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South China Officials Abducte Infants to Sell to Foreigners for Adoption

Posted by Author on May 11, 2011


Members of a family planning office in the southern Chinese province of Hunan abducted several infants in recent years and profited by putting them up for adoption, according to a report from a China-based online media group.

Caijing.com said in an article Monday that officials in Longhui county’s Gaoping township had seized some 10 newborns between 2002 and 2005, selling them to a local welfare orphanage in Shaoyang city. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Baby, Business, China, Family, Hainan, Law, Life, News, People, Social, South China, World | 1 Comment »

Family Members Beaten by Prison Security Agents to Cover Up the Deaths of three Falun Gong Detainees in Northeast China

Posted by Author on April 28, 2011


New York— Since news emerged last month of three Falun Gong detainees being killed in custody at a prison in northeast China, family members of the victims and others prisoners of conscience have been harassed and beaten, as the authorities seek to cover up the deaths.

Torture and abuse intensified at Jiamusi Prison in Heilongjiang province in February after personnel received orders in early 2011 to increase the “transformation rate” among Falun Gong practitioners held at the camp. The orders were issued as part of a nationwide three-year Communist Party campaign to reinvigorate transformation efforts (CECC analysis). Read the rest of this entry »

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The Dissident’s Wife

Posted by Author on March 28, 2011


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

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

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 His law license was revoked, and our family placed under constant surveillance.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

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China’s Social Media Used to Find Missing Children

Posted by Author on February 14, 2011


In China, social media such as microblogs and instant messaging services, are tightly controlled, to prevent the spread of information the government does not like. But some Chinese are learning to use social media to reunite families.

In an emotional scene, Peng Gaofeng is reunited with his son, who was abducted three years ago, when he was just three.

Child abduction is a big problem in China with thousands of children disappearing each year. The government seems powerless to help distraught parents. Read the rest of this entry »

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China sees big jump in divorce rate- 14.5% increase from 2009

Posted by Author on February 7, 2011


AFP, Feb. 07, 2011-

BEIJING — The number of people who divorced in China shot up in 2010 — a trend on the rise in the world’s most populous nation as men and women earn better money and become more independent.

A total of 1.96 million couples applied for divorce last year, a 14.5% increase from 2009, according to figures published on the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

A previous state media report had erroneously said 1.2 million couples tied the knot in 2010, while the ministry figures put the number at 12.1 million. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kindergarten Children punished by applying electric iron on faces- Teacher Not Properly Punished, Parents Say

Posted by Author on December 26, 2010


By Quincy Yu, Epoch Times Staff, Dec. 26, 2010 –

A teacher at a private kindergarten in Xinghua City, Jiangsu Province, chose an unusual and painful form of punishment for seven young children who had spoken out of turn in her class on Dec. 14: she applied an electric iron to their faces. Two of the children had to be taken to hospital.

Local Communist Party authorities in a press conference on Dec. 18 explained that the teacher had assumed that the iron was no longer hot when she pressed it on the faces of the children, since it had been unplugged for a while. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Children, China, Education, Family, Incident, Jiangsu, Law, News, People, SE China, Social, World | 1 Comment »

Rural communities pay price of China’s boom

Posted by Author on October 29, 2010


by Peter Day, BBC News, Hubei province, China, Friday, 29 October 2010 –

China’s economic progress is being powered by huge projects to supply the booming cities with water and power – but that comes at a price for rural communities displaced by the new infrastructure.

I was sitting under a sweet tomato tree in a tiny hamlet in the province of Hubei, in the middle of China, 800km (500 miles) due west of Shanghai.

I was eating the squishy bright orange sweet tomato flesh, on a comfortable low-back leaning chair, dragged out for my benefit by the welcoming farmer’s wife. Let us call her Mrs Peng . Read the rest of this entry »

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Letter: Please Return My Father

Posted by Author on October 27, 2010


By GRACE GENG, 17-year-old daughter of Chinese human-rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, via Wall Street Journal, Oct 27, 2010 –

Six months ago last week, the Chinese government kidnapped my father, Gao Zhisheng. He was abducted for exercising his right to freedoms of speech and association, rights enshrined in the Chinese constitution. My father’s exercise of these most fundamental of freedoms cost our family our livelihood, our country, and now, I fear, my father’s life. As President Barack Obama heads to the Group of 20 meeting in Seoul next month and meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao, I beg him to raise my father’s case.

