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Amnesty Annual Report 2011- China

Posted by Author on May 17, 2011


The Chinese government responded to a burgeoning civil society by jailing and persecuting people for peacefully expressing their views, holding religious beliefs not sanctioned by the state, advocating for democratic reform and human rights, and defending the rights of others. Popular social media sites remained blocked by China’s internet firewall. The authorities continued to repress Tibetan, Uighur, Mongolian and other ethnic minority populations. On the international stage, China grew more confident and more aggressive in punishing countries whose leaders spoke publicly about its human rights record.

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David Matas: Lessons From the Holocaust, Organ Harvesting in China

Posted by Author on June 21, 2010


By Fany Qiu & Michelle Yu, Epoch Times Staff, June 20, 2010 –

Men of conscience often face tremendous challenges in life. Driven by their hearts, when exposed to injustice and evil, they cannot turn away; despite the risks, they choose to do what they believe is right.

Oskar Schindler, the heroic figure portrayed in the 1993 Spielberg film “Schindler’s List,” is a historic example of a person who risked everything to save nearly 1,200 Jewish workers from certain death during Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution” genocide targeting European Jews—the Holocaust. The brave Schindler risked life and limb to stand against tyranny and follow his conscience.

Canadian David Matas is also a man of conscience. Although he does not find himself living and surviving daily while surrounded by oppressors, he has seen evidence of great tyranny. His determination to expose unspeakable evil may potentially save hundreds of thousands from the clutches of one of the most oppressive regimes in human history.

Matas, along with former Canadian government official David Kilgour, published “BLOODY HARVEST—Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China.” In the report, they summarize their shocking investigation into a modern-day mass genocide:

“We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centers and ‘people’s courts,’ since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries.”

This conclusion was reached after months of documented, investigative research, and the eventual report released in July 2006. A subsequent 2007 revision of the report, and recently published book “Bloody Harvest,” include new evidence collected by the two authors in ongoing efforts to expose the mass killings.

How does one investigate crimes committed by a communist regime that controls the very flow of information and stifles transparency? “The allegations, by their very nature, are difficult either to prove or disprove,” Matas and Kilgour stated in the “Difficulty of Proof” section in their 2007 report.

Mr. Matas elaborated on this assertion in a recent interview with The Epoch Times. “What was difficult was to figure out a method to approach the issue when there are no corpses [according to the allegation, the victims’ bodies were cremated], no crime scene, no records, no independent media, no human rights NGOs working within the country.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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IFJ Report Lists China’s Secret Bans on Media Reporting in 2009

Posted by Author on January 31, 2010


International Federation of Journalists, Jan 31, 2010-

A new report by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on press freedom in China highlights the battle by local censors to control media commentary on a wide range of topics throughout in 2009.

Banned topics range from events associated with social unrest and public protests against authorities, to reports of photos of an actress topless on a Caribbean beach.

The report, China Clings to Control: Press Freedom in 2009, will be officially released by the IFJ at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong at 11am on January 31.

It presents data gathered by IFJ media rights monitoring in China, detailing the intensifying efforts of authorities since early 2009 to control online content and commentary, and assessing the official restrictions and range of impediments faced by local and foreign media working in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Amid the controversy over Google’s recently stated refusal to censor the contents of its Chinese-language search engine, following allegations that China’s authorities had authorised a cyber attack on Google’s US-based systems, and gmail accounts held by activists in China had been breached, China Clings to Control: Press Freedom in 2009 presents the wider context of restrictions confronting journalists and media in China……. (more details from International Federation of Journalists)

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Organ Pillaging and Falun Gong in China (2): Speech by David Kilgour

Posted by Author on December 3, 2009


By Hon. David Kilgour, J.D., Subcommittee on Human Rights, European Parliament- Brussels, Via MWC News, Dec. 2, 2009 – (cont’d)

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Our conclusion is that many of the disappeared were killed for their organs, which were sold to transplant tourists.  It would take too much time to set out how we came to that conclusion.  We invite you to read our report, which is on the internet (accessible at http://www.david-kilgour.com), or our book. Briefly, three of the dozens of evidentiary trails we followed which led to our conclusion are these:

1) Only Falun Gong practitioners in work camps and prisons are systematically blood tested and physically examined. This testing cannot be motivated by concerns over the health of practitioners, because they are also systematically tortured.  Testing is necessary for organ transplants because of the need for blood type compatibility between the organ source and the recipient. Crystal Chen, for example, during three years in a camp was medically tested several times, including two blood tests.

2) Traditional sources of transplants-prisoners sentenced to death and then executed, voluntary donors, the brain dead/cardiac alive-come nowhere near to explaining the total number of transplants in China. There is no organized system of organ donations. There is a cultural aversion to organ donation. There is no national organ matching or distribution system in China.

The only significant source in China of organs for transplants before the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners began was prisoners sentenced to death and then executed.  The volume of organ transplants in China went up dramatically shortly after the banning of the practice of Falun Gong. Yet, the numbers of those sentenced to death and then executed did not increase.

We estimate that 41,500 organs transplanted over the period of persecution up to 2005 came from Falun Gong practitioners. How we reached this conclusion is explained on page 96 of our book.

3) We had callers phoning hospitals throughout China posing as family members of persons who needed organ transplants. In a wide variety of locations, those who were called asserted that Falun Gong practitioners (known to be healthy because of their exercise regime) were the source of the organs.

Since our report came out, laws and practices in China have changed. A law on transplants in May 2007 required that transplants be performed only in registered hospitals. The Ministry of Health announced that from June 26, 2007 Chinese patients would be given priority access to organ transplants over foreigners.  The announcement also banned all medical institutions from transplanting organs into foreign transplant tourists. The government announced in August 2009 that it was launching an organ donation system as a pilot project.

With these changes, however, the crime against humanity continues. The recipients have changed from foreign to local, but the sources remain substantially the same. The government denies that organs for transplants are being sourced from prisoners who are Falun Gong practitioners. Yet, it accepts that organs for transplants are being sourced from prisoners. The only debate we have with the Government is which group of prisoners is the source of organs.

“Non consenting parties”

Sourcing of organs from prisoners is done without consent.  Deputy Health Minister Huang Joyful at a conference of surgeons in Guangzhou in November 2006 said in a speech, “too often organs come from non consenting parties”. The government of China accepts that sourcing of organs from prisoners is wrong. Huang at the time of the announcement of an organ donor pilot project stated that executed prisoners “are definitely not a proper source for organ transplants”.  This principle, that prisoners are not an acceptable source for organs, is followed by the Transplantation Society and the World Medical Association.

So what is the rule of law world going to do about the Chinese party-state’s abuse of global transplant ethics?  Our report and book have a long list of recommendations.  Given the shortness of time, I mention here only two.

One possibility is extraterritorial legislation.  The 2007 policy giving priority to Chinese patients has cut down on transplant tourism to China, but such legislation would be a useful statement of universal principle. The sorts of transplants in which the Chinese medical system engages are illegal everywhere else in the world. But it is not illegal for a foreigner from any country to go to China, obtain a transplant which would be illegal at home, and then return home.  Foreign transplant legislation everywhere is territorial; it has no extraterritorial reach. Many other laws are global in their sweep. For instance, child sex tourists can be prosecuted not just in the country where they abuse children, but often at home as well. This sort of legislation does not exist for transplant tourists who pay for organ transplants without bothering to determine whether the organ donor has consented.

A second recommendation is that any person known to be involved in trafficking in the organs of prisoners in China should be barred entry by all foreign countries.

Conclusion

The attempted crushing of Falun Gong, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and other independent faith groups, human rights lawyers and other civil society and democracy communities in recent years indicates that China’s party-state must still be engaged with great caution despite the severe ongoing world economic problems. If it stops the systematic and gross abuses of human rights and takes major steps to indicate that it wishes to treat its trade partners in a mutually-beneficial way, the new century will bring harmony for China, its trading partners and neighbours. Its people have the numbers, perseverance, self-discipline, intelligence and other qualities to help make this new century better and more peaceful for the entire human family. (END)

By Hon. David Kilgour, J.D., Subcommittee on Human Rights, European Parliament- Brussels. Published via MWC News

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Organ Pillaging and Falun Gong in China (1): Speech by David Kilgour

Posted by Author on December 2, 2009


By Hon. David Kilgour, J.D., Subcommittee on Human Rights, European Parliament- Brussels, Via MWC News, Dec. 2, 2009 –

Thank you for the opportunity to speak about organ pillaging from Falun Gong practitioners in China as a new crime against humanity.

The earlier witness, Gao Wenqian from Human Rights In China (HRIC) in New York, told us in part that the overall human rights situation in China today is worsening. The experiences of another Gao (no relative), Gao Zhisheng, illustrates this phenomenon well.

In 2004, Gao Zhisheng, then one of China’s top lawyers and since nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, defended a Falun Gong practitioner who had been sent to a labour camp without any form of hearing. Gao learned that the court refused to hear the case because of “orders from above”, so he courageously wrote to the National People’s Congress and later sent three letters to the top leadership in Beijing. One of them referred to the “indescribable violence done to kind (Falun Gong) practitioners”.

Gao’s permit to practise law was subsequently removed and his office was closed by the government. His wife and daughter were harassed by police. He was imprisoned and tortured during a horrific five-week period and is now being “held incommunicado at an unknown location”, according to Amnesty International.

Forced Labour Camps

In doing our final report on organ pillaging from Falun Gong, David Matas and I visited about a dozen countries to interview practitioners sent to forced labour camps since 1999, who managed later to leave the camps and the country itself. They told us of working in appalling conditions for up to sixteen hours daily with no pay, little food, being cramped together on the floor for sleeping, and being tortured. They made export products, ranging from garments to chopsticks to Christmas decorations at times as subcontractors to multinational companies.

