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China Launches Crackdown On Overseas and Domestic “Hostile forces” Ahead of CCP Congress

Posted by Author on September 14, 2007


By Michael Bristow, BBC News, Beijing-

China has launched a crackdown on political dissidents and potential troublemakers ahead of the Communist Party’s 17th congress, which begins next month.

The congress, held every five years, is the party’s most important public political event.

At this year’s gathering, which will be held mostly behind closed doors, Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to tighten his grip on power, and the authorities are keen that those with other ideas are kept well away.

Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang, a member of the party’s politburo, identified a wide range of “hostile forces” that will be targeted.

“All police should…strike hard on overseas and domestic hostile forces, ethnic splittists, religious extremists, violent terrorists and the Falun Gong so as to safeguard national security and social stability,” he said.

Falun Gong is a spiritual movement that was banned in China after staging a massive demonstration in central Beijing in 1999.

Mr Zhou also referred to political dissidents, campaigners and people who advocate independence for the western regions of Xinjiang and Tibet.

He said efforts should also be made to step up control of the internet to create what he described as a “harmonious online environment”.

China already tries to prevent ordinary citizens logging on to certain websites.

News outlets are also being targeted in the run-up to the congress, which will be attended by more than 2,000 party delegates.

One editor of a Chinese newspaper told the BBC that the party’s central publicity department had issued two notices to editors telling them what stories they could and could not print.

The first notice was sent in July, and the second in mid-August.

“They told us there should be no negative reports before the party congress. We shouldn’t report stories about things such as land rights, petitioners and major incidents, such as accidents,” he said.

In what is perhaps an indication of just how worried newspaper editors are about making mistakes in the run-up to the congress, five of them recently managed to publish almost identical front pages.

There were striking similarities between the headlines, the placement of photographs and the articles selected for print…… (more details from BBC News: China tightens grip ahead of congress)

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Wall Street Funds China Police’s Surveillance Companies

Posted by Author on September 12, 2007


By KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times, September 11, 2007-

SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 7 — Li Runsen, the powerful technology director of China’s ministry of public security, is best known for leading Project Golden Shield, China’s intensive effort to strengthen police control over the Internet.

But last month Mr. Li took an additional title: director for China Security and Surveillance Technology, a fast-growing company that installs and sometimes operates surveillance systems for Chinese police agencies, jails and banks, among other customers. The company has just been approved for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

The company’s listing and Mr. Li’s membership on its board are just the latest signs of ever-closer ties among Wall Street, surveillance companies and the Chinese government’s security apparatus.

Wall Street analysts now follow the growth of companies that install surveillance systems providing Chinese police stations with 24-hour video feeds from nearby Internet cafes. Hedge fund money from the United States has paid for the development of not just better video cameras, but face-recognition software and even newer behavior-recognition software designed to spot the beginnings of a street protest and notify police.

Now, the ties between China’s surveillance sector and American capital markets are starting to draw Washington’s attention.

Rep. Tom Lantos, the California Democrat who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was disturbed by a recent report in The New York Times about the development of surveillance systems in China by another company, China Public Security Technology, which, like China Security and Surveillance, incorporated itself in the United States to make it easier to sell shares to Western investors.

Mr. Lantos called American involvement in the Chinese surveillance industry “an absolutely incredible phenomenon of extreme corporate irresponsibility.”

He said he planned to broaden an existing investigation into “the cooperation of American companies in the Chinese police state.”

Executives of Chinese surveillance companies say they are helping their government reduce street crime, preserve social stability and prevent terrorism. They note that London has a more sophisticated surveillance system, although the Chinese system will soon be far more extensive.

Wall Street executives also defend the industry as necessary to keep the peace at a time of rapid change in China. They point out that New York has begun experimenting with surveillance cameras in Lower Manhattan and other areas of the city, and that corporations make broad use of surveillance cameras in places like convenience stores and automated teller machines.

“Is New York a police state?” said Peter Siris, the managing director of Guerrilla Capital and Hua-Mei 21st Century, two Manhattan hedge funds that were among the earliest investors in China Security and Surveillance.

Mr. Lantos and human rights advocates contend that surveillance in China poses different issues from surveillance in the West because China is a one-party state where government officials can exercise power with few legal restraints.

Mr. Lantos is part of a Democratic Congressional majority that is increasingly eager to confront China at a time of high Chinese trade surpluses and considerable economic insecurity in the United States. He is also a longtime ally of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House and a fellow Californian, who made her reputation in Congress as a critic of China on human rights issues.

A White House spokesman, Tony Fratto said the White House would not comment on specific companies, adding, “It’s not appropriate to interfere in the private decisions of Americans to invest in legally incorporated firms.”

The New York Stock Exchange said that it had no comment except to confirm that China Security and Surveillance was expected to list on the exchange “later this year, subject to the usual conditions, including approval by the S.E.C.”

Because the company already has shares traded in the United States and is not selling any additional shares, Securities and Exchange Commission regulations say approval is automatic once the company fills out a notification form and the New York Stock Exchange confirms it has approved the listing.

Over the last year, American hedge funds have put more than $150 million into Chinese surveillance companies.

The Chinese government trade association for surveillance companies, which also regulates the industry, predicts that the surveillance market here will expand to more than $43.1 billion by 2010, compared with less than $500 million in 2003. Under the Safe Cities program adopted by the government last winter, 660 cities are starting work on high-tech surveillance systems.

Many Western experts, skeptical that China faces a terrorism threat, have suggested that the government may be using it as an excuse for tougher policies toward ethnic minorities in western China, notably Xinjiang Province, and toward Tibet.

Terence Yap, the vice chairman and chief financial officer of China Security and Surveillance Technology, said his company’s software made it possible for security cameras to count the number of people in crosswalks and alert the police if a crowd forms at an unusual hour, a possible sign of an unsanctioned protest.

Mr. Yap said terrorism concerns did exist. His company has outfitted rail stations and government buildings in Tibet with surveillance systems.

Mr. Yap and Lin Jiang Huai, the chairman and chief executive of China Public Security, said that their companies did not do business with the Chinese military and should not raise concerns in the United States. They also said their businesses used technology developed in China and were therefore not subject to United States export controls.

China Security and Surveillance has been aggressively raising money in the United States, including $110 million in convertible loans so far this year from the Citadel Group, a big hedge fund in Chicago. In the last 18 months, the company has used the money to acquire or make a deal to buy 10 of the 50 largest surveillance companies in China.

James Mulvenon, the director of the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, which does classified analyses of foreign military and intelligence programs for the Pentagon and other government agencies, said that Beijing clearly wanted the company to consolidate the industry.

“They’re really sort of the Ministry of Public Security’s national champion,” Mr. Mulvenon said of China Security and Surveillance. “In terms of the gear and building the surveillance society, they are the ones.”

After the company announced sharply higher sales and profit on Aug. 13, a succession of American hedge fund managers and investment bank analysts took turns on a conference call questioning and congratulating Mr. Yap.

Traded on the over-the-counter bulletin board market while waiting for the beginning of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the company has raised almost all of its money through the Citadel loans and private placements of stock with 17 institutional investors in the United States, including the Pinnacle Fund and Pinnacle China Fund in Plano, Tex., and JLF, a hedge fund based in Del Mar, Calif.

The Pinnacle funds’ investments have risen six-fold in 17 months. The funds, which raise all their money in the United States, are also the main investors in China Public Security Technology, with a stake that has nearly tripled in value since February.

Barry Kitt, the founder and general partner of the funds, declined to comment. Citadel and JLF officials also declined to comment.

Each time China Security and Surveillance makes an acquisition, it holds an elaborate banquet, with dancers. The majority of the 500 or more people invited are municipal and provincial security officials, as well as executives of rival companies that may become acquisition targets.

“When they come, they hear central government officials endorsing us, they hear bankers endorsing us or supporting us, it gives us credibility,” Mr. Yap said. “It’s a lot of drinking, it’s like a wedding banquet.”

Lehman Brothers bankers and various Ministry of Public Security officials have spoken at such events, which have been held all over the country. One was at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where Mr. Li himself — of Project Golden Shield — addressed the crowd.

China Security and Surveillance has headquarters in Shenzhen, a high-tech manufacturing center in southeastern China, but two years ago it purchased a “shell” Delaware company with no operations but a listing on the American over-the-counter bulletin board market. It turned the Delaware company into its corporate parent.

China Public Security, also with headquarters in Shenzhen, incorporated in Florida in the same way to obtain a listing on the over-the-counter bulletin board.

