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Newsletter - September 2006, issue 59 PDF Print E-mail
Our September newsletter includes reports on the UN Human Rights Council's crucial discussion of the organ-harvesting situation in China and on the persecution of Falun Gong by the authorities in Singapore, where two practitioners were arbitrarily arrested and detained last year - one of those arrested appeared at the UN to give her side of the story.

Practitioners from around the world also held a press conference in Singapore to protest against the arrests in the hope that the government will drop the charges against the two women.

We include a letter to Falun Gong practitioners from a UK MP in which he shows his support for Falun Gong in the wake of the organ-harvesting case.

Several new deaths in custody have come to light recently - we detail just some of them.

Finally we include a poem by the English poet Daniel North, who was moved sufficiently to write about the persecution of Falun Gong.

Editor

Organ Harvesting in China is discussed at the UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council was held in Geneva, Switzerland on the 18th of September 2006. The subject of the Council was reports from all specially appointed rapporteurs of the UN. Mr. Manfred Nowak, specially assigned for the issue of torture, made a report to the Council on the 20th of September. Former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour brought up the issue of the CCP having removed organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and then cremating their bodies to eliminate the evidence.

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David Kilgour speaks at the UN Human Rights Council

When talking about torture in China, Manfred Nowak said that torture is widely used in the People's Republic of China. He called it "a systematic, inhuman and barbarous act".

Mr. Kilgour said: "Regarding whether or not the Chinese Communist regime has been harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners and then cremating the remains to destroy evidence, human rights attorney David Matas and I jointly released an investigation report in July. In our report, we have come to the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true. We carefully assessed 18 different elements of proof or disproof.

"If you look at this evidence separately," Mr. Kilgour continued, "You may say this or that evidence cannot prove the allegations. Yet if you put all this evidence together and read it, you will have to come to a bitterly disappointing conclusion the same as ours. The Chinese Government's attempt at replying to our conclusion also strengthens the correctness of our conclusion.

Mr Kilgour went on to say, "Even if it has enough resources and inside information, the Chinese Government has not yet provided any material evidence to refute our report. Although we have put forward seventeen suggestions in our report, China has not taken any actions to stop the removal of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners until now. All preventive measures that we have put forward should be taken and carried out. A suggestion we have brought forward in our report should be immediately carried out: 'Stop removing organs from live Falun Gong practitioners in all over China.'"

Geneva: Discrimination and Persecution of Falun Gong by Singapore Authorities Exposed at the UN Human Rights Council

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Ms. Ng Chye Huey speaks at the UN Human Rights Council, exposing the Singapore authorities discriminating and persecuting Falun Gong practitioners

The second session of the United Nations Human Rights Council was held in Geneva on September 18, 2006. The theme of the session was the annual reports presented by Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations. Yakin Erturk, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women presented her annual report on September 20. The written part of the annual report contains urgent appeals by Ms. Erturk and Special Rapporteur on "Freedom of Speech" and Working Group on "Arbitrary Detention" regarding the Singapore authorities' illegal detention of Singapore Falun Gong practitioners Ms. Ng Chye Huey and Ms. Cheng Lu Jin in April last year.

During the discussion session after the special rapporteur's report, Ms. Ng Chye Huey, who came from Singapore, made a speech, expressing her appreciation for the special rapporteur's help. In her speech, she briefly introduced the persecution she has been subjected to in Singapore. She said that the Singapore government discriminates and persecutes Falun Gong practitioners under the coercion of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). She was force-fed when she was on a protest hunger strike in the Singapore prison.

She also said that after the meeting, and when she returned to Singapore, she will face lawsuits on more charges trumped up against her. She hopes that the Singapore government will no longer do things against their conscience just to appease the CCP. Her speech exceeded the two-minute time limit, but the chairperson of the meeting did not stop her. She finished all that she had prepared to talk about. The whole audience was very quiet, listening to an ordinary woman telling of the persecution imposed upon her in Singapore.