The camps, which were created in the Mao era and modeled closely on those in Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Third Reich, allow the party to send anyone to them for up to four years with neither any form of hearing nor appeal. One estimate of the number of the camps across China as of 2005 was 340, having a capacity of about 300,000 inmates. In 2007, a US government report estimated that at least half of the inmates in the camps were Falun Gong. It is the combination of totalitarian governance and ‘anything is permitted’ economics that allows such inhuman practices to persist.

Take Falun Gong practitioner Crystal Chen, a former assistant to the president of a leading import export corporation in Guangzhou and an amateur actor, for example, who spent three years in a camp. She experienced beatings, being shackled and stretched, and prolonged sleep deprivation. In a detention centre, she was thrown on the floor of her cell and four large men held her down. A water bottle was cut in half to be used as a funnel. A one-pound bag of salt was poured inside the bottle, a small amount of water added. Guards shoved the opening of the bottle against Chen’s teeth and tried to pry her mouth open with a dirty toothbrush.

She resisted, knowing the salt could kill her. Chen: “The salt went everywhere into my mouth and up my nose… I vomited salt and blood for days and could not eat. My gums were full of blood, I could hardly talk. They still handcuffed me.” A male practitioner, university teacher Gao Xian in, died after being subjected to the same salt torture in the same detention centre.

Chen, now a refugee living outside China, stresses that Falun Gong practitioners, while understandably unsympathetic towards the Party, seek no role in Chinese politics: “only to stop the persecution which has continued for more than ten years… I love China. I’m proud of thousands of years of Chinese civilization and proud of being Chinese… I look forward to the renaissance of genuine Chinese values and dignity, including truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.”

Killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs

David Matas and I came to the dismaying conclusion that Falun Gong practitioners in China have been and are being killed for their organs on a large scale. We wrote a report that came to this conclusion, which came out in July 2006. There was a second version in 2007. A third in book form was published last month as Bloody Harvest.

Falun Gong is essentially a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline, consisting of principles for living, meditation and exercises which began in China in 1992.  Initially the government encouraged the practice as beneficial for health. By 1999, it had grown so popular that the Party became afraid that its own ideological and numerical supremacy were being threatened. The numbers of persons practising Falun Gong across China had grown from virtually none in 1992, according to a government estimate, to 70-100 million. The practice was accordingly banned.

Practitioners were asked to recant. Those who refused and continued the practice and those who protested the banning were arrested.  If they recanted after arrest, they were released.  If they did not, they were tortured.  If they recanted after torture, they were then released.  If they did not recant after torture, they disappeared into the Chinese detention and forced labor system. (To be cont’d……)

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China: 43 Detainees ‘Disappeared’ After Xinjiang Protests, Recent Report Shows

Posted by Author on October 22, 2009


Human Rights Watch, October 21, 2009 –

(New York) – The Chinese government should immediately account for all detainees in its custody and allow independent investigations into the July 2009 protests in Urumqi and their aftermath, Human Rights Watch said in a new report on enforced “disappearances” released today.

The 44-page report, “‘We Are Afraid to Even Look for Them’: Enforced Disappearances in the Wake of Xinjiang’s Protests,” documents the enforced disappearances of 43 Uighur men and teenage boys who were detained by Chinese security forces in the wake of the protests.

“The cases we documented are likely just the tip of the iceberg,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Chinese government says it respects the rule of law, but nothing could undermine this claim more than taking people from their homes or off the street and ‘disappearing’ them – leaving their families unsure whether they are dead or alive.”

Last week, Xinjiang judicial authorities started trials of people accused of involvement in the protests. Nine men have already been sentenced to death, three others to death with a two-year reprieve, and one to life imprisonment.

Human Rights Watch research has established that on July 6-7, 2009, Chinese police, the People’s Armed Police, and the military conducted numerous large-scale sweep operations in two predominantly Uighur areas of Urumqi, Erdaoqiao, and Saimachang. On a smaller scale, these operations and targeted raids continued at least through mid-August.

The victims of “disappearances” documented by Human Rights Watch were young Uighur men. Most were in their 20s, although the youngest reported victims were 12 and 14 years old. It is possible that some Han Chinese also became victims of “disappearances” and unlawful arrests. However, none of the more than two dozen Han Chinese residents of Urumqi interviewed by Human Rights Watch provided any information about such cases.

According to witnesses, the security forces sealed off entire neighborhoods, searching for young Uighur men. In some cases, they first separated the men from other residents, pushed them to their knees or flat on the ground, and, at least in some cases, beat the men while questioning them about their participation in the protests. Those who had wounds or bruises on their bodies, or had not been at their homes during the protests, were then taken away. In other cases, the security forces simply went after every young man they could catch and packed them into their trucks by the dozens……. (more details from Human Rights Watch)

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The Truth About China’s Growth (3): report

Posted by Author on February 3, 2009


Derek Scissors, Ph.D. The Heritage Foundation, January 22, 2009 – (Cont’d)

An Official Discrepancy (percent change)

The present boom started in 2003. The speed of GDP growth has been catching up to power consumption growth since then. Nonetheless, GDP growth has been below power consumption growth all through the boom, even with the large upward revision in 2007 GDP. In 2008, though, as the economy came under duress, GDP was suddenly much faster than power consumption.[9] The fourth quarter was far starker: GDP growth was said to hold 6.8 percent even while power demand contracted an (unweighted) 6.7 percent.[10]

Electricity consumption cannot be magically slashed from year to year, much less quarter to quarter. If it could, China’s excessive coal use would long since have been resolved. Based on power consumption, a reasonable figure for 2008 annual growth is 6 percent with very little growth in the fourth quarter.

Rescuing Official Numbers, Partly

Is there anything useful to be gleaned from official statistics? A simple way to extract some value is to consider them one quarter ahead. In a difficult data-gathering environment, China presses statistics personnel to reach remote areas and adjudicate regional boasts in just three weeks after a quarter ends. Most likely, survey information gathered ostensibly for the quarter in question more accurately reflects the previous quarter.

This would explain much. One quarter’s worth of 6.8 percent growth should not have caused six million migrants to lose their jobs already or pushed urban unemployment to 9.4 percent by the end of November.[11] But if growth had already fallen to 6.8 percent in the third quarter then, considering power consumption and imports, fell toward zero in the fourth quarter, the spike in unemployment is sensible. So is the increasingly frantic response of Chinese policy-makers starting in October.

This analysis only goes so far. Official growth for the first quarter of 2009 may better reflect the fourth quarter of 2008, but the Party will never acknowledge it as close to zero. More tea leaves will need to be read three months from now. Nonetheless, a reasonable profile of 2008 growth stands at roughly 10 percent in the first quarter, 9 percent in the second, 7 percent in the third, and 1 percent in the fourth.

The world is going to hear endlessly that, while China is slowing, it is still the fastest-growing economy and other countries would do well to learn from its example. It is closer to the truth that China has suffered more from the financial crisis than any other country in terms of lost growth and jobs.

Among other things, China’s economic difficulties have implications for Sino-American trade relations and the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED), now under review by the new American Administration. Our nation needs a mechanism like the SED, but the U.S. needs to focus it on what are now the most salient parts of the economic relationship, such as Chinese energy price liberalization and access to sheltered industries for foreign companies. Official statistics notwithstanding, China is not a crisis-resistant model of growth and prosperity. The true picture demonstrates continued scope for dialogue grounded in free market principles.

Derek Scissors, Ph.D., is Research Fellow in Asia Economic Policy in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. (END)

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The Truth About China’s Growth (2): report

Posted by Author on February 3, 2009


Derek Scissors, Ph.D. The Heritage Foundation, January 22, 2009 – (Cont’d)

Consumption Illusion

On closer inspection, the picture is no better. The benchmark measure for consumption is retail sales. This is followed with great interest within and without China on hopes that consumption will begin to drive the Chinese and even the world economy. In the fourth quarter, global consumption took a heavy blow, but implied (from incomplete revisions) growth in Chinese retail sales was over 20 percent, on-year. For 2008 as a whole, retail sales soared 21.6 percent. This is a 13-year high and considerably faster than the (unrevised) 16.8 percent rise in 2007.[4]

Unfortunately, such an increase is very hard to believe. Passenger car sales added 7.3 percent in 2008, much slower than the 21.7 percent jump registered in 2007.[5] Sales of residential real estate plunged an unprecedented 21 percent through November.[6] What are Chinese consumers buying? Not imports. Import volume–the only verifiable element of consumption–fell 8.8 percent in the fourth quarter.

While all this is disturbing, there is a more fundamental problem. Per capita rural income was said to climb 15 percent in 2008 while per capita urban income climbed 14.5 percent. Real urban income somehow accelerated noticeably in the fourth quarter though GDP decelerated sharply. Even if that is true, incomes trailed sales by a good margin.

This should indicate that personal savings growth was small, as most income went to spending. But household deposits soared 26.6 percent. Individual Chinese are said to be both spending and saving much faster than they earn.[7] Moreover, saving was said to sharply accelerate while the economy slowed–as to be expected–yet retail sales still hardly slipped at all. In this light, it is difficult to credit rapid consumption gains.

Knockout Blow from Power

The Chinese economy’s last serious slump was during the Asian financial crisis. It is now widely accepted that official GDP growth for 1998 and perhaps 1999 was heavily exaggerated. Evidence was first found in power consumption growth, which dropped like a stone in the late 1990s while GDP growth merely moderated. Last year was 1998 all over again. (to be cont’d)
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China’s Economy Is in a Deep Freeze and Unable to Recover (Part I) : Speech by former leader advisor

Posted by Author on January 5, 2009


By Cheng Xiaonong, Sound of Hope Radio, via The Epochtimes-

The following is Part I of Dr. Cheng Xiaonong’s report regarding China’s economy, broadcast on Sound of Hope Radio on December 17. Dr. Cheng was a former advisor to China’s past premier Zhao Ziyang. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton, and is Editor-in-Chief of Modern China Studies.

