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Falun Gong Practitioner in Northern China Dies from Labor Camp Torture

Posted by Author on February 28, 2011


NEW YORK–A Falun Gong practitioner from Hebei province died on February 20, 2011, four days after labor camp officials sent him home on the verge of death, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned.

Sources inside China report that Mr. Pei Yangqing (裴彦庆) was sent home on February 16, 2011 from Qinhuangdao Re-education Through Labor (RTL) Camp. His chest was covered in bruises and he was incontinent. Four days later, unable to recover from the torture inflicted on him in the camp, Pei passed away. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vatican Lashes Out at China Over Bishop’s Appointment

Posted by Author on November 24, 2010


By STACY MEICHTRY, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 24, 2010 –

The Vatican lashed out at China Wednesday for consecrating a bishop without Pope Benedict XVI’s approval, ratcheting up tensions between the world’s most populous nation and its largest church.

In an unusually strong-worded statement, the Holy See accused the Chinese government of forcing other Catholic bishops to attend a ceremony on Saturday, in which the Rev. Joseph Guo Jincai was consecrated as the bishop of Chengde located in the eastern province of Hebei. The Vatican said it had warned Chinese authorities that it opposed Bishop Guo’s consecration, noting that the bishop was “exposing himself” to church sanctions that call for the excommunication of bishops who don’t have papal approval. Read the rest of this entry »

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25-year-old Woman Unable to Walk from Sexual Abuse in northern China Labor Camp

Posted by Author on November 18, 2010


Press Release, The Falun Dafa Information Center –

NEW YORK— A 25-year-old kindergarten teacher was severely sexually abused in a Hebei Labor Camp in June 2010, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned. Months after the attack, she continues to have trouble walking and her family has been denied access to visit her. The Center urges the international community to investigate her case and pressure the Chinese authorities for her immediate and unconditional release.

Police abducted Ms. Hu Miaomiao (胡苗苗), a Falun Gong practitioner from Chaigoupu Town in Hebei province’s Huai’an county, from her home on the morning of June 15, 2010. Without informing her family, she was quickly sent to the Hebei Province Women’s Re-education Through Labor Camp in Shijiazhuang. At the instigation of the unit leader Wang Weiwei, three criminal inmates beat and tortured Ms. Hu in an effort to force her to renounce her belief. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hit-and-run death In China exposes class anger

Posted by Author on November 4, 2010


By CARA ANNA, Via Business Week-

BAODING, China – The more he heard about the person accused of killing his 20-year-old daughter in a drunken hit-and-run, the more terrified Chen Guangqian became.

The suspect’s father is a high-ranking police officer. In a country where fear of the police runs high, the 49-year-old farmer decided there was no point in fighting.

“I’m just a peasant,” he said in an interview. “If it’s unfair, let it be.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Elementary School Teacher Tortured to Death Within One Month of Detention in Chinese Police Custody

Posted by Author on October 30, 2010


the Falun Dafa Information Center, Oct 29, 2010 –

New York—An elementary school teacher was killed in detention in early October in Shandong province, approximately one month after she was abducted into custody on September 2 for practicing Falun Gong. Over the past eleven years, she and other family members, including her teenage daughter, have been repeatedly detained, tortured, and harassed.

Ms. Hu Lianhua (胡连华) worked as an elementary school teacher in Hebei Province. On August 28th, 2008, Ms. Hu was discovered handing out information about the persecution, and was sent to a detention facility where she was reportedly tortured. Authorities ransacked her home, confiscated electronics, Falun Gong books, and took her son and daughter into detention. Ms. Hu was released only after the torture had rendered her weak and in ill-health. Read the rest of this entry »

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Police Director’s Son Kills Girl in Drunken Hit Run On University Campus

Posted by Author on October 23, 2010


The son of a high-ranking security official killed a female student and hit another while driving drunk on the campus of Hebei University on Oct. 16.

Li Qiming, the driver, kept going after hitting the students, and after he was pulled over boasted that his father was a public security director. Students were angered by the incident, many demanding punishment for the driver.

Chen Xiaofeng, 20-years-old, died on Oct. 17; the other, 19, suffered a fractured left leg and is in stable condition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Recovered Chinese Bone-cancer Student Threatened by Police After Internet Posting About His Experience

Posted by Author on May 27, 2010


Falun Dafa Information Center, May 26, 2010 –

(Excerpt)

In August 2009, then-15-year-old (Qu) Jianguo (曲建国) was diagnosed with bone cancer. The boy, a resident of Laishui County in Hebei Province, had been experiencing severe pain in his legs for several weeks. As the pain intensified, his family took him to multiple local doctors. Finally, Jianguo sought help at the Jishuitan Hospital in nearby Beijing where he was diagnosed. The doctors said his condition would likely be fatal.

Jianguo was sent to the Beijing Shuili hospital to undergo chemotherapy. “Chemotherapy made me feel very bad,” wrote Jianguo in an article posted on the overseas Minghui.org website in February 2010. “All my hair fell out, and I was often nauseated and unable to eat anything. I was in pain all the time. I began to understand what it meant when people say they’d rather die than live.”

At a cost of over 150,000 Yuan, Jianguo’s family reportedly exhausted their savings to pay for the chemotherapy. His father took up a collection from their town, and even Jianguo’s school pitched in to help with the costs. But in October 2009, the money ran out. Jianguo was sent home, and his cancer persisted.

Two of Jianguo’s great aunts were practitioners of Falun Gong, however, and suggested that he look into the practice. They gave him Falun Gong books and taught him the exercise movements, and soon Jianguo was performing them diligently.

“I strictly conducted myself according to [Falun] Dafa’s principles, and my illness improved day by day,” wrote Jianguo in his online article. “I gradually became free of pain in my legs. I dared not believe that Dafa could be so powerful. I was a dying person, but I miraculously recovered. Dafa saved my life.”

