Friday, September 09, 2005

Clear Wisdom [ Friday, September 09, 2005], Friday, September 09, 2005

News and Activities from Around the World

  • Canada: 100,000 Signatures to Prime Minister - Urge Hu to Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong (Photos)
  • United Kingdom: Falun Gong Practitioners Submit Petition and 8,000 signatures to British Prime Minister's Office (Photos)
  • Ottawa: Photo Report of Anti-Torture Exhibition (Part 2)
  • Geneva: Clarifying the Facts at the First Conference of a Series to Be Held on Human Rights in China (Photos)
  • Canadian MP: It's a Shame That Hu Will Be Kept Away From a Series of Demonstrations (Photo)
  • Sweden: Thoughts on the Malmo Festival (Photos)

    Facts of the Persecution

  • Ten-year-old Boy Facing Crisis - Mother Pleads for Release of Boy's Father
  • Recalling the Dreadful Days When I Lived and Was Persecuted in China
  • Four Practitioners from Sichuan, Hunan, Gansu, and Jilin Provinces Are Persecuted to Death
  • Hunan Practitioner Ouyang Youhua Dies Due to Persecution
  • Xingtai City Television Station in Hebei Province Fabricates a Video about Mr. Xia Xingmin
  • Ms. Deng Caijuan Receives Inhuman Treatment at Sanshui Women's Forced Labor Camp
  • Five Practitioners Die as a Result of the Persecution in Hebei, Liaoning, Hubei and Shandong Provinces

    Practitioners Exchange Insights and Experiences

  • Make the Best Use of Time to Clarify the Truth to Chinese International Students
  • Some Thoughts About New Practitioners
  • The Relationship Between Righteous Cultivation Practice and the Nine Commentaries

    People Awaken to the Truth

  • Spreading the Nine Commentaries in the Conference on "Preserving the Advanced Nature" Movement

    Media Coverage

  • Prior to Hu's Visit to Canada, Media Reports On the Persecution of Falun Gong (Photo)
  • CTV Reports on Falun Gong Anti-Torture Exhibition (Photo)

    News from China

  • Latest News from China - August 20, 2005
  • 108 People Declare that their Words and Deeds Under Forced Brainwashing are Null and Void
  • Summary of Other Articles and News - September 2, 2005

    News and Activities from Around the World

    Canada: 100,000 Signatures to Prime Minister - Urge Hu to Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong (Photos)

    ( On the eve of Chinese president Hu Jiantao's visit, a letter signed by more than 100,000 Canadians was delivered to Canadian Prime Minister Martin. The letter requested Martin to urge Hu to stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China during their meeting.

    During the past two weeks or so, practitioners from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa have repeatedly come to Canadian Capitol Hill, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Citizenship and Immigration to raise awareness of the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong by holding anti-torture exhibitions and collecting signatures. Meanwhile, practitioners have been holding various activities in all major Canadian cities to clarify the truth of the persecution.

    MP Kigour signs letter to Prime Minister
    Anti-torture exhibition in front of Capitol Hill attracts media attention
    A Canadian signing the letter

    According to local practitioners, many Canadians were shocked by the brutal persecution against good people after watching the anti-torture exhibitions. From the bottoms of their hearts, some even in tears, a lot people told practitioners that the Canadian government should take immediate action, and such a persecution should not have lasted for one day.

    Besides the general public, many MPs also wrote to the Prime Minister calling for an end to the persecution. They include Scott Reid, Libby Davies, Rob Anders, Peter Julian, Bill Siksay, Pierre Poilievre, Tony Martin and Alexa McDonough. A catholic bishop, Peter R. Coffin, also wrote to the prime minister urging the government to take the responsibility to end the persecution.

    Chinese-origin Canadians' View on Patriotism

    Reportedly, Chinese Embassies and Consulates in Canada have used various means including money and gifts to organize local Chinese residents and students to "welcome" Hu. Regarding this issue, the reporter interviewed Falun Gong practitioner Li Xiaoce who was present at the exhibition site.

    Ms. Li said: "Overseas Chinese should know what real patriotism is. It is very normal for overseas Chinese to welcome the Chinese president. However, it is really a shame for Chinese officials to buy overseas Chinese for welcoming the visiting Hu, and for overseas Chinese to comply with the officials. If overseas Chinese really want a strong and promising China, they should have the courage to let the president learn the truth, and to hear people's voices and wishes. Only if everyone from the top leader to the general pubic has a healthy mentality, can a country really grow to prosperity."

    "The Chinese Communist Party's persecution against the belief in 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' is the most serious issue in the world. The persecution is a planned campaign to eliminate humanity's fundamental belief and conscience. Without belief and morality, the society will become a den of evil in which humans can't survive. The practitioners' appeal is not against Hu's visit. They just want to let Hu know the truth and urge him to take the right action to make meaningful contributions to China, the general public and human welfare."

    Montreal practitioner Yanyu Gao said: "China is not the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). We hope that China will develop prosperity, however the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong is a crime against China, all Chinese and all human beings. During Hu's visit to Canada, we hope that he can see the truth and consequently stop the persecution."

    United Kingdom: Falun Gong Practitioners Submit Petition and 8,000 signatures to British Prime Minister's Office (Photos)

    ( In order to rescue Falun Gong practitioners taken into custody and persecuted illegally in China and also their relatives and orphans, on September 1, several British practitioners went to London to the British Prime Minister's office at 10 Downing Street to submit a petition together with more than eight thousand signatures. They also presented a human rights report on Falun Gong by the United Nations.

    Practitioners submit a petition to British Prime Minister's office

    Prime Minister Blair is scheduled to participate in the Sino-British and Central European summit in China on September 5. Practitioners hoped to take this opportunity to submit the petition, draw the Prime Minister's attention to the persecution of Falun Gong by the evil Chinese Communist Party (CCP), expose the truth to him, and urge him to rescue Falun Gong practitioners taken into custody and persecuted illegally in China, along with their relatives and orphans. A practitioner who participated in this event said: I hope Mr. Blair will protest against the CCP's persecution of more than 100 million people's righteous beliefs. In the past years, many western countries have remained silent regarding the atrocity for political and commercial interests. Such attitudes actually fostered the persecution. The practitioner also stressed that history will judge upon everyone, and Blair should take the right action during his trip to China.

    These eight thousand signatures have been collected by practitioners in a rescue effort launched in various places in Britain. Behind these signatures are the practitioners' spirit of perseverance and the kind hearts of thousands of people, and they are also a sign of coming victory of justice over evil.


    Ottawa: Photo Report of Anti-Torture Exhibition (Part 2)

    ( Canadian Falun Gong practitioners held an Anti-Torture Exhibition in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on September 6, 2005. They called for the Canadian government to deny entry to CCP officials Bo Xilai and Xia Deren, who planned to accompany visiting Chinese leader Hu Jintao. Both Bo and Xia had been sued in Canada for their persecution of Falun Gong.

    Practitioners in their 60s demonstrate torture methods in front of Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Falun Gong practitioner from China, whose two sisters are in forced labor camps for practicing Falun Gong, demonstrates torture methods

    A Falun Gong practitioner, who was subjected to nine months of forced labor, demonstrates what she experienced

    Tying victims with ropes is a very common torture in Chinese forced labor camps. Many Falun Gong practitioners were killed or disabled by this torture.

    Electric shock torture sustained over an extended period of time is another commonly used tactic in Chinese forced labor camps. This torture has left some practitioners disfigured, some permanently disabled.

    Tiger bench torture. Some practitioners suffered dislocated spines, broken shoulder bones, and some even died from this torture.

    Canadians support Falun Gong and call for the Canadian government to urge the CCP to stop the persecution

    Practitioners demonstrate Falun Gong exercises

    Geneva: Clarifying the Facts at the First Conference of a Series to Be Held on Human Rights in China (Photos)

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Xiaoyang recounts various methods of torture used in China's Labor camps. Attendees are moved.

    A video program exposing the persecution of Falun Gong in China is featured at the meeting.

    ( On August 25, 2005, the first conference of a series on China, organized by la Maison des Associations, took place in Geneva. These conferences, held at the suggestion of the Geneva Tibet Support Group (la Porte du Tibet), with the main theme being "For True Democracy in China," offer a series of debates on the Communist regime in China. Representatives of several NGOs were present, notably, Reporters without Borders, Human Rights Watch, the Geneva Tibet Support Group (la Porte du Tibet), and the Swiss Falun Gong Association. Despite the holiday period, the conference was well attended.

    To open the evening, two short films were shown. One was about the persecution of Falun Gong raging in China for the past six years, the other was about Chinese occupied Tibet. During this presentation a deep silence could be felt, thus showing the profound impression it made on the public.

    A representative of the Swiss Falun Gong Association briefly recalled the escalation of the repression in China which accounted for more than 1,017 deaths from torture over the past six months, bringing the total number of deaths of Falun Gong practitioners from torture to 2,800. This was followed by the most moving moment of the evening when Miss Wang Xiaoyang, a young student from Saint Gall, spoke of her mother who has been in detention in China for the past eight months. She was sentenced to three years in a forced labor camp. Miss Wang reminded the audience of the various cruel methods employed in the camps to transform Falun Gong practitioners. Emotion showed through her voice when she shared with the public her concern over the treatment that her mother must in fact be receiving. She launched a poignant appeal that touched several members of the audience who then offered her their sympathy and best wishes for a positive outcome to the situation.

    The next conference will be about the wave of resignations of members of the CCP which will soon amount to 4 million, and which were triggered by the publication of the Nine Commentaries by the independent newspaper Epoch Times International.

    Canadian MP: It's a Shame That Hu Will Be Kept Away From a Series of Demonstrations (Photo)

    ( In response to Hu's state visit to Canada on Thursday, independent member of Canadian Parliament, Mr. Kilgour accepted that trade was important, but insisted it could not be divorced from human rights issues. Kilgour believes that human rights are more important than trade. Kilgour stated that it was a shame that Hu will be kept well away from a series of demonstrations planned in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

    Kilgour said that it was a shame that Hu will be kept away from a series of demonstrations

    According to reports from Cybercast News Service on September 7, 2005, judging from past visits by Chinese leaders to Canada, Hu will be kept well away from a series of demonstrations planned in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

    A lawmaker who formerly served as Canada's point-man for China, former secretary of state for Asia and the Pacific, David Kilgour, said that was a shame.

    According to the report, Falun Gong and Tibetan campaigners, Chinese evangelists and Taiwanese representatives said they were still working out plans for demonstrations during Hu's visit.

    Kilgour told Cybercast News Service that human rights issues would be swept under the carpet during the state visit, so Hu and his hosts could concentrate on drumming up more trade and investment.

    In an interview Tuesday, Kilgour said it was "...distressing to see how many human rights issues there are ... Tibet, Falun Gong, the treatment of Muslims and Christians. I think we should be giving them a lot more attention than trade."

    Kilgour, now an independent member of parliament, accepted that trade was important but insisted it could not be divorced from human rights issues.

