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Newsletter - June 2006, issue 56 PDF Print E-mail

Our June newsletter includes reports on Falun Gong's participation in the Lord Mayor's Parade in Oxford.

We also have a report by the UN on disappeared people in China over the last year, many of whom are Falun Gong practitioners. A Canadian investigation group also hopes to go to China to see for themselves.

We include a copy of a letter recently sent by Caroline Lucas MEP to the EU Commissioner on human rights about the organ-harvesting situation.

In Spain, the Supreme Court accepts Falun Gong's appeal in the genocide case against a CCP official.

We also include an article in the Yorkshire Post by Conservative MP Edward McMillan-Scott on the human rights atrocities in China.

Editor

United Kingdom: Falun Gong Practitioners Participate in the Lord Mayor's Parade in Oxford

On May 29, 2006 UK Falun Gong practitioners participated in the Lord Mayor's Parade in Oxford. This is the fourth time that Falun Gong has taken part in the parade, which was mainly made up of local charities. To music composed by practitioners, the parade crossed Oxford's city centre. Four golden letters reading "Falun Dafa" on the banner glittered under the morning sun. The people smiled and applauded along the way.

 
Falun Dafa banner in parade


Dancing to the music "Falun Dafa is good"


Parade procession passes by Oxford downtown


Practitioners demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises

Two banners, which read "Falun Dafa" and "The World Needs Truthfulness, Compassion & Forbearance", led the way. Two sets of lion dancers followed, along with fan dancers. Next was a banner in Chinese and English, "Falun Dafa brings health to millions of people around the world", and many colourful flags. Passing Cornmarket Street and High Street as well as numerous colleges, the parade ended at South Park.

The host set up many stands in the park as well as a playground for children. Falun Gong practitioners had a stand to introduce Falun Gong and to distribute leaflets and paper lotus flowers.

In the afternoon, practitioners demonstrated Falun Gong exercises for people in the park. Two playful lions performed dances. Female practitioners in colourful costumes also presented dances.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford expressed his gratitude for the Falun Gong practitioners' participation, which had greatly enriched the city of Oxford.

United Nations Pays Attention to Disappeared Falun Gong Practitioners

Recently, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances published information on the disappearance cases in China that they have handled over the last year. A major portion of the disappearance cases in the last several years involve Falun Gong practitioners. The working group paid special attention to the disappearances of children. They dealt with one case in which the four-year-old child of a Falun Gong practitioner disappeared after being taken away by policemen.

The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group hopes that people in China will provide more detailed information about the disappearances of Falun Gong practitioners. The working group also hopes that the family members of those practitioners who disappeared will get more actively involved in looking for them, and provide more first-hand materials to human right organizations.

Summary

In the past, most of the disappearance cases that the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances handled were cases between 1988 and 1990, and between 1995 and 1996. Most of them were about Tibetan people, and 19 of them were monks. It is said that these monks were arrested in Nepal, and transferred to China later.

Between 2000 and 2001, 13 of the cases were about Falun Gong practitioners. It is said that they were kidnapped by the public security department or local government. In one of the cases, a boy disappeared after being interviewed by an immigration officer in Hong Kong. In another case, a Chinese citizen, who has an American green card, was kidnapped by a policeman in 2002. In a case submitted in 2004, a four-year-old boy was taken away by a local policeman from his house in Tongnan County. His parents are both Falun Gong practitioners.

Cases under Investigation

In last year, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances submitted 110 disappearance cases reports to the Chinese government. Ten cases were verified by the submitters, including the case of Falun Gong practitioner Jiang Renzheng, who was deported from Germany to China. Sixty-nine cases were verified by information provided by the Chinese government. Thirty-one cases are still under investigation.

Concerns

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances is concerned with a new phenomenon. Among those who are discriminated against in China, the number of the disappearance cases of children and others who have been persecuted by the government is increasing. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances hopes to find those people as soon as possible. The working group also hopes that the family members of those who have disappeared can provide more detailed information, so that the working group can negotiate with the Chinese government.

MEP Caroline Lucas Writes to the EU Commission's External Relations Commissioner on CCP's Organ Harvesting

GREEN Party Euro-MP Caroline Lucas has called on China to halt the use of 'donated' organs from executed prisoners -- and systematic 'organ harvesting' from incarcerated Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.