Jianguo’s experience is not uncommon. Meditation, spiritual, and energy practices are widely acknowledged in China and elsewhere to bring health benefits. Specifically, in the case of Falun Gong, surveys conducted among Chinese adherents in the late 1990s and subsequent anecdotal evidence testify to widespread reports of improved health, balance, and a more positive worldview.

So well known were Falun Gong’s health benefits in China prior to the persecution’s launch in July 1999 that five months earlier, the director of China’s State Sports Commission Wu Shaozu declared of Falun Gong: “If 100 million people are practicing it, that’s 100 billion Yuan saved per year in medical fees. Premier Zhu Rongji is very happy about that.”

By March, 2010, Jianguo, now 16, wrote that the pain in his legs had disappeared. He was walking normally, and was preparing to go to back to school for the first time in months.  Jianguo sent his story to an overseas Falun Gong website, Minghui.org, stating his desire to let other Chinese people know how much he had benefited from the practice. “Disregard the [Chinese Communist Party]’s lies, and know that Falun Dafa is good!” he wrote.

News of Jianguo’s recovery spread quickly through his hometown. Chinese officials worried his story was undermining a decade of official propaganda which sought to portray Falun Gong as nefarious and deserving of brutal suppression.

Authorities at the nearby Baoding City 610 Office took note of Jianguo’s story online and ordered the Laishui County 610 Office, police, and school administrators to launch an investigation into Jianguo’s case, reportedly looking for anything that could be used to discredit his account.

“That security forces would launch such an investigation provides a telling glimpse into the Chinese regime’s attitude toward the welfare of ordinary citizens,” says Zhang. “In most societies, when a young boy overcomes a lethal disease, it is a cause for celebration, and rightfully so. In today’s China, however, the authorities’ first reaction is to mobilize three different organizations to intimidate the boy’s family and try to discredit his story.”

Falun Dafa Information Center

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30 House Church Alliance Leaders Detained in North China, Facing Administrative Detention

Posted by Author on January 10, 2010


ChinaAid, January 9, 2009 –

HEBEI–In the afternoon of January 8, 2010, (Beijing Time) 30 leaders of the Chinese House Church Alliance (CHCA) were detained in Handan city, Hebei province. According to one detained pastor, who was able to use his cellphone briefly to notify an outside contact, a group of officers from the Handan City Public Security and Religious Affairs Bureaus broke into their leaders’ meeting place where the 30 men and women were having a bible study, and forcefully took them to an unknown interrogation center within the city.

The 30 detained leaders include Pastor Li Cuixiang, from the Handan area, and Elder Wu Jianghe, from Beijing. The informing pastor reported that the PSB were threatening some of the detained pastors with 15 days of administrative detention. Immediately after relating the situation of the 30 pastors to the outside contact, the call abruptly cut off. ChinaAid and sources believe the pastor’s cell phone was confiscated, as it could not be reached later on. President of the CHCA Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan calls upon the Handan government to release the church leaders immediately……. (more details from ChinaAid)

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University Town Quarantined after H1N1 Outbreak in China

Posted by Author on September 16, 2009


By Fang Xiao, Epoch Times Staff, Sep 15, 2009 –

A H1N1 flu outbreak has lead to the closure of a university town in Langfang, a city in China’s Hebei Province. Students now carry thermometers with them as they walk

There were over 300 suspected H1N1 cases on the campus of the People’s Armed Police Force Academy, according to an instructor there who spoke to The Epoch Times under condition of anonymity.

The instructor said those infected were all transferred to Beijing for treatment, and a series of preventative measures taken on campus.

“They have found two more H1N1 cases in the cafeteria, so [the cafeteria] was closed… School authorities have disinfected and cleaned the campus. Every student carries a thermometer with them,” the instructor said.

Although death rates are low among the infected, the instructor said that in the future victims might suffer complications, such as partial paralysis or damage to the neurological, respiratory, or circulatory systems.

One clerk who works in Langfang told The Epoch Times that there are 14 universities with about 40,000 to 50,000 students in the university town, and over 10,000 people have been quarantined since last Wednesday.

The Public Security Bureau was issuing passes in and out of town.

The library had been closed since the outbreak, according to someone who works there contacted by telephone.

Rumors circulated on the internet that authorities in Xiong County, Baoding City, Hebei Province, had issued an order to towns and villages in the area to not report any fever cases, to not confirm any H1N1 cases, and to treat H1N1 flu like the regular flu. The Epoch Times was unable to verify these claims.

The state’s Xinhua News Agency recently reported a new confirmed H1N1 flu case in the Hebei Technical College of Petroleum Profession and those who were infected with H1N1 in Langfang City had all been hospitalized for quarantine and medical treatments.

Xinhua News Agency also reported on Sept. 12 that the Hebei Province Education Department had ordered schools in the province to report any H1N1 cases to their local Education Bureaus, which will then report to the Provincial Education Department.

The Epochtimes

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Chinese 53-year-old Woman Dies from Torture Six Days after Arrest

Posted by Author on September 16, 2009


THE FALUN DAFA INFORMATION CENTER, 15 Sep 2009 –

NEW YORK — A 53-year-old from China’s northeastern Hebei Province has died in police custody six days after being taken from her home.

According to sources in Hebei Province, Ms. Wang Huilan was taken away by police on Sept. 1, 2009 by Zhouzhou City police. Sources familiar with her case say Ms. Wang was force fed on Sept. 7, 2009 and died that afternoon from injuries sustained during the force-feeding.

Unlike force-feeding performed by medical personnel to provide vital nutrients to a patient who will not or cannot feed themselves, force-feeding inside Chinese prisons, labor camps or detention centers is often performed as a torture method and is frequently used on Falun Gong detainees. Force-feeding has been the cause of death in approximately 10 percent of all known death cases of Falun Gong practitioners inside China.