    Kilgour, who visited China when he was minister responsible for relations with that region, said he was hopeful that when Hu took over as president, there would be advances on human rights issues.

    Instead, "Since March 2003, he has been moving more into authoritarian directions, despite our early hopes."

    Kilgour noted that both Martin and Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson (who represents Queen Elizabeth II as head of state in Canada and is of Chinese origin) will be hosting lavish dinners for the visiting Chinese leader.

    "But he won't meet with Falun Gong, Amnesty International, and the Tibetan people."

    Sweden: Thoughts on the Malmo Festival (Photos)
    Letting People Know about Falun Gong During the Malmo Festival in Sweden

    ( Malmo is the third biggest city in the south of Sweden. It is elegant and beautiful. The grand Malmo Festival was held from August 20-27 in the city. I was told that activities to promote Falun Gong would take place over two days during the Festival. With the benevolent thought of letting more people know the truth about Falun Gong and having made two hundred paper Lotus Flowers, I cheerfully participated in the grand festival.

    The streets of Malmo were decorated especially colorful. With smiles on their faces, people together with their families made for the streets and parks one after another.

    An area on the busiest street in the city center and an area in the park were arranged for Falun Gong activities such as waist-drumming, dancing, a demonstration of Falun Gong exercises, and demonstrations of how to make Lotus Flowers of all kinds (as a means of telling people about Falun Gong practitioners' orphaned children). Banners reading, "Falun Gong is Good" and "The World needs Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance" in both Chinese and Swedish were displayed. All these activities drew the applause of people who stopped to watch. Some people learned the Falun Gong exercises on the spot.

    A table with Lotus Flowers of all kinds was crowded with people. Not only children were learning how to make Lotus Flowers, but some elderly and young people were interested in making them as well. While teaching these children and adults how to fold Lotus Flowers, Falun Gong practitioners who took charge of the activity were telling them about the persecution that Falun Gong practitioners in China were suffering from and in what a difficult situation those practitioners' orphans are. When leaving with leaflets and Lotus Flowers they had made themselves, practitioners told people about the brutal nature of the persecution in China.

    In the parade, we played waist-drums punctuated by a loud chorus of "Falun Gong is good." All sorts of feelings welled up in my mind upon seeing the faces of people who stopped to watch, on seeing and hearing people of different ethnicities shouting together with us "Falun Gong is good," on seeing people holding their cameras taking pictures and videotaping, seeing people reaching their hands out for Lotus Flowers and leaflets, and also seeing the goodness still existing in the hearts of people living in Sweden. I couldn't help thinking of my own country, my family members, friends and fellows and thinking of those practitioners who are cultivating Falun Gong. Although we are all living under the same blue sky, we are treated as far apart as heaven and earth. On thinking of these, I couldn't stop the tears from running down my face.

    In China, if you go to Tiananmen Square and shout, "Falun Gong is Good," you will be put into prison. If you give someone a leaflet telling him or her that practitioners are being cruelly persecuted in China, if he or she doesn't know the facts of the persecution, he or she will report you. If you are caught by a policeman, you will be accused of "disturbing society and the peace," and will be fined, sentenced, forced to do hard labor and/or fired from your job. Some will be even tortured to death by excruciating means, and their families will be broken up.

    My two colleagues who are cultivating Falun Gong and I have been put into prison many times and suffered all kinds of humiliation and torture just because we told people "Falun Gong is good," because we are firm in our beliefs, and because we told our fellow countrymen the facts of the persecution. Later I was forced to go into exile overseas and those two colleagues of mine have been discharged from public employment. One is still being detained in a forced labor camp. In the six years of being illegally suppressed, he has been forced into hard labor four times. The longest time he has spent doing hard labor is two years, and the shortest time is one year. He has spent most of his time during the past six years in forced labor camps.

    I feel fortunate though, when I think that practitioners in China are still suffering from the cruel persecution. When I was in danger of being again put into prison by the local 610 Office, the UN Organization of Human Rights reached out their hands to rescue me, and I received care and assistance from the Swedish Government. Today I can, in the land of Sweden, shout from the bottom of my heart: "Falun Gong is good." After the activities, I couldn't help crying on my way home.

    I am grateful to have the chance to give the Swedish people my cherished Lotus Flowers with words, "The World Needs Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance." I hope that my countrymen in China can listen to the words of truth spread by practitioners all over the world. For your own futures, please consider what practitioners told you calmly, and disengage yourselves from the thinking forced on you for a long time by the Chinese Communist Party. Cherish and respect the sunshine and favor that the Gods have given us, take good care of mother earth which has nourished our lives, and end the thinking and actions against the universe, nature and humanity, that is "fighting against heaven, fighting against Earth, and fighting against humanity." Let our earth have less violence and more peace. Let us have less hatred and more sincerity, kindness and forbearance in our hearts. Let the earth which bears the weight of us and let that existent soil under our own feet safely run in the vast expanse of the universe and not be weeded out by the cosmos. Let everything on mother earth in China be prosperous, and let the Chinese people live a life with freedom as do the Swedish people.


    Facts of the Persecution

    Ten-year-old Boy Facing Crisis - Mother Pleads for Release of Boy's Father

    ( Life for ten-year-old Zhang Jiarui in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province is very difficult as his father is illegally held in a labor camp.

    His father Zhang Bin was an employee at the No. 3 Petroleum Chemical Plant of the General Petroleum Chemical Plant in Daqing. He used to indulge in smoking and drinking and as a result was in poor health. His wife Cheng Qinglan, the boy's mother, divorced him in November 1997. Zhang Bin, whose son lived with him, started practicing Falun Gong in early 1998, and he quit those unhealthy habits and started taking his responsibility toward his son Zhang Jiarui seriously. He persisted in practicing Falun Gong and for the past six years has been persecuted. The General Petroleum Chemical Plant in Daqing illegally cancelled his work contract. Zhang Bin was forced to move out of his home with his son who was five years old at the time. The father was abducted for the second time in December 2004 and is currently being persecuted at the Suihua Forced Labor Camp.

    Zhang Jiarui is currently attending third grade. His mother Cheng Qinglan said, "He has been living without his father for a long time, and he was discriminated against by his classmates and teachers. He has low self-esteem and is depressed. He has poor grades because of lack of love and attention." Cheng Qinglan asked for the unconditional release of Zhang Bin, Zhang Jiarui's legal guardian, so the boy can have a stable environment. She also demanded that related work units compensate Zhang Bin and her, according to Article 26 and Article 27 of the Compensation Law of the People's Republic of China, for financial loss and emotional distress caused by the persecution during the past few years.

    Below is Cheng Qinglan's public letter to the Suihua Forced Labor Camp, an appeal and an application for compensation.

    Public Letter to the Suihua Forced Labor Camp

    To all authorities and guards at Suihua Forced Labor Camp:

    Greetings! I am the ex-wife of Falun Gong practitioner Zhang Bin who is being held at your labor camp. We divorced in 1997 because Zhang Bin used to drink and smoke and was very decadent. Zhang Bin won custody of our son.

    Zhang Bin quit the bad habits of drinking and smoking in early 1998. He became positive and healthy, kind and considerate of others. Since 1999 Zhang Bin has been illegally arrested twice. He decided to leave home twice with our son after his release. His work unit illegally cancelled his contract. I had to take over the custody of our son, although I was suffering from numerous illnesses and had no income. The hardships we were forced to endure are hard to describe in words.

    In the past few years my son lived without the love of his father. He has lived in fear, prejudice and depression. He missed his father and now earns poor grades as a result. His physical and mental health is severely affected by his father's absence. I have heart disease, kidney stones, dizziness, hypoglycemia and other illnesses. The high expenses associated with my son's schooling have gradually depleted my savings. I have reached my limits, physically, financially and emotionally. I am no longer capable of taking care of my son.

    My son and I are having a difficult time sustaining our livelihood. I plead with the Suihua Forced Labor Camp authorities to release Falun Gong practitioner Zhang Bin for humanitarian reasons to help alleviate our situation, so that Zhang Bin can carry out his responsibility as our son's legal guardian.

    I have several requests for the labor camp authorities:

    Immediately release Zhang Bin, our son's legal guardian.

    Ensure Zhang Bin's legal rights of personal safety and rights of life during the time he is detained at Suihua Forced Labor Camp.

    If Zhang Bin will not be released in the near future, I ask that the Suihua Forced Labor Camp take over the custody of Zhang Bin's son Zhang Jiarui before Zhang Bin regains freedom.

    Zhang Jiarui's mother: Cheng Qinglan

    September 1, 2005

    Appeal Statement

    Appellant: Cheng Qinglan, female, 35 years old, former employee of the Longfeng Real Estate Company

    Addressees: No. 3 Petroleum Chemical Plant of General Petroleum Chemical Plant in Daqing, Daqing City Criminal Police Division, Honggang District Criminal Police Division, Daqing Forced Labor Camp, Suihua Forced Labor Camp


    Unconditionally release Zhang Bin. As legal guardian Zhang Bin takes care of Zhang Jiarui to ensure Zhang Jiarui's quality of life. Related work units compensate us for our financial loss and emotional distress during the past few years according to Article 26 and Article 27 of the Compensation Law of the People's Republic of China.

    Facts to support my claim:

    Zhang Bin and I divorced in November 1997 because Zhang Bin smoked, drank and lived a decadent life. Zhang Bin won custody of our child. In early 1998, Zhang Bin started practicing Falun Gong. He quit the bad habits and stayed away from them, and great physical and mental changes overcame him. He adopted a positive outlook on life.

    Zhang Bin was abducted twice since the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999. He took our son and left home. They lived in exile. I was indirectly persecuted. During the time he stayed away from home to avoid abduction and when he was held at the labor camp, I had no choice but to take care of our son. I was terminated from my work contract in 2000 because of my poor health. Zhang Bin's work unit, the No. 3 Petroleum Chemical Plant of General Petroleum Chemical Plant in Daqing, forced Zhang Bin to resign from his contract in late 2000 by threatening to fire him. From then on, our son Zhang Jiarui was forced to live in an unstable environment and my life became increasingly difficult.

    I was unemployed. I had heart disease, kidney stones, dizziness, hypoglycemia and other conditions. In the past few years when Zhang Bin was persecuted, my son and I were also financially and emotionally persecuted and had to endure great pressure and anguish. My son has lived without his father for a long time and has been discriminated against by his classmates, teachers and others. As a result, he suffers from low self-esteem and depression and earns poor grades. His physical and mental health is severely impaired. The high expenses associated with my son's schooling have gradually depleted my savings, and I have reached my limits physically, financially and emotionally. I am no longer capable of taking care of my son.

    I entreat conscionable people and related organizations to extend a helping hand in helping us rescue Zhang Bin, so our son can return to his father, so that his young heart will be comforted, he will have someone to depend on, and so peace in my life can be restored.

