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1,900 Chinese Sign Petition to Release 2 Falun Gong Practitioners

Posted by Author on February 6, 2013

Over 1,900 Chinese people in northeastern China have signed a petition calling for the release of two elderly women who were jailed for several years for practicing Falun Gong, a traditional spiritual practice that has been persecuted for over 13 years.

The two women, Zhang Mingfeng and Zhang Guizhi, who are both believed to be in their 60s, were arrested after an undercover policeman asked them for a DVD containing information about Shen Yun Performing Arts, a dance and musical performance that tours the world, presenting traditional Chinese culture independent of the regime, according to its website. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ex-Chinese spy says Canadian politicians are targets

Posted by Author on December 2, 2011

GATINEAU, Que. — A flirtatious email exchange between a Tory MP and a Chinese journalist has to be taken seriously, because China views foreign politicians as top targets, a former Chinese spy said Wednesday.

Defector Li Fengzhi said agents of China’s Ministry of State Security — where he used to work — often focus on politicians.

Li was commenting on the case of Conservative MP Bob Dechert, who has admitted to sending flirty emails to a female correspondent for the state-controlled Xinhua news agency. Dechert is parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Xinhua News Agency Correspondent over Amorous Emails Leaves Canada On ‘scheduled vacation’

Posted by Author on September 15, 2011

OTTAWA — The Chinese journalist at the centre of the furor over amorous emails from Conservative MP Bob Dechert has left Toronto and has returned to China, her supervisor says.

Xinhua News Agency correspondent Shi Rong went on a “scheduled vacation,” according to Zeng Hu, the state media agency’s North America bureau chief. Zeng said he didn’t know if Shi would be coming back to Toronto after her trip.

“She wanted to have a vacation for some time before,” Zeng said Thursday from the Xinhua bureau in New York City.

Zeng said he doesn’t know when Shi left but said he believes she went back to Beijing.

Emails allegedly hacked from Shi’s Gmail account revealed personal exchanges between her and Dechert, the MP for Mississauga-Erindale, Ont. The emails were forwarded to about 250 recipients on Shi’s contact list last week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Xinhua Reporter Shi Rong Wanted Divorce for Canadian MP, Email Alleges

Posted by Author on September 14, 2011

A reporter with the Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency wanted to divorce her husband to “continue her love affair” with Canadian member of Parliament Bob Dechert, says the email sent from her account to scores of government and media contacts last week.

The email says, in Chinese: “To continue her love affair with this member of Parliament, Shi Rong pitilessly asked to end her marriage while stationed overseas. This is the Shi Rong you should know about.”

The email sender leaves no name, but Shi has told the Globe and Mail that her account was hacked by her husband. Dechert himself said he believed the account had been hacked “as a part of an ongoing domestic dispute.”

Read the rest of this entry »

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The Dissident’s Wife

Posted by Author on March 28, 2011

By GENG HE, wife of a human rights lawyer (Gao Zhisheng) missing in China –

WITH the world’s attention on the uprisings in the Middle East, repressive regimes elsewhere are taking the opportunity to tighten their grip on power. In China, human rights activists have been disappearing since a call went out last month for a Tunisian-style “Jasmine Revolution.” I know what their families are going through. Almost a year ago, the Chinese government seized my husband and since then, we have had no news of him. I don’t know where he is, or even if he is alive.

In 2001, the Ministry of Justice listed my husband, Gao Zhisheng, as one of the top 10 lawyers in China. But when he began representing members of religious groups persecuted by the government, he became a target himself. His law license was revoked, and our family placed under constant surveillance. In 2006, he was convicted of inciting subversion based on a confession he made after his interrogators threatened our two children. He received a suspended sentence, but was briefly detained again a year later for writing an open letter to the United States Congress documenting human rights abuses in China. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spy and Sex Scandal Implicates Chinese Woman and S. Korean Diplomats

Posted by Author on March 12, 2011

By Sophia Fang & Gisela Sommer, Epoch Times Staff-

Three South Korean diplomats at the consulate in Shanghai are allegedly involved in a sex-for-favors scandal with a 33-year-old married Chinese woman, said by some news sources to be the granddaughter of the late Deng Xiaoping, China’s former paramount leader. Korean reports indicate the woman has obtained classified information including the phone numbers of high-ranking Korean officials.

