Eric y de su padre historia es objeto de un nuevo corto, ‘Split por el Estado’. (Alexander Nilsen)Eric y de su padre historia es objeto de un nuevo corto, ‘Split por el Estado’. (Alexander Nilsen)

“Dividir por el Estado”

Como millones de familias australianas se preparan para celebrar el Día del Padre en honor a sus lazos paternos, para Sydney refugiados Eric Jia, su versión del Día del Padre es un asunto solitario.

La última vez que vio a su padre era Ye Jia 15 años atrás, cuando él tenía 3 años de edad. Este padre e hijo fueron fuertemente divididos por estado unipartidista de China, simplemente porque Ye Jia quería meditar y seguir sus creencias.

Eric y su padre en la provincia de Shaanxi China durante tiempos más felices.  (Alexander Nilsen)

Eric y su padre en la provincia de Shaanxi China durante tiempos más felices. (Alexander Nilsen)

Se practica Falun Gong, una meditación tradicional china y la práctica espiritual basada en los principios de ‘Verdad, Compasión y Tolerancia’. Se hizo popular en China en la década de 1990, con más de 100 millón de personas en situación de sus beneficios para la salud.

: Eric hacer el ejercicio de meditación Falun Gong en casa en Sydney, Australia. China es el único país del mundo que no permite a los practicantes a meditar libremente.  (Alexander Nilsen)

Eric hacer el ejercicio de meditación Falun Gong en casa en Sydney, Australia. China es el único país del mundo que no permite a los practicantes a meditar libremente. (Alexander Nilsen)

Estas cifras resultaron ser demasiado abrumador para el régimen chino, que con alrededor 60 millón de miembros comunistas de la época, vio la práctica como una amenaza. El ex dictador Jiang Zemin inició una ofensiva en todo el país y persecución contra el movimiento pacífico, eso no ha disminuido desde que se inició de julio 20, 1999.

La decisión de perseguir a Falun Gong fue hecho por el ex líder del Partido Comunista Jiang Zemin solos. Otros miembros de la dirección a favor de un enfoque más conciliador, reconociendo que Falun Gong fue pacífica. (NTD Televisión)

La decisión de perseguir a Falun Gong fue hecho por el ex líder del Partido Comunista Jiang Zemin solos. Otros miembros de la dirección a favor de un enfoque más conciliador, reconociendo que Falun Gong fue pacífica. (NTD Televisión)

Mientras que los días y meses se convirtieron en años, la persecución sancionada por el Estado ha cobrado un alto precio en los padres, hijos y familias, que han sufrido gravemente y con demasiada frecuencia han sido desgarrado.

En la tortura moderna China es un componente rutinario de la aplicación de la ley y el castigo. Jiang Zemin emitió su famoso decreto, “No es un crimen para vencer a un practicante de Falun Gong a la muerte.” (en.minghui.org/)

Eric y de su padre historia es objeto de un nuevo corto, “Dividir por el Estado”, su versión viene el día del padre.

El director de la película Shakespeare dijo Gina: “Esta película está dedicada a los presos de conciencia, como Ye Jia, que hoy se cuentan por millones. Es también una exposición de uso implacable del régimen chino de la tortura física y psicológica contra los practicantes de Falun Gong y sus familias, dijo a través del corazón de un hombre joven “.

Ms Shakespeare recordó siendo tocado profundamente al leer la carta original de Eric Jia escribió al primer ministro australiano, Malcolm Turnbull en 2016, declararse para salvar a su padre de una prisión china.

“Yo sabía que la historia de Eric necesitaba ser contada y que la carta que escribió fue en realidad el comienzo de una secuencia de comandos de gran alcance, uno que también se trasladaría a otros”, dijo.

“Al enterarse de que su padre era pasar ocho años en una prisión china, había sido torturado, hambre y se sometió a las condiciones de vida de inmundicia y inhumanas, Nunca pude comprender este tipo de malos tratos, esto no sucede en Australia”, dijo la Sra Shakespeare.

“Eric posee una resistencia increíble y determinación. Su deseo de justicia y para reunirse con su padre, después de todo este tiempo nunca ha disminuido. Realmente espero que el primer ministro puede presionar a China para liberar el padre de Eric con urgencia “.

El primer ministro de Australia Malcom Turnbull. (Alexander Nilsen)

El primer ministro de Australia Malcolm Turnbull. (Alexander Nilsen)

Eric pasa una buena parte de su tiempo ayudando a otras familias de Falun Gong siguen encarcelados en China por hablar en las reuniones, recogida de firmas para peticiones e incluso llamar a prisiones en China continental. Sin duda, algo que su padre estaría orgulloso de.

También puede ayudar a Eric y su familia compartiendo la película y visitando este sitio web y firma de la petición.

www.splitbythestate.org

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practicantes de Falun Gong marchan en el centro de Vancouver de julio 16, 2017, para pedir el fin de la persecución de su disciplina espiritual ordenada por el régimen chino 18 Hace años de julio 20, 1999. Una procesión de los practicantes en blanco coronas retención monumento para rendir homenaje a aquellos que han sido perseguidos a muerte. (Tang Feng / La Gran Época)practicantes de Falun Gong marchan en el centro de Vancouver de julio 16, 2017, para pedir el fin de la persecución de su disciplina espiritual ordenada por el régimen chino 18 Hace años de julio 20, 1999. Una procesión de los practicantes en blanco coronas retención monumento para rendir homenaje a aquellos que han sido perseguidos a muerte. (Tang Feng / La Gran Época)

Esta semana a través de Canadá y alrededor del mundo, miles se reúnen en frente de embajadas y consulados para marcar chinos 18 años desde que el Partido Comunista de China puso en marcha una campaña de violencia y odio “erradicar” la disciplina espiritual de Falun Gong, también llamado Falun Dafa.

“Persecución a Falun Gong por el Partido Comunista de China está todavía en curso. Existen 12 practicantes de Falun Gong con lazos canadienses actualmente detenidos ilegalmente en China,”Dijo la Asociación de Falun Dafa de Vancouver portavoz Sue Zhang en una concentración frente a la Galería de Arte de Vancouver de julio 16.

