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(photos) Congressmen, rights activists and NGOs Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China (3)

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010


By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, July 23, 2010 –

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Obama administration not doing enough

Falun Gong practitioners from around the world, U.S. Congress members, NGOs, and others speak out against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of practitioners on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22. (Mark Zou/The Epoch Times)

Smith (Rep. Chris Smith) cited the numbers of Falun Gong killed and asked why the United Nations and the United States remains silent of this “holocaust”? He said that the use of torture against Falun Gong practitioners is perhaps the worst anywhere in china.

“We call on the Obama administration to do more to raise its voice very clearly on behalf of Falun Gong.”

Smith noted that China is on the State Department’s list of a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for its human rights violations. He asked rhetorically, why aren’t the sanctions imposed on China, as is proscribed by the law?

“Even though Congress has spoken out nearly unanimously against [the persecution of Falun Gong], the Obama Administration, as previous administrations, has failed to press the government of China seriously enough to motivate theme to change their policy of attempting to destroy Falun Gong,” said Efferman.

Rep. Ros-Lehtenin repeated her wish that is contained in the House Resolution 605, which she authored. “I call upon President Obama and leaders of other free, democratic nations, to meet with Falun Gong practitioners whenever and wherever possible to emphasize our unequivocal support for freedom of conscience as a fundamental principle of the United States Government and any democracy.”

Reps. Edolphus ‘Ed’ Towns (D-NY) and Eliot Engle (D-NY) sent statements which were read at the rally. (END)

– The epochtimes: Congressmen Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

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(photos) Congressmen, rights activists and NGOs Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China (2)

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010


By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, July 23, 2010 –

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Solidarity with Falun Gong

Congressman Gus Bilrakis (R-Fla.) speaks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22 where around 500 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world gathered in peaceful protest against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

Nearly all the speakers were not Falun Gong practitioners, but they expressed solidarity with the peaceful practice and appreciation for what Falun Gong has done to expand freedom for others.

“You have not surrendered to the tyranny, but have fought against it with the power of your hearts and minds. Through your television broadcasts, newspapers, and internet websites you have spread the word and provided access to the truth for those who live under the communist party’s lies and oppression,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL.).

He continued: “Please know that as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have worked hard to make sure your voice gets heard. … Your numbers cannot be denied and your collective voice cannot be stopped, especially not here in the United States, by Chinese communist thugs. I stand with you and share your principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.

Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) observed the first clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is about freedom of religion, which he said every person deserves, and expressed his solidarity with the protesters. The Congressman said, “We need to have change in the way we do business in the Peoples Republic of China.”

“I feel a very strong sense of solidarity with you, and so do all the members throughout the world. I believe you people today are the true martyrs in this age, as you continue to persevere through one of the worst persecutions of the 21 century,” said Dan Fefferman, Executive Director, Coalition for Religious Freedom. “We know the ideology of Marxist/Leninism is a materialistic ideology, an evil ideology, an ideology that does not believe in freedom, especially not spiritual freedom, freedom of speech and religion. You stand as a testimony to the strength of human spirit that will never be dominated by this communist ideology.”

Appreciation was also expressed by many for the work that some Falun Gong practitioners have done to defeat China’s Firewall. Clothilde Le Coz, Washington Director of Reporters Without Borders, said, “The Falun Gong’s struggle has given a gift worldwide: circumvention software for internet users. Tired of being censored and harassed, the Falun Gong petitioners created one famous tool that is used all around the world. Thank you.”

Perhaps no one could surpass an expression of solidarity with Falun Gong’s persecution than Presbyterian minister Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition. He and his family were arrested for peacefully praying in front of the White House a few years ago to call attention to the lack of U.S. Government effort to pressure the Chinese to end the persecution. Rev. Mahoney waved his passport before the practitioners and said it shows that he was expelled from the Peoples’ Republic of China. He had been arrested and deported for demanding on Tiananmen Square for Chinese people to be able to freely practice their faith.

“This passport is a badge of honor I wear proudly,” said Rev. Mahoney……. (to be cont’d)

– The epochtimes: Congressmen Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

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(photos) Congressmen, rights activists and NGOs Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010


By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, July 23, 2010 –

SPEAK OUT: Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) speaks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22 where around 500 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world gathered in peaceful protest against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON— On the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at high noon on Thursday, about 500 Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners from around the world gathered in protest of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the meditation practice for the past 11 years.

Members of Congress, human rights activists, and Christian organizations joined offering their support for a new dawn of religious freedom in China.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) both spoke of the extreme brutality the Chinese regime inflicts on Falun Gong practitioners.

“That is absolutely despicable,” shouted Rep. Smith. “[Those who] cherish freedom must speak out against the brutality and hate that everyday manifests by the dictatorship of Beijing.”

Rep. Ros-Lehtenin said that the “Chinese communist regime’s obsessive and relentless hunting down of practitioners of Falun Gong” is “one of the most flagrant examples of systematic persecution in the 21st Century.”

Ros-Lehtenin was the author of H.R. 605 which called upon the Chinese regime to cease its campaign against Falun Gong practitioners and abolish the 6-10 office, which is given the mandate to “eradicate” Falun Gong. The resolution also called for the release of Falun Gong practitioners from prisons and reeducation through labor camps. It passed in March, overwhelmingly, 421 to 1.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtenin said nothing had changed in the last four

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) speaks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22 where around 500 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world gathered in peaceful protest against the Chinese Communist Party's (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

months since her resolution passed. “The persecution of Falun Gong is barbaric, bloody, and brutal, and it must come to an end at once!”

If anything the trend has been that the persecution is getting worse, observed Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.), in a statement read at the rally. “Over the last 11 years of the ban against practicing Falun Gong in China, we have seen persecution against Falun Gong intensify, including an increase in censorship of websites, television stations, and other forms of media sympathetic to Falun Gong.”

Two of the speakers were survivors of China’s Re-education Through Labor camps. Charles Lee spent three years in a labor camp. Jennifer Zeng from Sydney, Australia, said she was present in July 1999 when the first Falun Gong practitioners were rounded up. She was eventually sent to a labor camp where she said she was “beaten, shocked by electric batons to every part of the body,” and deprived of sleep for days.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, said that often female Falun Gong practitioners undergo forced abortions while being detained. She said that forced abortion and forced sterilizations were state policy in China and really forms of torture, which may explain the unusually large rate of female suicides in China and why China is the only country in the world where the female suicide rate is higher than the male suicide rate…….(to be cont’d)

– The epochtimes: Congressmen Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

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

Posted by Author on July 22, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Washington Times

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Eleven Years Killing of Chinese People’s Conscience and Falun Gong’s Peaceful Activism

Posted by Author on July 20, 2010


Press Statement, from the Falun Dafa Information Center, 20 Jul 2010 –

NEW YORK – Eleven years ago this week, the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to eradicate Falun Gong—a peaceful and popular spiritual practice embraced by tens of millions of Chinese citizens.  But the practitioners of Falun Gong are not the only victims, and the lives destroyed and lost are not the only costs.

Following the Communist Party’s decision to suppress Falun Gong on July 20th, 1999, Falun Gong books were burned in mass public displays, the state-run media turned out a deluge of propaganda to vilify the practice. Falun Gong practitioners were stripped of their rights to free expression, religious practice, and legal protections. Schools expelled students for practicing Falun Gong, and workplaces turned in employees to be imprisoned and tortured.