Mrs. Deng Xinmin is married to a Korean national, referred to as Mr. J., who works in Shanghai. Mr. J. contacted authorities after he discovered sensitive information on his wife’s USB stick. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Asia, China, East China, News, People, Politics, shanghai, South Korea, spy, Women, World | 1 Comment »

International Women’s Day: Violence against Women A Chinese Communist Party Tool of “Transformation”

Posted by Author on March 7, 2011

New York— A 25-year old kindergarten teacher unable to walk after being sexually assaulted with a broom in a Hebei labor camp (news). A once-brilliant Tsinghua University student driven to insanity by sexual abuse and rape (news). A woman from Hunan in her eighth month of pregnancy given a forced abortion and then sent to a prison camp for six years.

These are three of the reports the Falun Dafa Information Center received in the last year from friends and relatives of female Falun Gong practitioners in China. They represent only a small sample of abuses inflicted by the Chinese authorities on women who practice Falun Gong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese rights defender Ms. Ni Yulan faces 19th day without electricity or internet connection due to ongoing police harassment

Posted by Author on January 7, 2011

Please take action on behalf of Chinese human rights defender Ms Ni Yulan.

Copy the enclosed letter and send to the address provided.

Thank you for taking action on behalf of Ms Ni Yulan.

Target adresses:

President Hu Jintao Guojia Zhuxi
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujie
Beijingshi 100017
People’s Republic of China


Yours Excellency, Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Given Hard Labor For Twitter Comments

Posted by Author on November 19, 2010, Nov. 18, 2010 –

A Chinese woman has been arrested on her wedding day and sentenced to a year in a labour camp for retweeting a message on Twitter that “disturbed social order”.

Cheng Jianping is thought to be the first Chinese citizen to be imprisoned for a single tweet.

Her incarceration is the most severe punishment related to a tweet recorded to date and has prompted outrage from the Twitter community – who only last week rallied to support a man convicted over a ‘joke’ tweet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter CEO chides China

Posted by Author on November 19, 2010

(CNN) — “Dear Chinese Government,” began a message sent late Thursday from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.

“Year-long detentions for sending a sarcastic tweet are neither the way forward nor the future of your great people,” he wrote on his Twitter profile.

Costolo’s edict is no doubt a response to the Chinese woman who had been sentenced to a year in a labor camp for retweeting a message that officials in China disapproved of. The tweet mocked Chinese people who were aligning with the Chinese government by protesting Japanese products. 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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Chinese woman sentenced to a year in labour camp over tweet

Posted by Author on November 18, 2010

Amnesty International, 17 November 2010 –

Amnesty International today urged the Chinese authorities to release a woman sentenced to a year in a labour camp for retweeting a supposedly anti-Japanese message.

Chinese online activist Cheng Jianping was sentenced to one year of ‘Re-education Through Labour’ on Monday for “disturbing social order”, having retweeted a satirical suggestion on October 17 that the Japanese Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo be attacked.

Cheng disappeared ten days later, on what was to be her wedding day, her whereabouts unknown until it emerged this week that she had been detained and sentenced by local police. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Official ‘Vows’ to the Party in a ‘guarantee letter’ to Marry Mistress

Posted by Author on August 6, 2010

By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff, aug. 6, 2010 –

The hackneyed phrases and swelled-up language of communist struggle—so familiar to earlier generations of Chinese—have mostly been scrubbed from public discourse in contemporary China; but, every now and then, such anachronisms rear their heads.

Such was the case with 46-year-old Ma Yiping, a married man and director general of the Commission of Commerce of Hanjiang District in Yangzhou City in southern China. “I sincerely give my assurance to the Chinese Communist Party that I will marry Li Qing next year, or no later than the year after next…” he wrote in a guarantee letter.

The idea of swearing an oath to a political party on an issue as personal as marriage may seem strange, but vows of a similar kind have been forced out of Party members and ordinary citizens for generations. Adherents of certain spiritual groups in China today are forced to make similar pledges, or face imprisonment and torture: such as in the case of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice persecuted since 1999, or Tibetan Buddhism, whose adherents are sometimes forced to denounce the Dalai Lama.