Rich Own Majority of China’s Wealth

We mention polarized income distribution in society. The government, by all means, protects a small group of privileged people so that they own the majority of the wealth. At the same time, most of the working class have little purchasing power. So what does this small group of privileged people do with 70 percent of the money in the world’s financial markets?

First we see that a significant portion of this money goes into the stock and real estate markets. A large part of it was transferred overseas in various ways to support their family members overseas. Through money laundering, large amounts of money went to places people rarely hear of.

For example, in the British Virgin Islands, there are few residents or economic activities. The islands have become a major base for corrupt officials and rich people to hide their money. A lot of Chinese people set up shell companies on the islands and wired much money there. They don’t just put money there but turn around and use the money to invest in China as foreign capital. They then make money again in China’s markets.

Especially as the Renminbi appreciated over the past two years, this kind of ‘hot money’ flushed into China. According to some analysts, last year there might have been US$200 billion of this ‘hot money’ pouring into China. Almost all this ‘hot money’ comes from the 70 percent of national wealth that belongs to the corrupt Chinese officials and privileged people. What good does this kind of money do for China’s economy? Nothing, basically.

‘Hot Money’ Rushes Into China and Into Corrupt Officials’ Pockets

This kind of money is rarely used in long term investments. They are short-term speculations. For example, before the Renminbi appreciated, they put their money into banks in China so they could profit after the value of the Renminbi rose. Currently this ‘hot money’ is being pulled out of China, because the Renminbi has started to depreciate.

Another way of making money is to invest the ‘hot money’ in the stock and real estate markets. This causes a series of bubbles in the markets, which are not good for the real economy because the money is not invested, but used for speculation. In short, the government’s economic and social policies attract this privileged money. Commoners who make up over 70 percent of the population do not benefit much from the economic growth in China.

The result is the rich speculate with the majority of the wealth and this harms China’s economy. Since the poor do not have any purchasing power, they can not help China’s economic growth. The speculation from this ‘hot money’ causes inflation in China. It has become very serious all over the country, since the second half of 2007.

Inflation hits low to middle income families hard. Inflation brings up the average salary of the working force. Many foreign enterprises were unable to survive in China because the price of their exported goods rose an equal amount. Many countries, such as Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, and Latin American countries, are competing with China in exported goods. China will lose its competitive edge once the prices of its exported goods rise.

Over-exportation increased the amount of foreign exchange. The government had to issue a large amount of currency into the market, which worsened the inflation and caused the Renminbi to appreciate. The appreciation of the Renminbi turned around and put pressure on exports. This is why foreign enterprises in China have started to pull out this year.

The appreciation of the Renminbi increased the price of exports. The rising wages and the price of raw materials results in an increase in operating costs. The result is a sharp decrease of company profits. At the same time, China canceled the export tax rebate for some exports and increased the income tax of foreign owned industries. Add together all of these factors—Renminbi appreciation, inflation, wage increases, more expensive raw materials, increased taxes—and you understand why the export sector in China plunged.

Government’s Rescue Plan Outdated

China’s economy walks on three legs: exports, public infrastructure projects, and real estate. We just talked about the ruptured real estate bubble. Now real estate companies have stopped building new houses and some even tried to return the lands they already purchased. The real estate approach for pushing economic growth has reached its end. In China, there is an excessive supply of over-priced real estate. Ordinary families can never afford to buy the houses. The real estate market reached the top and started to slide the first half of 2008. The first two of three legs supporting China’s economy—exports and real estate—are crippled.

The third leg is public infrastructure projects, ranging from building/repairing highways, government office buildings, and city construction such as various public squares, road expansion and public facilities. The purpose of such investment from the government is supposed to nourish industry and provide companies with opportunities for further advancement. However, when the economy and industry are shrinking and a large public construction budget remains, it becomes a waste. The only effect of such projects is to make cities such as Beijing and Shanghai look a lot prettier than before.

Such pretty cities aren’t good news to the Chinese people. The government’s enormous investment did not improve business conditions in general; the money is wasted in this sense. Also, all the projects for city developments that are supposed to be done in the next ten years are already completed. On the contrary, the government refused to implement a budget to improve the public’s living standard. For example, currently there are a large number of jobless people in many cities who can not afford to pay for basic insurance. If the government could pay for their insurance and shoulder part of their financial burdens, these people could more or less improve their living condition. Unfortunately the government would rather take the money to build skyscrapers and beautify the cities instead.

We can see Beijing is taking measures and holding a Central Economic Working Conference hoping to find all possible ways to save the plunging economy in China. But if we look carefully, to this day, all the government proposals are the same old plans that did not work in the past, such as: stimulating exports, expanding public construction investment, and attempts to stop the real estate market from falling further. All these proposals are exactly what caused the economic disasters today. Apparently they will not work and can only worsen the problem. The government will not tell its people the truth. Many people still believe that as soon as the government steps in the economy will recover. In fact, this is the illusion the government wants them to believe. (to be con’t)

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China, world’s worst jailer of journalists for 10 consecutive years: CPJ

Posted by Author on December 5, 2008


Committee to Protect Journalists, December 4, 2008-

New York, December 4, 2008—  Reflecting the rising influence of online reporting and commentary, more Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, released today, the Committee to Protect Journalists found that 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors. Online journalists represent the largest professional category for the first time in CPJ’s prison census.

CPJ’s survey found 125 journalists in all behind bars on December 1, a decrease of two from the 2007 tally. (Read detailed accounts of each imprisoned journalist.) China continued to be world’s worst jailer of journalists, a dishonor it has held for 10 consecutive years. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. Each of the top five nations has persistently placed among the world’s worst in detaining journalists.

At least 56 online journalists are jailed worldwide, according to CPJ’s census, a tally that surpasses the number of print journalists for the first time. The number of imprisoned online journalists has steadily increased since CPJ recorded the first jailed Internet writer in its 1997 census. Print reporters, editors, and photographers make up the next largest professional category, with 53 cases in 2008. Television and radio journalists and documentary filmmakers constitute the rest.

“Online journalism has changed the media landscape and the way we communicate with each other,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “But the power and influence of this new generation of online journalists has captured the attention of repressive governments around the world, and they have accelerated their counterattack.”

In October, CPJ joined with Internet companies, investors, and human rights groups to combat government repression of online expression. After two years of negotiations, this diverse group announced the creation of the Global Network Initiative, which establishes guidelines enabling Internet and telecommunications companies to protect free expression and privacy online. Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft have joined the initiative.

Illustrating the evolving media landscape, the increase in online-related jailings has been accompanied by a rise in imprisonments of freelance journalists. Forty-five of the journalists on CPJ’s census are freelancers; most of them work online. These freelancers are not employees of media companies and often do not have the legal resources or political connections that might help them gain their freedom. The number of imprisoned freelancers has risen more than 40 percent in the last two years, according to CPJ research.

“The image of the solitary blogger working at home in pajamas may be appealing, but when the knock comes on the door they are alone and vulnerable,” said CPJ’s Simon. “All of us must stand up for their rights–from Internet companies to journalists and press freedom groups. The future of journalism is online and we are now in a battle with the enemies of press freedom who are using imprisonment to define the limits of public discourse.”

Antistate allegations such as subversion, divulging state secrets, and acting against national interests are the most common charge used to imprison journalists worldwide, CPJ found. About 59 percent of journalists in the census are jailed under these charges, many of them by the Chinese and Cuban governments.

About 13 percent of jailed journalists face no formal charge at all. The tactic is used by countries as diverse as Eritrea, Israel, Iran, the United States, and Uzbekistan, where journalists are being held in open-ended detentions without due process. At least 16 journalists worldwide are being held in secret locations. Among them is Gambian journalist “Chief” Ebrima Manneh, whose whereabouts, legal status, and health have been kept secret since his arrest in July 2006. From the U.S. Senate to the West African human rights court, international observers have called on authorities to free Manneh, who was jailed for trying to publish a critical report about Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.

Nowhere is the ascendance of Internet journalism more evident than in China, where 24 of 28 jailed journalists worked online. China’s prison list includes Hu Jia, a prominent human rights activist and blogger, who is serving a prison term of three and a half years for online commentaries and media interviews in which he criticized the Communist Party. He was convicted of “incitement to subvert state power,” a charge commonly used by authorities in China to jail critical writers. At least 22 journalists are jailed in China on this and other vague antistate charges……. (more details from CPJ report: CPJ’s 2008 prison census: Online and in jail)

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How the global economic crisis could bring down the China government

Posted by Author on November 20, 2008


by Joshua Kurlantzick, The New Republic, November 18, 2008-

Normally, the Pearl River Delta, a manufacturing hub in southern China, whirs with the sound of commerce. Alongside massive new highways, clusters of factories churn out toys, electronics, and other consumer products for the world; in Pearl River cities like Guangzhou, nouveau riche businesspeople cut deals at swank hotels.

But in recent months, the Delta has started to seem more like Allentown, circa 1980s. As the global financial crisis hits Western consumers’ wallets, orders for the Delta’s products have dried up. And angry factory workers, many owed back pay, have taken to the streets. In one recent incident, some 300 suppliers and creditors “descended on the River Dragon complex [a factory where the owners vanished] looting warehouses in the hopes of salvaging something,” As USA Today reported.

This unrest is likely to spiral. As the Chinese economy sours for the first time in years, the government this week announced a $586 billion stimulus package. But in some ways, much more is at stake: While, in the U.S., a financial failure would simply mean another dent in George W. Bush’s reputation, in China it could mean the breakdown of the entire political order.