My father is a lawyer, an increasingly dangerous profession in China. As all lawyers should, he defended his clients vigorously. He exposed the torment faced by oppressed religious minorities in China. He demanded rights guaranteed by law for disabled children, coal miners and other vulnerable groups. But in return, the government shut down my father’s law firm. They took away his access to the courts, effectively taking away his livelihood. But even that wasn’t enough. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in China, Family, Gao Zhisheng, Human Rights, Law, Lawyer, News, People, Politics, Social, World | 1 Comment »

Chinese Parents Lose Children, Then Lose the Right to Look for Them

Posted by Author on October 7, 2010


By Li Jingyi & Gao Zitan, Epoch Times Staff, Oct. 6, 2010-

An often overlooked group among the swelling ranks of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) least-wanted, and the nation’s most disenfranchised, are the parents of missing children.

Groups of parents take to the streets of Beijing with a long banner displaying photos of their missing children. On Sept. 29, The Epoch Times interviewed several of them. “Nowadays, there is only one child in every household. Losing a child is like the end of the world,” said one parent. “We show these photos in Beijing to raise awareness so this will not happen to other families.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese teen allegedly beaten to death at boot camp

Posted by Author on September 30, 2010


AFP, Sep. 30, 2010 –

BEIJING — A Chinese teenager was allegedly beaten to death at a boot camp for troubled youths that his mother had lured him to attend by promising he was going to study IT, state media said Thursday.

Chen Shi, 16, died two days after enrolling in Beiteng School in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan province, having been beaten up when he refused to run during training, the Beijing Times reported.

According to witnesses, an instructor — helped by two others — beat him with a plastic pipe, handcuffs and a wooden baton when he refused to run.

The incident comes amid controversy over China’s hundreds of boot camps that aim to discipline unruly youths or wean them off web addictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rampant Crime Belies China’s Claim of a ‘Harmonious Society’ (2)

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, Via The Epochtimes –

<< previous

(Cont’d)

Exposing the regime

Media functions to draw the public’s attention to social problems. With open debate, in the absence of political interference, the media could help people distinguish right from wrong and heal social wounds. The moral condemnation of wrong keeps people from crime.

It is hard to imagine how painful a social indifference created by lack of sufficient news coverage would be for the victims’ families. After the incident in Taixing, tens of thousands of local residents demonstrated on the streets, demanding that the local administration stop covering up the truth.

Why then, did the regime restrict coverage on the murder incidents after April 28?

“Prevention of crime imitation” seems to function merely as an excuse for further controlling the media. What the regime worries about is that an investigation into the motives behind the killings would lead to an exposé of problems the regime itself created and its policies continue to fuel. Even from the limited information available, it seems the incidents have backgrounds that the regime does not want disclosed.

Reports said that prior to committing the crime, the assailant, Chen Bingkang, had been requested to stop teaching and was put on long-term sick leave by his employer, Hongfu Primary School. Mainland media reported that insiders believe Chen committed the crime for revenge. Were there reasons why Chen couldn’t accept the school authorities’ decision asking him to stop teaching? If “revenge” were the motive, why did Chen choose a different school (Leicheng No.1 Primary School) as his target, instead of his own school?

