Vancouver, Canada - Ten years after the Tinanmen massacre, on July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin began his suppression of Falun Gong. By the end of 2002, inside information from government sources in Mainland China confirmed the cover-up of over 7,000 deaths in detention centers, forced labor camps, prisons and mental hospitals, with an average of seven people being killed every day.
During the Central Committee’s working conference, in which the suppression of Falun Gong was ordered, Jiang Zemin claimed, “I just don’t believe that the CCP can’t beat Falun Gong.” In planning the strategy of the suppression, three policies were put in place: “to ruin Falun Gong practitioners' reputations, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically.”
Falun Gong is the #1 human rights violation in China today. China has not seen an attack on its people of such force since the Cultural Revolution, where every social, legal, and government apparatus is forced and manipulated to eliminate a targeted group from society. In March 2006 the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture reported that 66% of the victims of alleged torture and ill-treatment in China were Falun Gong practitioners. The report states: "The cruelty and brutality of these alleged acts of torture defy description."
In December 2009, Argentine federal judge Octavio de Lamadrid ordered the indictment and international arrests of former Chinese communist leader Jiang Zemin and his right hand man Luo Gan, on charges of genocide and torture against Falun Gong practitioners in China.
Falun Gong practitioners are persecuted to force them to give up their belief in “Truth, Compassion and Tolerance.” The cruel tortures often last for several days, several months or even several years. The persecution has been well documented by human rights organizations around the world, such as the UN, Amnesty International and others.
Falun Gong practitioners who suffered all kinds of tortures and escaped from the jaw of death have recorded more than 100 cruel torture methods. The following are only several examples.
Cruel beating is the most commonly used torture method to abuse Falun Gong practitioners. The police and head prisoners directly beat practitioners and also instigate other prisoners to beat practitioners. Many practitioners have become deaf from these beatings, their outer ear tissues have been broken off, their eyeballs crushed, their teeth broken, and their skull, spine, ribcage, collarbone, pelvis, arms and legs have been broken; arms and legs have been amputated due to the beatings. If the practitioners did not give in, torturers would continue the beating until the practitioners’ skin was torn and the flesh gaped open. Practitioners' bodies have become completely deformed from torture and covered in blood, yet the guards have still poured salt water on them and continued to shock them with electric batons. The smell of blood and of flesh burning mix together and the screams of agony are miserable. Meanwhile, the torturers also use plastic bags to cover practitioners’ heads in an attempt to make them yield out of fear of suffocation. The police have raped and gang raped women practitioners. In addition, police have stripped off female practitioners’ clothes and thrown them into prison cells filled with male prisoners who rape them too.
In 2006, an investigation lead by 2 prominent Canadians concluded that Falun Gong practitioners are the target of illicit organ harvesting for profit in China and that at least 41,500 practitioners lost their lives as unwilling donors. According to experts, this macabre practice is still going rampant across the country and is escalating.
In the six months leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 8,037 practitioners were arrested. Some were killed within days or weeks of arrest, while hundreds of others were subsequently sentenced arbitrarily to labor camps or prisons.
In Vancouver alone, 22 practitioners have been persecuted first hand in China and a few others still have family members who have either disappeared or are in jail for their belief.
Besides violent assaults and even death threats, in the past 12 years numerous Canadian practitioners have suffered severe mental torment, such as blacklisting, surveillance, threatening of personal safety, and threatening the safety of relatives living in China. Reports filed at local police stations across the country show barrages of harassing phone calls and email attacks originating from China to homes of practitioners in Canada. Falun Gong practitioners have also been deprived of their legal rights and benefits, such as refusal or delay in issuing visas or renewing passports, and loss of membership in certain overseas Chinese organizations.
At the same time that the suppression campaign went into full operation, the CCP’s diplomatic system has spread lies in the international community and enticed foreign governments, senior officials and international media with political and economic incentives so that they will remain silent regarding the issue of the persecution of Falun Gong.
The hate propaganda pumped into Canada by the Chinese Embassy and consulates against Falun Gong practitioners has caused severe harm and has damaged Falun Gong practitioners’ reputations forcing them to face discrimination, physical attacks and isolation from other overseas Chinese.
Former diplomat Chen Yonglin who visited Vancouver in 2007, told of the #1 mission of all Chinese officials in and around the world which is to protect the image of the Chinese communist party and threatening and attacking Falun Gong overseas.
“The Chinese Communist Party has always relied on violence, lies, and advocating atheism to maintain its power. They could not understand Falun Gong practitioners' peaceful efforts to protect their freedom of belief. Now they feel they can't let people know about what has been done to Falun Gong in China."
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