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A Chinese Soldier’s Divided Duty: Defending Home From Being Demolished

Posted by Author on November 17, 2011


Soldiers fight to defend home and country, but what happens when those two motives contradict one another? The slaughter last week of four deserters from the People’s Liberation Army, apparently on their way to their squad leader’s home, may have been ordered to prevent the Chinese people from asking that question.

On Nov. 9, the local police station at Shulan City in Jilin Province issued an alert. Four soldiers, all from a military base at Shulan, had escaped from the base between 4:30 and 6:00 a.m. They carried with them one model 95 automatic rifle (QBZ-95) and 795 bullets.

That afternoon, rumors started circulating on the Internet that four soldiers had been caught in Liaoning Province, which lies just southwest of Jilin Province. Some said that three of them had been killed on site and one seriously injured. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gao Zhisheng Interviewee, Middle-aged Chinese Woman, Dies Due to Torture, Photo Shows Emaciated Body

Posted by Author on October 31, 2010


Falun Dafa Information Center, Oct 31, 2010 –

Ms. Sun Shuxiang, emaciated from prolonged torture, photographed tens days after her release from a forced labor camp.

NEW YORK— A 53-year-old woman, whose testimony of excruciating and professionally-administered torture attorney Gao Zhisheng relayed in one of his open letters to China’s leaders, died in mid-October as a result of abuse in custody.

According to sources inside China, Ms. Sun Shuxiang (孙淑香), a Falun Gong practitioner from Changchun, died on October 10, four months after her release from a labor camp, where she was shocked with electric batons, injected with unidentified drugs, and forced to perform hard labor. A photo taken immediately upon her return home and smuggled out of China shows her emaciated body. Read the rest of this entry »

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After Eight Years of Torture, A Government Employee Dies Under Mysterious Circumstances in Northeast China

Posted by Author on October 15, 2010


Falun Dafa Information Center, Oct 14, 2010 –

NEW YORK — Falun Gong practitioner Cai Fuchen (蔡福臣), a government employee from Jilin province, died in police custody in mid-September after spending eight of the last ten years as a prisoner of conscience.

Mr. Cai last spoke with family members on September 5th, 2010, and reported that his condition was deteriorating. Prolonged torture and abuse had left Mr. Cai weak and emaciated, and he was under constant surveillance. Approximately ten days later, the family was told that Mr. Cai was dead. Prison authorities claimed he had jumped from a third-storey window—an assertion commonly associated with attempts to cover up deaths caused by torture or ill-treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Lawyer Barred from Representing Client by Government “6-10” Agents

Posted by Author on September 11, 2010


Human Rights in China, Sep 10, 2010 –

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from Beijing lawyer Wang Yajun (王雅军) that he was barred by agents of the so-called “6-10 Office”1 in Siping, Jilin Province, from representing a Falun Gong practitioner. Wang’s client, Du Lihua (杜丽华), is accused of “using a heretical organization to undermine implementation of the law” (利用邪教组织破坏法律实施罪). Du was tried on September 10 without a lawyer in his defense.

Wang said that on September 9, when he arrived in the Yitong Man Autonomous County Court, he was told by three men that, due to the “special circumstances in Jilin,” there are clear rules stipulating that “lawyers from outside may not represent this kind of case, meet with the accused, enter the court room to defend the client, or make photocopies of court documents.” Wang said that the men, including a Secretary Cui of the Party Committee of Political and Legal Affairs, who identified themselves as from the county 6-10 office, told him that if he “dared go into the court, they would use forcible measures.” Wang said that when he demanded to see the rules to which the men referred, the men told him that the documents were secret, and refused to give him even the document numbers.

That evening, according to Wang, two men who also identified themselves as “6-10 personnel” came to the hotel where he was staying, took his cellphone from him, and told him that he would not be allowed to go to the court the next day. They told Wang that they were “carrying out the order of Secretary Cui.” The following morning, the day of the trial, three policemen took Wang to the railway station, put him on a train, and warned him not to take any cases from Jilin Province again.

Wang said, “The whole episode—from preventing me from performing my duties as a defense lawyer, to depriving me of my personal liberty and freedom to communicate, to threatening me not to take any cases in Jilin—is an attempt to create an atmosphere of terror and to send a warning signal to outside lawyers.”

“The forcible removal of a lawyer from a case that he is lawfully representing clearly violates procedural rights guaranteed by China’s Criminal Procedure Law and the rights of defense lawyers guaranteed by the Lawyers Law,” said Sharon Hom, Executive Director of HRIC. “We urge the Jilin authorities to investigate possible abuse of official power to deliberately deprive a Falun Gong defendant of due process and legal representation.”

1. The “6-10” Office—established on June 10, 1999, by former Chinese President Jiang Zemin and Politburo member Luo Gan—was created as an extrajudicial security apparatus of the central government to crack down on the Falun Gong and other banned religious groups. Its methods include surveillance and harassment of Falun Gong practitioners, and subjecting them to “psychological transformation through reeducation.”

Human Rights in China

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Northeast China town: Flooding traps 30,000, washed 1,000 barrels of explosive chemicals into a river

Posted by Author on July 28, 2010


BBC News, July 28, 2010 –

Flooding in northeastern China has stranded 30,000 people in one town and washed 1,000 barrels of explosive chemicals into a river, reports say.

In Kouqian town in Jilin province, residents were trapped when a reservoir and two rivers overflowed following torrential rain.

In Jilin city itself, containers of explosive fluid from a chemical plant were washed into the Songhua river.

China is facing its worst flooding in more than a decade.

Weeks of heavy rain have swollen rivers and caused damage, landslides and bridge collapses across a swathe of the country.

According to state media, 928 people have died because of the seasonal bad weather and another 477 are missing.

More than 200 rescue workers have been sent to Kouqian, where tens of thousands of residents are reportedly trapped after the Xingshan reservoir and the Wende and Songhua rivers burst their banks.

Chinese media reports said houses and buildings were under water, and 80 people were trapped in a train station surrounded by water.

In Jilin city, emergency teams were trying to recover barrels of explosive chemicals washed into the river.

Environmental officials were said to be monitoring the water quality in the river.

Further to the south, in Wuhan city in Hubei province, workers were sandbagging river banks ahead of possible flooding where the Yangtze and Han rivers converge…….(More details from BBC News)

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The truth of China and international figures’ response to HIV/AIDS

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


July 11, 2010|By Joe Amon, The Los Angeles Times –

The man
who may be China’s most prominent defender of the rights of people living with HIV, Wan Yanhai, took refuge in the United States in April, after months of harassment by Chinese authorities. His organization, Aizhixing, has been repeatedly audited by government officials and is in imminent danger of being shut down. Other nongovernmental AIDS organizations have been similarly threatened, and people infected with HIV or at risk of infection in China continue to face discrimination and abuse.