According to Oriental Morning Post’s article on July 28, Ma pledged in his letter to the CCP not only to marry Li Qing, his mistress, but also to divorce his wife.

The report claimed that as Ma didn’t fulfill his promise, Li chose to expose the ‘guarantee letter’ to the world. She posted her story on, the only official online news outlet of Nanjing City, capital of the southern province of Jiangsu. The article revealed that Ma was in a bigamous marriage, carried on sexual affairs with several women, and took bribes.

The article also posted wedding dress photos of Li and Ma, as well as four signed “marriage certificates” by Ma.

Ma wrote in his guarantee letter, “I sincerely vow to the party that I will marry Li Qing no later than the year after next. Within this year, I will take on the responsibility to be Li Qing’s husband. Otherwise I will bear all the consequences.”

The article said that Li met Ma last summer at a gathering of the clansmen association of Jiandu. Later, Ma began pursuing her, also claiming that he and his wife were incompatible. After the two started living together, however, Ma beat her at least a dozen times, sometimes badly: once knocking out four of her teeth, another time leading her to miscarry.

On Feb. 2, Ma wrote another guarantee claiming that he would divorce his wife as soon as his daughter finished her university entrance exams. Since all the promises were not fulfilled, Li became dejected and decided to expose Ma.

Li claims that Ma has at least five mistresses, three properties in Yangzhou, and spends vast sums supporting his lascivious lifestyle. Such salacious news is catnip for bloggers, and the story was widely circulated.

The Epochtimes

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Former Australian defence minister’s Chinese Woman benefactor sued by a large state-owned-enterprise

Posted by Author on August 4, 2010


A MAJOR Labor Party donor
and benefactor of former defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon is the subject of a formal complaint by a large Chinese state-owned-enterprise which alleges the businesswoman defrauded it of millions of dollars.

The Age has learned that Chinese-Australian property developer Helen Liu was named by a Beijing company in a complaint submitted to Chinese public security authorities earlier this year.

It is believed that the state-owned Beijing Heng Tong Trust and Investment Company has asked the authorities to investigate Ms Liu for allegedly embezzling $6 million through a 1990s real estate project in the port city of Qingdao that was designed to attract Australian investors.

Ms Liu has had an association with the Fitzgibbon family since the early 1990s and was last year identified by a group of Australian Defence Department officials as a potential national security threat because of her ties to some of China’s military, political and economic elite.

A major donor to New South Wales ALP, Ms Liu helped finance two of Mr Fitzgibbon’s election campaigns and also paid for him to travel to China twice in trips he belatedly disclosed to Federal Parliament.

Mr Fitzgibbon, who recently said publicly he wished to return to a ministerial portfolio if Labor wins the August 21 federal election, rented a Canberra residence from Ms Liu’s family while he served as defence minister from December 2007 until his mid-2009 resignation.

His resignation came because of conflict-of-interest issues involving his brother Mark, the head of health fund NIB.

Chinese authorities have allegedly been asked to investigate whether forged government approval documents and unregistered companies were used by Ms Liu to persuade the state-owned enterprise to invest in the project.

Representatives from Heng Tong declined to speak to The Age.

The Age reported earlier this year that Heng Tong accused Ms Liu of allegedly illegally diverting 24,680,000 Chinese yuan ($6 million) into her Australian property companies in the 1990s.

The companies, which controlled a Sydney property portfolio valued at about $60 million, have since been deregistered.

Two of the companies, Diamond Hill International and Wincopy, provided $40,000 to help finance Mr Fitzgibbon’s 1996 and 1998 federal election campaigns.

Ms Liu’s companies and her sister gave a further $105,000 to the NSW ALP between 1998 and 2007.

Mr Fitzgibbon’s position as defence minister was jeopardised in March 2009 when he repeatedly denied receiving any significant gifts or travel from Ms Liu.

However, shortly after his denials he disclosed he took trips to China in 2002 and 2005 that were funded by Ms Liu.

