Falun Gong News Bulletin: June 10, 2011

Falun Gong News Bulletin: June 10, 2011

Monitoring the Falun Gong Human Rights Crisis in China

10 Jun 2011

News on events inside China: 

Media/internet freedom

Human rights defenders 

News on Events Outside China  

 

Dozens of Falun Gong Practitioners Killed in
First Four Months of 2011

Drawing on reports from people on the
ground in China, the Falun Dafa Information Center published on May 30 the
details of 26 cases it had documented of the death from abuse of 26 Falun Gong
practitioners since January 1, 2011. Seven of the cases include photos smuggled
out of China that show signs of beating, emaciation, or hospitalization. Given
the difficulty of obtaining information from China, the actual death toll is
likely significantly higher. In a feature particular to the campaign against
Falun Gong, several of the victims died after being held in makeshift
“brainwashing centers" where torture and ingestion of unknown drugs were used to
force people to renounce their practice of Falun Gong.

Zhou Yongkang,
who has been named in news reports as taking the lead in a recent crackdown that
has seen prominent artist Ai Weiwei and numerous human rights lawyers
“disappeared," has over the past decade been intimately involved in the
repression of Falun Gong practitioners. Zhou specifically named Falun Gong as a
target for a pre-Olympic crackdown in which thousands of practitioners were
detained. Six of them are among the list of individuals killed in early
2011.

* FDIC press release: http://www.faluninfo.net/article/1138/?cid=84
* List of
victims: http://media.faluninfo.net/media/doc/2011/06/documented-falun-gong-deaths-jan-apr-2011.pdf
*
Photo gallery: http://www.faluninfo.net/gallery/18/

Falun Dafa Day Inside China

Every May 13 since 2000 Falun Gong practitioners around the world have sent
greetings to the overseas Falun Gong website Minghui.org in honor of World Falun
Dafa Day. The date marks the anniversary of when Mr. Li Hongzhi first started
teaching Falun Gong publicly as well as Mr. Li Hongzhi’s birthday. This year
Minghui.org logged several thousand such greetings from Falun Gong practitioners
in China, each representing a different region, indicating the continued
popularity of the practice in China despite 12 years of harsh repression.

Underground Print Shops Deliver Truth

For a decade Falun Gong practitioners in China have run underground
“materials sites” for the production of fliers, booklets and informational DVDs
that expose the human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party and the
misinformation used in its propaganda. Home-based sites that use low-cost but
relatively sophisticated software, printers and CD burners have become
increasingly efficient and numerous, with estimates as high as 200,000.
Finished materials are usually delivered in person to doorsteps, mailboxes or
public areas, despite the risks of arrest and imprisonment. As part of a
detailed feature article on the phenomenon, Chen Pokong, a prominent overseas
Chinese dissident and writer told The Epoch Times: “This is terribly
significant. This method can cancel out the indoctrination by CCP-controlled
television stations and newspapers.".

* The Epoch Times: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china/underground-print-shops-deliver-truth-to-chinas-masses-56118.html
*
For a more detailed analysis of Falun Gong practitioners’ efforts to counter the
persecution, see: http://www.faluninfo.net/article/1042/ 


Over 20 Practitioners
Detained, Sent for Brainwashing in Chengdu

Working through
neighborhood associates, the 610 Office in Chengdu, Sichuan province detained
over 20 practitioners in April for the purposes of “transformation,” a CCP
euphamism for the coercive process of forcing Falun Gong practitioners to
renounce their beliefs. Many of those detained are elderly and almost all were
abducted directly from their homes. Most were taken to makeshift detention
centers dedicated to “transforming” practitioners, particularly one referred to
as Xinlu Brainwashing Center. Family members have been denied visiting rights
and neither formal charges nor release dates have been issued. This grim
situation is part of a 3-year campaign to transform Falun Gong practitioners, as
recently exposed in a Congressional Executive Committee on China report and
reported on by the Falun Dafa Information Center starting in 2010. The names of
those detained are available upon request.

