Falun Gong øvelse på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017, at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år.  (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)Falun Gong øvelse på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017, at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år.  (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

NEW York-De havde lige ankommet i USA lidt mere end en uge siden, men de var klar til at fortælle verden om, hvad de udholdt.

Forud for FN 's Generalforsamling i New York, to søstre fra Kina sluttede en gruppe på omkring 80 meditere demonstranter uden for U.N. bygning. Rui og Xing er udøvere af Falun Dafa, en spirituel praksis, at det kinesiske styre stærkt har forfulgt siden 1999. De bedt om at bruge pseudonymer af frygt for konsekvenser for deres forældre, der bor i Kina, der også praktiserer Falun Dafa (også kendt som Falun Gong).

Rui og Xing var bare 11 og 8 år, når deres far blev anholdt og idømt fængsel for 14 og et halvt år for sin tro i den gamle buddhistiske disciplin. Feeling truet af Falun Dafa voksende popularitet i Kina omfattende 100 million praktiserende på sit højeste, ifølge Falun Gong kilder, eller 70 million ifølge en undersøgelse af staten, de kommunistiske myndigheder iværksatte en systematisk kampagne i 1999 at udrydde praksis.

Falun Gong øvelse på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017, at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år.  (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong øvelse på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017, at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

I deres hjem i Gansu, en central region i Kina, Rui og Xing huske det lokale politi barging og holde dem under huset overvågning, holde vagt 24/7 i ugevis. Seks år senere, deres mor blev også anholdt og idømt fængsel. Denne gang, politiet hyret også Rui s skoleforvaltninger og lærere til at udspionere hende. 17 og 14 år gammel, de blev overladt til at klare sig selv, med hjælp fra nogle Falun Dafa udøvere, der boede i nærheden. Rui og Xing fik at vide, at de ikke kunne ansøge om kollegium studerende lån.

”Vi ønsker at fortælle Kinas delegerede til at stoppe forfølgelsen, således at praktiserende læger i Kina kan tro frit. Det er mennesker, vi kender, mennesker, der stadig lider,”Rui sagde i kinesisk.

Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

På trods af de kraftige vinde tirsdag, Falun Dafa udøvere uden for U.N. ankom tidligt om morgenen for at begynde deres tavs protest. De fleste var enten udfører øvelserne eller holde tæt til deres hejst bannere, som truede med at falde sammen mod vinden, med trykte budskaber som ”verden har brug for sandheden, medfølelse, tolerance”-den tro tre centrale principper-og’bringe Jiang Zemin til retfærdighed’på engelsk og kinesisk. Jiang var leder af Kina, som indledte forfølgelse.

Wang Luorui, en praktiserende læge, der var blevet arresteret 11 gange i Kina, sagde hun håber amerikanske præsident Donald Trump vil lægge pres på Kina for at bringe Jiang til domstolene. ”Det vil gøre det muligt for Falun Gong til at bringe de universelle værdier sandfærdighed, medfølelse, og tolerance over for det kinesiske folk," hun sagde.

Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Wang Cun Ling, en praktiserende læge fra Shanghai, sagde hendes tro hjalp hende med at blive en ansvarlig og omsorgsfuld lærer, som mentor mange studerende i Kina, der med succes anvendt til toppen gymnasier. Med den indflydelse, som den U.N. har over hele verden, hun håber at viderebringe budskabet til alle mennesker, at Falun Dafa er god. ”Vi ønsker at fortælle folk sandheden [om Falun Gong] i en fredelig, medfølende måde," hun sagde.

Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

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Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere meditere for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York, mens verdens ledere mødes på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
Falun Gong øvelse på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017, at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong øvelse på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017, at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere holde bannere og udføre øvelser for at øge bevidstheden om den forfølgelse indeni Kina, der nu er i sit 18. år på Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza nær De Forenede Nationers hovedkvarter i New York på Sept. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen / Epoch Times)
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Eric and his father’s story is the subject of a new short film, ‘Split by the State’. (Alexander Nilsen)Eric and his father’s story is the subject of a new short film, ‘Split by the State’. (Alexander Nilsen)

“Split by the State”

As millions of Australian families prepare to celebrate Father’s Day to honour their paternal bonds, for Sydney refugee Eric Jia, his version of Father’s Day is a lonely affair.

The last time he saw his father Ye Jia was 15 years-ago when he was 3-years-old. This father and son were forcefully split by China’s one-party state, simply because Ye Jia wanted to meditate and follow his beliefs.

Eric and his dad in Shaanxi province China during happier times.  (Alexander Nilsen)

Eric and his dad in Shaanxi Province China during happier times. (Alexander Nilsen)

He practices Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese meditation and spiritual practice based on the principles of ‘Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance’. It rose to popularity in China in the 1990’s, with over 100 million people experiencing its health benefits.

: Eric doing the Falun Gong meditation exercise at home in Sydney, Australien. China is the only country in the world that doesn't allow Falun Gong practitioners to meditate freely.  (Alexander Nilsen)

Eric doing the Falun Gong meditation exercise at home in Sydney, Australien. China is the only country in the world that doesn’t allow Falun Gong practitioners to meditate freely. (Alexander Nilsen)

These numbers proved too overwhelming for the Chinese regime, which with around 60 million communist members at the time, saw the practice as a threat. Former dictator Jiang Zemin initiated a country-wide crackdown and persecution against the peaceful movement, that hasn’t waned since it began on July 20, 1999.

The decision to persecute Falun Gong was made by former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin alone. Other members of the leadership favoured a more conciliatory approach, recognising that Falun Gong was peaceful. (NTD Television)

The decision to persecute Falun Gong was made by former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin alone. Other members of the leadership favoured a more conciliatory approach, recognising that Falun Gong was peaceful. (NTD Television)

As days and months turned into years, the state-sanctioned persecution has taken a heavy toll on fathers, sons and families alike, who have suffered severely and have too often been torn apart.

In modern China torture is a routine component of law-enforcement and punishment. Jiang Zemin issued his famous edict, “It is not a crime to beat a Falun Gong practitioner to death.” (en.minghui.org/)

Eric and his father’s story is the subject of a new short film, “Split by the State”, its release comes on Father’s Day.

The film’s director Gina Shakespeare said: “this film is dedicated to prisoners of conscience, like Ye Jia, who today number in their millions. It’s also an exposé of the Chinese regime’s relentless use of physical and psychological torture against Falun Gong adherents and their families, told through a young man’s heart.”

Ms Shakespeare recalled being deeply touched as she read Eric Jia’s original letter he wrote to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in 2016, pleading to save his dad from a Chinese prison.

“I knew Eric’s story needed to be told and that the letter he wrote was actually the beginning of a powerful script, one that would also move others” she said.

“Hearing that his dad was spending eight years in a Chinese prison, had been tortured, starved and subjected to filthy and inhumane living conditions, I could never fathom this type of ill-treatment, this just doesn’t happen in Australia” said Ms Shakespeare.

“Eric possesses an incredible resilience and determination. His desire for justice and to be reunited with his father, after all this time has never diminished. I really hope the Prime Minister can pressure China to release Eric’s dad urgently.”

Australia's Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. (Alexander Nilsen)

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Alexander Nilsen)

Eric spends a good deal of time assisting other Falun Gong families still imprisoned in China by speaking out at rallies, collecting signatures for petitions and even calling prisons in mainland China. Surely something his father would be proud of.

You can also help Eric and his family by sharing the film and by visiting this website and signing the petition.

www.splitbythestate.org

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Falun Gong-udøvere marchere i downtown Vancouver på juli 16, 2017, at opfordre til en stopper for forfølgelsen af ​​deres åndelige disciplin bestilt af det kinesiske styre 18 år siden den July 20, 1999. En procession af praktiserende læger i hvide hold mindesmærke kranse til at hylde dem, der er blevet forfulgt til døden. (Tang Feng / Epoch Times)Falun Gong-udøvere marchere i downtown Vancouver på juli 16, 2017, at opfordre til en stopper for forfølgelsen af ​​deres åndelige disciplin bestilt af det kinesiske styre 18 år siden den July 20, 1999. En procession af praktiserende læger i hvide hold mindesmærke kranse til at hylde dem, der er blevet forfulgt til døden. (Tang Feng / Epoch Times)

Denne uge på tværs af Canada og rundt om i verden, tusinder samles foran kinesiske ambassader og konsulater for at markere 18 år siden det kinesiske kommunistparti lanceret en kampagne af vold og had til ”udrydde” den åndelige disciplin Falun Gong, også kaldet Falun Dafa.

”Det kinesiske kommunistparti forfølgelse af Falun Gong er stadig i gang. Der er 12 Falun Gong-udøvere med canadiske bånd i øjeblikket ulovligt tilbageholdte i Kina,”Sagde Falun Dafa Association of Vancouver talsmand Sue Zhang på en rally uden for Vancouver Art Gallery på juli 16.

Samt give taler og holde marcher og candlelight vigils kræver en stopper for forfølgelse, Falun Gong-tilhængere søger hjælp fra den canadiske regering til at befri deres kolleger udøvere fra tilbageholdelse og fængsling i Kina. Blandt dem er en canadisk statsborger, Sun Qian, der har været tilbageholdt i Beijing siden februar.

ID-kort billede af Sun Qian. (Den Epoch Times)

ID-kort billede af Sun Qian. (Den Epoch Times)

Canadiske Prisoner of Conscience misbrugt i Kina

Sol, en 51-årig kinesisk-canadiske forretningskvinde og Vancouver bosiddende, er ved at blive afholdt på Beijing First Detention Center, hvor hun er blevet lænket, håndjern til en stål stol, kontinuerligt peber sprøjtes i ansigtet, og nu kan anklaget for sin tro.

