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China Veteran Military Cadres Propose Hunger Strike Relay

Posted by Author on September 28, 2008

By Xinyu, Radio Free Asia, via The epochtimes, Sep 27, 2008 –

Some veteran military cadres have proposed a hunger strike relay on the Internet, calling on over three million ex-military cadres to participate in the relay to defend their rights. The campaign is intended to urge authorities to consider the welfare of discharged military cadres.

All over China during the Beijing Olympics, ex-military cadres who intended to launch mass appeals were intercepted, placed under house arrest, or monitored so that they were unable to have their requests heard. According to a report by on Thursday, a number of veteran military cadres proposed over the Internet to respond with a “hunger strike relay.” The Internet post mentioned that the Beijing Olympics had come to an end, while the Paralympics was now approaching the end of its run. Veteran military cadres have resumed various human rights activities through all channels, including petitions, appeals, administrative suits, and Internet petitions. But on top of this, cadres are about to stage a “hunger strike relay” to defend their rights.

On behalf of ex-military cadres, Ms. Shan Chun, an ex-military cadre discharged from the Beijing Military Area General Hospital, told The Epoch Times, “Our human rights activities have been reported for a long time. We have gone through proper channels, such as petitions and administrative suits. Yet these efforts have had little effect, with few problems resolved. A large number of people, about three million nationwide, make up ex-military cadres, and the few cases who have had their problems resolved were not dealt with through the proper channels mentioned. As a result, we have come up with another way to voice our wishes. Certain groups in other countries have staged hunger strikes, but probably not by relay. So we are going to resort to a hunger strike relay to express our wishes.”

Each participant is to engage in a one-day hunger strike by relay, starting from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at their respective location. The hunger strike was to start from the very final day of the Paralympics (September 18). Concerning the differences between the military cadres’ hunger strike relay and the one launched by human rights lawyer Mr. Gao Zhisheng, Ms. Shan Chun said, “Our hunger strike is somewhat different from theirs. Since we are discharged military cadres, our main purpose is to solve our own problems, or, honestly speaking, very practical problems concerning our welfare. Compared with Lawyer Gao’s appeal for China’s democracy, our appeal is relatively self-serving. Our real purpose is to solve our own problems.” The hunger strike has received feedback from dozens of veteran military cadres from over ten provinces within few days, said Ms. Shan Chun.

The posted proposal mentioned that China’s military cadres are encountering difficulties on their path to human rights. Appeals have turned out to be wasted efforts; most administrative suits were not accepted. The Internet petitions sounded hopeful but brought about nothing. Mass appeals set off a shockwave among the public but few results were achieved. Applications for a rally in the demonstration area established by the authorities were rejected. Another petitioner told the reporter that they only demanded the authorities to enforce their own policies: “I did not ask them to solve any of my problems, because the central government has formulated policies regarding our problems. I am demanding them to enforce the relevant policies. So far, no action has been taken to carry out these policies. What can I expect of them?”

The Epochtimes

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10,000 Tibetans March In Indian to Shame Olympics Host China

Posted by Author on August 9, 2007

By Jonathan Allen, Reuters, Via The Guardian, Aug 8, 2007-

NEW DELHI, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Thousands of Tibetans marched through New Delhi on Wednesday, shouting slogans and waving flags in protest against China’s actions in Tibet at the start of the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics.

In one of the biggest rallies by Tibetans in India, about 10,000 Tibetans, including maroon-robed Buddhist monks and women in traditional costumes, bellowed their demands, asking China to prove it was upholding the rights of people living in Tibet.

“The essence of the Olympics is equality, but we do not have equality in Tibet,” said Kalsang Godrukpa, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, the main organiser of the rally.

“China doesn’t deserve the Olympics until Tibet is free,” he told reporters, as protesters marched by wearing yellow baseball caps and waving Tibetan flags and giant posters of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader.

Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 and Beijing has since ruled the Himalayan region. About 120,000 Tibetans are exiled in India, including the Dalai Lama who fled after a failed uprising in 1959.

Amnesty International and other rights groups say China is severely restricting the freedom of Tibetan people and suppressing their culture. China says it is helping a historically poor region develop.


China is trying to look its best as it comes under increasing international scrutiny in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, and protesters hope they can get enough attention to embarrass its leaders into meeting their demands.

“The world will hear us and support us, and if the world supports us then China will have to listen to us,” said Tsetan Ngodup, a 43-year-old protester.