The force-feeding is most often carried out by labor camp staff with no medical training, or by criminal inmates who are coerced to assist. Unsanitary rubber tubes are shoved into an adherent’s nose and down the stomach, often rupturing or damaging tissue; sometimes the tube enters the lungs. Detainees are often fed irritants such as highly concentrated salt water, hot pepper oil, boiling water, detergent, or even human feces.

Ms. Wang had been detained at least once before in March, 2006. Her home was ransacked by police at the time of her arrest and she was held for seven days before being released.

Throughout China, practitioners of Falun Gong are subject to arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and often torture as part of a systematic campaign waged by the Chinese Communist Party to “eradicate” the traditional Chinese exercise and meditation practice.

THE FALUN DAFA INFORMATION CENTER

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Thousands of Workers on Strike for Over Seven Days in North China for Being Laid Off

Posted by Author on April 9, 2009


By Gu Qinger, Epoch Times Staff Apr 9, 2009 –

For seven consecutive days, workers at the Yimian Group in Baoding, Hebei Province, have staged a large-scale strike. In order to prevent the new buyer of the company from moving out the equipment, several thousand workers surrounded the factory, and stood on watch day and night. According to workers on the scene, the strike was still going on as of April 3. Some workers have gone to Beijing to appeal for readdress of the injustice. Although the local  authorities sent an investigational group to the factory,  that didn’t remedy any of the issues.

Yimian Group is an old enterprise with a 50-year history. In 2003, the company had 9,021 employees. In 2004, in a re-organization,  all of its shares were sold to the Zhongce Group in Hong Kong. Subsequently, Zhongce Group established a specialized company called Asian Textile Enterprise. After this re-organization, a large number of workers were laid off, with only four thousand  being retained.

The reason  for this large-scale strike was because several thousand workers learned at the end of last month that the company has been secretly sold, but no workers had been told anything about it. Only about one hundred of the nearly four thousand workers will be retained to work at a new factory in Baoding county. The rest will all be laid off. Since last Friday, almost ten thousand workers, including those already retired from Yimian Group, spontaneously went to the factory to watch over the equipment.

The workers disclosed many illegal transactions before and after the reorganizations, including  severe loss of state-owned assets. They explained that after the reorganization five years ago, the promised $50 million investment in three years after the buy-off  was never made. For five years, the payment for employee compensation was delayed, and the retirement insurance also has not been  paid.

Workers stated that the factory originally had $700 million in assets, but now has nothing. The factory has been sold, and the money has disappeared. Now the new buyer and city government cannot or will not answer questions raised by the workers about these transactions.

One worker, Mr. Liu, told this reporter, “This strike has been going on for seven days. The bosses of the factory terminated the contracts with workers for no reason, and halted the production. The factory has been sold. Those  bosses swallowed up all the money, and now the workers have no way to make a living.”

Another worker said, “We are protecting the factory. The leaders planned to sell all the equipment, but the workers protected the factory. Everyone from eighty-year old retirees to young workers and old leaders all came out to ask for justice. Now is the peak time of the strike. Workers are especially angry.”

“Every day there are three to four thousand workers taking turns protecting the equipment, and preventing the buyers from moving the equipment,” he said.

Mr. Liu said, “The city government sent an investigation group to investigate and maintain  order. However, their true responsibility was to monitor the situation. There are many  plainclothes as well as uniformed police outside—nearly 200 to 300 people. We dare not to go in and out freely because we are afraid of being arrested. Now Baoding is blocking the  news of the strike, not publicizing anything.”

When an Epoch Times reporter called the city government of Baoding to inquire about the strike, a staff person there dismissed the call, saying that he is not aware of this matter and that any interview should be directed to the Propaganda Department.”

– The Epochtimes:  Thousands on Strike for Over Seven Days in Baoding, Hebei Province

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China Vet Exposes Toxins in Food Supply

Posted by Author on November 24, 2008


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 23, 2008 –

Ms. Wang Haizhen, a vet from Hebei Animal Pharmaceutical Co., exposes corruption within the industry. (The Epoch Times)

Ms. Wang Haizhen, a vet from Hebei Animal Pharmaceutical Co., exposes corruption within the industry. (The Epoch Times)

Ms. Wang Haizhen, a veterinarian from the Hebei Province Animal Pharmaceutical Co, recently went public with information exposing corruption in China’s food industry.

According to her, as early as 2005, several toxic substances including melamine were detected in some animal feed, resulting in contaminated milk powder, eggs, and pork having entered the food market and harming consumers. She said after the Sanlu Company’s contaminated baby formula incident, many other companies in the area have still been using chemicals such as the known carcinogen iodized rhodium protein, which is more dangerous than melamine.

Wang’s husband was arrested a few years ago for contacting the authorities in regards to contaminated animal feed. When the Sanlu incident occurred, she made the decision to not only continue appealing for her husband’s release but also follow in his footsteps by appealing for the people.

Wrongfully Imprisoned

Gao Songlin, Wang’s husband, was a sales manager for the Feilong Company, a subsidiary of the Hebei Animal Pharmaceutical Co. In 2005, Gao discovered that certain banned substances were being used in the formulas for some animal feed the company had been producing.  Much of this feed was already distributed, which means counterfeit drugs and toxic feed additives had already entered the market and contaminated the animal husbandry in some areas. This later led to the subsequent emergence of contaminated milk powder, eggs, and pork.

Gao was shocked by all this. He made arrangements to speak with An Diajin, the head of the legal department of the company in an effort to have the toxic substances removed from the animal feed formula. Gao also reported it to the Ministry of Agriculture several times. A month after the seizure of the company, An Dianjin falsely accused Gao of embezzlement. What should have been a civil case turned into a criminal case without a criminal investigation. Gao was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison.

Wang said, “The accusations are entirely false!”

Wang remarked that authorities had long since been aware of the presence of toxic substances in animal feed and its harmful effects but did their best to keep it quiet. She said they failed to take any preventive measures, and in order to protect their own best interests, they retaliated against the whistleblower.

“When my husband said he would report it, the person from the Pharmaceutical Company said, ‘Go ahead! Many of our men are the authorities.”