So why then, in late June, did the chief of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — a $20-billion public/private fund that operates in 144 countries — thank the Chinese government for its efforts on AIDS prevention, treatment and care, and say nothing publicly about the rights of HIV-infected people?

The praise from Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund, was directed at the Chinese vice premier, Li Keqiang — the same person who, as governor of Henan province from 1998 to 2003, oversaw an intense government cover-up of an HIV epidemic, victimizing both patients and their advocates.

Kazatchkine is not the only international figure to uncritically praise the Chinese response to AIDS.

In 2005, Jim Yong Kim, then director of the World Health Organization’s HIV Department, visited China and declared: “After it was discovered that people in China got infected via blood transmission in hospitals and through intravenous drug use, the government went to extraordinary lengths to stop transmission.”

His statement rewrites history. The “extraordinary lengths” China pursued included harassing and putting under house arrest Dr. Gao Yaojie, the doctor who exposed the problem. Gao, 83, fled China in 2009. She has said since that she is afraid to return.

Another well-known AIDS activist, Hu Jia, is serving a 3 1/2-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state authority,” an offense used to punish those who criticize the government or the Communist Party of China. His arrest was part of a wider crackdown on Chinese citizens before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The comments of Kazatchkine and the plight of Wan, Gao and Hu are emblematic of the HIV/AIDS response in China: On paper, the Chinese government has laws and policies that are protective of the rights of an estimated 700,000 people living with HIV in the country. In practice, these policies are frequently undermined by the actions of police and public security forces, who round up “undesirables” such as sex workers and drug users and intimidate and censor civil society organizations working to expand HIV outreach.

This tension was highlighted in report released by UNAIDS last year that found that two-thirds of HIV-infected people in China have not sought treatment because of fear, ignorance and discrimination. UNAIDS’ director, Michel Sidibe, said then that China needed to “break the conspiracy of silence” surrounding HIV/AIDS.

But clearly, it is not just the Chinese government that needs to break the conspiracy of silence; it is also the international donor community. It would be wise to listen to what inmates at any of the approximately 700 compulsory drug detention centers in China have to say.

Human Rights Watch’s research has found that the roughly 500,000 people at these centers are routinely beaten, forced to work for up to 18 hours a day without pay, have no access to drug dependency treatment and are denied even basic medical care. Under China’s 2008 anti-drug law, drug users, even first-time users, are locked up for three to six years, without trial, in “treatment” centers that have a relapse rate of as high as 90%. Our research found that some detention center guards provided drugs to “patients”; and one guard admitted using the mandatory HIV test results to determine which female drug users to have sex with…….(more details from The Los Angeles Times)

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Old Woman Chooses Self-Immolation to Against Government’s Forced Demolition in Northwestern China

Posted by Author on June 19, 2010


By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff, June 18, 2010-

In order to stop authorities from demolishing her house and taking her land for the purpose of ‘economic development’, Li Wei set herself on fire. The 60-year-old woman is currently hospitalized and in critical condition with third degree burns over 37 percent of her body.

June 13 was the day the authorities were going to expropriate her land to build a factory for the Jingyue Economic Development Area in northwestern China’s Changchun City. Li Wei and her husband Li Xiuchen were having breakfast when the local government sent a dozen cars and over 50 people to her house, telling the couple that they were taking their house down, according to Wenhuabao (China Culture Daily).

When they tried to force Li Wei out of her home she dowsed herself with gasoline and set herself on fire. The intruders then rushed out of the house.

A doctor at the hospital said Li could die considering that she also suffers from a heart problem and diabetes.

The Epoch Times called the Office of Letters and Calls of the Jingyue Economic Development Area for comment. The man on duty said that the incident was being handled “according to procedures.”

The couple had been offered 13,000 yuan (US$1,900) for their house, but turned down the offer.

According to Wenhuabao (newspaper), Li did not regret what she did. “I was not given any choice. I had to fight for my house with my life,” Li said.

In the past few years, many such tragic incidents have taken place. The combination of land grabs by rapacious officials under the guise of public development, and the lack of established means for expressing dissent in China’s still closed political environment, are behind the incidents of desperation.

In November 2009, Tang Fuzhen, a businesswoman in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, set herself on fire on the roof of her house, in front of police. She died as a result.

On Dec 14, 2009, Xi Xinzhu from Beijing set himself on fire to protest forced demolition.

On Jan 26, 2010, Zeng Huanwei, resident of Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province, lit himself on fire to protest a road broadening project that his house was a victim of.

On March 3, 2010, 70-year-old Wang Cuiyun from Wuhan City, Hubei Province attempted to stop a demolition in progress. An earth scraper threw her into a ditch, and she died as a result.

On March 10, 2010, Han Huabin from Huayin City, Jiangsu Province, poured gasoline on himself in front of government officials who came to demolish his house. As the demolition proceeded he set himself on fire and incurred serious injuries.

On March 27, 2010, a father and son from Lianyungang City burned themselves in an attempt to stop town officials from taking down their pig farm. The 68-year-old son, Tao Huixi, died and the 92-year-old Tao Xingyao was injured.

On April 29, 2010
, four hundred desperate Chinese farmers from Changchunling Village in Heilongjiang Province resorted to lying on railroad tracks to protest government land grabs. Armed police dispersed them with tear gas. A dozen farmers suffered injuries, with two badly hurt.

On May 10, 2010, 91-year-old Liu Xian from Yongchun County, Fujian Province, drank pesticide and killed himself because he feared that he would have no place to stay after his house was torn down.

Forced relocation for the purpose of infrastructure or luxury developments are common in China and have become a source of festering unrest, especially because of the inadequate compensation generally given to the landowners.

To prepare for the World Expo, Shanghai officials displaced 18,000 families and 270 factories. Many residents who lived near the Huangpu River were forced to relocate and given minimal compensation. Countless have become homeless while some have been detained, beaten, and even killed.

The Department of Sociology at Tsinghua University in Beijing recently published a report that outlines the urgency of “maintenance of social stability” (often code for maintenance of regime stability) in the face of social conflicts, social unrest, and mass uprisings throughout the country.

The report says, “Without an effective outlet for people to express their interests, unresolved conflicts will accumulate in an increasingly unstable society. The growing social disputes stemming from violations of human rights and property rights, predominantly related to forced evictions, subsequent demolitions, and unpaid wages, are described as the leading causes of instability in China today.”

The Epochtimes

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Allegedly 10 Died in Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease Outbreak in Northeast China

Posted by Author on August 29, 2009


By Fang Xiao, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 28, 2009-

Nearly ten children have allegedly died in a hand, foot, and mouth Ddsease (HFMD) outbreak in China’s northeast city of Gongzhuling, Jilin Province, according to a resident there. However, the local regime has not sounded an alarm despite the severity of the situation.