Falun Gong practitioners today represent the largest group of prisoners of conscience in the world, with hundreds of thousands extra-judicially imprisoned at any given time. Tens of thousands have been tortured in custody as prison guards attempt to force them to recant their beliefs. They are shocked with electric batons, burned, hung from ceilings, and beaten. They are denied adequate nutrition, and force-fed with hot peppers and human excrement. Women are raped, and even children and the elderly are not spared imprisonment and abuse.  Mounting evidence suggests many—thousands or even tens of thousands—have been killed for the extraction and sale of their vital organs. In 2009, over 109 reports were verified of practitioners killed as a result of abuse in custody.

Even outside of China’s borders, Falun Gong adherents are not free from the threat of surveillance, intimidation, defamation and even violence at the hands of Communist Party agents.

The Killing of Conscience

The Communist Party’s campaign of suppression is not merely about the physical security of Falun Gong adherents. Rather, it represents a threat to something far more fundamental and lasting:  the rights of individuals to seek to better themselves, and the collective values and integrity of an entire nation.

When the suppression in 1999 started, Falun Gong practitioners had never expressed any political ambitions. They were not subversive. They did not advocate for political transformation, and instead sought only the transformation of their own hearts. But even though they were not political dissidents, they were spiritual dissidents. In a nation where violence had been glorified, they chose to believe in compassion and patience.  In a system pervaded by deception and corruption, they practiced truth. And in a China whose new mantra was that ‘to be rich is glorious,’ they sought meaning not in the pursuit of money, but through meditation, self-reflection, and the practice of altruism.

As Falun Gong grew in China—with an estimated over 70 million people practicing by 1999—its popularity attracted the ire of top Communist Party leaders, who viewed its moral philosophy as ideological competition. This dynamic was described in an editorial from official Communist Party mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency, which ran on July 27th, 1999, declaring: “the ‘truth, kindness and tolerance’ principle preached by [Falun Gong] has nothing in common with the socialist ethical and cultural progress we are striving to achieve.”

The persecution aims not to kill Falun Gong practitioners; deaths in custody are generally a by-product. The true objective is forced religious conversion. Individuals who aspire to lead moral lives, who aspire to altruism and kindness, are imprisoned, vilified, and tortured for the purpose of turning them into people without spiritual belief. After they are “reformed” through coercion and abuse, they are then forced to partake in the “transformation” of other Falun Gong practitioners.  In a sense, the goal of persecution is to turn law-abiding people who aspire to kindness into people who inform on and torture their friends.

A Nation Victimized

Falun Gong practitioners are not the only victims of persecution in China.  The suppression of Falun Gong has been directed by the Communist Party and its security forces, but it has been executed with the help and acquiescence of hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens.

Police officers who entered their profession in order to protect the people have been forced to imprison elderly women for meditating in parks. Labor camp guards are threatened with the loss of jobs if they don’t partake in the torture and abuse of Falun Gong detainees, and reporters and editors are forced to print hate speech against the practice. School teachers are required to ensure that none of their students believe in Falun Gong, and employers are made to turn in productive employees to be sent to labor camps. Ordinary citizens are offered monetary rewards for informing on their neighbors who practice Falun Gong, and judges are not allowed to rule in favor of justice when Falun Gong adherents are brought before them.

And if nothing else, Chinese citizens have been told by their country’s leaders to hate Falun Gong, to feel contempt for its teachings of truth, compassion, and tolerance, and to stay silent when faced with injustice.

These are the other victims of the suppression of Falun Gong. True, they are not behind bars, nor denied educations and jobs because of their beliefs.  But they have been denied something even more important than physical freedoms—a clean conscience. They have been robbed of their integrity, blinded from truth. And it is for these people for whom Falun Gong adherents in China continue to risk their lives.

Since the suppression of Falun Gong began eleven years ago, the response by Falun Gong practitioners has been a path of non-violent efforts to educate their compatriots of the truth. They have countered a barrage of official propaganda with underground printing houses, where they create informational materials about the real nature of their spiritual beliefs. They have launched a satellite television station to broadcast uncensored news to China, and developed circumvention software to break through Internet censorship, enabling millions of Chinese citizens to freely access information. They have nurtured performing and visual arts groups to bring a message of peace, compassion, truth and hope to the Chinese people.

Today, there is reason for optimism. As time has worn on, a growing number of Chinese people are refusing to be complicit in the persecution against Falun Gong. By the hundreds of thousands, they write letters to Falun Gong websites expressing their support and solidarity with persecuted adherents. Dozens of human rights lawyers are now actively seeking to defend Falun Gong adherents, even though they know doing so will result in their disbarment and possibly torture.

More and more Chinese people are refusing to be cowed by threats of violence, because they know that a life lived without freedom of conscience is not a life worth living. They realize that the right to seek truth and to pursue self-actualization is what makes us human.  It is what makes a person strong, it is what gives meaning and value to life. It is what enables a nation or a culture, to flourish, and it is these things that, one day, can truly enable the nation of China to reach its full potential, a China that the world would like to see.

– The Falun Dafa Information Center:
Eleven Years of Persecution and Peaceful Activism

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Editorial: Enduring Darkness and Radiating Light– Falun Gong Practitioners in 11 Years of Persecution

Posted by Author on July 20, 2010


By The Epoch Times Editorial Board, July 20, 2010 –

"Shaken" by Chen Xiaoping, the Gold Award-winning painting in the Second Chinese International Figure Painting Competition. (Provided by NTDTV)

Eleven years ago this week, Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), started an all-out persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. The years since have been extraordinary for Falun Gong practitioners, the people in China, and free nations around the world.

In the past 11 years, the world has witnessed the pain and suffering Falun Gong practitioners have gone through. The CCP, in addition to spreading outrageous lies, has tortured Falun Gong practitioners with means of torture used only in the darkest eras of humankind, such as the needle club, steel wire, copper whip, bramble whip, genital beating, rape, and the like.

A report by the United Nations special rapporteur on torture listed at least 40 types of torture used by the CCP against Falun Gong practitioners.

According to reports on Clearwisdom, a website run by Falun Gong practitioners, there have been at least 3,300 confirmed deaths of Falun Gong practitioners; over 100,000 have been sentenced to labor camps; thousands more have been sent to mental hospitals where the tortures may include nerve-damaging drugs.

Untold numbers of practitioners have been forced to attend brainwashing classes, and untold numbers have been beaten, made to stand for hours or days on end, and extorted by law- enforcement officials.

Because of the CCP’s information blockade, only a fraction of the abuses suffered in the ongoing persecution are known.

Moral Test Faced By All

The CCP has used its enormous political, economic, and diplomatic resources against Falun Gong, forcing everyone inside and outside of China to choose whether to side with the persecution or to oppose it. The persecution stands opposed to modern civilization, and so its continued existence only highlights the persecutors’ cruelty as well as the moral dilemma that our era faces.

The contest between good and evil always determines the course of civilization. For instance, by the end of World War II, freedom had prevailed over fascism. Civilization has been built on a set of universal moral principles, and when such principles are destroyed, civilization will cease to exist. The sharp decline in morality visible in China today is precisely due to the CCP’s destruction of traditional morality.