Ms. Ng Chye Huey believed that Singapore was a free and democratic country, and never expected that the Singapore government would create all kinds of difficulties and even persecute her in order to curry favour with the CCP. In 2001, she was arrested and charged in court for participating in a candlelight vigil mourning Falun Gong practitioners who had died as a result of the persecution by the CCP in MacRitchie Park. The charge against her was "illegal assembly." In 2004, she was once again charged in court by the police for distributing materials informing the public about the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China in Esplanade Park. The charge against her this time was "assembly without permit." She was then found guilty, but there were many serious loopholes in the evidence. She was immediately sent to prison after the verdict was announced. She held a hunger strike to protest the unfair treatment against her, and was tied to a metal bed to be force-fed. In July 2006, the police charged her in court again with four charges, including "harassment by displaying insulting writings" and "assembly without permit." The charge of "harassment by displaying insulting writings," was for meditating outside the Chinese Embassy in Singapore to protest the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, while displaying a banner behind her. The police came and arrested her. The writing on the banner that was claimed to be insulting said, "Hunger Strike on July 20 in Protest of the CCP's Inhuman Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners."

To prove that the content of the banner is factually correct, and not an insulting statement, the defence counsel provided with the court with the United Nations Human Rights Report, but the court refused to accept it. The lawyer appealed to the High Court, but was rejected. The lawyer then appealed to the Court of Appeals, and the hearing is scheduled for September 25.

Falun Gong practitioners' lawyer Mr. Ravi had planned to take part in the human rights report meetings to clarify the true situation of the Falun Gong lawsuits, so that the United Nations will learn that the Singapore legal system is extremely unjust. He also wanted to let the UN know that he himself has been under surveillance and threatened by the government. But on the morning when he was about to leave, the police unreasonably arrested him and sent him to a mental hospital. They attempted to stop him from continuing defending on behalf of Falun Gong with the excuse that he has mental problems. He was thereby unable to present himself at the United Nations meetings.

Ms. Ng Chye Huey hopes that through the UN human rights meetings, more countries will pay attention to the discrimination and persecution imposed upon Falun Gong practitioners in China and Singapore. Under pressure from public opinion of the international community, she hopes the Singapore government will withdraw all charges against Falun Gong practitioners as soon as possible, and resume Falun Gong practitioners' rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion enshrined in the Constitution.

Falun Gong Practitioners Strongly Urge the Singapore Government to Drop Unreasonable Charges

On September 1, Singapore Falun Gong practitioners held a press conference at the Speakers' Corner in the Hong Lim Park. Practitioners from the U.S., Canada, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong also participated in the conference. Several media outlets, including The Strait Times, attended the meeting, in which Dr. Wang Yuyi discussed the many kinds of unfair treatment against Falun Gong practitioners in the court.

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Falun Gong practitioners held a press conference in Hong Lim Park to urge the Singapore Government to drop unreasonable charges against practitioners


For displaying a banner which read "July 20 Hunger Strike to Protest the Chinese Communist Party's Inhumane Persecution of Falun Gong", on July 20, three practitioners were charged by Singapore police for "harassment by displaying insulting writings." The Subordinate Courts started to process this case on August 28.

Dr Wang discussed what have happened at the court in the past week: The court strictly limited Falun Gong supporters who wanted to attend the court hearing. While there were more than 100 supporters who went to the court, security only allowed 6 to 8 to enter. The court refused to give to the defence a tape which was used as a major piece of evidence by the police, which is against common practice. The court violated court rules by allowing police witnesses to stay inside the courtroom during non-testifying hours. Court security withheld the defence lawyer's major evidence, and the court refused to accept the "2004 UN Investigation Report" as evidence. The largest newspapers in Singapore, the Straits Times (English newspaper) and Lianhe Zaobao (Chinese-language newspaper), published reports with significant errors on the practitioners' words. The practitioners' belongings related to Falun Gong, including books and other materials, were withheld at the entrance to the Supreme Court Building. The security guards also took down their passport numbers and contact numbers. The practitioners' lawyer Mr. Ravi said that withholding Falun Gong practitioners' books in the Supreme Court is tantamount to withholding Christians' bibles, which is a serious form of discrimination

