Psychiatric torture NEW YORK -- Western media reports over the last several days have largely characterised the Communist Party's decision to close the widely-scorned Re-education Through Labour (RTL) system as progress in the area of human rights. However, a new campaign, which aims to brainwash millions of Falun Gong practitioners across China – through psychological and physical torture – demonstrates Beijing's mechanisms of suppression remain as functional and utilised as ever.
Personal support A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer said on Friday he was badly beaten by police after he was denied the right to defend believers of banned spiritual group Falun Gong.
Physical torture Falun Gong practitioner Mr Yang Naijian from Qingdao City was arrested on May 2nd, 2013, and incarcerated in the Jimo East Cape Detention Centre. Guards at this centre have tortured him in an attempt to extort a confession from him.
Sexual assault (Minghui.org) For the past 14 years, the Chinese Communist Party has been brutally persecuting the peaceful cultivation practice of Falun Dafa (Falun Gong). Hundreds of thousands of Dafa practitioners have been imprisoned, sent to forced labour camps and brainwashing centres, and nearly 4,000 are known to have been killed by torture or abuse – though due to the information blockade in China, the actual number is likely much higher.
Family and children (Minghui.org) On September 26th and 27th, the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations reviewed the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in China. Several organisations submitted reports detailing the human right violations with regard to Chinese children. The Chinese government signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1997. However, the rights of children in China have not been well protected. The problems include child labour, sexual harassment, and rape of children by government officials and schoolteachers and children being kidnapped.
Organ harvesting By Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times.
With the People’s Republic of China making a bid to sit on the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, here’s a petition that should cause every diplomat in the world to sit up and take notice: organised by Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, a medical advocacy group, it calls on the the UN to demand that the PRC fully cease organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) The Chinese forced labour camp system has not really shut down. Although many of the former forced labour camps have released their prisoners and many others have changed their signs to read “Drug Rehabilitation Centre”, the labour system is operating in another form. Sentences are being served outside of the camps, and people are being monitored by telephone.
Witness accounts (Minghui.org) After being held in prison for 11 years, I was released on medical parole on April 26th, 2013, because of ill health.
On arriving home, I was told that my younger brother, Mr Li Xiwang, died ten days after he was taken to Gangbei Prison. I had to find out how he died.
According to my sister, our brother was in good health when she last saw him, which was before he was taken to Gangbei Prison. He died ten days after arriving there.
Deaths Mr Zhang Qingchao was the deputy Party secretary of Huaiqiao Township, Quzhou County, Hebei Province when the Chinese Communist regime launched the persecution of Falun Dafa on July 20th, 1999. He was deposed for telling others the facts of Falun Dafa and the persecution. For the past twelve years, he had been incarcerated twice at the Handan Forced Labour Camp. The township did not let him return to work after his last release. Under the pain and pressure the persecution continued to cause him, Mr Zhang's health deteriorated and he passed away on March 7th, 2012.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) The Hengyang City Intermediate Court recently ruled on the appeal of Ms Xiong Qiuling, a Falun Gong practitioner illegally sentenced to three years in prison. Hengyang City is located in China's Hunan Province. The intermediate court dismissed a lower court’s charges against her, but instead, charged her with a different crime: “harbouring criminals”. This was done to retain the original sentence of three years in prison.
Law violations (Minghui.org) On July 2nd, 2013, the Guangan City Intermediate People's Court of Sichuan brought Mr Zou Yunzhu to a public trial. Mr Zou, who practises Falun Gong, was being tried for giving people informational materials about Falun Gong. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea and showed how practicing Falun Gong is neither illegal nor criminal, and requested Mr Zou's immediate release. The court, however, was hastily adjourned, and Mr Zou's family was harassed and threatened by the authorities for the simple reason that they hired the lawyer.
Falun Gong activities Falun Gong is the spiritual discipline whose practitioners follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. Today, millions of people in over 60 countries around the world enjoy the peaceful practice of Falun Gong and live their lives according to its virtuous teachings.
Falun Gong is also known worldwide as defenders for freedom of belief for millions of people inside China.
July 20th marks the 14th anniversary of the illegal persecution against Falun Gong in China.
Work and school (Minghui.org) According to incomplete data, sixteen Falun Gong practitioners in medical professions, including physicians and nurses, were detained and persecuted in Beijing Women's Prison between 2000 and 2013.
Lawsuits (Minghui.org) The Criminal High Court of Argentina remanded a case to the Federal Court of Criminal Appeals on April 17th, 2013, ordering it to reopen the trial against the following defendants: former president and Party chief, Jiang Zemin, and former Party Standing Committee member, Luo Gan.
Psychiatric torture (Minghui.org) The first “Mental Health Law” in China was formally implemented on May 1st, 2013. For the first time, the Chinese Communist regime has clarified the definition of “involuntary treatment”, as well as associated criteria and procedures.
Physical torture (Minghui.org) Mr Bian Lichao was a highly regarded teacher at Kailuan 10th Middle School in Tangshan City, Hebei Province. He was sentenced to 12 years in 2012 and detained in Shijiazhuang Prison. After three months, he was pale and emaciated, his cheeks sunken, and his eyes deep-set. He also had symptoms of high-blood pressure and a heart attack. On the afternoon of April 22nd, 2013, when his wife visited him in prison, the first thing he said to her was, “Xiuzhen, every time we meet could be our farewell.”