Mr Fitzgibbon, who denies any interest in Ms Liu’s commercial affairs, last year said through his then spokesman that both trips were for ”cultural” purposes.

His father, former Labor MP Eric Fitzgibbon, earlier this year admitted helping Ms Liu sell the Qingdao apartments that the Heng Tong company claims its money was meant for.

Ms Liu, who could not be contacted by The Age, has taken legal action against The Age to find out the source of documents obtained earlier this year which provide an insight into her commercial affairs.

Mr Fitzgibbon has taken legal action against several Fairfax Media publications, claiming reports about his friendship with Ms Liu had defamed him.

Fairfax has said it will vigorously defend the legal action.

With A.L.R. GAO

The Age

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Husband Reports Abuse of Shanghai petitioner in Labor Camp

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010

Human Rights in China, July 22, 2010 –

Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟)
, husband of Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤), told Human Rights in China (HRIC)  that Mao has been suffering serious physical abuse in the Anhui Provincial Women’s Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) Camp, where Mao is serving an 18-month sentence. Wu stated that Mao told him during a brief meeting at the camp on July 21 that the abuses include: frequent beatings carried out by inmates who were encouraged and directed by camp police officers; being hit on the head by a chair twice; being lifted and pulled by her arms and legs and thrown repeatedly against the floor; not being allowed to go to the bathroom or bathe.

In March 2010, Mao was ordered by Shanghai authorities to serve one-and-a-half years of RTL for “disturbing social order” by shouting slogans outside a Beijing Court. She began serving in the Shanghai Women’s RTL Camp, but was transferred to Anhui on April 27, 2010, more than 600 kilometers from Shanghai.

Mao began petitioning in 1988 after being fired from her job for refusing to abort a second pregnancy. For her petition activies, she has been forced into psychiatric hospitals by the authorities many times, and suffered many types of abuse and torture while imprisoned in the Shanghai Women’s Prison.

The Chinese original of Wu Xuewei’s description of the mistreatment of Mao is available at:

Human Rights in China

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China police ‘mistakenly beat boss’s wife’ as petitioner in daylight outside government building

Posted by Author on July 22, 2010

BBC News, July 21, 2010 –

Three Chinese police officers have been disciplined for beating up the wife of a senior local official.

The men were reported to have mistaken Chen Yulian for a petitioner, trying to see officials about a grievance.

They attacked her as she was trying to enter her husband’s office building in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Analysts say the case highlights the rough treatment many Chinese petitioners say is meted out to them when they bring their complaints.

Chinese media have reported that the men were plain clothes officers, employed to subdue petitioners outside the government building.

Reports said Mrs Chen was knocked to the ground in the incident last month and beaten for more than 15 minutes before being detained.

The authorities said she suffered minor injuries but other reports said she was still struggling to walk.

It later emerged that the woman was in fact attempting to raise a grievance with officials, over the death of her daughter in what she believed was a case of medical malpractice.

But her husband’s position meant she could not speak to the authorities directly.

He was reported to be in charge of maintaining stability and looking after petitioners.


“This incident is a total misunderstanding,” a local police bureau official was quoted by Shanghai Daily as saying.

“We didn’t mean to beat the wife of a big boss.”

But Chinese internet users have said Mrs Chen’s identity should not matter and that no petitioners should be subject to violence.

“Does this mean the police are not supposed to beat leaders’ wives, but the ordinary people can be battered?” the China Daily quoted one unnamed person as saying.

Thousands of petitioners attempt to air their grievances with local officials every day in China, often in disputes over land ownership or employment.

Many complain that they are treated roughly by security forces.

BBC News

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An empty seat, a broken heart: A Chinese woman musician’s story

Posted by Author on July 22, 2010

By Mei Xuan, Via The Washington Times, July 21, 2010 –

Have you ever
waited at an airport for a loved one you have not seen in a long time? Surely you remember the giddy expectation, scanning arriving passengers for that familiar face. But what if your loved one never arrived?

My husband never turned up. On Feb. 18, I waited for him at Newark International Airport with flowers. It had been over three years since I last saw him before fleeing China. Jiang Feng was to arrive on a Continental Airlines flight from Shanghai, but after the last passengers left he was still nowhere to be seen. My calls to China confirmed my greatest fears: He checked in, but never boarded the flight. Chinese secret police abducted him.