The disease started to spread in Gongzhuling in August, after mainland media reported an HFMD outbreak in central and eastern China in May, and in neighboring Heilongjiang Province in June.

A local resident, who does not want to be named, told the Epoch Times that many large kindergartens announced indefinite closures, only reopening several days ago after the holidays. Many of the infected children have been sent to hospitals in nearby Changchun as local hospitals are full.

Another local resident reported that staff from the local infectious disease office warned of the seriousness of the outbreak saying, “About 10 children have died from the disease.”

An Epoch Times reporter made phone calls to Gongzhuling Municipal Health Bureau. One female staff member confirmed three deaths and 730 current admissions due to the disease according to the Bureau’s information at the time.

“The weather in August is very hot, and the population is very mobile, so the disease has spread quite fast,” the official said, adding that the Bureau had ordered all kindergartens to close.

However, no official report regarding the outbreak could be found on the regime’s official Web site—nor do the local media report on this issue, according to local residents.

Some residents also revealed the hospitals reported some of the diagnoses as herpangina instead of HFMD. The residents suspected that this was the result of pressure from the regime to disguise the number of victims.

A resident said almost all the children have the same symptoms—first, a high fever, then redness and festering in the roof of the mouth, followed by the development of a red rash on the fingers and feet.

Some parents also complained that primary schools have not instituted any preventive measures. For example, all students still eat their lunches together.

“I personally think that the elementary schools should also be closed, as the situation is severe and several kids have died,” one parent said.

The Epochtimes

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China: Thousands of steel workers clashed with police, firm boss beaten to death

Posted by Author on July 26, 2009


Tania Branigan in Beijing , The Guardian,  26 July 2009 –

Thousands of angry Chinese steel workers clashed with police and beat to death an executive of the firm trying to take over their company, a Hong Kong-based human rights organisation has said.

Rioters killed Chen Guojun, the general manager of Jianlong Steel Holding Company, after learning that the privatised firm was to buy a majority stake in state-owned Tonghua Iron and Steel Group. The deal now appears to be scrapped.

The violence in Tonghua city, Jilin province, north-eastern China, on Friday is believed to be the country’s biggest civil disturbance since last summer. It comes weeks after inter-ethnic conflict between Han Chinese and the Muslim Uighur minority in China’s north-west region of Xinjiang left 197 people dead and 1,700 injured.

The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said 30,000 people were involved in the latest incident, although some internet postings put the figure at closer to 10,000.

China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of steel, but its industry is regarded as inefficient.

The workers are thought to have been fearful of further large-scale redundancies at a company that reportedly axed many jobs only a few years ago. Reports suggest Tonghua has between 20,000 and 50,000 employees.

Millions of people were laid off by state enterprises in the 1990s and workers often complain that they receive little compensation.

The human rights centre said workers were angry that Chen earned about 3m yuan (£267,000) last year while Tonghua’s retirees were given as little as 200 yuan a month.

They blocked roads and smashed police vehicles, the centre said, adding that 100 people were injured in the violence. Authorities in the area have made no formal comment on events and phone calls to the companies went unanswered.

But the South China Morning Post quoted a police officer from the public security bureau as telling them: “Yes, it did take place … Workers from Tonghua would not allow ambulance and medical practitioners to enter the building to rescue Mr Chen and he died.”

Local television said on Friday night that the takeover would be scrapped, the newspaper added……. (more detals from The Guardian)

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Chinese lawyers protest China’s prohibition of Defending Falun Gong

Posted by Author on July 14, 2009


By Fang Xiao, Epoch Times Staff,  updated on  July 14, 2009-

During a court hearing for three Falun Gong practitioners in northeast China’s Panshi City, Jilin Province,  lawyers for the practitioners had no choice but to leave the hearing in protest due to the regime’s requirement prohibiting them from entering a plea of innocence for the Falun Gong practitioners.

One of the lawyers told The Epoch Times that the case included 20 Falun Gong practitioners, and the three cases they were defending would normally be dealt with in the same hearing.

However, the court insisted on separating them into several different groups. The court had even planned to separate the three practitioners into different hearings, but gave up after the lawyers rejected this unreasonable demand.

The hearing was scheduled to start at 8:30.a.m., but was delayed because the “610 Office” staff , the National Security police, and the Legal Bureau office staff came to pressure the lawyers to not enter a plea of innocence for the Falun Gong practitioners.

“The court showed us an internal document stating that lawyers will be severely punished for defending Falun Gong practitioners,” one of the lawyers told The Epoch Times.

Lawyer Han Qinfang told us that the hearing lasted for three hours, and that the Falun Gong practitioners’ statements were interrupted many times.

Attorney Jin Guanghong read his statement in their defense: “Falun Gong practitioners commit no crimes and benefit society.  Falun Gong can improve people’s health and contribute to a harmonious society because people who practice Falun Gong always think of others first and tolerate others.”

The judge rudely stopped him and ordered him out of the hearing. “Then we had no choice but to leave the hearing in protest,” Han said.

The lawyers also disclosed that after the incident, the Chinese regime’s Legal Bureau sent people to negotiate with them, requiring them to cooperate with the judge to finish the procedure in the manner arranged by the regime. The lawyers, however, rejected this since their right to speak had not been respected in the court.

Recently, the Beijing Legal Bureau has made use of the lawyer license assessment to deprive several lawyers of their right to practice their profession because they defended Falun Gong practitioners.

The Epoch Times tried to contact the judge, but he declined to answer any questions.

The Epochtimes

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China: Arrest and Detention of House Church Christians Spread Out

Posted by Author on May 9, 2008


According to China Aid Association (CAA) reports, China’s intensifid campaign against House Church Christians is spreading in recent two months, many leaders arrested, bible schools raided, and Christian Books Confiscated.

In north China, Inner Mongolia:

– on May 1, 2008, two house church ministers detained . Security officials also confiscated a video camera, books, a washing machine, comforters, and food supplies belonging to the Daqing Church. All of the aforementioned items were taken without proper and legal documentation.

– On May 4, an old pastor was summoned to the Local police station and charged with holding an “illegal religious meeting”;

– On May 5, in another organized attack by Public Security Officials, a church meeting was raided and 13 believers were arrested and detained .

In west China, Xin Jiang:

– On April 23, 2008, 10 people were arrested during a House Church Worship Service, and released at the same day

(more details about these case)

In northeast China, Jilin province:

– on May 4, 2008, a pastor in Yanji City, Jilin province was beaten, wounded and finally arrested while he was preaching in his church

In East China, Shandong:

– May 8, 2008, 3 house church leaders in Shandong province were detained while organizing a Bible study group. One pastor from Taiwan was expelled from China immediately

– Meanwhile, 4 other church leaders from the same province have been detained since the beginning of May.