Reports of the case of assailant Wang Yonglai in Weifang, also leave room for such questions. After killing five children, Wang set himself on fire along with another two children. Such behavior cannot simply be explained away as something aimed at “attracting social attention. “

An online post, Wang Yonglai’s Self-immolation: The Secret You Don’t Know, by a person who claims know the truth about the situation, says Wang was not mentally unstable, and that the local regime had forcibly demolished Wang’s newly finished house and accused him of illegally occupying his land. The post says that Wang had registered the property with village authorities. Wang had not been given any compensation when his property was forcibly taken away. (post on China Health Information Net)

Reports on the attack in Taixing were strictly controlled from the beginning. Media were required to use only reports from the regime’s mouthpiece, Xinhua News Agency. And the official story differed dramatically from local people’s versions. Authorities claimed the murderer, Xu Yuyuan, “was a bad guy who had done plenty of bad things.” But locals say that Xu committed the crime after being forced into a state of desperation by the forced demolition of his home.

While all these may have to be verified, the recent incident in Fujian Province in which three bloggers were sentenced to imprisonment for attempting to uncover an alleged gang rape and murder case shows what the regime is capable of. (to be cont’d)

– by He Qinglian, Chinese author and economist, via The Epochtimes

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List: 6 School Killing Cases in China in Less Than 2 Months

Posted by Author on May 12, 2010


March 23: Zheng Minshen in Nanping City, Fujian Province (South China) waited outside a school gate with a knife about 30 centimeters long, killing eight students and injuring five.

April 12: About 400 meters away from the Xizhen Elementary School of Hepu County, Guangxi Province (South China), an eight-year-old student and an elderly woman were found dead, and another five were injured, including two students, a toddler and a middle-aged couple.

April 28: A man ran into an elementary school in Leizhou City of Guangdong Province (South-east China) with a knife, and injured 18 students and a teacher. The resulting investigation showed that 33-year-old suspect Chen Kangbing was a teacher at another public school in Leizhou City, on “sick leave” since February of 2006.

April 29: Xu Yuyuan broke into a kindergarten affiliated with Taixing Township of Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province (East China), stabbing and killing 32 people.

April 30: 45-year-old Wang Yonglai of Shangzhuang Village of Weifang City, Shandong Province (East China), forcibly entered Shanzhuang Elementary School on a motorcycle, carrying a hammer and gasoline. He wounded five preschoolers with the hammer, and then killed himself via self-immolation using the gasoline.

May 12: A cleaver-wielding man broke into a kindergarten in China’s Shaanxi Province (Northwest China), killing nine and injuring eleven before returning home to commit suicide.

From The Epochtimes

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Seven children and two adults hacked to death in latest violence against schools and nurseries in China

Posted by Author on May 12, 2010


guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 12 May, 2010-

An attacker
with a meat cleaver hacked seven infants and two adults to death in north-west China today despite police efforts to stem a wave of school killings that has terrified parents across the country.

A further 11 children were injured in the attack at a nursery in Hanzhong city, Shaanxi province, which took place at 8am, soon after the start of school. A resident said most of the children were aged between two and four. The alleged attacker Wu Huanmin, 38, killed himself, according to the Xinhua news agency.

One local man, Zheng Xiulan, said the assailant had previous links with the nursery and had been in conflict with its owners. “Only about two of the children in the kindergarten were not injured, but I don’t know how many died in the end,” Zheng said. “There was blood everywhere … I don’t know why he did it.”

Chinese media showed infants being taken to the local hospital’s intensive care unit. Two are in a critical condition.

Since March there have been at least six attacks on nurseries and schools resulting in 18 murders, two suicides, an execution and more than 40 children being injured by cleavers, knives and hammers.

The cluster of killings shocked the nation and prompted the government to order tighter security at education institutions.

They strike an especially deep chord in a country where most urban families are allowed to have only one child, said Yang Dongping, an expert on education at the Beijing Institute of Technology.

“Of course we’re scared,” said a resident of a village near the latest attack, who gave only her surname, Li.

“We’ve all heard about it. I also have grandchildren, but they’re already at primary school. Everybody has to wonder why there are people who can do this.”…… (more details from The Guardian)

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Man kills eight including family members in China stabbing rampage

Posted by Author on May 10, 2010


AFP, May 9, 2010 –

BEIJING
— A man stabbed to death eight people including his wife, elderly mother and young daughter in a village in southeastern China, the latest in a spate of rampage attacks that have shocked the nation.