Así como dar discursos y la celebración de marchas y vigilias con velas para pedir el fin de la persecución, practicantes de Falun Gong están buscando ayuda del gobierno canadiense para liberar a sus compañeros de práctica de la detención y el encarcelamiento en China. Entre ellos se encuentra un ciudadano canadiense, Sun Qian, que ha sido detenido en Beijing desde febrero.

imagen de la tarjeta de identificación de Sun Qian. (La Gran Época)

imagen de la tarjeta de identificación de Sun Qian. (La Gran Época)

Prisionero canadiense de conciencia Abusos en China

Sol, de 51 años de edad, de negocios chino-canadiense y residente de Vancouver, Actualmente se está celebrando en el primer centro de detención de Beijing, donde ha estado encadenado, esposado a una silla de acero, continuamente pimienta rociado en la cara, y ahora puede ser procesado por su fe.

Pese a las peticiones para su liberación por las autoridades canadienses varios de alto nivel, incluyendo a los miembros conservadores del Parlamento Peter Kent y Michael Cooper, ex ministro de Justicia Irwin Cotler liberal, y el líder del Partido Verde Elizabeth May, Sun sigue detenido.

practicantes canadienses siguen siendo la esperanza de que Sun se dará a conocer como resultado de una voz fuerte de los funcionarios elegidos.

Sun Qian se ha encadenado, esposado a una silla de acero, continuamente pimienta rociado en la cara, y ahora puede ser procesado por su fe

Cuando el ex líder chino Jiang Zemin inició la persecución de julio 20, 1999, Canadá fue, de hecho, el primer país en condenar públicamente la persecución. “Canadá presentó una protesta oficial ante la cancillería de China después de 30,000 practicantes de Falun Gong fueron detenidos en 30 ciudades de China, fuentes dijeron,”Informó The Globe and Mail de julio 26, 1999.

con sede en Ottawa Xun Li, presidente de la Asociación de Falun Dafa de Canadá, También recordó que fue la fuerte voz de los funcionarios elegidos, junto con los medios de comunicación constante, que ayudó a asegurar la liberación de Zhang Kunlun, que se cree que es el primer canadiense detenido en China por practicar Falun Gong.

El profesor Zhang Kunlun con su pintura

El profesor Zhang Kunlun con su pintura “Red Wall,”Que se basa en su experiencia como preso de conciencia en China, en el arte de Zhen Shan Ren Exposición Internacional en Washington, Distrito de Columbia, en julio 18, 2013. (La Gran Época)

Zhang es un ex profesor visitante en la Universidad McGill de Montreal. Fue detenido en 2000 y enviados a campos de trabajos forzados por tres años, pero fue puesto en libertad en enero 2001, poco antes de la misión comercial del entonces primer ministro Jean Chrétien a China.

Mientras estaba bajo custodia en China, el profesor fue objeto de abusos como la tortura con porras eléctricas. También fue obligado a ver las transmisiones de propaganda de odio vilipendiar a Falun Gong.

“China tenía miedo de ser expuestos [por sus violaciones de los derechos humanos], porque el profesor Zhang es un ciudadano canadiense,"Dijo Li.

Matar a gran escala de órganos de presos

Falun Gong, también conocido como Falun Dafa, es una práctica de meditación y ejercicios de dictado de la antigua China, que incluye las enseñanzas basadas en los principios universales de Verdad, Compasión, y la Tolerancia. En julio 1999, el régimen comunista chino ordenó una persecución y una extensa campaña de odio propaganda contra Falun Gong debido a la popularidad de la práctica que no estaba bajo el control del Estado.

[El Partido Comunista inició] el peor de los casos de persecución religiosa desde la revolución cultural, con la represión contra Falun Gong.

- profesor de la Universidad de Ottawa André Laliberté

"[El Partido Comunista inició] el peor de los casos de persecución religiosa desde la revolución cultural, con la represión contra Falun Gong,”Escribió el profesor de la Universidad de Ottawa André Laliberté, un destacado estudioso de la religión en China, en un documento en 2015.

La persecución se ha ganado la condena de los grupos de derechos humanos, las Naciones Unidas, y varios gobiernos de todo el mundo.

Sue Zhang citó Un informe de febrero 2017 informe de Freedom House que detalla cómo continúan siendo objeto de abusos generalizados y graves de los derechos humanos adherentes de Falun Gong. Y la más reciente 2016 NOS. Ejecutiva del Congreso de informe de la Comisión establece lo extrema abuso físico y psicológico sigue contra Falun Gong.

[Nuestra] revisión encontró evidencia creíble que sugiere que a partir de la década de 2000, detenidos de Falun Gong fueron asesinados por sus órganos a gran escala.

- Casa de la libertad 2017 reporte especial

También hay los informes de los investigadores incluyendo dos investigadores canadienses estiman que 60,000 a 100,000 trasplantes por año se realizan en China y en contraposición a la cifra oficial de China 10,000 por año, con la fuente primaria de ser detenidos de Falun Gong que tienen sus órganos extraídos por la fuerza, y ser muerto en el proceso de, para abastecer a la industria de trasplante muy lucrativo de China.

Freedom House señaló que había examinado la evidencia disponible compilado por estos investigadores y “encontró evidencia creíble que sugiere que a partir de la década de 2000, detenidos de Falun Gong fueron asesinados por sus órganos a gran escala.”“Hay razones para creer que tales abusos continúan,”El informe indicó.