When the CCP persecutes a group that believes in truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, it actually attacks the most fundamental standards of human morality. If the CCP were allowed to have its way, our moral heritage and our civilization would collapse.

The CCP’s attempt to persecute Falun Gong and the efforts to stop this persecution are a battle between good and evil. To keep silent in the face of the persecution is to stand idly by while the foundation of civilization is under attack. That this persecution has been allowed to last 11 years is an enormous shame for our age. The sustained persecution tries our conscience.

Starting 11 years ago, China slipped into a period of extreme darkness: Peasants have had their land expropriated; workers have been forced to retire early; people have seen their homes forcibly confiscated and torn down; underground Christians have endured harsh suppression; dissidents and human rights defenders have been jailed. Ordinary Chinese have experienced indescribable ordeals.

Turning Back the Darkness

On May 9, 2009, 6,000 Taiwanese practitioners in golden and white costumes formed an image of "Zhuan Falun," the book that guides practitioners in their cultivation. (The Epoch Times)

During the unprecedented, dark pressure of the past 11 years, Falun Gong practitioners’ behavior has surprised everyone. From the beginning to the end, they have remained peaceful and calm, a most remarkable characteristic. The practitioners’ peacefulness goes from the inside out, penetrates all around them, and reveals to those who wish to see it a path that might have otherwise been regarded as inconceivable.

Eleven years ago, Falun Gong was practiced in 30 countries. Since then, Falun Gong has been calmly and peacefully spreading and is now practiced in 114 countries. Today, Falun Gong can be found in most areas in Asia, North America, South America, and Europe, and in some African countries. Falun Gong books have been translated into over 40 languages.

Inside China, the unyielding spirit of Falun Gong practitioners has inadvertently reversed the dangerous trend of the moral collapse of the entire society.

In the most difficult of situations, Falun Gong practitioners have forged ahead and in doing so have revived the Chinese people’s upright spirit and morality, which was on the brink of extinction. As a result, the Chinese have found a way out of a fearsome impasse. People are starting to see hope and brightness at the end of the tunnel. In all of history, this is unprecedented.

In the shadow of the Berlin Wall that separated the free West from the communist East, President John F. Kennedy said, “Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.”

When Jiang Zemin wantonly twisted the law to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, the CCP officials at all levels began employing the same method to suppress other groups. That was the origin of China’s darkness and corruption we are witnessing today.

We are very fortunate to see how Falun Gong practitioners have responded to the persecution. They have manifested amazing will power, resisted the persecution unyieldingly and constantly, and told the truth to people compassionately, peacefully, and rationally.

Everything done by the practitioners has been done not been merely to protect their own rights, but to protect the legal rights of everyone. Evil can never prevail over good. Their spirit has become the great asset as well as the glory of our time because they have lightened the dark land with the light of their own lives.

The Epochtimes

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Review: 11 Years of Persecution of Falun Gong in China (video)

Posted by Author on July 20, 2010


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State secret: A Staged Tragedy by Chinese Authority: Self-Immolation in Tiananmen Square, 2001

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West Still Silent over 10-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

Posted by Author on July 19, 2009


Clive Ansley, US-Canada President, Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG ), Via Canada Free Press, July 18, 2009 –

July 20, 2009 marks an important anniversary.  But unlike most anniversaries, this is not a happy one, and provides no occasion for celebration.  Ten years ago, on July 20th, 1999 the Chinese Communist Party launched a genocidal campaign of torture, mass murder, and ultimately of genocide directed against some seventy to one hundred million Falun Gong practitioners in China.  This pogrom has continued unabated now for a full decade while the world has stood silently by, averted its eyes and essentially re-enacted the “see no evil, speak no evil, see no evil” cowardice and avarice which characterized the callous indifference of the world during the 1930’s to the growing evidence of the coming Nazi holocaust against the Jewish people.

Just as William Lyon Mackenzie King refused to allow any Jewish refugees to disembark in Canada, Canadian politicians at every level of government today demonstrate their unprincipled and craven willingness to succor the most bloodthirsty and barbarous regime since the Nazi era.  In the face of substantial and uncontradicted evidence that the Beijing police state has murdered tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners on the operating tables of China’s hospitals in order to harvest their organs for lucrative profits on the international transplant market; and as the most vicious and unprecedented campaign of persecution and terror against China’s lawyers unfolds before our eyes, disbarring, torturing, incarcerating and “disappearing” incredibly courageous human rights lawyers, what do our unprincipled politicians and our “Fourth Estate” have to say? What do the representatives of the legal profession in democratic countries have to say?

The mass murder of healthy Falun Gong practitioners for the sole purpose of plundering their organs constitutes the greatest Crime against Humanity since the Holocaust; the brutal persecution, terrorization, and repression of the entire “Rights Protection” bar in China constitutes the single greatest affront to the Rule of Law which the world has witnessed in a long time.  As the documentation of these crimes continues to grow exponentially, politicians such as Bob Rae assure us that while there are still some human rights problems in China, Beijing is making substantial progress and the human rights situation is improving significantly.  Our current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Cannon, thinks we should avoid publicly embarrassing the Beijing dictators about little things like organ harvesting and the bestial torture and disbarment of human rights lawyers.  The Canadian Bar Association and some provincial law societies (with the commendable exception of the Law Society of Upper Canada) have remained totally mute with respect to the treatment of their Chinese colleagues; indeed various CBA representatives continue to peddle the errant and vapid nonsense that China is committed to the Rule of Law and that reform of China’s spurious and fraudulent “legal” system is progressing at an impressive pace.

And the Fourth Estate? The pathetic North American media has been virtually mute throughout this full decade of organ theft and genocide committed by Beijing.  Hardly a word has ever appeared in print and scarcely a whisper of this mass atrocity has been heard on the television networks or cable services.  In terms of sheer undeniable newsworthiness, it is irrefutably the biggest story of this century. Yet it is apparently a taboo topic in our derelict media.  We are informed that those conscientious reporters who turn in stories on the persecution are told by their editors that their papers will not touch this topic.

Instead of offering comfort and support to the innocent victims of Beijing’s bestiality, unprincipled politicians such as those on Vancouver City Council turn the victims into the culprits and curry favour with Beijing.

This is the holocaust all over again. The Beijing Olympics was the Berlin Olympics of 1936 all over again.

Those who do not recognize this parallel are limited to the willfully blind; the morally bankrupt; and the profoundly ignorant.

And I want to end by coming back to the report—‘Bloody Harvest’—by David Matas and David Kilgour. This report MUST be addressed seriously and extensively by the North American media.

The credibility of the authors of this report is simply not in question—David Matas is perhaps the leading human rights lawyer in Canada; David Kilgour is a former Secretary of State for Far Eastern affairs in Canada; both are lawyers; and they have impeccable credentials. This is not coming from the National Enquirer or Fox News; this is coming from sources that are simply unimpeachable. And given the horrendous nature of the allegations—and the unimpeachable sources which have produced the report—crime cannot be legitimately ignored by legitimate journalists. It must be debated.

Journalists are entitled to dispute the methods of the Kilgour-Matas research; they have not done so.

Journalists are entitled to criticize the nature of the evidence; they have not done so.