    Legal citation supporting my petition:

    Article 36 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, "Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief" and Article 37 of the Constitution, "(1) The personal freedom of citizens of the People's Republic of China is inviolable...(3) Unlawful deprivation or restriction of citizens' personal freedom by detention or other means is prohibited." Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance." Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile."

    Zhang Bin's work unit, the No. 3 Petroleum Chemical Plant of General Petroleum Chemical Plant in Daqing, compelled Zhang Bin to resign from his contract in late 2000 by threatening to fire him. This company violated Zhang Bin's rights as a citizen and is guilty of abusing their power.

    In December 2004, Zhang Bin went to the home of a fellow practitioner. Officers from Daqing City Criminal Police Division and from Honggang District Criminal Police Division planned to and abducted Zhang Bin. They held Zhang Bin at the Sa District Detention Center and Daqing Forced Labor Camp. On March 15 they sent him to the Suihua Forced Labor Camp where he has been incarcerated until now. Persons from Daqing City Criminal Police Division, Honggang District Criminal Police Division, the Daqing Forced Labor Camp and the Suihua Forced Labor Camp violated Article 36 and Article 37 of the Constitution of China, and Article 18 and Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Whereas the aforementioned work units have violated the law, I ask the judicial departments to abide by the Constitution of China, by the the Criminal Law of China, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and by the Compensation Law of the People's Republic of China to unconditionally release Zhang Bin and prosecute work units and persons responsible, and compensate the victims for their financial losses and emotional distress.

    To the following departments with respect:

    The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, People's Republic of China
    Supreme People's Procuratorate of People's Republic of China
    Supreme Court of the People's Republic of China
    The Standing Committee of the Heilongjiang Province People's Congress
    High People's Procuratorate of Heilongjiang Province
    High People's Court of Heilongjiang Province
    Judicial Department of Heilongjiang Province
    Heilongjiang Province Labor Reeducation Work Administration Bureau
    The Standing Committee of the Daqing City People's Congress
    Daqing City People's Court
    Daqing City People's Procuratorate
    Daqing City People's Government

    Appellant: Cheng Qinglan
    September 1, 2005

    Application for Compensation

    Appellant: Cheng Qinglan, female, 35 years old, unemployed

    Request for compensation:

    I request the No. 3 Petroleum Chemical Plant of General Petroleum Chemical Plant in Daqing, Daqing City Criminal Police Division, Honggang District Criminal Police Division, Daqing Forced Labor Camp, and Suihua Forced Labor Camp compensate Zhang Bin, our son Zhang Jiarui and me for all of our financial losses and emotional distress.

    Facts and reasons: please look at the "facts" in the appeal statement.

    Applicant: Cheng Qinglan

    September 1, 2005

    Recalling the Dreadful Days When I Lived and Was Persecuted in China

    ( After I came to Canada in 2005, I could practice the Falun Gong exercises, study Zhuan Falun, and listen to Dafa music. My health and spirit visibly improved the moment I arrived here. The most important thing is that in Canada, one can freely practice Falun Gong because Canada respects one's freedom of belief. I cannot help but shudder whenever I think about my days under persecution in China. Under the persecution, my husband was murdered, my son and daughter-in-law could not find a job, we could not visit our friends and relatives, and my son and I could not go back home. I don't want to keep the memory of that terror in my mind.

    Back in China I started to practice Falun Gong in October 1994. My whole family became Falun Gong practitioners. Before my husband was persecuted to death, he was an associate professor and doctor at a medical college, as well as the vice chair doctor at the hospital. Because of his outstanding medical knowledge and well-known status, he was often invited to visit U.S. and Canadian medical institutions and organizations for academic exchanges.

    As soon as my son learned about Falun Gong during his internship in Beijing in 1994, he returned home immediately and introduced Falun Gong to the whole family. After that we all started practicing Falun Gong. After studying the Fa and practicing for a while, my severe heart attack syndrome (due to a heart attack, I had collapsed and was in intensive care for 21 days at the hospital before regaining consciousness) improved noticeably, and I stopped all medication. I felt more open-minded, uplifted both mentally and physically, and conducted myself according to the Dafa principle of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance." My husband also appeared jubilant after practicing Falun Gong. He appeared younger than others in the same age category and was in excellent health.

    In 1996, we started a practice site for local practitioners in our area using the house we had just built for my son for when he married and started a new family. Each day we had a full house. More than 100 people joined us for the Falun Gong exercises on a daily basis. Among them were CCP members, middle level administrators, young children in elementary school from the third and fourth grades, elderly people in their 70s, young people working at the TV station, local court personnel and hospital employees. Many of them were outstanding contributors at their jobs. They showed up at the clubhouse from 5:00 to 6:30 a.m. in the morning for the standing exercises, and came to our son's house from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the evening to study the Fa. I bought many Dafa books, lecture tapes and other material to give to my relatives, friends and other practitioners.

    The CCP started persecuting Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. Overnight they started mass arrests and it was very terrifying. Practitioners could no longer study the Fa together. My son and some other Falun Gong practitioners went to appeal and clarify the truth at the Provincial Government on the night of July 20. Yet the Provincial Government was arresting people right off the street and throwing them into busses. My son and another practitioner escaped and returned home. Because my home was a well-known practice site, every day officials from the Retirement Administration, Public Security Bureau, police station, neighborhood administration office, and work unit would come to check on us and harass us. They would ask, "Why did you provide a practice site for Falun Gong practitioners? What was your motive?" I replied, "Falun Gong was beneficial to maintaining the stability of society, improving people's quality of health and moral values and it was welcomed everywhere. That is why I provided the practice site." They tried to force me to surrender my Falun Gong books, and my audio and videotapes. They sent deputies to stay at my house to monitor us so that we could no longer study the Fa as we used to. Practicing the exercises was out of the question at that time. We had to wait until late at night before we dared to take out the book to study the Fa. We were under constant fear that they might confiscate our books. Even so, we never bowed under pressure and continued studying the Fa. They, on the other hand, tried to figure out all kinds of ways to persecute us.

    In the beginning, they knew I had a severe heart condition before practicing Falun Gong and that their threatening wouldn't work on me. They adopted a strategy to work on my husband and son, using my son as a hostage. They figured that my health would be adversely affected by torturing my husband and son. If I died because of that, then the whole family would lose its pillar and daily support. That would spell the demise of my family. Because my house was the only local practice site, material distribution site and Fa study site, my husband was a well-known doctor locally, and my whole family practiced Falun Gong, we became a highly valued target for persecution. My son was also on their "black list" (most wanted list) because he was a determined Falun Gong practitioner. They knew my husband and I were very concerned about our son's safety and well-being, so they doubled their effort to coerce and threaten us.

    In early August, a couple of people from my son's work unit came to our house. They asked us as soon as arrived, "Your son escaped. Where did he go?" My husband and I nearly fainted on the spot, concerned that they had arrested my son without any due process. They warned us, "If we cannot find your son today, we will take you two." Then they called an emergency meeting, sending their men to bus stations and train stations to find my son. Later, they sent someone to my son's home and found out he was resting after completing a long night-shift. If he had been found on the street, it would have been a good enough excuse for them to arrest him immediately. Because my son refused to sign any guarantee statement to give up practicing Falun Gong, and carried on his practicing and studying the Fa as usual, his work unit dismissed him and his wife of just two months from their jobs without pay. They even asked him to think it over, while each day someone from his work unit visited, interrogated, threatened and coerced them. They were forced to write many pages of self-criticism to be turned in the next day. They were under constant mental pressure and torture, unable to get any decent rest.

    I also did not sleep well and lost my appetite altogether. I was constantly afraid that they would arrest my son. I was also trying to help him write those self-criticizing papers. Nobody dared to visit us, the authorities even monitored our phone. Our activities were restricted, with people patrolling outside our house at night. We lost contact with other Dafa practitioners, afraid that we might implicate them. We could not read Teacher's newly published articles. After a while, my hair started to turn white, and I appeared to have gained quite a few years in age. My husband also suffered both mentally and physically because he could no longer practice Falun Gong, and was concerned about our son no longer having a job.

    In order to escape from being persecuted, my husband, son, daughter-in-law and I moved away from our house in December 1999. Even though we lost our regular income, my son was still subjected to daily investigation and brainwashing. Because my son never gave in, his work unit administrators tried every imaginable means to force him to relent. On Christmas Eve the local police called us saying, "We took your son in, and you better bring some clothes for him." My husband and I nearly fainted. They finally arrested my son. I called a taxi right away, and I had to pay double that evening because of the holiday. By the time I arrived at the police station, the officer on duty told me to pay a 1,000 yuan fine the next day. Meanwhile they would release him with conditions. So my son got home well past midnight, and that was how my family spent Christmas Eve. This proved to be quite common later on.

    In early 2000, my husband fell ill and was bedridden due to the neighborhood association, police, and work unit's constant harassment and coercion. His work unit still tried to get him to go to a public meeting to criticize and denounce his son. I told them, "He cannot get up anymore!" They replied, "We will send a car to pick him up." Later, I was forced to attend the public meeting. At the meeting I spoke out, "I wanted my son to practice Falun Gong to become a good citizen." Yet one of the CCP officials said, "You should have asked him to learn bad things!" In July 2000 my husband underwent surgery and was hospitalized. His work unit did not allow our son to attend to him, while still requesting him to attend the daily interrogations and brainwashing sessions. In the end I was the only one who could shoulder the task of looking after my husband. I suffered a lot both mentally and physically. Because my husband was retired, his work unit should have reimbursed his medical and hospital expenses. Yet they penalized us financially, by allowing reimbursement of only half of his bill. They allowed us only 300 yuan monthly for drug expenses. In December 2000, the local hospital could no longer treat my husband, and he had to be transferred to another hospital for a second surgery. This time they did not allow any reimbursement for drugs. I needed to borrow money to get my husband hospitalized at the other hospital, and my son was facing investigation and was not permitted to take care of his father. For more than a month, I was the only one who could sustain caring for my husband. I spent the New Year of 2001 at the hospital. During this month I did not have a place to live. Each day I slept on the floor for just a little while, with additional resting time just sitting on a small chair. Sometimes I went all day without eating a meal. I never had a chance to sleep taking off my clothes, nor did I take a bath since I had to take care of my husband, as well as worry about our son. I finally returned home a few days before the Chinese New Year 2001. Yet on Chinese New Year's Eve 2001, my son's work unit called me again, accusing him with six more charges. The phone never stopped ringing, whether the call was from the police, the law and judicial committee, or my work unit. The constant pressure and coercion was most unbearable.