Encima 50 practicantes de Falun Gong participan en una huelga de hambre de 36 horas en la colina del parlamento en Ottawa en marzo 13, 2002, a apelar al gobierno de Canadá para ayudar a detener el fin del régimen chino a

Encima 50 practicantes de Falun Gong participan en una huelga de hambre de 36 horas en la colina del parlamento en Ottawa en marzo 13, 2002, a apelar al gobierno de Canadá para ayudar a detener el fin del régimen chino para “matar [practicantes de Falun Gong] sin piedad,”En esta foto de archivo. La policía recibió órdenes de “disparar sin previo aviso” si los practicantes se ven repartiendo volantes o publicar de Falun Gong en China. (Minghui.org)

Principios morales

En la manifestación de Vancouver, Li Jianfeng, un ex juez en la China continental, elogiado los principios enseñados por Falun Gong y pidieron mayor apoyo de la práctica espiritual en Canadá.

“Pido a todos los habitantes de Vancouver para apoyar a Falun Gong,"Dijo Li. “Lo que se propaga es‘Verdad, Compasión, y la Tolerancia.’... Estos principios morales de alto nivel, si pueden florecer en Canadá, nos traerá bendiciones y un buen futuro “.

Tras la manifestación de julio 16, practicantes y seguidores Vancouver realizaron una marcha el centro. También llevará a cabo una vigilia con velas frente al consulado chino de julio 19. Los eventos se planifican en otras ciudades canadienses más adelante esta semana, incluyendo en Ottawa de julio 19 y en Toronto de julio 21.

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Hongyan Lu habla en una concentración frente a la embajada china de abril 25, 2017, con motivo del 18 aniversario de la apelación a gran escala de practicantes de Falun Gong por la libertad de creencia en China en abril 25, 1999, y para pedir el fin de la persecución a Falun Gong. A su derecha está practicante Joanna Qiao con un cartel en busca de ayuda para pedir la liberación de la madre de Lu, Huixia Chen, en libertad en China y frente a tres años a cadena perpetua por su creencia. (Donna El / La Gran Época)Hongyan Lu habla en una concentración frente a la embajada china de abril 25, 2017, con motivo del 18 aniversario de la apelación a gran escala de practicantes de Falun Gong por la libertad de creencia en China en abril 25, 1999, y para pedir el fin de la persecución a Falun Gong. A su derecha está practicante Joanna Qiao con un cartel en busca de ayuda para pedir la liberación de la madre de Lu, Huixia Chen, en libertad en China y frente a tres años a cadena perpetua por su creencia. (Donna El / La Gran Época)

OTTAWA-El mayor recurso de la libertad de creencia en la historia de China se conmemoró en frente de la embajada china en Ottawa de abril 25, 2017.

En abril 25, 1999, mas que 10,000 personas se reunieron pacíficamente en Beijing para pedir su libertad de practicar Falun Gong y la liberación de los compañeros practicantes detenidos. Cuarenta y cinco o menos practicantes habían sido golpeados y detenidos en la cercana ciudad de Tianjin.

los 45 practicantes fueron puestos en libertad por la noche, así que los que se habían reunido para Recurso dejó en silencio y se fue a casa.

sin embargo, sólo tres meses después de la apelación sin precedentes, entonces china líder del Partido Comunista Jiang Zemin lanzó una campaña nacional de la persecución de “erradicar” a Falun Gong que continúa hoy.

“Estamos honrando el espíritu de la paz, justicia, y la compasión con la que se sostuvo que la apelación 18 hace años que,"Said Xun Li, presidente de la Asociación de Falun Dafa de Canadá.

“Estoy aquí para honrar la edición de abril 25º apelación pacífica. Mientras tanto espero también llamar la atención sobre el caso de mi madre,"Said Hongyan Lu, un practicante de Falun Gong que viven en Ottawa.

Hongyan contó cómo su madre de 60 años de edad Huixia Chen sufría de hepatitis B, cirrosis, problemas estomacales, y la endometriosis en 1998 cuando ella comenzó a practicar Falun Gong, también llamado Falun Dafa.

“A pocos meses después de practicar Falun Gong ese año, todas sus enfermedades desaparecieron milagrosamente y se convirtió en buena temperado,"Said Hongyan.

sin embargo, Huixia fue detenido en junio 2016, junto con otros compañeros practicantes.

En el primero 20 días después de la detención, Huixia “fue torturado y encerrado en una silla hecha de barras de metal y no permite que se mueva,"Said Hongyan. “Esto destruye su salud y hace que sea difícil para ella caminar o ponerse de pie. Ella es muy débil. También se ha visto obligado a soportar sesiones de lavado de cerebro “.

Huixia se encuentra detenido en segundo centro de detención de Shijiazhuang.

“Mis parientes en China todavía están luchando para obtener las actualizaciones de mi madre y por desgracia han hecho pocos progresos,”Dijo Hangyan. “No tenemos idea de lo que está pasando o lo que puede suceder a mi madre bajo un régimen sin un sistema legal independiente o efectiva.”

Hongyan señaló que la experiencia de su madre es típico de las decenas de millones de practicantes de Falun Gong en China.

“Me piden el fin de la persecución y la liberación de mi otro y todos los otros practicantes de Falun Gong encarcelados," ella dijo.

“Es hora de poner fin a este crimen el mal.”

Falun Gong es una disciplina espiritual tradicional de la escuela budista. Consiste en la meditación, ejercicios de qigong, y las enseñanzas morales basadas en los principios de veracidad, compasión, y la tolerancia. La práctica se extendió rápidamente debido a los profundos beneficios experimentados por los profesionales de la salud física y el bienestar mental y moral.

A finales de 1990 encuestas del gobierno chino estima que el 70-100 millones de personas habían tomado la práctica. Debido a la paranoia sobre la inmensa popularidad de la práctica, que no estaba bajo el control del Estado, Líder del partido Jiang lanzó oficialmente la brutal persecución en julio 1999.

En 2006 las Naciones Unidas declaró que 66 por ciento de las víctimas de tortura denunciados eran practicantes de Falun Gong. el U.N. y otros grupos han informado también de la creciente evidencia de violación, tortura, generalizada propaganda de odio, muertes, y la extracción de órganos forzada incluso orquestado estado de practicantes de Falun Gong para abastecer el comercio de trasplantes en pleno auge de China.

