the 31 provinces, autonomous regions and the municipalities directly under the central government are summarized below:

(1) None of them are listed as Category 1 (good, very good, very satisfied), or Category 2 (good, satisfactory).

(2) Category 3 (normal) consists of: Beijing City, Tianjin City, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Ningxia Muslim Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Hainan Province.

(3) Category 4 (unsatisfactory, bad) consists of: Liaoning Province, Jilin Province, Guangdong Province, Fujian Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Shanghai City, Shandong Province, Sichuan Province, Guizhou Province, Gansu Province and other provinces.

(4) Category 5 (very dissatisfied, poor) consists of: Hebei Province, Shanxi Province, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Heilongjiang Province, Anhui Province, Jiangxi Province, Henan Province, Hubei Province, Hunan Province, Chongqing City, Shaanxi Province, Yunnan Province and Qinghai Province. Among them, Henan, Anhui, Shanxi, Hunan received very low points. In the provinces (autonomous regions) which are classified as Category 5 (very dissatisfied, poor), city government, police officers, and the legal system are going through judicial darkness and collusion with the business sector. The society is chaotic and wide gaps have developed between the rich and the poor, resulting in fierce, often violent protests.

The Central Committee of the CCP dispatched teams to 19 provinces (autonomous regions) in light of the current situation.

Central Authorities Have Introduced New Plan For Dealing with Social Gatherings

The Central Committee and State Council of the CCP recently promulgated a number of regulations detailing ways to strictly deal with group activities.

It includes five topics in total. It stresses that the accidents resulting from local governments’ violation of regulations and policies made by the Central Committee of the CCP would be investigated for dereliction of duty. If large-scale protests occur and cause casualties and economic losses, the corresponding people in the local government must be held responsible for serious misconduct and receive criminal prosecution.

The so-called “scale” criterion means above 5000 people in the provincial cities and above 2,000 people in other cities are involved in an accident, or above 20 people wounded, including five or more death in an accident, or with economic losses( direct and indirect) of more than 20 million yuan (about U.S. $ 2.5 million).

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Chengming Monthly Magazine (Chinese) is the most widely read political magazine published in Hong Kong.
– This Article translated from Chinese by the Epochtimes

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Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (1) – Burning

Posted by Author on December 24, 2006


burning

Demonstration: Burning

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Evidence has surfaced of over 100 torture methods being employed against Falun Gong practitioners in China’s labour camps, detention centers, and mental hospitals.

The goal is to eradicate Falun Gong, either by coercing its practitioners to renounce their belief, or by physically destroying them if they refuse.

The tactics range from long-term sleep deprivation, being surrounded with loudspeakers demonizing their practice 24 hours a day, to being force-fed with human feces, or shocked and even raped with electric batons.

Torture Methods (1) – Burning

Painting: Burning

(Picture right: Painting: Burning) Numerous reports have emerged from China of police and labour camp authorities burning Falun Gong practitioners with cigarettes, car lighters, irons, and hot metal rods as a way to force them to give up their belief. Sometimes, hot irons are heated to be red-hot, then used to burn practitioners’ flesh or pierce their nipples. Many have reported being burned repeatedly with cigarettes, including on their faces, necks, and genitals.

Cases

1. Tan Yongjie, 27, severely burned with hot irons by police

Torture victim, Mr. Tan Yongjie

On June 2, 2001, while Tan Yongjie was being illegally held at the Luobo Labour Camp in Guangdong Province, three police officers tortured him.

(Photo right: Mr. Tan Yongjie, torture victim. Picture from http://www.faluninfo.net/ )

First they beat him and tried to force him to write “repentance statements” denouncing Falun Gong. However, Mr. Tan did not say a word.

Later, the guards tied him to a pillar. One guard heated up a rusted iron rod on an electric burner

Mr. Tan Yongjie's legs burned by Chinese police guards

until the rod turned red, then pressed the rod against Mr. Tan’s legs in over a dozen places while asking: “Do you still want to practice Falun Gong?”

(Photo right: Mr. Tan Yongjie burned on legs by guards. Picture from http://photo.minghui.org/)

Mr. Tan was seriously burned. His legs shook and he cried out loudly. He was in so much pain that he lost control of his bowel functions.