Dr Lucas, who has signed a petition calling for the United Nations and World Health Organization to investigate, said, "Organ transplants have saved thousands of lives and have the potential to save millions more -- but the organs used must be freely donated in accordance with international human rights law.

"China is reported to be offering an 'organ matching service' implying a systematic organ harvesting policy, and trading in the body parts of executed prisoners who have not given consent to such donations.

"This is a fundamental breach of human rights and must be stamped out immediately."

The MEP's intervention comes after reports of mass harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners held in Chinese concentration camps. According to the Chinese reports, organs are removed from prisoners while they are still alive and their bodies then destroyed in an on-site crematorium. Previous media coverage has exposed similar practices at Suijatun camp in Liaoning Province.

As well as being a horrific breach of human rights, any use of executed prisoners' organs contravenes a 1998 European Parliamentary resolution which condemned the practice and called on the EU Commission and member state governments to initiate an international ban on the trade of human organs, and to establish an international committee of inquiry to investigate the trade.

Last month the EU Commission's Foreign Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner wrote to Dr Lucas, admitting little had been done and dismissing recent reports from China as unfounded.

Dr Lucas added: "It seems the illegal trade in human organs for transplant is flourishing in China, and political prisoners are being executed in an 'organ harvesting' process.

"I call on the UN's Human Rights Committee and the World Health Organization to investigate immediately, and the EU to take the lead on establishing an international framework for halting the practice once and for all."

Sweden: Human Rights Conference Calls for Thorough Investigation into the CCP's Stealing Human Organs

An NGO named SHRIC (Supporting Human Rights in China) in Sweden held a human rights seminar entitled, "China's Human Rights and the Future," on June 19, 2006 at ABF-huset in Stockholm.


Human rights seminar site

Proposed by human rights activist Mr. Chen Shizhong and the person in charge of the Chinese Democratic Party Overseas Exile Headquarters, Mr. Xu Wenli, several dozen scholars and experts attending the conference passed a resolution calling for a thorough investigation into the CCP's organ harvesting and calling for a withdrawal of the charges against Wang Wenyi.

The resolution strongly denounced the CCP's crimes against humanity by harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, and called on US President Bush and the US Supreme Court to drop the charges against Wang Wenyi (who cried out at the White House during Hu's visit), and immediately conduct an independent investigation into all forced labour camps in China, expose the CCP's crimes of live organ harvesting and punish the real criminals.

The resolution will be copied to President Bush and the US Supreme Court.

Oxford MP and Amnesty International Confront China on Human Rights Abuses

This is a historic first ever meeting between Amnesty International and Chinese Government representatives. Oxford MP Andrew Smith confronted Chinese diplomats on their country's human rights abuses today. Andrew Smith was a key member of Amnesty International's delegation for the pressure group's first meeting with Chinese government representatives.

Andrew Smith told officials at the Chinese Embassy in London: "China has made an enormous contribution to world culture and science, and is a growing economic and military superpower, but it is held back by appalling breaches of human rights, on executions, reports of ‘harvesting' organs from executed prisoners, torture, and restrictions on freedom of expression."

Andrew Smith said: "Oxford East constituents have been in touch with me about this, rightly outraged at these disgusting practices, and I wanted to take the message loud and clear to the Chinese authorities directly."

The local MP joined Amnesty UK officers in raising the cases of Chinese journalists like Shi Tao - serving a 10 year prison sentence for sending an email about Tianmen Square massacre to a US-based pro-democracy websites in 2004. Qin Yaomin is serving a 12 year prison sentence for trying to legally register a political party - the China Democracy Party - following an unfair trial on charges of "plotting to subvert state power."

Andrew Smith said: " Human rights aren't perfect in the UK, and Amnesty campaigns on that too, but China is in a league of its own on human rights abuse. With the world spotlight on China for the Beijing Olympics, and with everyone more and more aware of China's economic power, it is important internationally public pressure is brought to bear to help China's people win basic human and democratic rights."