The suspect, identified as Zhou Yezhong, waged his killing spree in the village of Chengyuan in Jiangxi province on Saturday, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, quoting police and residents.

China has been hit by a series of assaults, many of them against children, in a country where violent criminal attacks remain relatively rare.

Another two people were killed and three wounded in a stabbing spree in the city of Hong Kong on Saturday, authorities there said.

Citing witness accounts, Xinhua said Zhou first killed his 10-year-old daughter and then his mother, aged in her eighties, even though she fell to her knees begging for mercy.

The man, aged 36, rushed to another house where he killed his wife and two neighbours before stabbing two other villagers who were running away to seek help, and a migrant worker, Xinhua said.

He was caught by police almost two hours after his rampage began, and an investigation is under way. The motive of the killings was still unknown, said Zhou Weihui, head of the county public security bureau…….. (more details from AFP)

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China school attack triggered by home demolition threat: family

Posted by Author on May 5, 2010


(Reuters) – A Chinese farmer who attacked kindergarten children with a hammer and then burned himself to death despaired about government plans to knock down his new home, his family said on Saturday.

The villager Wang Yonglai injured five children on Friday when he burst into a kindergarten in rural Shangzhuang Village in Weifang, an area in east China’s Shandong province, where people were — like many across China — pondering what lay behind a recent burst of violent attacks on children.

Wang’s wife and sister-in-law said he had acted out of rage over officials who had told him that his recently built house would be torn down because it was built on farmland, which is illegal in China.

Wang had spent his savings of 110,000 yuan ($16,115) on the new home for his son, and claimed he had permission from the government to build it, they said.

“The children are not grown up and the older generation are over 80. We need him,” Wang’s wife Wang Sulian said of her family, between bouts of wailing at the gate of the school were Wang incinerated himself after the attack.

“What can we do? How will we survive? I need the government to give me an answer,” she told a crowd of locals gathered at the school, which housed the kindergarten.

The was the third attack of its kind in three days at Chinese schools, and the fifth in recent weeks.

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security issued an urgent directive on Saturday ordering police to step up security around schools and kindergartens and to seek to identify people who could pose a threat.

Some cities have taken measures to strengthen safety in schools, local media reported. Police sent guards to schools in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, while schools in a district of Beijing were equipped with restraining equipment.

SOCIETAL STRAINS

On Friday, the Chinese government opened the World Expo in Shanghai, aiming to highlight the country’s ascent to prosperity. But the rash of violence aimed at children has laid bare societal strains even in relatively rich parts of the countryside, such as Shandong.

On Thursday, a 46-year-old owner of a copy store stabbed 29 children, two teachers and a security guard at a kindergarten in Taixing, Jiangsu Province, a few hours upriver from Shanghai.

A day earlier, a former doctor was executed for killing eight school children in Fujian province in March. On that same day, a former teacher stabbed 16 students and a teacher at a primary school in southern Guangdong province.

In Weifang, the site of the latest attack, Wang Sulian showed Reuters a copy of a demolition notice, as well as documents that she said proved the family had obtained official permission to build on the land.

A local official, who gave his surname as Yu, denied that that the family had received permission to build the house and said five other families were also told to demolish their new houses, because they occupied farmland.

Wang’s sister-in-law Wang Haiyun said he had been recently pressured by officials into signing an agreement to allow demolition.

“They forced him into it. There was nothing he could do. It made him mad,” she said. “He would hit his wife and children. He kicked the door in. He couldn’t carry on living.”

Reuters

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China enforces one-child policy through forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide

Posted by Author on April 10, 2010


By Reggie Littlejohn, President of the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, Via The epochtimes-

Most people know that China has a one-child policy. But do they stop to think how this policy is enforced? It is enforced through forced abortion, forced sterilization—and at times—infanticide.

This grisly truth was reported last week: according to Xinhua, China’s official news agency, 21 bodies of fetuses and babies were found discarded in a river in the village of Jiming, Shandong Province, in East China. Xinhua stated, “The bodies may have been dumped by cleaners from local hospitals after abortions and induced labor. Such dead bodies are treated as medical waste by hospitals.”