We married 12 years ago in Anhui province. I was a musician and he worked as a piano tuner. But before our first anniversary we were kidnapped from our workplaces and jailed. That was July 20, 1999, the first round of arrests of Falun Gong practitioners like us.

Our worlds collapsed as the campaign rolled in with a force equal to that of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Suddenly, we were enemies of the state, cut off from our family and friends. We were arrested for practicing meditation and following our discipline – principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. Falun Gong was becoming too popular for the Communist Party’s liking and our crime was having an independent belief system.

As I was a prominent musician, my director pulled strings to get me out, but my husband was jailed for three years. In 2002, literally days before his release, I was standing on a sidewalk when plainclothes police suddenly shoved me into a taxi and drove me to a detention center. They imprisoned me for four years. I was tied to a chair for 75 days without being allowed to sleep or use the restroom. My fingers and feet swelled three times their size. I was electrocuted, beaten and repeatedly knocked unconscious. I watched my friends, one after another, take their last breaths. Somehow, I survived and, after being released in 2006, fled to the United States.

My husband and I planned to reunite here. After I was generously granted political asylum, he also received the status of “derivative asylee,” obtained a U.S. visa, packed his bags and checked in at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

He would have been with me in Washington this week, as thousands of Falun Gong practitioners from around the world mark yet another anniversary of persecution in China. Instead, he is in an Anhui province labor camp in which prisoners toil in a coal mine. In addition to torture, my husband now faces the dangers of being trapped, suffocated or crushed underground in China’s most fatality-prone work.

Many people think the persecution of Falun Gong is mostly a thing of the past, a blotch on China’s slow but steady progress. Quite the contrary. In the months before the Olympics, over 8,000 practitioners were arrested, often from their homes for no apparent reason other than their faith. Many were sent to labor camps for periods far exceeding the length of the Olympic Games. Last year saw an upsurge in sham trials with hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners sentenced to prison for up to 18 years, often simply for downloading an article or distributing leaflets exposing persecution.

My husband and I were wed 12 years ago but, separated by persecution, we have shared married life for only a few months. I am extremely worried about his safety as I know what he faces every minute.

As you notice the Falun Gong activities this week, please remember that these victims of oppression are real people. They are our husbands and parents and children. They need your international voices of support. We have seen how, when the world looks away, we face the darkest pitilessness of the Chinese Communist Party. Your direct, public statements of support have a great restraining effect.

Mei Xuan is a former prisoner of conscience who spent four years in a Chinese jail. She is now a musician with New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts.

The Washington Times

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China hospital refuses to treat beaten woman with HIV

Posted by Author on July 15, 2010

AFP, July 15, 2010 –

BEIJING — A Chinese hospital refused to treat a migrant worker seriously injured in a wage dispute after doctors found out the woman was HIV-positive, her co-worker said Friday.

Li Na, 37, was beaten up Monday when she and fellow workers at a construction site in the Inner Mongolia region asked their company for their unpaid wages, and was sent to hospital, Wu Jibiao told AFP.

“She was badly hit five to six times and she was spitting blood, but when doctors did some tests and found out she was HIV-positive, they refused to treat her,” he said.

“They didn’t give her a room either and our company said they would not pay us if she didn’t leave (hospital), so she eventually had to go. But she’s still spitting blood now, her blood pressure is sky high and she can’t walk.”

Wu said doctors told Li’s co-workers that she was HIV-positive — a sensitive issue in China where people with HIV/AIDS still encounter huge discrimination.

“Now she doesn’t want to live because her co-workers don’t want to talk to her, they all look down on her now,” he said.

The People’s Hospital of Dalate Qi, where Li was sent, and local police were not immediately available for comment. Li was also unavailable to speak to reporters.

According to Wu, Li contracted HIV more than 10 years ago when she gave blood in the central province of Henan, her home region.

Henan was the scene of a huge scandal in the 1990s when people were infected by HIV after repeatedly selling their blood to collection stations that pooled it into a tub and then injected it back into them after taking the plasma.