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Falun Gong practitioners in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. Practitioners are protesting against the communist regime’s killing of potentially hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens and pillaging their organs for profit. (Jern/NTD Television)Falun Gong practitioners in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. Practitioners are protesting against the communist regime’s killing of potentially hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens and pillaging their organs for profit. (Jern/NTD Television)

BRISBANE, Australia—Certain days and events stay in our memories for many reasons, some joyful, others sad, but for Chinese families gathered in Brisbane Square on a rainy July 16, the memories of certain events in their homeland are shocking. They have come to mark the seventeenth anniversary of the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in mainland China.

The persecution was launched on July 20, 1999, when, behind the scenes, former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin gave orders to eradicate the peaceful spiritual discipline. Millions of Chinese overnight lost their freedom to gather openly for meditation and exercises in parks, and to follow a peaceful cultivation practice based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compasión, y la Tolerancia. Many thousands have since been detained and tortured, many losing their lives

A number of Falun Gong practitioners at the Brisbane event experienced the ongoing persecution in China first hand, their lives changed forever and, forced to flee, now unable to return to their native country.

Emma Ma, in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. (Emily Wang)

Emma Ma, in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. (Emily Wang)

Emma Ma was just 14 years old when Falun Gong was first banned in China. She recalled how the practice had made her whole family harmonious and then, en 1999 when her parents were illegally taken and their possessions confiscated, she was forced to live with relatives. That was difficult as the relatives believed the propaganda, broadcast in all the media at the time, which spread lies about Falun Gong around the whole country. She also witnessed the brutality of the crackdown and described her school where “teachers and students, even during the class, the police officers would forcibly take them away.”

Now she lives in Australia and practises Falun Gong freely, with her husband who also fled China as a result of persecution.

David Yu and his wife and daughter in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. (Emily Wang)

David Yu and his wife and daughter in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. (Emily Wang)

David Yu, a PhD student at the University of Queensland, also in Brisbane Square with his family, remembers that 17 years ago he was “PhD student at the Tsing Hua University in China.” He said “I benefited much from practising Falun Gong—my moral standard, health, all improved a lot.”

On hearing about the ban, he thought he needed to let the government know how good Falun Gong was. “I think the government shouldn’t ban Falun Gong, so I went to the petition department of the government together with other practitioners," él dijo. His message was “that all the Falun Dafa practitioners are good” people. For this he lost his freedom for six years. The persecution extended to his other family members, who were also practitioners. In his family, a total of 23 years have since been lost in prisons or labour camps because of the persecution.

Yu wants more kind people to speak out to stop the ongoing persecution and the horrendous crime of organ harvesting from detained Falun Gong practitioners in China.

At Brisbane Square on July 16, 2016. Jiang Zemin  adopted the policy of

On Brisbane Square, julio 16, 2016. (Jern/NTD Television)

Justice Sought

Xie Weiguo, now a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, recalls being one of the thousands of people arrested, en 1999, while appealing for Falun Gong at the central state offices. Now he and his family live in Australia and are unable to return to China still: “I cannot go back to China because I was blacklisted," él dijo.

His father warned him it was not safe for him to return even for a funeral. “I was very sad when my mother died, en 2003, because I cannot go back to China,” Xie explained. He hopes that the former leader Jiang Zemin, who illegally banned Falun Gong, is brought to justice soon.

John Meng at the protest in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. (Emily Wang)

John Meng at the protest in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. (Emily Wang)

John Meng, a software developer working in Brisbane now, remembers he was travelling in China when the news of a ban on Falun Gong was broadcast in 1999. “Suddenly the media of the whole nation, was pointing their fingers at Falun Gong and tried their best to stigmatise or demonise Falun Gong and I was very shocked,” Meng said.

“My life was totally changed after that day. My parents and my relatives, they listened to the media in China, and they opposed me practising Falun Gong," él dijo. En 1999 at his workplace, the Tsing Hua University, they first suspended him from teaching duties and then when he tried telling the truth about Falun Gong to others he said “I was taken to jail. I was put behind bars for quite a long time.”

Meng wants the present Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, to bring the former leader, Jiang Zemin, to trial for the deaths of thousands of Chinese Falun Gong practitioners and his crimes against humanity exposed and stopped.

Steven Zhang, in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. (Emily Wang)

Steven Zhang, in Brisbane Square, en julio 16, 2016. (Emily Wang)

Steven Zhang recalls his sister being persecuted in 1999 and suffering greatly, but he knows good will triumph over evil. Zhang collects signatures everyday from kind people to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong.

En China, encima 209,000 Falun Gong practitioners and Chinese citizens have lodged complaints against Jiang with the regime’s highest legal authorities, according to incomplete data compiled by Minghui, a website that reports on Falun Gong and the persecution in China.