Lawsuits A group of nearly a dozen Chinese human rights lawyers who attempted to investigate an extralegal “brainwashing centre” in the southeast of the country were violently set upon by guards on May 13th, before being handed over to police, who beat them further and held them overnight before releasing them.
Lawsuits (Minghui.org) Seven renowned lawyers in Mainland China were arrested on May 13th, 2013, for investigating the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners at the E'erhu Brainwashing Centre in Ziyang City, Sichuan Province.
Falun Gong activities NEW YORK – In China they can be arrested, tortured, and subject to forced labour simply for practising Falun Gong. This is why it is so particularly meaningful for Falun Gong practitioners from around the world to be in New York City, meditating in protest of the brutal persecution of practitioners in China since 1999.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) The Shuangkou Forced Labour Camp in Tianjin has brutally persecuted Falun Gong practitioners for the last 14 years. Inmates endure harsh, inhumane conditions, forced to do hard labour for 16 to 17 hours every day. Many would characterise the conditions as "slave labour".
Personal support NEW YORK – Five new petitions for individual Falun Gong practitioners – some with over 10,000 signatures – have been reported over the past two months, continuing a growing trend across China. While some of the petitions are new initiatives – including ones in Hubei and Hebei Provinces – others are ongoing efforts to rescue local residents who practise Falun Gong, despite official repression.
Personal support (Minghui.org) Authors David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann came to the BBC broadcast centre in London on April 30th, 2013, to talk about and answer questions about the Chinese regime's live organ harvesting at a live broadcast on the BBC's World Service programme.
Witness accounts (Minghui.org) Yang Xingfu, a deputy division-level military officer in the Nanjing Military Region, was persecuted repeatedly for remaining steadfast in his belief in Falun Dafa. Recently he was sentenced to three years of forced labour by the Nanjing Military Court and incarcerated at Nanjing Region Forced Labour Camp. His story was reported on June 6th, 2012, on the Minghui website. Below, in his own words, are details of the persecution Yang Xingfu has endured.
Personal support By Cassie Ryan, Epoch Times. Beijing rights defence lawyer Wang Quanzhang went to court to act as a defence counsel – but ending up being thrown into detention himself. The 10-day detention was cut short, however, after about 50 lawyers and citizens protested outside the court and detention centre.
Work and school (Minghui.org) Following mass arrests of Falun Gong practitioners in Wuhan during April and May 2011, the Wuhan 6-10 Office recently initiated another “top priority effort” and has arrested seven more Falun Gong practitioners, most of whom are intellectuals.
The practitioners were arrested for using the Internet “in an organised manner” to send publications overseas, thus allegedly committing the crime of leaking national secrets in an attempt to subvert the Chinese government.
Witness accounts (Minghui.org) Shuangkou Forced Labour Camp in the Beichen District of Tianjin detains and persecutes many male Falun Gong practitioners. There are five groups in the labour camp, and each produces different slave labour products. As a Falun Gong practitioner, I was detained in Group No. 3 for three years, and was tortured and forced to do slave labour.
Human rights organisations By Matthew Robertson (Epoch Times) Presented with a list of nearly 20,000 documented torturers, kidnappers, murderers and sadists, complete with their full names, places of work, job titles and often phone numbers – most police forces might get ready for a series of high-profile arrests. But in China, those listed are the cops.
Witness accounts (Minghui.org) I was detained in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp twice for a total of two years. Masanjia Forced Labour Camp is located in Liaoning Province and is also called Masanjia Correctional Institution First Section. It is a living hell and notorious for persecuting male Falun Gong practitioners. There are three so-called “teams”, and the third team is where all Falun Gong practitioners are detained. The work that the three teams do used to be different, but by 2012, all were making clothes. The labour camp has made enormous amounts of money from forcing practitioners to do slave labour.
Family and children By Irene Luo (Epoch Times) It’s been over a year since human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was detained in the remote Shaya Prison in Xinjiang Province, and only recently was he allowed to meet his family for the second time. They had not been permitted to visit since March 2012.
Witness accounts Editor’s note: Guo Jufeng, the author, was an engineer in Dalian City, Liaoning Province, who fled to Germany in 2008 after being persecuted for his practice of Falun Gong. Before leaving China, he had been arrested four times, sent to three labour camps, and persecuted using over 30 different methods of mental and physical torture. Twelve Falun Gong practitioners he personally knew died from torture: seven of those were from Dalian; five had children under the age of 18.
Work and school (Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Mr Yan Dong, a lecturer at Beijing Industry University, was illegally arrested in class in front of his students on November 5th, 2012. He was sentenced to two years of forced labour. Mr Yan is the fourth teacher to have been sentenced to forced labour in Beijing under the pretext of “security” related to the 18th Party Congress.
Family and children WASHINGTON – Cui Aimin had just dropped her daughter off at school when Chinese security forces arrested her, ransacked her home, confiscated the family computer, and threw her into a detention centre in her hometown of Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province.