( More details about above cases)

Notes:

House church Christians in China recognize only one head of the Church, that is, Jesus Christ.

The TSPM (Three-Self Patriotic Movement) is the government-sanctioned (“patriotic”) Christian organization, which must recognize two, both Christ and the Communist Party.

The TSPM is used as a tool of the Communist Party to control and regulate the expression of Christianity.

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Denied Status, Denied Education– Children of North Korean Women in China

Posted by Author on April 14, 2008


Special report from Human Rights Watch, April 2008-

In the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in eastern Jilin province, northeast China, many North Korean children and children of Chinese fathers and North Korean mothers live in legal limbo. There is no official data estimating the number of such children living in the area, but local residents put the number at anywhere between a few thousand and several tens of thousands.

A serious problem these children face is access to education, as Chinese schools require verification of identity for admittance and continued schooling. In China, every citizen must be registered under a household registration system called hukou. Chinese law stipulates that a child born in China is entitled to citizenship if either parent is a Chinese citizen. However, since registering a child would expose the identity of the mother, Chinese men who have had children with North Korean women are faced with an awful choice. They can register their child at the risk of exposing their mothers, who could be arrested and repatriated to North Korea as “illegal” economic migrants, or they can decide not to register the child—leaving the child without access to education. When both parents are North Koreans, it is impossible for a child to obtain hukou.

Children of North Korean women face different treatment in different districts in Yanbian. Practices are often harsh: in many districts, officials routinely arrest and repatriate North Korean women found to be living with Chinese men in their districts. Although the law does not explicitly require it, some also refuse to allow the registration of half-North Korean children as Chinese citizens unless and until their mothers have been arrested and repatriated to North Korea. In one exceptional case, the authorities in a small district began allowing in 2007 the registration of half-North Korean children as Chinese citizens without requiring documentation about their mothers.

The Chinese government’s policy of arresting and repatriating North Korean women who have children with Chinese men violates China’s obligations under both domestic and international law. Such women leave their country for various reasons, including hunger and political persecution. North Korea considers leaving without state permission an act of treason and harshly punishes those who are forcibly repatriated. Returnees face arbitrary detention, torture and other mistreatment, and sometimes even the death penalty. This strong risk of persecution means many North Korean migrants become entitled to protection as refugees.

Repatriating North Koreans in circumstances in which their life or freedom could be threatened at home is a violation of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention), while separating children from their mothers (by repatriating the mothers to North Korea) is a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). China is a party to both of these treaties. Currently, China does not allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) access to North Koreans in Yanbian to determine their refugee status……. ( more details from Human Rights Watch: Denied Status, Denied Education)

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China: 60-year-old “Saint who escaped from the Tiger Bench” Finally Tortured to Death By Police

Posted by Author on October 15, 2007


Wen Hua, The Epoch Times Staff, Oct 14, 2007-

Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Yuhuan from Changchun City, Jilin Province, ( who’s called as “saint who escaped from the Tiger Bench” by prominent Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng) died on September 24, 2007 whilst under police custody. The police didn’t inform her family until October 10.

(picture: torture- Tiger Bench)

Wang was a peaceful and kind elderly lady in her 60s. She had been in and out of jail over ten times in the past eight years because of her belief in Falun Gong.

The police in Changchun once tortured her on a Tiger Bench for three days consecutively. Her anklebones were visible because of the shackles digging into her legs and the police beat her repeatedly, causing her arms to brake.

Wang had to endure terrible forms of torture: she was shocked with electric batons until her face was severely burnt, several officers picked her up and repeatedly threw her against a tree, and a police officer once burned her eyes with a cigarette and stabbed her ears with skewers. Even worse, a prison medical staff member once cut her veins and almost killed her with an injection.

She was stripped of all her clothing, together with other imprisoned female Falun Gong practitioners, and they were hung on wooden boards naked for 26 days straight so that the male guards and prisoners could humiliate them.

Wang was diagnosed with breast cancer in the detention center and they thought that she would not survive. She was later released but on May 9, 2007, she was illegally arrested again.

According to sources, this large scale arrest was initiated by the Jilin Province Public Safety Department, the Changchun City Public Safety Bureau, and the Erdao District Police Station. Nearly 70 practitioners were illegally arrested including Wang and they were kept in the Changchun City Third Detention Center.

Since then, there was no news of Wang until October 9, 2007. The police called Wang’s family and told them, “Wang had internal bleeding. The emergency rescue failed and she died on the spot.”

In fact, Wang died on September 24 at the Changchun City Central Hospital but the police claimed that they did not know where Wang’s body was and the details of her death.

In 2005, human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng once called Wang the “saint who escaped from the Tiger Bench” after hearing Wang’s experience in the prison. The following is a quote from Wang reminiscing her experience, “The police tortured me every five minutes. They handcuffed my hands behind my back and lifted them up and down violently. I heard the sound of my shoulders dislocating. The excruciating pain almost knocked me unconscious and sweat and tears poured down my face. Immediately, they pushed my head down toward my crotch. My chest was immobilized on the Tiger Bench with iron rods and it felt like my neck was about to break. Since my chest and abdomen were fixed onto the bench with iron rods, I felt I was dying second by second from suffocation and the excruciating pain. They tied my ankles to iron rings with a rope and pulled on the rings so hard that I felt they would dislocate my ankles. At the same time, other police pushed my head toward my crotch. I couldn’t stop shivering because of the extreme pain.”

Wang added, “They tortured me like that every five minutes. My hair and clothes were soaked in sweat, tears, and blood from my torn flesh. Again and again, I fainted because I couldn’t bear the excruciating pain. Repeatedly, the police woke me up by pouring cold or boiling water on me. The boiling water blistered my already damaged skin. I wished they would just shoot me right there because I really didn’t want to bear such pain.”

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Barbecued Cats a Popular Delicacy in Northeast China City Changchun

Posted by Author on September 13, 2007


Central News Agency, Taiwan, Via the Epochtimes, Sep 11, 2007-

BBQ cats have become a popular delicacy in China’s northeast city of Changchun. Despite health warnings from the Animal Disease Control Center, many restaurants provide live cats for customers to choose from, and then cook them on the spot.

According to City Evening report, several cats were locked in a cage in front of a BBQ shop. A waiter showed the cats to a customer, which were then killed and cooked on the spot, fetching about RMB 100 yuan each (approximately US$13).

According to cat vendor Lao Zhou, people eat cats, but currently no one is in the business of raising cats for slaughter; cat vendors normally collect them from households, paying 20 to 30 yuan for each.

Aside from being served in restaurants, cats are also sold in the pigeon market on Taibei Ave, Changchun city. BBQ stalls are set up in close proximity to the cat stall. According to a chef that specializes in cooking cat meat, customers first pick out a cat from the market and then bring the slaughtered animal to him. He will cook the cat for a fee of about 10 yuan (approximately US$1.50).