To read more on the 3-year campaign:

* Congressional-Executive Commission on China: http://www.cecc.gov/pages/virtualAcad/index.phpd?showsingle=154369&PHPSESSID=7f46f964fe6fd4a77df024703f93ad7f
*
FDIC: http://faluninfo.net/article/1091/


Cisco sued for assisting Chinese regime in
Falun Gong persecution

On May 19, the Washington-based Human
Rights Law Foundation (HRLF) filed a lawsuit against Cisco systems, an American
technology firm, in a U.S. federal court for its involvement in assisting the
Chinese regime’s persecution of Falun Gong. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 11
victims, claims that Cisco helped the Chinese authorities to construct the
“Golden Shield,” a massive system of internet censorship and surveillance. The
suit argues that as many as 5,000 Falun Gong practitioners were detained after
their internet use was tracked by Golden Shield, many of them tortured. Terri
Marsh, a lawyer for HRLF, told the New York Times that her organization had
compiled detailed information about Cisco’s role in the design of Chinese
information centers that host a Falun Gong database connected to surveillance
and tracking systems. Cisco denied the allegation, but internal Cisco sales
materials previously leaked include statements by company representatives that
the Golden Shield system would help Beijing and the Ministry of Public Security
to persecute Falun Gong and “other hostile elements.” The suit seeks unspecified
compensatory and punitive damages. Several of the 11 plaintiffs have been
tortured, killed, or disappeared.

* The New York Times:
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/technology/23cisco.html?_r=1

*
Reuters
: http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2011/05_-_May/Suit_claims_Cisco_helped_China_repress_religious_group
*
Ethan Gutmann’s Blog: http://eastofethan.com/2011/05/26/cisco-systems-and-china%E2%80%99s-big-brother-internet-ten-essential-publications

Sichuan Practitioners Imprisoned for
Sending Text Messages

Evidence of cases of citizens in China
being imprisoned for transmitting information about Falun Gong over the internet
or via text messages continues to emerge. The Falun Dafa Information Center
recently received information of two Sichuan practitioners who were sentenced to
five and a half years and six years of imprisonment for sending Falun
Gong-related text messages. Ms. Su Lijuan and Ms. Feng Juan were sentenced in
late 2010 and their punishment confirmed in March 2011 by the Liangshanzhou
Intermediate Court. The court based the punishment on a text single message that
called for people to see a court case involving Falun Gong practitioners. During
the hearing, one witness named Wang Chunyi reportedly said, “On April 24, 2010,
I received a short message from the cell number 15520381308, stating ‘The
Xichang Court will hold a hearing on two Falun Gong practitioners on April 18 at
9:00 a.m. Human rights lawyers from Beijing will defend them and plead not
guilty. We encourage people to come to the Xichang Court for this event.’” As
more human rights lawyers have taken Falun Gong cases in recent years, it has
become increasingly common for practitioners and other supporters to gather
outside the courtroom to express their solidarity. In several instances, those
doing so have themselves been detained and later imprisoned.

Renewal of New Tang Dynasty Broadcasts to
China, Taiwan in Jeopardy

New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD), an
independent station started by Falun Gong practitioners in North America to
broadcast uncensored news to China, has, from its inception, experienced
difficulties with satellite company contracts due to Communist Party pressure.
In the latest instance of such challenges, on April 11, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT),
a company partly owned by Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and
Communications, announced that it would not renew a contract expiring in August
with NTD. NTD currently uses the CHT satellite to broadcast to its Taiwanese
audience, as well as to large areas of Mainland China. According to the Taipei
Times: “The explanations provided by Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) for its decision not
to renew the contract of … New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD) contradict
information uncovered by the Taipei Times and raise questions about possible
pressure from the Chinese or Taiwanese authorities.” Soon after the news
emerged, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) wrote a letter to Taiwanese
president Ma Yingjiu, asking whether CHT’s decision reflected higher state
priority. “As a founder of the Taiwan Caucus in the U.S. House of
Representatives, I have always felt that democracy and freedom are bonds that
tie our two nations together,” wrote Rohrabacher. “If Taiwan does not support
the struggle for freedom of thought within China, I see no need for America to
support Taiwan.”

* Taipei Times: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2011/05/07/2003502631
*
Taipei Times:
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2011/06/01/2003504684/1
*
Congressman Dana Rohrbacher: http://rohrabacher.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=239236


Lawyer who Defended Falun
Gong Tried in Guangzhou

On May 4, the first lawyer in Guangdong province to defend Falun Gong
practitioners in a Chinese court was put on trial. Between 2005 and 2006 Mr. Zhu
Yubiao defended three Falun Gong practitioners and reportedly “left the courts
speechless” as he argued successfully that the ban on Falun Gong contravenes
Chinese law.  After defending Falun Gong practitioners in court Mr. Zhu became a
practitioner himself. He subsequently had his law license taken away and was
imprisoned in a re-education through labor camp from February 2007 to April
2008.  He was detained again without charges on August 18, 2010 and held at
Haizhu District Detention Center. The outcome of the May 4 trial is not yet
known.