For years, the Beijing regime has stayed in power using a basic bargain with its citizens: Tolerate our authoritarian rule and we’ll make you rich. And for years, this seemed to work, leading many China-watchers (myself included) to conclude that Beijing was rising into great-power status. But as the financial crisis shows, that bargain rests on weak foundations. And if Beijing breaks its end of the deal, its people, already holding rising numbers of protests, may well break theirs.

Despite its reputation, Beijing’s autocracy is anything but absolute. The government long ago abandoned real communist ideology, and its current leader, Hu Jintao, a cipher with a background as a rural bureaucrat, has about as much revolutionary charisma as Bob Dole. And while China’s security apparatus is sophisticated, the country is too large, with too many educated, Internet-savvy people, for Beijing to brainwash its citizens the way Kim Jong-il has in North Korea. Most urban Chinese I’ve met are knowledgeable about their leaders’ strengths and flaws, and certainly don’t see them as some kind of gods, the way Mao was viewed in the 1950s and 1960s.

So, since the late 1970s, when China’s leaders began opening its economy, they have placed their bets on their ability to deliver continued economic growth. “At the time of the Tiananmen protests in 1989”–a time of economic downturn–“China’s urban educated populace had good reason to be angry,” notes China expert Jonathan Unger, in a study of China’s middle class. “Their salaries were low, and sour jokes circulated about private barbers earning more with their razors than hospital surgeons with their scalpels.” But as China’s economy has grown at explosive rates in recent years, he writes, “there has been a deliberate government policy to favor [this urban population] through their pay slips and perks.” China’s leaders channeled foreign investment to the urban east coast, created social welfare policies that favored the cities, and, for years, prevented rural people from migrating to the cities, thus keeping the job market open for young urbanites. Deng Xiaoping himself, the author of China’s economic reforms, made clear the strategy of favoring the middle class and making growth equal stability. “Let some people get rich first,” Deng famously declared.

For the most part, their gamble succeeded. For three decades, China has posted annual growth rates of over 10 percent, and this nominally communist country now seems more capitalist than Wall Street. Even in small provincial cities like Lanzhou, where I visited last year, massive malls, open-air markets, and new skyscrapers dot the downtown.

Since the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, China’s urban middle classes have bought into this growth–and the regime. In one Pew poll, over 80 percent of Chinese said they were satisfied with conditions in their country, almost three times the percentage of Americans who were satisfied with conditions in the U.S. (To be sure, this figure relied primarily on surveys from urban, eastern China, where satisfaction is higher than in poorer, rural areas.) Indeed, when I have interviewed young Chinese professionals in cities like Shanghai, I’ve found little interest in political change. “There’s no point in talking about [politics] or getting involved,” one yuppie Chinese told Time magazine for an article entitled “China’s Me Generation” last year.

Now, that bargain is breaking down.
Exports constitute nearly 40 percent of China’s GDP–far too high a figure. (By comparison, in the U.S., exports account for about 10 percent of GDP most years.) And the global financial slowdown is already taking a terrible toll. Some 10,000 factories in southern China’s Pearl River Delta area had closed by the summer of 2008. Gordon Chang, a leading China analyst, estimates that 20,000 more will shutter by the end of this year. In the third quarter of 2008, Beijing also reported its fifth consecutive quarterly drop in growth, and several private research firms expect a sharper slowdown next year. Additionally, unemployment is skyrocketing; in Wenzhou, one of the main exporting cities, about 20 percent of workers have lost their jobs, Reuters recently reported. Read the rest of this entry »

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New evidence: Admission of Organ Harvesting in China is ‘Undeniable,’ Say Canadian Investigators

Posted by Author on August 25, 2008


Former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour and David Matas, a human rights lawyer, on August 22, 2008, released a new letter, describing new evidence about continued murder of Falun Gong practitioners in China for their organs.

By Ben Bendig, Epoch Times Staff Aug 24, 2008 –

New evidence of the Chinese regime’s practice of harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners has come to light through the admission of a Chinese doctor.

An audio recording of the doctor admitting to having taken part in harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners, together with a state-endorsed documentary in which the same doctor acknowledges taking part in the conversation, is “an undeniable, inculpatory admission of the harvesting of Falun Gong practitioner prisoners for profit,” say David Matas, a human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, former Canadian secretary of state (Asia Pacific), in a letter released yesterday.

Matas and Kilgour had their investigators call Chinese hospitals inquiring about organ transplants, specifically if they could get organs from Falun Gong practitioners, the rationale being that Falun Gong practitioners are healthy, owing to their practice.

In one case, Dr. Lu Guoping at Minzu Hospital of Guangxi Autonomous Region said that his hospital used to have organs from Falun Gong practitioners, but didn’t any longer. Here is a portion of the transcript:

“Caller: …what you used before, were they from detention centers or prisons?

“Lu Guoping: From prisons.

“C: Oh, prisons. And it was from healthy Falun Gong practitioners, the healthy Falun Gong right?

“LG: Right, right, right. We would choose the good ones, because we will assure the quality of our operations.

“C: That means you choose the organs yourselves?

“LG: Right, right, right.”

He later referred the caller to a hospital in Guangzhou, saying that this hospital would have Falun Gong organs.

Where the new evidence comes to bear is that in a documentary released by Phoenix TV, Lu Guoping admits to having received the call, and also to referring the caller to a Guangzhou hospital.

However, he denies what he said, stating in the interview, “I told her [the caller] I was not involved in the surgical operations and had no idea where the organs come from. I told her I could not answer her questions. She then asked me whether these organs come from prisons. I replied no to her in clear-cut terms.”

When shown a transcript of the interview on the video, Dr. Lu claims that it is a distorted version of the conversation. However, the documentary makes no mention of an audio recording, and no explanation for how the recording could have his voice saying some things that he admits, and other things he denies saying. Matas and Kilgour, in their report of the new evidence, make the point that the documentary suggests an altered transcript, but because there is no mention in the documentary of the recording, the recording itself is not being disputed.

Matas and Kilgour sum up the evidence: “So here we have on our recording an admission from a doctor that he and his colleagues used to go to a prison to select Falun Gong practitioners for their organs. He does not just say that someone else did this. He says that he and his colleagues used to do this themselves. Moreover, we have a further admission that the voice we have on our recording is the voice of the very person our recording says he is.”

One particularly damning aspect of the documentary is that it is available through Chinese consulates and embassies.

“[C]onsequently,” Kilgour and Matas state in their letter, concerning the documentary, “it has the sanction of the Government of China. The admission is, accordingly, one which is sanctioned and approved by the Government of China and can not credibly be denied by the Government.”

Kilgour and Matas have been investigating claims of Falun Gong organ harvesting since 2006. Some of evidence includes 40,000 transplants that have taken place in China with donors unaccounted for, since the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999. Additionally, waiting times for organs in China are on the order of weeks, while in Western countries, the wait can be months or years.

Matas and Kilgour’s letter, along with links to the Phoenix TV video (with English subtitles), Chinese and English-language copies of the transcript of the conversation with Dr. Lu, and the audio recording of Dr. Lu, are available at: http://organharvestinvestigation.net/Dr.Lu-Voice-Recording/

– Original: Admission of Organ Harvesting is ‘Undeniable,’ Say Investigators , The Epochtimes

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China’s ‘enemies’

Posted by Author on August 24, 2008


By GRAEME GREEN, The Metro, UK, Thursday, August 21, 2008-

While the Olympic Games have provided a chance for China to present its most polished face to the world, they have also given marginalised groups the opportunity to bring their agendas to the world’s attention.

As the games draw to a close, we look again at China’s ‘enemies’ before they slip back intothe white noise of international news.

The Uighur

The Muslim Uighurs claim China has used the war on terror to label all Uighur nationalists as terrorists and supress their culture and religion

The Muslim Uighurs claim China has used the 'war on terror' to label all Uighur nationalists as terrorists and supress their culture and religion

Who? The Uighur, predominantly Muslim, live in Xinjiang, an autonomous region in north-west China.

Spanning 1.6million sq km, it occupies approximately a sixth of the country.

More than 19million people live in Xinjiang; about 8.3million are Uighur. Traditionally once an obscure nomadic tribe, the Uighur rose to challenge the Chinese Empire.

The name Xinjiang, which means ‘new territory’ in Chinese, is considered offensive by advocates of Uighur independence who prefer historical or ethnic names such as Uyghurstan or East Turkestan.

Why protest? Uighurs have reported arbitrary arrests, torture and executions.

Human rights organisations have voiced their concern that, since 9/11, the ‘war on terror’ has been used as an excuse by the Chinese government to repress ethnic Uighurs; China claims Islamic fighters operating in the region have been trained and funded by Al-Qaeda and repeatedly refer to Uighur nationalists as ‘terrorists’.

The Chinese government has also been accused of suppressing Uighur culture and religion.

Falun Gong

Who? Falun Gong (Work of the Law Wheel) is a religious and spiritual practice of ‘self cultivation’ based on ancient teachings but brought to public attention in 1992 by Master Li Hongzhi.

It mixes Taoist and Buddhist principles and exercises such as meditation and the importance of truthfulness and compassion.

Though numbers are contested, the group has an estimated 100million members worldwide (the Chinese Communist Party has 60million), including 70million in China.

Why? After 10,000 followers staged a 24-hour silent protest outside Communist Party headquarters in Beijing in 1999 against the arrests and beatings of several of their leaders, Falun Gong was banned and declared an ‘evil cult’, accused of engaging in illegal activities, advocating superstition and jeopardising social stability.