The guards then dragged him back to his small cell and locked him in. He could neither walk nor sleep because of the pain. Later, the guards ordered him to care for an orchard. They thought that with such wounds he would not be able to go very far, but he escaped.

He arrived in Hong Kong on June 10 and fled to the United States……. ( more details of Mr. Tan’s story)

2. Ms. Wang Huajun, burned alive by prison authorities

Ms. Wang Huajun Burned alive

Ms. Wang Huajun

36-year-old Wang Huajun lived in Fengjiashan, Macheng City, Hubei Province.

Police seized her on the morning of April 18, 2001 because she was telling people about the persecution in downtown Macheng. They beat her viciously until 11 o’clock that night.

On the verge of death, she was dragged outside of the city hall, drenched in gasoline, and set ablaze. She burned to death at about 1 a.m..

Police told witnesses, such as one female street cleaner, that the woman had set herself on fire. A “suicide note” – miraculously uncharred by the flames – was found inches from her burnt body, along with her ID, which the police had confiscated months earlier……. ( more details of Ms. Wang’s case)

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Chinese regime’s harassment on independent candidates spreading

Posted by Author on September 28, 2006


During the county-district-township simultaneous elections for delegates to local People’s Congress, which have been underway in China for several months now, Communist Party and government authorities have targeted independent candidates seeking election in many parts of the country. Some candidates have been beaten, detained for questioning, threatened, or pressured by their employees to withdraw. Reported by Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) in Beijing on September 27.

In it’s press release, CHRD said incidents of harassment and intimidation of independent candidates are on the rise.

Instance including, in August, independent candidate Zhou Tao disclosed that, in Luohu District, Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, all district candidates had already been decided by the government that independent candidates have no chance to participate in the election.

In September, independent candidates in all the districts in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, were detained for questioning in advance of the vote. They were accused of engaging in activities harmful to the election.

“the Nationalist Party” or “Pan-Blue Alliance” (fan lan lian meng), which is running under the Nationalist Party principles, has been specifically targeted. Pan-Blue’s slogan is to uphold the “three peoples principles” (san min zhu yi), to learn from Taiwan’s demoractization, and to promote the one-China unification policy.

On September 25, Cai Aiming, another Pan-Blue Alliance member in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, was detained by police around 11am, and was not yet been released by 2pm on September 26.

One candidate, Wen Yan (nickname Sun Erwu), who is running as a member of the Pan-Blue Alliance in Wuhan City, was beaten by unidentified men on the evening of September 12.

CHRD indicated that the elections of local delegates to the local People’s Congress are held now in different parts of the county, and are running from July 2006 to the end of 2007. This is the first round of nationwide local elections since the 2004 amendment of the PRC Constitution, the Election Law, and the Local Organization Law, which changed the length of terms for delegates to the county-township People’s Congress from three years to five years.

More than 2,800 counties and 35,400 townships will hold elections during this time, 900 million people are supposed to vote, 2 million delegates are to be directly elected or re-elected to office.

Anyone with more than 10 signatures of endorsement can seek election, according to China’s Election Law.

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photo: Quit the CCP Slogans Found Throughout China(5)

Posted by Author on September 8, 2006


The Epoch Times, Sep 02, 2006- (cont’d)

Hubei Provinceslogan-quit-ccp-hubei

On May 28th 2005, Clearwisdom.net reported that in the early morning of May 23rd many flyers appeared simultaneously in Hubei Xiaogan Park, arousing the curiosity of many passersby. Since then, people often stop to read and discuss the book of The Nine Commentaries and a DVD that was left at the location.

Harbin Cityslogan-quit-ccp-harbin

On May 24th 2005 the minghui net reported that on April 5th, many flyers, declarations of resignation, copies of the Nine Commentaries , pictures, and various other truth clarification materials appeared on the streets of Harbin. These materials were posted on electricity poles, stores, phone booths, doors, park walls, and gazebos.

