Febuary 2 2006, Falun Gong News Bulletin
Monitoring the Falun Gong Human Rights Crisis in China
- GOOGLE COMPLICIT IN CHINESE COMMUNIST REGIME’S CAMPAIGN OF TORTURE AND KILLING?
- COURT RULES FALUN GONG A ‘CREED’ AND PROTECTED UNDER HUMAN RIGHTS CODE
- FALUN GONG PERSECUTION CASE GOES TO ARGENTINA SUPREME COURT
- AMIDST CONTROVERSY, SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS CONDEMN PERSECUTION OF FALUN GONG
GOOGLE COMPLICIT IN CHINESE COMMUNIST REGIME’S CAMPAIGN OF TORTURE AND KILLING?
NEW YORK (FDI) – The Falun Dafa Information Center (FDI) joins human rights organizations and U.S. lawmakers in condemning Google’s recent decision to censor its Chinese search engine content according to Chinese Communist regime specifications. “We are very concerned about Google’s recent decision,” said FDI spokesperson Levi Browde. “Search results for ‘Falun Gong’ on google.cn yield results containing pure hatred and lies strategically put forth by the Chinese Communist regime to convince Chinese people that its ruthless persecution of Falun Gong is justified. In this regard, Google is helping the Chinese Communist regime to mobilize Chinese people in the regime’s campaign of systematic torture and killing of the peaceful Falun Gong,” Browde continued.
COURT RULES FALUN GONG A ‘CREED’ AND PROTECTED UNDER HUMAN RIGHTS CODE
OTTAWA (Ottawa Citizen) – The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that the Ottawa Chinese Senior Association discriminated against one of its members when it cancelled her membership because she is a Falun Gong follower. The tribunal found the association repeatedly confronted Daiming Huang, 73, publicly revoked her membership, organized petitions against her and made derogatory comments about her beliefs. The tribunal heard expert testimony about popular religions in China, and determined that Falun Gong constitutes a creed, and is therefore protected under Ontario’s Human Rights Code. The tribunal ordered the association to pay Ms. Huang $10,000 for loss of dignity and $8,000 for mental anguish. It was also ordered to reinstate the complainant’s membership and allow other Falun Gong followers to join, and to add anti-discriminatory policies to its constitution.
FALUN GONG PERSECUTION CASE GOES TO ARGENTINA SUPREME COURT
BUENOS AIRES (FDI) – According to a Jan. 25, 2006 memo from the Falun Dafa Association of Argentina, a lawsuit against Luo Gan, a member of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, will be heard by Argentina’s Supreme Court. Luo is being sued for crimes against humanity committed in his role as the vice director of the 610 Office, a secret government entity which has carried out and overseen the persecution on Falun Gong since June, 1999. Many have likened the 610 Office to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo. Luo’s persecutory tactics emerged in Argentina one month ago when nine Argentine practitioners of Falun Gong were assaulted and beaten by more than 40 Chinese communist supporters of Luo Gan in front of the Argentine Congressional building. The assault took place one day after the lawsuit against Luo Gan was filed and when Luo was visiting with Argentina’s vice president.
AMIDST CONTROVERSY, SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISORS CONDEMN PERSECUTION OF FALUN GONG
SAN FRANCISCO (FDI) – In spite of advertisements in a local newspaper defaming Falun Gong, and overcoming reported pressure from leaders in the Chinese community with ties to the Chinese consulate, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the persecution of Falun Gong Tuesday. The resolution, which was passed by a vote of 9-2, was initiated by Supervisor Chris Daly, who had initiated a similar resolution in 2001. At that time the resolution was rejected after the city’s Chinese Chamber of Commerce leader Rose Pak lobbied strongly against it. Concurrently in San Francisco, much controversy has been raised over the attempts of Chinese regime-backed organizations to bar Falun Gong practitioners from participating in the city’s Chinese New Year parade.