Toxic Materials Still Being Used

According to Wang, Hebei is the largest manufacturing base in China. It contains several large animal pharmaceutical companies for food additives, animal feed and animal pharmaceuticals. The Feilong Animal Pharmaceutical Company is one of them.

Wang said, although the Feilong Company was closed, it quickly changed its name and went on with business. Its plant and employees never changed. Just like the Sanlu Company, it changed its name and went right on with business.

According to Wang, a lot of manufacturers are still using melamine even after the Sanlu Scandal was exposed. Besides melamine, they also add large doses of Rh proteins, Lipiodol, Clenbuterol, attractant agents, just to name a few, to get the effect of accelerating the growth rate of animals. But the chemicals and toxic materials they are adding can easily have carcinogenic effects. Some of these additives are more dangerous than melamine.

She reported that in Hebei alone, there are several hundred companies like this. Besides these, there are several thousand unregistered companies. There are many cases like these in other parts of the country.

According to Wang, people on the inside know all the dirty tricks. Therefore they are usually very careful when it comes to eating meat. Consuming meat containing these additives on a long-term basis can lead to serious health consequences. Higher cancer rates nowadays are directly associated with eating contaminated meat.

She said it’s a secret trick of the trade to avoid meat as much as possible……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Retracing the Path Toxic Powder Took To Food in China

Posted by Author on November 11, 2008


By Maureen Fan and Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post Foreign Service, USA, Saturday, November 8, 2008-

SHIJIAZHUANG, China — Xue Jianzhong never posted a sign on his ground-floor shop, but somehow everyone knew what he was selling. Customers from all over this dairy farming region in the northeastern province of Hebei flocked to Xue’s dusty street to buy special concoctions that he said would make milk more nutritious — and more marketable.

Advertised as a “protein powder,” the substance was sold in 44-pound bags and was tasteless, odorless and white, like talc. It wasn’t cheap, about $1 a pound, but it could be mixed into inferior milk or even with specially treated water and the result would be a milklike liquid that would pass government quality tests.

It wasn’t until September, when Xue was arrested in connection with the investigation into the poisoning of tens of thousands of babies across China, that it became clear his secret ingredient was a toxic industrial chemical called melamine.

Melamine can mimic protein in nutrition tests for milk and in products such as wheat gluten and chicken feed. But when ingested in large amounts, it can cause kidney stones or death in children and animals.

The problem is not just a domestic one. Melamine has surfaced in foods sold across Asia and, earlier, in pet food that poisoned animals in the United States, tainting China’s reputation as the world’s factory.

How the same substance that had killed pets and was officially banned in China as an additive in food just last year wound up in baby formula and so many other food products is a story of desperate farmers, complicit chemical companies, and government officials who looked the other way. All were part of a system that allowed the network of melamine dealers to thrive.

Farmers and companies involved in food and feed production said that the doctoring of their products was an open secret in the countryside but that the salesmen had told them it was harmless.

“Actually, every milk collection center bought a lot of melamine,” said Wang, a 60-year-old farmer in the village of Yudi, in the Shijiazhuang area, who would not give her full name because she feared retribution. “Everybody did this.”

China’s melamine trade is run by a criminal syndicate that has relied on chemical companies and underground laboratories for its supply. The trade has been supported by a customer base so eager for the substance that for years it turned a blind eye to its potentially deadly effects. Traditionally used in the manufacture of plastics and leather, melamine has made its way into the food supply in a way that was never supposed to happen.

Initially covered up by officials afraid of losing their jobs and besmirching the Beijing Olympic Games, the melamine contamination scandal began with infant milk formula that killed at least four infants and sickened 54,000 babies. It soon spread to candy, instant coffee, yogurt, biscuits and other products made with Chinese milk, prompting bans or recalls in 16 countries.

In recent weeks the toxin has been discovered in eggs and in animal feed, sparking fears that tainted foods go well beyond dairy products and may include fish, shrimp, beef and poultry.

“Almost all the animal feed companies I know added protein powder to their product until this September. So did our factory,” said a sales manager surnamed Li, in a branch factory of the Liuhe Group, a large animal feed company in Shandong province. “Of course, no one dares to add it now.” …… (more details from washingtonpost)

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China’s Persecution of Christians Intensifies After Olympics

Posted by Author on November 3, 2008


China Aid, October 29, 2008-

CHINA – Since the end of the Olympic Games, ChinaAid has received reports of intensified religious persecution from across China.

– In Beijing, Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan and his family members have been evicted from their home, beaten and arrested.

– In Heilongjiang province, one city called Yichuan recently banned all of the house churches.

– In Yunnan province, some house church members were attacked right after the Olympics.

– In Shandong province, Pastor Zhang Zhongxin was sentenced to two years of re-education through labor, and after the Olympics his appeal was denied. Pastor Zhang’s lawyer, Li Fangping, was refused permission to meet with him because authorities claim Pastor Zhang could endanger state security.

In another shocking new discovery, ChinaAid learned 29 house church leaders have been serving time in a labor camp and prisons in Henan province since July 9, 2007. They are accused of being “evil cult” members.

Among the 29 house church leaders, 21 are being held in No. 3 Prison of Henan province. One leader was released in September 2008. The other seven house church members belong to a house church group in Lingbao city that is part of the “Born Again Movement”. They were sentenced by the court as “evil cult” members on July 9, 2007. One leader was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, which is the harshest sentence against a house church leader in recent years besides Pastor Zhang Rongliang who was sentenced to seven and a half years in 2004 for allegedly “attempting to illegally cross the border and forgery of an official document”.

ChinaAid.org

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China Egg Farmers Desperate As Melamine Crisis Worsens, Over 10,000 Chickens Slaughtered Everyday

Posted by Author on November 2, 2008


The Epoch Times,  Oct 31, 2008-

Since Hong Kong detected melamine in Chinese eggs on October 26, egg farmers in northern China’s Dingxing county, Baoding city have been increasingly anxious about their livelihoods.