With reporting by Iesha Smythe and Heeyo Ge

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Many countries around the world are replacing their old bills with coins to increase the money’s durability and curb counterfeiting, among other practical reasons. China is replacing its one dollar bills for the aforementioned reasonsand for censorship.
en enero. 12, the Jinan Branch of People’s Bank of China announced on its website that commercials banks would stop issuing 1 yuan bill and instead issue 1 yuan coins. This initiative will start with 5 cities in the province of Shandong in eastern China before being extended to an additional 4 ciudades. The goal is to eventually stop the circulation of the bill in the chosen cities.
The bank did not provide a reason for its decision. sin embargo, many Chinese media, including People’s Net, the online version of state mouthpiece People’s Daily, applauded the decision. Chinese media noted that moving from paper money to coins brings several advantages: longer money durability, convenience, health reasons (coins can be cleaned), and environmental benefits (coins can be recycled).
Switching to coins would also help “to eliminate the spread of reactionary comments with the small denomination banknotes by criminalsand “cleanse the money circulation environment,” according to People’s Net.  
Chinese state media doesn’t make it clear who these “criminalsare or what they mean by cleaning up the “money circulation environment.” sin embargo, a group of Chinese people have been actively writing on paper bills to raise awareness of an ongoing persecution.
Practitioners of Falun Dafa, or Falun Gonga self-improvement practice that involves meditative exercises and moral teachings of truthfulness, compasión, y la tolerancia—have for the past 16 years been suppressed by the Chinese regime. According to incomplete data from Minghui.org, a clearinghouse of information about the persecution of Falun Gong, encima 3,900 practitioners have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others have been incarcerated in the regime’s prison system.
One note with words about Falun Gong. (NTDTV)
To counter the Communist Party’s propaganda against Falun Gong, some practitioners write messages on Yuan notes in the hopes that their fellow Chinese citizens will chance on their message when making purchases. Commonly written writings include: “People from All Over the World Know Falun Dafa Is Goodand “The Whole World Will Trial the Murderous Party.
Falun Gong practitioners are risking their safety in writing on Yuan notes. En noviembre 2013, Liu Yanhua and Wu Wenjin, Falun Gong practitioners in Yichun City, provincia de Heilongjiang, were each sentenced to 10-year prison term for exchanging currency with messages about Falun Gong.
China’s Internet usersreaction to the discontinuing of the 1 Yuan bill proved mixed, with some preferring bills while others favoring coins. But Chinese netizens certainly believe that censorship is one of the reasons for phasing out of paper money, and they are critical of the Chinese regime for doing so.
“Explanations that betray public opinion are more easily rolled out,” wrote “Focused on Being a Good Person for 30 Años” on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service.
“The real reason is not hygiene or financial issues, but because reactionary comments, a prevalent phenomenon, can be too easily written on the 1 Yuan note,” wrote Anhui netizen “To Lie.

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A uniquely cheerful form of protest in Chinathe hanging of banners containing a New Year’s greeting even as it imparted a human rights messagehas resulted in three women being detained by police in the city of Tianjin.
The daughter of one of them, Karen Xu, a resident of Washington, Distrito de Columbia, is a sales representative for the Chinese version of this publication.
“My mom is old. I worry what will happen to her if she’s locked up for long,” Xu said in a telephone interview. “My mom might be like those who are tortured to extract a confession, or forced to abandon her beliefs,” Xu said.
Su madre, Wang Sirong, 65, is a retired public servant and a practitioner of Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese practice of meditation and moral teachings that has been persecuted in China since 1999. She and three other Falun Gong practitioners were hanging banners in central Tianjin, a port city in the northeast of China, el feb. 8.
Given that it was the Lunar Chinese New Year, the banners contained festive messages, along with a positive message about Falun Gong. “Greetings. Practitioners of Falun Dafa Wish Tianjin Residents a Happy New Year. Please Remember Falun Dafa Is Good. Veracidad, Compassion and Forbearance Is Good,” one of them said. Falun Dafa is another name for Falun Gong.
Based on surveillance footage, police tracked down all four of them, and on Feb. 13 ransacked their homes and detained them all, Xu said. Wang was taken to the Nankai Detention Center.
Wang suffered osteoarthritis and other ailments when she began performing Falun Gong exercises in 1997; she quickly recovered her health and has been active in exposing the Communist Party’s persecution of the practice for the last nearly 19 años.
Others have not been as fortunate to escape detention for so long. In a recently reported case, a Chinese woman was arrested 9 times in 14 years for her practice of, and attempts to raise awareness about, the persecution of Falun Gong.
Karen Xu speaks at a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Distrito de Columbia, en marzo 3, 2016, demanding that her mother, Wang Sirong, be released. (NTDTV)
Xu held a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington on March 3, part of an effort to raise awareness about her mother’s detention. “I was shocked when I heard the news. It seemed like it was only a few days ago that mom told me on the phone that I must take good care of myself.
“I call on the Tianjin police and government to unconditionally release my mom Wang Sirong and three others Falun Dafa practitioners who have been illegally detained,” Xu added.
She and her peers are attempting to bring the matter to the attention of U.S. funcionarios, whose efforts are often decisive in determining the outcome of such cases of persecution.
Ge Min, a spokeswoman for the Falun Dafa Association of Washington, Distrito de Columbia, a voluntary group that interfaces with government on behalf of Falun Gong practitioners, said in a telephone interview: “These illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners have not committed any crimes. They are simply trying to be good people, following the principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance.
According Minghui.org, a Falun Gong website that carries voluminous first-hand information about the persecution, 735 practitioners have been abducted between Jan. 1 and Feb. 5 este año, con 16 of them being taken away in Tianjin.
The location was particularly troubling to Xu, given a recent expose of the vast scale of organ transplantation, for profit, at the Tianjin First Central Hospital recently. Many of the organs transplanted by the hospital are believed by researchers to have come from Falun Gong detainees.
“On the surface, organ harvesting does not exist in China,” Xu said in a telephone interview. "Sin embargo, en China, getting an organ is just as easy as buying vegetables in the market.
Xu moved to United States in 2009 primarily to avoid persecution, given that she is also a practitioner of Falun Gong. The whereabouts of the three individuals arrested along with her motherLi Xiaohe, Li Xiaoxiao and Xing Weiremain unknown.