The persecution of Falun Gong practitioners who practice the universal principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance" has lasted for more than 7 years, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has tortured, detained, and murdered practitioners. Most recently, it has been confirmed that the regime has been harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for sale since 2000. The world is shocked by the brutality and evil nature of the persecution, and many individuals and governments have condemned the atrocities and expressed their support for Falun Gong. In addition, more than 13 million Chinese have openly withdrawn from the Chinese Communist party or its affiliated organizations. Under these circumstances, the practitioners hope that the Singapore government will stop persecuting Falun Gong and drop all charges against innocent practitioners.

Finland: Rally and Parade Held in Helsinki Supporting 13 Million Withdrawals from the Chinese Communist Party and Protesting the CCP Atrocities


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Mourning fellow practitioners who died as a result of persecution. In China, nearly 3,000 Falun Gong practitioners have died as a result of the CCP's persecution

On September 9, 2006, at the time of the Eurasian summit meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, the European Service Centre for Quitting the CCP, Friends of Falun Gong, Epoch Times volunteers and Falun Gong practitioners, held a rally and parade supporting 13 million people quitting the CCP, and protesting the Chinese communist party's (CCP) atrocity of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.

The rally was held in ''Nalinkadri Square'' at 11 o'clock in the morning. In attendance were Falun Gong practitioner Dr. Wenyi Wang from America, one of the Canadian independent investigation report authors, Mr. David Kilgour, and Falun Gong practitioner Ms Dai Ying from Norway. The three gave speeches calling on the international community to pay attention to China's human rights situation.

Ms. Wenyi Wang said that the CCP's atrocity of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for huge profits and burning the corpses to destroy the evidence should be cause for extreme concern and should be condemned by the international community. She called on the Finnish government to support Falun Gong practitioners in ending this persecution.

Ms. Dai Ying told everybody that she was put in prison for five years in China for being persistent in her cultivation in Falun Gong, and was tortured to the point of nearly losing her sight. She called on the international community to help stop the CCP from persecuting Falun Gong.

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Demonstration of live organ harvesting to expose the CCP's brutality

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"Be quick, quit the CCP"  

The parade was held after the rally. The parade procession started from ''Nalinkadri Square'' with the Chinese traditional waist drummers leading the way It went through the busiest business area in the city centre for about two hours. During the parade, a passer-by who grew up in the former Soviet Union, expressed his views on organ harvesting from living people: ''I think this behaviour is totally wrong. Human rights should dominate everything. Their actions are not the behaviour of humans; I think they are more like animals. They do not respect individual lives but do everything for money.''

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People watch the parade

A Finnish resident mentioned the CCP's control over the Internet: ''I know the problem with the Chinese network blockage. I used to work for Amnesty International in London. Our website cannot be viewed in China. Looking to the future, I think that first and foremost should be people's freedom. People must be allowed to have their own opinions and beliefs. Nowadays in society, the Internet enables people to know what is happening at any time. The desire to control people's thoughts is not possible.''

A lady said: ''China needs to be free. Now is the time.''

The Finnish media carried a short report about the parade. The report indicated that the Finnish people have a deeper and broader understanding of the Chinese human rights' situation due to recent media attention on the subject.

UK Member of Parliament Eric Illsley: the Practice of Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners Is to Be Wholly Condemned

Recently, Mr. Eric Illsley, MP for Barnsley Central District, UK, wrote a letter to a Falun Gong practitioner, condemning the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners, including practitioners of Falun Gong in China. Below is the text of the letter.

Thank you again for your letter of 11th July regarding the allegations of organ harvesting from prisoners including practitioners of Falun Gong in the People's Republic of China. I hope your recent visit to Yorkshire was successful and I am sorry I was not able to meet you.