Journalists are entitled to produce contrary evidence; they have not done so.

But what the legitimate media is not entitled to do is to leave their readers and viewers uninformed about credible and compelling evidence of a new holocaust.

Clive Ansley, US-Canada CIPFG President

Canada Free Press

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(Photos) NGOs support Falun Gong at Washington D.C Rally

Posted by Author on July 18, 2009


Photos by The Epochtimes, for Rally to end the persecution of Falun Gong, at Washington DC’s National Mall, July 16, 2009. Published on July 17, 2009-

Dr. Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn of Freedom House speaking at the rally

Dr. Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn of Freedom House speaking at the rally

Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, speaking at the rally

Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, speaking at the rally

Faith McDonad, Director of Religious Liberty Programs/Institute on Religion and Democracy, speaking at the rally

Faith McDonad, Director of Religious Liberty Programs/Institute on Religion and Democracy, speaking at the rally

Patricia Burkhardt of Church Women United, speaking at the rally

Patricia Burkhardt of Church Women United, speaking at the rally

Michael Horowitz of Hudson Institute, speaking at the rally

Michael Horowitz of Hudson Institute, speaking at the rally

Ms. Erin Weston of Jubilee Campaign USA, speaking at the rally

Ms. Erin Weston of Jubilee Campaign USA, speaking at the rally

Rev. Clark Lobenstine, Executive Director of The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, speaking at the rally

Rev. Clark Lobenstine, Executive Director of The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, speaking at the rally

Patrick Mohoney, director of Christian Defense Coalition, speaking at the rally

Patrick Mohoney, director of Christian Defense Coalition, speaking at the rally

Suzanne Scholte, President of Defense Forum Foundation, speaking at the rally

Suzanne Scholte, President of Defense Forum Foundation, speaking at the rally

Jim Geheran, Director of Initiatives for China, speaking at the rally

Jim Geheran, Director of Initiatives for China, speaking at the rally

Genghe, wife of detained prominent Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, speaking at the rally

Genghe, wife of detained prominent Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, speaking at the rally

Tang Boqiao, Chairman of China Peace, speaking at the rally

Tang Boqiao, Chairman of China Peace, speaking at the rally

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10 years on, Falun Gong shows strength

Posted by Author on July 18, 2009


By Shaun Tandon (AFP) , July 28, 2009-

WASHINGTON — Ten years after China banned the Falungong spiritual movement, the two sides are waging a battle both at home and abroad where the group has become a nagging thorn in Beijing’s side.

Falun Gong has taken its case straight to the Western street, where rallies highlighting the group’s signature breathing exercises and grisly photos of purported victims of China’s crackdown have become a fixture.

Falungong has tried to show its strength ahead of the anniversary of China’s ban on July 20, 1999, with thousands of supporters converging on Washington in yellow shirts for public speeches, prayers and vigils.

Sixty-two members of the US Congress signed a letter to President Barack Obama to denounce “one of the most unjust and cruel persecutions of our times.”

The lawmakers called on the Obama administration to speak out to China to end “the extreme brutality of the persecution faced by Falungong practitioners.”

Even for China, which in the past two years has witnessed deadly unrest involving Uighur and Tibetan minorities, Falungong remains an especially sensitive topic and is rarely mentioned by state media.

Unveiled in 1992 by Li Hongzhi, who now lives quietly in the New York area, Falungong emphasizes moral teachings and Qigong, slow graceful movements (and sometimes breathing techniques), to promote the circulation of qi within the human body, and enhance a practitioner’s overall health.

It was once encouraged by Chinese authorities to ease the burden on a creaky health system.

However, aghast after thousands of Falungong supporters gathered in Beijing to protest against persecution, China’s then president Jiang Zemin issued orders in 1999 to eliminate the group. China later declared it an “evil cult.”

Falungong says that more than 3,200 practitioners have since died from persecution and that Chinese authorities have harvested their organs.

While it is impossible to independently verify each case, Falungong supporters and relatives speak of constant monitoring and harassment.

Jin Pang, 26, a Chinese student in the United States, said her mother was taken away with some 100 other Falungong practitioners in the eastern city of Weifang in July last year ahead of the Beijing Olympics. She has not heard from her mother since.

Jin, who has sought help from dozens of US politicians, fears the worst. She said police held her mother for 11 days in 2001 and beat her with electric batons that burned her body. She said her mother was freed after police demanded 2,000 yuan (300 dollars) from the family……. (more details from AFP)

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(photos) US Congress members support Falun Gong at Washington D.C. Rally

Posted by Author on July 18, 2009


Photos by The Epochtimes, July 17, 2009-

Rally to end the persecution  of Falun Gong, Washington D.C, July 16, 2009 (By the Epochtimes)

Rally to end the persecution of Falun Gong, Washington D.C, July 16, 2009 (By the Epochtimes)

Congress woman Ms. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congress woman Ms. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Christopher Smith speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Christopher Smith speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Dana Rohrabacher speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Dana Rohrabacher speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Roscoe Bartlett speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Roscoe Bartlett speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congress woman Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congress woman Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. William Clay speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. William Clay speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Gus Bilirakis speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Gus Bilirakis speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Anh Joseph Cao speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Anh Joseph Cao speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

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Pictures of the Day, July 17 – Falun Gong mark the 10th anniversary of China’s ban

Posted by Author on July 18, 2009


Pictures of the Day, The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2009-

Hundreds of Falun Gong parishioners meditated through body movements on Washington’s National Mall Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of China’s ban on the practice.

Hundreds of Falun Gong parishioners meditated through body movements on Washington’s National Mall Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of China’s ban on the practice.

More photos from The Wall Street Journal’s Pictures of the Day

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Speech: Falun Gong As Decade Long Victims of Rule by Terror

Posted by Author on July 17, 2009


By Hon. David Kilgour, via mwcnews.net, July 17, 2009

Falun Gong As Decade Long Victims of Rule by Terror

Media Conference , 130s Centre Block, House of Commons
Ottawa ,16 July 2009
Hon. David Kilgour

Almost exactly ten years ago, the party-state in Beijing launched its campaign against a government-estimated 70-100 million Falun Gong practitioners. The then determinedly-non-political Falun Gong, which is an exercise community with a spiritual component, soon became the latest in a long list of  ‘enemies of the party’.  Atrocities against Falun Gong supporters continue today across China.

Reigns of terror against Party-selected groups and persons  have occurred periodically since Mao Zedong seized power in 1949. In the name of revolution, millions were starved to death, for example, in the Great Leap Forward of 1958; countless others were tortured, abused, executed and deprived of basic human dignity.  Probably very few Chinese citizens have been treated more brutally than the Falun Gong.

Organ pillaging from Falun Gong practitioners has been studied in an independent report by legal scholar David Matas and myself ( http://organharvestinginvestigation.net ).  The two of us found 52 kinds of evidentiary proof indicating that this crime against humanity is occurring.  The Government of China has  to date made no substantive response to our report.

Just this month, three lawyers were arrested in China for daring to defend Falun Gong practitioners. The persecution of  another prominent attorney, Gao Zhisheng, who defended Falun Gong, continues.  He was twice arrested and suffered seventy days of torture. Despite repeated appeals from a range of Chinese and international groups for accounts of his whereabouts and release, Beijing ignores them.