Trods appeller om hendes løsladelse af flere højtstående canadiske embedsmænd, herunder konservative medlemmer af Parlamentet Peter Kent og Michael Cooper, Venstres tidligere justitsminister Irwin Cotler, og Green Party leder Elizabeth May, Sun fortsætter med at blive tilbageholdt.

Canadiske Falun Gong-udøvere fortsat være håb om, at Sun vil blive frigivet som følge af en stærk stemme fra folkevalgte.

Sun Qian er blevet lænket, håndjern til en stål stol, kontinuerligt peber sprøjtes i ansigtet, og nu kan anklaget for sin tro

Når den tidligere kinesiske leder Jiang Zemin indledte forfølgelse på juli 20, 1999, Canada var, faktisk, det første land til offentligt at fordømme den forfølgelse. ”Canada indgivet en officiel protest med Kinas udenrigsministerium efter 30,000 Falun Gong-tilhængere blev tilbageholdt i 30 byer over hele Kina, kilder sagde,”Rapporterede The Globe and Mail juli 26, 1999.

Ottawa-baserede Xun Li, præsident for Falun Dafa Association of Canada, også erindres, at det var den stærke stemme folkevalgte, sammen med stabil mediedækning, der hjalp til at sikre frigivelsen af ​​Zhang Kunlun, der menes at være den første canadiske arresteret i Kina for at praktisere Falun Gong.

Professor Kunlun Zhang med sit maleri

Professor Kunlun Zhang med sit maleri ”Red Wall,”, Som er baseret på hans erfaring som samvittighedsfange i Kina, på Art af Zhen Shan-Ren International Exhibition i Washington, DC, på juli 18, 2013. (Den Epoch Times)

Zhang er tidligere gæsteprofessor ved Montreals McGill University. Han blev arresteret i 2000 og sendt til tvangsarbejde lejr i tre år, men blev løsladt i januar 2001, kort før daværende premierminister Jean Chrétien handel mission til Kina.

Mens varetægtsfængslet i Kina, professoren blev udsat for vold herunder tortur med elektriske stave. Han blev også tvunget til at se udsendelser af had propaganda bagvasker Falun Gong.

”Kina var bange for at blive udsat [for deres krænkelser af menneskerettighederne], fordi professor Zhang er en canadisk statsborger,"Li sagde.

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Falun Gong, også kendt som Falun Dafa, er en praksis med meditation og øvelser overleveret fra det gamle Kina, der omfatter undervisning baseret på de universelle principper om Sandfærdighed, Medfølelse, og Tolerance. I juli 1999, det kinesiske kommunistiske regime beordrede en forfølgelse og en omfattende had propaganda kampagne mod Falun Gong på grund af populariteten af ​​den praksis, som ikke var kontrolleret af staten.

[Det kommunistiske parti indledt] det værste eksempel på religiøs forfølgelse siden Kulturrevolutionen, med den skærpede indsats mod Falun Gong.

- University of Ottawa professor André Laliberté

"[Det kommunistiske parti indledt] det værste eksempel på religiøs forfølgelse siden Kulturrevolutionen, med den skærpede indsats mod Falun Gong,”Skrev University of Ottawa professor André Laliberté, en førende forsker på religion i Kina, i et papir i 2015.

Forfølgelsen har høstet fordømmelse fra menneskerettighedsgrupper, de Forenede Nationer, og forskellige regeringer rundt om i verden.

Sue Zhang citeret En februaraften 2017 rapport Freedom House at detaljer, hvordan Falun Gong-tilhængere fortsætter med at blive udsat for overgreb udbredte og alvorlige menneskerettighederne. Og den seneste 2016 OS. Congressional-Executive rapport Kommissionen anfører, hvordan ekstrem fysisk og psykisk vold fortsætter mod Falun Gong.

[Vores] gennemgang fundet troværdige beviser tyder på, at starten i begyndelsen af ​​2000'erne, Falun Gong-fanger blev dræbt for deres organer i stor skala.

- Freedom House 2017 særlig rapport

Der er også rapporter fra efterforskere herunder to canadiske forskere estimerer, at 60,000 til 100,000 transplantationer om året udføres i Kina-i modsætning til den officielle kinesiske tal på 10,000 om året-med den primære kilde er Falun Gong-fanger, der har deres organer med magt fjernet, og blive dræbt i processen, at levere Kinas ekstremt lukrative transplantation industri.

Freedom House bemærkede, at det havde gennemgået den foreliggende dokumentation udarbejdet af disse efterforskere og ”fundet troværdige beviser tyder på, at starten i begyndelsen af ​​2000'erne, Falun Gong-fanger blev dræbt for deres organer i stor skala.””Der er grund til at tro, at sådanne overgreb fortsætter,”Rapporten erklærede.

Over 50 Falun Gong-tilhængere deltage i et 36-timers sultestrejke på Parliament Hill i Ottawa den marts 13, 2002, at appellere til den canadiske regering til at hjælpe med at stoppe det kinesiske regimes for at

Over 50 Falun Gong-tilhængere deltage i et 36-timers sultestrejke på Parliament Hill i Ottawa den marts 13, 2002, at appellere til den canadiske regering til at hjælpe med at stoppe det kinesiske regimes for at ”dræbe [Falun Gong-udøvere] uden nåde,”I dette billede fil. Politiet modtog ordre om at ”skyde på sigt”, hvis Falun Gong-udøvere ses uddele eller udstationering Falun Gong-flyers i Kina. (Minghui.org)

moralske principper

På Vancouver rally, Li Jianfeng, en tidligere dommer i Kina, roste de principper undervist af Falun Gong og opfordrede til større støtte af den åndelige praksis i Canada.

”Jeg opfordrer alle Vancouverites at støtte Falun Gong,"Li sagde. ”Hvad det spreder er’Sandfærdighed, Medfølelse, og Tolerance.’... Disse højt niveau moralske principper, hvis de kan blomstre i Canada, vil bringe os velsignelser og en god fremtid.”

Efter rally på juli 16, Vancouver udøvere og tilhængere afholdt en march downtown. De vil også holde et stearinlys vagt foran den kinesiske konsulat på juli 19. Hændelser er planlagt i andre canadiske byer senere i denne uge, herunder i Ottawa på juli 19 og i Toronto på juli 21.

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Falun Dafa Association of Canada præsident Li Xun taler under et rally udenfor den kinesiske ambassade i Ottawa juni 26, 2017, opfordrer til frigivelse af canadisk statsborger Sun Qian, der i øjeblikket tilbageholdes i Kina for Falun Gong. (Donna Han / Epoch Times)Falun Dafa Association of Canada præsident Li Xun taler under et rally udenfor den kinesiske ambassade i Ottawa juni 26, 2017, opfordrer til frigivelse af canadisk statsborger Sun Qian, der i øjeblikket tilbageholdes i Kina for Falun Gong. (Donna Han / Epoch Times)

Start af juni 25 og fortsætter i de næste par dage, stævner appellerer til redning af en canadisk statsborger tilbageholdt i Kina bliver holdt i flere byer over hele landet.

Falun Gong-udøvere og tilhængere er mellemstationer protester foran den kinesiske ambassade i Ottawa og de kinesiske konsulater i Vancouver og andre byer til at fordømme anholdelsen af ​​Vancouver bosiddende Sun Qian og til at opfordre til hendes øjeblikkelig løsladelse.

En kinesisk-canadisk forretningskvinde der blev en borger i 2007, Solen blev tilbageholdt af de kinesiske myndigheder i februar for at praktisere den traditionelle åndelig disciplin Falun Gong, også kaldet Falun Dafa.

Som vicepræsident for Beijing Leadman Biokemi, Sun rejste regelmæssigt mellem Vancouver og Beijing til arbejde. Mens hun var i hendes Beijing bopæl den feb. 19, mere end 20 civilklædte sikkerhedsfolk barged, ransaget sit hjem, og tog hende væk.

Hun har siden været fængslet i Beijing First Detention Centers 414 Prison Room, en facilitet berygtet for sin brutale behandling af tilbageholdte.

”Den vilkårlige arrestationer og mishandling krænket hendes ret til trosfrihed garanteret i Kinas egen forfatning og folkeretten,”Siger en erklæring fra Falun Dafa Association of Canada (FDAC) i anledning af den nationale appel om Suns udgivelse.

Efter et besøg med sin advokat på maj 5, Solen skubbet til jorden af ​​fire mandlige vagter, sprøjtes i ansigtet med en bidende kemikalie, og håndjern og lænket, i henhold til Suns søster, Sun Zan. De håndjern og lænker forblev på dag og nat fra maj 5 til maj 18. Hun blev også tvunget til at bære de samme sokker og undertøj i over to måneder.

ID-kort billede af Sun Qian. (Den Epoch Times)

ID-kort billede af Sun Qian. (Den Epoch Times)

”Min datter har ikke begået nogen forbrydelse,”Skrev Suns 78-årige mor i en erklæring. "Tværtimod, Hun er blevet en endnu bedre person [gennem Falun Gong]. Men under CCP tyranni, hun er nu tilbageholdt i stedet. Jeg har intet andet valg end at bekymre sig om min datter.”

I en tale ved demonstrationen i Ottawa juni 26, Falun Gong-udøver Hongyan Lu opfordrede til Suns frigivelse og talte også om sin mor, Huixia Chen, der har været tilbageholdt i Kina for anden gang for hendes tro.