The Chinese communist authorities, of course, immediately cremated the bodies, destroying evidence. If outside sources could have examined the corpses, we could have learned whether the majority were girls (consistent with gendercide) and whether the skulls of the full term babies had been punctured (consistent with forced abortion or infanticide).

During a congressional hearing on Nov. 10, 2009, before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, I presented two documents, recently leaked out of China, setting forth new information on the Chinese communist practice of infanticide. According to these sources, practices include:

•    Puncturing the brain and injecting it with poison during labor or immediately after birth;
•    throwing the infant on the ground; and
•    drowning by placing the infant in a bucket of water and stepping on him or her

In the United States we’ve had 50 million abortions since Roe vs. Wade. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) boasts that it has “prevented” 400 million births through its One-Child Policy, which was instituted in 1979. That’s more than the entire population of the United States!

Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, everyone opposes forced abortion because it’s not a choice. Pro-choice advocate Hillary Clinton has condemned it repeatedly.

China’s one-child policy causes more violence to women and girls than any other official policy on earth.

Forced abortion is traumatic to women. It is a form of torture. To read one woman’s harrowing account, visit http://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/

Because of the traditional preference for boys, sex-selective abortion is common and most of the aborted fetuses are girls. In addition, female infanticide is a problem. According to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, the overall sex ratio for China is 126 boys for every 100 girls. Nine provinces had ratios of over 160, for second children. The article states, “Sex selective abortion accounts for almost all the excess males.”

Because of this gendercide, there are then 37 million more men than women in China today. This gender imbalance is a major force driving sexual trafficking of women and girls in Asia.

China has the highest female suicide rate of any country in the world. It is the only nation in which more women than men kill themselves. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 500 women a day end their lives. Could this extraordinary suicide rate be related to coercive family planning?

Women who have violated the policy are often forcibly sterilized. Forced sterilization is a serious human rights abuse and can lead to life-long health complications.

Some people argue that because the United States owes China so much money, we can’t challenge them on their miserable human rights record. I disagree. Chinese citizens cannot speak freely about the one-child policy. Blind activist Chen Guangcheng told the world about the fact that there were 130,000 forced abortions in Linyi County, Shandong Province, in one year, 2005. He is now serving a four-year, three-month prison sentence on false charges. He has been tortured, is gravely ill, and is being denied medical treatment.

Those of us in the west who can speak out, must speak out for those who cannot. As Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Reggie Littlejohn is President of the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and represents Human Rights Without Frontiers and China Aid Association. For more information and what you can do, see:www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org

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China Army Hospital’s Malfeasance caused at least 27 deaths and disabilities: Open letter by Henan Families

Posted by Author on April 6, 2010


At the request of 27 families in Henan Province, Human Rights in China is releasing an open letter by these families alleging that deaths and disabilities of at least 27 patients resulted from the treatment these patients received at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) No. 152 Central Hospital in Pingdingshan City.

The Cry of Many Victims:

Lives are at Stake, We Appeal for Your Concern, Save Us!

April 6, 2010

[Translation by Human Rights in China]

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) No. 152 Central Hospital in Pingdingshan City, Henan Province, is taking advantage of the illustrious image the PLA has in the hearts and minds of the people – of the special and unfailing trust that most common folks place in army hospitals, of the peculiar fact that the media may only report on the army’s bright side and not expose a trace of its dark side, and of China’s policy of special protection of the army – to play the game of masquerading as Buddha while secretly laughing and murdering people for profit.