The blood-selling scandal, which was initially covered up by local officials, saw entire villages in Henan devastated by AIDS.

China says that at least 740,000 people are living with HIV, but campaigners say the actual figure could be far higher.


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64-year-old Chinese woman kidnapped on public bus by police, Killed in Beijing Labor Camp

Posted by Author on July 8, 2010

Press Release, Falun Dafa Information Center, 07 Jul 2010 –

NEW YORK— A 64-year-old woman has died from torture-related injuries while being held in a Beijing labor camp, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned.

According to reports from China, Ms. Geng Jin (耿金娥) was tortured to death at the Women’s Forced Labor Camp in Beijing’s Daxing district on June 10, 2010. Family members say they last saw Geng alive in April 2010 when visiting her at the camp. According to family members, Geng was very frail at the time, requiring two people to support her as she walked. Requests for medical parole made by her family both before and during the April visit were denied.

Geng was picked up by police on November 28, 2008 while she was talking to others about Falun Gong on a public bus. Police subsequently ransacked her home, but reportedly found no Falun Gong materials. Geng was then given a two-year term of forced labor without any judicial process.

“Torturing to death grandmother-aged women for simply speaking to fellow passengers on a bus highlights how backward and twisted the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign against Falun Gong truly is,” says Falun Dafa Information Center executive director Levi Browde. “This case is all the more tragic given that Geng’s conversation involved informing fellow citizens about a topic of public interest — ongoing, horrific human rights abuses against a group of innocent Chinese citizens.”

Prior to the latest detention, Geng had previously been taken away by police in November 2002 as she was distributing leaflets to people in her neighborhood exposing the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. At the time, she was sent to the same labor camp for a three-year term, during which she was severely beaten on several occasions by camp guards. Geng nearly lost eyesight in both eyes and became emaciated from the repeated torture.

After her release in 2005, she was able to resume her Falun Gong practice and family members say her health was quickly restored.

Several attempts to secure a lawyer and sue the perpetrators responsible for Geng’s death have been unsuccessful, family members say, because the camp has refused to release any documents related to her imprisonment and the appeals office has refused to help them.

Falun Dafa Information Center

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

Posted by Author on June 19, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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Rape, Beatings and Betrayal: Chinese Government’s Way of “Transforming” of Former Tsinghua University Student

Posted by Author on May 31, 2010

Falun Dafa Information Center, May 28, 2010-

NEW YORK – The life of a top student at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University has been ravaged by a decade of rape, torture and betrayals. According to reports recently received by the Falun Dafa Information Center, the once vibrant and brilliant young woman from Shandong Province, Ms. Liu Zhimei (柳志梅), now lives in a hut, regularly wets her bed, and crouches into the corner of her room with clenched fists whenever someone approaches her. Neighbors have seen her running from her home naked and screaming.

“When Chinese authorities talk of ‘transforming’ Falun Gong practitioners, this is what they mean,” says Falun Dafa Information Center executive director Levi Browde. “They abuse and torment healthy, rational people to the point where the victim either completely gives up his or her personal beliefs and submits to the will of the Chinese Communist Party, dies from abuse, or in the case of this young woman, is driven to the edge of sanity and completely robbed of all human dignity. They drive adherents to the point where life is a living hell.”

“Liu’s case is tragic, but sadly, all too common in China…so many lives have been utterly devastated in similar ways amidst the persecution of Falun Gong.”

In 1997, Liu was admitted to Tsinghua University with the highest entrance test scores in all of Shandong Province. Upon arriving on campus, she took up Falun Gong, which was practiced by over 1,000 students and faculty at Tsinghua at the time.

After the campaign to “eradicate” Falun Gong was launched in July 1999, Liu was expelled from school because of her practice. Police detained her on several occasions over the next three years. In custody, she was repeatedly beaten and held for prolonged periods in an isolation chamber. The torture left her with head and chest injuries, a limp in her step, and several missing fingernails.