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Wu Sha, the former head of the Chinese regime’s security committee in the southern city of Guangzhou, has been formally purged.
In a statement on Feb. 26, China’s anti-corruption agency, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, announced that Wu had been expelled from the Party for a litany of misdemeanors: “serious violationsof political discipline, engaging in “indecent relationships,” illegally enriching others, partaking in sex-for-money deals, and gambling with a fake ID.
Wu had called time a career spanning over 30 years in the Chinese regime’s security system. Wu transferred to Guangzhou City’s public security bureau in 1984, and was appointed head in September 2005. In a little over a year, Wu was promoted to higher officesParty secretary of Guangzhou’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission (POR FAVOR), and Standing Committee member in Guangzhou’s Party committee. The PLAC controls the Communist Party’s legal, seguridad, and prison systems.
During Wu Sha’s time heading key offices in Guangzhou, he also oversaw the torture and abuse of Falun Gong practitioners in brainwashing centers.
Debilitative Abuses
Los practicantes de Falun Gong—a self-improvement practice that involves meditative exercises, as well as moral teachings of truthfulness, compasión, y la tolerancia—have for the past 16 years been targeted by the Party for persecution.
Since former Party chief Jiang Zemin gave the order to “eradicateFalun Gong on July 20, 1999, large numbers of practitioners have lost their jobs, encima 3,900 have been killed, and hundreds of thousands of others incarcerated in the regime’s prison system, according to incomplete data from Minghui.org, a clearinghouse of information about the persecution of Falun Gong. Researchers say the regime is responsible for harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, killing them in the process, and profiting from the sales.  
Minghui details two particularly harrowing accounts of persecution between 2005 y 2015, the years Wu Sha held sway over Guangzhou’s security system.
While detained at Sanshui Brainwashing Center in 2010, Zhang Fengqian, a professor of ancient Chinese philosophy at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, was subjected to brainwashing so rigorous that his mental facilities were impeded.
Another Falun Gong practitioner detained at the brainwashing center said over twenty people monitored Zhang during the day, and at night, they would tie his arms and feet to the corners of a bed. Zhang was forced to remain face down, spread-eagle, until his captors unbound him the next day.
Staff in the brainwashing center made Zhang watch videos and read books that defame Falun Gong to force him to give up the practice, and instead swear allegiance to the Communist Party.
Zhang was released in July 2011, but was again detained some time after, according to a December 2011 Minghui report. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Another prominent case is that of Deng Fangchen, a Hunan native who ran a leather furniture design business in Guangdong Province. She was first arrested in January 2010, and spent time in a detention center before being secretly transferred to the Guangzhou Brainwashing Center. Luego, officials from the local 610 Oficina, an extralegal, Gestapo-like organization created expressly to persecute Falun Gong, closed her shop and forbade her landlord from leasing to her.
Three years later, 10 plainclothes police officers raided Deng Fangchen’s apartment, confiscated Falun Gong material, evicted her family, including her elderly, sickly father, and detained her at Panyu District Detention Center.
Deng went on hunger strike to protest her abuses. Detention center guards tied her to a chair and force-fed her through a tube inserted down her nostril. Deng was forced to lie in her own feces when she soiled herself because she wasn’t allowed to use the bathroom.
De acuerdo con Minghui, Deng is currently illegally imprisoned at Guangdong Women’s Prison.
In Guangzhou, 5 practitioners were killed during Wu Sha’s tenure, according to incomplete data from Minghui. Había 26 verified cases of death and 2,591 cases of persecution in the whole of Guangdong province.
The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, an international nonprofit that tracks individuals and organizations responsible for abusing Falun Gong practitioners, holds Wu Sha directly responsible for the persecution of Deng Fangchen and Zhang Fengqian.

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The Jilin Women’s Prison in the northeast province of Jilin, China, recently put on a flamboyant fashion show in which both prison guards and prisoners took partbut the display of apparently progressive conditions in the jail shouldn’t be taken as an indicator of what really goes on inside the same walls.
Epoch Times recently reported about Che Pingping, por ejemplo, a prisoner there, who has been subject to constant torture and brainwashing for her beliefs, in the very same walls as the cellmates strutting down the catwalk.
The difference is that Che is a practitioner of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that has been persecuted in China since July 20, 1999. Adherents of the practice strive to follow the principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance in their daily lives, and perform the five meditative exercises.
Che has been arrested 9 times in 14 años. The latest information from her family members indicated that she was being forced to sit on a tiny bench in an unheated room, a type of torture that causes severe pain in the back and buttocks.
None of this would be clear for Chinese viewers who clicked on the links on gallery featured on Sina Photos, a popular website in China. Consisting of eight photographs, they include descriptions like “Lively music, graceful postures, costumes in different styles, and a happy smile with confidence: 40 female prison guards and 40 prisoners together walk down the catwalk.
Another photo says: “The costumes are designed by Ms. Ren, who has be in prison for 10 años. This is the third year that Ms. Ren has been the costume designer, and she will be released this year. Her greatest wish now is to make a dress for her daughter who is studying in junior high school.
The overall effect of showcasing the performance is to create the impression that Jilin Women’s Prison is a humane place for the incarceration of its female population.
Even the law would suggest that: The Prison Law of the People’s Republic of China is listed on the official website of the Jilin Province Prison Administration Bureau, and clause 14 prohibits torture and abuse of inmates.
But these rules don’t hold true for those locked up for political reasons. Apart from Che Pingping, there is also the case of Zhang Jie, a housewife who became a petitioner—es decir, one who protests outside official buildings seeking justicewho was sentenced to 6 years in prison in 2009 for the crime of “assembling crowd to disturb social order.Her case was documented on the human rights website Chinese Human Rights Defenders.
Zhang had been attempting to gain redress for the demolition of her sister’s home by real estate developers acting in cahoots with local officials.
The Jilin Women’s Prison refused Zhang’s request for medical bail, even though her poor health rendered her incapable of taking care of herself. After Zhang’s younger sister, Zhang Xiuyun, filed a lawsuit against the Jilin Women’s Prison for malfeasance, she disappeared.
Cases that of Zhang Jie and Che Pingping are the other side of prisons in China, which are censored instead of being promoted in colorful photo galleries.