(Video: 10,000 Falun Gong followers protest outside Zhongnanhai against the arrests and beatings, April 25, 1999)

Since then, the state has cracked down on its followers with, say Amnesty International, torture, beatings, illegal imprisonment, psychiatric abuses and ‘re-education’ through forced labour camps.

More than 800 followers are said to have been beaten or tortured to death in custody, though actual figures are thought higher.

There are also reports followers have been executed to harvest organs for the profitable transplant trade.

Tibetans

A German protest against Chinese presence in Tibet

A German protest against Chinese presence in Tibet

Who? Tibet is a mountainous region in Central Asia. It was formerly an independent kingdom but, after China invaded the country in 1950, it became part of the People’s Republic of China (which claims Tibet has always been a part of China).

It’s now known as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Its capital, Lhasa, was previously home to the mainly Buddhist country’s spiritual and political leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, who is living in exile in India.

Why? Since invading Tibet, China has clamped down on religious and cultural freedoms, with documented cases of human rights abuses, religious persecution and torture.

Many Tibetans, both within the country and in exile, continue to demand a return to independence.

Chinese authorities have also been accused of trying to bring about demographic change or ‘cultural genocide’ by giving jobs and other incentives to Chinese populations within Tibet and plundering the country’s natural resources, both likely to be hastened by the construction of a new rail connection between China and Tibet.

Internal dissidents

Who? Despite claiming the Beijing Olympics would open China up to the world, clamping down on dissidents and activists continues.

Individuals and groups calling for democratic change, freedom of information, internet and other media, freedom of expression, workers’ rights and religious freedom are among those jailed or punished.

A recent example is Hu Jia, accused of ‘inciting to subvert state power’ for writing articles about freedom, democracy, the environment and Aids and for repeated contact with foreign journalists.

After months of house arrest, he was recently jailed for three-and-a-half years. His wife and baby daughter went missing on August 7, the day before the Olympics started, both thought to have been taken into police custody.

Why?
Chinese authorities continue to take a tough stance against internal criticism, often handing out lengthy jail sentences for ‘dissent’ or ‘subversion’ of state power.

Activists abroad and inside China are calling for the release of dissidents in prisons or forced labour camps, and to end torture and intimidation.

Many dissidents have sought asylum in other countries and would be arrested if they attempted to re-enter China.

– Original: Defying the great Chinese dragon

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The China Government and Religious Freedom

Posted by Author on August 23, 2008


PLEASE REGISTER HERE TO PROTEST,
BUT WE MIGHT ARREST YOU IF YOU DO

By Nick Gier, Professor Emeritus, University of Idaho, Via The New West Network, US, 8-21-2008 –

To give the impression that China actually does respect human rights, the government has set aside three city parks for protestors during the Beijing Olympics. Permits are required, but so far none of the 77 applications have been approved.

Two applications were rejected because they were deemed “incomplete,” and one was dismissed because it violated “national, social, and collective interests.” With regard to the 74 other requests, officials were happy to declare that the problems had already been addressed and presumably resolved, thank goodness.

In 1992 I was invited to participate in a conference on Christianity and Confucianism in Beijing. Over one hundred scholars from around the world had been invited by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

When I arrived, I learned that the conference had been cancelled, and that the event’s organizer had resigned in protest. He told me that the government decided that holding the conference would have encouraged the illegal “House Church” movement in the country.

The House Church movement is a loose alliance of Protestant and Catholic congregations, which have refused to register with the Chinese government. The best estimate of total numbers is 14 million Roman Catholics and 39 million Protestants. It is illegal for Chinese Roman Catholics to pay allegiance to the pope, and thousands of them have been arrested, tortured, and killed over the years.

Early this March 270 House Church Protestants were arrested in Shandong Province, and 21 of their pastors were sent to labor camps with sentences ranging from 15 months to three years. This was the most extensive repression of Christians since China’s “Strike Hard” campaign in 1983.

When I was in Beijing, I visited many Buddhist temples and I talked to as many monks as I could. Without exception the monks appeared listless and unmotivated.

I knew better than to ask any of these monks about the Dalai Lama. In contrast to my experiences in Tibet in 1999, I did not see a single picture of him in the major Chinese cities that I visited in 1992.

Most Han Chinese have bought the party line that the Dalai Lama is an evil “splitist” and that he should be condemned. Government officials are patiently waiting for his death, so that they can announce their own replacement and further tighten their control over Tibetan Buddhism.

Muslims in China are allowed to practice their faith as long as their mosques are registered. Although their exact numbers are in dispute, the best figure is about 20 million. Many of China’s Muslims, called Uighurs, live in Xinjiang, the westernmost province comprising one sixth of China’s landmass.

Recently some militant Uighurs have used the rhetoric of jihad, and there are reports that they have made an alliance with Al Qaeda. On August 4, just before the Olympics began, 16 Chinese police were killed by Islamic terrorists in the Silk Road city of Kashgar, and all of Xinjiang has been put under tight security.

American officials doubt the Al Qaeda connection and suspect that China is using that as an excuse to crack down on legitimate protests to their harsh rule in the province.

The most disturbing religious repression has come down against Falun Gong, a new Chinese religion closely connected to a very ancient and highly respected practice called Qigong, sometimes called Chinese Yoga.

Founded in 1992, Falun Gong numbers grew rapidly to between 70-100 million, and its leader Li Hongzhi received praise and support from the government’s Qigong Science Research Society.

The trouble started over a dispute about Li’s decision not to charge a fee for Qigong instruction, and after that the government turned against Li and Falun Gong with a vengeance.

Since 1999 there has been severe repression against Falun Gong members. It is said that 66 percent of all torture cases in China has been against Falun Gong members. They may comprise half of the population of China’s notorious re-education camps. Two Canadian human rights activists claim to have verified the practice of harvesting organs from hapless Falun Gong prisoners.

I firmly believe that the Olympic Games should not be politicized, but as we are inspired by the performances of the athletes this week, let us remember that the host government is one of the world’s worst human rights violators.

Nick Gier taught religion and philosophy at the University of Idaho for 31 years.

Read or listen to all of his columns at http://www.NickGier.com.

– Original: The New West Network

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Map: Labor Camps Close to China Olympic Venue (1): Beijing Tuanhe

Posted by Author on August 6, 2008


Nearby Olympic Venue in Beijing City:

Name: National Stadium, a.k.a. Bird’s Nest
Events: Opening and closing ceremonies, track and field, soccer finals

Labor Camp:

Name: Tuanhe “Re-education Through Labor” Camp
Address: 1-Tuan’gui Street, Liu Village, Huangcun Town, Daxing District, Beijing
Phone: +86-(0)10─61299888

Directions

Directions to Tuanhe Labor Camp: View below, or click here to download .doc file (44kb)

From Beijing International Airport: Total 55.2 km
From Wangfujing (City Center) Subway Station:Total 29.4 km

Map:

Beijing area map, showing the location of Tuanhe Labor Camp and Beijing Olympic Venue- National Stadium

Beijing area map, showing the location of Tuanhe Labor Camp and Beijing Olympic Venue- National Stadium

A. Beijing Capital International Airport: ( 首都国际机场)
B. National Stadium: (鸟巢国家体育场)
C. Tiananmen Square: (天安门广场)
D. Subway station
E. Women Labor Camp: (女子劳教所)
F. Tuanhe Labor Camp: (团河劳教所)

About Tuanhe “Re-education Through Labor” Camp

Description:

Tuanhe Labor Camp has been in use since the 1960s, and is said to hold several thousand prisoners. Tuanhe Dispatch Center is part of the same complex, and all prisoners sent to “re-education through labor” (RTL) facilities in Beijing must first pass through the Tuanhe Dispatch Center before going to other sites. Both men and women are confined in the dispatch center, but in separate facilities. Tuanhe Labor Camp is male only.

Prisoners:

According to Chen Gang, a New Jersey resident and Falun Gong practitioner held in Tuanhe for 18 months, from 2000-2001, the majority of prisoners were Falun Gong adherents.

Prison conditions:

According to former detainees, prisoners are held in unsanitary conditions, with over a dozen individuals sharing a room of 130 square feet in which they eat, work, and perform bodily functions. Former prisoners speak of working over 16 hours a day packaging chopsticks for domestic and international use in unhygienic conditions, as well as being subjected to beatings, severe sleep deprivation, electric baton shocks, and anti-Falun Gong study sessions.

Products:

Chopsticks (primary) and steel brushes.

Falun Gong practitioner Chen Ying, now living in France, wrote the following about her experience producing chopsticks in Tuanhe:

“I was locked up with over a dozen other Falun Gong practitioners in a cell that was about twelve square meters (130 square feet) in size. We did everything in this cell, including working, eating, drinking, and using the toilet; therefore, there were many flies and mosquitoes. If we could not finish the work assigned to us, we were not allowed to clean ourselves.

“We were allowed very little sleep each day, and forced to start working the moment we opened our eyes. My hands had blisters and thick calluses from working long hours to finish the assigned quota of packaging disposable chopsticks. I often worked until midnight. We were not allowed to sleep unless we finished the quota. We were forced to work over 16 hours every day, and everything was done in our cells.

“The sanitation conditions were extremely poor. Even though we were packaging disposable chopsticks and the label said the chopsticks were disinfected at a high temperature, the entire process was unhygienic. We could not wash our hands, and we had to package those chopsticks that had fallen on the floor. In order to seek a huge profit, Tuanhe Prisoner Dispatch Center and Tuanhe Labor Camp disregarded the health of the general public and knowingly committed such wrongdoings. Many restaurants in Beijing are currently using these chopsticks. I heard they are even being exported to other countries.”