”Den June 3, 2016, hun blev igen ulovligt tilbageholdt, varige brutal tortur og hjernevask selv ved 60 år, ude af stand til at have kontakt med familiemedlemmer,”Lu sagde. ”I februar i år, Canadisk statsborger Sun Qian blev bortført fra sin Beijing bopæl, ulovligt holdt, og udholdt tortur, også fordi hun praktiserer Falun Gong. Disse er kun to tilfælde ud af de millioner af tilfælde af Falun Gong-udøvere bliver grusomt forfulgt i Kina.”

Da den kinesiske styre lancerede sin kampagne for forfølgelse mod praksis i juli 1999 grund til at frygte over dens enorme popularitet, Falun Gong er blevet systematisk underkastet standse, tortur, og dræbte. Det er blevet anslået, at hundredtusinder, hvis ikke millioner, forbliver ulovligt fængslet.

”Jeg kalder hermed til øjeblikkelig stopper for forfølgelsen af ​​Falun Gong, øjeblikkelig og betingelsesløs løsladelse af Sun Qian og min mor Huixia Chen, samt alle ulovligt fængslet Falun Gong-udøvere. Lad alle disse gerningsmænd forfølgelsen retsforfølges,”Sagde Lu.

Falun Gong-udøver David Cordero taler under et rally juni 25, 2017, opfordrer til frigivelse af canadisk statsborger Sun Qian, der i øjeblikket tilbageholdes i Kina for Falun Gong. (Feng Tang / Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøver David Cordero taler under et rally juni 25, 2017, opfordrer til frigivelse af canadisk statsborger Sun Qian, der i øjeblikket tilbageholdes i Kina for Falun Gong. (Feng Tang / Epoch Times)

Sundhedsproblemer helbredt

Ifølge FDAC redegørelse, Sun plejede at lide af lever- og hjerteproblemer samt depression, men snart efter at hun begyndte at praktisere Falun Gong i 2014, alle hendes sundhedsspørgsmål forsvundet.

Alice Zhang, der talte ved demonstrationen i Vancouver juni 25, en dag før Ottawa rally, sammenlignede Suns bedre sundhed til den af ​​sin mor i Kina, der bliver også holdt i Kina for at praktisere Falun Gong.

"Ligesom Sun Qian, min mor havde også mange sygdomme, hvor hun var ude af stand til at finde en kur, og efter at have øvet Falun Gong blev hun rask og ikke længere led af sygdom. Men nu er hun er ved at blive fængslet af det kinesiske kommunistiske regime," hun sagde.

”Jeg er kommet her ikke kun for at appellere til frihed Sun Qian, men også for udgivelsen af ​​min mor og alle fængslede Falun Gong-udøvere. Mit håb er, at alle borgere i Kina snart vil have ret og frihed til at praktisere Falun Gong.”

På Vancouver rally, David Cordero sagde han finder det ”utænkeligt, at det kinesiske regime er aktivt opbygge en international billede, mens der stadig forfølger en godhjertet gruppe af mennesker, der tror på sandfærdighed, medfølelse, og tolerance,”Med henvisning til de ledende principper i praksis.

”Dette er i modstrid med principperne for international civilsamfund," han sagde. ”Det kinesiske regime bør straks løslade Sun Qian, og på samme tid den canadiske regering bør gøre en større indsats for at opfordre den kinesiske styre til at frigive Sun Qian.”

MP Peter Kent taler på en pressekonference til støtte for bestræbelser på at sikre udgivelsen af ​​canadisk statsborger Qian Sun tilbageholdes i Kina for hendes Falun Gong, på Parliament Hill i Ottawa den maj 9, 2017. (Jonathan Ren / NTD Television)

MP Peter Kent taler på en pressekonference til støtte for bestræbelser på at sikre udgivelsen af ​​canadisk statsborger Qian Sun tilbageholdes i Kina for hendes Falun Gong, på Parliament Hill i Ottawa den maj 9, 2017. (Jonathan Ren / NTD Television)

Selvom Suns familiemedlemmer ikke har fået lov til at besøge hende, hun har fået to konsulære besøg, siden hun blev anholdt. Adskillige højtstående canadiske embedsmænd har appelleret til hendes løsladelse, herunder konservative medlemmer af Parlamentet Peter Kent og Michael Cooper, Venstres tidligere justitsminister Irwin Cotler, NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle, og Grøn leder Elizabeth May.

”Vi er taknemmelige for de tusindvis af canadierne, der har underskrevet andragender opfordrer til frigivelse af Ms. Solen og vi er også taknemmelige til over et dusin parlamentsmedlemmer fra alle parter, der har opfordret til fru. Suns øjeblikkelig løsladelse og indgriben fra vores regering,”FDAC erklæring sagde.

”Vi fordømmer det kinesiske kommunistiske regimes ulovlig tilbageholdelse af Ms. Sol, og vi opfordrer den canadiske regering til at gribe ind og størkne Ms. Suns øjeblikkelig løsladelse og frigivelsen alle fængslede Falun Gong-udøvere.”

Falun Gong-udøvere samles foran den kinesiske konsulat i Calgary til at appellere for frigivelse af canadisk statsborger Sun Qian, der har været tilbageholdt i Kina siden Feb. 19 for hendes tro på Falun Gong. (Den Epoch Times)

Falun Gong-udøvere samles foran den kinesiske konsulat i Calgary til at appellere for frigivelse af canadisk statsborger Sun Qian, der har været tilbageholdt i Kina siden Feb. 19 for hendes tro på Falun Gong. (Den Epoch Times)
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Li Heping (højre), a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, was released last week after nearly two years in prison. (Radio Free Asia)Li Heping (højre), a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, was released last week after nearly two years in prison. (Radio Free Asia)

After nearly two years behind bars, Li Heping, a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, was released from prison last week.

Both his friends and his wife said he was barely recognizable—once robust and healthy, he is now thin and emaciated, his hair turned white, a radical transformation for someone only in his mid-forties.

juli 9, 2015, he was taken away by Tianjin public security officers and sentenced with “subversion of state power.” His arrest was part of a nationwide crackdown in 2015—known colloquially as the “709 Incident”—which targeted over 250 human rights lawyers and activists.

After two years of painstaking advocacy on his behalf, Wang Qiaoling, Li’s wife, was finally able to secure his release. Li was given a four-year suspended sentence, which means he still cannot practice law as before.

Human rights lawyer Li Heping, formerly youthful and robust, looked markedly different and almost unrecognizable after being imprisoned and tortured. (Radio Free Asia)

Representing the Vulnerable

Li Heping garnered prominence for defending political dissidents and vulnerable groups in China, including underground Christians, victims of forced evictions, as well as practitioners of the persecuted Falun Gong spiritual practice.

He also sought to appeal on behalf of blind activist Chen Guangcheng and fellow rights attorney Gao Zhisheng. I 2006, he defended environmental activist Tan Kai, founder of the environmental group “Green Watch.”

I 2007, along with five other Beijing-based human rights lawyers, Li represented Wang Bo, a Falun Gong practitioner, in a prominent case in Shijiazhuang City. In their defense of Wang Bo’s innocence, they jointly published “The Constitution is Supreme, Freedom of Religion”—the first time Chinese lawyers applied Chinese law to systematically defend Falun Gong practitioners as innocent. The defense statement would be frequently referenced by rights lawyers later on when representing Falun Gong practitioners.

As he continued to take on high-profile cases, Li was subjected to increasing harassment, surveillance, and threats by Chinese security forces. In Sep. 2007, he was abducted by plainclothes police and shocked with electric batons for several hours before being left in the woods in the suburbs of Beijing. I 2009, Chinese authorities refused to renew his law license, thus depriving him of his right to practice law and forcing him to turn to legal consultation work instead.

Mounting tensions culminated with his arrest in July, 2015 along with numerous other human rights defenders.

From Defender to Persecuted

According to Li’s wife, Wang Qiaoling, Li was subjected to constant surveillance while detained—with people guarding him even as he used the bathroom—and tortured with beatings and electric shocks.

Endvidere, while imprisoned, Li was regularly forced to consume unknown drugs, ostensibly for high blood pressure, a condition he did not have.

The drugs resulted in bodily weakness, pain in his muscles, and blurry vision. Other human rights defenders released from prison, including Li’s younger brother, Li Chunfu, have discussed similar experiences of being force-fed unknown medication while detained. After being released in January 2017, Li was soon diagnosed with symptoms of schizophrenia.

According to Heng He, a senior political commentator at New Tang Dynasty Television (a sister media company of Epoch Times) the use of drugs as a form of torture is not an isolated occurrence. I 2001, the American Psychiatric Association began drawing attention to forced administration of psychotropic drugs on Falun Gong practitioners detained at mental hospitals.

Heng says that the force-feeding of drugs was “used at a large scale on Falun Gong practitioners before being used to persecute human rights lawyers.” The purpose, he says, is to “break their will” and to threaten those around them by highlighting the consequences of opposing state policy.

In response to mounting evidence of forced administration of drugs, members of Chinese Lawyers for the Protection of Human Rights penned an open letter on May 14 calling for an independent investigation into the use of drugs to torture rights lawyers imprisoned as a part of the 709 Incident.

