Doctors NEW YORK – A trio of medical doctors initiated a petition yesterday calling upon the Obama administration to investigate and help stop forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong believers in China. The petition is posted within the “We the People” section of the White House website, whose regulations state that the White House guarantees a response to any petition that secures 25,000 signatures within 30 days.
Personal support Half a dozen villagers from a small town in a Chinese province surrounding Beijing have been rounded up, detained, and tortured by local police, after they attempted to secure the release of another villager and friend who was persecuted for his belief in the Falun Gong spiritual practice.
Work and school (Minghui.org) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is arresting people in preparation for the Eighteenth Party Congress. Ms Zhuang Yanhong, a Falun Gong practitioner who was a professor at Beijing University of Technology, was arrested at her office on the morning of October 18th, 2012, by Chaoyang District police officers.
Family and children NEW YORK – A young woman living in New York is working to secure the release of her relatives in northeastern China, even as she struggles to know more about their condition and even precise whereabouts.
22-year-old Ms Liu Junchun’s mother, father, aunt and uncle were all abducted from their two respective homes in Jilin City on the evening of July 1st, 2012. Earlier on the same day, Jilin City police travelled 60 miles away to Changchun City, where they abducted Ms Liu’s 17-year-old cousin and six other Falun Gong practitioners.
Organ harvesting TAIPEI – An organisation committed to exposing the practice of forced organ harvesting is teaming up with doctors in Taiwan, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) begins its 18th Party Congress.
6-10 Office NEW YORK – Throughout China, citizens who practise Falun Gong have faced a new round of intensified persecution in recent months as the Communist Party prepares for its 18th Party Congress on November 8th. Practitioners and human rights lawyers in China have reported increased abductions to brainwashing centres, torture, long prison terms, and greater pressure on those in detention to "transform".
Organ harvesting (Minghui.org) Award-winning documentaries Free China: The Courage to Believe and Between Life and Death were screened at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva and at the US Capitol in Washington DC in September 2012. The films exposed the persecution of Falun Gong and the crime of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners currently taking place in China.
Organ harvesting On August 17th, in a press conference at the National Press Club, Dr Crystal Fang, a representative of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), made an urgent appeal to the international community, governments of all countries and media outlets, calling for investigation into the Chinese Communist regime’s atrocities of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.
Propaganda (Minghui.org) Over thirty organisations in Hong Kong took part in a parade on July 29th, 2012, to show their strong objection to a proposed addition to the curriculum in schools, which they fear will lead to brainwashing of students. Many parents brought their children to the parade. Hong Kong residents do not want their children to be subjected to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brainwashing style education.
Human rights organisations Two Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured while detained at a labor camp in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, according to an urgent action issued by Amnesty International on Thursday.
Witness accounts NEW YORK – A Taiwanese businessman who practises Falun Gong and was abducted by Chinese security forces in June returned home safely this week after over 50 days in detention. Mr Chung Ting-Pang's release was an encouraging victory for human rights advocates. His family along with Taiwanese media, legislators, and citizens had rallied for weeks calling for his return. Amnesty International had issued an urgent action on his behalf.
Success stories (Minghui.org) The San Francisco Superior Court placed a restraining order against San Francisco resident Jingjun Chin on Wednesday (August 1st) after the court was presented with video evidence that he physically attacked and harassed San Francisco residents who practise Falun Gong.
Persecution abroad New York – Responding to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party, the Russian authorities are increasingly suppressing the rights of citizens who practise Falun Gong in Russia.
Persecuted lawyers Renowned Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was conferred the “Ten Best Human Rights Defence Lawyers Award” by the Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Association (CHRLA) on July 24th. As Gao remains imprisoned in China, his wife Geng He accepted the award on Gao’s behalf at Capitol Hill.
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Deaths NEW YORK – On May 29th, Mr Yu Xuezhong left home to go to his friend’s house. Little did he know it would be his last time. That evening, police burst in, abducting the two men in a sweep that pulled in at least 20 others who practise Falun Gong in Northeast China’s Jilin City. They were taken to a nearby police station, handcuffed, and beaten. The next day, Mr Yu’s family received a phone call. The 53-year-old was dead.
6-10 Office China’s powerful security apparatus has intensified its persecution of Falun Gong ahead of a key Chinese Communist Party leadership change later this year. Local authorities in Guangzhou have distributed leaflets to houses, forcing residents to sign a family promise to reject Falun Gong; in Beijing similar initiatives have been organised. In Chongqing internal meetings have been held to plan the suppression and detention of Falun Gong practitioners before the CCP’s 18th National Congress, when paramount leader Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao will step down to make way for other officials.
Family and children NEW YORK – Chinese security agents abducted a Taiwanese businessman who practises Falun Gong from an airport in southern China last week, placing him at risk of torture and imprisonment. As thousands in Taiwan have offered support to his family, the Falun Dafa Information Centre calls for his immediate and unconditional release.
Family and children NEW YORK – 300 villagers have signed their real names and thumbprints to a petition calling for the immediate release of a respected school teacher from their village who was abducted by authorities because of his Falun Gong practice.
Human rights organisations NEW YORK – Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action for Falun Gong practitioners at risk of torture as an entire village is threatened and coerced to retract a petition calling for their release.
Witness accounts (Clearwisdom.net) Editor's Note: Mr Lin Mingli obtained a visa from the Canada Immigration Department after he walked out of the Tilanqiao Prison in Shanghai in October 2011. On the first day of 2012, he finally arrived in that free country. In China, Mr Lin was arrested three times, did hard labour in a forced labour camp for two years, and was imprisoned for six years. In an attempt to force him into renouncing Falun Gong, the guards instigated the inmates to torture him, beat him with bamboo whips, refuse him access to the toilet, deprive him of sleep, and to strip off his clothes before pouring cold water on him during winter. However, years of persecution could not change Mr Lin's belief, and now the evil deeds will be exposed to the international society. The following is Mr Lin's account of his experiences over the last ten plus years:
Persecution abroad By Stephen Gregory & Helena Zhu. The main text of the spiritual practice Falun Gong is studied in 114 countries around the world, has been translated into 30 languages, and was a runaway best seller in Beijing, but last week a regional appeals court in Russia banned it. Human rights activists and Falun Gong practitioners say the ban is due to pressure on Russia from the Chinese regime.
Persecuted lawyers An unconfirmed report of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s death has been posted on China’s Internet. On November 17th, a netizen with the screen name GuaDai posted a message on Twitter saying “It is believed that Gao Zhisheng passed away on November 15th in Inner Mongolia where he was detained. Man will die eventually, and to die for the sake of freedom, although dead, he is still with us in spirit.”
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Epoch Times. Villagers in China have defied communist authorities by calling for the release from jail of their friend, Zhou Xiangyang. And the guards and inmates who applied the “floor anchor” torture to him in Gangbei Prison should be investigated and dealt with according to the law, they wrote.