In the past five days, the egg wholesale price has not been over US88 cents per kilogram, and in Zhongtaoshen village, the 120 egg farmers have had to slaughter over 10,000 chickens everyday, according to wholesaler, Mr Liao’s estimation.

According to the Jinghua Times report, most of the local eggs are sold to Beijing and Guangdong, and wholesalers have already reported that all eggs will be rejected if there is not a “No Melamine” certificate attached.

Facing cash flow pressure, many farmers have had to sell their chickens to slaughterhouses at prices as low as US$1.20 per kilogram.

Egg farmer Lu Shuanxi from Zhongtao Shenyi village recently sold 1,000 chickens to the slaughter house for money to buy several more days chicken feed for the rest of his 5,000 chickens.

On October 27 and 28, no one came to his village to buy eggs, and on October 29, the egg price offered by wholesalers was only US64 cents per kilogram.

According to one Zhongtao Shenyi village committee staff member, there are few refrigeration facilities in the area, and the first batch of eggs produced after October 26 is expected to expire in 9 days.

However, those farmers are also victims, as recent media reports indicate that chicken feed is actually the source of the melamine in the eggs. The use of melamine is an open secret in the animal feed industry in China, which initially started in aquaculture farming, and spread to poultry and livestock farms.

Internet reports from mainland China argue that most of the melamine comes from chemical plant waste.

The Epochtimes

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‘Underground’ Catholic Bishop Detained in North China on Last Day Of Beijing Olympics

Posted by Author on August 27, 2008


UCA News, August 25, 2008-

HONG KONG (UCAN) — Underground Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding was taken away from his residence by public security officers and government officials on the closing day of the Beijing Olympics.

A Catholic source told UCA News that the 73-year-old bishop was resting in his room in the Christ the King Cathedral compound and talking with some Catholics there when the officers took him away at 11:20 a.m. Zhengding diocese is in Hebei province, which mostly surrounds Beijing.

The incident, the source said, occurred after the prelate celebrated Sunday Mass on Aug. 24 at the cathedral in Wuqiu, a village near Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital, 270 kilometers southwest of Beijing.

The officers, from the Shijiazhuang area, told the Catholics at the scene that the authorities have arranged “a summer tour for the bishop” and that “he will not be back soon,” the source added.

Some of the hundreds of Catholics who attended the bishop’s Mass that morning were still in the cathedral and saw security officers lead Bishop Jia away.

A press release from the United States-based Cardinal Kung Foundation dated Aug. 24 said “six government officials in two automobiles arrested Bishop Jia” at the cathedral at about 10:45 a.m.

As of Aug. 25, the prelate, who is in ill health, has been under house arrest in Shijiazhuang, the source told UCA News.

Local Catholics do not know the reasons for removing their bishop, the source said, but surmise that it could be linked to the upcoming Paralympic Games in Beijing, which run Sept. 6-17. Bishop Jia runs an orphanage that also cares for disabled children, the source noted.

Earlier, on Aug. 15, Bishop Jia had presided in Wuqiu at the Mass celebrating the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother. More than 1,000 Catholics attended even though public security officers had warned Catholics in the diocese to stay away from the feast-day Mass at the cathedral.

Underground Catholics reject affiliation with government-approved administrative structures for the Church.

– Source: CHINA  ‘Underground’ Hebei Bishop Detained By Security Officers On Last Day Of Olympics, UCA News

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Two underground Catholic priests arrested in north China

Posted by Author on July 15, 2008


Cardinal Kung Foundation, July 13, 2008-

Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. — In his pastoral letter to China last year, Pope Benedict XVI established the date May 24 as the day “for the Catholics of the whole world to be united in prayer with the Church which is in China…..in liturgical memorial of Our Lady, Help of Christians, who is venerated with great devotion at the Marian Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai…..I would like that date to be kept by you as a day of prayer for the Church in China…”

Upon the encouragement of Pope Benedict, and as a tradition in honoring Our Lady of Sheshan 佘山聖母, thousands of Chinese made a pilgrimage to Sheshan 佘山in Shanghai in May. Most of them had tacit approval from the Chinese government. Those who had no such approval risked arrest and detention. The entire underground clergy of the Shanghai Diocese was placed under house arrest during the month of May in order to prevent them from making pilgrimage to Sheshan. Other underground Catholics were warned by the government official not to participate in visiting Sheshan on May 24.

Among the pilgrims were two underground priests from Xuanhua 宣化 Hebei 河北. Father Zhang Jianlin 章建林, age 42, was intercepted by Chinese authorities in Nanking 南京on his way to Sheshan to participate in the prayers for China on May 24. Father Zhang was sent back by the security police to Xuanhua where he was promptly arrested and detained. Father Zhangli 張利, age 45, announcing his intention to go to Sheshan on May 24, was arrested and detained few days before May 24 in order to prevent him from going to Sheshan. Both priests disappeared while they were in the hands of Chinese authorities. There has been no news on these two priests since their arrests. We do not know what is happening to them and where they are.

The underground diocese of Xuanhua has many houses dedicated to prayers. They have now all been forbidden by the Chinese authorities to be used as prayer-houses. Those larger houses have now been fitted with video cameras by the authorities in order to have continuous monitoring of these houses of worship to make sure that no prayers are to be recited there……. (more details from Cardinal Kung Foundation)

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China: Unprecedented Motion by 6 Lawyers Defends Falun Gong in Court for First Time

Posted by Author on October 27, 2007


By Samantha Lev, The Human Rights Law Foundation, via the Epochtimes, Oct 25, 2007-

In a daring and unprecedented motion ( .PDF, in English, download)  recently smuggled out of China, six Chinese lawyers have for the first time formally defended Falun Gong adherents’ right to freedom of belief in court.

“Falun Gong … which advocates ‘truthfulness, benevolence and forbearance,’ has been banned and persecuted for no justifiable reason at all,” says the document. “The current various punitive actions against Falun Gong believers do not have any legal basis, and must therefore be stopped.”