China Security and Surveillance is involved in some of the most controversial areas of public security. Mr. Yap said on the conference call with Wall Street analysts and hedge fund managers in August that one of the company’s growth areas involved surveillance systems for Internet cafes; the government is trying to clamp down on users of the cafes in order to discourage pornography and prostitution.

Critics say the surveillance is aimed at catching democracy advocates, Falun Gong adherents and others the Communist Party regards as threatening, noting that rules for nightclubs are less rigorous, and do not require live feeds to police stations.

Mr. Yap said investment firms from Europe, the United States and Asia were so enthused about the surveillance market in China that he typically led a full-day tour each week to some of the company’s factories and installations.

At an aging Shenzhen police station, where the scuffed and peeling yellow walls look as though they have not been painted since the Cultural Revolution, a $100,000 bank of new video screens behind the duty officer’s desk shows scenes from nearby streets. In another neighborhood, the company has installed a $1 million system.

Many of the surveillance cameras are still assembled at a modest factory. But the company has used $20 million of the cash it raised in the United States to acquire a large industrial park with six just-completed factory buildings and six dormitories.

In Shenzhen, white poles resembling street lights now line the roads every block or two, ready to be fitted with cameras. In a nondescript building linked to nearby street cameras, a desktop computer displayed streaming video images from outside and drew a green square around each face to check it against a “blacklist.” Since China lacks national or even regional digitized databases of troublemakers’ photos, Mr. Yap said municipal or neighborhood officials compile their own blacklists.

To show off his systems, Mr. Yap strode across a nearby plaza flanked by apartment towers and a low-rise shopping area, pointing out tiny unobtrusive domes and tubes attached to various poles. “See, there’s a camera on the lamp pole, and another one over there and another one here,” he said. “Big Brother is watching you.”

– Original report from New York Times: An Opportunity for Wall St. in China’s Surveillance Boom

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China Lovers Fined For a Hug by Plain Clothes Police

Posted by Author on September 6, 2007


Two young lovers fined 5,000 yuan (329 pounds) by three plain clothes police for hugging in public on the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day, in central province of Hunan, according to a Reuters’ report on Sep. 5, 2007.

Reuters quotes the Chinese media report that “a clerk at the police station” said the three police were “punished”, but did say how.

Here’s some details from Reuters:

“As we hugged each other, three policemen came and separated us so they could ask questions. They brought us to the police station and didn’t free us until we paid a 5,000 yuan fine,” the paper quoted female detainee, Xiao Hong, as saying in an Internet posting on a local news portal.

The police were in plain clothes and many other couples were out strolling on the evening of “Qi Xi” — a local festival often dubbed Chinese Valentine’s Day, the Beijing News said in a separate report.

Internet users poured derision on the police, which “forced officials to look into the case”, the paper said.

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Two China Virtual Police To Patrol Online For Illicit Activity

Posted by Author on August 29, 2007


Reuters, Aug 28, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is sending out two virtual police officers to patrol the Internet to combat online pornography and other “illicit activity”, state media said on Wednesday.

The virtual officers, a man and a woman, “will appear either on motorcycles, in a car or on foot, at the bottom of users’ computer screens every 30 minutes to remind them of Internet security,” the China Daily said.

The two will monitor major news portals and all Web sites and online forums based in Beijing from this Saturday.

“They will be on the watch for Web sites that incite secession, promote superstition, gambling and fraud,” an official with the Beijing municipal public security bureau was quoted as saying.

The newspaper did not explain how the two officers would monitor sites or enforce laws, but said users could click on the pop-up icons to link to an Internet surveillance centre where infractions could be reported.

China already keeps a close watch on the Internet and media and will interrupt signals from the likes of CNN or BBC and black out television screens if a sensitive topic, such as Tibet, Taiwan or media freedom, comes up……. ( more details from Reuters : Two China virtual police to patrol online for porn)

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AI Review on Hong Kong (1)- Threats to freedom of assembly, excessive force used

Posted by Author on July 1, 2007


(excerpt) by Amnesty International, 29th June 2007-

Threats to freedom of assembly and police use of excessive force

On 23 February 1997, China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) resolved that parts of the Public Order Ordinance (POO) contradicted the Basic Law and should therefore not be adopted as law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). No further details were given as to why the POO was considered to breach the Basic Law, but on 1 July 1997, highly controversial amendments to the Public Order Ordinance were introduced by the Provisional Legislative Council (PLC), the interim body which governed Hong Kong before the election of a new Legislative Council in 1997.

These amendments reintroduced the need to apply for permission to hold demonstrations. The Commissioner of Police had the power to prohibit peaceful public gatherings, not just on public safety and public order grounds but also where he “reasonably considers [it] necessary” “in the interest of national security” and “the protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.

Amnesty International noted then that Hong Kong is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and is thus bound to respect the rights in this covenant. To this day, concerns remain that provisions of the Public Order Ordinance (POO) in Hong Kong contravene international human rights standards, including rights to freedom of expression and assembly as guaranteed by the ICCPR. On a practical level, Amnesty International considers that the procedure of approval for public demonstrations in the POO is so complicated that this may also compromise the fundamental human right to freedom of expression and assembly.

Over the past ten years. Amnesty International has also raised concerns over apparent excessive use of force by the police when handling demonstrations. For example, at the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Hong Kong in September 1997, one group of approximately 10 demonstrators were surrounded by over 150 uniformed and plain clothed police officers as they marched to and from the designated protest site. Access by journalists to protestors was arbitrarily controlled. Five demonstrators were charged after scuffles with police on 21 September 1997 when they tried to leave a restricted area to rejoin members of the public at the end of a march protesting IMF policies. Three demonstrators were charged with “disorderly conduct” and two with assaulting the police. One was acquitted of disorderly conduct when one policeman withdrew his evidence after a video showed it to be incorrect – the remaining disorderly conduct charges were then lessened to offences of obstructing the police. The magistrate also accepted that some of the police officers had exaggerated events.

Over the years, there have been further reports of police use of excessive force against peaceful protests. In August and September 2000, 16 demonstrators, including seven student leaders, were arrested under the POO for failing to give seven days’ notice prior to a demonstration in June. Participants formally complained of excessive use of force by police who had used pepper spray and punched and kicked protesters. The arrests triggered large unauthorized solidarity marches and renewed public scrutiny of the ordinance. In October 2000, the charges were dropped.

In September 2001 a magistrate ruled that police had abused their powers when arresting three protesters during the visit of China’s President Jiang Zemin. Ng Kwok-hung, Sunny Leung Chun-wai and Wan Shu-nam, all members of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of the Patriotic Democratic Movement in China, were acquitted.

In 2001 and 2002, members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, a registered society in Hong Kong despite being banned in China, were arrested at peaceful demonstrations and alleged that they were victims of police violence. In August 2002, 16 Falun Gong members were convicted of obstruction during a demonstration in March. There were claims that the trial was politically motivated. In November 2004, an appeal court reversed the convictions for “”public obstruction”” and in April 2005, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal overturned all remaining convictions against the remaining eight Falun Gong practitioners for obstructing and assaulting police. The Court judgment pointed out that the police had not paid enough attention to freedom of association, assembly, procession and demonstration as guaranteed by Article 27 of the Basic Law.

In April 2002 there were reports of the use of excessive force in the clearing of right of abode protesters from Chater Garden. It was reported that about 300 police officers and over 50 immigration officers sealed all the exits and charged into the gardens to clear 100 – 200 protesters. They had been peacefully staging rallies there since 10 January 2001 against a Court of Final Appeal ruling that the majority of the 5,114 abode seekers did not have right of stay in Hong Kong and should return to other parts of China. In a press release issued shortly after the protest, Amnesty International urged the Hong Kong authorities to exercise restraint and ensure that minimum force is used to control such protests.

Also in 2002, three prominent activists, Leung Kwok-hung, Fung Ka-keung and Lo Wai-ming, were arrested and charged with organizing an unlawful assembly under the Public Order Ordinance. In November 2002, two other well-known activists were arrested and charged with the same offence after holding a demonstration in May in protest against the arrests of the three activists.

Experience of these events led Amnesty International to issue an Open Letter to the Secretary for Security before the opening of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in December 2005, urging the Security Bureau to ensure that police handling of the planned demonstrations would be proportionate to public order concerns and not undermine public confidence in guarantees of freedom of expression and association. Police used pepper spray, tear-gas and bean-bag rounds against protesters during the demonstrations, prompting accusations by human rights monitors of excessive use of force. More than 1,000 protesters were detained, and several claimed to have been ill-treated in police custody. All 14 South Koreans charged with “unlawful assembly” after protesting outside the conference were acquitted in early 2006, sparking renewed calls for an independent inquiry into the actions of the police during the protests.

