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Friday, August 26, 2011

Former McMaster Confucius Institute Teacher Seeks Asylum in Canada


Obligations [include] … not to participate in activities detrimental to China’s national interest, and not to join illegal organizations such as Falun Gong.

Excerpt from the contract that brought Sonia Zhao to teach at McMaster University’s Confucius Institute

As a result, Zhao says she secretly hid her belief in Falun Gong even while working at McMaster. In July, she left the institute and has applied for refugee status in Canada. In a draft statement obtained by the Epoch Times, Zhao says, “Since I left the Confucius Institute, for the first time, I feel free inside.”

More at The Epoch Times

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chinese cyberwar video goes missing


Now you see it, now you don’t.

A Chinese documentary that showed off the military’s ability to conduct a cyberattack against a U.S.-based site appears to have been removed from the Web site of state-run TV.

Meantime, Chinese officials are insisting that the clip was nothing but the workings of an imaginative producer.

The clip was part of a state-run documentary on cyberwarfare, and it appeared to show an unseen user conducting an attack on an Alabama-based Web site of the Falun Gong spiritual movement. At just six seconds, the clip offered what experts described as an uncommonly candid depiction of China’s offensive cyber-capabilities.

On Thursday, Internet users trying to find the documentary on the site of Chinese State Television would instead find the message “Error Page -- This page does not exist anymore.”

(The documentary can still be found on YouTube.)

More at Washington Post

Monday, August 22, 2011

Slip-Up in Chinese Military TV Show Reveals Cyber attacks against US and Falun Gong


The drop-down box is a list of Falun Gong websites, while the button on the left says "Attack." (CCTV) A standard, even boring, piece of Chinese military propaganda screened in mid-July included what must have been an unintended but nevertheless ...

More at Epoch Times

Related: Cyber Espionage from China

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lawyers Emerge from Detention with Tales of Torture


And they have harrowing tales to tell. One of those people is Tang Jitian, a lawyer who topped off his career as a legal gadfly with an attempt to defend Falun Gong practitioners in April of 2010, with colleague Liu Wei. In May of that year he got a...

More at The Epoch Times

Censorship Sweeps China's Largest Microblog


In the past, Sina Weibo banned but a handful of topics, like Falun Gong, Taiwan independence, and Chinese Premier Hu Jintao's bald spot, the RedTechAdvisors research note says. Even a search for any of the aforementioned topics would bring up nothing. ...

More at The Epoch Times

Chinese internet-activist on trial


Liu Wei, a lawyer who was deprived of her licence to practice last year because she had defended members of the Falun Gong, a quasi-Buddhist religious group that Beijing has banned, labelling it an "evil cult", said she felt obliged to risk attending. ...

More at Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rupert Murdoch's Greatest Moments in Ethics, Integrity and the Falun Gong



Huffington Post (blog) - It's almost ancient history, but back in 2007 when Murdoch was pushing his ultimately successful takeover of the Wall Street Journal, a group of the paper's China-based reporters wrote a letter to then-owner Dow Jones warning that Murdoch never would have printed their Pulitzer Prize-winning stories on the Falun Gong, lest he anger Chinese leadership and endanger future business deals. They warned of his record of "sacrificing journalistic integrity to satisfy personal and political aims." And we all know that sacrifice is a virtue right up there with ethics and integrity. More

Why Chinese Communists repress Falun Gong


Falun Gong protesting the CCP's persecution in China

by David Matas - The Communist Party banned the practice of Falun Gong in 1999, a set of exercises with a spiritual foundation. At the time, the repression of the Falun Gong just seemed Communist Party business as usual. When the Communists are repressing every other community of belief they do not control, it is hardly surprising that they also banned the practice of Falun Gong. What is striking about Chinese Communist repression of the Falun Gong is not so much the fact of repression as the extent of repression. Practitioners of Falun Gong are persecuted far more, far worse than adherents of any other belief.