Abducted Lawyer Now Free, Suffering from
Partial Amnesia

A Beijing civil rights lawyer who disappeared in April 2011 has been returned
to his hometown, though he remains extremely weak. According to sources inside
China, Mr. Jin Guanghong can vaguely recall beatings, being tied to a bed and
force feedings. He also recalls being injected with unknown drugs. But details
such as when he was abducted, specifically where he was held or even the faces
of those around him while detained are foggy. Mr. Jin became a lawyer in 1996.
He started defending Falun Gong practitioners in 2008. His abduction is part of
the current wave of arrests of civil rights lawyers and others vocal about human
rights that started in February 2011.


Falun Dafa Day Outside
China

On May 13, 1992, in a humble schoolhouse in northeastern China, Mr. Li
Hongzhi began teaching Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa), introducing to modern China a
practice with roots extending back thousands of years. To celebrate this day, 19
years later, millions of Falun Gong practitioners around the world – in over 100
countries and speaking at least 30 languages, held public demonstrations of
Falun Gong’s exercises as well as artistic performances such as song and dance,
giving thanks to Mr. Li for his teachings and the goodness they have brought to
people’s lives.

* FDIC: http://www.faluninfo.net/article/1135/?cid=84
* Salt
Lake Tribune
: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/51809937-180/falun-chinese-gong-practitioners.html.csp

* The Epoch Times
: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/new-zealand/falun-dafa-day-celebrations-in-auckland-56291.html

Officials Send Greetings for Falun Dafa
Day/Month

In honor of May 13, World Falun Dafa Day, hundreds of
elected officials sent greetings in the form of letters or proclamations. Mayor
Gerretson of Kingston, Ontario wrote, “The great compassion and forbearance
demonstrated by Falun Dafa practitioners have touched the hearts of kind-hearted
people all over the world.” The mayor of Lima, Peru marked the occasion by
erecting a permanent sign to advertise Falun Gong at a public park where
practitioners have taught and practiced the exercises since July 2000. The New
York State Senate and Assembly passed a Resolution declaring May to be “Falun
Dafa Month.”

Proclamation from the city of Kingston: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/article_images/2011-5-15-Kingston.jpeg

Photo from Lima Peru: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/article_images/2011-5-15-minghui-peru-513-01.jpg
Proclamation
for New York State Assembly: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/article_images/2011-5-12-minghui-newyork-assemblyman-proclamation-01.jpg

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Punishes
Anti-Falun Gong Discrimination

An Ontario-based human rights
tribunal ruled on April 27 that a Chinese Seniors Association violated the law
by discriminating against a 78-year-old Canadian citizen who practices Falun
Gong. The Association was ordered to pay Ms. Huang Daiming $15,000 in damages
for revoking her membership and demeaning her faith. “I find that this comment
[‘evil cult’] constitutes discrimination within the meaning of the Code," wrote
tribunal vice president Michele Flaherty in the decision. “The comment had the
effect of demeaning the complainant and affronting her dignity on the basis of
her creed." The importance of the victory lies in providing leverage for other
Chinese communities in Canada to resist CCP pressure to extend the persecution
of Falun Gong overseas.

* FDIC: http://www.faluninfo.net/article/1136/?cid=84
* Calgary
Herald: http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Falun+Gong+member+awarded/4729712/story.html

Indonesian Police Attack Reporters, Break
up Falun Gong Parade

A celebration for World Falun Dafa Day and the anniversary of the Indonesian
city of Surabaya in mid-May ended darkly when police dispersed a Falun Gong
parade and attacked at least four reporters. NTD footage shows a practitioners
being aggressively forced inside a truck where a policeman beat him. 21 police
are now under investigation according to the Jakarta Times. The East Java Police
spokesman told the Jakarta Times that local authorities are restricting Falun
Gong activities because of requests from the CCP officials. The International
Federation of Journalists also reported on the incident.

* NTDTV: http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_asia/2011-05-12/indonesian-police-investigated-for-attacking-reporters-at-falun-gong-parade.html
*
International Federation of Journalists: http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/articles/ifj-condemns-increasing-attacks-on-journalists-in-indonesia

http://faluninfo.net/article/1139/

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