September 22, 2010: Falun Gong News Bulletin
Monitoring the Falun Gong Human Rights Crisis in China
News on Events Inside China:
- FDIC: Urgent Appeal: After Suffering Years of Torture, “Upstanding” Man on the Verge of Death in Chinese Prison Camp
- FDIC: Falun Gong Practitioner Dies in Custody Eight Days after Abduction
- FDIC: Hunan Police Beat Local Businessman to Death within Days of Detention
- FDIC: Sent to Prison Camp for Ten Years, Falun Gong Practitioner Dies from Torture
- Human Rights in China: Lawyer Barred from Representing Client by “6-10” Agents
- Wall Street Journal blog: Falun Gong among topics barred from citizen questions to Party leaders
News on Events Outside China:
- FDIC: President Obama: Call upon Chinese Premier to Free all Falun Gong Prisoners of Conscience
- The Epoch Times: Photo Gallery: Falun Gong in Manhattan
Sept. 21: A 55-year-old man is near death after suffering years of torture at the hands of Chinese police, according to multiple reports from China.
A resident of Wuhan, Mr. Liu Yunchao (???) is being held at the Fanjiatai Prison in Shayang, Hubei Province. In July 2009, Liu was “sentenced” in a sham trial to three years in prison for practicing Falun Gong. After over a year of torture, twice in August 2010 — on August 8 and August 30 — Liu’s family was notified that he was near death. Each time, they rushed to the prison to secure his access to a hospital and medical treatment. On both occasions, Liu was not allowed to go to the hospital.
According to family members, Liu was emaciated and unconscious.
To read more: /article/1080/?cid=84
Aug. 27: A middle-aged woman from Hebei province died in mid-August in police custody eight days after being abducted from her home for practicing Falun Gong, the Falun Dafa Information Center recently learned.
Ms. Yan Pingjun (???), a seamstress in her forties, died around August 10, 2010. She had been abducted from her home on August 2. Yan is one of many recent cases emerging from China of Falun Gong practitioners dying in custody within hours or days of being detained. Fifteen percent of the documented cases of Falun Gong deaths in 2009 involved practitioners who had died within two months of their latest detention.
To read more: /article/1073/?cid=84
Sept. 7: Chinese security agents in Hunan province beat a local businessman to death in late August within six days of taking him into custody for practicing Falun Gong, the Falun Dafa Information Center learned recently.
On August 19, 2010, agents of the Domestic Security Division in Hunan province’s Shaodong county detained 57-year-old Mr. Zeng Huaguo (???), a local appliance salesman. Within six days of Zeng’s detention—on August 25—he was dead, apparently beaten to death. Zeng’s son was able to view his body and saw a large cut on his back that had been sutured with 13 stitches.
To read more: /article/1074/?cid=84
Sept. 13: A father of one in his mid-50’s died in early August 2010, while serving a ten year “sentence” in a prison camp in northeast China, the Falun Dafa Information Center recently learned. According to sources inside China, Lu Manku (???) died from torture-related injuries while in custody at the Nanguanling Prison in Dalian City, Liaoning Province. Lu had been taken into custody in early 2008 while he was making leaflets exposing the human rights abuses suffered by Falun Gong practitioners in China. On May 26, 2008, Lu was “sentenced” in a sham trial to ten years in prison.
Lu’s case was one of 863 that the Information Center publicized in December 2009 (news)—Lu was case no. 45 and one of 63 Falun Gong practitioners “sentenced” in late 2008, early 2009 to at least ten years in prison (list). His death highlights the danger facing the hundreds of thousands of other imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners in China.
To read more: /article/1078/?cid=84
Sept. 10: “Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned from Beijing lawyer Wang Yajun (???) that he was barred by agents of the so-called ‘6-10 Office’ in Siping, Jilin Province, from representing a Falun Gong practitioner. Wang’s client, Du Lihua (???), … was tried on September 10 without a lawyer in his defense.
Wang said that on September 9, when he arrived in the Yitong Man Autonomous County Court, he was told by three men that, due to the ‘special circumstances in Jilin,’ there are clear rules stipulating that ‘lawyers from outside may not represent this kind of case, meet with the accused, enter the court room to defend the client, or make photocopies of court documents.’ Wang said that the men, including a Secretary Cui of the Party Committee of Political and Legal Affairs, who identified themselves as from the county 6-10 office, told him that if he ‘dared go into the court, they would use forcible measures.’ Wang said that when he demanded to see the rules to which the men referred, the men told him that the documents were secret, and refused to give him even the document numbers.
Sept. 14: “A new online message board hosted on the website of the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece newspaper People’s Daily is offering anyone the ability to post messages for China’s top leaders. Called ‘Direct Line to Zhongnanhai’—a reference to the closely-guarded compound in Beijing that houses party chief Hu Jintao and other Middle Kingdom bigwigs—the message board at last makes it possible for regular Chinese to engage in open and honest debate with the men at the controls. Or maybe not.
As advocacy group Human Rights in China (HRIC) points out in a response to the launch of the message board, an instruction manual posted in the board’s help section lists 26 different categories of banned content. …No. 6, for example, bans any message that “advocates heretical organizations or feudal superstitions”—a reference to groups like Falun Gong…”
Sept 21: As Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits the United Nations in New York, the Falun Dafa Information Center urges President Obama to call upon Wen to free all Falun Gong prisoners of conscience, and end the systematic campaign of vilification, arbitrary detention and torture against them.
The healthy development of the Chinese nation as well as sound relationships with its partners in the international community depend on it.
Full statement, see: /article/1081/?cid=84
Sept 5: Falun Dafa practitioners descended in the thousands upon Manhattan, New York, taking a colorful parade through Chinatown and demonstrating the Falun Gong practice in a large-scale exercise demonstration at Times Square. The Sept. 4 events took place a day before the group’s annual Falun Dafa experience-sharing conference in New York, which is expected to host around 7,000 participants. Containing a set of five exercises, Falun Gong is a holistic mind-body meditation practice based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
To view photos, see: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/42151/