Canadian Investigation Group Hopes to Go to China to Conduct Independent Investigation


International human rights attorney Mr. David Matas

The Group to Investigate the CCP's Harvesting Organs from Live Falun Gong Practitioners, which consists of the former Secretary of State (Asian-Pacific) of Canada's Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mr. David Kilgour and well-known international human rights attorney Mr. David Matas, wrote to the Chinese Embassy in Canada, requesting a meeting with Chinese Ambassador, Lu Shumin. The Investigation Group wishes to conduct an independent investigation in China this month. The group will publish its investigation report based on the collected evidence soon.

The Group requests an independent investigation without the CCP's control

Mr. Kilgour and Mr. Matas wrote to the Chinese Embassy on June 2. In their letter, they said that they hoped to visit China in June to investigate the CCP's harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners, which has resulted in the death of many practitioners.

They stated that it is proper to request a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador and other Chinese government officials before they applied for visas to visit China. In their meeting, they would like to discuss with the ambassador about this visit and the conditions of their investigation in China.

Mr. Matas emphasized that they were requesting an independent investigation free of the CCP's manipulations. Mr. Matas said that the investigation would be meaningless if the CCP decides who they could meet or talk to. Mr. Matas hoped that when they are in China, they will have the freedom to investigate the issues directly, instead of receiving evidence provided by the CCP.

The coordinator of "The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG)" in Canada, Mr. Yang Kaiwen said during an interview that, in order to cover up the truth of persecution and deceive the international community, the CCP always makes some arrangements before the international investigation groups come. The CCP arranges the itineraries and interviewees for the group. The CCP also forces the interviewees to answer the questions in a way that the CCP pre-arranged.

Spain: Supreme Court Accepts Falun Gong Appeal in Genocide Case against CCP Official Jia Qinglin

On the 6th June 2006, after the hearing of witnesses, the criminal section of the Supreme Court of Spain decided to accept the appeal submitted by Falun Gong practitioners accusing Jia Qinglin, high official of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), of having committed genocide against Falun Gong and ordered the State Court of Spain to investigate and adjudicate the case.

 "I am proud of my country which can take charge of justice!"

Thereafter, the CCP regime brought forward its protest against the Spanish Government requesting the Government of Spain to intervene and the Supreme Court to withdraw the decision. The Vice President made a definite response to it: "Spain is a democratic country whose judiciary is independent and therefore the Government has no right to intervene in the case." All media in Spain reported the origin of the case for three days running, which drew the attention of the Spanish people.

On June 11, Falun Gong practitioners in Spain held a rally disclosing the CCP's atrocities at Puerto del Sol in the centre of Madrid and collected signatures supporting the Supreme Court's decision of investigating the CCP official who has committed genocide. The activity was warmly supported by large numbers of Spanish people and thousands of signatures expressing support were collected.


Collecting signatures in the centre of Madrid


The practitioners' legal representative being interviewed by a Spanish newspaper

 

 
Pictures disclosing the CCP atrocities drew the attention of people

 

 
From pictures, people got to know about the persecution of Falun Gong 

 "This is the glory of Spanish Law"

Among the people who signed the petition supporting the Supreme Court to adjudicate and investigate the case of the CCP's high-ranking official who has committed the genocide were Spanish people of different ages and professions and tourists from all over the world.


People were enthusiastically signing the petition expressing support

A student of Madrid University told the reporter: "Facing such an inhuman slaughter (referring to the atrocity of the CCP having removed organs from live Falun Gong practitioners and then burned their bodies to eliminate the evidence), everyone has a responsibility to stop it. It is for the Spanish Government to adhere to their principles and bravely stand up and have its say. We are a democratic country, justice is justice which no one can interfere with and put pressure on. I am proud of my country which can take charge of justice!"
  
SECRET ATROCITIES OF CHINESE REGIME

Mr Edward McMillan-Scott, MEP
13 June 2006

Edward McMillan-Scott is a Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and Humber and a vice president of the European Parliament.

WITH the World Cup well underway in Germany, across the world Beijing is preparing to host the 2008 Olympics. But, if what I was told there recently by former prisoners is true, the civilised world must shun China.

In a dingy hotel room with the curtains drawn, the men I met told of brutal persecution of their spiritual movement and, worse, the sale of living organs, to order.

Along with my interpreter, the men were rapidly arrested, detained and questioned for the "crime" of meeting me. One practitioner is still missing and it is feared that he is being tortured.