Amnesty International continues to urge the HKSAR authorities to bring the Public Order Ordinance into line with international human rights standards and to ensure that police handling of demonstrations is proportionate to public order concerns and complies with HKSAR obligations to protect freedom of expression, association and assembly. ( to be cont’d……)

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– original from AI report: Hong Kong’s return to Chinese sovereignty: ten years on, 29th June 2007

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Wife of Detained Chinese Lawyer Appeal to UN on Torture

Posted by Author on June 9, 2007


Press release, Human Rights in China (HRIC), June 05, 2007-

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a letter from Zhang Qing, the wife of GuoGuo Feixiong Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong) detailing Guo’s torture in detention and asking HRIC to forward the letter to Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. In her letter, Zhang calls on the Special Rapporteur to investigate Guo’s case and draw attention to his cruel and inhumane treatment in detention. A full translation of Zhang Qing’s letter is appended to this press release.

HRIC has previously reported on the Guo’s case and its legal developments. According to the information Zhang Qing has provided to HRIC, Guo has been held in detention since September 14, 2006, during which he has been repeatedly tortured simply because he will not admit to having committed any crime and because he refuses cooperate with the authorities’ interrogations. Zhang says that Guo has been repeatedly subjected to torture and inhumane treatment in the pretrial detention facility in order to extract a confession from him.

Tactics used by police have included shackling Guo’s arms and legs to a bed for weeks at a time, and extended periods of sleep deprivation.

Zhang Qing says Guo experienced the worst treatment after being transferred to a detention center in Shenyang. There interrogators tried to extract a confession from Guo by shackling his hands behind his back, sitting him on a stool and striking his genitalia with a high-voltage electric rod. The last such instance was in March this year. Guo has since been transferred back to Guangzhou.

Guo, who provided legal advice in a number of controversial right defense cases, was detained on September 14 and formally arrested on September 30, 2006, on suspicion of “illegal business activity” in connection with editing a book published in Liaoning Province regarding a political scandal in Shenyang City. HRIC recently reported that after the case had been shuttled between Liaoning and Guangzhou, Guo will finally go on trial on June 15 in Guangzhou’s Tianhe District Court.

HRIC condemns the abuse and torture that Guo Feixiong has been subjected to in detention, and calls upon the authorities to immediately ensure his physical safety, including granting him access to medical care and international observers.

HRIC calls on the Chinese government to implement its obligations under the UN Convention Against Torture, which prohibits torture, and the PRC Criminal Procedure Law which prohibits the extraction of confessions through torture. Further, in advance of its review by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in November 2008, HRIC calls on the authorities to investigate the allegations of abusive treatment of Guo in detention and take steps to ensure that he is not subject to further abuse.

ADDENDUM:

To: Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

I am the wife of rights defender Guo Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong), who was involved in the world-renowned incident in Panyu, Guangdong Province, in 2005 during which the Party village committee head of Taishi Village was recalled from office. For assisting the villagers in recalling the village official, Guo was subjected to four months’ detention. For taking part in rights defense activities on behalf of farmers, on September 14, 2006, my husband was thrown in prison on trumped-up charges. I would now like to recount to you the facts of my husband’s imprisonment and the torture to which he has been subjected, as follows:

Appellant: Chinese citizen Guo Feixiong (originally named Yang Maodong), whose wife Zhang Qing is acting on his behalf in filing this appeal due to his being imprisoned

A. Details of Custody

1. Name: Yang Maodong
2. Sex: Male
3. Date of birth: August 2, 1966
4. Nationality: Chinese
5. Place of residence: Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, China
6. Occupation or activities involved in: Writer of articles on freedom, advisor to the Shengzhi Law Firm in Beijing

B. Details of Detention and Arrest

1. Date and location of detention: September 14, 2006, detained at Guo Feixiong’s residence on Tiyu East Road in Tianhe District, Guangzhou City
2. Crime charged with at detention: Detained on suspicion of “illegal business activities”
3. Date and location of arrest: September 30, 2006, at the Guangzhou City No. 1 Detention Center
4. Crime charged with at arrest: Arrested on suspicion of “illegal business activities”
5. Unit that carried out the detention and arrest: Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau
6. Whether or not a warrant for his detention and arrest were produced: Both a detention warrant and an arrest warrant were produced
7. Name of body that signed the arrest warrant or other documents: Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau of Guangdong Province

C. Details of Indictment and Trial

1. Date of indictment: May 15, 2007
2. Crime charged with at indictment: Indicted on suspicion of “illegal business activities”
3. Date of trial: June 15, 2007
4. Location of trial: Tianhe District Court, Guangzhou City
5. Location where currently being held in custody: Guangzhou Municipal No. 3 Detention Center

D. The Facts of the Use of Torture During Detention

Having provided assistance in several rights defense cases, Guo Feixiong became involved in an incident in 2005 to remove the head of the Taishi Village Party Committee from office, and was hired by the villagers to act as their legal representative. For removing this village cadre according to law, the Taishi villagers were subjected to violent suppression by police dispatched by the local government. In the first stage of this movement, Guo Feixiong provided information to the outside world on developments in Taishi, which attracted a great deal of attention from international media and was widely reported on. For this reason, on September 13 Guo Feixiong was detained by police, placed under criminal detention on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order,” and held in custody for more than three months, during which time he engaged in protest hunger strikes totaling 59 days. He was released on December 27, 2005. Then, in February, March and August of 2006, Guo Feixiong was attacked and beaten three times by police for no reason.

On September 14, 2006, the Guangzhou police detained Guo on suspicion of “illegal business activities,” with their main basis for detention being a book that he published in 2001 in Liaoning Province entitled An Earthquake That Shook the Political World in Shenyang.

On the same day that he was put into prison, on September 14, 2006, he began a 15-day hunger strike in protest of the government’s suppression of rights defenders. During his time in detention, because he would not admit to having committed any crime and because he refused to answer the questions put to him by police, he was treated violently by police from the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau in the pretrial (detention) facility, and interrogators took turns working him to exhaustion to try to force a confession out of him, and did not let him sleep for several days and nights. On January 11 of this year, when Guo’s lawyer Hu Xiao went to visit Guo in the detention facility, Hu learned that, in order to try to extract a confession from Guo, police from the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau used torture on him and tied him to his bed in leg and arm manacles for 40 days. After that, Guo went on a hunger strike in protest for 25 days.

Because Guo Feixiong went to the prison authorities to complain about the torture inflicted on him, police officers in the pretrial facility carried out vicious acts of revenge on him. They even went so far as to dig their fingernails into their own skin to leave marks, which they then accused Guo of making, and they used this as an excuse to physically abuse him further. Ever since Guo was detained on suspicion of “illegal business activities,” he has been interrogated a total of 175 times.

On May 28, Guo’s lawyer, Hu Xiao, went again to the Guangzhou No. 3 Detention Center to visit Guo. According to what Guo Feixiong told him, when Guo was transferred to Shenyang, he was treated cruelly and inhumanely in a secret location. On February 12, police who were interrogating Guo tied his manacled hands behind his back, hung him at a 180 degree angle, and then strapped him to a “tiger bench” for four hours. The police used high-voltage electric rods to beat his face and hands, which became swollen. They also used electric rods to beat him about the genitals, and they struck his ears with the electric rods dozens of times.

On March 19, on the 11th day before his period of detention and investigation was to end, the police still had not received a confession from Guo, so they again used severe punishment to try to force a confession. They used electric police batons to viciously and continuously strike him about the genitalia. This brutality went on for five or six minutes.

The above are the facts of the inhumane torture inflicted on my husband since he has been held in detention. On the basis of these facts, I appeal to you, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. I devoutly place of all my hopes on you, Mr. Nowak, and I hope that when you hold discussions and negotiations with the Chinese government, you will bring up my husband’s case of inhumane and cruel treatment while in a Chinese prison. This type of case is currently very commonplace in China, where so-called human rights—including the right to silence—are luxury items that ordinary citizens have no right to enjoy. At the same time, I most sincerely and earnestly hope that you and the United Nations will pay close attention to my husband’s case, and that he will be cleared of all charges, found innocent and released.

Mr. Nowak, I wish to convey to you my deepest respect for the results of your 2005 trip to China to investigate torture in Chinese prisons. Your inspection was extremely meaningful in helping to improve the situation of torture in our prisons. I hope very much that you will visit China again for another inspection, so that real improvements can be made in the area of human rights in China, and so that democracy and China’s legal systems can be advanced. Lastly, whatever the outcome of my husband’s ordeal is, I would like to express to you my heartfelt and sincere gratitude.