According to the local Animal Health Supervision Institute, all animal or poultry products sold in markets or restaurants should be killed in a designated location that meets sanitation standards and passes the food safety inspections. Currently, there is no designated area for slaughtering cats because killing cats for sale is unlawful.

According to Mrs Li Xiuyun, Chief of the Changchun Animal Disease Control Center, people are misled by the myth that eating cats is beneficial to one’s health. On the contrary, cats can be infected with many types of parasites, which can be passed on to humans if they eat an infected animal.

– Report from the Epochtimes: Barbecued Cats a Popular Delicacy in Changchun

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List of the Most Wicked Labor Camps in Modern China

Posted by Author on August 21, 2007


Under China’s “reform through labor” policy, hundreds of modern labor camps are built up through out the country to hold political prisoners, dissidents, religious, lawyers, journalists, human rights defenders along side dangerous criminals.

Torture to death

Torture is widely used in these labor camps to force prisoners to reform.

Till the year 2003, “at least 69 labour camps have directly persecuted Falun Gong practitioners to death (Appendix 2 contains detailed information)”, said in a report by World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG).

“Even practitioners who were senior citizens older than 65 years, infants as young as eight months, or disabled had no impunity”, it said.

Two specific cases:Ms. Wang lixuan and son

“In November 2000, Ms. Wang Lixuan and her nearly eight-month-old infant son were both tortured to death at the Tuanhe Labour Camp in Beijing. ” ( details)
(photo right: Ms. Wang Lixuan and her 8-month-old son)

“In October 2000, 18 female Falun Gong practitioners were stripped of their clothing and thrown into the male criminals’ cells at the Masanjia Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. ” ( details)

The worst- organ harvesting

large-scale of organ harvesting is happening in China labor camps, said by two well-known Canadian human rights activists, David Kilgour and David Matas, in their independent report “BLOODY HARVEST– Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China”.

List of most wicked labor camps

I’m trying to collect information from the Internet to list out some of the most wicked labor camps in modern China.

By click on the name on the list, you can find out the labor camps’ location, introduction, cases of abuses and killing, victims and Perpetrators.

1. Masanjia Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, Northeast China

2. Harbin Wanjia Labor Camp
– Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, Northeast China

3. Beijing Tuanhe Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

4. Beijing Tiantanghe Women’s Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

5. Beijing XinAn Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

6. Hebei Gaoyang Labor Camp
– Gaoyang County, Baoding City, Hebei Province, north China

7. Tianjin Banqiao Labor Camp
– Tianjin City, north China

8. Harbin Changlinzi Labor Camp
-Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, northeast China

9. Shenyang Longshan Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeast China

10.Shenyang Zhangshi Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeast China

11. Changchun Heizuizi Women’s Labor Camp
– Changchun City, Jilin Province, northeast China

12. Shandong Zibo Wangcun Labor Camp
– Zibo City, Shandong Province, east China

A few more will be added on the list later.

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Raped By Teachers in China: Nightmares for Young Girls

Posted by Author on August 15, 2007


ChinaScope, 08/12/2007-

In China, teaching has always been regarded as a highly respectable and honorable profession. However, in recent years, the number of teachers who rape and harass young students has increased, thus tarnishing that image.

On Jan 1, 2005, the New York Times reported that an elementary school teacher, Li Guang in Xinji, Gansu raped 26 students, the oldest of them being 14.

In 2003, the Chinese Ministry of Education reported 10 cases in which treachers in multiple provinces raped students.

In June 2007, a middle school teacher in Tongwei, Gansu was executed for raping 18 female students. These cases reflect the shift in moral values from traditional Chinese culture to Chinese Communist Party culture.

13-year-old girl Na Li’s Cases:

On March 10, 2005, 13-year-old Na Li’s life changed dramatically. Na was a student at the Puliqiao middle school in Lengshuitan district, Yongzhou City, Hunan. She had been living with her grandmother since her father’s death and her mother’s re-marriage. [1]

While she was doing math, her chief class teacher Junwei Wang took her to the hall and said, “The principals are not satisfied with your grades. You need my help to get good grades.”

Wang asked her which courses she did not pass last semester. Na answered, “English and Biology.”

Wang then asked her to bring her Biology and English books to his room. He took her to the bedroom, opened the Biology book to the chapter on female physiology and asked whether she knew where her body part was located. Na flushed, but Wang told her, “Don’t be shy in front of your teacher. Let me point to where it is.” He then stripped off her pants and raped her, warning her not to tell anyone.

On March 14, while in the physical education class, Wang told her that she was appointed the commissary for the PE class, and asked her to go to his room to write down her duties. Once in his room, he raped her again.

Na was under extreme fear. She went to her mother’s house and cried for days, but would not tell her mother what happened. Her mother persuade her to go back to school, where Wang attempted to rape her a few more times, but she refused to go to his room again. She became silent, sluggish, was in a trance state, and declined physically until she was very sick.

Wang also raped or harassed 7 other students. On December 25, 2005, several of them left school and home, which led Wang’s crimes surfacing. However, he was only sentenced to 5 years with the excuse that “the crimes were not so bad,” because he “did not rape them many times.” [1]

“A Nightmare for 26 Pupils”

On Jan 1, 2005, an article titled “Rape in China: A Nightmare for 26 Pupils” appeared in the New York Times. An elementary school teacher, Guang Li, raped 26 female students in his class. “The teacher always sent a girl to buy his cigarettes. He left the class unsupervised and waited in his office. When the girl returned to class with flushed cheeks and tousled hair, the other students said nothing.” [2]

“School is where our children learn,” said Cheng Junyin, the mother of a 14-year-old victim. “We thought it was the safest place for them.”

Quite a few similar cases have been exposed recently.

From Year 1998 to 2002
In 2002, a teacher, Daqing Ren, from Huiyao elementary school in Jiuquan City, Gansu was sentenced to death for raping 7 and harassing 6 female students. Of them 7 were under the age of 14. His death sentence was suspended. [3]

From 1999 to 2002, an elementary school teacher, Feng Su, raped and harassed 19 female students under 14 in the classroom, the water house of the school and his home. He told them, “I will kill you if you let others know.” He was executed in March 2003. His father, a district representative of China’s National People’s Congress, was also sentenced to two years for hiding his criminal son.

Su often gave the pupils extra lessons until 6-7 p.m. free of charge, visited students at home, appeared very polite and smiled sweetly. Therefore the parents had a good impresson of him and felt he was “diligent and responsible.”