The defendants in the case are a family of three—Wang Bo, 27, and her two parents, Wang Xinzhong and Liu Shuqin. All three practice Falun Gong, a Chinese meditation and spiritual discipline. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) banned the practice in 1999, when several leaders perceived Falun Gong as a threat to their power after its adherents reportedly outnumbered Party members.

To strengthen the campaign against Falun Gong, the CCP issued directives barring attorneys from defending practitioners. Since then, the authorities have disbarred or arrested most attorneys who have tried.

“In China, defense lawyers have themselves been arrested, arbitrarily detained, subject to criminal prosecution or imprisonment simply because they provide legal representation to Falun Gong adherents and other Chinese citizens targeted for persecution by the authorities,” says Terri Marsh, executive director of the Human Rights Law Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.

Despite such circumstances, as the family’s trial approached, six lawyers from Beijing—Li Heping, Li Xiongbing, Zhang Lihui, Li Shunzhang, Teng Biao, and Wu Hongwei— decided to disregard the prohibition and represent Wang and her parents.

“I think Falun Gong practitioners have fundamental rights,” said Teng Biao, one of the six attorneys, on a New Tang Dynasty Television program in April. “In the face of this persecution, intellectuals and attorneys in mainland China remain silent. This kind of silence is unconscionable, and that is why we’re here to defend Wang Bo.”

Defense on Multiple Fronts

The lawyers’ 14-page motion ( .PDF, in English, download) , which was submitted to a court in Hebei Province in April 2007, combines legal theory on freedom of belief with an analysis of Chinese law. Drawing on sources ranging from Thomas Jefferson to Japanese legislation on religious organizations, it reflects extensive research on the part of its authors. Enumerating multiple ways in which the campaign against Falun Gong violates China’s constitution, the lawyers argue that the criminal charges against their clients lack any legal basis.

The lawyers’ defense of Wang and her parents consists of six parts, beginning with a section reaffirming what they see as universal principles related to the case, as well as dismantling the CCP’s claim that Falun Gong had to be collectively banned because it was supposedly a “cult.”

The section addresses three issues: the right to freedom of belief, the legal principle that a criminal offense can only be based on one’s conduct and not one’s thoughts, and the separation of religion and the state, which the lawyers term “The Great Divide.” Among the sources sited in this latter subsection is American founding father Thomas Jefferson.

“Jefferson criticized the history of the integration of religion with political regimes … refined the principle of The Great Divide, and realized this principle in a political system,” write the lawyers. “The current laws, regulations, and judicial practices which sanction the suppression of Falun Gong deviate from the principle of The Great Divide.”

But for Guo Guoting, a Shanghai lawyer who was disbarred and exiled to Canada in 2005 for defending Falun Gong, the most impressive aspect of the motion is the second part. It covers the unconstitutionality of the campaign against Falun Gong and argues that the persecution itself is illegal and invalid.

“In the case of Falun Gong, this is a fundamental principle,” says Guo, who has authored several articles analyzing the campaign against Falun Gong. “A lot of Chinese lawyers who defend Falun Gong do not dare to mention this point. They just defend the individual practitioner, but don’t argue against the whole persecution. [These lawyers] mention all the key points.”

Having established the illegality of the ban on Falun Gong, the lawyers focus the next three sections on denouncing the measures taken to wipe out the practice and calling on the government to review its policy.

“We believe that adopting high-handed policies against Falun Gong believers not only opposes the Chinese constitution and basic international human rights standards,” they write. “Even from a practical perspective, the persecution has had a limited or even counterproductive effect.”

Taking the argument a step further, they call for those who’ve committed abuses against Falun Gong to be held accountable.

“We also consider the implementation of torture on Falun Gong practitioners to be a violation of our country’s Criminal Law provisions, thus constituting a crime,” they write. “The perpetrators should bear responsibility for their criminal actions.”

The document’s final section then addresses the specific situation of their clients. Wang and her parents were facing imprisonment for posting online information exposing abuses, downloading materials related to Falun Gong, and taking photos of a banner calling on people to quit the CCP.

“The identification of the above behavior as criminal … is absurd,” they write. “Using a camera to take photographs is a part of normal life for citizens, and does not threaten or harm society. It is ludicrous to judge citizens’ normal practice of their faith or day-to-day activities as criminal.”

“We ask that you respect citizens’ constitutional rights, righteously face your historic responsibility, have the courage to face the truth and your conscience, and acquit the innocent defendants,” concludes the motion.

Aftermath

But in a move typical of Chinese courts’ treatment of Falun Gong, the judges did not acquit the three practitioners. Without responding to any of the arguments raised in the defense motion, on May 9, they upheld the previous court’s decision and sentenced Wang Bo and her parents each to three years in prison where they remain today.

“They just ignored the submission,” says Guo Guoting. “This is how Chinese courts are. They don’t dare to even mention the defense lawyers’ points. Because all the judges who handle such cases are CCP members and are so-called ‘politically reliable’… they don’t dare speak what they are truly thinking. So, in China, the courts give no justice at all.”

Equally disconcerting for those who hope to see rule of law emerge in China, the lawyers themselves have become victims of abuse since taking the case. On the day of the hearing, Teng Biao was reportedly beaten by police. Last month, Li Heping was kidnapped and shocked with electric batons.

“I was so badly beaten that I rolled on the ground everywhere,” said Li in a statement later posted online. “Yet, they continued to chase and beat me with smiles on their faces. The beating went on and off for four to five hours.”

Such treatment by the authorities against those who defend Falun Gong has been a consistent pattern. To Guo Guoting, himself a victim of such retaliation, the fact that the lawyers wrote such a motion despite the risks, is a testament of their dedication to the rule of law.

“Why did they speak out? Because they did their job. I respect them,” he says. “They are true human rights lawyers.”