I wish you good health.

Zhang Qing, citizen of China

June 4, 2007

Translated by HRIC

original report from HRI

Related:
Detained China Lawyer on Hunger Strike to Against Abuse , Radio Free Asia, 2007.01.11

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Hu Jia Diary: Lawyer Gao Beaten by Beijing Policeman Again

Posted by Author on June 5, 2007


By Hu Jia, Special to the Epoch Times, June 4, 2007-

On the evening of June 2, 2007, I suddenly received a phone call from attorney Gao Zhisheng saying that he had been beaten up by Beijing police. He was beaten by the same police officer who beat up his wife Geng He on November 24, 2006. The incident occurred when attorney Gao questioned him about the assault of his wife.

Last year, the brutal actions of the Beijing police targeted at Geng He, a woman, were already shocking enough. Yet today, the same aggressor has illegally assaulted a human rights lawyer under surveillance by the Chinese Communist party. These deeds expose the brutality of the Beijing police.

Attorney Gao adheres to the principle of non-violence. As a husband, it was reasonable for him to question the aggressor. Besides Gao had the right to demand an apology from him and even sue him for his illegal act. Yet policeman was peremptory and unreasonable. This tall, powerful policeman hit him right in the face while four of his accomplices watched. Many neighbors and passers-by also witnessed the incident. Attorney Gao returned home, his whole body shaking from the beating. This is the first time he has been severely beaten by the police since his release on December 22, 2006.

Officer Sun Di from the Beijing police station is responsible for monitoring Gao and his family. During Gao’s detention, he ordered all abuses and brutal beatings suffered by Gao’s wife and children. This violent assault on Gao after his release was again initiated by Sun Di.

The Gao family lives near the east entrance to the Beijing Olympic Games stadium, less than 1.5 km from the main track and field stadium for the 2008 Games, also known as the bird’s nest.

In recent years, officers from the international Olympics committee have gone to inspect the progress of construction works at the stadium on many occasions. However, did they know that within the boundaries of the five rings symbolizing the Olympics, the Chinese Communist party is persecuting its own citizens and human rights activists using fascist means? Does the CCP intend to turn the Beijing games into another 1936 Berlin Olympics, making it the darkest and ugliest Olympics in history?

As early as 2004, on the 15th anniversary of the June 4th Tiananmen Square Massacre, policemen in Beijing had already revealed that orders to severely clamp down on Tiananmen Massacre commemoration activities that year came directly from Liu Qi—the President of the Beijing organizing committee for the 2008 games. Liu is also secretary of the CPC Beijing municipal committee. Therefore, it is difficult for Liu Qi to shirk responsibility from the recent spate of violent clampdowns in Beijing. Also responsible are the secretary of the Beijing Policy and Law Committee and the chief of the Beijing city police station.

Written on the 9th day of the illegal house arrest and 432 days away from the Olympics Game at home in Beijing. (By Hu Jia)

original report from the Epoch Times

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Lost Voices of China’s Petitioners

Posted by Author on March 5, 2007


By James Reynolds, BBC News, Beijing, 5 March 2007-

China’s parliament opens with a blast of lusty pride.

The national anthem plays to 3,000 delegates.

Then there is a touch of public humility.

Prime Minister Wen Jiabao gets up onto the stage and makes a bow so deep it even comes with its own name, the 90 degree bow.

It is his signal that the Chinese government is ready to listen to what its people and its parliament have to say.

But just outside, the people are nowhere to be seen.

Police informers

Tiananmen Square is almost empty. Rows of policemen standing under Chinese flags stop anyone from getting close.

In the past few days, China has rounded up and jailed those most desperate to be heard, petitioners who need the state’s help.

For centuries, Chinese citizens have come from across the country to throw themselves at the emperor’s feet, begging to be heard.

In a country without elections, it is often the only way anyone get can noticed.

But now that the parliament is in session, China wants to make sure that petitioners do not get in the way.

At night, we drive in search of some of those who have managed to avoid arrest.

We soon realise we are not the only ones out looking.

The roads are full of police cars, some sent in from the provinces to track down local petitioners who have come to Beijing.

We stop near a set of houses and alleyways known as the petitioners’ village. Right now, it is heavily patrolled by police.

We head into the alleyway on foot, careful to avoid police informers, known here as “dogs”.

We make it into one small house and find a group of petitioners standing quietly.

They barely make a sound. They do not want to let the police know they are around.

Local corruption

Several men begin to hold out their petitions, 50 or 60 pages of documents. Each one lists years of struggle.

Wei Shoujin has spent 37 years fighting without success for a proper pension.

“Last night before dinner, we heard there were going to be some big searches,” he says.

“We all ran off. I stayed outside till one in the morning. But they started another raid at three. The police broke into the house, they broke down the doors and windows. I rushed to climb out of the window and I hid under a box.”

Rei Jiancai has spent a decade campaigning against local corruption. He holds up his petition as he speaks.

“I’ve been tortured three times,” he says. “My wife is being held in a labour camp. But I can’t give up.”

Yu Changren sits in a corner. For the past 18 years he has been trying to persuade the government to get his wages paid. He points to a gap in his teeth.

“Last time, I was beaten up and I lost one of my teeth,” he says. “It was right outside the State Petition Office. Four or five people dragged me out of the queue and beat me up.”

Heading into the cold

Still, no-one in this room is ready to give up. There is nothing else they can try. During his years of petitioning, Zhang Yajun has lost everything but his hope.

“We still believe in the Chinese Communist Party,” he says. “We still have faith in this country and the central government.

“Both President Hu [Jintao] and Premier Wen say they are going to build a harmonious society and a harmonious relationship between the party and the ordinary people. But where is this harmony? I don’t see it.”

The petitioners point to the bed of another petitioner, he was dragged out at three in the morning.

He did not even have time to collect his belongings, which are left in two plastic bags hanging on the wall.

Then, late at night, everyone heads out into the cold.

No-one wants to get caught and be beaten in another overnight raid. So, the petitioners will wander around the streets till dawn.

Their government says it wants to listen. But right now, those who have the most to say do not get heard.

original from BBC News

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House Church Prayer Meeting Raided by Police in South China

Posted by Author on February 9, 2007


China Aid Association (CAA), 02/08/07-

China Aid Association (CAA) learned Chinese police raided a House Church Christian prayer meeting in Jiangsu province.

At 10:40am February 7, 2007, the local police from Shanghuang Township, Suyang City, Jiangsu Province, along with officials from Suyang Religious Bureau and National Security Protection Squad under Suyang Police Bureau, raided a Christian prayer meeting of over twenty believers held in the home of Tan Jianwei, No.15, Gangxi Village, Shanghuang Town.

While the Christians were engaged in prayer, the police interrupted the meeting without showing ID.  The police took individual pictures of these Christians and asked them to write their names for identification purposes. The Christians who refused to write their names were subsequently beaten.

Without a search warrant, the police searched the house of Tan Jianwei, singling out and confiscating his Christian books without leaving a record of the books confiscated.

Tan Jianwei (male, 36 years old), his wife Qin Qing and another lady named Yin Yanling (42 years old) were taken to Shanghuang Town Police Station for interrogation without a summons. The police forced Tan Jianwei, his wife and Yin Yanling to write a promise to cease holding religious activities in Tan Jianwei’s house on threat of criminal detention and severe beatings.

Five people directed this raid: Peng Luzhong, head of the National Security Protection Squad under Suyang police bureau,policeman Zhang Weifeng, policemen from Shanghuang police station, Zhong Linjun (ID 059442), Bi Qingxi (ID 058869), and Lu from Suyang religion Bureau.

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original report from  China Aid Association

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China Modern Torture Methods (9) – Forced Abortions

Posted by Author on February 6, 2007


The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group

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

Torture Methods (9) – Forced Abortionsforced abortion

The Chinese laws and codes explicitly prohibit the jailing of pregnant women.

(photo right: demonstration: Forced Abortion)

However, with the instructions from the central government that, “No measure is too excessive [when dealing with] Falun Gong,” the Chinese police not only regularly jail pregnant Falun Gong practitioners, but also use their pregnancy to force them to choose between their un-born children and their practice of Falun Gong.

Listed below are only a few cases we have confirmed.