Guo Haoshuai [郭豪帅], son of Ms. Xue Qiuxiang [薛秋香] from Xinhua District in Pingdingshan City, was 24 years old and had graduated from college when he went to this hospital to see a doctor on account of a mild cold and slight anemia on September 24, 2006. He was admitted to the geriatric ward, where he, oddly, died on October 27, 2006. His family spent more than 100,000 yuan [around $15,000] for this, and even donated his remains. At the end of 2006,the family requested copies of his medical records from the hospital in order to find out the cause of his death. The hospital first stalled and gave excuses and later only provided limited information from which the family discovered that the hospital admission record was completely inconsistent with the facts. This aroused the suspicion of the family members and they later gradually found out not only that the hospital falsified the medical record but that, when cross-referenced with the records of fees collected, 125 entries in the medical record were missing. During the 34 days of hospitalization, Zhao Xiaoyong [赵小永] and others, who had no understanding of medicine, administered fake and inferior drugs and more than 70 types of inappropriate new expensive medications, and frantically conducted hundreds of unnecessary, painful examinations in order to earn large amounts of bonuses and kickbacks. Military doctor Zhao Xiaoyong, Guo Haoshuai’s attending physician, did not even have a license to practice medicine. More than 30 other doctors and nurses who showed up in the medical record have not been able to provide proof of their relevant credentials so far either. What is even more absurd is that none of the doctor’s orders in the No. 152 Hospital’s medical records were signed by any of the hospital’s medical staff – something that probably no medical law in the world would allow. This is just one such case that we know of at the present time. (For other cases, please see below.)…… (more details from Human Rights in China)

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High House Price vs Affordability in China

Posted by Author on April 3, 2010


(excerpt) Chen Pokong, via secretchina.com –

……

Talking about forced relocation, it is closely associated with high house prices. At the time when China and the rest of the world were experiencing an economic crisis in 2009, house prices in China went against the trend and shot up. Based on official statistics, the average national growth of house prices was about 24 per cent. The real data is even higher. Just looking at Shenzhen City, in one year, house prices rose by 80 per cent. In Hainan Island in January this year, house prices rose by 40 per cent. The people exclaimed and remarked: “The price is changing every day.”

Owing to the high prices of real estate, 85 per cent of the Chinese people can’t afford buying their own house. The recent television series called Snail House 蜗居truly depicted the lives of grass roots-level people in contrast to the luxuries enjoyed by those influential and powerful officials. The TV series vividly showed the painful and heavy-burdened white collar stories in the cities of China and labelled the people as “house slaves”. It shocked and moved the hearts of tens of thousands of people. Sharp comments filled the Internet and newspapers. High-level Chinese authorities, however, gave orders to stop broadcasting this series because the show pinpointed the corruption of current officials and showed sympathy to the small, humble people in Chinese society. These real life stories in China were put into a TV series in a vivid and appropriate way. Against a background of high house prices, it showed the corruption of government officials and businessmen who worked hand in glove to make dirty deals, seeking money by deceit and by force. It showed the wide gap between the poor and the rich, where the helpless minorities struggle to keep their homes or homeland intact, while the rich and powerful easily get what they desire.

From forced relocation to high-priced housing, the Communist regime and its citizens are on opposing sides. Tensions build up and clashes keep happening. Once again, by indirect evidence, it is proven that the Chinese regime, which became wealthy and powerful by hoarding resources and relocating people by armed force, is losing its credibility. To judge whether a government is strong or weak is not determined by how much armed force they use. Rather, it lies in whether a government follows the will of the people and whether it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. (The Secret China)

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Canada Airline Director’s Family Wishes Shen Yun Would Never End

Posted by Author on March 27, 2010


VANCOUVER, Canada— The Queen Elizabeth Theatre saw Shen Yun Performing Arts grace the stage on Friday, March 26 for the second performance in Vancouver.

Guy Champoux, Director, Canada, for Air Tahiti, came with his wife and two children to see Shen Yun. He said his daughter wanted it to go on forever.

“It’s a wonderful show. It’s a wonderful performance. It’s something that everyone should come and look at … Really, we all enjoyed it, and the comment of my little girl was ‘too short’. She wanted it to be longer, she wanted to stay and enjoy it more.”

There were so many things that Mr. Champoux appreciated in the performance. “All of the performers are very unique and the ballet is excellent. The soprano and the tenor have really wonderful voices.