Show Tours:

In 2001, a closely managed tour of the Tuanhe Labor Camp was conducted for foreign media, exhibiting sections of the camp containing green fields and animals such as deer. However, former prisoners held in the camp at the time speak of a staged presentation by prison officials for the benefit of reporters. Chen Gang reports that before the tour, roads were repaired, buildings painted, and prisoners were given a list of questions and answers to memorize. The list included questions like, “Were there any beatings?” Answer: “No.” During that period of time, practitioners who had not renounced their beliefs were sent to a remote corner of the camp. When they were returned, they were told that reporters had come for a visit, but that officials did not want them to see the practitioners.

Chen also learned after his release that two practitioners who had arrived at Tuanhe only a day or two before the tour were allowed to meet reporters. They were separated and isolated upon their arrival. When reporters asked them if they practice Falun Gong, they replied, “Yes” and when they asked if they had been beaten, they said “no.” Each situation was crafted to convey a positive impression of the facility, as realistically as possible.

Individual cases:

1. Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience: Bu Dongwei

Bu Dongwei (image courtesy Amnesty International)

Bu Dongwei (image courtesy Amnesty International)

Bu Dongwei currently serving 2.5 year sentence.

Mr. Bu Dongwei was working for the Asia Foundation, an American aid organization, when he was taken from his home in May 2006 by security agents and sentenced to two and a half years of “re-education through labor” (RTL) because he practices Falun Gong.

According to Amnesty International (AI): “This is not the first time Bu Dongwei has been imprisoned for his beliefs. After petitioning the authorities to review their ban on Falun Gong in 2000, he was sentenced to 10 months RTL…. Amnesty International has been told that during RTL he was deprived of sleep, beaten and forced to sit in a small chair all day – all to make him renounce his beliefs.”

AI considers him a prisoner of conscience and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release, an end to the crackdown against Falun Gong, and abolishment of the RTL system. See: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGASA170522007&lang=e

2. Former prisoner of conscience: Zhao Ming

Zhao Ming

Zhao Ming

Zhao Ming, post-graduate student at Ireland’s Trinity College, held at Tuanhe from July 2000 to March 2002

“When I visited China to appeal on behalf of Falun Gong, I was jailed. In the labor camp…I was forced to stand and squat for long periods of time, repeatedly shocked with electric batons, sleep deprived, made to attend brainwashing classes, and force-fed.

“Ten inmates who were under orders by the police guards in the camp once beat me together, which made my thighs black all over with bruises and made me unable to walk for two weeks after that. Two weeks before I was released, I was shocked with 6 electric batons by 5 policemen while tied up on a bed board.”

3. Message for reporters from former prisoner Chen Gang, a musician currently living in New Jersey.

“The CCP can stage everything. I don’t know if they [reporters] can discover the truth there. If you want to know the facts you have to find a way. Don’t be fooled by the CCP. A few of my friends are still in prison there. They could even be tortured to death by now.

“It’s really hard and dangerous but I hope reporters can discover the crimes behind closed doors.”— July 26, 2008

Chen Gang, Zhao Ming, Chen Ying, and Bu Dongwei’s wife, herself a former prisoner of conscience currently residing in the United States, are available for interviews upon request.

Excerpt from report “Torture Outside the Olympic Village: A Guide to China’s Labor Camps“, by CIPFG

Related:
Guide to Beijing Olympic Reporters: Torture Outside The Olympic Village in Labor Camps, By CIPFG

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China Authorities’ Broken Promises on Human Rights Threaten Olympic Legacy: Amnesty Report

Posted by Author on July 30, 2008


Amnesty International, 28 July 2008-

The Chinese authorities have broken their promise to improve the country’s human rights situation and betrayed the core values of the Olympics, according to a new Amnesty International report.

Published to mark the 10-day countdown to the Games, the report evaluates the performance of the Chinese authorities in four areas related to the core Olympic values of ’universal fundamental ethical principles’ and ‘human dignity’: these include persecution of human rights activists, detention without trial, censorship and the death penalty.

The Olympics Countdown: Broken Promises concludes that in most of these areas human rights have continued to deteriorate since the previous Amnesty International report The Olympics Countdown: Crackdown on Activists Threatens Olympic Legacy, which was published in April this year.

In the run-up to the Olympics, the Chinese authorities have locked up, put under house arrest and forcibly removed individuals they believe may threaten the image of “stability” and “harmony” they want to present to the world.

“By continuing to persecute and punish those who speak out for human rights, the Chinese authorities have lost sight of the promises they made when they were granted the Games seven years ago,” said Roseann Rife, Asia-Pacific Deputy Director at Amnesty International.

“The Chinese authorities are tarnishing the legacy of the Games. They must release all imprisoned peaceful activists, allow foreign and national journalists to report freely and make further progress towards the elimination of the death penalty.”

Reports have just confirmed that foreign journalists working from the Olympics press centre in Beijing are unable to access amnesty.org, the Amnesty International website. In addition, The China Debate, a site recently launched by Amnesty International as a forum to discuss human rights has been blocked in China.

A number of other websites are also reported to have been blocked, including Taiwan newspaper Liberty Times and the Chinese versions of both Germany’s Deutsche Welle and the BBC.

This flies in the face of official promises to ensure “complete media freedom” for the Games. Internet control and censorship is increasing as the Olympics approach. Many other sites, including several reporting on HIV/AIDS issues in Beijing, have been targeted.

Despite new media regulations that were supposed to allow for freer reporting for foreign journalists, they continue to be prevented from covering “sensitive issues”, including talking to those who suffer human rights violations. The Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) documented approximately 180 incidents of reporting disruptions in 2007. This has now increased to 260.

Amnesty International also believes that local activists and journalists working on human rights issues in China are at particular risk of abuse during the Games. Chinese journalists operate in a climate of censorship, unable to report on issues deemed sensitive by the authorities, and many still languish in jail for reporting on such issues.

Housing rights activist Ye Guozhu continues to serve his four-year sentence for “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” because of his opposition to the seizure and demolition of property to make way for new construction projects for next month’s Olympic Games.

Ye Guozhu’s prison sentence was due to expire on 26 July. Instead the Chinese authorities say, he will remain imprisoned until at least 1 October, after the end of the 2008 Olympic Games.

China is still the world’s top executioner. The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) initiated a review of the death penalty that is believed to have resulted in a significant drop in executions. A senior official said that in the first half of 2008 15 per cent of death sentences were rejected by the SPC.

However, the authorities continue to refuse to disclose the full number of those sentenced to death and executed — the total figure remains a state secret. Estimates put the number of those executed every year in the thousands. Around 68 offences – including non-violent crimes such as drug-related offences – are punishable by death in China.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Jacques Rogge, recently claimed the IOC’s ‘quiet diplomacy’ had led to several human rights reforms, including the new regulations for foreign media.

“We welcome the IOC’s recognition of its role on human rights, but given the current reality, we are surprised at their confidence that foreign media will be able to report freely and that there will be no internet censorship,” said Roseann Rife. “And they must speak out when the authorities violate the wider Olympic principles.”

“Additionally, world leaders who attend the Games need to raise their voice publicly for human rights in China and in support of individual Chinese human rights activists. A failure to do so will send the message that it is acceptable for a government to host the Olympic Games in an atmosphere of repression and persecution.

Download the full report from Amnesty International’s webpage:
People’s Republic of China: The Olympics countdown – broken promises

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China persecuting Christians: report

Posted by Author on June 12, 2008


Evangelical group says Beijing choking dissent with worsening crackdown on church leaders, educators

Charles Lewis, Canwest News Service, Canada, Wednesday, June 11, 2008-

TORONTO — China is increasing its persecution of Christians as a way of stamping out dissent in the run-up to the Beijing Olympic Games, a new report says.

“Behind the buzz of the Olympic-ready nation lie unacceptable incidents of persecution, torture and death. The Communist Party of China (CPC) has worked tirelessly to subdue any perceived form of criticism that may damage the image they have worked hard to develop,” the report by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada states.

“The CPC has a history of using unjust means to prevent international embarrassment and to cover up their records of abuse.”

It also said that the volume of arrests for religious dissidents has increased.

The report is based on information relayed by people in China and data of other monitoring agencies.

“An indicator of things getting worse is the fact that we’ve seen policy strategies within the Communist party change in order to continue persecuting Christians but by different ways,” said Jocelyn Durston, an author of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada report.

“Shortly after 2004, there was a large crackdown on large churches and that got a lot of media attention so they stopped arresting Christians in that manner. Now they’ve targeted church leaders and leaders in training” as a way to scare ordinary Christians.

While a number of religious groups face persecution, Tuesday’s report focussed on the Protestant House Church Movement — Protestants who meet in private residences so they are not subject to the rules of the Communist party.

“Most of the coverage of religious persecution has focussed on other faith communities,” said Don Hutchinson, another author of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada report.

“The Chinese government has done a very good job of propagandizing the concept that there is a free Protestant church in China. And so they’ve created this false impression that Protestants are doing OK and the reality is they are just as heavily persecuted as any other group.”

Earlier this year, a report from Hudson Institute, called Religious Freedom in the World, noted there are five authorized religions in China — Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism — that are controlled by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, which in turn is under Central Committee of the Community Party. Members of the Communist party must be atheists.

Original from Vancouver Sun

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Special Report: China’s Implementation of Global United Front Work Strategy

Posted by Author on June 12, 2008


WOIPFG, Saturday, 31 May 2008-

Investigative Report on the Control of Overseas Chinese and the Implementation of Global United Front Work Strategy by the Chinese Communist Regime

Prologue

On April 9, 2008, the Beijing Olympics Torch reached San Francisco. This would be its only stop in North America. After a series of massive protests in the UK and France where the protesting crowds overwhelmed the pro-China supporters, the Chinese Communist regime began to mobilize through its embassy and consulates in the US. Virtually all available human resources in the San Francisco Bay Area Chinese Communities, Chinatown, as well as human resources from the neighboring areas were called upon to amass a huge supporting group. This was the first time the Chinese Communist regime openly demonstrated its will and power to mobilize large scale Chinese Communities while under the scrutiny of major US social groups and Western media. It also exposed the long-term effect of the Chinese Communists of organizing and controlling local Chinese Communities.