Cases

A. Pregnant Falun Gong Practitioners Who Suffered Forced Abortions

1. Liu Qiuhong, 39, employee of Zhongce Pharmacy Company, resident of Yantai City, Shandong Province, in East China

Ms. Liu Qiuhong was arrested at her home by the Zhifu District Police Station of Yantai City, merely because she practiced Falun Gong.

Ms. Liu was more than eight months pregnant at the time. The police, however, tied her down and forcefully induced an early labor.

The baby was born alive and healthy, and was crying when the police forced it from her womb.

The authorities did not even allow Ms. Liu any time to recover. They immediately sent her to an Anti-Falun Gong Brainwashing Center for one month, and then sentenced her to a forced labor camp.

No one knows what became of the child.

2. Wang Hongmei, Ph. D. candidate in the History Department, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province, North-west China

On June 7, 2001, police from the Lanzhou University Police Station arrested Ms. Wang Hongmei merely because she refused to stop practicing Falun Gong. She was sent to the Taoshuping Detention Center in Lanzhou City, where she went on a hunger strike to protest her detention.

Because she was pregnant at the time, she was sent back to her dorm at Lanzhou University and placed under surveillance.

The university authorities pressured her to renounce and defame Falun Gong. Ms. Wang refused, and as a result they escorted her back to the detention center.

There the police cruelly subjected her to a forced abortion.

3. Zhang Wuying, a teacher at Changzhou City’s Technology Education Institute, resident of Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, in South China

Ms. Zhang Wuying and her husband went to the central government in early April 2000 to appeal for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Although she was more than 4 months pregnant, over twenty police-men beat and kicked her and her husband in front of the State Appeal’s Office.

When Ms. Zhang was 5 months pregnant, Officer Li from the Cuizhu Police Station ordered the principal of her school, Li Minmin, to send her to the Military 102 Mental Hospital to have an abortion.

There, she was tied to a bed, injected with a labor-inducing drug, and force-fed some unknown drugs. The forced-abortion failed.

Just before Ms. Zhang gave birth, the police detained her husband for 40 days, leaving no one to take care of her at home. Even when she gave birth to a son in a hospital at the end of August 2000, she was under constant police surveillance.

On February 8, 2001, when Ms. Zhang and her husband came back from visiting their parents in Shandong Province, the Changzhou City Police arrested them at the Chang-zhou Railway Station.

The police injured her son’s head and legs during the forceful arrest. The police also threatened to send Ms. Zhang to a labor camp when her son reached one year of age.

B. Pregnant Falun Gong Practitioners Suffer Miscarriages Due to Torture and Hard Labor

1. Dou Jianhua, 28, kindergarten teacher, resident of Mishan City, Heilongjiang Province

In June 2000, Ms. Dou Jianhua went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong, and was arrested and escorted back to the Beishan Detention Center in Lianzhushan Town.

When the police noticed that Ms. Dou was pregnant, they forced her to load heavy bricks, which required repetitive kneeling and bending. This caused Ms. Dou massive bleeding, which resulted in a miscarriage.

The police extorted 2,000 Yuan from Ms. Dou’s family in exchange for her release.

However, less than a week later, the police came and took Ms. Dou back to the detention center.

2. Jiang Zhongli, 25, employee of the Hengyang Blood Bank, resident of Hengyang City, Hunan Province

In January 2000, Ms. Jiang Zhongli was ar-rested for her practice of Falun Gong.

She was pregnant at the time. She was detained in the Hengyang City Detention Center. To force her to renounce Falun Gong, the guards at the detention center frequently beat her.

In early February 2000, the guards savagely beat Ms. Jiang again, causing her to hemorrhage and miscarry.

Even then, the police refused to give Ms. Jiang any medical treatment, and they let her health deteriorate to a critical condition.

Afraid that she would die in the detention center, the police extorted 1,500 Yuan from Ms. Jiang’s family in exchange for her release.

Ms. Jiang is currently under house arrest.

More cases of Forced Abortions can be found from here .

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Video: China Secret, 6 Years Ago Today on Tiananmen Square

Posted by Author on January 23, 2007


“The regime points to a supposed self-immolation incident in Tiananmen Square on January 23, 2001 as proof that Falun Gong is an ‘evil cult’. However, we have obtained a video of that incident that in our view proves that this event was staged by the government. We have copies of that video available for distribution.”

Statement in the United Nations (and now part of UN’s official records), by International Education Development (IED), on Fifty-third session, Agenda item 6, Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, August, 2001

Incident:

On January 23, 2001, 6 years ago today, the day before the Chinese Lunar New Year, it was reported by China state-controlled Xinhua Agency that 5 people set themselves on fire in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Two hours after the occurrence of the self-immolation, Xinhua broadcasted the English version of the news to the world, claiming the self-immolators were Falun Gong practitioners.

A week later, the Chinese government television station, CCTV, broadcast a program showing a video of the incident. In the video, the number of victims was increased from 5 to 7, including a severely burned 12-year-old girl Liu Siying, and Her mother Liu Chunling, who was died.

The Chinese government utilized this incident to intensify its campaign against Falun Gong by forcing every citizen to sign a form condemning Falun Gong.

By using the pictures of 12-year-old girl Liu Siying to foment the public’s hatred towards Falun Gong, the government hoped to justify the long-lasting violent crackdown against Falun Gong, which has already lasted for 7 and half years from 1999 till now.

Holes can be found from CCTV’s Video it broadcasted:

1. Liu Siying, the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly burned badly, was purported to have had a tracheotomy, but spoke and sang clearly in a TV interview, a medical impossibility;

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Photo upper left: The image of 12-year-old Liu Siying wrapped in gauze after allegedly setting herself on fire was used to incite hatred against Falun Gong. But burn victims are never wrapped in gauze.

Photo upper right: The CCTV reporter wears no protective clothing or mask, and is shown interviewing the victim without any concern for spreading infection.

2. Ms. Liu Chunling, mother of the 12-year-old girl, can be seen from the slow-motion sequence of the CCTV video that she fell down when she was hited on the head by a blunt object thrown by a police; ( full sequence photo here)

liu-chunling-being-hited-on-head

Photo right: Ms. Liu Chunling received a sharp blow to the forehead, with what looks like a metal bar, delivered by a man wearing an army overcoat. She is seen crumpling instantly to the ground and most likely died from that blow.

3. Mr. Wang Jindong was shown to have been badly burned; while hair burns and plactic melts extremely quickly, his hair and the plastic Sprite bottle that he had used to dowse gasoline remained miraculously intact.

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photo upper left: the policeman stands patiently behind Mr. wang jindong with a fire blanket, only throwing it on him after he yells out some words incriminating Falun Gong.

photo upper right: The Sprite bottle used as a gasoline container in between Wang’s legs was suspiciously unburned and fully intact after the fire.

4. The Chinese media claimed that it was CNN journalists who recorded the close-up shots. CNN’s chief news executive, Eason Jordan, was quoted in the Washington Post as saying that “the footage used in the Chinese television reports could not have come from CNN videotape because the CNN cameraman was arrested almost immediately after the incident began.” CNN did not have a chance to shoot any footage.

…… and more.

International reports:

Washington Post: Reporter Finds Holes in China’s Tiananmen Immolation Story (Read this article)

National Review: Beijing is Burning – More lies from the PRC (Read the article )

MediaChannel: The Fires This Time:Immolation Or Deception In Beijing? (Read the article)

WOIPFG: Investigation Uncovers More Lies in Chinese Regime’s Story of Tragic Self-Immolation Incident (Read this article)

FalunInfo: Tiananmen: Court of Last Resort (Read this article)

Epochtimes: Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation? Actually a Hoax

Accusations bogus, but misperception lingers on four-year anniversary (Read this report)

Amnesty International: Another important part of the government’s propaganda campaign has been to publicise statements from people identified as former Falun Gong practitioners…? (Read this report)

Reporters Without Borders: China’s determination to prevent the foreign press from covering the activities and government repression of the Falungong clearly illustrates its rejection of independent news gathering.?/i> (Read this report)

Movie “False Fire” won award

The movie “False Fire: China’s Tragic New Standard in State Deception” which analyzes the 2001 Tiananmen Square “self-immolation” incident, won a Certificate of Honorable Mention at the 51st Columbus International Film & Video Festival. New Tang Dynasty TV, a non-profit privately owned Chinese TV station, produced the movie.

The award ceremony was held in the Kansas Center, Columbus Arts College, Columbus, Ohio.