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Hongyan Lu taler på en rally foran den kinesiske ambassade på April 25, 2017, for at markere det 18.-årsdagen for Falun Gong-udøvere store appel om trosfrihed i Kina på April 25, 1999, og til at opfordre til en ende på forfølgelsen af ​​Falun Gong. Til hendes højre er Falun Gong-udøver Joanna Qiao holder et skilt søger hjælp til at ringe for frigivelse af Lu mor, Huixia Chen, fra tilbageholdelse i Kina og står over for tre år til livsvarigt fængsel for hendes tro. (Donna Han / Epoch Times)Hongyan Lu taler på en rally foran den kinesiske ambassade på April 25, 2017, for at markere det 18.-årsdagen for Falun Gong-udøvere store appel om trosfrihed i Kina på April 25, 1999, og til at opfordre til en ende på forfølgelsen af ​​Falun Gong. Til hendes højre er Falun Gong-udøver Joanna Qiao holder et skilt søger hjælp til at ringe for frigivelse af Lu mor, Huixia Chen, fra tilbageholdelse i Kina og står over for tre år til livsvarigt fængsel for hendes tro. (Donna Han / Epoch Times)

OTTAWA-Den største appel om trosfrihed i kinesisk historie blev mindet foran den kinesiske ambassade i Ottawa på April 25, 2017.

Den april 25, 1999, mere end 10,000 mennesker samledes fredeligt i Beijing for at appellere til deres frihed til at praktisere Falun Gong og frigivelsen af ​​arresterede kolleger praktiserende læger. Fyrre-fem eller deromkring udøvere var blevet slået og tilbageholdt i den nærliggende by Tianjin.

Det 45 udøvere blev løsladt samme aften, så dem, der havde samlet sig for at appellere venstre roligt og gik hjem.

Imidlertid, blot tre måneder efter, at den hidtil usete appel, daværende kinesiske kommunistparti leder Jiang Zemin lanceret en landsdækkende kampagne for forfølgelse til ”udrydde” Falun Gong, der fortsætter i dag.

”Vi ærer fredens ånd, retfærdighed, og medfølelse med hvilken denne appel blev afholdt 18 år siden,"Said Xun Li, præsident for Falun Dafa Association of Canada.

”Jeg er her for at ære i april 25th fredelige appel. Mellemtiden Jeg håber også at gøre opmærksom på min mors tilfælde,"Said Hongyan Lu, en Falun Gong-udøver, der bor i Ottawa.

Hongyan fortalte, hvordan hendes 60-årige mor Huixia Chen lidt af hepatitis B, skrumpelever, problemer mave, og endometriose i 1998 da hun begyndte at praktisere Falun Gong, også kaldet Falun Dafa.

”Bare et par måneder ind i Falun Gong samme år, alle hendes sygdomme mirakuløst gik bort og hun blev godt humør,”Sagde Hongyan.

Imidlertid, Huixia blev anholdt i juni 2016, sammen med andre kolleger praktiserende læger.

Først og fremmest 20 dage efter anholdelsen, Huixia ”blev tortureret og låst i en stol lavet af metalstænger og ikke lov til at flytte,”Sagde Hongyan. ”Dette ødelagde hendes helbred og gjorde det svært for hende at gå eller stå op. Hun er meget svag. Hun har også været tvunget til at udholde hjernevask sessioner.”

Huixia tilbageholdes i Shijiazhuang Second Detention Center.

”Mine slægtninge i Kina stadig kæmper for at få nogen opdateringer om min mor og desværre har gjort små fremskridt,”Hangyan sagde. ”Vi har ingen idé om, hvad der sker, eller hvad der kan ske med min mor under et regime uden en uafhængig eller effektivt retssystem.”

Hongyan bemærkede, at hendes mors erfaring er typisk for de millioner af Falun Gong-udøvere i Kina.

”Jeg opfordrer til slutningen af ​​forfølgelse og frigivelsen af ​​mine andre og alle andre fængslet Falun Gong-udøvere," hun sagde.

”Det er på tide at afslutte denne onde forbrydelse.”

Falun Gong er en traditionel åndelig disciplin af den buddhistiske skole. Den består af meditation, Qigong øvelser, og moralske belæringer baseret på principperne om sandfærdighed, medfølelse, og tolerance. Den praksis spredes hurtigt på grund af de dybe fordele opleves af praktikere i deres fysiske helbred og mentale og moralske velbefindende.

Ved slutningen af ​​1990'erne skønnede kinesiske regering undersøgelser, at 70-100 millioner mennesker havde taget op praksis. På grund af paranoia over enorme popularitet af praksis, som ikke var under statskontrol, Partileder Jiang lanceret officielt den brutale forfølgelse i juli 1999.

I 2006 FN erklærede, at 66 procent af de indberettede torturofre var Falun Gong-udøvere. den U.N. og andre grupper har også rapporteret voksende beviser for voldtægt, tortur, udbredt had propaganda, dødsfald, og selv state-orkestreret tvunget orgel høst af Falun Gong-udøvere til at levere Kinas blomstrende transplantation handel.

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april 25, 1999april 25, 1999

EDMONTON—”It was a day when goodness truly triumphed.”

That’s how Michael Cooper, MP for Edmonton-St. Albert, described the april 25, 1999, event in which an estimated 10,000 Falun Dafa adherents gathered in Beijing to peacefully protest the hardening tone of state-run media against their practice and the wrongful arrest of their fellow practitioners in nearby Tianjin.

Cooper was speaking at a rally held in Edmonton’s Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Gazebo on April 22 to commemorate the anniversary of the appeal. The rally also heard from Garnett Genuis, MP for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, and adherents of Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) who experienced persecution in China.

It was the largest peaceful pro-democratic demonstration in China since the Tiananmen Square pro-democratic demonstrations of 1989. It was a remarkable feat.

— MP Michael Cooper

The protest was the largest appeal for freedom of belief in China’s recent history, and the last time Falun Dafa adherents were able to gather before the brutal persecution against the practice was launched in July 1999 by then-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin.

‘A Remarkable Feat’

“It’s an honour to be here to stand with [Falun Dafa adherents] for truthfulness, medfølelse, og overbærenhed, to stand in solidarity to commemorate the brave 10,000-plus men and women who [gathered] in Beijing on that fateful day of April 25, 1999,” Cooper said. sandfærdighed, medfølelse, and forbearance are Falun Dafa’s guiding principles.

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Garnett Genuis, MP for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan, talks at a rally in Edmonton’s Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Gazebo on April 22, 2017 to mark the 18th anniversary of the April 25, 1999 appeal in Beijing by Falun Dafa adherents. (Omid Ghoreishi/The Epoch Times)

“Men and women, who stood up for justice, who stood up for freedom, who stood up for human rights, who stood up for the dozens of Falun Gong practitioners who days earlier had been rounded up, arrested, and beaten. It was the largest peaceful pro-democratic demonstration in China since the Tiananmen Square pro-democratic demonstrations of 1989. It was a remarkable feat," han sagde.

But the response of the Chinese regime was typical of a “brutal communist dictatorship,” Cooper noted.

Just three months later, Jiang’s regime launched a campaign of persecution against Falun Dafa, which in the past 18 years has resulted in thousands of families being destroyed, many sent to labour camps, many tortured to death, and many more losing their lives in China’s illicit state-sanctioned organ transplant trade.

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Dr. Minnan Liu from the Falun Dafa Association of Edmonton talks at a rally in Edmonton’s Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Gazebo on April 22, 2017 to mark the 18th anniversary of the April 25, 1999 appeal in Beijing by Falun Dafa adherents. (Omid Ghoreishi/The Epoch Times)

“In the face of some of the most egregious human rights abuses and crimes committed in the modern world by the communist dictatorship of China, how have Falun Gong practitioners responded?” asked Cooper.

"[They’ve] responded peacefully, through education, through a campaign of awareness, to shine light on the evil—the evils that are perpetrated on a day-to-day basis in China against Falun Gong, and the tens of millions of practitioners right across China.”

Forced Organ Harvesting

Cooper told the crowd that he and fellow MP Genuis and others in the House of Commons will continue to press the Canadian government to compel Beijing to stop the persecution and promote “freedom, democracy, and human rights.”

Canada can play a strong role, standing up for universal human rights. We have a responsibility to do that, especially when the government talks about increasing our engagement with China.

— MP Garnett Genuis

Genuis, who recently introduced a private member’s bill to combat forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China, said persecution against all faith communities in China is on the rise.

“As China does its best to whitewash its international image, the persecution is escalating, it’s getting worse, and it requires a strong response from those of us in the West and throughout the world committed to justice and human rights,” he told the rally.

Genuis’s bill C-350, which revives a bill tabled in the last parliament by former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler, amends Canada’s Criminal Code and Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The bill seeks to make it a criminal offence for someone to acquire an organ that they know was obtained without consent, and to make those involved in forced organ harvesting inadmissible to Canada.

Luo Zehui (R) recounts through a translator how her father fainted under torture and then cremated while still alive in China for practicing Falun Gong at a rally in Edmonton’s Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Gazebo on April 22, 2017. The event was held to mark the 18th anniversary of the April 25, 1999 appeal in Beijing by Falun Dafa adherents. (Omid Ghoreishi/The Epoch Times)

According to investigations by former Canadian secretary of state David Kilgour, Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas, and American investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, up to 90,000 organ transplants take place in China on a yearly basis, with the majority of them being Falun Gong prisoners of conscience who are killed for their organs.

“Canada can play a strong role, standing up for universal human rights. We have a responsibility to do that, especially when the government talks about increasing our engagement with China,"Knælede sagde.

Persecution

The rally heard from two Falun Gong practitioners who personally experienced persecution while in China.

Calgary resident Luo Zehui relayed in an emotional speech through a translator that her father, Jiang Xiqing, was put in a forced labour camp and tortured for practising Falun Gong.

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Zhang Ping (R) recounts through a translator how she was imprisoned multiple times in China for practicing Falun Gong at a rally in Edmonton’s Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Gazebo on April 22, 2017. The event was held to mark the 18th anniversary of the April 25, 1999 appeal in Beijing by Falun Dafa adherents. (Omid Ghoreishi/The Epoch Times)

Jiang fainted under torture, and was then cremated while he was still alive, a tearful Luo said.