“It’s a combination of all the different arts—from ballet to opera to the colors and the screen behind that brings something unique and authentic to the show.

“It’s wonderful, I mean all the dance and cultural aspects of the show are very, very unique, and we really all enjoyed it.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Statement by Geng He, Wife of Gao Zhisheng, at Chinese New Year Time

Posted by Author on February 17, 2010


Human Rights in China, February 17, 2010 –

At the request of Geng He (耿和), wife of Chinese rights defense lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), Human Rights in China (HRIC) is releasing a statement by Ms. Geng today, following recent reports that Chinese authorities claim that Gao is living and working in Xinjiang and has been in contact with Ms. Geng.

Statement by Geng He
February 17, 2010

In the past few days, according to news media reports, the Chinese Embassy in the United States disclosed the current whereabouts of lawyer Gao Zhisheng, claiming that he is working in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, and that he has been in contact with me and with his relatives in China all along. As lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s wife, ever since I was forced to take our two children into exile in the U.S. a year ago, there has not been a single moment when I did not worry for his personal safety, but for a very long time I have not heard from him, and I do not know where he is now. Unless the Chinese government truly makes good on what it is declaring to the outside world and allows my husband to get in contact with me directly, I have no way of verifying his current whereabouts and whether he is safe and free.

At this time of Chinese New Year festivities, a time of family reunion, I particularly long for my husband. According to the provisions of Chinese law, even family members of convicts serving sentences in prison have the right to visit the prisoners. I earnestly request the Chinese government to, in the spirit of humanitarianism, allow my husband to contact and speak with me and to, at the same time, ensure his personal safety, treat his illness, and let him return to our Beijing residence.

Human Rights in China

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Missing lawyer’s wife: A backdrop in Shen Yun show looked like Gao Zhisheng’s village

Posted by Author on February 15, 2010


NTD TV, Feb. 15, 2010-

Gao Zhisheng is a well-known human rights lawyer who was imprisoned by Chinese authorities after he defended rights activists and Falun Dafa practitioners. When Gao was detained again last year, his wife and children fled China and were granted asylum in the U.S.

Gao’s wife, Geng He, took their two children to see Shen Yun at Radio City in New York on Chinese New Year.

[Geng He, Wife of Detained Human Rights Lawyer]: (Chinese female)
“I am very thrilled to be able to see this show today. It is very exquisite, very magnificent. I could see that the performers have put in a lot of effort over a long time to put on such a show.”

The performance, Drummers of the Northwest, brought back memories for her eight-year-old son.

[Geng He, Wife of Detained Human Rights Lawyer]: (Chinese female)
“There was a program, a northwestern dance. When my son watched it, he said, ‘Mom, I heard this music before in daddy’s car.’ The backdrop showed a village that looked a lot like Gao Zhisheng’s village in Shanbei.”

Her husband Gao Zhisheng has been detained in China for more than a year. Chinese authorities have refused to disclose his condition or whereabouts.

[Geng He, Wife of Detained Human Rights Lawyer]: (Chinese female)
“I think everything was so beautiful except my husband was not by me. I still haven’t heard anything from him.”

NTD News, New York

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How the Family of A Most Irrepressible Dissident Fled China

Posted by Author on May 9, 2009


By DAVID W. CHEN, New York Times, May 9, 2009 –

Gao Zhisheng
, one of China’s most irrepressible dissidents, began the day of Jan. 9 the same way as most days since security officials had begun watching him around the clock. He and his wife, Geng He, ate a breakfast of soy milk, fried eggs and peanuts. Mr. Gao left the apartment to run some errands.

By the time he returned, his wife and two children were gone. With only the clothes they were wearing, roughly $60 in cash and, out of habit, their keys, the three embarked upon a harrowing odyssey orchestrated by human rights activists that began in the bitter cold of northern Beijing and ended, seven days and some 2,000 miles later, in the humid safety of Thailand.

“I had no time to think,” Ms. Geng, whose children are 16 and 5, said. “I didn’t have a watch. I had no concept of time. All I knew was that we had to move forward. We couldn’t go back.” She spoke during an interview late last month in New York, where she and her children settled after arriving in the United States in March.