Genocide?

David Matas to the International Association of Genocide Scholars at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, concluded on June 9th of this year:

”Every Chinese embassy around the world participates in this incitement (against Falun Gong). Despite their denials, they have to know about the mass killings of Falun Gong practitioners. The evidence fills human rights reports. There are constant media stories. The information is a click of a mouse away on the internet. Any claim of ignorance would mean that they have wilfully been turning blind eyes to the obvious, not a defense in law. So, in sum, the crime of genocide has been committed against the Falun Gong community, through torture, through organ harvesting and through the incitement that leads to both. The elements of the crime, the mass killings based on identity and the intent to destroy the group, can be established. ”

Mr. Matas provided detailed reasons for coming to this legal conclusion, which are available in the Update section of our report website.

China’s Gulag

Forced labour is tragically all too common today, but only the party-state of China uses it to punish and suppress fellow citizens. Any Chinese national can be sent to a camp without any form of trial for up to four years upon committal by a police signature. No appeal is possible. Mao in the 1950s closely duplicated the work camp model set up in Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Germany, which in China alone continues today.

In China, only Falun Gong camp inmates are used as a live organ bank to be pillaged for sales to foreigners or Chinese nationals. Medical testing is required before organs can be matched with recipients, but only Falun Gong prisoners in the camp populations are tested medically on a regular basis. In the estimated 340 camps across China as of 2005, up to 300,000 “workers” toil in inhuman conditions for up to sixteen hours daily without any pay, producing a wide range of consumer products, mostly for export in blatant violation of World Trade Organization rules.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Such practices are fully consistent with Beijing`s rejection of the recommendations advanced by a number of governments, including Canada’s, in a Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council earlier this year……. Read the rest of this entry »

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Falun Gong rallies in US on 10-year anniversary of crackdown

Posted by Author on July 17, 2009


AFP, July 16, 2009-

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of supporters of the Falun Gong spiritual movement have rallied in Washington ahead of the 10th anniversary of its ban by China, with a special push to free a prominent rights lawyer.

China banned Falun Gong, whose Buddhist-inspired teachings focus on exercises, on July 20, 1999. Beijing has since branded Falun Gong an “evil cult” and sometimes brutally suppressed its practitioners.

Hundreds of Falun Gong members wearing yellow shirts converged outside of the US Capitol, holding banners demanding that China “end the persecution” and handing out fliers to passers-by.

“One must wonder exactly why Falun Gong, a serene movement based upon traditional Chinese breathing exercises and meditation, has drawn such a frenzied response,” Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told the rally.

“The answer, my friends, is all too simple,” the Republican said. “Falun Gong stands for the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. These principles represent the very antithesis of what the Communist Party of China stands for — lies, brutality and intolerance.”

Dana Rohrabacher, another outspoken critic of Beijing in the US Congress, pledged that “we will not forget the persecution and the prosecution of the Falun Gong.

“You have remained courageous. You have gained the attention of good people throughout the world. That is what will change the world — not violence, but open hands and open hearts,” he said.

Falun Gong supporters pleaded for the release of Gao Zhisheng, a lawyer who has been tipped for the Nobel Peace Prize who defended the spiritual movement, underground Christians and other unpopular groups.

Chinese authorities took him away on February 4 and he has not been heard from since, colleagues say.

His wife Geng He, who defected with their children to the United States in March, told the rally that Gao felt obliged to fight persecution that has gone “beyond anyone’s imagination.”

“Gao has said that to end this nation’s sufferings, we need people with high morals. Falun Gong practitioners have done so, and we must also do our part,” she said.

ChinaAid, a Christian rights group, said it delivered petitions with 100,000 signatures seeking Gao’s release to the Chinese embassy in Washington and the US State Department.

AFP

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China’s Falun Gong still suppressed after 10 year’s crackdown

Posted by Author on July 17, 2009


By Julia Duin, The Washington Times, USA, Thursday, July 16, 2009 –

At noon Thursday on the lower west terrace lawn of the U.S. Capitol, members of Congress, human rights and religious freedom activists will meet to commemorate a sad anniversary: 10 years of imprisonment and torture of the Chinese meditation group Falun Gong.

You may remember how Wenyi Wang, a reporter for the Epoch Times, sneaked into the press section during an April 20, 2006, speech on the South Lawn of the White House just before Chinese President Hu Jintao was to give a speech. Suddenly, “Stop persecuting Falun Gong,” she screamed while unfurling a yellow banner with the group’s name on it. It took several minutes for the Secret Service to arrest her.

Falun Gong is a Chinese spiritual discipline that is Buddhist in nature. It consists of moral teachings, meditation and four exercises that resemble tai-chi.

The group says 3,200 of its members, at a minimum, have been tortured to death by the Chinese government. It cites Wang Lixuan, who had to watch her 7-month-old son die in front of her after he was hung upside down. Then police broke her neck and crushed her skull.

Then there are the forced organ transplants, one of the things Miss Wenyi was protesting. Just before her White House visit, this newspaper interviewed a Chinese journalist who uncovered a secret detention center in northern China that was used to harvest human organs for sale to domestic and international buyers. (The Chinese, of course, denied such a place exists.) The journalist estimated 6,000 Falun Gong prisoners were being mined for body parts. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, which chronicled the practice in March 2007, said the harvesting began in 2001.

What got the communist government going on April 25,1999, was the Falun Gong’s ability to summon 10,000 of its practitioners, standing in silent protest, in a mass demonstration in Zhongnanhai, the government’s compound in Beijing. The government struck back July 20, arresting the ringleaders of the April demonstration. Thousands of practitioners, the Falun Gong says, were dragged from their beds at dawn that day by police.

The Falun Gong is one of many groups I have listed in the fat religious persecution folder in my office. Buddhists, Muslims (especially out west) and Christians likewise get brutalized in China. But the Falun Gong, whose numbers were 70 million to 100 million at its height, seem to outrage the Chinese leaders the most. Maybe it’s because the Falun Gong outnumbered the membership of the Communist Party and their practices are so quintessentially Chinese.

New Jersey Reps. Christopher H. Smith, a Republican, and Robert E. Andrews, a Democrat, plus 59 other members of Congress wrote a July 8 letter to President Obama asking that, “In view of the extreme brutality of the persecution faced by Falun Gong practitioners, our government should speak very clearly and specifically on their behalf to the Chinese government.”

Mr. Obama hasn’t said much about religious persecution during his brief time in office and the U.S. government isn’t exactly known for standing up to China on human rights issues. Our massive indebtedness to China gives us little heft when it comes to pressuring them. But where there’s a will, there’s a way and the Falun Gong deserves a break.

Julia Duin’s Stairway to Heaven column runs Thursdays and Sundays. Contact her at jduin@washingtontimes.com.

The Washington Times

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Rally July 19: Crackdowns in China prompt rally in Washington DC

Posted by Author on July 15, 2009


Rally anouncement, The China Support Network (CSN)-

CSN invites the public for July 19 (2009) rally, 3-6pm
Marking the tenth anniversary of Falun Gong persecution in China

“I think that one year of genocide is too much. So why are we talking about ten?” This rhetorical question sets up the speech we anticipate to be delivered by John Kusumi, founder of the China Support Network (CSN), at a Washington DC rally upcoming on Sunday, July 19 2009. Rock band Light Club, known for its songs that present Chinese human rights issues in the form of American rock music, will also appear and debut a new sonic experience to boost Chinese human rights. Live streaming video of the event will be viewable in China (to those who can get around the Great Firewall of regime-sponsored internet blockage.)