Zhang Ping, also from Calgary, talked about how both her physical and mental state improved with the practice and how she was able to harmonize her relations with family members and those in her community, thanks to Falun Gong.

Imidlertid, due to the CCP’s campaign of persecution, she was arrested and detained on multiple occasions. She finally escaped China to come to Canada in 2015.

“After leaving my hometown, within less than a year I heard about three more fellow Falun Gong practitioners who died of persecution," hun sagde.

“There were 43 confirmed death locally and 989 in my province since the persecution started.”

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Falun Gong practitioners raise awareness about organ harvesting and other human rights crimes in China, with residents and tourists in Santa Monica, Calif., på juli 17. (Xu Touhui/Epoch Times)Falun Gong practitioners raise awareness about organ harvesting and other human rights crimes in China, with residents and tourists in Santa Monica, Calif., på juli 17. (Xu Touhui/Epoch Times)

NEW YORKA petition that has garnered nearly 6,000 signatures in just 2 days calls for President Donald Trump to help end the practice of forced organ harvesting in China.

Trump had his first meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping on Thursday, but they are expected to get into more deeper discussions on Friday at the summit.

The White House petition created on April. 5, urges Trump to ask Xi Jinping to end the forced organ harvesting against Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China.

The forced organ harvesting is part of a wider persecution which began in 1999 by then Communist leader Jiang Zemin and is still happening today against Falun Gong, a peaceful, spirituel praksis.

Hundreds of thousands practitioners in detention are vulnerable to becoming victims of forced, live organ harvesting, one of the most atrocious and inhumane practices today, according to researchers.

The Chinese Regime is estimated to have performed between 60,000 og 100,000 transplants each year from 2000 til 2015, the bulk from Falun Gong practitioners, according to a nearly 700-page report published in June last year.

The report authors—David Kilgour, a former Canadian Secretary of State and member of Parliament; human rights lawyer David Matas; and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann—explain that this is how transplant patients can go to China and get a organ within days or even hours, if they can pay for it. By contrast, patients can be on wait lists for years in other countries.

The ultimate conclusion of the report, said Matas at the National Press Club in Washington on June 22, “is that China has engaged in the mass killing of innocents.”

If the petition on the White House-sponsored site collects 100,000 signatures by May 5, then the White House is obliged to furnish a response. The text of the petition reads:

“Irrefutable evidence shows that former Chinese President, Jiang Zemin, not only started a brutal persecution against Falun Gong in 1999, but also initiated the abominable and deadly forced organ harvesting practice against this peaceful group—a practice that is intolerable in the 21st century. The civilized world must stand up against these atrocities and demand an end to one of the greatest human rights violations of our time.

“Mr. President, AMERICA FIRST signifies core American values. The defense of human rights is one of our greatest virtues and the foundation of our nation. You have a chance to show the world that the United States remains the leader in defending human rights and will not remain silent in the face of these crimes against humanity.”

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Over 6,300 Falun Gong-udøvere udgør et symbol på Falun Gong og de kinesiske tegn, sandfærdighed, medfølelse og overbærenhed på Liberty Square i Taipei den nov. 26, 2016. (Chen Po-chou / Epoch Times)Over 6,300 Falun Gong-udøvere udgør et symbol på Falun Gong og de kinesiske tegn, sandfærdighed, medfølelse og overbærenhed på Liberty Square i Taipei den nov. 26, 2016. (Chen Po-chou / Epoch Times)

TAIPEI, Taiwan-Efter to dages intensiv arbejde og forberedelse, et stort symbol optrådte centrum på Taiwans Liberty Square, opkaldt efter sin rolle i øens overgang fra et-parti styre til demokrati.

den nov. 26, iført gul, blå, rød, og sort tøj, om 6,300 udøvere af den åndelige disciplin Falun Gong dannede en stor emblem sammen med de tre kinesiske tegn for sandfærdighed, medfølelse, og tolerance, kernen undervisning i Falun Gong. Det symbol, kaldet "Falun" i kinesisk og betyder "lov hjul,"Omfatter den traditionelle buddhistiske"Srivatsa " og taoistiske "taiji." Det er emblem Falun Gong, også kendt som Falun Dafa (God måde af loven Wheel).

deltagerne, meste Falun Dafa udøvere, der bor i Taiwan, omfattede praktikere fra Japan, Sydkorea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, og Indonesien. Dannelsen karakter er blevet en årlig tradition, i november, at fejre måned tilbage i 1997 når hr. Li Hongzhi, grundlæggeren af ​​Falun Gong, besøgte øen for første gang.

"Verden har brug for sandfærdighed, medfølelse, og tolerance. "sagde Huang Chun-mei, arrangør af aktivitet og næstformanden for Taiwan Falun Dafa Association. "Hvis alle i samfundet følger disse principper, vores samfund vil være bedre. "

Dannelsen karakter, imidlertid, bærer en langt dybere mening. Huang Chun-Mei forklarede, at tegnet dannelse ville sætte en check på den fortsatte voldsomme forfølgelse af Falun Gong i Kina, og, i modsætning til propaganda af det kinesiske styre, viser, at den buddhistiske disciplin trives rundt om i verden, med mennesker praktiserer Falun Gong i løbet 100 lande.

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Den planlægning og design begyndte faktisk over to måneder siden, sagde Wu Ching-hsiang, en pensioneret arkitekt, der har været ansvarlig for at tegne tegninger til Taiwans karakter formationer siden 2009. Han har også givet tegninger til lignende aktiviteter afholdt i Washington D.C. og New York.

Wu forklaret i et telefoninterview, hvorfor få blueprint højre var sådan en langvarig proces: "Enkelt gang, efter jeg færdig med en tegning og var pludselig at vide, at der ville være 1,000 yderligere deltagere, Jeg var nødt til hurtigt at gentegne blueprint. "

Wu tilføjede, at historien om dannelse karakter faktisk opstod i Kina. Men i modsætning til dem, der holdes i Kina og andre steder i verden, dannelsen i Taiwan ofte involverer mere komplekse billeder.

"Geometriske former involverer lige linjer eller 90-graders vinkler er ikke svært,"Sagde Wu. "Det er billeder med buede linjer, der er mere udfordrende." For at give et eksempel, Wu tilføjede, at deltagerne danner mere kompliceret, men smukke kinesiske tegn i skrivefejl script, en form for kinesisk kalligrafi i dag, i modsætning til den mere enkle skrivestil i fortiden.

I Kina, sådanne store tegn formationer var almindelige i Kina inden juli 1999, før forfølgelsen begyndte. Siden da, praktiserende læger i Taiwan, De Forenede Stater, og mange andre lande har forsøgt at holde traditionen i live.

Wu sagde, at i formationen i år, foruden emblem og de kinesiske tegn, der er også lysstråler afbildet i gult. Disse stråler, ifølge Wu, repræsenterer Buddhas nåde lysende verden.

Forberedelse

To dage før dannelsen af ​​figurerne, forberedelse på Liberty Square begynder. Hundredvis af praktiserende læger, meste fra Taipei, vise sig at manuelt sted farvede runde plastplader og tape dem til deres udpegede pletter.

Wang Chung-tung, 66, en pensioneret søfragt kaptajn og tidligere assisterende professor ved Taipei College of Maritime Technology, sagde i årenes løb, han havde tidligere kæmpet gennem dårligt vejr, røde myrer, og endda slanger under udarbejdelsen, som nogle gange blev holdt formationerne på græs i stedet for beton.

En følelse af taknemmelighed over for Falun Gong har ført Wang at være flittige i årenes løb i at hjælpe med forberedelserne til det tegn dannelse. Wang tog praksis i 2002 efter hans 20 år lange karriere arbejder på havet, hvor "der var en tynd linje mellem liv og død." Med Falun Gong, han sagde, at han har fundet meningen med livet, at han havde længtes efter i løbet af sine år på skibe.

Tilsvarende, Chuang Mao-hage, 56, en pensioneret embedsmand fra National Bureau of Foreign Trade, sagde han havde deltaget i forberedelserne siden 2011. Sidste år, Mao mindede hvordan han stadig besluttet at hjælpe med forberedelsen selv om han var under vejr, på grund af taknemmelighed han føler for den gode kvalitet af søvn har han haft siden han begyndte at praktisere Falun Gong i 2010.

For mange frivillige udklækker for den karakter dannelse var en mulighed for at fortælle forbipasserende, især fastlandet kinesiske turister-Liberty Square er en populær turistattraktion websted i Taiwan-om uretfærdigheder stadig lidt som Falun Gong-udøvere i Kina.

"Turister nemt finder det tegn dannelse meget interessant, ikke bare på dagen for den faktiske dannelse, men dagen før når præparatet er i gang,"Siger dr. Huang Hui-Chun, 37, en kardiolog arbejder på National Taiwan University Hospital, og en praktiserende læge siden 2006.

Huang Chung-Peng, 56, ejer af en mekanisk hardware selskab i New Taipei City, sagde han engang havde at forklare, hvordan Taiwan er forskellig fra Kina, da en kinesisk turist blev lamslået at finde, at den taiwanske regering havde givet tilladelse til Falun Gong-udøvere til at holde en så stor offentlig aktivitet.

"Når fastlandet kinesisk, efter brug anti-censur-software, se billeder af den karakter dannelse, de vil indse, hvordan Falun Gong er åbenlyst praktiseres i Taiwan,"Sagde Huang Chung-Peng.

