China's rail network complicit in the persecution of Falun Gong

16-01-2016 Law violations

( The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using the nationwide identity card (ID) system to target Falun Gong practitioners on its rail network. Many practitioners have been illegally arrested, searched, and had their personal belongings confiscated.

Six Falun Gong practitioners from Chongqing were detained at the rail police substation when they showed their ID cards to buy tickets at the Caiyuanba train station. Two of the cards triggered alerts to the police. Their Falun Gong books and informational materials were confiscated.

Ms Li Huilan was arrested at Caiyuanba train station when she showed her ID to buy a ticket on July 23rd, 2015. She was later detained at the Qianzhugou Brainwashing Centre in the Shapingba District of Chongqing.

Ms Jiang Yourong was also harassed and searched at the same station, on the same day, after her ID triggered an alert.

Similar incidents have occurred in many stations in different provinces, including the Hongqiao station in Shanghai, the Fengdu station in Chongqing, and the Xuchang City station in Henan Province.

Using personal identification cards to persecute Falun Gong practitioners is illegal according to the Identification Card Act, Article 14, of Chinese Law.

It appears that local police departments have added the names of Falun Gong practitioners to the network to prompt the alerts. Authorities are notified when these ID cards are scanned.

Linking the Chinese rail network's ticketing system to the identification card system is also illegal. Discrimination and harassment of passengers based on their belief violates their human rights, which are protected by the Chinese Constitution.

The rail ticketing network has no right to read a citizen's personal identity, according to the Identification Card Act, Article 19.

Rail police are arresting passengers, and searching and confiscating their personal belongings, without showing their badges, without lawful reason, and without a warrant. This is a crime of illegal search.



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