    They carefully planned to increase the persecution right after Chinese New Year 2001. At one of the public meetings to criticize and denounce, officials from the city Public Security Bureau, the neighborhood association, my work unit, and the TV station all came to organize the criticizing and denouncing meeting. That evening the whole meeting was televised. My relatives and friends became more frightened after watching the program. Some even scolded us, afraid that they could be implicated. I was tormented, yet I could not even tell my husband about it since his health was deteriorating rapidly and I was afraid that he could not bear such horrible news. My husband's weight dropped to only 35 kgs. (77 lb.) towards his final days. I could no longer stay up either, and passed out for three days and nights lying on the sofa. My second daughter had no choice but to resign her job to take care of us at home. With all of our money spent, my husband finally passed away leaving us with regret. After he died, no one dared to pay us a visit. Only two practitioners came by quietly to bring us Teacher's new articles and related materials. Because of the mental and physical torment, my hair was all white. I lost my teeth, and could not get out of bed. I just slept, and had no appetite. With my family broken and our relatives abandoning us, I finally left the city where we lived, and moved in with my second daughter, crying all along the way.

    The authorities could not find me, so they persecuted my son even harder. Finally unwilling to bear the mental torture any further, my son resigned from his work unit. Because he was a Falun Gong practitioner, no other work unit dared to hire him after his resignation. The people in my son's original work unit cheered, "This time he will starve to death, and we will just see if he continues to practice Falun Gong." Without a job, my son had a hard time, yet he never gave up Dafa work. I continued to support my son by giving him all of my husband's funeral expense reimbursement (about 10,000 yuan). He and several practitioners used the money to make VCDs and flyers to clarify the truth.

    Originally I planned to stay a while with my second daughter before returning home. Unexpectedly one day in 2002, someone knocked on the door. I opened the door and found my son outside. I was shocked and knew something happened. My son told me that two nights prior, he and two other practitioners went out to distribute flyers. The police arrested one of them and put him into a detention center. That practitioner's family disclosed my son's whereabouts to the police, so the police started looking for him. At that time it was just about a week or two since my daughter-in-law had given birth to their first child. My son immediately left home to escape from the police. He did not even dare to get on the train at the local train station. He came to his second sister to avoid the police for a while. No one could take care of his wife and their newborn baby. The police and neighborhood association people went in two squad cars to search my elder daughter's home. Since my elder daughter had no way to contact my son, they just camped at her home, waiting for him to call her, in order to search where my son was calling from. They even coerced her with dismissal from her job. My elder daughter was forced to tell them how to get hold of my second daughter on her cell phone. So they started to call my second daughter, threatening her to surrender my son, or else they would come search her home. This potentially would cost my second daughter her job. In order to avoid them finding out where my second daughter lived, she and I would take a bus to some far away place before answering her cell phone. Since we knew they could track the cell phone location, we had to get away from where we lived. After facing them head on we never relented, nor did we surrender my son.

    Later, my second daughter went back quietly to where my son lived and took his wife and baby back. So my son's family and I continued living with my second daughter in constant fear. Each day, we continued studying the Fa without any interruption. I will never give up practicing Falun Gong. We got in touch with local fellow practitioners so that we could receive Teacher's new articles and lectures from them.

    During the time we stayed with my second daughter, the city government where she lived offered to pay a 6,000 yuan reward for anyone disclosing the whereabouts of a Falun Gong practitioner, leading to his or her arrest and putting them in prison. My son and I could not return home. My son persisted with his faith in Falun Gong even without a job. I tried to do my best to support the local truth clarifying effort financially. After I used all the money that I had, I sold the house and gave 3,000 yuan to them to print more flyers, as well as giving my son's family some money for their living expenses.

    In 2004, my second daughter and her husband immigrated to Canada. In order to apply for my immigration to avoid further persecution, they started working immediately in Canada. As soon as they qualified with enough income they applied for my immigration. Very fortunately, I immigrated to Canada in 2005.

    As soon as I arrived, my second daughter helped me to find a practice site so that I could study the Fa and practice the exercises as I did previously. Every Saturday and Sunday, I go to the nearby practice site to do the exercises, and each Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. I join others to study the Fa at a fellow practitioner's home. On Friday evening we go to the University of Toronto for group Fa study. I also participate in various activities with other practitioners. I never cease telling people the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. I seize every opportunity, along with my fellow practitioners, to distribute flyers and pamphlets and to clarify the truth.

    Four Practitioners from Sichuan, Hunan, Gansu, and Jilin Provinces Are Persecuted to Death

    ( Ms. Kuang Yuliang, who is around 50, lived in Suining City, Sichuan Province. She started practicing Falun Dafa in 1997. In 2000 and 2001, she was arrested several times for clarifying the facts about Dafa. She was also detained twice for more than six months each time. In addition, police extorted 8000 yuan from Ms. Kuang. In the Nanqiang Brainwashing Center, Ms. Kuang was charged 30 yuan per day for meals, but she was only given a bowl of watery porridge each day. For four months straight, the guards did not allow Ms. Kuang to wash her face or bathe. Ms. Kuang was cuffed continuously to the window in the brainwashing class for five months. Only her toe tips touched the floor. A perpetrator named Li Xu threatened Ms. Kuang to give up her belief in Falun Dafa. When Ms. Kuang said no or refused to respond, Xu forcefully kicked her. Since Ms. Kuang was firm in her belief, she got kicked so much that the injuries on her legs did not heal before she passed away. She was badly emaciated when she was finally released. The police often harassed her at home and prohibited her from going outside. Ms. Kuang passed away on June 14, 2005.

    Ms. Yi Zhenyun, also in her 50s, was a retired worker in Pentang District, Changsha City, Hunan Province. Before practicing Dafa, she had suffered from muscular atrophy and rickets. Her back was also severely crooked. After she started practicing, her back straightened out, and her muscles were healed. In 2001, Ms. Yi was arrested and taken to the detention center. She was then beaten by an officer whose last name is Peng, from the Yuhua District Procuratorate in Changsha City. Ms. Yi's legs turned black and blue. She was transferred to Baimalong Forced Labor Camp in Zhuzhou City. Later she was diagnosed with breast cancer and paroled to seek medical attention. Since the police prohibited her from practicing Falun Dafa, Ms. Yi passed away soon after her release.

    Mr. Zhang Junwu, 63, was a retired government official in Jiayuguan City, Gansu Province. He became healthy after learning Falun Dafa in 1995. He has been harassed and tortured since the persecution started. Following a wave of persecution in October 2002, Mr. Zhang's former illnesses recurred. Mr. Zhang passed away on December 15, 2002.

    Ms. Guo Xiangfen, born in 1937, was a practitioner in Changchun. Before practicing Falun Dafa, she had serious skin and liver disease and was unable to take care of herself. She became healthy after practicing, and she was able to do housework. In late 2000, Ms. Guo went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Dafa, but she was arrested by the Shenyang City Police. She was held in Tiebei Detention Center for 9 days, during which time her 90-year-old father was left at home alone without care. Police frequently harassed her after her release. Her father died soon after. Ms. Guo herself passed away on December 2, 2001.

    Hunan Practitioner Ouyang Youhua Dies Due to Persecution

    ( After the Chinese Communist Party began persecuting Dafa in 1999, Dafa practitioner Ouyang Youhua, from the town of Chengguan in Guiyang County, Hunan Province, was persecuted by officials from the Guiyang 610 Office, the Guiyang National Security Department and the Public Security Sub-bureau of Guiyang Baoshan Ore. Ouyang Youhua suffered illegal imprisonment, torture and forced labor. She was monitored, threatened and fined. Her daughter was detained for 15 days, and her husband, Li Jinbao, was illegally sentenced to 3 years in a forced labor camp in 2002. Ouyang Youhua's mental and physical health plummeted under the long-term persecution. She passed away after suffering a sudden stroke on June 9, 2005.

    Ms. Ouyang Youhua was born in 1958. She lived at 38 Baihuaxin Village, Chengguan Town, Guiyang County in Hunan Province. Before she started cultivating Dafa in 1998, she suffered from high blood pressure and cerebral arteriosclerosis. After practicing Falun Gong for only six months she recovered from her illnesses. Her face became rosy as well. At that time, she had a 13-year-old daughter who began to study Dafa with her. The whole family lived in harmony. Later, her mother started to study Dafa too.

    On January 6, 2001, the Guiyang County 610 Office detained Ms. Ouyang's husband, Li Jinbao, for 39 days and extorted fines of 3,000 yuan from their family using the excuse that Mr. Li had given a person with the last name of Xie some flyers about Falun Gong. On September 25, 2001, in collaboration with the Baoshan Public Security sub-bureau, the Guiyang 610 Office attempted to arrest Li Jinbao and send him to Chenzhou City for "transformation." To avoid persecution the couple was compelled to leave home and move from place to place. The Guiyang 610 Office and the Baoshan Public Security sub-bureau set up a special team to hunt for them.

    On October 25, 2002, the couple was illegally arrested in Bolin Town, Yongxing County. Police Chief Xiao Runzhong, Gao Liping of the county's National Security Department, Zeng Qianyang, Qiu Huaisong, and other Baoshan Public Security Sub-bureau officials interrogated them using torture in the Guiyang County Party School (a school set up by the CCP to prepare members for leading posts or to train cadres). The police forced Ouyang Youhua to stand and did not allow her to sleep for five consecutive days and two nights. They forced her husband to stand and did not permit him to sleep for three days and two nights. Despite their brutal coercion, the authorities did not get any information from the practitioners, yet they still imprisoned them at Guiyang Detention Center for more than seven months.

    On June 11, 2003, the county 610 Office fabricated that Li Jinbao and Ouyang Youhua had distributed 3,000 copies of Falun Gong truth-clarification materials to someone, and illegally sentenced the couple to a forced labor camp for three years. Li Jinbao was illegally imprisoned at Xinkaipu Forced Labor Camp in Changsha City. Ouyang Youhua was sentenced to Baimalong Forced Labor Camp, but due to exhibiting symptoms of serious hypertension, the labor camp refused to accept her. After bringing her back, the county 610 Office imprisoned her again at Guiyang Detention Center. One month later, Ouyang Youhua escaped from the detention center after an eight day hunger strike.

    Having been imprisoned illegally for nine consecutive months, she was emaciated and weak. After going home, she kept studying the Fa and practicing the exercises, and her health gradually recovered, but the Chinese authorities never relaxed their persecution of her. People from the county 610 Office and the fourth residents' committee at Guiyang County frequently broke into her home to threaten and harass her. They often stalked her. In mid September 2004, several members of the residents' committee broke into her home again to harass her. Just after they left, Ouyang Youhua fell to the ground. A family member took her to the hospital. The doctor said it was a stroke. With the help of several fellow practitioners, Ouyang Youhua recovered fairly well from the stroke in just two weeks. On June 8, 2005, she experienced stroke symptoms once again. The next day, Ouyang Youhua passed away.

    Xingtai City Television Station in Hebei Province Fabricates a Video about Mr. Xia Xingmin

    ( The Xingtai City Television Station fabricated and then broadcast a videotaped show about Mr. Xia Xingmin twice in order to defame Falun Dafa. In the show, Mr. Xia was not allowed to say a word. All of the statements made were fabricated. This article exposes the plot behind-the-scenes, and also how Mr. Xia was persecuted while in jail.

