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Monday, December 13, 2010
“They have also been given long prison sentences and even the death penalty simply because of their religious practices, and reports of Falun Gong practitioners being beaten to death in prison or while in other forms of detention have been common,” the CAA observed.
“The specter of similar treatment now hangs over house church Christians as a result of the ‘cult’ label.” More
Despite a legislative resolution adopted last week that prohibits known Chinese human rights violators from entering Taiwan, Ji Lin arrived in Taipei yesterday
The Taipei Times - “Having served in several party and government leadership positions in Beijing since 1998, Ji Lin has played either an assisting or leading role in mass arrests of Falun Gong practitioners in the city,” Taiwan Falun Dafa Association chairman Chang Ching-hsi told reporters outside the Taiwan High Prosecutors’ Office.
“In 2008, when he served on the organizing committee of the Beijing Olympics, he launched another wave of mass arrests of Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing in the name of security, which led to the torture and death of a well-known local musician, Yu Zhou,” Chang said.
Ji, who the Falun Gong had said would arrive at 11:55pm, arrived in Taiwan at about 3pm, accompanied by a delegation of more than 200 members for meetings on potential cooperation in business and technology.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Clive Ansley is the legal counsel for Falun Gong, which for some years has staged an ongoing protest in front of the Chinese Consulate-General's office on Granville Street highlighting alleged Chinese atrocities, including organ harvesting.
The battle to maintain the protest has been the subject of past public meetings in the Comox Valley.
When the City of Vancouver launched enforcement measures to clear away the protest site, Falun Gong supporters asserted their Canadian Charter right to peacefully express political views.
Ansley said that whatever the motivation of the City's previous mayor and council, "closing down the protest was of no benefit whatever to the citizens of Vancouver or Canada; in fact, all indications are that a majority of citizens supported the Falun Gong right to protest."
Following the appeal court ruling, a formal application has now been made to the City for a permit allowing them to erect a small one-person shelter and a billboard in front of the Chinese Consulate-General.
It would, said Ansley, feature "printing and graphics with information about continuing crimes against humanity being perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)."
Ansley added: "The CCP has been remarkably successful in buying politicians in western democracies, usually at bargain basement prices.
"Often all it takes is a free trip to China with a few banquets thrown in, a scholarship for study in China awarded to the politician's offspring, or an investment opportunity."
But the appeal court decision here proved that politicians in Canada could not flout the law and get away with it when challenged.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
NTDTV - 2010-11-29 12:40: Watch video here -- The U.S. Department of State released its International Religious Freedom Report for 2010 last week.
In China, intimidation, obstruction and torture of religious groups by authorities has gotten worse over the past year, according to the report.
Chinese authorities have pressured religious groups to affiliate with a “patriotic religious association,” and to alter their beliefs. House churches, mosques and religious schools have been closed or shut down.
After the March 2008 unrest in Tibet, monks and nuns were beaten and deprived of food and sleep for long periods of time, driving some to suicide.
Falun Gong practitioners were reported to have been tortured. Some were detained in psychiatric hospitals on the orders of security officials. They were forcefully given medicine and subjected to electric shock treatment.
In the far-west province of Xinjiang, authorities regularly failed to distinguish between peaceful Muslim religious practices and terrorist activities.
Chinese authorities also stopped unregistered Christian and Tibetan groups from participating in earthquake relief efforts.
Those who’ve defended religious freedom have been jailed, such as lawyer Guo Feixiong and the missing rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.
Nine years ago a group of Westerners suddenly appeared on Tiananmen Square to protest
The regime’s web of control was breached in broad daylight right in the symbolic heart of Beijing on Nov. 20, 2001 by 36 practitioners of Falun Gong.
They quietly converged from Europe, Australia, and North America at a pre-arranged point, at 2:00 p.m. on a sunny Tuesday. They posed, chatting and laughing, as if for a class reunion photo. Then, on signal, most sat down and crossed their legs to meditate, while a few stood tall to hold up a large, golden banner reading “Truth Compassion Tolerance” in English and Chinese. More...