When the children swore at him and hid from him when he visited, the parents thought their children were “ignorant” and scolded or beat them. [4]

In 2003, the Chinese Ministry of Education published a notifice that teachers had raped students in multiple provinces during the years from 1998 to 2002. [5]

The notifice mentioned 10 cases of theachers raping students in Liaoning, Jilin and other Provinces. Two of the criminals were executed. In addition, the principals of the schools and the education department officials were fired; the Party secretaries of the education department and the town were expelled from the Party and fired.

Year 2004

In January 2004, an elementary school teacher Guan Lin in Beiliu, Guangxi was sentenced to death for raping 4 female students. Those girls were only 9 to 12 years old. [7]

On June 8, 2004, in Linxia County in Gansu Province, a teacher from the Lujia elementary school, Huisheng Zhao, was arrested for raping and harassing 9 female students in his class. The oldest of them was under 15; the others were only 9 to 10 years old. One of them was raped about 100 times, as often as once a week. [6]

Year 2005

In December 2005, an elementary school teacher, Hongxian Liang, in Nanning City, Guangxi was executed for raping and harassing 14 students from 2003 to 2005. Most of them were only 7 to 8 years old. [8]

Year 2007

In January 2007, a teacher, Wu, in an elementary school in Luzai City, Guangxi was arrested for raping two 8-year-old female students. The teacher had been awarded “model” teacher 4 times and in 2006 had been promoted to advanced teacher. [9]

A middle school teacher, Laifu Cheng, in Changhe Town, Dingxi City, Gansu raped 18 students more than 70 times from 2001 to 2005. [10]

Sensitive Topic

According to the New York Times, the Chinese authorities are very sensitive to negative publicity and have limited the media from reporting these rapes [2]. Especially before the 17th National People’s Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, they have tinghtened control of the media. The guideline is to post “positive” reports as the mainstream and limit negative reports so as to create an impression of a “harmonious society.” [11-16]

A result of the Chinese Communist Party’s effort

According to the values of traditional Chinese culture, “promiscuous sex is number one of 10,000 evils.” Throughout China’s long history, there are no records of young students being raped or harassed.

Since 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has launched numerous campaigns, including the Cultural Revolution, whose purpose was to destroy traditional Chinese culture and replace it with its own. It has promoted hatred, fighting and class struggle (for more details, refer to the sixth of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party [17]). China has become more and more erotic, and CCP officials appear to be leaders in the spread of pornography.

According to one study, 95% of the high-ranking officials had a second wife. Porn websites have proliferated and even wife swapping has become common [18-19].

Notes:
[1]~[19] Please check Original report from ChinaScope.Org : Nightmares for Young Girls in China: Increasing Cases of Elementary and Middle School Teachers Raping Students

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China: 20 Falun Gong Adherents Persecuted to Death In June 2007

Posted by Author on August 8, 2007


(excerpt) Falun Dafa Information Center, 8/7/2007-

NEW YORK – During the month of June, the Falun Dafa Information Center has recorded the deaths of 20 Falun Gong adherents as a result of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the practice.

Some of the deaths took place as early as January 2007 but only became known in June due to the difficulties and dangers involved in obtaining such sensitive information from inside China…….

Below are a few of the death cases compiled during the month of June:

1. Teacher Dies from Torture and Neglect

Wei Fengju was a well-respected teacher at Dongfeng County’s No. 4 Middle School inWei Fengju Jilin province. She started practicing Falun Gong in the late 1990s.

On December 30, 1999, five months after the communist regime began persecuting Falun Gong, she went to Beijing to petition to Chinese government to reverse its policy. She was illegally sentenced to the First Division of the Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp for a year where she was forced to work for 17 to 20 hours a day and was shocked with electric batons on her breasts and mouth causing her mouth to become disfigured.

After being released in March 2001, police continued to harass her and her school refused to reinstate her. Her husband divorced her, leaving the unemployed Wei alone to care for their 15-year-old son. In January 2002, Wei was arbitrarily arrested again and sent to Changchun city’s Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp for over three years.

In October 2005, she was again sent to Heizuizi, this time for one and a half years. While she was detained, her mother passed away, but Wei was not allowed to attend the funeral. The camp also never allowed her 70-year-old father to visit her.

After the prolonged detention, Wei began feeling severe pain in her abdomen and could not eat. She asked to see a doctor, but her request was denied and labor camp officials neglected her.

(photo: Wei Fengju, before being tortured (top), and on July 11, 2007, the day before she passed away (below) )

She was released on April 30, 2007, extremely emaciated. Her condition rapidly deteriorated and blood began appearing in her urine.

She died at 4:15 p.m. on July 12, 2007, at the age of 50.

Officials responsible for Ms. Wei’s death:

Zhang Baocheng, the local political-legal committee secretary: 86-437-6216968, 86-437-6210265
Zhang Zhiting, Dongfeng Police director: 86-437-6222794, 86-13904375928 (Cell)
Pan Dong, Dongfeng County Police Deputy director: 86-437-6224393, 86-13504375166 (Cell)
Li Wensheng, director of the Dongfeng 610 Office: 86-13504372728 (Cell)
Gu Jiahai, National Security Team Chief: 86-13904371222 (Cell), 86-437-6215022

2. Woman tortured to death after Family Told She Would Not be Released before the Olympics

Wang Minli, 43, was the former secretary of the Communist Youth League at the Jilin City Fur Factory in Jilin province. She had been arrested and persecuted many times since 1999. A United Nations Special Rapporteur had previously called for her rescue on May 21, 2003.

On March 15, 2007, Wang was arrested again by a group of officers from the National Security Division at Changyi District Police Department led by Du Xingze. They detained her at the Yueshan Road Police Dog Training Base in Jilin city where National Security agents beat her. They poured mustard oil in her eyes, causing blindness in one eye, and broke one of her legs by beating her with wooden sticks.

Her family went to the National Security Division following her arrest to inquire about her condition. The officials said they would neither sentence her nor would they release her until after the 2008 Olympic Games.

Wang suddenly died at 2:00 p.m. on June 19, 2007.

3. 58-year-old Woman tortured to death after Two Weeks in Custody

Falun Gong practitioner Fu Guiju, 58, died on June 18, 2007. She was a retiree from theFu Guiju Zhangjiakou city Petroleum Corporation in Hebei province. For eight years she and her husband suffered from beatings and persecution in and out of detention centers.

On May 12, 2007, when Fu was reading a Falun Gong book inside the home of an elderly fellow practitioner, authorities suddenly arrived and seized them. Fu was locked up at the Shisanli Detention Center in Zhangjiakou city. She was tortured severely until her life was in danger.

On May 21, 2007, her family members were allowed to take her home. Before she was able to recover, however, Meng Gang, Guo Long and other officers from the Qiaoxi District Police Department kidnapped her from her home on the morning of June 4.

On June 19, 2007, the South Mingde Police Station notified her family that Fu had died the previous day.