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Never Again.
These words are often uttered after an atrocity beyond humanity’s comprehension has taken place. Taken as a motto by many Americans after the unspeakable evils of Nazi Germany in WWII were revealed and as a rallying cry after the horrific events of 9/11, still the primal outrage that ignite such statements soon fade and we find ourselves inexplicably uttering those bitter words yet again.
And yet again the situation is before us. Have we learned from history’s lesson?
Thirty-one-year-old Bay Area resident, Yolanda Yao, was like any other college student, pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at Beijing Normal University until the afternoon of Oct. 23, 2011 when all sense of a normalcy was irreparably taken and with it long held hopes and dreams extinguished.
Yolanda Yao with classmates at Beijing Normal University, Environmental College Sep. 2010. (crédito: unknown)
Ese día, according to Ms. Yao, she and three other college friends were having lunch in the apartment of one of the friends when they were besieged by police and taken to the Beijing Changping District Dongxiaokou police station where she faced over 12 hours of unrelenting interrogation. When she wouldn’t renounce her beliefs she was transferred to the Beijing Changping District detention center and locked in a cell with 20 other prisoners.
Sra. Yolanda Yao practices a gentle mind-body meditation system called Falun Gong. Falun Gong involves four slow moving exercises and a meditation practice and living according to the universal principles of truthfulness, compasión, y la tolerancia. Falun Gong is practiced peacefully everywhere around the world by over 100 million people who have experienced innumerable health benefits and elevation in moral character.
Everywhere that is except for China.
In China it is illegal to practice Falun Gong and the simple act of meditating in a park or at home can become a life or death choice. En 1999 the then-paramount leader Jiang Zemin began brutally suppressing the practice, a suppression that continues to this day. Millions of families have been torn apart, and there has been untold loss of life and property and unimaginable suffering.
A Living Hell
Recalling her days of detention, Sra. Yao had these words: “a living hell.
“Looking back at the darkest 20 months in my life, encima 600 days and nights might not seem too long, however to a person who suffered constant physical and mental torture, it felt like it was never going to end.
At night she slept on a cold wooden floor, huddled together for warmth in the crowded cell and monitored around the clock by other prisoners, waking up to excruciating back pain. Meals consisted of spoiled cabbage mixed with mud and sand and only one cup of water a day. This continued for a month until she was transferred to Beijing Women’s Labor Camp.
Conditions at the labor camp were significantly worse. Sra. Yao describes the desperation she felt “like crawling in a freezing dark night without ever seeing any light.”It felt like it was never going to end.Yolanda Yao
“The policemen at the labor camp used all means necessary to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up the practice. They forced us to sit on a child’s chair for over ten hours every day. This caused legs and feet to swell, and at the end our back and hip would bruise, and even worse, they would ulcerate.The use of toilets was also severely restricted leading to incontinence, urinary tract infections, and in severe cases ruptures.
According to Ms. Yao, she was forced to do heavy labor in summer temperatures surpassing 100 degrees Fahrenheit and in winter when temperatures in Beijing are well below freezing outside. Sleep deprivation is widely used on Falun Gong practitioners held prisoner, and Ms. Yao was no exception, often getting only 3 hours of sleep each night before the grueling physical labor began.
“The guards forced us to use a rickshaw to pull excrement. There are many dunghill maggots, liquid excrement flowed everywhere and exuded stench.Due to the high temperature, dehydration and forced labor, Sra. Yao was on the brink of passing out many times. On one occasion Ms. Yao was soaked in pesticides when the 70-pound barrel she was carrying leaked.
Inside the walls life consisted of cleaning the filthy latrines, showers in cold water even in winter, or going weeks without bathing. Around the clock brainwashing sessions were the norm as prisoners were forced to watch propaganda videos slandering the practice and its founder and coerced to sign guarantees that they would stop practicing Falun Gong or face additional tortures.
The CCP’s campaign of propaganda and lies against Falun Gong has extended outside its borders, infiltrating even democratic countries with many people being unable to discern the truth from lies.
Many Falun Gong practitioners protested the inhumane treatment by going on hunger strike only to be sent to labor camps hospitals to be forcibly feed through the nose. This along with numerous torture practices including beatings with electric batons, being submerged in sewer water while locked in a tiny metal cage, or gang rape has led to 3925 muertes documentadas.
Because of the difficulty of getting information out of China, the deaths from torture and abuse are believed to be much higher. en adición, researchers estimate that the unimaginable act of harvesting organs from still living practitioners for use in transplantation has killed tens, if not hundreds, of thousands.
Urgent Rescue
It was pressure from international human rights organizations that saved Ms. Yao’s life. Pressure from abroad eventually toppled the infamous labor camp system in Mainland China in 2013, ending Ms. Yao’s detention and decades of bloody state-sanctioned torment in the form of “re-education through labor.
Now Ms. Yao’s nightmare has resurfaced. This time it’s her parents, Guofu Yao and Xin Liang, that face an uncertain future. The pair have not been seen since they were taken by force from their home on Dec. 5, 2015 by a group, according to eye witnesses, of more than 30 plainclothes police.
“My heart was broken into pieces,” Sra. Yao remembers when hearing news of her parentsarrest.

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The deputy head of a provincial public security department has been arrested for bribery and abuse of power in China. Xiu Hui is now in the custody of the system he sat atop for many years where he dished out torture and severe punishment to persecuted groups.
The majority of Xiu’s victims were practitioners of Falun Gong, a traditional spiritual discipline that’s been persecuted in China since 1999.
According to state mouthpiece media People’s Daily Online, the procuratorate in Xinjiang Province announced that an investigation against Xiu was underway.
Ya que 2002, Xiu’s entire career was in public security in Xinjiang. From January 2002 to September 2010 he was party secretary and administration of re-education through labor. He then became party secretary and director of prisons until June 2013, when he was promoted to deputy head of public security.
But the crimes he is accused of are minor in comparison to the cruel torture he ordered on innocent people in his various positions, de acuerdo con Minghui.org, a website that provides up-to-date reports about the persecution of Falun Gong.
Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that teaches people to live by the principles of truthfulness, compasión, y la tolerancia, became targeted for persecution in China on July 20, 1999, when then Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin ordered a nationwide crackdown on the group.
Thousands of Falun Gong followers have been persecuted to death, and hundreds of thousands have been imprisoned in detention centers, brainwashing centers, campos de trabajo, and prisons. Countless more have been victims Before the launch of the suppression, there were an estimated 70 million Falun Gong followers in China, according to a state survey at the time.
Deaths Under Xiu’s Watch
Minghui notes 10 prominent cases of severely persecuted Falun Gong practitioners, nine to death, in labor camps under Xiu’s watch.
Ge Lijun, born in 1976, was expelled from a college in Xinjiang after the school learned he practiced Falun Gong meditation. De 1999 a 2009, Ge was sent to Ghangli City Forced Labor Camp three times for a total of six years. The last time he was released, in March 2009, he was in a poor health from being tortured with electric shocks, sleep deprivation, and other methods. Ge died three months later after local hospitals refused to treat him on order of the police and security bureau.
Niu Guifen passed away in November 2013, one year after being released from Xinjiang’s Women’s Prison. During her 4.5-year sentence, Niu was subjected to physical and psychological torture as authorities tried to coerce her into renouncing her beliefs.
Xie Zhenggong, originally an employee at Bayi Iron and Steel Company at Ürümqi, served a six-year prison at Xinjiang No. 5 Prison beginning in 2003. While incarcerated, Xie was physically abused by other inmates, who were told by prison authorities they would have their prison terms reduced if they could successfully coerce Xie into abandoning Falun Gong. Xie eventually died in March 2012 a la edad de 42.
The World Organization to Investigation the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) has confirmed the serious human rights violations and persecution taking place at the Xinjiang No. 5 Prison.