Guangdong Cityslogan-quit-ccp-guangdong

According to a Clearwisdom report on April 27th 2005, Slogans advocating resignation from the Chinese Communist Party appeared on Shaoguan and Qujiang of Guangdong. (END)

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Troubled Youth: China’s Student Suicide Crisis(2)

Posted by Author on August 21, 2006


rfa.org, HONG KONG— (cont’d) The poll also showed more than 16 percent of university students reported having experienced anxiety or panic attacks, depression, and symptoms of paranoia.

And a recent study conducted by the provincial education department in the central province of Hubei showed that at least one student in every university in the province committed suicide in any given year, and that this figure appeared to be on the rise.

The study also showed that every completed suicide was linked to psychological problems.

A doctor surnamed Kang at the Taiyuan Psychiatric Hospital in the northern province of Shanxi said growing social pressures were certainly a major factor in the sharp increase in student suicides as China’s economy continues to grow at breakneck speed.

“Part of the reason is growing social pressure. That’s a major factor,” Kang told RFA’s Mandarin service. “Another aspect is the higher incidence of psychological problems in society as a whole. Some people seek help, but others suffer from these problems without ever getting professional help. Those are the two main reasons.” (to be cont’d…)

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Telephone Messages(6)- Harvesting Organs in China

Posted by Author on July 31, 2006


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Telephone Message6

Call time: March 30, 2006
A: Investigator B: Hospital Staff
City: Wuhan (Tongji Hospital in Wuhan City)
Tel No.: 0118627-83662688 ext. Kidney Transplant Department (or Urological Surgery Department)
Telephone company record: 3/30/2006 17:46

A: Hello. Is it the Wuhan Tongji Hospital?Wang bin - organ harvesting
B: Yes, it is.
A: Are you the Urological Surgery Department? We need to have kidney transplant.
B: Yes, this is the Kidney Transplant Department.
A: When did you start the large volume kidney transplantation?
B: We are the earliest place. We started a long time ago.
A: How many operations do you do each year?
B: Our hospital is the place where largest amount of transplants have been done. In the whole Hubei Province area, our department is the most productive one. We’ve done a lot because we have ample organ supplies.
A: From a patient’s perspective, live kidney source is preferred. So we are looking for live organ transplantation from prisoners, for example, from those who practice Falun Gong. Is it possible?
B: Sure, it’s not a problem.
A: So do you get enough supplies of live organs from prisoners such as those who practice Falun Gong?
B: Yes, sure, no problem. When you are ready, you can come over directly and we will discuss it in detail.

Note: Picture: Wang Bin, Falun Gong practitioner

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Voice record (MP3 file) available on WOIPFG’s website:
Telephone Messages: Evidences of Harvesting Organs in China

Related: REPORT INTO ALLEGATIONS OF ORGAN HARVESTING
by David Matas and David Kilgou

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Telephone Messages(5)- Harvesting Organs in China

Posted by Author on July 29, 2006


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Telephone Message 5

Call time: April 2, 2006Organ harvesting- Liu Yufeng
A: Investigator B: Hospital Staff
City: Wuhan, Hubei Province( No. 2 Affiliated Hospital of Hubei Province Medical University )
Tel No.: 0118627-67813104 ext. 2960 or 2961

Telephone company record:
4/2/2006 18:05

A: Hi. Is this the No.2 Affiliated Hospital of Hubei Province Medical University?

B: Yes.

……

A: What about kidney sources from prisoners who practice Falun Gong at your place?
B: I would say not bad. Maybe you can ask the General Hospital of Army…the General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Zone

A: Hold on for a second…, General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Zone …

B: It is also called the Wuhan General Hospital. We share with each other.

Note: Picture above — Liu Yufeng, Falun Gong practitioner.

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Voice record (MP3 file) available on WOIPFG’s website:
Telephone Messages: Evidences of Harvesting Organs in China

Related: REPORT INTO ALLEGATIONS OF ORGAN HARVESTING
by David Matas and David Kilgou

Posted in all Hot Topic, Central China, Falun Gong, Genocide, Health, Hubei, Law, Organ harvesting, People, Religion, Religious, Social, Special report, Wuhan | Comments Off on Telephone Messages(5)- Harvesting Organs in China