I am very aware of this issue. My own constituents have raised the matter with me, it has been raised in Parliament and I have read a number of articles dealing with the subject.

I am entirely in agreement that the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners is to be wholly condemned. It would be an incredible abuse of human rights if it proves to be true and unfortunately such is the growing evidence that at this stage I think we have to assume that these allegations can be substantiated.

As you are no doubt aware, the issue was raised by FCO ministers with Vice-Foreign Minister, Zhang Yesui in April and I understand that the Government will continue to express concern about human rights and specifically organ harvesting in China. I can quote from a recent letter from Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs Minister, Rt. Hon. Ian McCartney to the Foreign Affairs Committee which states: "The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs categorically denied the allegations in a statement of 10 April. We continue to raise our concerns about human rights abuses of Falun Gong adherents in other contexts."

I hope this gives some reassurance that the Government will continue to pursue the matter with the Chinese authorities.

Yours sincerely,

Eric Illsley MP
Barnsley Central

Germany: Falun Gong at Sachsen Festival Anniversary Celebration

The Fifteenth Sachsen Anniversary Celebration was held in Marienberg, a well-known mountain city in Germany, between September 1 and 3. At the invitation of the celebration committee, Falun Gong practitioners presented a Chinese traditional dance performance and participated in the parade, giving three hundred thousand people a taste of the charm of traditional Chinese culture.

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Joyous waist drum dance

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Dunhuang dance, drawn from the treasure of traditional Chinese culture

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Eastern cultivation culture-a demonstration of Falun Gong exercises

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Graceful feather fan dance


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Ode to Lotus, a dance expressing pursuit of the Holy Spirit symbolized by the lotus, untainted though it grows out of mud.

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Little lotuses bring happiness

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Falun Gong practitioners' float is well received

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Torture in Chaoyanggou Forced Labour Camp

Mr. Li Wanyun was born on September 8th, 1962. He was very healthy and strong and worked as a warden at Xingye Prison in Changchun City, Jilin Province. He began to practise Falun Gong in October 1997. He earned many awards at work for his dedication and commitment to his job. In the spring of 2000, Mr. Li was arrested and sentenced to one year of forced labour for speaking to people about the facts of Falun Dafa.

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Practitioner Mr. Li Wanyun was tortured until he looked like a skeleton

He was first imprisoned at Heizuizi Forced Labour Camp in Changchun City and later transferred to the infamous Fenjin Forced Labour Camp in Changchun City. The torture left him with festering wounds all over his body. He was not able to wear clothes. Mr. Li was released in November 2000. In 2002, he was sentenced to three years of forced labour again. He was brutally tortured by guards at Chaoyanggou Forced Labour Camp. He became extremely weak and developed osteomyelitis. He was given compassionate medical leave in June 2003 because of his critical health. Continued persecution by the evildoers of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and subsequent illness claimed his life on August 3rd, 2006.  

Deaths of another 18 Falun Gong Practitioners as a Result of Persecution Confirmed in August 2006

Sources confirmed in August 2006 that another 18 Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China died as a result of persecution. Ten of these practitioners were women, which accounts for 56% of the total deaths. Nine practitioners were above the age of 50, making up 50% of the total deaths. The youngest practitioner was 30-year-old Mr. Lei Ming from Changchun City, Jilin Province, while the oldest was 72-year-old Ms. Liu Baorong, an engineer at the Jiaozuo Coal Mine Machinery Factory.

The deaths took place in 11 different provinces and cities. Five of the practitioners lived in Jilin Province; two in Heilongjiang Province; two in Hebei Province; two in Hunan Province; and one each in Liaoning Province, Shandong Province, Sichuan Province, Beijing, Henan Province, Jiangsu Province, and Shanxi Province. Seven died in August 2006, and five from January to July 2006. According to statistics published on the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom), the deaths of at least 110 Falun Gong practitioners were verified between January and August 2006.

