Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category
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 »
Posted in China, Falun Gong, Family, Heilongjiang, Human Rights, Law, NE China, News, People, Politics, Religious, World | Comments Off on 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 23, 2011
WASHINGTON DC — A new round of fraudulent emails was sent from suspected Chinese agents to elected officials, journalists and NGOs in Canada, the United States, France and Norway earlier this month. The emails’ senders deceptively claim to be representatives of the Falun Dafa Information Center, and the content of the messages is crafted to portray Falun Gong as bizarre, threatening, intolerant, and otherwise undeserving of sympathy or respect.
The Falun Dafa Information Center received copies of two emails, sent on April 5 and April 14, to a list of recipients that included retired Canadian and Norwegian parliamentarians, newspaper editors, a collection of U.S.- and France-based human rights and press freedom NGOs, and members of the Nobel Prize Committee. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in China, Falun Gong, News, Politics, World | 1 Comment »
Posted by Author on April 20, 2011
As they prepared to vote on a bylaw that would limit Falun Gong protests outside the Chinese consulate, Vancouver city councillors heard harrowing tales of persecution faced by sect members, both in China and locally.
Ray Zhang recounted Tuesday how a gun was placed to his head during an assault on him by three men, as he maintained a dawn vigil at the Falun Gong protest hut in the summer of 2007.
Mr. Zhang had to be treated in hospital after the attack, which left him with facial bruises and a bloody left eye. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Canada, China, Falun Gong, Human Rights, Law, News, People, Politics, World | Comments Off on Vancouver hears Falun Gong’s tales of abuse ahead of bylaw vote
Posted by Author on April 16, 2011
By Pete McMartin –
Last Saturday, I wrote about the City of Vancouver’s clumsy attempt to draft a bylaw that would effectively ban the Falun Gong from maintaining a 24-hour vigil outside the Chinese consulate on Granville Street.
To recap our story so far:
– In 2001, the Falun Gong begin their vigil to protest what the group claims is persecution by the Chinese government.
– In 2006, after five years of the Falun Gong’s peaceful vigil, then mayor Sam Sullivan decides the Falun Gong’s little shack and banners must go -not because of pressure by the Chinese government that they be removed, the mayor says, but because they contravene a street-and-traffic bylaw. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Canada, China, Falun Gong, Law, News, People, Politics, Religious, Speech, World | Comments Off on ‘Absolutely impossible’ that city Vancouver not pressured by China to remove Falun Gong
Posted by Author on April 14, 2011
Chinese police are continuing to surround a Tibetan monastery in Sichuan province, after local residents tried to stop them from arresting the monks.
The standoff began earlier this week, when hundreds of people living in Sichuan’s Aba region converged on the Kirti monastery. They tried to stop police from taking away the monks for reeducation. As many as 2,500 monks are believed to be inside the locked-down monastery.
They could soon face food shortages because they depend on offerings from locals. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in China, Human Rights, News, People, Sichuan, SW China, Tibetan, World | Comments Off on Chinese Police Surround a Tibetan Monastery in Sichuan
Posted by Author on April 13, 2011
Unofficial Christian church members and leaders are being targeted by China’s government in its latest clampdown on dissent sparked by calls for “Jasmine” rallies inspired by recent uprisings in the Middle East.
More than 100 members of the Shouwang Protestant church were detained by police in Beijing after they attended an open-air prayer gathering on Sunday.
Shouwang’s Pastor Jin said the authorities had released most of the congregation by Monday night. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Beijing, China, Christianity, Freedom of Belief, Human Rights, Law, News, People, Politics, Religion, Religious, World | Comments Off on China’s spreading crackdown target ‘unofficial’ church, More than 100 detained
Posted by Author on March 20, 2011
New York – A 42-year-old owner of a dumpling restaurant in Northeast China died in his home at the end of February, unable to recover from one and half years of physical and mental torture in a Re-education Through Labor (RTL) camp, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned. His is one of over 400 documented Falun Gong deaths in Liaoning province since 1999.