“Li Heping and his colleagues have brought the related cases of Falun Gong practitioners Wang Bo and her parents to trial,” said Marsh. “This is unprecedented in China and the partial transcript of these proceedings will have far reaching consequences for China and the outside world in the years to come.”

In 2002, Wang Bo was sentenced to a labor camp for raising a Falun Gong banner on Tiananmen Square. By manipulating statements Wang made under torture, China’s state-run television station produced an influential anti-Falun Gong program claiming Wang had been convinced to give up the practice.

Upon her release, Wang posted an online video recounting the abuse she suffered and denouncing the television program. Soon after, Wang and her parents were arrested and sentenced to four and five years in prison, respectively, on vague charges of “using a heretical organization to undermine the law.” At the time of the first trial, the three were unable to find a lawyer to represent them.

Download .pdf English translation of lawyers’ motion here.

 

– Report from  the Epochtimes : Chinese Lawyers’ Motion Defends Falun Gong in Court for First Time

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Underground Water Table Sinks 4 Feet a Year in North China City

Posted by Author on October 2, 2007


By JIM YARDLEY, New York Times, September 28, 2007-

SHIJIAZHUANG, China — Hundreds of feet below ground, the primary water source for this provincial capital of more than two million people is steadily running dry. The underground water table is sinking about four feet a year. Municipal wells have already drained two-thirds of the local groundwater.

Above ground, this city in the North China Plain is having a party. Economic growth topped 11 percent last year. Population is rising. A new upscale housing development is advertising waterfront property on lakes filled with pumped groundwater. Another half-built complex, the Arc de Royal, is rising above one of the lowest points in the city’s water table.

“People who are buying apartments aren’t thinking about whether there will be water in the future,” said Zhang Zhongmin, who has tried for 20 years to raise public awareness about the city’s dire water situation.

For three decades, water has been indispensable in sustaining the rollicking economic expansion that has made China a world power. Now, China’s galloping, often wasteful style of economic growth is pushing the country toward a water crisis. Water pollution is rampant nationwide, while water scarcity has worsened severely in north China — even as demand keeps rising everywhere.

China is scouring the world for oil, natural gas and minerals to keep its economic machine humming. But trade deals cannot solve water problems. Water usage in China has quintupled since 1949, and leaders will increasingly face tough political choices as cities, industry and farming compete for a finite and unbalanced water supply……. (more details from New York Times: Beneath Booming Cities, China’s Future Is Drying Up)

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China: Catholic Bishop Died In Secret Detention, Cremated by Authority In 6 Hours

Posted by Author on September 11, 2007


Press release, Cardinal Kung Foundation, USA, Sep. 9, 2007-

Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. — Bishop Han Dingxiang (韓鼎詳), the underground Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Yong Nian (永年) in Hebei Province (河北省), died at 11 pm (Beijing time) on September 9 yesterday at the end of his almost 8 years imprisonment by the Chinese authority. With the exception of few of his very close relatives who were suddenly summoned by the government authority to his bedside before his death, none of his priests and other faithful were aware of his grave illness or of any other cause leading to his death; nor were they aware of the fact that he was dying in a hospital.

The bishop was immediately ordered by the government authority to be cremated at approximately 5 am next morning and his ashes were buried immediately in a public cemetery – all within 6 hours after his death.

Consequently, with the exception of a few relatives, the body of Bishop Han was not viewed by the public or by any other faithful. There were no priests or other faithful present during his burial.

He was 71 years old. His last words before he drifted into a coma were to ask his congregation to recite more rosaries.

Bishop Han was born on May 17, 1937, sent to a labor camp by Chinese authority 1960 – 1979, became a high-school teacher from 1979 to 1982, and operated a medical clinic between 1982 – 1986 while he was a seminarian. He was ordained a priest November 21, 1986, and then ordained a bishop December 19, 1989.

During his episcopacy, Bishop Han was arrested by the Chinese authority 11 times. His last arrest was on November 20, 1999 while he was conducting a religious retreat for some of his nuns. After approximately 4 years of detentions in various locations, he was moved to an apartment on the 4th floor of a police family unit where he stayed for another two years.

On September 23, 2005, Bishop Han was secretly moved to an unknown location and disappeared ever since until his death. He spent approximately a total of 35 years of his life either in the labor camp, or in a prison, or in house arrest.

Joseph Kung, the President of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, said: “What was the Chinese government afraid of to cremate Bishop Han only 6 hours after his death and at such an early hour at five o’clock in the morning? Why were the priests of his diocese not allowed to bless his remains and, together with his faithful, to pray for this heroic shepherd, and to view his body? This is not only inhuman, and atrocious, but also suspicious. I urge the Vatican to open an official inquest for the cause of the death of Bishop Han.”

– Original report from Cardinalkungfoundation.Org : The Death of An Underground Bishop in Yong Nian, Hebei, China

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55 Kinds of Famous Toxic Food in China

Posted by Author on August 26, 2007


ChinaScope, 08/25/2007-

It was reported and widely reprinted in Chinese official websites and Blogs that there are 55 kinds of toxic food in China, ranging from daily rice, flour, vegetables, meat and eggs, fruits to famous seasonings and gradients, formulations, etc. [1, 2] Vegetables with very toxic residual pesticide were labeled as “harmless” vegetables and widely sold.