In the past seven years of persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), 2,949 deaths resulting from persecution have been verified through civil channels by breaking through the CCP's information blockade.

Falun Gong practitioners improve their morality and enjoy physical and mental well-being by following Falun Dafa's principles of Truth, Compassion and Forbearance. They wish to share the beauty of Falun Dafa with others, hoping to bring people a bright future. The wicked CCP has been persecuting them for seven years and is still killing them to this day.

Lei Ming, 30, broadcast videos exposing the persecution in Changchun; tortured to death

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Mr. , 30 and single, lived in Baishan City, Jilin Province. Mr. Lei, Liu Chengjun and other practitioners worked together to broadcast Falun Gong videos in Changchun on March 5th, 2002 to expose the persecution to the public deceived by slanderous CCP propaganda. They were arrested and Changchun City Intermediate Court officials sentenced Mr. Lei to 17 years in prison.

More than 5,000 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in Changchun after Jiang Zemin issued a secret order to "kill without pardon." At least ten practitioners have been tortured to death, and most of the other incarcerated practitioners are in perilous circumstances.

Mr. Lei Ming was brutally tortured at Division 1 of the Changchun City Police Department and at Jilin Prison. The torture methods included the tiger bench2, and electric shocks to the face, mouth, neck and anus. The police wrapped Mr. Lei's head in a plastic bag and nearly suffocated him. They put a metal barrel over his head and banged on it; they burned his neck with a red-hot screwdriver; they beat him, flicked his eyeballs, squeezed his testicles, and tied him onto a stretch bed for seven days. They also made him sit on a small stool from 4:50 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., which made him vomit blood. He was disabled and emaciated from the torture and could not take care of himself. He developed heart disease, tuberculosis and other conditions. He passed away on August 6th, 2006.

Below is a re-enactment of the torture used on Lei Ming:  

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Michel Hunault, MEP, Calls for Protection of Falun Gong Practitioners' Rights

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Michel Hunault 

Michel Hunault is a member of the French Parliament and a member of the European Parliament. He is also a member of the Human Rights Committee of the European Parliament. On September 12th, Mr. Hunault met David Kilgour in Paris and learned about the organ harvesting report authored by Kilgour, former Canadian Parliament member, and renowned human rights lawyer David Matas. Hunault then commented on the message Europe should send regarding the human rights situation in China.

Mr. Hunault said: "The EU, Asian Summit is a good opportunity to restate that human rights are of paramount importance. This is a very important issue for the future of humanity, and the EU shall not remain silent while facing this opportunity. China shall move forward to democracy and respect for human rights. This means respect to every citizen and their beliefs, democratic government and the right to fair trials as well as freedom of thought and action. This summit shall be a good opportunity to restate these human rights values. In Paris, in a land of human rights, I condemn these violations to fundamental human rights. In particular, I am thinking of the [Chinese Communist regime's] violation of Falun Gong practitioners' rights to practice and to their physical integrity."

The circle of love

Daniel North, a poet from the Essex region of England, has written and published many poems on various websites and magazines. For him, poetry is his life. He especially feels passionate over such as breaches of human rights, animal cruelty.

Imagine what it must feel like
Being unreachable to any form of protection
Sleep deprived and beaten in camps
While persecution stands as the only connection.
Is it their peace that is seen as a threat?
Or just an misunderstanding of their passive art
Well, what ever it is, none of its running straight
And it never will when hatred runs through its heart.
For the Falun Gong prisoners that exist in terror
Seeing the moulds of bodies, with all organs removed
In which are being harvested for a profit
A trade where not a dash of consent is proved.
But I believe fighting isn't always the answer
Nor is overlooking the scrambling concern
By the leaders who keep covering their ears
For an intelligent race we still have a lot to learn.
And it's a hard lesson to understand
Submitting to evil, so it's power can be dissolved
Allowing the victims to be encircled with love
Not the dark aggressors rings that once revolved.

© Daniel North

 
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