Mr. Shi Hongbo (史红波), who owned a restaurant in Jinzhou district of Dalian in Liaoning province, was abducted outside of his home on October 14, 2008 while en route to work. Three weeks later he was sentenced to the Dalian RTL Camp for one and a half years. Camp personnel subjected him to numerous rounds of torture, including shocking him simultaneously with multiple electric batons and tying him down for several days at a time with all four limbs stretched out. As a result, Shi developed heart problems and high blood pressure. In September 2009, Shi was transferred to Weiningying Re-education Through Labor (RTL) Camp. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in China, Dalian, Falun Gong, Freedom of Belief, Human Rights, Law, Liaoning, NE China, News, People, Politics, Religion, Religious, Torture, World | Comments Off on Chinese Restaurant Owner Dies from Labor Camp Torture
Posted by Author on March 11, 2011
NEW YORK-In an elaborate attempt to discredit Falun Gong in the eyes of Western politicians, individuals in China sent e-mails to a U.S. senator’s office as well as officials in New Zealand disguised as messages from Falun Gong representatives.
One message sent to a U.S. senator’s office, which contained threatening and irrational language, was sent from an IP address traced to a government complex in Hubei province. The message dated January 12, 2011 was disguised as having been sent by Erping Zhang, one of Falun Gong’s main spokespersons. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Central China, China, Falun Gong, Hubei, News, Politics, USA, World, Wuhan | Comments Off on Chinese Government Agents Send Fraudulent E-mails to Western Governments to discredit Falun Gong
Posted by Author on March 11, 2011
On September 1st, 2007 the Chinese regime banned reincarnation without state approval, yet now the officially atheist regime is ordering the Dalai Lama to reincarnate in China after he dies.
The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in Northern India, is reported to be thinking of choosing the next Dalai Lama from outside of China. Yet the Chinese authorities announced on Monday that he must not break with tradition, and that the next Dalai Lama, the highest title in Tibetan Buddhism, must be chosen following the reincarnation tradition.
But there is a catch— the Chinese regime says it has to approve the reincarnation of any living Buddha. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in China, News, People, Politics, Religion, Tibetan, World | 1 Comment »
Posted by Author on March 7, 2011
(Henan and Jiangsu – March 7, 2011) On the afternoon of March 1, agents from the DSPS (Domestic Security Protection Squad) of Xiayi County, Henan Province came to a house church in Hanzhen Town and took away three Christians, two of whom were women. The agents seized copies of the Bible, over 1,000 yuan of cash and copies of a book titled “A Stormy Life” by Zhang Mingxuan, president of the Chinese House Church Alliance. After the DSPS agents conducted an interrogation that lasted over three hours, they released the three Christians and warned them not to associate with Pastor Zhang Mingxuan. The agents also accused them of believing in a cult.
At 7 p.m. on March 4, Public Security Bureau agents from Suqian, Jiangsu Province went to Nanyang, Henan Province and took Pastor Shi Enhao, vice-president of the Chinese House Church Alliance, back to Jiangsu for detention. The latest update is that he was released on March 6. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Central China, China, Christianity, Freedom of Belief, Henan, Human Rights, Jiangsu, Law, News, People, Politics, Religion, Religious, SE China | Comments Off on Chinese Christians Persecuted in Two China Provinces Henan and Jiangsu
Posted by Author on February 5, 2011
By Ben Birnbaum, The Washington Times, February 3, 2011-
Leading Chinese Christian dissidents blasted the Obama administration Thursday, saying it had done virtually nothing to advance the cause of religious freedom.
“For the past two years, in public it’s been almost dead silence,” said Bob Fu, founder and president of the China Aid Association, an international Chirstian human rights group.
He said private pleas to State Department officials to publicly mention names of jailed and “disappeared” Christian leaders had fallen on deaf ears. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Activist, China, Christianity, Human Rights, News, People, Politics, Religion, Religious, USA, World | Comments Off on Chinese Christian dissidents hear Obama’s ‘silence’
Posted by Author on December 25, 2010
AFP, Dec.25, 2010 –
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI rapped China for its curbs on religion and freedom of conscience in his Christmas message Saturday, reflecting the tense relations between the Vatican and Beijing.
“May the birth of the Saviour strengthen the spirit of faith, patience and courage of the faithful of the Church in mainland China, that they may not lose heart through the limitations imposed on their freedom of religion and conscience but, persevering in fidelity to Christ and his Church, may keep alive the flame of hope,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on December 24, 2010
NTD TV, Dec. 2010 –
On November 15th, 2010 these three Tibetan monks arrived in Dharamsala, India after escaping from China. They had feared for their lives after holding a protest against Chinese communist rule.
Their names are Lobsang Norbu, Khedup Gyatso, and Kunga Rinchen. They’re from a Tibetan region of Sichuan province called Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
This man translated for the monks. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in China, Human Rights, News, People, Politics, Religion, Religious, Sichuan, SW China, Tibetan, World | Comments Off on Three Tibetan Monks Flee China After Arrest Warrant Issued