A well-known private intelligence analysis firm, Strategic Forecasting Inc, conducted an analysis on this special San Francisco incident in its “Terrorism Intelligence Report.” This report aimed to comprehensively reveal the background factors of this incident in both theory and its practical operational perspectives.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was founded by the Chinese Communists’ objective of a totalitarian, authoritarian dictatorship and the doctrine of Marxism. [2]

As soon as they seized power in Mainland China, the CCP began its tyranny with the goal of brutally and systematically purging traditional Chinese values, moral conduct and civilization. This resulted in the unnatural deaths of 80 million Chinese people. [3]

It also caused major damage to the social environment, natural habitat, and disrupted people’s lives. Even though the Chinese Communist Regime repeatedly proclaims how good the Socialist System is, how “great” the CCP is, the number of Chinese abandoning their homes and immigrating to other countries increases daily.

The International Organization for Migration [4] and U.N. Secretary Kofi Annan [5] drew the same conclusion that “China is the country with the largest overseas immigrants.” According to historical records, the total accumulated overseas Chinese immigrants up until 1949 brinked 10 million. [6] However, up until 2005, overseas Chinese immigrants increased sharply to 35 million. [7] So in the short span of 56 years from 1949 to 2005, there were at least 25 million Chinese immigrating overseas, accounting for 2.5 times the historical total immigration population.

At present, 90 percent of the 30 million overseas Chinese immigrants and their descendants have adopted citizenships from their residing countries (foreign national Chinese). [8] But the Chinese Communist regime never let go of its grip to control these Chinese immigrants, [9] or ways to transform their ideology. They exploit and utilize them to expand the Chinese Communist sphere of influence in the international society.

Under the leadership of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council [10] and with the cooperation of the Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, [11] the regime has established a Chinese immigrant political strategy and procedures that specifically targeted the overseas Chinese. They have conducted systematic, long-term deceptive propaganda and indoctrination of Chinese Communist ideological concepts.

The regime has worked on exploiting Chinese immigrants’ sentimental emotions towards their homeland, confusing them and lumping together the notion that China and the CCP are the same, instigating Chinese immigrants to legitimize and act loyally to the Chinese Communist Party.

The implementation of this strategy is carried out by the United Front Work Department of the CCP Central Committee. [13] The Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council specifically emphasized, “Maintain the continuity of the work in overseas Chinese affairs,” requesting officials of overseas Chinese affairs to “identify, nurture and establish major targets” among 2nd and 3rd generation overseas Chinese, as well as new immigrants. [14]

Even though the Chinese Communist’s activities of “overseas Chinese affairs” were not conducted in the Communist organizational forms, such political alliances formed overseas under the driving force of the Chinese Communist regime, with the purpose of “conducting work for Chinese Immigrants, Overseas Chinese and its Social Organizations” [15] being very similar to the then “Third Communist International” formed by the Soviet Communists. [16] Their purpose was to seek out representatives and to establish Communist branch offices in various countries.

Such effort directly nurtures and establishes Chinese Communist influences inside the belly of other nations. Such political alliances have the same will as the Chinese Communist regime, exerting subtle and gradual influence on the value direction and national policy of residing countries through ideological infiltration and assault.

In the eyes of the international society, the Chinese Communist regime is, quietly and without traces, seizing a controlling power of other nations beyond its own domain. Now, a huge network of political alliances, organizations, social clubs and administrative divisions under the control of the Chinese Communists has been established within many countries. They have essentially become a nation within a nation among many countries.

– Full report can be found from WOIPFG: Investigative Report on the Control of Overseas Chinese and the Implementation of Global United Front Work Strategy by the Chinese Communist Regime

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Olympic Traps for Foreigners– China’s New Issued Legal Guidelines

Posted by Author on June 6, 2008


Human Rights in China, June 05, 2008-

Human Rights in China (HRIC) is today issuing an English translation of the Chinese government’s reference guide for foreign visitors to the Beijing Olympics, which open on August 8.

The “Legal Guidelines for Foreigners Entering, Exiting and Staying in China during the Olympics,” released June 2, consist of 57 questions and answers divided into eight categories including transportation, accommodations, medical treatment, intellectual property protection of the Olympics logo, and “special notes.” The English translation prepared by HRIC is appended to this Press Advisory.

In addition to sending a warning to foreigners about prohibited behavior, including sleeping in parks, carrying weapons, prostitution, illegal gatherings and parades, and bringing into China materials that may harm Chinese society, the Legal Guidelines prohibit entry into the country of those who are mentally ill, who might engage in terrorist activities, and others “who are believed to potentially engage in other activities that may harm the national security and interests.”

The Legal Guidelines also prohibit carrying out of China documents or other materials that are classified as “state secrets.” The state secrets laws and regulations, however, are extremely broad and provide for retroactive classification, such that everything can potentially be classified as a state secret.

By linking specific illegal activities with vague prohibitions invoking national security, state secrets, criticism of the country, and mass gatherings, these Legal Guidelines can be traps for foreigners. If foreigners do run into trouble, the recent crackdown on lawyers and the lack of a functioning rule of law in China should raise additional concerns. Finally, the spirit of the Legal Guidelines is in tension with official commitments of openness to welcoming the international community to the Olympic Games.

– Original report from Human Rights in China: HRIC Press Advisory: Legal Guidelines for Foreigners—Olympic Traps for Foreigners?

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China’s Organ Harvesting Questioned Again by Two UN Special Rapporteurs

Posted by Author on May 12, 2008


Egovmonitor.com, UK , 9 May 2008-

Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs have reiterated their previous findings on China’s organ harvesting. Once again, they requested the Chinese government to fully explain the allegation of taking vital organs from Falun Gong practitioners and the source of organs for the sudden increase in organ transplants that has been going on in China since the year 2000.

Ms. Asma Jahangir and Mr. Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Religion or Belief and on the Question of Torture, made the request jointly and documented it in their respective 2008 annual reports to the UN Human Rights Council, as a follow-up to their previous communications to the Chinese government.

The two Special Rapporteurs, together with Ms. Sigma Huda, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, transmitted their original communication to China on August 11, 2006. Drawing on information submitted by individuals and volunteer groups, including the Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group (FalunHR), the Special Rapporteurs highlighted and raised questions about the identifiable sources of organs, the short waiting times for finding perfectly-matched organs, and the correlation between the sudden increase in organ transplants in China and the beginning of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Although the Chinese government responded in November 28, 2006, with categorical denials, it failed to address the critical issues raised by the Special Rapporteurs. The follow-up communication by Ms. Jahangir and Mr. Nowak, sent on January 25, 2007, holds the Chinese government to address those critical issues.

FalunHR has posted the Special Rapporteurs’ original and follow-up communications at (http://www.falunhr.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1693&Itemid=0)

The Special Rapporteurs’ original communication is documented in their respective 2007 annual reports, and their follow-up communications in their 2008 annual reports. The annual reports of UN Special Rapporteurs typically document their previous year’s activities, and these reports are usually presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council during its spring sessions.

It is important to note that, in their 2008 annual reports, Ms. Asma Jahangir and Mr. Manfred Nowak also reported their joint urgent action, together with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, on behalf of Mr. Cao Dong, a witness to China’s organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.

On May 21, 2006, in Beijing, Mr. Cao met with Edward McMillan-Scott, the Vice-President of the European Parliament, and gave him testimony on China’s organ harvesting. Following this meeting, the Chinese authorities arrested Mr. Cao. Reports indicate that Mr. Cao was sentenced to five years in prison for “accepting illegal interviews.”

– Original from eGov Monitor: United Nations Human Rights Special Rapporteurs Reiterate Findings on China’s Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners

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

Posted by Author on April 14, 2008


Special report from Human Rights Watch, April 2008-

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

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

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

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

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

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Modern China Life: Personal Experience of How Chinese People Quit the Communist Party (2)

Posted by Author on March 1, 2008


By Liu Mei, The Epoch Times, Feb 27, 2008-

My name is Liu Mei, a Falun Gong practitioner. I was born in the 70’s in Central China’s Henan Province and obtained a master’s degree from a reputable university in Beijing. I am now living abroad.

In the beginning of 2005, I saw the Epoch Times editorial series – Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party ( Nine Commentaries ), and learned about the mass withdrawal movement— Quitting the CCP, Communist Youth League, and Young Pioneers— that arose from the Nine Commentaries. The following are further experiences I have had in helping people understand the necessity to quit the CCP.

Head of a College Department and Her Husband Renounce the CCP and Its Related Organizations

At one time, the research director of the college where I had worked came to Beijing for an exhibition. When I was working at the college, this director was my immediate supervisor and she had always looked after me. She is now head of the department. We have not been in touch for years, so I planned to visit her at her hotel.

We were very happy to see each other again. We naturally talked about our lives during the interceding years. She told me her son, who was in high school back then, is now studying for his Master’s degree in England. Yet in comparison, I had started studying for a master degree at that time, but as of our visit I had not obtained my degree.

She said with a sigh that it has indeed been an eight year struggle. That is right, I was suspended from school because I practiced Falun Gong and subsequently I was put in prison. She told me that she had carefully kept the materials about the truth of Falun Gong that I sent her before I was imprisoned. She also mentioned that after me, she had taught other students who were practicing Falun Gong too.

I started to tell her about the Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party, when she said with emotion that it was indeed the truth because she had been through the days of the Cultural Revolution, and had experienced working on farms. She was only a teenager then. She even sat on the roof in the moon light singing revolutionary songs out loud.