Opportunity Kun i Taiwan

For mange udøvere i andre asiatiske lande, at deltage i karakter dannelse i Taiwan var en mulighed for ikke at blive savnet.

"Falun Gong hilses velkommen overalt i verden med undtagelse af Kina,"Sagde Sato Kunio, 53, hotelejer i den japanske by Chiba, der blev født i Harbin, Kina før du flytter til Japan i 1980. Han begyndte at praktisere Falun Gong i 1996 og har deltaget i Taiwans dannelse karakter flere gange.

For Rosy Ngygen, 34, kundechef senior fra Vietnam, der begyndte at praktisere Falun Gong i 2012, mulighed var dyrebare, da det var umuligt at holde en storstilet aktivitet som denne i sit eget land på grund af politisk pres fra Kina.

Ngyugen forklarede, "Den vietnamesiske regering modsætter sig ikke Falun Gong, men det vil ikke gøre den kinesiske regering ked heller. "

Kim Jung Soo, en pensioneret embedsmand i uddannelsessystemet afdelingen i Busan, Sydkorea, deltog selv om han kun havde øvet i tre dage. Han takkede sin kone for at indføre ham til Falun Gong. Han sagde, at hun havde vist "fred og ro" som en praktiserende læge for den sidste 14 år.

Mens deltagerne sad for fotografering og filme, mange turister standsede selfies med den sjældne og farverige kulisse.

"Smuk. Jeg kender ikke historien om denne, men til mine øjne, det er meget smukt,"Sagde Fru. Sangsajja, en husmor fra Thailand.

Jose Collazo, en business analytiker fra Puerto Rico, sagde han havde hørt om forfølgelsen af ​​den gruppe i Kina. Han nød tegnet dannelse.

"Det er meget farverige. Jeg ville ønske jeg kunne se det fra op toppen," han sagde.

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Xin Ziling in an undated photograph. (Apollo Net)Xin Ziling in an undated photograph. (Apollo Net)

Xi Jinping is widely misunderstood by the media and intellectuals because they don’t understand the power dynamics inside the Chinese communist regime today, according to maverick retired defense official Xin Ziling.

Born Song Ke in the province of Hebei in northern China, Xin joined the People’s Liberation Army in 1950 at the age of 15. Xin eventually made director of China National Defense Univer­sity, the country’s top higher education institute for defense official.

I dag, Xin is best known as a fiery critic of the regime who isn’t afraid to broach sensitive topics—he is the author of a highly critical book on former Chinese dictator Mao Zedong; he has spoken out against former Party leader Jiang Zemin’s persecution of Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese spiritual practice; and joined other scholars and journalists in calling for the regime to end censorship.

For nylig, Xin Ziling was interviewed by the Chinese language edition of Voice of America as part of a series on the Communist Party’s 6th Plenum. Though the interview took place before the recently-concluded meeting, its identification of the faultlines in elite Party politics remains highly relevant. We’ve translated the interview, and edited it for brevity and clarity.

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Question: What are your thoughts about the 6th Plenum?

Xin Ziling: This meeting concerns the infighting in the Chinese Communist Party. Xi Jinping is heading a group of reformists, and they are being opposed by a faction led by Jiang Zemin.

The 6th Plenum will bring a general resolution to this struggle, and there must be complete resolution in the lead up to the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress; otherwise, the 19th Congress can’t be held. For eksempel, if Jiang is still allowed some say in matters of the day, he could pick another three Politburo Standing Committee members [serving Standing Committee members Liu Yunshan, Zhang Dejiang, and Zhang Gaoli are known allies of Jiang]. How is that acceptable? What will become of China then? I also believe that [Xi Jinping] will conclusively resolve organizational issues at the 6th Plenum.

Now the whole Party has essentially endorsed Xi Jinping assuming the title of “core” leader. Med andre ord, Jiang Zemin’s position as the Party’s “core” is on the wane; previously, Jiang still had influence, but now many cadres are much clearer on the overall situation. I recently read that the leaders of 28 provinces were replaced within a span of nine months. If a cadre refuses to change his political mindset and stance, he will be replaced and dealt with by the Party organization.

I’m optimistic about the prospects. By that I mean that Xi Jinping will be victorious, the reformists will be victorious, and the Chinese people will be triumphant. China cannot possibly progress without the purging of corrupt officials—those big tigers, medium tigers, and old tigers. [“Tiger” is Party parlance for corrupt high-ranking officials.]

It’s also impossible for progress to be made on political reform and issues such as the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the political rehabilitation of Falun Gong if Jiang Zemin isn’t removed. With rows of big tigers obstructing the way, there’s no way to resolve these issues. The conditions and timing must be right for a comprehensive resolution to be reached, and its possible that something will come of the 6th Plenum that will jolt the people and the Party.

Q: Do you that think that Xi Jinping might resolve the issues of Tiananmen and Falun Gong when he becomes “core” leader?

Xin: It’s not a question of probability; Xi Jinping will definitely resolve these issues. Falun Gong practitioners can and have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin with the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate … these judicial organs have already accepted these complaints. Falun Gong and Tiananmen must be resolved. Xi Jinping cannot carry this burden going forward; he is crystal clear on this matter.

Q: Human rights lawyers have been arrested, petitioners have been suppressed, freedom of speech is being restricted, and many people have been prosecuted for comments they’ve made on the internet. Could these incidents have happened if Xi Jinping didn’t give a nod?

Xin: Let me make a clarification. There are currently two power centers in the Chinese Communist Party. And Xi Jinping doesn’t have complete power before the 6th Plenum.

Take the political and legal apparatus, for eksempel. I teorien, after Zhou Yongkang was purged, Xi ought to have regained control over the apparatus. I virkeligheden, imidlertid, the apparatus’ direction can be influenced in countless ways; many officials are still carrying out Zhou Yongkang’s policies, whether knowingly or unknowingly.

Recently there was a man named Wang Zhiwen [the former Falun Gong coordinator in Beijing] who was prevented from leaving the country in Guangzhou. Xi Jinping is definitely not behind this. Because the people who blocked Wang still have some power.

Nowadays, who does the common folk blame when they are unhappy about something? They blame the top leader, and say that it’s Xi Jinping’s doing even when it’s not his idea. This situation arises from slandering and the so-called “advanced blackening” [gaojihei in Chinese].

Those old tigers and big tigers from the Jiang faction face the fate of being purged. So they think: If I’m a goner, then I’m going to bring you down, også. They then try to sabotage Xi, and damage his political reputation. But Xi is not behind many incidents; the shutting down of Yanhuang Chunqiu [a reformist publication ran by mostly elderly Party cadres] was the handiwork of Liu Yunshan [the propaganda and ideology chief].

Right now Xi Jinping cannot abandon his plans at the 6th Plenum or his overall objectives to deal with the specific problems caused by the Jiang faction. As the highest-ranking leader, Xi needs to deal with all these problems comprehensively in terms of strategy, direction, and policy. He needs to get all cadres to implement the Party Central’s policies; having the top leader rectify all problems caused by noncompliant cadres is impossible.

Given the circumstances, many people, including the media and the intelligentsia, have a lot of misunderstandings about Xi Jinping. They see increased restrictions on the media, and people getting arrested. But if Xi isn’t aware of a lot of things until they take place, what is he to do?

Q: Isn’t Xi Jinping aware that his reputation and credibility are damaged when these things happen?

Xin: Of course he is aware. And that is what drives him to resolve all these issues once and for all at the 6th Plenum! If Xi doesn’t take action, what he ultimately faces is Chinese officials dragging their feet, or even performing the opposite of what he wants. Some officials might think: You don’t allow me to take bribes, that’s fine. I will not do any work, and bring the entire government administration to a halt. Then the people will blame Xi Jinping.

The organizational issue can be resolved through the appointing of new officials and wiping the slate at the 19th Congress. Jiang Zemin has build up his factional networks in the Party for over two decades, and the roots he has sunk are intertwining and very deep. This is not an easy issue to resolve, but Xi won’t be able to push through his policies without fixing this issue. Then the case of orders not leaving Zhongnanhai [the officials headquarters of the Party leadership in Beijing] will persist.

Q: For several months, there have been many changes in the ranks of the top provincial leadership. Do you believe that Xi Jinping is responsible for the reshuffling?

Xin: Certainly. Nu, many provincial-level cadres are Xi’s appointments. These personnel changes were made to prevent a political coup from taking place during the 6th Plenum and the 19th Congress. That’s also the reasoning behind the reshuffling of top leaders in 28 provinces in 9 måneder.

Q: After the recent military reforms, does Xi Jinping have complete control over the military?

Xin: You could say that. Military reform is a massive operation; frankly, Mao Zedong didn’t dare to do it, and neither did Deng Xiaoping. What Xi has done is unprecedented, but then again he was forced into it. Guo Boxiong og Xu Caihou [two disgraced former military vice chairs] had Hu Jintao under their thumb for a decade; everyone in the military was loyal to them. If this issue isn’t resolved at a fundamental level, it’s impossible to gain control over the military.

Faktisk, Xi forcibly wrestled back control of the military, and the struggle continues to escalate. For nylig, there were many personnel changes in the military; this was done to clean out the remaining influence of Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong. Why is this necessary? Because many of Xu and Guo’s subordinates are still in office, and whose side they are on is still unclear. Imidlertid, the overall situation has been settled, and Xi Jinping is firmly in control of the military. Without controlling the military, there can be no way for Xi to counterattack in this ongoing struggle. So it is reasonable for Xi to have started with military reform, and to purge Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong.

