July 28, 2006 Falun Gong Bulletin
Monitoring the Falun Gong Human Rights Crisis in China
- LEGAL COMPLAINT IN BOSTON ACCUSES CHINESE DOCTORS OF OVERSEEING ORGAN HARVESTING
- FALUN GONG WINS MOTION IN HISTORIC TORTURE LAWSUIT
- SINGAPORE ARRESTS FALUN GONG ADHERENTS
“I am deeply troubled by the illegal harvesting of organs inside China, which is inflicted upon a large number of Falun Gong practitioners throughout the country”
– Congresswoman Ilean Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, speaking at a July 20 rally marking the seven-year mark of the persecution of Falun Gong
LEGAL COMPLAINT IN BOSTON ACCUSES CHINESE DOCTORS OF OVERSEEING ORGAN HARVESTING
A legal complaint filed in Boston charges directors of organ transplant centers in China with overseeing forced removal of body parts such as hearts, livers, and kidneys from living bodies of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners. Two Chinese doctors, Chen Zhonghua and Zhu Tongyu, were named in the complaint filed on Tuesday while they were attending the World Transplant Congress annual conference in Boston’s Prudential Center. A third doctor, Shen Zhongyang, was added on Wednesday morning.
Human rights attorney Dr. Terri Marsh filed the complaint, which drew evidence from an investigative report recently issued in Canada. (report) Included in the report are transcripts of phone conversations in which investigators pretending to be organ shoppers converse with doctors in China. In these transcripts, doctors from the three surgeons’ departments openly acknowledge that they have a supply of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. In filing the complaint, Dr. Marsh has held that U.S. courts have jurisdiction in this case under Title 18, which allows for the prosecution of perpetrators of torture who are present in the United States, regardless of their country of origin. Dr. Marsh maintains that systematic forced organ removal from living Falun Gong adherents is a form of torture.
FALUN GONG WINS MOTION IN HISTORIC TORTURE LAWSUIT
Canadian Falun Gong practitioners won an important court motion on Monday which clears the way for judgment on the merits of an historic $20 million civil lawsuit against the former head of China, Jiang Zemin, and four other officials for torture…The Ontario case asserts that the five defendants orchestrated the systematic and brutal persecution of the six Canadian plaintiffs and hundreds of thousands of other Falun Gong practitioners in China. One of the plaintiffs, Professor Kunlun Zhang, was a Canadian citizen at the time of his detention and torture in China… The plaintiffs will now seek a final judgment, likely in a default proceeding – meaning that the defendants will not defend the action. This case is one of 54 civil and criminal legal proceedings in 33 countries, against Jiang and other officials. Falun Gong practitioners have won several default judgments around the world.
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SINGAPORE ARRESTS FALUN GONG ADHERENTS
The Epoch Times—The former head of China’s secretive 6-10 Office arrived in Singapore on July 2 for a six-day visit. In the week following his visit Falun Gong adherents in that tiny country suddenly ran afoul of the law. Some say Singapore staged their arrests to curry favor with the Chinese Communist regime… Li Lanqing is the former head of the 6-10 Office, the office that, according to Human Rights Watch, has directed the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Li is also a former vice-premier of China and a former member of the central committee of China’s politburo… On July 10, nine Falun Gong received a summons to appear in court on July 14 on a charge of “public assembly without a permit.” … On July 12, Ms. Huang Caihua was arrested outside the Chinese Embassy on the charge of “deliberately causing a disturbance.” She was practicing the Falun Gong exercises, while behind her stood a banner that mentioned Li Lanqing… According to sources in Singapore, Ms. Huang has for the past year practiced the Falun Gong exercises on a daily basis outside the Chinese Embassy. On July 12, ten plain clothes policemen approached her as soon as she began her exercises and escorted her to a waiting police van.
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