These are weighty times in the China issue. On July 5, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party-led government) commenced a new crackdown with a massacre of Uyghur residents in the city of Urumqi in the west of China. News reports have likened that crackdown to the one which occurred in Tibet last year. China’s President Hu Jintao quickly abandoned the G8 summit and left Italy to return to China.

“He had to hurry home to commit genocide and crimes against humanity,” offered CSN’s John Kusumi as his interpretation of the move. Kusumi has also published an article, “What recently happened with Uyghurs?” that offers more nuanced analysis and is currently making its way around the internet.

Kusumi offered some more perspective by saying, “The China Support Network began in order to denounce one crackdown, the Tiananmen Square crackdown [of 1989]. Now look at what is on our plate today: Tiananmen crackdown [1989], Falun Gong crackdown [1999-present], Tibetan crackdown [of 2008], and Uyghur crackdown [of 2009]. The CCP can’t finish having one problem before it commences to add new ones into the record of history.”

In terms of death toll, the Falun Gong crackdown is the biggest and deadliest, followed by the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, the 2009 Uyghur crackdown, and the 2008 Tibetan crackdown in that order. Hence, it is fitting that the rally which is planned for Sunday on the National Mall (between 3rd and 4th Streets, in Washington DC) is in observance of the tenth anniversary of the still-ongoing Falun Gong crackdown. “The Communists are stubborn, and don’t change their ways,” observed Kusumi.

The rally is sponsored by Friends of Falun Gong, with the China Support Network and Light Club as co-sponsors. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are likely to be in attendance. Additional music and speeches will come from other quarters as well. The China Support Network and Light Club are mainstream in the Chinese pro-democracy movement, and their starting point was response to the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. They have strongly supported the Falun Gong, and so the program will now blend these angles into a more general angle that is pro-freedom and in line with the international human rights community.

Light Club is an American rock act started by CSN man Tim Britt. Britt is the band leader, songwriter, guitarist, and at the University of Hartford, Britt is a professor of audio technology. Previous rallies have heard performances of “Remember Tiananmen Square,” “Freedom First, Olympics Second,” and “Bye Bye CCP.” Could there be something new this year? Yes. According to Kusumi, “It’s safe to spill the beans. This will be the premier live performance of ‘Chinese Democracy Defiled.’ It nicely rounds out an excellent quartet of songs for this cause. The existence of the song is not a secret; it’s already on MySpace. What will be new is to hear it live with a large audience.”

For those who want to preview the new song, ‘Chinese Democracy Defiled,’ it is at www.myspace.com/lightclubmusic.

– by The China Support Network

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China Flight Captain: Massive Wave of Party Withdrawal Covered Up

Posted by Author on August 3, 2007


Speech by Yuan Sheng, former flight captain for China Eastern Airlines, at Rally to Support 24 Million Chinese Quit The Chinese Communist Party, on July 20, 2007, in Washington D.C.Yuan sheng at rally

“Greetings! My name is Yuan Sheng, formerly a flight captain for China Eastern Airlines. I was accused because I promoted Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party (The Nine Commentaries) at Shanghai airport. When my life was in danger, I had to stay in the U.S. to avoid potential persecution if I went back to China.

“Since the publication of The Nine Commentaries , my friends overseas and I have introduced and spread it to those people who desire to know the true facts. Many of them have passed their statements of quitting the CCP to me and let me help them to quit the CCP via telephone or Internet when I was traveling overseas.

“Since the publication of The Nine Commentaries , many of my colleagues and other people have often read the overseas reports about Chinese people quitting the CCP, and some of them even spoke about it publicly in China.

“This showed that Chinese people no longer have fear after the long-term terror. However the CCP is desperately attempting to hide from the public the fact of the massive withdrawals from the CCP; this indicates that it is the CCP that is truly afraid.

“The CCP is doomed to be eliminated by heaven. I sincerely hope all kind-hearted people in mainland China can read The Nine Commentaries and recognize the evil nature of the CCP. I hope people will eventually stay away from the CCP, cast it aside in order to choose a bright future. The most evil and brutal persecution toward Falun Gong should also be ended soon.

“Thank you all.”

Yuan Sheng,
July 20, 2007

Yuan Sheng was former flight captain for China Eastern Airlines. On August 9, 2006, Yuan spoke to someone at the Shanghai airport about the forbidden topic of quitting the CCP and caught the police’s attention. Yuan now lives in the U.S. under political asylum.

– Excerpt from the Epochtimes report:
CCP Desperately Tries to Hide Massive Wave of Party Withdrawal

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U.S. Congresswoman: As a friend, we should honest enough to challenge China on human rights

Posted by Author on August 1, 2007


Speech, by U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, at Revealing a True China 2007 forum, in Washington D.C, U.S, on July 18, 2007

Speech on Revealing a True China 2007 forum

by Sheila Jackson Lee
U.S. CongresswomanCongresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Thank you, Stephen, very much. We have a creative podium here. Dr. Ming, Professor Ming, thank you very much. I came in during your presentation and obviously you’ve laid the groundwork for an important question. You have queried us about “what the next step is for China.”

I am a friend of China. I’m a friend of Chinese people. Why do I say that? Because friends tell each other the truth. And I believe that there is probably no comparable nation state with the enormous history and opportunity of China.

Now I will be argued with by many of my friends around the world. Stephen, I consider myself as an internationalist and I believe America is at her best when she is engaging, interacting, responding, befriending, and instructing in the welcoming way, but also demanding. And America must be demanding of herself.

And so as I speak to you today, let me emphasize the importance of the Epoch Times and its communication vehicle that it is. Let me indicate that as we commemorate the 8th year of the brutal and unspeakable actions against Falun Gong on July 20th, let us be reminded that acquiescence, complacency, and reserve are not the call of the day.

So I am grateful for the representation that 23 million Chinese, 23 M, have stood up and said: “Now I renounce Communism! I do so in the name of the spirits of those who have lost their lives, who remain languishing in jails. I want no more crimes! I want no more unending persecution without justice! —the scales of justice that we’ve seen in this country.” Albeit we know that we are culturally different, there must be a basis of justice in China. “No more darkness and no more Communism!”

Now I say this in the spirit of free speech, for there may be many who would describe Communism in a different way. And frankly, we’ve lived alongside of Communism. I would venture to say that even if I asked any of you, whether the economic underpinnings of Communism might be acceptable. That’s what their initial premise – Socialism and Communism was: a collective body – to be able to help everyone.

But then when it ascended, to despotism, to the locking up of intellectual thought, to the attacking of students, who really are the cream of the crop, are being able to promote intellectual thought. That raises the ugly head of Communism. And then, as we have seen the maligning of Falun Gong – a religion that should be allowed to express its freedom.

This morning we passed the legislation dealing with Ethiopia. A friend, as I would say, my colleague and predecessor, the honorable Mickey Leland, lost his life going to Ethiopia to see those who were starving in 1989. He had a love for people.