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Li Mengfei, from New York City, attends the annual Falun Gong conference in San Francisco. (Edward Dye / Epoch Times)Li Mengfei, from New York City, attends the annual Falun Gong conference in San Francisco. (Edward Dye / Epoch Times)

SAN FRANCISCO—Lily Zhang, a Chinese-American woman in her 50s, said that she used to be “a classic Ironwoman,” where she grew up in communist China. The idea connotes a flinty disposition, hatred of class enemies, and a willingness to sacrifice for the “revolution.”

But in a conference held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco on Oct. 24, Zhang and thousands of others, most from the United States, many from elsewhere in the world, reflected on what it means to be free of communist indoctrination, and to have embraced a traditional Chinese spiritual philosophy instead.

Falun Gong, eller Falun Dafa, is the name of the practice that the attendees adhere to. It involves a set of meditative exercises and living in conformance to the three principles of truthfulness, medfølelse, og overbærenhed. Every year, Falun Gong practitioners on the West coast of the United States hold an experience sharing conference of this kind, where they reflect on how they have grown in their spiritual practice and persisted through adversity.

Falun Gong was the most popular meditative practice of its kind throughout the 1990s in China, with the regime estimating that there were 70 million citizens practicing it by the end of the decade, including many influential government officials; Falun Gong sources pegged the number at 100 million. The number of those practicing scared the former Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin, who set out to eradicate the practice and began one of the most severe, ongoing human rights crises in the world.

Thousands of attendees attended the San Francisco Falun Gong experience sharing conference of 2016, held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Oct. 24. (Edward Dye / Epoch Times)

Thousands of attendees attended the San Francisco Falun Gong experience sharing conference of 2016, held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Oct. 24. (Edward Dye / Epoch Times)

Many of the speeches given at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium discussed efforts to expose and stop the persecution, and the obstacles therein.

Susan Williams, 56, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been practicing Falun Dafa since 2009. She came to the conference, først og fremmest, to see how she could improve herself internally — practitioners of Falun Gong see this as one of the pillars of their spiritual discipline — and also to participate in the ancillary events, including parades, protests, and meditation outdoors in groups.

Williams was particularly eager to use the opportunity to talk to the many Chinese tourists coming to San Francisco, who may have had a little chance to hear about Falun Gong apart from the official Chinese propaganda. Given the sparseness of the population in Halifax, it’s an opportunity that she treasures. “People coming from China should know that Falun Gong is good,” Williams said.

Susan Williams from Halifax, Nova Scotia, attends the 2016 Falun Gong experience sharing conference in San Francisco, on Oct. 24, 2016.

Susan Williams from Halifax, Nova Scotia, attends the 2016 Falun Gong experience sharing conference in San Francisco, on Oct. 24, 2016. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

Chow Wai-dong came from Hong Kong for the San Francisco conference, delivering one of the final speeches of the day. He had come into contact with the practice by receiving literature about it handed out by volunteers in the street, han sagde, and then recounted some of the history of Chinese Communist Party influence in Hong Kong, which is often aimed at disrupting peaceful Falun Gong events there. The current Hong Kong leadership, which is thought by analysts to be connected to Jiang Zemin, the leader who launched the anti-Falun Gong campaign, “brought the gangster element to Hong Kong,” Chow said. Yet, he noted, the more poorly the communist-backed provocateurs behaved, the greater the interest generated in Falun Gong’s own story. “People would queue up for the Minghui newsletter and even grab them off the rack without waiting,” Chow said, referring to a publication run by volunteers which carries news about the situation of Falun Gong in China.

Jim Battaglini, a young man from Minnesota who speaks quickly, was attracted to Falun Gong after reading about the spiritual journey of the historical Buddha, known as Sakyamuni to Chinese people. “I was looking for a way or method, but I couldn’t find any instruction. Then one time I was on the public library, and I found the main text of Falun Gong, and I read the first sentence and I said: ‘This is it.’” He noted that the focus of his life has changed significantly as a result of his practice, including some days simply standing on the street with a clipboard, collecting signatures from citizens who are outraged at the killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs.

Battaglini remarked on one of the papers read, which discussed successful efforts at bringing information about the persecution of Falun Gong to elite members of society, including policymakers and financiers. “The practitioner explained his successes, but it wasn’t with the idea that ‘I’m great.’ It was about conscientious effort, looking at his own self, and explaining what led to the success.”

Li Mengfei, from New York City, spoke of how she grew up in a family in which Falun Gong was simply a part of life. She spoke about how she applied its lessons, in particular those about looking internally and overcoming psychological obstacles, in her work doing sales in Manhattan.

Lily Zhang, of San Francisco, says she was able to overcome her fear of driving, a skill she had never learned in China, when she was well past her middle-age. Now she drives nearly every day, ferrying other Falun Gong practitioners and materials to events, holding meetings with government officials, and trying to see the persecution in her homeland stopped. She named her vehicle, a black Honda Accord, “my black Prince Charming.”‘

With reporting by Petr Svab and Larry Ong.

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Torsten Trey, the executive director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, speaks at an event in Taipei on Feb. 27, 2013. (Chen Pochou/Epoch Times)Torsten Trey, the executive director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, speaks at an event in Taipei on Feb. 27, 2013. (Chen Pochou/Epoch Times)

Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, a nongovernmental coalition of medical professionals, has declared the date of Oct. 1 the “International Day Against Forced Organ Harvesting.” This year is the inaugural occasion, and to mark it the group has called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on the abuse.

The concerns of DAFOH, as the organization is often known, focus primarily on what they describe as the killing of prisoners of conscience in China for organs—the practice is believed by researchers to primarily target practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been marked for elimination since 1999, as well as other ethnic or religious communities, including Tibetans, Uighurere, and possibly some “house church” Christians.

Those concerned with the issue are enjoined by DAFOH to download their petition and send it to both DAFOH and the email address of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The petition expresses “alarm… [at] the mass of evidence of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.”

It calls on the High Commissioner, currently Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad of Jordan, to call upon China to cease forced organ harvesting, “initiate further objective investigations that lead to the prosecution of the perpetrators involved in this crime against humanity,” and also call upon the cessation of the persecution of Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, a set of five slow-motion exercises and moral teachings centered on the principles of truthfulness, medfølelse, og tolerance, gained significant popularity in China during the 1990s, before it befell the wrath of the leader at the time, Jiang Zemin.

According to the most recent research by the investigators David Kilgour, David Matas, og Ethan Gutmann, between 60,000 og 100,000 organ transplants have been conducted per year in China since around the year 2000 — just six months after the persecution of Falun Gong started. During this period, China claimed that almost the sole source of its organs were death row prisoners — even as the number of death row executees fell, year by year.

Given the enormous gap between the number of transplants and judicial executions, imidlertid, (researchers say the latter number is only in the thousands per year), researchers have explored alternate organ sources, and concluded that practitioners of Falun Gong are targeted. The evidence supporting this includes surreptitiously recorded telephone calls with doctors who say they have healthy organs from Falun Gong, multiple independent reports of blood-testing in custody, overlap between personnel engaged in the anti-Falun Gong campaign and organ transplantation, and a range of other indicators.

DAFOH highlights on its website a number of statements of international support, including from Japan and the United States.

Hiroshi Yamada, Member of the House of Councillors in the Japanese Diet, is quoted saying: “I sincerely express my condolence to those who were victims of the forced organ harvesting. We will take an action from Japan so that this Holocaust, which challenges the sublime spirit of medicine, will be eliminated as soon as possible through strong solidarity of people with conscience in the whole world.”

A number of U.S. federal and state elected representatives also provided comments on the occasion. “Dear Members of the United Nations Human Rights Commission,” writes State Rep. Michael F. Curtin of Ohio. “For many years, I have been deeply troubled by the mounting evidence of forced organ harvesting in China and elsewhere in the world.

den U.N. Human Rights Commission has a moral duty to do everything in its power to bring an end to this outrageous scourge, an affront to civilization and an affront to humanity itself.”

Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Pennsylvania, entered the commemoration into the House of Representatives record with a statement on Sept. 30. “This practice is another form of evil in our time and the United Nations will be further alerted to this crime against humanity, as are we," han sagde.

Incidentally, or not, the date of Oct. 1 contains additional significance: It is on this date in 1949 that Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China.

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Huang Jiefu, the spokesperson on Chinese transplantation issues, dodges reporters at The Transplantation Society’s recent biennial conference in Hong Kong on Aug. 19. (Yu Kong/Epoch Times)Huang Jiefu, the spokesperson on Chinese transplantation issues, dodges reporters at The Transplantation Society’s recent biennial conference in Hong Kong on Aug. 19. (Yu Kong/Epoch Times)

China’s organ transplantation authorities may be taking a leaf from the public relations playbook of Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump: If you make a stumble, just pretend like nothing happened.

This, at least, would be a potential explanation for the silent substitution of the 491st question in the 500 “Frequently Asked Questions” on the website of China’s Organ Transplantation Development Foundation, a state-linked agency promoting voluntary donation.

In early August, the question asked was: “Can prisoners in jail apply to donate their organs after death?"

The answer: “As long as they meet the basic requirements of organ donation, the organ function is normal, they are willing, and there is no compensation, prisoners can all the same donate organs.”

The existence of the question and answer was, in the first place, a bizarre and public contradiction of the officially stated policy of the Chinese authorities on organ transplant reform.

China’s organ transplantation spokesperson, Huang Jiefu, has since December 2014 been promising that no more organs would be sourced from death row prisoners.

It remained unclear just why a question on China’s own semi-official website, belonging to the foundation run by Huang, would flatly contest his own public promises.