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Qinglongshan, Chinese for “Azure Dragon Mountain,” is an otherwise unremarkable farming project on the northeastern edge of China, just across the river from Siberian Russia.
It’s also home to a notorious “Legal Education Base,” a state facility commandeered for the forcible ideological remolding of practitioners of Falun Gong, a traditional meditation and spiritual practice that has been persecuted by the Communist Party since 1999.  
Durante años, rights lawyers have defended practitioners, then themselves as the police harassed and pressured them to cease their work.
en diciembre. 1, three lawyers working on the most well-known case of abuse at Qinglongshan were called in for questioning, part of an attempt by the Communist Party’s secret police force to ascertain their involvement in a petition against Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Communist Party who initiated the campaign against Falun Gong.
They had on Oct. 28 submitted a criminal complaint against local authorities, on behalf of their clients, to Heilongjiang’s prosecutors. But rather than look into the matter, prosecutors simply passed the documents on to the secret police forcethe very agency that is being accused of running an illegal brainwashing center.
The secret police were particularly incensed by the fact that among the legal documents there was a petition, signed by 1,300 residents of the Jiansanjiang area in which Qinglongshan is located, in support of torture victims who are now suing Jiang Zemin.
“It seems that it made quite a big impact,” said Chang Boyang in an interview with Epoch Times, referring to the regime’s reaction.
The lawyersChang Boyang, Ren Quanniu, and Wang Lei, all in central China’s Henan Provincewere contacted by their local judicial bureau at the behest of the 610 Office in the northern subzero province of Heilongjiang.
It seems that it made quite a big impactChang Boyang, human rights lawyer

“Family members of the defendants have reported Jiang Zemin, and we filed a lawsuit against the judge for his failure to abide by the law,” Chang said. “We demand that the judge’s violations be investigated, as well as the illegal existence of the Qinglongshan brainwashing center.
los 610 Office is the unofficial name of an extralegal Communist Party agency set up by Jiang Zemin to facilitate the persecution of Falun Gong. It has the Party’s authority to oversee police and courts at multiple administrative levels.
A ‘Special Task Force
Regime authorities in Jiansanjiang responded to the letter and associated local petition by creating the “1028 Special Task Forceto harass rights lawyers involved in the case, believing them to be responsible for the upsurge in public interest, said lawyer Ren Quanniu, who got his information from inside sources.
The original package of documents that set off alarms inside the regime’s security organs were submitted on Oct. 28 by Han Sujuan, a Falun Gong practitioner who had been held at Qinglongshan. With the help of defense attorneys, she and others involved in the Jiansanjiang case delivered a joint letter of complaint from more than 50 victims and a disc of 14 other victimsrecorded speeches to the Heilongjiang Procuratorate.
Suits Against Former Leader
The support for the Falun Gong defendants appear to be part of a trend of Chinese signing petitions condemning the regime’s persecution across the country.
In Tangshan, a metropolis near Beijing, 27,000 people signed their names and gave their fingerprints in cinnabar ink (the traditional Chinese style of signature) to support the legal action against Jiang Zemin.
We demand that the judge’s violations be investigated, as well as the illegal existence of the brainwashing center.Chang Boyang

Since this May, when new legislation made it possible for ordinary Chinese to have their civil cases processed by courts and submitted to higher judicial authorities, encima 200,000 people have filed suits against Jiang Zemin for his role as chief persecutor of Falun Gong.
It is not clear what inspired the May judicial reform, but in recent years, the communist regime has increasingly appealed to such slogans as “rule of lawto bolster its legitimacy in a society where Marxist ideology has diminishing currency.
Official reactions to the lawsuits have been mixed. While some law enforcement staff have processed the documents or even supported Falun Gong practitioners in their efforts, others have interfered with the process by harassing or detaining the plaintiffs.
A principios de este año, a petition condemning the practice of forced organ harvesting, in which Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners are murdered for profit in state-run hospitals, garnered 50,000 signatures nationwide.
Legal Attrition at Jiansanjiang
The Qinglongshan brainwashing center dates back to 2010, when Chinese police established the “Heilongjiang Agricultural Bureau Legal Education Basein the village environs. It serves as an unofficial “black jailand brainwashing center, according to reports published by Minghui.org, a website run by Falun Gong practitioners to document the persecution.
Since China abolished the labor camp system in 2013, so-called “black jailssuch as Qinglongshan have become the facility of choice for regime agencies involved in the repression of Falun Gong in recent years.
Practitioners held at Qinglongshan are beaten by police and hired thugs, confined in torturous conditions, and bombarded with anti-Falun Gong material in an attempt to force them to renounce their faith and pledge allegiance to the Communist Party.
This May, four practitioners still jailed at QinglongshanLi Guifang, Shi Mengwen, Wang Yanxin, and Meng Fanliwere illegally sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to three years each. Heavily-armed police deployed at various checkpoints prevented the lawyers from ever reaching the court.
Jenny Li contributed to this report

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