    Mr. Xia Xingmin, a Falun Dafa practitioner from Loudouzhai Village of Guangzong County in Xingtai City, Hebei Province, is a former a cadre from the Long March Automobile Manufacturer. On the evening of September 28, 2001, a special team from the Qiaoxi Sub-Bureau Police Department in Xingtai City took Mr. Xia to the Mining Bureau Boarding House. Without any legal procedure, they severely beat Mr. Xia for 45 days.

    1. Designing a Torture Device Specifically for Dafa Practitioners

    Wei Jikao, the Deputy Political Commissar, led more than 10 policemen to handcuff Mr. Xia's hands behind his back and shackle his feet. They pushed him down to the ground, and put a stool over his lower back. A strong police officer sat on the stool and shocked his lower and upper back with electric batons. Mr. Xia was tortured nearly to death. Then they brought out a special iron chair. Wei Jikao to his boss, "This is a torture device specially designed for Dafa practitioners." Mr. Xia was forced to sit on that chair without moving for three consecutive days. His legs became very swollen, and he could not urinate. They used a leather belt to whip his entire body.

    Wei Jikao then hit Mr. Xia's head with a two-foot long club until the club broke. They also beat practitioner Mr. Tao Qingen in the same way, even though Mr. Tao is over 60 years old. Then Wei hit their heads with his leather shoes until Mr. Tao Qingen lost consciousness and his skull fractured. Other policemen resented Wei Jikao's violent actions. Wei got scared, so he hastily got a doctor to rescue Mr. Tao. Practitioners Yang Guohui, Shan Jianmin, Fengximing, and Sun Ying were also severely beaten.

    2. Fabricating News

    After beating the practitioners so brutally, Wei wanted to deceive people and seek rewards from higher authorities, so he invited reporters from a television station to a banquet. Wei talked to Mr. Xia, as did reporters and an official from the government. They tried to force Mr. Xia to read from a script, but he firmly rejected their demands. He told them, "If you want me to speak, I will tell the truth. It is not wrong that we clarify the truth and expose the government's lies about Falun Dafa. This is not illegal. We've benefited from practicing Falun Dafa. I used to have a serious illness. It is Dafa that saved my life..."

    After they heard that, they started beating Mr. Xia mercilessly again. In the end, they had to read their own script.

    3. Mr. Xia Xingmin is Detained in Jail

    Mr. Xia is now detained in the 1st Brigade of the 5th prison area of the 4th Prison in Shijiazhang. One day in July 2003, his older and younger brothers, his wife and his daughter came to visit him. They all cried when they saw him in such a miserable condition. His daughter couldn't stop crying. Mr. Xia was touched and said to his daughter, "You cry but you can still see me today. I would have left the world a long time ago if I had not practiced Falun Dafa. That year I had terminal liver cirrhosis, and my heart beat intermittently. Your grandfather died of the same illness. The Chinese Communist Party persecutes Falun Dafa, but we are not wrong to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa..."

    A few days later, when the director had a conversation with Mr. Xia, he told the director about his family's visit. The director asked him, "Are you still practicing?" Mr. Xia asked him a question instead of answering, "What's wrong with Dafa practitioners who follow 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance?' In the later stage of my illness, when hospitals could not help me, it was Falun Dafa that saved my life. The government tries to force me to falsely accuse Dafa and to be ungrateful. Why is that? You really look like someone who is only ambitious about your personal power and never care about the lives of ordinary people " The director then asked, "Aren't you afraid of being sent to the torture room?"

    Mr. Xia spoke sternly, "Are you not ashamed of mentioning the torture room? Using a torture called "boiling the hawk," which is sleep deprivation for several consecutive days, constant beatings and mistreating people, should our government treat good citizens like this?"

    Before Mr. Xia practiced Falun Dafa, his illness was beyond cure. For five years after he started to practice, he did not take a single pill. For over 30 years, his older sister had many illnesses, including high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, chronic insomnia, and incontinence. When she came to Mr. Xia's home, he told her about Falun Dafa. That day his sister slept well without taking her sleeping pill. The very next day, she stopped taking medicine entirely. Six days after she listened to Teacher's lectures and watched the exercise videotape, her illnesses of 30 years disappeared without a trace.

    Wherever Mr. Xia goes, he always clarifies the truth about Falun Dafa to the people around him. Since July 20, 1999, when the persecution started, he has debated with policemen and cadres at every level of the government many times. He tells them, "The government's media are lying about Falun Dafa. We are not committing any crimes by clarifying the truth and exposing the lies." When the court issued the written judgment, they knew they were not doing the right thing. They said, "This is not our fault, it is something from above."

    Mr. Xia explained, "In order to exercise their despotic power, the authorities in the Central Party provoke people against people. The Central Party pressures the local governments, and higher authorities pressure the lower authorities. Those subordinates betray their morals and their conscience in order to keep their positions and get money or promotions. Eventually, the government and the Party will collapse and those who they have deceived will become their scapegoats."

    Ms. Deng Caijuan Receives Inhuman Treatment at Sanshui Women's Forced Labor Camp

    ( In July 1999, Jiang's regime began slandering and persecuting Falun Gong. Ms. Deng Caijuan went to Beijing to appeal on July 24, 1999. She was detained and later escorted back to Guangzhou City by members of the Foshan Police Department. Since then, police from the local police station have frequently harassed and threatened her either by phone or in person. Under such pressure, Ms. Deng's parents lived in constant fear. Between March 2000 and February 2001, Ms. Deng was detained at a detention center.

    Under pressure and persecution, Ms. Deng decided to go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong once more on December 17, 2001, but she was arrested en-route at Guangzhou Train Station. Because she refused to tell the police her name and address, she was put in a detention center where over thirty practitioners were detained. Some of them had been there for several months. A room of only a few square meters held about 10 people. Even though the weather was very cold, practitioners' blankets and winter clothes were confiscated. Most of the time, practitioners were given only small amounts of food and water. They suffered hunger and cold. Some of them had not had a shower for several months. Practitioners were not allowed to go outside or purchase daily necessities. Some practitioners held hunger strikes, and they were dragged away for force-feeding. After being detained for 52 days, Deng was identified by the Foshan Police Department. Four days later on February 13, Ms. Deng was sent to Sanshui Women's Forced Labor Camp. After Ms. Deng left the detention center, other practitioners were sent to a mental hospital and were severely tortured.

    Once at the Sanshui Women's Forced Labor Camp, the guards had two inmates monitor her day and night. They also had people to slander, scold and harass the practitioners there. They forced practitioners to write a guarantee statement. As time passed, the persecution became more severe. On November 19, 2002, Deng was transferred to Brigade 4, which normally detains inmates with criminal offenses. Deng refused to work or wear a uniform, so the guards had other inmates forcefully put the uniform on her and dragged her to the workshop. Some practitioners were dragged to workshops in handcuffs. Other practitioners who were on hunger strikes were dragged to the cafeteria. Sometimes the handcuffs cut into practitioners' flesh, exposing the bones. Some practitioners had blisters from the dragging.

    Between December 23, 2002 and January 16, 2003, Deng was locked in a 10 square meter room on the third floor. Four guards and two inmates employed all type of torture methods trying to coerce her to write guarantee statements. The two inmates were Zhang Ling and Wang Aili. For 16 days straight, she was deprived of sleep. Whenever she started to doze off, the inmates put menthol on her eyes and inside her mouth. To keep her from sleeping, they beat her with a club, pulled her hair and scolded her loudly. For several days, they did not let her use the toilet. Deng had no choice but to urinate in her pants. Wang Aili used tissue to wipe up the urine on the floor and then stuffed the tissue in Deng's mouth. She then dragged Deng by the legs across the floor to clean up the remaining urine. Guard Tian Shuling punched Deng and shocked her with electric batons. Another guard, Yi, forced her to squat for long periods of time. As soon as Deng sat down from tiredness, Yi would use an electric baton to shock her.

    On December 28, 2002, guard Yi cuffed Ms. Deng's hands behind her back and hung her from an iron window frame. Only her toes touched the floor, with her body bent over in a U shape. The pain was excruciating. Moreover, the inmates who were watching her intentionally swung her body back and forth to cause more pain.

    Another time, guard Yi directed two inmates to strip off Deng's clothes. They then pulled her hands in opposite directions. They pulled until they had no strength left.

    On January 1, 2003, guard Lu cuffed one of Deng's hands and hung her. Only her toes touched the floor. Hanging by one hand is much more painful than hanging by two hands. One hand bears the weight of the entire body. Her hands and feet felt like they were being cut by a knife. Even then, Lu still used the baton to shock her. Deng hung like this for over 10 hours. Both her hands and feet turned black and purple. It was extremely painful.

    Deng was tortured for 25 consecutive days. In the nine days from December 23 to December 31, she only slept for a total of 13 hours. From January 1 to January 16, she was not allowed to sleep at all. She was on the verge of a total collapse. She could only stand for a few minutes before falling to the floor. If she did not quickly stand up, the police and inmates would beat and kick her.

    One time, guard Yi directed two inmates to tape a pen onto Deng's hand. One inmate then held Deng's other hand and body while the other one held Deng's hand and wrote statements slandering Dafa. They also cuffed Deng's left hand, and tied her feet so they were hanging in the air. They then held Deng's right hand to write the so-called guarantee statements. The pain it caused was beyond words.

    One day when Deng was half conscious, the guards tricked her into signing her name on guarantee statements, "If you think we are lying to you, you can get it back later." Under such condition, Deng signed her name. In the days after that, she felt miserable. When the police asked her how was Falun Gong, she told them, "Falun Gong is really great. No matter what methods you use to torture and persecute me, I will not give up." When Deng asked to get those signed statements back, the guards refused.

    On January 16, 2003, Deng was transferred back to the brigade with the other Falun Gong practitioners. Two inmates monitored her. They asked Deng to write a summary at the end of August. Deng wrote in the summary that the statements that she had signed during her half conscious state were void. At the beginning of September, Deng was locked in a room every day. She was forced to write guarantee statements. She was also forced to watch videos that slandered Falun Dafa. She had to get up at 6:00 a.m. and was not allowed to sleep until midnight. On October 13, 2003, Foshan 610 Office officials took Deng to the Jiangwan Police Station. They tried to coerce her into writing the guarantee statements, but Deng refused. Deng's father and sister waited outside for her. Deng was finally let out after her family demanded her release.

    There are no words to completely describe the persecution Deng Caijuan suffered in the labor camp. After she returned home, officials from the local 610 Office continued to harass Deng and her family. As a result, she and her family were under great pressure.

    On April 8, 2003, police from the 610 Office again arrested Deng, charging her with giving money to other Falun Gong practitioners. Without any evidence, Deng was sent to a forced labor camp for three years. On May 10, 2004, she was sent to the Sanshui Forced Labor Camp.

    Between May 23 and June 9, 2004, Deng was locked in a room on the fourth floor of Brigade 3, and was watched by two inmates. Four guards took turns every day verbally attacking her and forcing her to watch slanderous videotapes. On June 8, she was locked in a cell in the men's ward with two female inmates. Four female guards, four male guards and their helpers continued the same routine from 6:30 in the morning until midnight. This kind of psychological torture lasted over 40 days. Later, Deng was transferred to the brigade that normally keeps drug addicts.