But it seems the answer to that question will now remain a mystery. Sometime later in August, after Epoch Times brought the aberrant Q-and-A to the attention of several Chinese and Western doctors, it was replaced.

“Will information about donations be widely reported by the media?” the new one asked. (Ingen, is the answer.)

A screengrab from an archived version of the website of the China Organ Transplantation Development Foundation, with the replaced question — affirming the use of prisoner organs — highlighted. (Screenshot/Epoch Times)

Yet the question of whether or not death row prisoners are still being used as an organ source remains unanswered. Kina, after all, has passed no new law banning the use of organs from prisoners, and nor have they rescinded the 1984 regulations that first gave the legal opening for their use.

An email to the foundation requesting comment was not immediately returned.

The failure to make these promised changes has led the international transplantation community to sour on endorsing China’s system, and led to public rebukes from the former head of The Transplantation Society at a major conference in Hong Kong last month.

Imens, attention continues to focus on whether the primary source of organs all along has not been death row prisoners, as China claims, but instead extrajudicially executed prisoners of conscience—primarily practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been targeted for elimination since 1999.

USA. Repræsentanternes Hus passed a resolution condemning this practice in June, documentaries on the subject are winning prestigious awards, and the issue has been prominently raised in a number of recent reports in The New York Times.

On that topic, Chinese authorities have provided even less explanation than the deleted question. “Ridiculous!” was all Huang Jiefu, a former vice health minister, could muster at the recent Hong Kong conference, declining to address hundreds of pages of detailed evidence that researchers say documents the practice.

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Dr. Annika Tibell, chief physician at the New Karolinska Hospital Project in Sweden. (Karolinska Institutet)Dr. Annika Tibell, chief physician at the New Karolinska Hospital Project in Sweden. (Karolinska Institutet)

STOCKHOLM—Dr. Annika Tibell is one of the world’s most respected voices in the ethics of organ transplantation. Currently Chief Physician for the New Karolinska Hospital Project, commissioned this fall in the capital of Sweden, Dr. Tibell was the lead author for The Transplantation Society’s first policy statement on China in 2006, and was one of the founders of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, a major organization focused on transplantation ethics.

In a recent interview, Tibell joined calls for a major international investigation into China’s organ transplant practices, where researchers believe that for over a decade prisoners of conscience have been the primary source of organs used to supply the massive and profitable industry.

Dr. Annika Tibell, a figure in international transplant ethics, in Stockholm, on Feb. 17, 2011. (Jan Ainali)

The issue came into renewed focus this summer, when a report by investigators Ethan Gutmann, David Kilgour and David Matas presented data indicating that over one million transplants likely look place in China beginning from the year 2000. They believe that the primary source of all these organs is practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that has been targeted for elimination in China since 1999.

She says that the new report is comprehensive and in-depth, though the sheer amount of information has made it difficult to grapple with. She calls the report’s estimate of 60,000 til 100,000 yearly transplants in China “staggering” and calls for an in-depth investigation by a “major, established, public organization” such as the UN or the Council of Europe.

“I wish the calls for action to various major organizations had lead to greater results than what we have seen so far. It’s a shame that this has not happened," hun sagde.

When The Transplantation Society reviews its China policy in 2017, it should, to the best of its ability, include in its considerations the findings of the Kilgour-Gutmann-Matas report, as well as other new information to emerge since the policy was written, i 2006, Tibell said. She also says the TTS should contribute to the evaluation of the report, and of the general situation of organ sourcing in China.

China has categorically denied these allegations without responding to them in detail, and claimed that the organ source in the past was mainly death row prisoners, but that there is now a voluntary donation system in place.

This claim has met with skepticism by transplantation specialists, including the current leadership of TTS.

“There remains, in many sectors, a deep sense of mistrust of your transplant programs,” said Philip O’Connell, former TTS president, speaking at a press conference in Hong Kong on Aug. 19. “It is important that you understand that the global community is appalled by the practices, which you have adhered to in the past.”

He added: “Many people in the global community are not persuaded that China has changed.”

Philip O’Connell, former president of The Transplantation Society, at a press conference during the Society’s biennial conference, in Hong Kong on Aug. 19, 2016. (Sun Mingguo/Epoch Times)

The Hong Kong conference was The Transplantation Society’s biennial conference, and originally was aimed to coincide with promised reforms in China to end the practice of procuring organs from executed prisoners.

When it became clear that those reforms were not going to come to fruition, imidlertid, TTS executives turned sour on China’s promises.

Interacting with China on transplantation issues is “extremely difficult”, Tibell said. One the one hand, she believes in a dialogue that puts pressure on China to change, but thinks it’s a “balancing act.”

“My opinion is that all interaction with China should have the purpose of achieving change. There is no other reason to interact with China”, she says.

When TTS chose Hong Kong as the venue for the 2016 conference – and included a session about a supposed “new era” for the Chinese transplantation system – some felt that this was a victory for China’s attempts to sweep an enormous crime under the rug and be accepted into the global transplantation community.

An investigation before the congress by Epoch Times found at least a dozen deeply problematic Chinese co-authors, presenters and panelists. This was brought to the attention of the TTS.

One example is Shen Zhongyang, the architect behind the booming transplantation center at the Tianjin First Central Hospital, which was heavily criticized by TTS for its extremely short waiting periods for organs – periods investigators say are impossible unless you have a pool of live “donors” standing by to be harvested on demand.

Tibell said that from what Epoch Times presented, Shen’s presence as co-author of an article is “remarkable,” and she expressed curiosity at the rationale behind it.

Another case is that of prominent liver surgeon Zheng Shusen, who chairs a Party-run organization dedicated to vilifying Falun Gong. He has also published a paper showing the ability to source livers within 24 timer, something experts say is practically impossible without a pool of live donors, on standby for execution. Zheng, unlike Shen, was present at the session, but TTS seemed to have attempted to replace him as speaker and later distanced themselves from him.

Tibell said that Zheng’s case “sounds very troubling.”

“It brings to the fore the fact that the current guidelines on interactions with China is completely focused on the professional role in transplantation. A revision of the guidelines should discuss how to deal with a situation like this,” Tibell said.

She is wary of TTS taking up the non-professional roles that doctors and participants in their conferences may have and suggests it would only be suitable where there are grave aberrations from the norm, such as in the case of Zheng Shusen.

Though the conference program committee made a detailed review of papers before they were presented, Tibell acknowledged: “If people lie to our face, it gets difficult.”

She wouldn’t comment on whether she thinks a Chinese surgeon who is part of a secret system that investigators call a crime against humanity would find it difficult to lie to the TTS.

“I don’t like to speculate on what it’s like to live under a dictatorship," hun sagde.

Israeli transplant surgeon and previously a member of TTS’s Ethics Committee Dr. Jacob Lavee chose to boycott the conference. Tibell says she respects his position, but that obviously TTS as an organization judged otherwise.

“Only afterwards, perhaps in several years time, will we know if this contributed to a positive development, or if it contributed to increased acceptance [of the Chinese transplantation system],” she says.

Tibell was unable to appear at the conference due to the opening of the New Karolinska Hospital she is involved in.

When asked if she would have attended if circumstances had permitted, Tibell was silent for a long time before answering.

“I would have had to consider it very carefully, just given the choice of location. Will I have contributed to positive change by attending, or will I have contributed to increased acceptance for practices I find unacceptable?"

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A re-enactment shows the torture method of being wrapped up in tape (Minghui.org)A re-enactment shows the torture method of being wrapped up in tape (Minghui.org)

A 65-year-old woman said she was sentenced to five years in a Chinese prison, where she suffered “inhumane torture,” for following a type of meditation practiced by millions in China.

Sun Zhuoying said she was sentenced to five years for hanging a banner that spoke out about the Chinese regime’s unlawful persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong, a type of traditional Chinese meditation practice, i maj 2011, according to a report published Sunday on Falun Gong information website Minghui.org.

I 1999, det kinesiske kommunistparti (CCP) launched its suppression of Falun Gong, traditionally known as Falun Dafa. Practitioners are routinely subjected to arbitrary arrest, chikane, loss of employment, tortur, and death at the hands of CCP officials. Several months ago, en rapport said Falun Gong adherents are being killed for body parts in China’s popular organ transplant industry. As many as 1.5 million organ transplants may have taken place in China since 2000, which were mostly “harvested” from Falun Gong practitioners, but include other prisoners of conscience, det report said.

Sun described her experiences in a lengthy account, saying she was forced to stand 18 hours each day, her head was beaten “with heavy objects” until she passed out, and she was also subjected to unusual torture methods including being completely wrapped up with sealing tape by other prisoners at the behest of prison guards.

“They forced me to sleep on a wooden board and wrapped me in sealing tape. They bound my hands, feet and body together before wrapping up my feet and legs separately. I couldn’t move even a little," hun sagde.

She also said she was coerced by prison officials to write a false statement admitting her “crime.” After she wrote a declaration to nullify the statement, Sun was placed in solitary confinement.

“They tortured me so severely that I was often in critical condition. They took me to Shanghai Prison Hospital every couple of months. I once lost consciousness at the hospital from heavy bleeding in my stomach,” Sun added, according to the report.

She described other forms of torture, which was often psychological in nature.

“I was also forced to sit in bed until midnight every day before being allowed to sleep. When my watchers noticed me sleepy, they beat me violently and poured cold water on my neck,” she added. “In the middle of a cold winter they removed my blanket every fifteen minutes at night.”

Sun said she returned home in May 2016.

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have said the Chinese regime has been carrying out mass arbitrary detentions, show trials, and other human rights abuses resulting from the persecution.

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