Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Killing and Torture Continues

ACTIVISTS CONTINUE TO MOBILIZE TO END ORGAN HARVEST HORRORSPractitioners of the Falun Gong, human rights activists, and members of government continue to raise concerns and press China for answers over the Kilgour-Matas report, despite blanket denials and blocked attempts at investigation by China's communist regime. In recent weeks the organ harvesting crimes have been the subject of informational booths at California State Fullerton; film screenings in France; a march to Prague in the Czech Republic; and a speech at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on Martin Luther King Day. Meanwhile, in Malaysia over 10,000 signatures have been collected and presented to the government calling for measures to end the organ crimes in China.

REPORTS OF TORTURE, ABUSE IN CUSTODY POUR IN AS NEW YEAR BEGINSThe Information Center has received reports of 75 new cases of torture and abuse in custody, unlawful arrests and imprisonment, and other rights abuses in China specific to Falun Gong believers since the start of the new year. A typical case is that of Mr. Wu Yinchang, a 41-year-old pharmacist formerly employed at Xiyuan Hospital of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing. Wu's life is believed to be at risk following prolonged torture, starvation, sleep deprivation, and other abuses while held in custody at the Qianjin Prison, ninth division, in Beijing. He is serving a 7-year sentence for the “crime” of having mailed informational material about Falun Gong via the postal system. Sources in China report seeing Wu's body covered with blisters and bruises following prolonged beatings. He has reportedly been locked in a small, dark cell restricting movement for up to months on end, and is routinely denied sleep in an attempt to break Wu's will and force a “renunciation” of Falun Gong. Family indicate that he has trouble walking now. The Information Center is calling for Wu's immediate and unconditional release and access to necessary medical attention.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE FALUN DAFA INFORMATION CENTER- Contacts: Gail Rachlin 917-757-9780, Levi Browde 646-415-0998, Erping Zhang 646-533-6147, or Christina Chai 917-386-5068. Email: contact@faluninfo.net, Website: http://www.faluninfo.net/

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