A few days before the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4 1989, I visited Beijing to pin down a terrifying new development: reports of "organ harvesting".

Organs from prisoners are literally being marketed, with the waiting time for a transplant often now being a matter of days.  Nearly 400 hospitals in China share the booming trade in transplants, with websites advertising new kidneys for $60,000.

Administrators tell inquirers: "Yes, it will be a Falun Gong, so it will be clean."

As the founder of the European Union's democracy and human-rights initiative, I wanted to find out why the communist regime which has dominated the world's largest country since 1949 - criticised yesterday by Amnesty International for its arms exports - had now descended to genocide.

In 1992, Falun Gong - a new Buddhist Tai Chi-like movement - began to sweep China. When I first visited Beijing in 1996, every open space was filled with people practising its slow exercises and meditation. By 1999 it had some 100 million adherents.  Because of its self-discipline and healthy approach - practitioners do not smoke or drink alcohol and have a rigorous moral code - it was encouraged by the authorities.

Then, in 1999, the regime became fearful that Falun Gong could become an organised force and began a ruthless crackdown, organised by the notorious "6-10" office, named after its foundation date.

I had heard that practitioners were harshly treated and that persecution by other prisoners was encouraged, but it was reports of transplants from living prisoners - a ghastly reward for their healthy lifestyle - which took me to China.

Sitting on the hotel bed in front of me was Niu Jinping, 52, and his two-year-old daughter. Niu had served two years in prison for practising Falun Gong and his wife was still in prison.

The last time he saw her, in January, her entire body was bruised from the repeated beatings she took as the torturers tried to make her denounce Falun Gong: she is now deaf.

Niu was in despair: the beatings his wife suffered lasted sometimes for 20 hours. He told me that 30 of the Falun Gong practitioners in his prison had died through beatings. When the crackdown began, Niu lost his work permit and had to sell his house to live. He earns about $90-a-month guarding the cars of China's new rich.

Was there anything about Falun Gong which was seditious, or dangerous to the regime? No, said Niu bleakly.

Falun Gong is not a membership organisation and charges no fees.  In response to the crackdown, practitioners began a peaceful "truth" campaign against the regime, which has so far triggered more than 10 million resignations from the Communist Party and its affiliations.

Volunteers produce its international Epoch Times newspaper and a TV and radio channel.

It was an Epoch Times reporter who shouted at Chinese President Hu Jintao on the White House lawn recently. According to the many diplomats, journalists and other observers I met, it is not just Falun Gong, but other Buddhists - especially Tibetans - as well as Christians and Muslims who are being persecuted.

Yet sadly, China's vast economic boom - the subject of a major new series beginning on BBC2 tonight - makes the same diplomats and visitors turn an official blind eye to the hundreds of thousands in "administrative detention".

One man who has spoken out is human-rights advocate Gao Zhisheng. His Beijing law office took up the cases of desperate people until the authorities put him under house arrest in February: he had advised Niu Jinping.

Gao, a Christian, told me that I was the only politician in seven years to meet Falun Gong ex-prisoners in China, and he criticised Western diplomats for walking by on the other side of the street.

The other ex-convict I interviewed was Cao Dong, 36, who had been in prison with seven Tiananmen Square protesters and told the same story. With tears, he told me he saw the cadaver of his friend - a fellow Falun Gong practitioner - and the holes where the organs had been removed.

I have just heard that the secret police have used his flat key to collect his computer material and private papers. They had already interrogated his flatmate for five days. As a result, the flatmate has gone into hiding.  Cao Dong, meanwhile, has been missing since the interview.

I have demanded an urgent meeting with the Chinese ambassador to the EU.

If people in Beijing think this is the way to prepare for the Olympics, they have made the wrong call.

http://www.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=97&ArticleID=1560709  

Twenty-six Additional Deaths of Falun Gong Practitioners Under Persecution in China were Confirmed in May 2006

Twenty-six additional persecution-caused deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China were confirmed in May 2006. Fourteen of those were female practitioners. Thirteen of the 26 practitioners were over 55 years old. Nine of the 26 deaths occurred between January 2006 and May 2006. Two deaths occurred in May 2006. Minghui/Clearwisdom website statistics have confirmed at least 62 deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China between January 2006 and May 2006. Since Jiang Zemin's group and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, civil channels have verified the deaths of 2,904 Falun Gong practitioners.