Falun Gong has the ignominious honour of leading by far the parade of human rights victims in China. They represent two thirds of the torture victims. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture's 2006 report on his 2005 mission to China1 indicated that 66% of the victims of alleged torture and ill-treatment in China were Falun Gong practitioners, with the remaining victims comprising Uighurs (11%), sex workers (8%), Tibetans (6%), human rights defenders (5%), political dissidents (2%), and others (persons infected with HIV/AIDS and members of religious groups 2%)2.

Falun Gong represents half the people in detention in re-education through labour camps. The United States Department of State Country Reports for 2008 state:

More: Remarks delivered to an International Conference on Religious Freedom in China, European Parliament, Brussels, 15 April 2009 -

Falun Gong, definitely not a dangerous discipline!

Ten Things you should know about Falun Gong 

Introduction
1. Falun Gong, which emerged in China in the early 1990’s, is a spiritual practice promoting the self-improvement of the body, mind, and spirit. The guiding principle of Falun Gong is “Truth, Compassion, Forbearance”. Falun Gong contains five sets of simple, gentle meditation and exercises. It promotes self-awareness and moral and ethical behaviour in an individual’s thought and actions. Falun Gong encourages people to live upright and harmonious family lives. Practitioners of Falun Gong strive to practice in an open and dignified manner. Falun Gong teaches people to always think of others and be kind and benevolent toward people in all circumstances. The teachings of Falun Gong require and promote treasuring all lives and socially acceptable activity. The teachings of Falun Gong prohibit homicide, suicide and criminal activity. The practice of Falun Gong is voluntary and practitioners are free to participate or not to participate according to their own individual wishes. Practitioners pay no money to practice or participate in Falun Gong. While practitioners consider Master Li the teacher, practitioners are encouraged to think for themselves.
Testimony from Expert Witness

2. In a court hearing in Canada November 17, 2003, Professor David Ownby, one of the very few in the world who did field work and research on Falun Gong stated:
“In North America, Falun Gong practitioners are fairly well off, they’re very well educated, the generally live in nuclear families…They often work in computers or finance or, a lot of people in physics, engineering…They’re better educated, more wealthy, live in better houses than the average Canadian”.
3. In his testimony (November 17, 2003), Professor Ownby comments that unlike cults, Falun Gong has no mandatory financial obligations, isolation of practitioners in communes or withdrawal from the world.
4. Similarly, with respect to the Chinese regime’s allegations of murder, etc, Professor Ownby testified (November 17, 2003) that he had not come across any such homicidal tendencies and that in fact a basic tenet of Falun Gong is “that life is to be respected”. He also stated that
Nothing in (his) research would connect Falun Gong practitioners with organized crime or with criminal behaviour of any sort”.
5. As for the repeated accusations that Falun Gong encourages practitioners to withdraw from society and to break from their families, he stated “This is simply not the case”and added:

“Falun Gong members remain within society. In a vast majority, they live within nuclear families. They go towork, they send their kids to school…”
6. His conclusion was that Falun Gong was not a cult and its practices were not dangerous. He found “quite little harm” in Falun Gong principles. In his International Journal article, far from seeing evil in Falun Gong, he comments: “My impression … is of innocence…and (that there is) little in the practices of North American practitioners that causes concern”.
7. Reference should also be had to Professor Ownby’s findings that the bulk of Canadian Falun Gong practitioners are very well educated, usefully employed and successful and have close family ties.
Judgement from Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

8. Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Finds Falun Gong a Protected Creed under Ontario Human Rights Code.
Check the related media coverage here and here.
Expert Evidence
Western scholars of religion would characterize Falun Gong as a new religious movement. The essence of Falun Gong is spiritual elevation. Falun Gong practitioners believe in the existence of gods and divine beings in the cosmos.
Its leader, Li Hongzhi, has written a form of ‘scripture.‘ His message is profoundly moral. "

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Quote from news release by Ontario Human Rights Commission after judgement rendered by the Tribunal
Court Judgement

9. In a May 13, 2008 judgment, Appeal Court of Montreal ruled that the local Chinese newspaper La Presse Chinoise defamed Falun Gong and the founder of Falun Gong when the paper used word-for-word propaganda of the Chinese regime to describe and attack the Falun Gong and the founder.