Scores of policemen with canes watched the mile-long parade of protesters as they marched towards parliament, before being stopped from entering the high-security zone.

Wednesday’s protest came as a hunger strike by 14 Tibetans entered its 32nd day. They are asking Beijing to provide evidence that the Panchen Lama — who they believe to be their second highest spiritual leader — is alive, among other demands.

The 14 lay listless on cots under a tarpaulin shelter close to the site of the protest. Some ran prayer beads through their hands as a nurse tended to a woman with a wet sponge.

Tashi Wangu, a 54-year-old farmer, said the 14 would fast until China reassured them that it would uphold the civil rights of Tibetan people.

He said he was not disheartened when the Dalai Lama urged the strikers on Tuesday to end their fast saying their strike was brave but that sacrificing more Tibetan lives was unlikely to make China relent.

“We will keep on fasting,” Wangu said through a translator. “The pain is nothing, and our demands are so simple — we just want a response from China guaranteeing Tibetans’ human rights.”

– Report from The Guardian : Indian Tibetans march to shame Olympics host China

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Tibetan Women and Youths Staged Hunger Strike Protesting Mining on Sacred Mountain

Posted by Author on June 21, 2007

Radio Free Asia, 2007.06.21-

KATHMANDU—Hundreds of Tibetan women and youths have staged a hunger strike in the southwestern province of Sichuan following clashes over Chinese mining of a mountain that Tibetan Buddhists consider sacred.

Mining activities at Shak Drak Lha Tse mountain [in Chinese, Nongge Shan] were suspended during the protests, which ended Tuesday, according to sources in the region who asked not to be named.

“The mining activities are temporarily suspended and the Tibetan protests are still going on. Most of the male residents…are hiding in the mountains for fear of Chinese reprisals,” one source said.

The protesters staged relay hunger strikes outside the government offices in Dawu township [Daofu], Karze [Ganzi] prefecture, residents said. The hunger strikers stopped their protest on Tuesday after Jigme Namgyal Rinpoche, leader of Garthar monastery, stepped in and urged an end to their demonstration.

Tibetans who appealed to the provincial and central governments for an end to the mining had been detained in Chengdu and Dawu, sources said, although few details were available.

“About a month back, on June 5, the Chinese miners found a huge piece of turquoise and the Chinese mining company organized a special event to celebrate,” said another source.

“They invited many high-ranking officials of the district and the region. Taking this opportunity, the local Tibetans…launched a huge protest. They clashed with county and security officials and with members of the mining company, and it lasted several hours.”

“Several vehicles belonging to the local government and the mining company were destroyed, and some 300 police from Dawu and Karze were sent in,” the second source said.

Local Tibetans worship Shak Drak Lha Tse mountain, which they believe is home to a god that protects local lands, local sources say. “We always knew it was rich in minerals, but we never touched it because it was sacred,” one local source said.

Chinese officials in the area, contacted by telephone, declined to comment. (…… more details from Radio Free Asia report : Mining Sparks Clash in Tibetan Area of Sichuan)

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Detained China Lawyer on Hunger Strike to Against Abuse

Posted by Author on January 16, 2007

Radio Free Asia,  2007.01.11-HONG KONG—A prominent civil rights lawyer in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has refused food or water for 25 days because he says he has been abused by detention center guards hoping to extract a confession.

Guo Feixiong was detained Sept. 15 on suspicion of “running an illegal business.” He is currently held in the Guangzhou No. 1 Detention Center. He wrote to his wife earlier this week to tell her that formal charges were being made against him.

“He said he was chained to a wooden bedframe by investigators at the center for 40 days, in the hope that they’d be able to get a confession out of him,” Guo’s lawyer Hu Xiao told RFA’s Mandarin service.

China sees thousands of grass-roots protests every year, often at alleged official wrongdoing. Activists, petitioners, and the lawyers who help them are often detained, harassed, beaten up, or given jail terms.

Hu visited Guo, who is also known as Yang Maodong, Thursday. He told reporter Ding Xiao after the meeting that Guo began his hunger strike only after 40 days of ill-treatment inside the detention center.

“They had special techniques they used that wouldn’t leave much obvious damage on his body, but which would have an oppressive effect on him, for example, they beat him on his head where it wouldn’t show. They also verbally abused him.”

Wife’s horror

Guo’s wife Zhang Qing said she was horrified to hear what had happened to her husband.