In November 2002, Liu was “sentenced” in a sham trial to 12 years at the Shandong Province Women’s Prison because of her Falun Gong practice. While at the prison camp, she was pressured by Tsinghua University staff (who would visit her there) and prison officials to become a “helper” – one who helps prison officials coerce and torture steadfast Falun Gong practitioners into renouncing their practice and embracing the CCP’s hardline against Falun Gong – and as a reward, she could return to Tsinghua University as a student.

With the prospect of returning to school before her, Liu agreed. Reports from the prison indicate Liu devised methods for “transforming” fellow Falun Gong practitioners. On occasion, the prison guards coerced her to beat Falun Gong practitioners directly. Liu also began reviewing various subjects in preparation for returning to university. That opportunity, however, never came. As the years wore on inside the prison, she realized the promises of returning to Tsinghua were not true and she fell into despair.

On November 13, 2008, Liu was finally released to her parents’ custody, a mere shadow of the person she was ten years prior.

Liu does not remember her name. She has a large welt around her belly-button and excessive bruising about her buttocks and upper legs. Her breasts sag almost to her waistline though she is not yet 30 years old and she has an extreme deformity in one of her fingers.

Liu often and randomly yells out phrases that provide a glimpse into the torture she faced while imprisoned. While a relative changes her clothing, she will sometimes grab the relative’s hand to her breast and while beating her other breast yell “They beat me here, like this, it hurt so much…” Liu often wets her bed and when approached by someone she doesn’t know, cowers into a corner with fists clenched.

Liu’s mother passed away, in grief over Liu’s imprisonment, in 2007. Liu’s father, Liu Zuorui, had been a Communist Party secretary for the local village. Neighbors report that after Liu returned home, her father often raped her and sold her to other men in the village.

In 2009, local practitioners of Falun Gong took Liu into their home and took turns watching over her. Over several months, Liu showed signs of improvement. She mumbled to herself less and less, stopped wetting her bed, and could even cook simple meals for herself.

On the morning of April 16, 2010, officers from the Bailinzhuang Town Police Station in Laiyang City raided the home of the practitioners taking care of Liu. She, along with four other Falun Gong practitioners, were taken into custody. When interrogated by police, witnesses say she turned into a “completely different person,” professing her “guilt” and extolling the police for abducting her. These witnesses say Liu’s behavior is not uncommon for someone who, after extended periods of torture and pressure, learns to tell police whatever they want to hear in order to avoid further abuse.

Upon discovering she was not mentally stable, the police returned Liu to her father’s home where she remains today.

“Back in 2001, the Washington Post ran an in-depth story on how the Chinese regime was systematically using torture and ‘reeducation’ methods to break Falun Gong practitioners,” says Browde (news). “One of the victims interviewed by the Post concluded after going through the CCP ‘transformation’ process: ‘I have seen the worst of what man can do. We really are the worst animals on Earth.’”

“Liu’s case illustrates what this victim was talking about… the complete destruction of the human spirit. That is the story of Liu Zhimei, and tragically, the story of countless other Falun Gong practitioners who suffer under the CCP’s campaign to ‘eradicate’ Falun Gong.”

Related links:

Washington Post: Torture is Breaking Falun Gong

2010 Falun Dafa Information Center Annual Report: “Transformation” and Forced Religious Conversion

10 Common “Transformation” Tactics

Ms. Yao Yue, Tsinghua student sent to prison camp for 12 years

– from Falun Dafa Information Center

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China suffers 7th attack as 6 young women hacked with meat cleaver

Posted by Author on May 17, 2010

Peter Foster in Beijing, The Telegraph, UK, 17 May 2010 –

The incident at a market in the city of Foshan in Guandong province, on Sunday, is the seventh such attack aimed at women and children in recent weeks, provoking questions about the stability of society in the ‘new’ China.

The attacker, named only as Mr Xie and aged in his 20s, apparently singled out young women as his victims, entering numerous shops and restaurants and hacking and slashing at the women’s head and shoulders.

Five of the victims remain in hospital, two of them in intensive care, while the sixth was released after suffering light injuries to her left arm.

The attacker then escaped the scene, climbing to the top of a four-storey residential building a few hundred metres from the market and jumped to his death. Local police said they were still trying to find a motive for the attack.

The incident follows several multiple killings in recent weeks that have unsettled a country not known for violent crime.