A. Rice, Flour and manufactured food (4)

1. Highly Carcinogen rice (old rice, rice for peasant workers) and manufactured food made of such rice. Eating this kind of rice will lead to nausea, vomiting, and cancer in the long-run.
2. Bleached flour: contains excessive amount of oxidized benzoformyl, causing fatigue, dizzy, amenesia, more dreams and neuroasthenia
3. Black-hearted moon cake – moon cakes with fertilizers
4. Dumplings made with unwanted meat and unwashed cabbages in Xinda Food Factory, Town of Panzhuang, Ninghe County, Tianjin City[3]

B. Meat and eggs (9)

1. Taicang Meat Floss made of meat from dead pig and mother pig, mixed with large amount of pea powder and bleached with hydrogen peroxide, and added with additives, food colors to make the meat floss looking good
2. Chicken/duck meat, pork and milk with large amount of chloramphenicol, oxytetracycline
3. Muscle-type pork feed with Clenbuterol
4. Convenience food with brine or smoked meat from sick-dead animals;
5. Mule meat posing as Pingyao Beef
6. Jinhua Ham submerged in Dichlorvos
7. Toxic sausage in Taixin city, Jiangsu province
8. Toxic “peasants” food in Wenzhou, Fujian province
9. Red yold eggs from hens feed with CAROPHYLL®Red

C. Vegetables and fruits (10)

1. Vegetables with excessive residual pesticide- “harmless” vegetables in Zhangbei county, Hebei province with highly-toxic residual pesticide, such as omethoate and methamidophos. These vegetables were labeled “harmless” and claimed to have never been sprayed with pesticides. These pesticides were used because they are cheap and strong, making good-looking vegetables that sales very well. The peasants told the journalists that they never eat these vegetables. [4]
2. Potatoes smoked by sulfur
3. Sichuan kimchi preserved by prohibited industry salt
4. Toxic leeks sprayed by “3911” pesticide, these leeks are thicker, wider, longer and with deeper color
5. “Fresh” shoot preserved by sulfur and industry salt
6. Sinister bean sprouts that were raised using growth hormone, rootless agent, bleached by Na2S2O4 [5]
7. Toxic longans bleached and smoked with sulfur
8. Strawberry and monkey hunting peach (Actinidia) that are fast-matured by growth hormone
9. Dried fruits with large amount of bacteria (100 times higher than national standard)
10. Preserved red dates with formaldehyde

D. Non-staple food, waterishlogged food, seasonings and gradients, formulations (24)

1. Toxic seeds (watermelon, pumpkin, sunflower) processed with mineral oils
2. Smelly Tofu processed by pig excrement
3. Yuba processed by chemical and carcinogens, such as industry gelatin, basic orange (chrysoidine), Rongalite (Sodium Formaldehyde Sulfoxylate)
4. Sweet potato starch noodles processed by rongalite and food colors
5. Longkou vermicelli contains rongalite;
6. Degenerated soy milk
7. Toxic milk powder in Anhui province
8. Rice noodles contains carbolic acid
9. Sanyuan “Quanjia (all good)” Lactobacillus in Shanghai with numerous streptomyces
10. Tremella, red peppers and Pericarpium Zanthoxyli
11. Black fungus (Auricularia auricular) stained with black ink
12. Green teas stained with green color
14. Various waterishlogged foods contains formaldehyde
15. Liquor mixed with industry alcohol
16. “Wine” made of Saccharin and food color
17. Hogwash fat took out from drainages
18. The famous chongqing Hot-pot Seasoning using paraffin as the coagulant
19. Red chili oil soup stock that that are leftovers from thousands of people
20. Toxic lard in Hunan province
21. Extra low price chicken extract
22. Toxic soy sauce processed with hair water
23. Shanxi “Very Old Vinegar” added with industry acetic acid
24. Fruit juice made nearby bathrooms with sorbic acid, potassium sorbate

E. Others (4)

1. “health chopsticks” submerged in sulfur
2. Low quality drinking fountains
3. Unqualified disposable medical devices
4. Numerous counterfeit and fake medicines

Notes:
[1]-[5] please check the original report from ChinaScope.org

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Underground Catholic Bishop and Priest Arrested in North China

Posted by Author on August 23, 2007


Press Release, Cardinal Kung Foundation, August 23, 2007-

Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A. — Bishop Jia Zhiguo, the underground Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Zheng Ding in Hebei Province, was arrested again by the Public Security and Religious Bureau at approximately 9:00 in the morning of August 23, 2007 (Beijing time). We do not know the reason of the bishop’s arrest, nor do we know his current location.

In the last 5 days, there was a marked increase in the number of security police for putting Bishop Jia under strict surveillance 24 hours a day and there were police vehicles parking outside of the bishop’s residence. Anyone coming to visit the bishop was summarily arrested. A priest and a layperson were arrested and interrogated for 8 hours before they were released.

Since the release of the China letter by His Holiness Pope Benedict XIV, Bishop Jia was told several times by the religious bureau that he was not allowed to publicly support and promulgate the Pope’s China letter. We do not know for sure whether this order has anything to do with the bishop’s arrest this time.

A few days ago, the Religious Bureau forcibly put a sign “The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association” vertically at the side of the gate of bishop Jia’s church! The sign could possibly still be there.

Bishop Jia is 73 years old and was ordained a bishop in 1980. He was previously jailed for approximately 20 years and has been under strict surveillance for many years by the Chinese authorities. He takes care of approximately 100 handicapped orphans in his house. As far as we know, he has been arrested eleven times since January 2004.

In addition, another priest, Father Wen Daoxiu, of Beiwangli Village, Qingyuan County, Hebei, was also arrested on August 15, 2007 by the Public Security Bureau after the priest had just finished offering a Holy Mass. We do not know his whereabouts and the reason of his arrest. Father Wen is in very poor health with three partially blocked blood vessels to his heart. He is in his mid-fifties.

Joseph Kung, the President of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, said: “It is apparent that the aforementioned actions by the Chinese government is not only contrary to the spirit of the China letter issued by the Pope almost two months ago, but also contrary to the generally accepted principles of human rights and to the spirits of the Olympic games.

“The freedom-loving and powerful countries of the world should take into greater consideration – consistently, and persistently, and not haphazardly – all human rights violations in China when forming and implementing their political and commercial decisions in relation to China. Does a country consistently violate the most basic human rights deserve to be the host of 2008 Olympic Games?”

– Original press release from Cardinal Kung Foundation : UNDERGROUND BISHOP JIA ZHIGUO IS ARRESTED AGAIN ANOTHER PRIEST IS ALSO ARRESTED

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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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