Related:
Xinhua: the world’s biggest propaganda agency, The Reporters Without Borders, 30 September 2005
– Youtube Video: What is Falun Gong (falun Dafa)
– Youtube Video: Why is Falun Gong persecuted in China
List of China Modern Torture Methods (slideshow)

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Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (7) – Freezing and Exposing

Posted by Author on January 20, 2007


Falun Dafa Information Center

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

Torture Methods (7) – Freezing and Exposing

Many Falun Gong practitioners in China’s northern provinces have been exposed toFreez in Snow extreme cold as a form of torture. They are routinely doused with cold water and left outside or in unheated cells to freeze.

( picture: Painting: torture- freezing in snow )

Some have been forced to stand in or run through snow wearing only a thin layer of clothing. Thousands are left to sleep on the concrete floors of unheated prison cells in the dead of winter, and to make the cold even more unbearable.

Prison staff have been reported to leave the windows open in practitioners’cells during the night, even when practitioners badly injured or on the verge of death.

They are also exposed to extreme heat, being forced to work long hours in unventilated sweatshops or being left outside in the scorching sun.

Cases

1. 42-year-old Factory worker frozen to death refusing to renounce Falun Gong

Mr. He HuajiangMr. He Huajiang ( photo left) , male, 42, employee of the 6th Daqing Oil Factory, resident of Daqing City, Heilongjiang Provinc ( in North-east China)

Police abducted Mr. He Huajiang from his workplace, then sent him to the Daqing Labour Camp, where policemen ordered several prisoners to force him into writing a “repentance letter” denouncing Falun Gong.

That night, from around 9-11 p.m., prisoners poured cold water on him, tied him to a steel chair, stuffed his mouth, opened the windows and doors, and sometimes took him outside to freeze.

Other prisoners and Falun Gong practitioners detained there could hear Mr. He moaning terribly from the pain.

Because he was kept in the freezing cold for too long, his heart stopped beating. He froze to death at around 11 p.m. in the 2nd unit bathroom. ( details can be found from here )

2. “Hot Weather”

1. Wang Hongsheng, male, from Taitou Township, Shouguang City, Shandong Province
2. Ms. Sui, female, from Taitou Township, Shouguang City, Shandong Province
3. Seventeen other Falun Gong practitioners from Taitou Township, Shouguang City, Shandong Province

In July 2000, nineteen Falun Gong practitioners from Taitou Township, Shouguang City went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong. They were arrested and detained by the local authorities.

During their detention, twenty people, led by the local Communist Party Committee Secretaries (Wang and Ma), beat the practitioners with wooden clubs.

They then forced the practitioners to lie on the scalding cement surface so as to expose them to the burning sun for as long as six hours per day, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m..

The practitioners were given no food or water for three days. The practitioners were also confined in a garage with no airflow. It was so hot that it was hard to breathe. The secretary, Wang, directed several people to beat the practitioners.

Since Mr. Wang Hongsheng was suspected as the organizer of the appeal, they tied him to a tree using iron cables. Then they covered his head with a plastic bag. Over ten people beat him with wooden sticks and leather whips. Some hit him on the head until he lost consciousness. They burned his chest and stomach with cigarettes and then poured cold water on him to revive him up for more torture.
UN Document number: E/CN.4/2004/56/Add.1 , Date: 23 March 04

3. Burn with Boiling Water

Victim: Liu Zhengxing, male, resident of Cuijiayu Town, Yishui County, Shandong Province (East China)

Location of Detention and Torture: Cuijiayu Town, Yishui County, Shandong Province (East China)

In July 2001, the Cuijiayu Town Government tried to force local Falun Gong practitioners to sign their names or put their fingerprints on a statement of renouncing Falun Gong. Liu Zhengxing refused to be fingerprinted. Mr. Liu was beaten with wooden sticks and rubber batons. Then the staff poured boiling water on his body, which left bruises, scars and burns all over him. To avoid any further torture, Mr. Liu left home. Learning about his departure, the police detained his wife. (Reported on 10/3/2001)

UN Document number: E/CN.4/2004/56/Add.1 , Date: 23 March 04

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– More torture cases of Freezing and Exposing can be found here , and here

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Over 1,000 Chinese Farmers Surround a Local Courthouse

Posted by Author on January 14, 2007


By Xi Wen, the Epoch Times, Jan 13, 2007-

CHINA—More than 1,000 farmers protested outside the Ziliujing District Court, ZigongProtest scene outhside the Ziliujing District Court City in Sichuan Province on January 4, 2007. They were protesting the unannounced cancellation of a court hearing regarding a lawsuit against local police.

(photo:  Protest scene outhside the Ziliujing District Court, Zigong City in Sichuan Province, China, on January 4, 2007- The Epoch Times)

Around 8:30 a.m. on January 4, 2006, 300 people were waiting outside the court for the hearing. At 10 a.m., more than 1,000 had either gone into city hall or loitered around the courthouse. Most of them were farmers from villages in Zigong City who had lost their lands. At around 11 a.m., the villagers started to protest loudly as more people gathered. Under pressure, the court’s vice president, Zhao Xunquan, came out to give the crowd an explanation and asked the plaintiffs and the representatives of the villagers to negotiate inside the court. After 4 hours, the crowd gradually dispersed.

Police Incite Local Farmers

According to this journalist’s investigation, from June 28 to 30, 2006, policemen fromChina policemen violently arrest protesting farmers Huidong Police Station, Zigong City, violently beat up and detained local farmers attempting to remain on their lands. Many farmers were injured and 11 were detained by the police. Later six farmers refused to plead guilty. The farmers are somewhat illiterate and lack legal knowledge, so they entrusted a local rights activist and freelance writer Liu Zhengyou to represent them in a lawsuit against the police. They engaged Liu, because local lawyers were threatened to not take the case by the authority.

(Photo above:  The policemen violently arrest protesting farmers.- The Epoch Times)

A half year later, on December 8, 2006, the court finally accepted the case after the plaintiffs’ persistent efforts to go through the process several times. The Ziliujing District Court issued a hearing notice for 9:00 a.m. January 4 to January 11, 2007.

On the morning of December 25, the Court informed the plaintiffs to go to the court around 2:00 p.m. that day. During the meeting, the judge advised the plaintiffs not to engage Liu Zhengyou as their legal representative, and also asked them to sign a document acknowledging the postponement of the trial. The plaintiffs rejected the judge’s request.

Protest Sparks Hope

The plaintiffs told The Epoch Times that it was advantageous having the support of a thousand people. This is the first case of farmers suing policemen in Zigong City—the lower social class challenging those in power.

The case has caused great excitement among the local people because this involves the welfare of tens of thousands of farmers who have lost their lands. This effort has received tremendous support. The farmers have expressed that regardless of the outcome, they will continue with the lawsuit. Their objective is to do something for the farmers and prevent the government from usurping lands at will and bullying these simple farmers.

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China ‘Anti-terror’ Raid Kills 18 Uighur Muslim in Xinjiang

Posted by Author on January 9, 2007


BBC News, Monday, 8 January 2007-

Chinese police have killed 18 people in a raid on an alleged militant training camp in the western autonomous region of Xinjiang, officials say.

One policeman was killed and another injured in the raid, which took place on Friday, a police spokesman said.

China is waging a campaign against what it calls separatist activities of Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslim minority.

The announcement came as a Chinese official denounced Nobel Peace Prize nominee Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer.

Uighur activist

Ba Yan of the Xinjiang Public Security Department said that the training camp was located on the Pamirs plateau, close to the Afghan and Pakistani borders.

Ms Ba said the camp was run by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (Etim), a group labelled a terrorist organisation by the United Nations.

“The police captured 17 terrorists and are pursuing a number of others,” China’s Xinhua news agency quoted her as saying.

Police seized 22 hand grenades and over 1,500 that were still being made, she said.

Xinjiang is home to eight million Muslim Uighurs, who are ethnic Turks.

Many Uighurs resent the large-scale influx into the region of Han Chinese settlers, and some groups are fighting to establish an independent Islamic nation, leading to periodic violence in the region.

Beijing accuses some groups of links to al-Qaeda, but human rights groups say the Chinese authorities are using the fight against terrorism as a way of cracking down on the independence movement and suppressing religious freedom.

Rebiya Kadeer, a business woman and campaigner for Uighur rights, was jailed in 2000 for “leaking state secrets” – passing newspaper reports about the Uighurs to her US-based husband.

On Sunday, Nuer Baikeli, vice-secretary of the Communist Party committee of Xinjiang, hit out at Ms Kadeer, calling her a separatist, the China News Service reported.

“To call Rebiya the ‘mother of all Uighurs’ is absolutely preposterous and… amounts to defaming an ethnic minority,” the agency quoted him as saying.