During almost seven years of persecution, the CCP has on one hand fabricated lies about their so-called "life-giving spring breeze and rain" campaign to cover up the persecution facts; on the other hand, it has carried on an information blockade and has covertly conducted a ruthless persecution against innocent Falun Gong practitioners. The methods are so cruel that they have enraged heaven and the Earth.

The 26 deaths that were verified in May are distributed across nine provinces. Six practitioners were from Hebei Province, four were from Shandong Province, three practitioners each were in Jilin Province and Hubei Province, two practitioners each were from Heilongjiang Province, Liaoning Province, Sichuan Province and Shanxi Province. One practitioner each was from Hunan Province and Henan Province. The youngest of the 26 Falun Dafa practitioners tortured to death was Mr. Song Changguang, who was employed at the Jilin University Posts and Telecommunications Institute. He was illegally detained at the Fourth Division of the Chaoyanggou Labor Camp in Changchun City, and beaten in a so-called "Assault Fortified Battle" (intensive transformation). Aside from beatings, he suffered from other tortures, including being shocked with a 350,000-volt electric baton. A once 6-feet tall, strong man was tortured to the point of becoming a skeleton. The skin on his entire lower body completely festered. He died on Nov. 12, 2002 at only 29 years old.

Ms. Tan Pingyun was tortured to death by agents at the Second Women's Forced Labour Camp in Shandong Province,. Police threaten family members and try to shirk their responsibility


Tan Pingyun and her daughter Yu Feng

Ms. Tan Pingyun was 56 years old, from Weifang City, Shandong Province. At around 11:40 a.m. on May 18, 2006, Ms. Tan's family received a phone call from the labour camp, informing them that she was dying and telling them to go to the Military 148 Hospital to see her for the last time.

Ms. Tan's family arrived at the hospital at 2:30 in the afternoon. By that time her body was cold and her breathing and heartbeat could barely be detected. There were no apparent injuries on her body. When asked about the cause of her condition, the labour camp officials did not give a direct answer. Instead, they claimed that she drank some toilet bowl cleaner when asked to clean the toilet at 7 o'clock that morning. The police said they had sent her to a hospital after finding out what happened. The hospital treated her symptoms as high blood pressure. After the treatment failed, they transferred her to the 148 Hospital.

Detention centres and labour camps usually do not store toilet bowl cleaner because it is a prohibited item. Toilets are customarily cleaned with laundry detergent. As a further point of information, Ms. Tan Pingyun who was supposed to have drunk toilet bowl cleaner, still had rosy lips and an intact tongue and teeth. According to experts, anyone who drinks toilet bowl cleaner would have burns on his or her mouth and tongue.

During the official conversation, the police learned that Ms. Tan's second brother Tan Weiming did not practice Falun Gong. They only spoke with him and forbade other family members to be present. The police intimidated the family by telling them that they knew Ms. Tan's elder sister, Ms. Tan Aiyun, had participated in many Falun Gong activities. They knew that she had gone online to download Falun Gong materials and that "the family was in trouble." The truth is that Ms. Tan Aiyun is in her 70s. She was once persecuted in a labour camp for three years, is extremely weak from the persecution. She does not know how to use a computer, let alone go online to download materials.

When asked what requests the family had, under police intimidation, Mr. Tan Weiming said their only request was to get Ms. Tan's body back home. The police were very afraid of the request. They emphasized that the family would absolutely be forbidden to take Ms. Tan's body home, and that her body had to be cremated in the labour camp area.

During the night of May 19, Zhong from the local Kuiwen District "610 Office," Liang Bin from the Kuiwen District Police Department, and Guan from Ms. Tan's place of work were asked to go to the labour camp. They, along with personnel from the Provincial Justice Department, from the Provincial Labour Camp Bureau and the labour camp itself, tried to persuade Mr. Tan Weiming to drop the family's request to have the body sent home. They said they would consider any other requests. They also offered Mr. Tan Weiming money. He had no other choice but agree to accept a compensation of 3,000 yuan and then have the body cremated in the labour camp area.

 
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