Fourth Family Member Gains Early Release During the Global “Rescue Our Family Members” Campaign
TORONTO, November 7, 2002 (Falun Dafa Information Center) — Mr. Bo Qiu, a 27-year-old photographer whose sister and mother live in Toronto, Canada was released by Chinese authorities on October 23rd, one year ahead of his scheduled term. Mr. Qiu is the fourth Falun Gong practitioner to be released under pressure from the global “Rescue Our Family Members” campaign.
Mr. Qiu was arrested in October 2000 when he and his father, Zhaojin Qiu, went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. He was sentenced to 3 years in a forced labour camp and was jailed with his father in Liuchangshan Labor Camp in Jinan City, Shandong Province.
On October 23, 2002, he was released because of international pressure. On September 28th, his father, Zhaojin Qiu, was released for medical reasons (news). Now the father and son are both home in Jinan City.
The “Rescue Our Family Members” persecuted in China campaign (news/website) started in Canada in July 2002. Within two and a half months two Falun Gong practitioners with Canadian family members were released (news).
In September 2002, the global “Rescue Our Family Members” action committee was established.
On October 10, New York architect and Falun Gong practitioner, Yibing Shi, received confirmation that his mother had been released from a Chinese forced labour camp (news), making her the third family member to be released since the campaign started in July.
Global Campaign Intensified During Jiang’s Visit to US
In October during Jiang’s visit to America, four SOS rescue teams started a tour from Toronto, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington. They called for help from people in all major cities along the route. They joined each other along with thousands of supporters in Texas when Jiang arrived to meet President Bush (news).
Canadian Government Steps Forward
On October 24th, the Canadian parliament unanimously passed motion M-236 requesting the Canadian Prime Minister to use the opportunity of the APEC Economic Leaders’ meeting in Mexico to talk with PRC head Jiang Zemin and call for the release of 13 imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners with Canadian family ties. The motion was submitted by MP Mr. Scott Reid. Mr. Reids’ staff member describes this result as “a great achievement for a Private Members motion, which rarely receive all party support in the House…”
One of the coordinators of the rescue committee in Canada, Ms. Carolyn Jin said, “Overseas pressure is crucial for improving Falun Gong practitioners’ situation in China. While we express our gratitude to the Canadian government, we continue to elevate awareness of Falun Gong practitioners’ situation in China amongst all kind-hearted people in the world. We hope all governments step forward to help stop this persecution and urge Jiang’s regime to release our family members and millions of other innocent Falun Gong practitioners from torture in China. There are so many without family ties overseas who are suffering brutal persecution.”