    In the twenty some days there, Deng worked daily. In August, Deng was locked in a room in the education building for over 20 days. The guards again took turns verbally attacking her. She was forced to get up at 6:00 a.m. For five days there, she was not allowed to sleep at all, and the rest of the time she was not allowed to sleep until 2:00 a.m. or 3:00 a.m. She was forced to watch 17 hours of slanderous videotapes every day. Deng never cooperated with them though. On September 24, she was transferred to Brigade 1 and had to work every day. Two inmates were assigned to watch her 24 hours a day.

    From March to April 2005, police from various departments had talks with Deng daily from afternoon until midnight. This was in fact another form of psychological abuse. During the last year, the police often used this type of method to torment her.

    Ms. Deng is still at the forced labor camp. Her parents are in their seventies. Every time the police search her home, the family members are horrified. Her mother has lost over 30 lbs. She said she frequently worries about her daughter, not knowing if she will live or die, and she has trouble sleeping at night. The entire situation that Falun Gong practitioners and their families are suffering cannot be expressed clearly in words.

    Five Practitioners Die as a Result of the Persecution in Hebei, Liaoning, Hubei and Shandong Provinces

    ( Mr. Liu Jianhua, 51, is a Dafa disciple from Qinglong County, Hebei Province. Prior to practicing Falun Dafa, Mr. Liu suffered from gastric pain and severe headaches. He tried many types of medical treatments and medicine but did not find any overall improvement. In 1996, through the practice of Falun Dafa, he was miraculously restored to good health. In 1999, on the afternoon of July 20, when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started the persecution of Falun Gong, local police in Badaohe Township illegally took Mr. Liu from his home to the township's detention center for interrogation. Mr. Liu Jianua's home was situated in Wangchang Village, which is a Falun Gong practice site. Mr. Liu was released at seven p.m. that very night because of his family's strong objection and complaints about his illegal arrest.

    That same night, officials from the 610 Office, accompanied by local law and political bureau members and local police once again arrested Mr. Liu and took him to Badaohe Township for further interrogation for the entire night. He was released on July 21 at around 9:00 a.m. Mr. Liu Jianhua was traumatized by these incidents. His bodily condition became worse day by day. However he continued to clarify the truth to others. Subsequently, he continued to received threats, and was subjected to manipulation, surveillance, and restriction of visitors. He eventually suffered from a relapse of his earlier medical problems and died on April 17, 2005.

    Ms. Wu Shuyun, 61, lived in the Sixth Division of Nanda Harbor, Changzhou City, Hebei Province. Prior to practicing Falun Gong in 1997, Wu was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After practicing Falun Gong, miraculously the cancer symptoms disappeared and she regained good health. After the persecution began on July 20, 1999, she even traveled to Beijing to clarify the truth and validate the Fa. However, due to the vicious and evil environment stemming from the persecution, she was unable to advance and make a breakthrough in her cultivation. She suffered a relapse and left the world in the year 2000.

    Ms. Jiang Ruozhen, aged sixty-one, was a resident of Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. She started the practice of Falun Gong in October 1996. All her past chronic illnesses miraculously disappeared. After the persecution began, owing to fear of persecution stemming from her connection with the practice of Falun Gong, her family members prevented her from continuing with the practice. Her family situation and environment quickly deteriorated. Often, she took a leisurely walk and went to a fellow a practitioner's home to continue the practice. As a result of losing her normal practice environment, she suffered a relapse (an advanced stage of breast cancer). Her family members rushed her to the hospital for treatment and she died on May 8, 2001.

    Ms. Ju ChuMin, 58, was a retired worker from Pufang Textile Company in Chibi City, Hubei Province. She started the practice of Falun Gong in 1996. After the persecution began, and because of continuing threats and interference from 610 Office officials and local police at the Jingquan Substation of Pufang Police Bureau, she was prevented from continuing to practice freely. Consequently, in the later half of the year 2004, she became seriously ill and died on August 17, 2005.

    Mr. Yu Xisheng, was from Yujia Village, Wudu Township, Changle County, Shandong Province. His wife Wang Yanxia started the practice of Falun Gong in early 1998. Mr. Yu started the practice of Falun Gong around July 20, 1999. Following the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, township officials Zhao Yanyun, Zhao Dehui, Lu Hongwu and others broke into his home on July 28 to intimidate, harass and threaten Yu Xisheng. They also took his wife Wang Yanxia to the township detention center. Yu Xisheng couldn't stand the mental intimidation and harassment. He died shortly after the incident and left behind a twelve-year child. The evil township officials in the police station took Wang Yanxia to the township detention center three times during the period between April 2000 and June 2001 to brainwash her. Each of these brainwashing sessions lasted four to five days. This created great difficulty and problems for the mother and her son in their daily lives. Their lives became miserable.

    Practitioners Exchange Insights and Experiences

    Make the Best Use of Time to Clarify the Truth to Chinese International Students

    ( Whenever high-ranking officials from China go abroad, the Chinese Embassy or consulate calls on the Chinese nationals studying in that country to become part of so-called "Welcome Groups." The people, often students, respond to promises of rewards, monetary or otherwise. Members of these "welcome groups" have different thoughts and feelings. Some may even have an "I don't care" attitude and take part simply to receive the few dollars in reward. They may misunderstand or even hate Falun Data because they were deceived by the CCP's propaganda. But if they welcome CCP leaders who have persecuted Dafa, then the seemingly easy "welcome activity" is the most shameful thing of their lives in the eyes of gods.

    Whenever high-ranking CCP officials visit a country, Dafa disciples always come out to clarify the truth as much as possible, peacefully appealing for an end to the persecution of Dafa and Dafa practitioners, and calling for the main perpetrators to be punished under the law. During these visits, Dafa practitioners have an opportunity to meet with the "welcome group" members, especially Chinese international students. Most of these students do not know the truth of Dafa. When they arrive in a foreign country to study, they are carefully watched and controlled by that country's Chinese embassy or consulate. They cannot think on their own or even live freely. Dafa disciples can clarify the truth to Chinese international students in advance by helping them to understand that being a part of the CCP's "welcome group" is shameful and not an honor in a free society. In this way, these students can rid themselves of the CCP's control, finally breathe the air of freedom and enjoy the delight and happiness of understanding the truth.

    Let's make the best use of the time remaining to help more overseas Chinese remove the stain of the CCP and dissolve their misfortune. Let's help more Chinese international students move away from the evil party and approach the light.

    Some Thoughts About New Practitioners

    ( In our area, some new practitioners who recently learned Falun Dafa subsequently gave up their practice. Some of them gave up because they did not see a big improvement in their illnesses, some gave up because they did not understand the Fa, and some even stated, "Falun Gong practitioners are reactionary because they oppose the Communist Party." Their actions and statements cast a negative light on Dafa and had a negative effect on saving sentient beings.

    When our veteran practitioners clarified the truth and saw others with illnesses, they persuaded them to practice Falun Gong so that they would regain their health, especially those with serious illnesses that no medication could cure. In order to ease their suffering, some came to Dafa for the sole purpose of curing their illnesses, while others admired healthy practitioners and came only for the general health benefits.

    It is through our practitioners' kindness that these new practitioners are able to obtain Dafa. Practitioners understand that being a human being able to cultivate is precious and that practicing Dafa is the ultimate guarantee for a long, healthy life.

    The problems brought on by these new practitioners made us think. We had group study and tried to understand all these issues from the standpoint of the Fa. We learned from each other by exchanging views.

    First, it is most important for new practitioners to study the Fa. Veteran practitioners should emphasize the importance of Fa study, and they should help the new practitioners to understand the Fa. Only through studying the Fa well will new practitioners evolve into true cultivators and not merely practice for the purpose of gaining fitness and good health.

    Second, Master clearly stated that extremely sick patients are not allowed to come to the classes. Master stated in "Falun Dafa-Lecture in Sydney:"

    "In the past, we have always forbidden the mentally ill and critically ill patients to enter the classes. That is to say, no matter how you ask such a critically ill patient to give up that attachment, he still will not be able to give it up. His life is almost over. Can he not think about his illness? He cannot fall asleep at night since all he thinks of is the illness. Thus, no matter how you ask him to give it up, he still cannot give it up. Sometimes, he says that he will give it up, but in his mind he still thinks about it very vigorously. Therefore, there is nothing we can do. Why can't we do anything? Because teaching the orthodox Fa to save people has its requirements, very strict requirements, otherwise we would be teaching an evil Fa."

    During the Fa-rectification, practitioners must do the three things well. For new practitioners, depending on their understanding of the Fa and their mindsets, you may suggest to them that they study the Fa at home. There is a process to understanding the Fa and cultivation, and veteran practitioners can find other times to communicate with new practitioners and help them.

    Also, it is my understanding that Master is not painstakingly pushing the next group of practitioners to obtain and practice Dafa at this time. It is because of the old universe's wishes that restrains the law. Negative factors coming from new practitioners will make it more difficult for our Fa-rectification. This is the end of the Fa-rectification period, the residual evil forces are weakening, and they realize that their days are numbered, but they still want to destroy Dafa practitioners. If the new practitioners do not understand the Fa fully, won't the evil forces make more tribulations for them?

    I think that for those who only want to obtain fitness and health through practice, let them sincerely recite in their hearts "Falun Dafa is good." If they can do that consistently, they will feel the supernatural wonder of Dafa. For those who truly want to cultivate for the wonders of Dafa, we should take the responsibility to help and guide them well.

    Master said, "We have stressed from time to time that we do not admit patients with serious illnesses." (Zhuan Falun) In order to accomplish our mission of helping Master in the Fa-rectification, let us work hard.

    My sharing is based upon my understanding of the Fa. Please kindly point out to me anything that is not appropriate.

    The Relationship Between Righteous Cultivation Practice and the Nine Commentaries

    ( Recently on the Internet, fellow practitioners have been discussing the principles behind distributing the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. In relation to this issue, I remember the following during Master's "Teaching the Fa at the 2004 International Fa Conference in New York":

    Disciple: "The Nine Commentaries on the Chinese *** Party" that has been carried by the newspaper run by Dafa disciples are great, but I worry that ordinary people who don't understand us will say that we're getting political.

    Teacher: That won't happen. Everyone knows that that political party is persecuting Falun Gong. All we're doing is telling people why that political party is persecuting Falun Gong and, meanwhile, telling them what that party hopes to achieve through its persecution, why the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is persecuting Falun Gong, and what fundamental differences there are between Falun Gong and the CCP. So we'll just talk about what that political party is and why it is opposed to Zhen, Shan, Ren. But as far as cultivation is concerned, one of our principles of personal cultivation and of clarifying the facts is that we don't get involved in those things. There is an important connection between the media's exposure of the CCP's persecution of Dafa disciples and saving all beings. The persecution of Falun Gong has been carried out in the name of that certain political party, one that has poisoned many people in the course of its persecution. In order to save those people it's important to help them see that party for what it is.