According to insiders, the Shisanli Detention Center officials ordered Fu to be force-fed. This torture method involves prison guards or inmates inserting a hard plastic tube through the nose or the mouth, down the throat, and into the stomach. Then various solutions ranging from diluted porridge to salt water to human urine and feces are poured down the tube and into either the stomach or the lungs, depending on how the tube is inserted.

Approximately ten percent of all recorded deaths of Falun Gong practitioners from torture in custody have come as a result of this torture method. While details remain incomplete, it appears that this was the cause of Fu’s death as well.

Responsible individuals and organizations:

Zhangjiakou City Police Department: 86-313-8681234, 86-313-8688888
Command Center: 86-313-8682110
Zhangjiakou City Qiaoxi Police Station head: Zhang Yifan
Security Division head, Zhong Senlin: 86-313-8687325 (Cell)
Procuratorate head in the Qiaoxi district, Zhangjiakou city, Zhang Liang: 86-13703136881 (Cell), 86-313-8038126 (Office), 86-313-4081158 (Home)
South Mingde Police Station: 86-313-8072502 (head Meng Gang; deputy head Guo Long)
Xinhua Street Police Station: 86-313-8032977
Zhangjiakou City Detention Center head, Cui Weidong: 86-313-4021947

– Original report from FalunInfo.net : Countdown to Olympics Fails to Stop Killing in China

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China Pollution Scares: Algae Outbreak Make 25,000 People No Water

Posted by Author on July 17, 2007


Reuters, Tue Jul 17, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – An outbreak of blue algae in a Chinese reservoir has left nearly 25,000 people without water and 100,000 others with reduced supplies, state media said on Wednesday of the latest in a series of water pollution scares.

The algae, in the northeastern city of Changchun, was likely caused by farm fertilizers and abnormally hot and dry weather, the official China Daily reported.

The local government had started collecting the algae using nets and boats and was trucking in water to residents in Changchun’s Luyuan district where supplies have been suspended, the newspaper added. Other Changchun residents had had water pressure reduced, the Beijing Youth Daily said, showing pictures of fluorescent green-looking water in the reservoir.

Water supplies to millions of residents have been affected in a series of algae outbreaks across the country in recent months.

On July 4, water supplies to 200,000 people in Shuyang county, Jiangsu province, were halted for more than 40 hours after ammonia and nitrogen were found in a local river, state media reported.

In late May, a major outbreak in China’s third biggest lake cut off water supplies to over 2 million residents of Wuxi city, also in Jiangsu.

Algae blooms develop in water that is rich in nutrients, often because of run-off from heavy fertilizer use, industrial runoff and untreated sewage — all pollutants in ready supply in many parts of China.

– original report from Reuters: New China algae outbreak threatens water supplies

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China No. 1 Blogger Arrested Over Stock Investment Messaging Services

Posted by Author on July 14, 2007


By Geoff Dyer in Shanghai, The Financial Times, UK, July 12 2007-

China’s proliferation of unregulated investment advice companies and private “hedge funds” could be under threat after the arrest of a blogger whose online stock tips made his site one of the country’s most popular.

Wang Xiujie, 35, was arrested in the north-eastern city of Changchun after an investigation into his unauthorised investment consulting business, Xinhua news agency reported. No charges have yet been filed.

The popularity of Mr Wang’s blog turned him into one of the phenomena of China’s recent stock market frenzy, in which millions of new investors opened share trading accounts. His blog is one of many unlicensed investment advice and fund management operations to have sprung up over the past 18 months and which have begun to attract the attention of regulators.

Mr Wang set up his stock-tip site in 2005 under the name Daitou Dage 777 – which means “senior big brother” and is the name of a famous kung fu character. The site claims to have received more than 33m hits and local media in May branded it China’s most popular blog, eclipsing that of a popular actress.

Mr Wang, who claims to have been a stockbroker in the 1990s, also used personal messaging services to deliver share tips. Chinese media reports have said he made Rmb10m ($1.3m) for his investment advice.

As part of the explosion in informal investment companies, many investment “studios” have sprung up to offer stock tips for a fee to new investors. Meanwhile, hundreds of private investment funds – referred to as hedge funds in China – have been established to trade clients’ money.

Some of these unlicensed funds are run by professional investors, others by relative newcomers investing their friends’ and families’ savings. By some estimates, private funds now have $50bn under management – roughly a third of the formal sector.

Government officials have been debating for months which of these activities to clamp down on and which to allow.

Neither the China Securities and Regulatory Commission, the stock market regulator, nor Jilin province police would comment on Mr Wang’s arrest.

Lawyers said it was unclear whether his detention was part of a broader regulatory move against informal investment companies.

Song Yixin, a partner at Wenda law firm in Shanghai, said the case “could be viewed as a benchmark in the industry, with the government using it as a warning to other unlicensed activities”.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007

– original report: Chinese blogger held over stock tips

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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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Prominent Falun Gong Practitioner Dead from Torture

Posted by Author on November 7, 2006


The Falun Dafa Infocenter, 11/5/2006-Mr. Zhang Zhong

NEW YORK, November 3— The Falun Dafa Infocenter is deeply troubled by the recent death (on October 16, 2006) , who had been subjected to prolonged torture and ill-treatment in police custody.

(photo: Mr. Zhang Zhong)

Zhang was a 35-year old man from Heilongjiang province. He reportedly took part in the bold and courageous effort to tap into Chinese state-controlled television on March 5, 2002 to expose the persecution of Falun Gong.

Since 1999, Chinese television across the country has attempted to incite hatred and violence against Falun Gong practitioners. The 2002 broadcast in northeastern China’s Changchun city reportedly shocked top Chinese Communist Party officials and led to former CCP leader Jiang Zemin ordering police to “kill [those responsible for the broadcast] without pardon.” According to reports from Changchun, police raided houses and arrested some 5,000 Falun Gong practitioners within three days that March (see: http://www.faluninfo.net/Compassion5/civil.htm). On April 19, 2002 Zhang was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

With his death, Zhang joins Mr. Liu Chengjun, whose case had been highlighted by Amnesty International, and Mr. Lei Ming, as Falun Gong practitioners tortured to death after being sentenced to long prison terms for participating in the broadcast. Others, such as Mr. Liang Zhenxing, remain in critical condition. (see: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2006/6/27/74853.html)

Zhang was tortured severely at the Daqing City Prison where he was held. On January 15, 2004 he was discovered doing Falun Gong exercises in his cell. Prison guard Li Fangjie then sent him to a disciplinary room where guards bashed his head until Zhang lost consciousness. Guards then stabbed Zhang’s head and hands with needles; he did not respond, so they kicked him in the stomach. After that, he began to spit blood and vomit whatever he ate for a period of six months.