But yet we have come full circle, and today out of affection for this nation, we passed a bill of sanction. We passed the bill that would limit the military aid. Why?

Because people are languishing in jail. There is a stifling of free speech.

So I say to our friends in China, a friend and I say to our nation: we are less if we believe that “Human Rights” is not a sufficient and most moving and provocative challenge, that we should now be honest enough to challenge our friends.

I would also say to you as we look to the future, as the Epoch Times becomes the vehicle of conveying that it is alright to be able to speak against the government. It is alright to differ in your political philosophy so that you desire not to become a Communist and it is the responsibility of the government not to penalize those so that they could not have an economical opportunity.

Let me say to you that I came to the era of what we call the Black Student Movement. That was the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement. We were the beneficiaries – being able to go into the integrated colleges. But the Civil Rights action was what we called a movement. The movement premised on the fact that we had language in our Declaration of Independence that we all were created equal with certain unalienable rights. We had a Bill of Rights that said we all deserve due process. But yet we had to modify our Constitution to be able to have 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, to end, to strangle the segregation that was the mindset of many in this country. But it was a movement that moved the laws.

So let me applaud those who are willing to risk what we say in America “life and limb” to create a movement – Falun Gong is a movement of spirit and religion – and those who have stood up to say: “Now, I’m renouncing Communism.” It is a movement. So let me congratulate you.

And may you count those of us who continue to persist in the dignity of all human beings, the value of human rights and intellectual thought, and professionalism, if you will, challenges the future of our children and the greatness of China, all together. Count us as friends that we continue to encourage you to be part of a movement, and let us work together so that we are not denounced wrongly for wanting to do good. And that we are perceived to be the friends of China that I know that all of you are, wanting for it, “the best”.

As I close, I’d like to acknowledge my good friend – Congressman Rohrabacher who I’m sure will come soon, and you can see from the wide diversity from those who are here, China has many friends, looking to take it to that higher level that all people are created equal. Thank you all so very much.

Sheila Jackson Lee
U.S. Congresswoman
July 18, 2007

Original speech of Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee and Chinese translation available from the Epochtimes

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Taiwan Church leader: Torch of Freedom and Democracy Will Flame China

Posted by Author on July 31, 2007


Speech, by Mr. Neng_Hsiang Wang, Leader of Taiwan Presbyterian Church- Washington; former leader of Taiwan’s democratic movement, on July 20, 2007, in Washington D.C., at Rally to Support 24 Million Chinese Quit The Chinese Communist Party-

Speech at Rally to Support 24 Million Chinese Quit the CCP

 Mr. Neng_Hsiang WangMr. Neng_Hsiang Wang

Thanks for the invitation of the Rally organizer. Before I speak, let me first:

“Salute to Organizers and Thousands of Participants of this Washington DC Rally!”

“Salute to 24 Millions Courageous Chinese Who Quit the Chinese Communist Party!”

“Freedom and Democracy” are the best and the most constructive symbiotic political system of human inventions, and our time in particular. It is too long for China to experiment the demoniac institution of Totalitarianism and Communism in a land where over one quarter of the world’s inhabitants claim to be their home.

In China, the practitioners of Totalitarianism create a tight control allowing liberty only to the very few with strong vested interest in Communist leadership, and, simultaneously invent a psychic force of both fear and mistrust between the ruling elite and the people under its rule–and among the suffering inhabitants. On the other hand, through the extensive practices of kickback, bribery, fake products, fake government statistics, and Made-in-China epidemics such as SARS, Chinese Communism has brought about massive corruptions in China and even the world.

Totalitarian control inevitably will seek to cover up the infamous corruptions arising from Communist rule. And Communist rule will try ceaselessly to kindle people’s absolute fear in Totalitarian control. Some of the greatest fears are children’s open betrayal against their parents and students’ rebellion against their teachers. In such a suppressed culture and distorted society, beneath the façade of silence and tranquility, any rational person could predict that heavy weight revolutionary bombs, more powerful than the atomic bombs throwing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, would already have been awaiting explosion anytime soon.

Two decades ago, the Eastern Bloc, led by Soviet Russia, wrote a great historic chapter that Totalitarianism and Communism could dismantle from within by the invisible revolutionary power of the silent people. I firmly believe the people of China have wisdom and courage to overthrow Chinese Communist regime’s maddening demoniac leadership, which was imposed upon its silent population without their popular consent. Such demon has been in power for too long, becoming too corrupt, and, over the years, logically accelerating its tempo of political decay.

Freedom and Democracy—the best and the most constructive symbiotic political system of our time—will, and can, stop the demoniac institution of Totalitarianism and Communism. Today the Chinese Communist leadership is boasting the size and beauty of the coming Summer Olympic which is scheduled to take place in Beijing next year. I have no doubt in my mind the torch of Freedom and Democracy will follow the steps of next year’s Summer Olympic to set flame on the Communist regime, which, by next year, will have been in power for sixty years.

The sooner the Chinese Communist regime ends its rule, the less costly the damages to China’s culture, society, and its people. When the days come, the liberated New China should without hesitation work out a policy of reconciliation among the people and, with no less urgency, a structure of peace. Such structure should bring about mutual benefits with China’s neighboring countries, and the rest of the world as well by acting as a responsible member of world community.

Thank you all!

Neng_Hsiang Wang
Leader, Taiwan Presbyterian Church- Washington
Former leader of Taiwan’s democratic movement

July 20, 2007

Washington D.C.

Original speech in both  Chinese and English available from the Epochtimes website

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Lawyer: Pledged Our Lives to the Freedom of Falun Gong in China

Posted by Author on July 31, 2007


Speech, by Attorney John D. Hemenway, on July 20, 2007, in Washington D.C., at Rally to Support 24 Million Chinese Quit The Chinese Communist Party-

Brief Remarks for Falun Gong Supporters

 

by Attorney John D. HemenwayAttorney John D. Hemenway

1. How did United States Relations with China Evolve?

1945 sounded the end of the colonial period. Japan was conquered with only 2 nuclear bombs. Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuo-ming-tang, that is, the Republic of China dominated China. The Republic of China claimed Taiwan in 1941 and this was confirmed at Cario in 1943.

But the surrender of the Japanese in China was mishandled – – the Soviets handed Japanese war materials to the Communists. Through a series of military disasters, the Communists were dominated on the Mainland China.

Not only did Mao make his despotism a carbon copy of the Moscow regime, he succeeded in getting USSR nuclear weapons technology. Even today one could take a document from the Soviet Union, cross out the Cyrillic letters “USSR” and put in the “People’s Republic of China” and one would not have to change a word. The document would be contemporary.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Article 1 of the Constitution of the Communist People’s Republic of China declares the“democratic centralism”would determine the internal policies of China. A basis communist concept, this means every person must kow-tow to the leader.

2. This is Exactly Why Falun Gong is Persecuted

A Communist regime can not tolerate any organization it does not control. Members of the Falun Gong are independent free thinkers. Beijing wants to control your organization. Do not let this happen!

Britain surrendered Hong Kong to the Communists. There was lip service given to two systems under one government, but the Court of Appeals in Hong Kong has now been taken over by the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

3. Kissinger Favored the Communists in Power in China

No less an authority than Pearl Buck (Author of “The Good Earth”) declared in 1972, when President Nixon made Red China a “Strategic Partner” of the U.S. that one could not have chosen a worse pattern for the recognition of Red China. To modify relations with the Republic of China and hand the veto power to the Communists was nothing less than stupid.