    The Minghui website has not reported on this because, from a perspective that's closer to Dafa cultivation, it is not a key issue. The media reports are another way of saving all beings.

    As far as who will govern China in the future, whoever wants to, let him. That has nothing to do with us. Whether he is good or bad, that's a human matter, and we are cultivators. If you didn't persecute us, then we wouldn't need to expose you. You have the gall to do those terrible things, so why don't you have the courage to face up to it?

    My personal understanding is that this is a clear guiding principle that practitioners should follow.

    Personally, I realize that the direct purpose of clarifying the truth about Dafa and the facts of the persecution is to save people, and so it is directly related to our own righteous Fa cultivation practice. On the other hand, the direct purpose of distributing the Nine Commentaries is to let people see clearly the wicked CCP so that they can rid themselves of the party culture. Strictly speaking, this is within the domain of everyday people. Exposing the evil nature of the CCP is purely to help people wake up while they are deceived and deeply lost. Thus, if we hold onto this principle, we should know that distributing the Nine Commentaries is one of the means or a supplement to the goal of clarifying the truth. This supplement is to help those who have been deeply poisoned by the evil party to wake up and see the truth.

    Of course, since Master published the short article, "Turning the Wheel Towards the Human World," I personally think that the cosmic atmosphere has changed and thus the requirement of Fa-rectification has to change too. Now that the Gods have decided to purge the evil CCP, the related party members are sure to be eliminated. So to save the sentient beings, there is the additional matter of having people withdraw from the evil party. The supplementary role of distributing the Nine Commentaries is now set. The Nine Commentaries has the ability to help people by aiding them in withdrawing from the CCP, therefore we need to encourage this. As for the principle set by Master, every practitioner may have a different understanding of its specific meaning. My personal idea is that we separate distributing the Nine Commentaries from clarifying Fa truth by doing the former as ordinary people. (This way is only for individuals but not for media publications.)

    So, I think that our distributing the Nine Commentaries is to save people by removing the evil obstacles in their thoughts. This certainly has nothing to do with politics. No matter how people look at this or how they may think of it, we continue to do what we should do, and we must not change due to ordinary peoples' notions.

    Again there is a principle in how to distribute the Nine Commentaries. The principle stays, no matter how we understand it. Beyond the different degrees of understanding Master's words, as we really follow the teaching, during this process we can realize the various levels of Fa principles and their inner meanings. To me, this is the process of sublimation or elevation.

    In fact, we understand that as the last chance for people to save themselves, the Nine Commentaries exists to prevent people from going down with the evil CCP. Meanwhile, it helps people eliminate the poison of the party culture in their thoughts as well as helping practitioners to do so too. But we might overlook the meaning beyond that. I enlightened to the idea that the appearance of the Nine Commentaries and our withdrawal from the CCP may have a more important meaning for us: it may be the last test to check if are really are "disciples during Fa-rectification," or namely, it is our last chance too.

    I think this is an arrangement of Fa-rectification, a test and the last chance given by Master to practitioners. To be able to unconditionally follow Master's words or not, that's the test of the fundamental heart of Dafa disciples, it's for us to get rid of human notions in our heart of hearts.

    After the first appearance of the Nine Commentaries, what has happened or touched our minds with respect to distributing it or our own withdrawing from the CCP? As a whole, what kind of thought transitions have we gone through? In Mainland China, so many practitioners accepted it only after a huge transition in thought. Even now, some still have not yet adapted to the shift.

    What does this mean?

    We all know that Dafa is good. We all know that we must get rid of our attachments. Through the ups and downs over these six years, we all know that we must validate Dafa in opposing the persecution. All of us, who have been persistent up to this point, know this and even are able to do it on the surface. But what is in our inner heart or our heart of hearts?

    Some practitioners still cannot step out of their basic human attachments. Some are unable to follow or have to struggle to follow even the most fundamental requisite of listening to Master's teachings and practicing cultivation unconditionally according to Master's requirements.

    During this process of thorough thinking and then accepting the Nine Commentaries, withdrawing from the CCP, and being willing to promote spreading it widely, this type of practitioner did not realize that he/she has passed the critical test of human-or-deity by really abandoning this fundamental attachment and wholly stepping forward.

    On the other hand, those practitioners who are still having doubts, finding excuses, or refusing to believe in doing it are humans, namely persons attached to a human heart. Why is this so? It is because in the Cosmos' righteous Fa principles, there are absolutely no disciples who would not listen to and follow Master's words. In other words, there is no "conditional" cultivation practice. Of course, the degree of fulfilling the requirements is another matter. But this is the basic requirement, that there must be no conditions for cultivation practice and that disciples must listen to their Master. Otherwise, how can we be entitled to be Dafa disciples during Fa-rectification?

    However, Master with His vast and mighty Buddha grace, as well as boundless benevolence, gives people in the world a last chance. He also gives us practitioners a chance to reflect upon our own minds so as to check if we can unconditionally do as required. In this process, there are various reactions. Some took immediate action, some first thought about it, and others are gradually reaching towards it through pains and fears. Most are removing the party culture, getting rid of fears, and then accepting and spreading the Nine Commentaries. This process is our last chance or our last step in eliminating our human heart so as to elevate via firming up our righteous belief.

    Unfortunately, not understanding that the appearance of the Nine Commentaries is not only for ordinary people but also for practitioners, there are some practitioners who do not realize or see the importance of this. If you choose not to participate, you may give up your boundless glory and honorable future.

    Particularly, those who have been doing a lot of Fa-clarification work should be clear-headed. Please don't be over-confident that you have participated in the Fa-rectification process up to now and so are guaranteed to reach Consummation. In this last step of personal choice between being a human or a god, be extremely careful not to be misled by that last trace of a human heart and thus harm yourself and the sentient beings belonging to you. Any disciple with reservations towards Dafa or Master is not recognized by the righteous Fa principle of the new cosmos or by the righteous gods. This is a fundamental issue. The criterion of the righteous Fa is absolutely strict and upright. Our assimilation to Dafa is critically important as is relates to the future of the new cosmos.

    Fa-rectification is still going on and before it is over, all sentient beings still have a chance to be saved. Particularly, those practitioners in China who have contributed so much before must not relax or be attached to a human heart or notion. Don't fail this last test, missing the last chance bestowed by our merciful Master!

    People Awaken to the Truth

    Spreading the Nine Commentaries in the Conference on "Preserving the Advanced Nature" Movement


    Spreading the Nine Commentaries in the Conference on "Preserving the Advanced Nature"

    Many mid to large-scale corporations are busy at political study sessions in the campaign of "Preserving the Advanced Nature" [a last-ditch effort to try to reinforce people's allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party]. Employees in one of the factories were asked to attend group study sessions. This upset the employees. The hired political instructor saw that people were either sleeping or napping, and felt that his work was pointless. He then said, "What is our country doing, who cares about 'preserving the advanced nature'? Let's talk about the persecution of Falun Gong. That's Jiang's wrongdoing. But now he doesn't know how to stop it. There's a book called the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and it's the truth. I have a copy. If I have it with me today I'll read it to you guys." Then the employees started paying attention to him.

    "Can you count me in?"

    A local practitioner went to the local District Political Committee secretary to clarify the truth about Falun Gong. The secretary was harsh, but the practitioner spoke to him with the intention of saving him, and kept sending forth righteous thoughts. He started talking about the principle that good and evil are rewarded in kind, about how he has benefited from practicing Falun Gong, and how he stopped receiving bribes from others. The secretary asked, "Did your Master teach you this?" The practitioner responded, "Yes, my body and mind have both benefited."

    The secretary, who had been extremely mean, now changed and sat quietly. Then he smiled and said, "Can you tell your Master to count me in?" The practitioner happily said, "Of course. He wants good people." The secretary said, "I think I am pretty kind." He later told the practitioners that the police planned to arrest a few practitioners. It has been six months, and the practitioners have not been arrested.

    Media Coverage

    Prior to Hu's Visit to Canada, Media Reports On the Persecution of Falun Gong (Photo)

    ( Prior to Hu Jintao's visit to Canada in September 2005, Canadian Falun Gong practitioners urged Prime Minister Martin to call on Hu to end the persecution of Falun Gong.

    Canadian media interviewing Falun Gong practitioners during their petition

    According to Reuters' report on September 6, 2005, a spokesman for the Falun Gong spiritual movement -- which Beijing banned in 1999 -- said it wanted Prime Minister Paul Martin "to publicly call on Hu Jintao to end the crimes against humanity against Falun Gong practitioners in China."

    An article entitled, "Remember Who He Is," published by the Globe and Mail said, "As long as China treats its own citizens in an arbitrary fashion, other countries will wonder about its international intentions." The article said, "Let's not forget the nature of Hu's regime."

    The article stated that China is still a police state. Since Hu took over leadership of the Communist Party, he has stepped up the harassment of dissidents. The article pointed out that China is an important trading partner. Dazzled by China's economic rise, the world today does not pay much attention to incidents like this, but it should.

    CFCN, a local TV station in Calgary, reported, "Falun Gong practitioners and supporters in Calgary held a live re-enactment Sunday, of torture methods they say are used in China against citizens who practice the 'art.'" The report said that China's president, Hu Jintao, is set to visit Canada in a few days, and protestors wanted to highlight human rights abuses before he arrives.

    A report from Canadian Press wrote, "Supporters of the Falun Gong spiritual movement presented a petition to Martin last week urging him to press Hu on rights in general and on the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in particular."

    Falun Gong practitioners said that Prime Minister Martin should discuss the torture that Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to when he meets Hu Jintao.

    CTV Reports on Falun Gong Anti-Torture Exhibition (Photo)

    ( On September 3, 2005, Falun Gong practitioners from Toronto, Montreal and Kingston held an anti-torture exhibit in front of Parliament Hill in Ottawa to expose the Chinese Communist regime's brutal persecution of Falun Gong and call upon Hu Jintao to end the persecution.

    CTV: Falun Gong practitioners conduct an anti-torture exhibit in front of Parliament Hill

    According to the CTV report on September 7, 2005, Falun Gong practitioners are demonstrating using mock-torture displays outside of Parliament Hill to protest persecution of the group in China. Falun Gong protesters would like Prime Minister Paul Martin to address human rights on Friday in his meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

    "We hope our Prime Minister can openly and publicly speak to the President of China to urge him to stop the persecution." said Lucy Zhou of the Falun Dafa Association of Canada (FDAC).

    The report said that Falun Gong was introduced in 1992 and is based on an ancient form of refining the body and mind through special exercises and meditation. The practice spread quickly throughout China and the world causing the Chinese government to attempt to suppress it.

    Protestors claim that the government has tortured and even killed practitioners who practice Falun Gong.

    The report stated that Chinese officials have gone so far as to program the search engine Google to shut down if the words "Falun Gong" are typed into the search box in China.