Ms. Geng’s tale stands out not just because it involves a cinematic escape, with elements like stalled motorcycles and nonstop travel with little food or sleep. It is remarkable, human rights activists say, because it reveals how China uses family members of dissidents as leverage against them. And it shows the extreme measures a small number of political opponents will take to deny the authorities that leverage. Ms. Geng insists, though, that her husband knew nothing of her plans.

Mr. Gao said in earlier interviews that security officials used threats against his children to extract a humiliating public confession from him in 2006. So the departure of his family gave him greater leeway to challenge the leadership, though at a high cost: he has not been seen or heard from since Feb. 4, when the security forces hauled him away.

His family’s escape upended the way security officials managed the provocative Mr. Gao, a human rights lawyer who has embraced causes including the outlawed spiritual group Falun Gong, displaced urban residents and the Christian underground church. He issued angry manifestos calling for the end of Communist Party rule.

Since his release from prison in 2006, Mr. Gao had been allowed to live a superficially normal life in Beijing. But he was shadowed by plainclothes guards, and he said he felt constrained by the threat of retribution against his family if he violated the terms of his parole.

Though he has not been charged with a new crime, he has vanished altogether since three months ago.

Mr. Gao’s disappearance has become a delicate diplomatic issue ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement on June 4. Laura Tischler, a State Department spokeswoman, said that American diplomats had not yet met with Ms. Geng. But she said that a senior American official discussed the case on March 31 with high-ranking Chinese officials in Beijing, and that State Department officials had raised the case, most recently on April 15, with the Chinese Embassy in Washington.

“The United States is deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of well-known human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng,” Ms. Tischler said. “We have raised our concerns about Mr. Gao’s whereabouts and well-being repeatedly, both in Washington and in Beijing.”

Congress is watching, too. With Ms. Geng in the gallery, Senator Byron L. Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, saluted her courage during a Senate floor speech on April 23 and warned that Mr. Gao, a “devout Christian,” had been thrust into an “extremely grave” situation.

“There are many today that languish in dark cells, dark cells of Chinese prisons, just because they spoke out to defend the rights of others,” said Mr. Dorgan, who is the chairman of a Congressional commission responsible for monitoring China’s human rights record. “None have done so more than Mr. Gao.”…… (more detals from New York Times)

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China quake parents ‘harassed’

Posted by Author on May 7, 2009


By Michael Bristow , BBC News, 6 May 2009, Beijing –

Parents who lost their children in China’s earthquake fear they will not be allowed to properly commemorate the disaster’s first anniversary.

Many parents want to return to the site of the schools in Sichuan that killed their children when they collapsed.

But the authorities have previously stopped them going to the schools on sensitive occasions, and are said to be monitoring the parents ahead of 12 May.

China has not said how many children were among the 90,000 dead and missing.

The government has admitted that nearly 14,000 schools – some of them poorly or hastily built – were damaged in the magnitude-8 earthquake.

Schools sealed off

One mother, Hu Hongfang, wants to return to Juyuan Middle School to mark the first anniversary of the death of her 15-year-old son Guo Jun.

But she is not hopeful that she will be allowed to get to the collapsed school site, in the city of Dujiangyan in northern Sichuan Province.

“On every occasion parents have wanted to pay their respects to their children, the whole school and nearby area have been sealed off,” she said.

Other parents told the BBC a similar story.

Zhou Siqiang, whose daughter died at the Juyuan school, said parents have been prevented from visiting the site on a number of occasions.

He said they were stopped from going to the site on last month’s Tomb Sweeping Day, when Chinese people traditionally visit family graves.

But he was undeterred. “I think I will join others and go to the school on the first anniversary of the earthquake,” he said.

Across Dujiangyan, parents at another collapsed school detailed some of the methods used by the authorities to prevent them from staging public displays of grief.

These includes stopping them from leaving their homes and taking them away from the city during sensitive times. …… (More from BBC News)

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