Five of the incidents occurred at schools in China and took the lives of 17 people, including 15 children, as well as wounding 80 people.

In response, police and schools have been ordered to beef up security in and around campuses to prevent what experts believe are “copy-cat” attacks.

However the additional security measures have failed to prevent repeats of the attacks leaving parents increasingly jittery about the safety of their children.

In an indication of the heightened state of awareness around schools in China, police on Friday were called to a kindergarten in Haimen city in the southern province of Jiangsu after reports that a man had entered with a gun.

A squad of 20 policemen were dispatched to the kindergarten but the “attacker” later turned out to be a parent carrying a toy gun as a present for one of the children.

The attacks have raised questions in China about the impact of the country’s rapid modernization, growing wealth inequalities and inadequate social safety net for catching socially outcast and mentally ill.

Last week China’s prime minister Wen Jiabao admitted that the attacks reflected problems at the grass roots of Chinese society.

“We feel sorry in our hearts for the murders and the children’s deaths. We need to not only adopt serious security measures but also tackle the deeper causes behind these problems,” Mr Wen said in a television interview, “We must strengthen the role of [dispute] mediation at the grass roots. That’s something we all have to work on.”

The Telegraph

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Case of young woman’s Death in Police Custody Still Alive 10 Years On- died in six hours after arrest

Posted by Author on May 16, 2010

By Gu Xiaohua, Epoch Times Staff, May 14, 2010-

A case of apparent police brutality resulting in the death of a young woman was revealed on Chinese Internet forums recently. The case reflects the struggle of many Chinese to obtain justice in a system that allows no real channels of redress for the disenfranchised, who face frequent and unchecked abuse of power by the authorities.

On Dec. 20, 1998, the then 20-year-old Zhang Yanmei was arrested for alleged prostitution, after having quit college to look for work two months previously. She was reported to have died in police custody six hours after arrest.

Ms. Zhang’s story is told in a post on an electronic bulletin board, signed by her father and elder brother, along with a phone number. The original post has been duplicated widely. The Epoch Times spoke to her elder brother by telephone.

The following day an official who worked in Fenjie Town, where Ms. Zhang was arrested, delivered the news to her father, saying that she died in the interrogation room in the police station. “The forensic medical expert concluded that she hung herself using her shirt. She committed suicide because she felt ashamed,” the official said, according to the online account.

Ms. Zhang’s brother-in-law went to the hospital with the father and saw her body. There was blood in Zhang’s nose, her face was swollen and with mud on it, and she had wounds on her throat, ears, back, and chest.

Ms. Zhang’s family, in particular her father and brother, have not stopped in the attempt to gain justice over past ten years, but the efforts have been in vain. Ms. Zhang’s elder brother explained that the late appearance of the information online was because they did not have a computer before.

Hush money refused

In the statement online, Ms. Zhang’s father claimed that a police official delivered 5,000 yuan in cash to his house on Dec. 24, 1998, and asked him to keep quiet. He refused, “My daughter committed no crime. She was beaten to death. How could she hang herself with the police around? Is there a special place in the police station for committing suicide? Why were the police so eager to cremate her body?”

According to the family, Ms. Zhang’s ashes are still in the police station for “safe keeping,” and they have not seen the death certificate or coroner’s report, despite repeated requests.

Ms. Zhang’s older brother, Zhang Yafu, did his own investigation. He alleges that the police also tortured the wife of Ms. Zhang’s employer to extort a confession. The wife, who was arrested at the same time as Ms. Zhang, told him: “They were ruthless. Had I not admitted that I was prostituting, I too would have died from the beating.”

Local police told Mr. Zhang that his online post was illegal, but it has not been purged by China’s army of Internet censors.

Mr. Zhang told The Epoch Times that on March 24, 2010, three police officers from the Gaozhou City Public Safety Bureau came to Guangzhou and tracked him down for questioning. A week ago, the police talked to his mother and asked her who posted the article online. “I don’t think that I can go back to Gaozhou anymore. My parents would worry about my safety if I did. No lawyer wants to take my sister’s case,” Mr. Zhang said. (The Epochtimes)

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