“This is inhumane and cruel, to tie someone hand and foot to a bed for 40 days. Most people would be done for in just a few days,” she said. “The Communist Party is wonderful, isn’t it, to do a thing like that?”

Hu said Guo had been given documents relating to the prosecution of his fellow activist and former colleague, Beijing-based lawyer Gao Zhisheng, in an apparent attempt to extract a confession.

But there was no mention of Gao’s case on the official document that pressed formal charges against Guo, Hu said. “I checked this with Guo, and he said they gave him a lot of the documentation from Gao’s case, in a lot of detail for him to read.”

Gao, a veteran rights lawyer who most upset China’s leaders with his defense of members of the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement and an open letter denouncing the government, was handed a five-year suspended prison sentence for subversion by the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court on Dec. 12.

His political rights were suspended for one year. He remains under tight surveillance.

Gao sentenced for subversion

The court said the subversion charges were based on Gao’s signature on nine articles that were published on the Internet. It also cited the three open letters Gao wrote to President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao in which he called for religious freedom and less corruption.

The court’s judgement said the articles “defamed the Chinese central government and amounted to agitation aimed at toppling the government.”

The decision, and the relatively light sentence, was based on Gao’s “spontaneous” confession.

Guangzhou officials gave the documents to Guo apparently in the hope of cutting a similar deal. Zhang said the charges of illegal business practice dating back to his time in the publishing industry didn’t stand up.

Gao lost his law license after he criticized the government for its treatment of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. He also began a rolling hunger strike earlier in the year to protest the ill-treatment of lawyers and rights activists at the hands of police and local government officials.

The protest began in reaction to the beating of Guo by police during the Taishi village electoral dispute of the summer of 2005. Guo was a close associate of Gao, and both lawyers had worked on a number of sensitive cases, including the Taishi village standoff.

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China arrests dissident lawyer for subversion

Posted by Author on October 15, 2006

Reuters, Oct 12, 2006-

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has arrested outspoken human rights lawyer Gao ZhishengGao Zhisheng on charges of inciting subversion, his lawyer said on Thursday, following two months of uncertainty over the activist’s detention and fate.

Gao was arrested on September 21 “on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power”, lawyer Mo Shaoping said, adding that he had only now learned of the decision from prosecutors.

“In fact, it should be the public security bureau that notifies us. But I asked them repeatedly and got no reply, and only then went to the prosecutors,” Mo told Reuters.

Gao, in his early 40s, is a famously combative rights lawyer who has taken up the causes of dispossessed oil investors, labor activists and — most controversially — members of Falun Gong, an outlawed spiritual sect.

His arrest marked another step in the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s drive to stifle an expanding “rights defense” network across the country that seeks to expand citizens’ rights through courts and publicity campaigns, said activists.

“In the government’s eyes, Gao is the worst case. He’s a lawyer who has spoken up for Falun Gong and refused to back down, even after they suspended his office license,” Hu Jia, a Beijing-based dissident who knows Gao, told Reuters.

“Right now, the government’s number one enemy is the rights defense movement, and Gao Zhisheng has been one of its leading figures.”

Gao was detained by Beijing police in August, one of several prominent rights lawyers and activists who have been jailed, detained or put under house arrest in past months.

Earlier this year, Gao organized a rolling hunger-strike to protest police harassment of political activists.

He also helped campaign to seek the release of Chen Guangcheng, a blind activist sentenced to over four years jail in August on charges that critics said were trumped up by angry local officials.

Mo said he was not told of the specific accusations against Gao. Under Chinese law, those convicted of inciting subversion can be jailed for up to five years — longer in serious cases.

The crime has often been directed at dissidents who publish criticisms of the government in print or on the internet. Gao had issued a public letter criticizing the Chinese government’s crackdown on Falun Gong.

China’s top security official, Luo Gan, warned in June that the “rights defense” movement harbored forces dedicated to overturning the Communist Party.

Mo said that up to now police had refused to let him visit his client.

“The public security bureau said that because it involved state secrets, we couldn’t visit him. But inciting subversion is a public matter, you can’t do it in secret, so we’ll apply again to see him,” he said.

Police now have months to continue investigating Gao before deciding whether to press for a trial, said the lawyer.

Gao’s family is under house arrest in Beijing, according to Hu and other family friends, and could not be contacted by Reuters.

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