Comments from CSIS, FBI, and RCMP, and Police Force

10.The Hate Crime Unit of the Police Service in Edmonton considers the Chinese Regime's propaganda against Falun Gong (distributed by the Chinese Consulate in Alberta) hate incitement. In the Edmonton Police report regarding one of the cases, in the Edmonton hate crime unite police's investigation report, it stated:
"It is in my professional opinion that the literature being disseminated by the accused [Chinese consulate staff in Calgary] does constitute hate as indicated by the supreme court in the Keegstra decision, ...."

“It should be noted that CSIS, FBI, and RCMP National Security have explainly verbally that Falun Gong does not pose a security threat to Canada.”


“Canada security, law enforcement and non government agencies and organizations have identified Falun Gong as a peaceful religion that pose no threat to the security of the country…. Some examples of organizations that confirm this verbally and through documentation are:


CSIS, Edmonton Police Servic, RCMP, National Investigative Services, FBI,
... "

Comments from Governor General, and Members of Parliament


"They cultivate the will to live in peace with themselves and in harmony with the universe, thus learning compassion for others and helping to create a more open and tolerant society." - Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada
"What we are witnessing today in China is the "criminalization of innocence" – the criminalization of a spiritual meditation exercise group – thereby subjecting all its members to intimidation, prosecution, persecution, and imprisonment, for no other reason than that they espoused the basic, fundamental values of Truth, Compassion and Forbearance." - Hon. Irwin Cotler, former Minister of Justice

DEFAMATION AND HATE IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE PERSECUTION
In 2001 A Washington Post investigative report stated that the Jiang Regime admits to three tactics in its persecution campaign against Falun Gong: state sanctioned violence, high-pressure propaganda, and brainwashing. The report quotes a Chinese official stating, “none of it would be working if the propaganda hadn’t started to change the way the general public thinks.” Hate materials combined with slander, fabricated stories, and distorted facts have been forced into every facet of Chinese society, through all Chinese media, all levels of PRC government, work units and communities, to turn public opinion against Falun Gong. This hate has created an environment of hatred and contempt toward men, women and children who practise Falun Gong and apathy from much of the Chinese populace who turn their backs to the documented and nation wide torture and death of Falun Gong people. In Amnesty International’s 2001 report titled, The crackdown on Falun Gong and other so-called ''heretical organizations,'' it states, “…the Chinese government launched a massive propaganda campaign to denounce the practice and the motivation of its founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi… the impartiality of the government's information is questionable. Furthermore, the information published by the government leaves many essential questions unanswered.”

PERSECUTION SPREADS TO CANADA
In the 2004 National Post Feature article titled, “Falun Gong persecution Spreads to Canada,” it details how for the past seven years, Falun Gong practitioners in Canada have been living under suppression by the anti-Falun Gong campaign instigated by the Chinese Communist Regime and implemented through the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in Canada.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

100 Million Chinese Cut Ties With the Communist Party



A milestone has been reached in China, but not the kind the Chinese Communist Party is celebrating. For the past seven years, a peaceful movement has been steadily growing—a movement that encourages Chinese people to renounce all affiliations with the Communist Party. This week, that movement reached the momentous milestone of 100 million participants.
... as the Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and the persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Gong—topics that are either ignored or misreported under the CCP's unceasing regime of censorship and propaganda. ... Read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party here.

More at The Epoch Times
Quitting the Chinese Communist Party

Confucius Institutes break human rights rules--no Falun Gong allowed


A rule imposed by Confucius Institutes — an educational arm of the Chinese government that operates on at least eight Canadian campuses — breaks “all human rights codes in Canada,” human rights lawyer Clive Ansley told The Epoch Times.

The main CI website says that overseas volunteer Chinese teachers must have “no record of participation in Falun Gong,” a spiritual practice with roots in Buddhism and Taoism. China’s government vehemently opposes the practice and has arrested and killed many adherents, according to Amnesty International.

More at Macleans.ca and The Epoch Times