“The statements of Rebiya clearly show that she wants to destroy the peace and stability of Chinese society, this does not conform with the requirements of the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said.

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China Police Violently Suppressed Workers’ Protest of Wages-owe

Posted by Author on December 25, 2006


police sprayed unknown gas on protestors’ faces

By Huang Qi, June 4th Rights Advocate Website (in Chinese), Dec 25, 2006-Hangzhou worker protest

According to information provided by a June 4th Rights Advocate Website reporter, at 19:30 on December 24, in the neighborhood of a clothing manufacturing factory, several hundred workers, mostly young females, gathered to demand two months wages totaling about 400,000 Yuan (about $50,000 USD) owed by the factory owner Zhou Gonglu.

(Photo right, from  June 4th Rights Advocate Website )

According to some workers, Hangzhou Pushu Clothing Co., Ltd. was an underground factory operating without a license. Currently, the owner Zhou Gonglu has disappeared.

By 19:40 on December 23, the authorities mobilized over 40 policemen in seven to eight police vehicles to quell the protest after nearly a thousand people gathered at the scene.

It is reported that in the chaos, the police arrested six workers named Xie Fushen, Ma Xianling, Cao Xuehua, Cao Lan, Liu Zhangjian and Cao Yuan. Amongst them, three workers – Xie Fusheng, Liu Zhangjian and Cao Yuan, were injured.

During an interview, a worker told the June 4th website reporter that the police sprayed unknown gas on protestors’ faces which caused them to lose their eye sight temporarily.

Because the workers have not received their wages for a long time, in the last few days, many workers have been kicked out from their rented homes by the landlord. Some of them have not eaten for three days. Workers told the reporter, “more than 100 of us will have to spend the night on the streets tonight.”

Also according to witnesses Zhu Yufu and Mr. Yang Jianmin, several hundred workers participated in the protest. The authorities mobilized over 40 policemen to stop the protest. During the suppression, policemen grabbed the girls’ hair and bashed their heads on the police cars.

Recently, the infringement of worker’s rights in Zhejiang province has caused many protests and strikes. But the authorities have dealt with these using brutal suppression.

Original report ( in Chinese) , by June 4th Rights Advocate Website , Dec 23, 2006

Translated report ( in English), by the Epoch Times,  Dec 25, 2006

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Two Tiananmen Square Suicide Attempts During US- China Dialogue

Posted by Author on December 19, 2006


By Zhao Zifa and Yang Guang, Epoch Times, Dec 19, 2006-

CHINA—On December 15, while Beijing was hosting the “US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue” in the Great Hall of the People, two people attempted suicide nearby but were stopped by police before they injured themselves.

At about 10 a.m., one man holding a large Coke bottle poured gasoline over his body while rushing toward the Great Hall of People on Tiananmen Square. Police knocked him to the ground before he could set himself on fire with a lighter then took him to the Tiananmen police station.

On the same day, in the vicinity of Mao’s Memorial Hall, several police and plain clothes security arrested a woman trying to commit suicide.

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In recent days, security has been very tight around the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square because of the “US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue” held inside. After two attempted suicides, the police again strengthened security, forming several layers of barriers and security lines with more policemen, plainclothes security, armed police, and the Central Guards Regiment (military force).

In order to prevent further suicide attempts, police extended the security lines to the west side of the square. They also guarded the entrance of Tiananmen Square, which is across the road from the Great Hall of the People. Tourists had their bags randomly checked before they entered Tiananmen Square. All bottled drinks were opened and smelled by police or the carrier drank from the container before passing through.

Near noon that day, Police were very nervous when they searched two old women’s bags and discovered that they came with over 200 other appellants, who were laid off from state owned enterprises in Helongjiang Province. They immediately started looking for others on the Square.

According to one eyewitness, they were all new appellants; they did not have any experience and did not know where to appeal. They weren’t drained financially and were dressed neatly, not like the poor and other experienced appellants. This made it difficult for police to distinguish them. He also said that they were not yet brave, and during the police search they were so scared that most of them left the Tiananmen Square.

According to one Beijing resident, on the December 15, there were more police than tourists.

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Video(3): more about clashes between police and students

Posted by Author on December 8, 2006


more video can be found from youtube:

1 2 3 4 5

Back ground:

Police were called in to restore order this week (on Oct.20, 2006) as a private college in eastern China after thousands of angry students rioted, saying they had been cheated out of college diplomas promised when they were recruited to the school. It was the second such riot at a private Chinese college since June.

Students from Jiangxi province’s Clothing Vocational College marched through campus Monday after state media reported that school authorities had deceived new students about their eventual qualifications and issued fake diplomas…

Please check this Global Voices’ blog, and also get more information from following reports.More report:

Students Riot Over Diplomas in eastern China , Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.25
Armed police moved into campus, Planned Student Protest Stopped, Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.30

Related:
–  Video(2): China: Students Riot, Dispersed and Beaten by Police
–  Video(1): China: Students Riot, Police Moved Into Campus

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Video(2): China: Students Riot, Dispersed and Beaten by Police

Posted by Author on December 8, 2006


Back ground:

Police were called in to restore order this week as a private college in eastern China after thousands of angry students rioted, saying they had been cheated out of college diplomas promised when they were recruited to the school. It was the second such riot at a private Chinese college since June.

Students from Jiangxi province’s Clothing Vocational College marched through campus Monday after state media reported that school authorities had deceived new students about their eventual qualifications and issued fake diplomas…

Please check this Global Voices’ blog, and also get more information from following reports.More report:

Students Riot Over Diplomas in eastern China , Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.25
Armed police moved into campus, Planned Student Protest Stopped, Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.30

Related:
Video(1): China: Students Riot, Police Moved Into Campus

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Video(1): China: Students Riot, Police Moved Into Campus

Posted by Author on December 8, 2006


Some videos just posted on youtube website about the clashes between police and students in east China Jiangxi province, which was happend in late Octocber on Oct. 20 this year.

From above video, we can find out that:

– Armed police moved in to the campus

– Police inspecting student dorms

– Merchants in the campus scared and move away out from the campus

Back ground:

Police were called in to restore order this week as a private college in eastern China after thousands of angry students rioted, saying they had been cheated out of college diplomas promised when they were recruited to the school. It was the second such riot at a private Chinese college since June.

Students from Jiangxi province’s Clothing Vocational College marched through campus Monday after state media reported that school authorities had deceived new students about their eventual qualifications and issued fake diplomas…

Please check this Global Voices’ blog, and also get more information from following reports.More report:

Students Riot Over Diplomas in eastern China , Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.25

Armed police moved into campus, Planned Student Protest Stopped, Radio Free Asia, 2006.10.30

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China: Police-organized Public Parade Humiliating Prostitutes

Posted by Author on December 7, 2006


Jonathan Watts in Beijing, The Guardian, UK, Thursday December 7, 2006-Chinese police escort a woman during a public shaming

A parade of prostitutes by police aimed at naming and shaming sex workers in southern China has sparked a backlash by an unusual coalition of lawyers, academics and the All-China Women’s Federation.

(photo: Chinese police escort a woman during a public shaming of people accused of involvement in prostitution in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images, from  The Guardian website)

As part of a two-month crackdown on vice in the booming city of Shenzhen, public security officers hauled about 100 women and some of their male customers through the streets on November 29.

Handcuffed and wearing bright yellow prison tunics, people in the parade attracted large crowds of curious onlookers.

Although the women tried to cover their faces with surgical masks, it was not enough to hide their identities because police revealed their names, hometowns and dates of birth while publicly sentencing them all to 15 days in prison.

In a sign of the increased consciousness of individual v social rights, police were criticised for going too far.

“I think the parade is a violation of human rights,” said Ai Xiaoming, a professor at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangdong. “The public humiliation may frighten people, but it is not a good way to resolve problems. And it is not fair. Why are only sex criminals paraded in public? What about people guilty of graft and corruption?”

The All-China Women’s Federation filed a formal protest to the ministry of public security, saying the parade was “old-fashioned”, “damaging to social harmony”, and “an insult to all the women in China”. Legal questions were also raised by Yao Jianguo of the Shanghai Promise law firm, who has written a letter of complaint to the national people’s congress in which he accused the police of acting illegally and violating human dignity.

The resurgence of the “skin-and-flesh” trade has become increasingly visible since the start of China’s free market economic reforms in the late 1970s.

Among the most notorious centres are Shenzhen and Zhuhai – the biggest mainland cities near Hong Kong – where there are streets full of pink-lit karaoke centres and massage parlours.

