Communist Party Secretary Served With Class-Action Suit in Boston
Former Governor of Anhui Province Charged for Torture and Genocide
BOSTON (FDI) – As part of a growing trend to bring China’s human rights violators to justice, former governor of Anhui Province, Wang Taihua, was served early this Monday morning with a class-action lawsuit while visiting the United States.
While staying at Boston’s Seaport Hotel, Wang was served with a summons for a complaint charging him with torture, genocide, kidnapping, and persecution of religious and spiritual beliefs.
As governor and supervisor of the Female Re-education Camp (forced-labor facility) and mental hospitals located in Anhui, Wang has played a major role in the suppression of the Falun Gong spiritual practice through systematic torture and violence.
Wang is just one of several Chinese officials recently charged in the United States under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act for violating international treaties governing human rights.
At a recent vigil in Boston, Dr. Wei Pengfei of MIT explains the appeals further: “By saying ‘Bring Jiang, Luo, Zhou and Jing to Justice,’ Falun Gong practitioners have made it clear: We love our motherland…the activities we have are against the criminals, not against any nation or government.”
Bo Xilai, the Minister of Commerce and former governor of Liaoning Province, was also served last month in Washington, D.C., for similar charges.
Two years ago, charges of genocide, torture, and crimes against humanity were brought against former leader of China Jiang Zemin during his visit to Chicago. Oral arguments for that case were made before 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. (news)