December 1, 2010—11 AM Press Conference at YWCA: We are here today to announce that we will officially apply to City Hall for a permit to erect signs and a shelter hut as part of an ongoing 24/7 protest in front of the Chinese consulate against the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
We have been at this protest site since 2001. We have exposed the escalation of the inhuman torture, forced organ harvesting, and murder of our brothers and sisters in China by the tyrannical Chinese Communist Party through which hundreds of thousands have lost their lives for believing in the universal virtues of Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance.
According to the reports on the Minghui website, during this year alone 42 Falun Gong practitioners in Guangzhou have been arbitrarily arrested and detained, including three who have relatives living in Vancouver. We’ve learned that no visitors have been allowed to see one of the relatives currently detained in the Cha Tou labour camp with neither charges nor judicial process of any kind.
This is yet another example of the abuses carried out by the regime, but there are many similar stories which have touch Vancouver practitioners personally—especially the 26 Vancouver victims who have had first-hand experience of the persecution.
Unfortunately we seldom see reports of the mass murder, genocide, and organ theft in China. The persecution remains largely hidden from the Canadian public. Meanwhile, the CCP regime’s propaganda machine keeps on pumping out more defamation and lies about Falun Gong disciples in an attempt to justify the killing.
Our voice and presence outside the Chinese Consulate-General are essential in order to raise awareness of the carnage and help bring it to an end. With the aid of the signs vividly depicting the regime’s atrocities and the reality of the persecution, we can amplify our voice and reach more people while revealing the ugly truth about the Communist Party’s dark secrets and how it tortures peaceful Falun Gong practitioners and gruesomely murders them in order to harvest their organs for profit.
We are their voice.
Practitioners in Vancouver overcome all kinds of difficulties to come to protest in all kinds of harsh weather, day and night, many of whom are seniors. It is our hope that our telling the facts of this genocide will be noticed by kind hearted people and that there will be an outcry by people of conscience the world over.
Despite much interference by the Chinese regime in Canada and here at this protest site—including death threats and the assault of one practitioner while a gun was held to his head—we are committed to our efforts to raise awareness of the persecution in a peaceful way until it stops, and we now apply to the City in accordance with the decision of the BCCA for a permit allowing us to do so in an effective way.
The persecution is a Crime against Humanity, and a gross violation of the Law of Nations. Please join us in putting an end to this most heinous evil.
The Vancouver Falun Dafa Association held a news conference Wednesday to announce it has filed an application with the city for a permit that would resurrect the hut and a billboard.
The Falun Gong spiritual group started its round-the-clock vigil outside the consulate in 2001 to highlight what it calls persecution at the hands of the People’s Republic of China. The group has accused Chinese officials of jailing, torturing and executing many of its followers.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge last year ordered the Falun Gong to remove the structure and sign, which included pictures of people who allegedly had been tortured. The City of Vancouver had gone to court claiming the group broke a by-law because its hut encroached on the public sidewalk.
The B.C. Court of Appeal threw out the Supreme Court’s decision in October, ruling the city by-law restricting unapproved sidewalk structures violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The three-member appeal panel said the by-law did not provide sufficient protection for freedom of expression. It granted the city six months to redraft the by-law.
“We are committed to our efforts to raise awareness of the persecution in a peaceful way until it stops, and we now apply to the city ... for a permit allowing us to do so in an effective way,” Sue Zhang, the association’s spokeswoman, told reporters.
A city spokeswoman said she could not confirm the application had been received. She said a revised sidewalks by-law has yet to go before council.
Clive Ansley, the Falun Dafa Association’s lawyer, said he doesn’t expect any issues to arise from the application process.
“I would not expect much red tape, or obstacles,” he said.
Mr. Ansley said he did not know exactly when the permit application might be approved.
Ms. Zhang said closing down in the first place was of no benefit to the citizens of Vancouver or Canada. She said a majority of citizens support the Falun Gong’s right to protest.
The association also accused the Chinese consulate of pressuring city officials to have the protest removed, but did not provide any proof to support that claim.
The bid to remove the hut and billboard was launched after former mayor Sam Sullivan complained about its permanent place outside the consulate.