No real American would have made such a recommendation changing U.S. policy. But then, no real American would have abandoned U.S. prisoners of war to the communists, as Kissinger did. The Department of State, however, has many so-called China experts who were eager to be posted in China.

The Chinese are a great and talented people. In my youth, one spoke of 400 millions customers – – there was a book by that name. Today, it is 1.3 billion customers. But we can not tolerate the bribing of U.S. Senators, whose spouses are deeply engaged in the China trade. These individuals are motivated by greed and avarice.

4. Urge Supporters Pledge to Fight for the Freedom of Falun Gong

There is more to our relationship with China than profit. We must support freedom and independence from tyranny. It is therefore fitting that we meet today in the shadow of a monument to a great man who bravely led the fight for freedom after the shots were fired in Lexington that were heard around the world. Today, the leadership of the Falun Gong should follow the same principles of that great man.

Recall the final words of the United States “Declaration of Independence” – – the signers “pledged our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to the cause of freedom”. Let those supporting the Falun Gong pledge to do the same on this day!

Thank You!

 

Attorney John D. Hemenway

July 20, 2007

Washington D.C.

Original report, in both English and Chinese, from the Epochtimes

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President of Asia Coalition: Work Till the End of the Chinese Communist Party

Posted by Author on July 30, 2007


Speech, by Mr. Hai Van Ha, President of the Southeast Asia Democracy Coalition, on July 20, 2007, in Washington D.C., at Rally to Support 24 Million Chinese Quit The Chinese Communist Party-

Speech at Rally to Support 24 Million Chinese Quit The Chinese Communist Party

by Hai Van Ha
President of the Southeast Asia Democracy Coalition
Mr. Hai Van Ha

Good Morning

Professor Sen Nieh
Distinguish guests
Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am very honored and privileged to be here with you today not only to show my support but also to let you know that I always stand by your side to fight for freedom for the Chinese people and to promote democracy for Asia.

Through your hard work during the past few years, over 24 million of Chinese Communist party members have given up their memberships and joined the people harmony forces, in hope that nearly 2 billion people will rejoice their liberty as the rest of the people in the free world.

Communism is falling therefore Communist of China is no exception. I want to tell the Chinese Communist leaders that, this is the time for all of you to give up your power to the people; this is the time for you to stand by side with your people to rebuild the country in the way of your people wanted; this is the time for you to restore the country which you have ruined and destroyed for many decades and this is the time when Chinese people welcome you to the China Democratic country and you will become the Chinese heroes. Otherwise you will be looked on as traitors of your country and war criminals of your people.

As president of the Southeast Asia Democracy Coalition, I urge President George W. Bush and our U.S Senators and Representatives in Congress to put pressure on China Communist Regime to:

·Release all Political, Religious Leaders unconditionally
·Return all lands, properties to the people
· Stop imprisonment and the killing of Falun Gong Members and the selling their Organs
· Respect human rights for its own people
· Restore liberty for Chinese people

Today, we get-together to make a commitment with our Asian fellows, that we neither can rest nor stop working until China is freed and put an END to the Communist Party. I strongly believe that that day will come very soon and we will all be welcomed back with dignity and respect.

God bless America and China !

 

 

Hai Van Ha
President of the Southeast Asia Democracy Coalition

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Asia Alliance: Support Chinese People on Their Way to Democracy

Posted by Author on July 30, 2007


Speech, by Thongchanh Boulom, Treasurer of The Alliance for democracy of Asians in USA & General Secretary of the United League for democracy of Laos, on Jul. 20, 2007, at Rally to Support 24 Million Chinese Quit the CCP, in Washington D.C-

Speech at Rally to Support 24 Million Chinese Quit the CCP

by Thongchanh BoulomMr. Thongchanh Boulom

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honor for me to be here and express my congratulations on 24 million Chinese men and women who are struggling for human rights and democracy in China by quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

This event is very important and vital to us, freedom fighters. Through these magnificent actions, we will send a strong message to the members of the communist parties all over the world that: 24 million men and women are on their way towards democracy and human rights for themselves; as well as setting our sights on all of humanity enjoying democracy in the near future.

Today, we are here to protest the outlawing of Falun Gong practitioners by former dictator Jiang Zemin started on July 20, 1999. Following this decree, many crimes against people have been committed in China, particularly the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. 24 Million former CCP members and Falun Gong practitioners will unite together in order to become an ocean of men and women which will submerge and drown the community party in China because the goal of these men and women is democracy and the freedom to conduct their own civil liberties.

On behalf of the United League for Democracy of Laos (President Bounthanh Rathina), the Alliance for Democracy of Asians in USA and Vietnamese American Community (Mr. Tan Van Nguyen), Free Khmer (Mr. Thach Yen), I would like to say thank you to the organizer of this Rally today.

As you know, China, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are closed society lockdown by the clique designated communist parties: “the so called governments”. For them, human rights are the number one enemy. As we have seen from different angles of the camera taking pictures of difference faces of China, either by National Chinese or foreign journalists all demonstrate that all walks of life are difficult and are sardined into one cell. These countries look like giant prisons holding all their citizens, while facing forced imprisonment by their national army and police.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The alliance for democracy of Asians in USA understands the aspiration of the imprisoned citizens in their own countries. That is why we support Falun Gong practitioners to request their freedom of practice and will stand by their side with people of Cambodia, China, Laos and Vietnam to struggle for the same goal:

Such as:

Good Governance
Human Rights
Democratic constitution
Independence of Justice system

Thank you.

Thongchanh Boulom
Treasurer of The Alliance for democracy of Asians in USA
General Secretary of the United League for democracy of Laos.

Original report in both Chinese and English from the Epochtimes

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Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott: Support 24 Million Brave Chinese Quit the CCP

Posted by Author on July 25, 2007


Letter to Rally support 24 million Chinese quit the CCP, from Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice president of EU, on Jul. 20, 2007-Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott

First of all, I congratulate all of those who have today traveled from various parts of the world to Washington DC to show your support for this rally.

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China by the Chinese Communist regime. Up until now, millions of Falun Gong practitioners in
China have suffered terribly as a result of the regime’s brutal dictatorship, in addition to many Christians, Catholics, Tibetans and human rights defenders also. Sadly, the constant intimidation and harassment by public security personnel of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is to name but one.

Having committed such horrible crimes and embodying an evil that can only be considered unpardonable, the Chinese Communist Party is destined to collapse. The West should support the defense of Chinese people’s rights and freedoms and turn its back on the economic illusion being peddled by the CCP.

I support the 24 million brave Chinese who have quit the CCP and its affiliates and encourage more to do the same. We in the West are with the Chinese people and support any actions that will end this communist regime in a peaceful way. The West welcomes a new China that is without communism. This is a China that the Chinese people both long for and deserve.

I wish the rally every success.

Edward McMillan-Scott

Original letter and Chinese translation available from The Epochtimes report

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20% Member Resigned, Chinese Communist Party Collapsing , July 23rd, 2007
Photos: Parade Celebrates 24 Million Chinese Quit the Communist Party, July 20th, 2007

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