Zhang was also whipped in the face with belts, nearly suffocated to death by plastic bags forced over his head, and stripped and doused with cold water in freezing temperatures, among other things.

After nearly two years of torture at Daqing, which left Zhang unconscious and paralyzed, he was released on July 23, 2004. The Infocenter believes he was released because he was on the brink of death and, since his case was being monitored overseas, Chinese authorities did not want him to die in custody.

But when he was strong enough to do so, Zhang exposed via the Internet details of the torture he had suffered and included electronic images of his broken and emaciated body (see: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2006/10/29/79434.html). This led Daqing Prison authorities to dispatch a pursuit team to arrest him again. Zhang managed to evade them for quite some time by living away from home, but was finally rearrested on August 10, 2006, along with eighteen other Falun Gong practitioners.

Among the group, Zhang and one other man were reportedly tortured the most severely. After ten days of detention, Zhang was transferred to Harbin City Police Hospital. He eventually died there on October 16, 2006. His parents went to the prison hospital that day but were not allowed see his body, and authorities refused to issue a death certificate.

“Those responsible for Zhang Zhong’s death must be held accountable,” said Infocenter spokesperson Levi Browde. “The Falun Dafa Infocenter calls for an investigation by outside organizations of the circumstances leading to Zhang’s death.”

“The continued, flagrant state-sanctioned murder of Falun Gong practitioners in China simply cannot continue,” Browde said. “Unfortunately, we have yet to see any sign of remorse on the part of senior Chinese Communist Party officials for all the suffering they have caused. Accounts of cruelty against Falun Gong practitioners in China continue to pour in daily.”

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photo: Quit the CCP Slogans Found Throughout China(3)

Posted by Author on September 6, 2006


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

Hebei Provinceslogan-quit-ccp-Shijiazhuang

Clearwisdom.net reported on September 1st 2005 that withdrawal statements, introductory articles about the Nine Commentaries , The Epoch Times statements, and ways to quit the CCP began to appear on the streets of Shijiazhuang City. Most of them were found in Hebei Normal University, Hebei Economic and Trade University and Shijianzhuang Vocational Technology Institute, as well as other universities. All of the aforementioned flyers were also found on the door of the Shijiazhuang jail. This report coincides with the point in time when the world was expressing it’s support for the four million brave citizens who had thus far withdrawn from the CCP.

(photo above: Quit the CCP poster at Shijiazhuang City, Hebei province. — Clearwisdom.net)

Changchun Cityslogan-quit-ccp-changchun

On August 14th, 2005, Clearwisdom.net reported that on the afternoon of July 20th an amazing sight appeared in the city of Changchun City, Jiling Province. Resignation statements could be seen almost everywhere, signifying yet another significant blow to the Communist Party. These statements were neatly glued to walls, electric poles, and doors all along the roads. The people who resign from the CCP come from all different backgrounds, including technical workers, mechanical staff, teachers, and just about every other profession imaginable.

(photo above: Quit the CCP poster at Changchun City. — Clearwisdom.net)
(to be cont’d…)

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Related:
How Global CCP Resignation Statistics Are Calculated, August 2nd, 2006

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Lawyer’s 3rd open letter urge China to stop the Brutality(1)

Posted by Author on July 21, 2006


Note: Mr. Gao Zhisheng has been praised as “the conscience of Chinese lawyers” and “a great hero.” China’s Ministry of Justice rated him one of China’s top ten lawyers in 2001. He has earned a reputation for courage in standing up against human rights abuses and is one of only a handful of lawyers in China who will defend those persecuted for their religious or spiritual beliefs. His 3rd open letter to Chinese leader Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, titled “We Must Immediately Stop the Brutality That Suffocates Our Nation’s Conscience and Morality” shocked the whole world. WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF TORTURE.

Gao ZhishengWe Must Immediately Stop the Brutality That Suffocates Our Nation’s Conscience and Morality

–by Gao Zhisheng, December 12, 2005, Changchun City, Jilin Province

Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao, and all other conscientious fellow Chinese citizens:

I, Gao Zhisheng, send you my greetings from Changchun City. I would first like to convey my deepest mourning for the innocent fellow Chinese citizens killed by the Guangdong government, and my condolences and support for the family members of the victims. At the same time, I would like to express my strongest protest against the brutality of slaughtering our kind countrymen. I strongly urge that the highest authorities follow the basic principles recognized by civil societies, punish the murderers and those responsible for these acts, and comfort and compensate the families of the victims.

Winter in Changchun is extremely cold. Although in “hiding” in a room that doesn’t have water most of the time, my blood is boiling hot. The reason isn’t because I am again writing an open letter to Hu and Wen. Instead, simply being able to work for the future of one of the greatest peoples in the world is enough to make any ordinary citizen’s blood boil.

On October 18, also with red-hot enthusiasm, I wrote an open letter to Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, two fellow countrymen of mine, urgently calling on their government to “Stop Persecuting Believers in Freedom and Mend Your Ties with the Chinese People.” The next day, I received blatant threats over the phone at home. Starting the third day, at least 10 cars and 20 plainclothes police officers began circling, monitoring, and following my entire family every day, 24 hours a day. The 15th day after I wrote the letter, the Beijing Judicial Bureau illegally closed the law firm I ran. It is very regrettable how our country treats a citizen who openly makes suggestions.

Another strong reaction prompted by the open letter was that Falun Gong believers from various parts of China who have been persecuted have written me and invited me to their areas to learn more about their true situation. Quite a few of these letters were from the cities of Changchun and Dalian. Beginning on November 29, I spent almost 24 hours a day continuously traveling between Jinan City, Shandong province; Dalian and Fuxin cities, Liaoning province; and Changchun City, Jilin province to conduct another round of investigations. Unlike my usual practice of traveling solo, I was honored to be accompanied by Professor Jiao Guobiao.

Meanwhile, flocks of plainclothes police were still hovering around my home night and day, creating an atmosphere of terror and severely suppressing my entire family. On November 29, I escaped being followed and encircled by more than 20 plainclothes police and spent 15 days investigating the truth in my own way. I especially would like to say here that we try our best to tell the truth of how this nation is being continually and brutally persecuted, especially at this time. This is also to remind our entire nation of the severity and urgency of the problems we are facing. It is time for our nation and each and every one of us to seriously face our problems. Any excuse or delay by any means is committing a crime against our entire nation! (To be cont’d…)

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Related:
AI report 2006- China overview(4) , Amnesty International
Lawyer’s 3rd open letter urge to stop the Brutality, on Dec. 12, 2005
Gao zhisheng’s 2nd open letter to China head, on Nov. 22, 2005
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Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao: Please Answer the Following Questions
Gao zhisheng’s 1st open letter to China head,
on Oct. 18, 2005
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Stop Persecuting Believers of Freedom and Mend Your Ties with the Chinese People

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