Previous attempts to tackle the industry have had mixed results. Three years ago, the organisers of an orgy involving more than 200 Japanese sex tourists and local prostitutes were sentenced to life imprisonment. Earlier this year, thousands of armed police were deployed in Shenzhen to quash a protest by more than 3,000 prostitutes and karaoke hostesses who were left without jobs after the closure of massage parlours and discos.

origainal report

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China: Wife of Rights Activist Dropped by Police, Sobbing, Near Home

Posted by Author on November 29, 2006


By Maureen Fan, Washington Post, November 29, 2006-

BEIJING, Nov. 28 — The wife of a blind legal activist was detained by police for eight hours Tuesday, then dragged out of a police minivan and dropped on the ground at the entrance to her home village, sobbing uncontrollably, lawyers and a relative said.

Yuan Weijing was held a day after her husband was retried in a case closely watched by human rights activists. Attorneys for her husband, Chen Guangcheng, suggested that she had been detained so she could not travel to Beijing to complain about mistreatment of her family by officials.

Chen embarrassed authorities in eastern Shandong province last year by helping villagers prepare a class-action lawsuit against abuses, including forced abortions and sterilizations, meant to implement China’s one-child-only policy.

He was later sentenced to more than four years in prison for disrupting traffic and damaging public property, charges his attorneys said were trumped up to punish him for his activism.

Chen appealed and on Monday was given a retrial, which is rare in China. No verdict was announced. While signing court documents Tuesday, he and his wife were permitted to speak to each other briefly, for the first time in eight months, lawyers said. Then Yinan County police presented a summons to Chen’s attorneys and took Yuan away.

About 8:30 p.m., a shop owner at the entrance to the couple’s village saw more than 10 police officers drag Yuan out of a small white van and drop her onto the ground crying, said Chen’s older brother, Chen Guangfu.

She appeared to be in pain, Chen said, but it was unclear Tuesday night whether Yuan had been beaten. She was taken to a nearby hospital to be examined.

Yuan has been detained three times before but has never returned home this distressed, Chen said, adding, “She just won’t stop crying.”

A man on duty at the criminal police battalion of the Yinan County police station said he did not know whether Yuan had been detained. “I’ve never heard of it. I don’t know,” he said.

At the hospital, Yuan later declared, “The police are bandits,” Chen Guangfu said.

Yuan has spoken out publicly against local authorities and criticized the conduct of her husband’s trial.

In an opinion column last month in The Washington Post, she said she was being watched constantly by guards.

“I want to send a message to my husband: One day the truth will come to light,” she wrote. “Even though they put you in jail, they cannot imprison your thoughts and spirit. You must take good care of yourself so that you can continue your unfinished work.”

–  from Washington Post‘s report

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China: Policing human rights history

Posted by Author on November 27, 2006


What’s the true situation of human rights in Chinese? Read about the personal experience of Geoffrey York, Canada newspaper The Globe and Mail‘s Beijing correspondent, written in his today’s blog titled “Policing human rights history“, regarding the ‘China Human Rights Exhibit’ held by Chinese government in Beijing from Nov. 17 to 26.

Here is the first 3 paragraphs of Geoffrey York’s article:

BEIJING – This was no ordinary stroll to a museum. To reach this exhibit, I had to walk past a long menacing line of police vans and police cars. (I counted 24 police vehicles parked at the museum entrance, including jeeps and vans, not including the undercover police who were certainly there too.) Then I had to slip through a gauntlet of policemen and security guards, who were pushing back an angry Chinese citizen who waved his identity card in a futile attempt to enter the hall.

As a foreigner, I was ushered through the police gauntlet, and then through a metal detector. Then past an open space where dozens of back-up security guards were lounging, ready for duty. And finally into a grandiose hall the cavernous Museum of Culture Palace of the Nationalities where more policemen and guards were on high alert, watching every visitor carefully.

Welcome to a human-rights exhibition – China style. None of the organizers seemed bothered by the irony of the scene. Here was China trying to boast of its political rights and freedoms – yet the entire event was blanketed by a heavy police presence and a thuggish attitude to visitors.

This blog is published under Witness The World section on the newspaper’s website, which is said is a diary-style blog written by The Globe’s far-flung foreign correspondents who describe what they are seeing, hearing and experiencing in Afghanistan, Moscow, Beijing, the Middle East, Washington, London, and other world capitals and hot spots.

Geoffrey York’s full article can be find out here

You may also have the interest to read more stories about the ‘China Human Rights Exhibit’ from the report I posted before: Appellants Refused Entrance to ‘China Human Rights Exhibit’

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Beijing Police Beat Wife of Human Rights Attorney

Posted by Author on November 26, 2006


By Gao Ling, Epoch Times, Nov 25, 2006-

Harassment by Beijing police of the wife of the imprisoned, outspoken human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng climaxed on the morning of Friday, Nov. 24 (Beijing time) when she suffered a beating at the hands of two police officers.

In a phone call that same morning to a family friend, AIDS activist Hu Jia, Geng He for the first time revealed the abuse she and her family have suffered since her husband’s arrest on August 15. Hu recorded this call, and quotes from Geng in this report are taken from that recording. The transcript of this recording appears at the end of this article.

Hu said he received the call from Geng at around 11:55 a.m., November 24. “At first I could hardly tell what she was saying because she cried so hard. She cried the way a woman who has been victimized by years of sexual trafficking would cry. She was in utter misery,” said Hu.

According to Geng, at around 11:30 a.m. she had asked three police officers tailing her while she shopped to keep their distance. They denied they were following her and a quarrel erupted, during which the police officers began to curse. When Geng talked back, a policeman over 180 cm (almost 5′ 11″) tall began to beat her and another tall male policeman joined in.

Geng sobbed as she told Hu, “Hu Jia, what can I do…they beat me up, they cursed me; they beat me [so badly that] my mouth and gums are bleeding; the fingernail on my little finger is torn off, my clothes are all ripped into pieces. They beat me [crying bitterly]—two men beat me.”

Entire Family Harassed

After Gao’s arrest on August 15, 20 policemen and women moved into the family’s apartment, staying there in shifts of five at a time.

On November 1, Geng’s two-year-old son Tianyu went missing for 30 minutes. According to Geng she completely collapsed when that happened.

On November 21, Beijing police showed their badges and attempted to pick up Tianyu, but his kindergarten teacher refused to comply.

Geng said the teacher at the kindergarten guessed something might have happened to her family, so they wouldn’t even allow her mother to pick up her son. She said, “These days I have to pick up my son even when I am running a fever.”

Geng’s mother is 70 years old, and according to Geng she is tailed by police if she leaves the house.

When she attended a PTA meeting, Geng witnessed the chairs of three police officers and a portable heater right outside her 13-year-old daughter’s classroom.

Geng said, “Two policewomen and one policeman have always been following Gege. They are always following her in the classroom or in the corridor. They even follow Gege to the lady’s room. Her education environment has become inhospitable. It is horrible. It breaks my heart.”

On October 21, unable to bear the continued watching, Gege escaped from the police and took refuge in a classmate’s home. The police found her and took her back to her family home. A police officer guaranteed Gege that in just three days she would be no longer be tailed and she would meet her daddy as long as she promised in writing not to call anyone. Over 30 days have passed and Gege still has not had the promised chance to meet her father, and still is followed wherever she goes.

Extension of Persecution of Gao

Before his arrest, Gao Zhisheng had become one of the best known dissidents inside China. As a lawyer, he strove to make real the protections guaranteed by the Chinese regime’s laws. In 2001 he was named by the Ministry of Justice as one of China’s top ten lawyers. He defended farmers whose land was confiscated with little or no compensation and House Christians who suffered persecution.

Upon investigating the persecution of Falun Gong, Gao wrote three open letters demanding that this persecution end. Disgusted by the persecution of Falun Gong, in December 2005 he publicly withdrew from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

In a journal entry written by Gao on August 12 and published by The Epoch Times, he says “My family and I have been illegally suppressed and harassed for 259 days by the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission on Political and Legal Affairs, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of State Security, and the Ministry of Justice.

“They initiated this persecution simply because I appealed in open letters to China’s top leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao to face and to stop the atrocities the evil forces within the CCP have committed against Falun Gong practitioners.” Three days after writing this entry, Gao was arrested while visiting a critically ill family member. He was not charged with any crime. On October 12 he was formally charged with “suspicion of inciting subversion of state power.” (to be cont’d…)

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Related:
Cry for Help, from detained lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s daughter, November 6th, 2006
Gao Zhisheng’s Wife Contacts Outside World under Surveillance, September 14th, 2006

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