    Critics of the Chinese government hope that trade does not triumph over the human rights issues.

    Protestors plan to greet Hu when he arrives tomorrow and shadow him on visits to Vancouver and Toronto. Hu will be in Eastern Canada from September 8-11, attend a UN summit in New York, and then return to Western Canada for a two day trip on September 16.

    News from China

    Latest News from China - August 20, 2005


    1. [Luzhou City, Sichuan Province] Mr. Hu Jinbin from Naxi District Was Abducted
    2. [Panjin City, Liaoning Province] Zou Liming Is Holding a Hunger Strike in Panjin City Forced Labor Camp
    3. [Tianshui City, Gansu Province] Liu Xiaomin Arrested
    4. [Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region] Ms. Xi Hua Being Held in Yinchuan Women's Forced Labor Camp
    5. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Artist Wang Huimin Arrested and Taken to Sanshui City Brainwashing Class
    6. [Heilongjiang Province] Li Baochen Detained in Jixi City No. 2 Detention Center
    7. [Chongqing City] Zhao Kunbi Arrested and Sentenced to Jail for Three Years
    8. [Tianjin City] Several Dafa Practitioners in Hexi District Were Recently Secretly Arrested
    9. [Langfang City, Hebei Province] Arrest of Wang Yuqin, Retired Staff Member of Military Police College
    10. [Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province] Yu Bin Still Being Detained in Detention Center

    1. [Luzhou City, Sichuan Province] Mr. Hu Jinbin from Naxi District Was Abducted

    At 9:30 a.m. on July 19, 2005, Mr. Hu Jinbin got a phone call from his work unit (No. 7 Chemical Engineering & Construction Company) and was asked to go to the company to help take care of an emergency. Upon stepping out of his door, several police officers handcuffed him. Afterwards he was brought to his parents-in-law's residence and made to call at the door (they are all Dafa practitioners). After they opened the door for him, a gang of police swarmed in and separated the family members to keep watch over them. Then they ransacked the residence wantonly, and confiscated nine Dafa books, a tape of exercise music, 91 pieces of truth-clarification material, a laptop computer, a broadband server, an HP printer, a heat-calendar coating machine, an MP3 player, a radio, a cellular phone, and a palm pilot. Meantime, Hu Jinbin and his wife, Li Hong, were both taken away.

    On the afternoon of July 19, Ms. He Shifang was also arrested on her way back home, and the police forced their way into her residence to ransack it. On the same day, Mr. Jiang Jirong was abducted, and his two computers, three printers and other tools were stolen.

    On the morning of August 2, when Ms. Xiong Zhiying was returning home from grocery shopping, the police abducted her, and they took some Dafa materials and tools from her residence.

    On the morning of August 11, Mr. Li Shusheng, Hu Jinbin's father-in-law, got a phone call from his work unit (Torch Factory) and was asked to go to the factory to deal with some important issues. Upon arriving at the factory, the police abducted him.

    2. [Panjin City, Liaoning Province] Zou Liming Is Holding a Hunger Strike in Panjin City Forced Labor Camp

    At about 2 p.m. on August 16, 2005, when Mr. Zou Liming was taking a rest in the Petroleum & Chemical Community of the No. 3 Plant, Liu Dahan and others from Panjin City Forced Labor Camp abducted him and took him to the labor camp. Currently he is holding a hunger strike.

    In 2003, he was detained in Panjin City Forced Labor Camp and released for medical treatment after his health deteriorated there.

    3. [Tianshui City, Gansu Province] Liu Xiaomin Arrested

    Ms. Liu Xiaomin, a retired staff member from the Tianshui City Real Estate Company, suffered from polio, paralysis of the upper limbs, and walking difficulty since childhood. Medical treatments in every way proved to be useless. Since cultivating Falun Dafa, she can walk nimbly, and is able to do some work on her own.

    She went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa and was sent back and illegally detained. Moreover, she was sentenced to a forced labor camp for one year. After returning home from the labor camp, she has been harassed by relevant personnel. On June 27, 2005, many staff members from the Tianshui City Police Department visited Liu Xiaomin's residence. They abducted her and took her to the Political Security Section and confiscated her computer, printer, CD burner, and some issues of Clearwisdom Weekly.

    The Chief of Political Security Section, Qinzhou District Police Department, and Pei Guilin: 86-938-8281913

    4. [Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region] Ms. Xi Hua Being Held in Yinchuan Women's Forced Labor Camp

    In May 2005, when Ms. Xi Hua was distributing Dafa truth material, she was tracked and abducted by police from the Xixia District Police Department of Yinchuan City. Afterwards, she was sentenced to a forced labor camp for one and a half years, and is now being detained in the Yinchuan City Women's Forced Labor Camp. She once was sentenced to jail for three years.

    Responsible units and people:
    Phone number of the Yinchuan City Women's Forced Labor Camp: 86-951-4074562
    Labor camp director: Tang Ning, 86-951-4086189 (Office), 86-951-8671689 (personal access phone)
    Guard section: Zhao Xuehua, 86-951-4074562-105
    Brigade of State Security: 86-951-3065841, 86-951-3065847
    Director of Brigade: Cui Shenghui, 86-13995178961 (Cell)

    5. [Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province] Artist Wang Huimin Arrested and Taken to Sanshui City Brainwashing Class

    On August 16, 2005, Ms. Wang Huiming, fine arts editor of Huacheng Publishing House in Guangzhou City was arrested and taken to the Sanshui City Brainwashing Class by plain clothes officers. Her family members were not allowed to see her.

    When she had previously gone to Beijing to clarify the facts about Dafa, she was detained illegally in No. 13 Division of the Changping County Police Department of Beijing and the Dongshan Detention Center in Guangzhou City. Later she was detained in Chatou Forced Labor Camp and the Dongshan District Legal System School (brainwashing class), and subjected to torture from November 2001 to April 2003. She held a hunger strike and was released in April 2003 when she became critically ill.

    Address of Huacheng Publishing House:
    No. 11 Huanshi East Shuiyin Road, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, zip code: 510075
    Switchboard: 86-20-37606288
    Branch secretary of CCP, Liu, 86-20-37606288 -488
    Director: Xiao, 86-20-3760628-516
    Director of Guangdong Province 610 Office, Li Qiongyang, 86-13902237307 (Cell), 86-20-38866148 (Home)
    Chief of Sanshui Legal System School (brainwashing class), Wang Jiadong, 86-757-7317717
    Guangzhou City 610 Office, 86-20-83116688 or 86-20-83193123, 86-20-83377877
    Section Chief of Guangzhou City 610 Office, Zhang Qingsheng, 86-20-61382058
    Tianhe District Police Department of Guangzhou City: 86-20-82321185

    6. [Heilongjiang Province] Li Baochen Detained in Jixi City No. 2 Detention Center

    Yu Dexin, Wu Yunfu, and other police officers from the State Security Brigade of the Didao District Police Department in Jixi City arrested Mr. Li Baochen from home at about 9:00 p.m. on July 20, 2005. He is currently being detained in Jixi City No. 2 Detention Center.

    7. [Chongqing City] Zhao Kunbi Arrested and Sentenced to Jail for Three Years

    Ms. Zhao Kunbi is in her 50s, works at the Chongqing City Ship Industrial Corporation, and lives in the Jiangbei District Tangjiatuo Dongfengsan Community. When she was posting Dafa truth materials on Jianguo Road on April 7, 2005, police officers patrolling the area arrested her. Currently she is being detained in Maojiashan Women's Prison in Jiangbei District, Chongqing City. It is reported that she was sentenced to jail for three years. Her family members not allowed to see her.

    Director of No. 4 Brigade (dedicated to the persecution of Falun Gong) of Maojiashan Women's Prison, Deng Lina, 86-32-67851870

    Squadron director under No. 4 Brigade, Hu Xiaoyan
    Squad director under No. 4 Brigade, Chen Yanyan, 86-32-67851870
    Director of Maojiashan Women's Prison, 86-32-67720401
    Political Commissar (dedicated to the persecution of Falun Gong) of Labor Camp Bureau,
    Tu Deyu, 86-32-67528850

    8. [Tianjin City] Several Dafa Practitioners in Hexi District Were Recently Secretly Arrested

    On the morning of August 10, 2005, Ms. Guo Defen, who is in her 70s and lives in Hexi District Xiloubeili No. 6 Building, suddenly went missing and her whereabouts are unknown.

    At the beginning of May, Ms. He Jintao, who is in her 50s, and lives at No. 19 Longchang Road, Hexi District, was arrested by police.

    At the end of May, Ms. Hu Huiyang, who lives in Xiawafangnanhuali, Hexi District, was also missing suddenly, and her whereabouts are unknown.

    9. [Langfang City, Hebei Province] Arrest of Wang Yuqin, Retired Staff Member of Military Police College

    On the morning of August 16, 2005, Wang Yuqin, a retired staff member from Military Police College, as well as Tian from Yongqing County, Langfang City, were arrested when distributing Dafa truth material in Xixiao Community.

    10. [Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province] Yu Bin Still Being Detained in Detention Center

    Mr. Yu Bin from Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province was arrested by police on February 28, 2005, and has been detained in a detention center in Xinpu County since then.

    108 People Declare that their Words and Deeds Under Forced Brainwashing are Null and Void
    A Total of 287076 Declarations Have Been Published To Date

    ( A "solemn declaration" is a person's public statement declaring to the world that whatever he or she has done or said under duress or deception that was against Falun Dafa is null and void. Most of these statements have come from Falun Dafa practitioners in China who wished to express regret that, in the face of physical torture and brainwashing, they had signed documents renouncing Dafa and guaranteeing not to practice again. Also, as more and more people in China learn the truth about how they have been deceived and lied to by the Jiang regime, many non-practitioners are also submitting "solemn declarations."

    Here are some examples of the Solemn Declarations:

    Please click here for more Solemn Declarations.

    Summary of Other Articles and News - September 2, 2005


    Facts of the Persecution

    Persecution of Falun Dafa Practitioners at the Pingantai Forced Labor Camp in Lanzhou City in 2001

    On February 6, 2001, the guards at Division 5 of the Pingantai Forced Labor Camp in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province played slanderous videos. Dafa practitioners Wang Maolin, Shen Shiyong, Li Wenming and Chai Qiang shouted, "Falun Dafa is good!" The guards beat and kicked them, and shocked them with electric batons. In April, the guards at Division 5 tortured Dafa practitioners Li Wenming, Shen Shiyong, Niu Wanjiang, Lu Baoliang, Zhang Luchan and others.

    The guards beat practitioner Song Yanzhao until they broke his ribs and his kidneys ruptured. He died from torture in May.

    Practitioners Li Wenming, Zhang Luchan, Qian Shiguang, Shen Shiyong and Zhang Feng refused to cooperate with the guards and were held in solitary confinement for between 20 and 39 days. Warden Ma Youshan beat practitioner Qian Shiguang many times.


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