She also told me about the “Three Years’ Famine,” she went through. She had been to Nanyang in Henan Province where she saw a small shop on the roadside and from a distance she saw a black cloth used to cover the basket of buns and wondered why. When she walked over to take a closer look she found out that it was actually a white piece of cloth with a thick layer of flies on it. She still had a creepy feeling every time she thought of it.

As it turned out, too many people died from hunger and the decomposed corpses polluted the drinking water. Because the water was filthy, no matter how they washed the clothes, the stench could be not removed, so it attracted many flies. She knew this was a man made calamity caused by the CCP.

I further told her that heaven will eliminate the CCP, one can save only oneself by quitting the CCP. I also told her about the “mark of the beast ” in the Bible, and “The Giant Stone in Guizhou Province with Hidden Chinese Characters” and ancient prophecies passed down from China and other countries. She held my hands tightly and said she knew I meant well, she wanted to quit the CCP, and also said her husband wanted to quit the CCP too. I told her one must personally agree to quit and she said her husband had wanted to quit a long time ago.

I asked if her son was a member of the CCP, she said no, because her son was a Christian since childhood, so he did not join the CCP and its affiliated organizations.

I was truly happy for her and her family. Although she has been taught to be an atheist all her life and was also a member of the CCP for several decades, she has not lost her belief in God and Buddha. It is indeed a blessing that this good family is able to formally depart from the evil CCP.

President of an Electronic Products Company Renounces the CCP and Its Related Organizations

A friend of my uncle Mr. Wang is the president of an electronics products company with branch offices overseas. Because I needed his help to go abroad, I met him at a coffee shop. Wang’s brothers and sisters all reside abroad because of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. He himself did not leave the country but under that kind of circumstances, he chose to be in business. However he sent his daughter to study abroad.

As I talked about my experience in practicing Falun Gong, Wang sighed with emotion and said that, the CCP is leading the Chinese people purely in the path of economic development, and numbed the souls and minds of the Chinese people. Therefore, young people are only concerned about pursuing material satisfactions. Young people practicing Falun Gong with ideals and dreams are very rare.

I told him Falun Gong teaches one to do good deeds; it is a form of cultivation and has no interest in politics. I asked him if he knew the truth of the staged “self-immolation” incident on Tiananmen Square, if he knew about the inhuman live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

He said he had read a little about them, because he often receives information about the persecution of Falun Gong from overseas on his company’s fax machine. Every time, he kept these materials in an appropriate place.

Mr Wang fully agrees with the Nine Commentaries on the CCP, so when I told him to quit the CCP as soon as possible, leave the evil organization, stay away with calamity, he agreed very quickly.

My Uncle, a Party Cadre Chooses to Quit

My uncle is a county level party cadre. I visited him during the Chinese New Year, and stayed in his home for two nights. After reading the Nine Commentaries he said that the Nine Commentaries does not expose the CCP thoroughly enough. The dictatorship, corruption, and evilness of the CCP are even worse than what is exposed by the Nine Commentaries.

My uncle said that he and his friends had already lost their faith in the CCP. They all believed that the CCP’s governance would end in ten years after the Tiananmen Massacre had just happened in 1989, but so many years (18 years) have passed. The CCP’s iron fisted control of the Chinese people is too tight and too brutal.

He believes that because the CCP controls the army, and its organization is very rigorous and complete, its control of Chinese people is very detailed, and it is very inhuman and has never hesitated to use extreme violence, so the current situation may still be maintained for some time.

Even though it is hardly a difficult thing to help my uncle quit the CCP, initially, he felt a little bit ashamed to let me, a younger generation, help him announce his withdrawal on the Epoch Times website, but soon he changed his mind. (to be cont’d……)

<< Modern China Life: Personal Experience of How Chinese People Quit the Communist Party (1)

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Falun Gong Practitioner Encourages People To Quit CCP (Part 1)

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Modern China Life: Personal Experience of How Chinese People Quit the Communist Party (1)

Posted by Author on March 1, 2008


By Liu Mei, The Epoch Times, Feb 23, 2008-

My name is Liu Mei, a Falun Gong practitioner. I was born in the 70’s in Central China’s Henan Province and obtained a master’s degree from a reputable university in Beijing. I am now living abroad.

In the beginning of 2005, I saw the Epoch Times editorial series – Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party ( Nine Commentaries ), and learned about the mass withdrawal movement—Quitting the CCP, Communist Youth League, and Young Pioneers— that arose from the Nine Commentaries. I was greatly shocked when I first read the Nine Commentaries, especially how the Cultural Revolution brought calamity to the country, the unforgivable sin of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989.

Although I too had been illegally sentenced for practicing Falun Gong, but from my childhood education, I had never thought of associating atrocity, bloodthirsty hoodlums, deceit, spirit possession, despotism and evil with the CCP, not to mention think about phrases like “disintegration of the CCP.” But as I became detached and calm, I knew the Nine Commentaries is merely revealing the true face of the CCP to everyone. There is justice in this world. The time for heaven to eliminate the CCP will be here soon.

The Epoch Times Solemn Statement(in Chinese) further points out that “On the day, when God commands to liquidate the Communist Party, those so-called “loyal” members of this evil party will also be included. We make this serious statement: Anyone who had joined the Communist Party or other organizations under it (those who had been marked by that evil), quit now, erase the evil mark…”

Quitting the CCP is a matter of life and death, but because of the CCP’s tight internet blockade, many Chinese are unable to obtain this information. This has made people unaware of the danger they are in. Because of this, I have decided to publicize my own statement to enable my family and friends to quit the CCP, Communist Youth League, and Young Pioneers, and to stay away from catastrophe and enjoy peace.

Parents Quit the Young Pioneers

Those closest to me are of course my family. I want them to be happy, peaceful and healthy. This is the earnest wish of every Chinese from the bottom of their hearts, therefore, advising my family to quit the CCP was what I thought of first. During my summer vacation at home, I played the documentary ( on Youtube, English) of the “Nine Commentaries on the CCP” to my father.

Having been through all previous CCP political movements, my father concurred that all that was covered in the tape was true; he also admitted that the CCP has committed great crimes against the Chinese people. However, unexpectedly, my father, who was not highly educated, firmly held on to the notion of “atheism” implanted by the CCP. He said he did not believe that heaven will eliminate the CCP. Nor did he believe that quitting the CCP, Communist Youth League, and Young Pioneers could save oneself. He thought that he had been good and honest, hard working, accommodating; so whether he quit the CCP or not should not matter.

Actually many years ago, my father had encountered supernatural phenomena that “atheism” was unable to explain. So I asked him, “Why did mother dream about how grandmother would die the day before it happened? Why is it that the soul of a relative who was thought to have committed suicide was able to attach to the body of someone else and talked about how he was actually beaten to death? How come the murderer who beat him to death but testified that he had committed suicide died suddenly at a young age? ” I also played several NTDTV programs such as the Unsolved Mysteries series. I also told him some famous prophecies originating from different countries such as the ancient Chinese Tui Bei Tu (Back Pushing Diagrams), Ma Qian Ke (Augury before the war), Shao Bing Ge (Pancake Song), the French Les Siecles, the Korean Gyeokamyurok, etc. I also showed him the report and pictures of “Guizhou’s hidden Chinese characters.” Father’s attitude changed gradually.

My father agreed that the CCP is not an upright or honest organization; therefore, as long as one is a member, even if he has not done anything bad, he is still tacitly abetting and strengthening it. Therefore when it is time to clear accounts with the CCP, he will be implicated.

Thus when my vacation was nearly over, one day, I once again asked my father if he wanted to quit the Young Pioneers, and he happily agreed this time.

To my mother, quitting the Young Pioneers was a good thing. She personally witnessed the torture her grand parents, parents, and relatives went through during the Land Reform and Cultural Revolution when she was a little girl and was deeply traumatized.

Furthermore, she had a deep understanding of the dealings of the lower ranking CCP cadre members and personally experienced the tyranny and corruption of the CCP’s autocratic system, therefore she quit right after she read The Epoch Times Solemn Statement.

Brother, Sister, and Brother-in-Law Quit the CCP, Communist Youth League, and Young Pioneers

My sister and her husband are young. Like most of their peers, they just want to have a good life, but they are also concerned about their future and direction. So, when I told them about the rationale of saving themselves by quitting the CCP, Communist Youth League, and Young Pioneers, they both readily agreed.

My brother used to be a student CCP member. When I was illegally sentenced by the CCP for practicing Falun Gong and locked up in a remote mountain prison in Southern China, my brother who had never been away from home traveled a long way to visit me.

But when I encouraged him to make the three renouncements, he was very against it, and was unwilling to read the Nine Commentaries. At that time, I thought maybe it was because he was still very young and stubborn. Hence he was egoistical and mistakenly thought the CCP was equivalent to China and being loyal to the CCP was the same as being loyal to China. Thus when I had the opportunity, I explained to him the present social situation in China, talked about how the CCP tortured the Chinese people in history, etc.

After a while my brother did not want to listen to me anymore. He said the CCP will improve. It will clean itself and will march towards democracy.

More than a year later, my brother started working. Due to the nature of his job we rarely talked, not to mention meeting up. But later on when we met, he unexpectedly talked to me about the corruption and despotic attitude amongst the CCP’s cadre members, and told me some hidden goings-on in their system. I think perhaps this is because he now has a personal realization of the CCP’s regime through his real life and work, so he no longer tenaciously holds on to his own opinion.

Eventually, I asked him over the phone if he wanted to quit the CCP and he happily agreed. (to be cont’d…… )

>> Modern China Life: Personal Experience of How Chinese People Quit the Communist Party (2)

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Falun Gong Practitioner Encourages People To Quit CCP (Part 1)

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