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Friday, March 30, 2012

Gao Zhisheng Visit Shows Chinese Security Chief's Loss of Power

On the first of 50 nights that Chinese human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng endured torture at the hands of Chinese Communist Party... because of his investigation into the torture of Falun Gong practitioners.

Gao had published in 2004 an open letter to the National People’s Congress calling for the state to treat (Falun Gong) practitioners according to the law. He followed that in 2005 with two open letters to Party chief Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao that called for an end to the persecution. [ Letter 1 | Letter 2 ]

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Greg Autry: Chinese Regime Infighting May Prefigure Soviet Style Collapse

Events unfolding in China over the past several weeks have shaken the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)....Mr. Autry : I would like to think that we would see the truth come out about Jiang Zemin’s rule, and his persecution of Falun Gong and establishment of the 610 office and all the other things that he did. But on the other hand, the current regime doesn’t necessarily...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Beijing Power Struggle Heralds End of Chinese Communist Party--ending the persecution of Falun Gong

The CCP has killed over 80 million Chinese and persecuted hundreds of millions. It is still brutally persecuting kind-hearted Falun Dafa practitioners. With the continuous rise in the frequency of protests and with more than 100 million people having renounced all affiliations with the CCP, everyone can see the disintegration of the CCP is inevitable—and coming soon.

People inside and outside of China need to prepare.

Justice has long arms. The major perpetrators—Jiang Zemin, Zhou Yongkang, Luo Gan, and others—will be brought to justice, and their crimes will be exposed. Bringing the major culprits to justice and punishing all the criminals involved is a necessary step after the persecution ends. The world’s people need to witness the heavenly principle that good will be rewarded with good and evil will receive punishment.

For those communist officials who had been or still are actively involved in the persecution, but still have a bit of conscience left, we suggest they repent sincerely and stop doing evil immediately: Retain all the evidence of the persecution, and at the same time use appropriate channels to publish the evidence of other officials who have committed crimes against Falun Dafa practitioners.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Persecution of Falun Gong Complicates Beijing Power Struggle

Power Struggle at Zhongnanhai Hard to Resolve as Falun Gong Persecution Haunts Chinese Leaders

..might be able to reach an agreement of how to deal with Wang and Bo based on this issue. However, as to the issue of the Falun Gong persecution, especially the crime of live organ harvesting, the CCP top circle is divided into two groups, with Jiang Zemin,...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Secrecy of mysterious Ferrari crash fuels speculation in Beijing

A fatal car crash spiralled into a microblogging sensation once China’s censors kicked in and raised suspicions...

Soon, entering the word “Ferrari” on Chinese websites brought you to a dead end familiar to most of the country’s 500 million Internet users: “According to the relevant policies and laws, the search results are not shown.”

After years of living behind the “Great Firewall,” those 13 words are now read by millions of Chinese as code for “there’s more to this story than we want you to know about.” (The same 13 words come up in response to thousands of other searches, including anything related to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, the persecution of the Falun Gong religious sect, and the Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to the Dalai Lama and Liu Xiaobo.) Why the secrecy surrounding the Ferrari crash? The assumption that quickly made the rounds was that the deceased young man must have been someone powerful, or at least someone with powerful connections.

As I’ve written before, anyone seen driving a Ferrari in the streets of Beijing is immediately presumed to be a member of China’s “princeling” class, the sons and daughters of the Communist Party elite. (Bo Guagua, the playboy son of fallen Chongqing boss Bo Xilai, has famously been spotted in the streets of Beijing behind the wheel of a red Ferrari, though his family claims he doesn’t own the car.) The fact that the Public Security Bureau refused to release the name of the dead driver, or any other details about their investigation into the crash, only heightened suspicions.

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Coup in Beijing, Says Chinese Internet Rumor Mill

Chinese Regime in Crisis

According to the message that went viral on China’s Internet, a military force with unknown designation quickly occupied many important places in Zhongnanhai, the Chinese leadership compound in Beijing, and Beijing in the early morning of March 20, with the cooperation of Beijing armed police.

The troops entered Beijing to “get and protect Bo Xilai,” according to the message.

A mainland Chinese reader has told The Epoch Times that a military coup has taken place in Beijing.

It is still unknown who, if anyone, has been arrested.

The message claims Zhou Yongkang first used armed police force in an attempt to arrest Hu and Wen. However, Hu and Wen had been prepared and Zhou’s coup was subdued, though rumors of Hu and Wen being arrested had been spread earlier.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bo Xilai Fired

Bo had been sent to Chongqing in the first place in an attempt to make him keep a lower profile, after he was tainted for being repeatedly sued by Falun Gong practitioners outside of China. Bo was an early and enthusiastic participant in the brutal campaign against the spiritual practice, beginning in 1999 under the orders of then Party-chief Jiang, after having been led to believe that he would gain political capital for brutalizing believers. His former right-hand-man, Wang Lijun, is thought to have become heavily involved in the harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners, something that, if true, Bo would almost certainly have known about. More at The Epoch Times

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Canadian PM Raised Persecution of Falun Gong During China Visit

The PM added that Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and others accompanying him on the trip discussed “fairly detailed” issues related to human rights and the persecution of Falun Gong with Chinese authorities.

“Falun Gong practitioners of Canada are law-abiding citizens who, like their fellow Chinese Canadians and others, make a great contribution to our country,” Harper added.

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New evidence in Cisco/Falun Gong suits?

New evidence has reportedly emerged in the case of Cisco and a human rights group accusing the company of customizing its equipment for the Chinese government to oppress practitioners of Falun Gong. The Human Rights Law Foundation says it has evidence and "expert analysis" that shows Cisco customized its gear for government surveillance by adding software that combed Falun Gong databases and shared the information with Chinese government agencies, according to this report in the San Francisco Chronicle.Link

Cisco is facing two suits alleging it customized equipment sold to the Chinese government so it could explicitly monitor Falun Gong activities, and apprehend and torture practitioners. Cisco has vehemently denied the allegations.

The latest development revolves around new evidence apparently discovered by the Human Rights Law Foundation that indicates that the level of customization to Cisco products for surveillance purposes was more widespread than initially thought. According to the Chronicle report, which attributes the information to Terri Marsh, executive director of the Human Rights Law Foundation:

It is now clear that Cisco took extra steps to integrate security software with Falun Gong database centers for the purpose of surveilling Falun Gong adherents. Those databases made information available to psychiatric hospitals, the prison management system, intelligence analysis systems, and other agencies that could have used personal details to justify torture or force confessions.

"They find out everything they can about their family, friends, financial situations - their fears, psychology and pressure points," Marsh said.

Legally, proof that Cisco customized its products to that extent can signal intent, which would strengthen a case against it for aiding and abetting a crime, the Chronicle states. Marsh "hopes" to file an amended complaint with the new evidence and perhaps present it at a hearing later this month, the report states.

Cisco doubts the existence of any new evidence beyond what was already reported last summer. This week, the company reiterated its previous statements denying that it customized its equipment to suppress Falun Gong:

"There is no basis for these allegations against Cisco, and we intend to vigorously defend against them. Cisco does not operate networks in China or elsewhere, nor does Cisco customize our products in any way that would facilitate censorship or repression. Cisco builds equipment to global standards which facilitate free exchange of information, and we sell the same equipment in China that we sell in other nations worldwide in strict compliance with US government regulations."

Cisco is coming under fire for its involvement in the Chinese government's Golden Shield censorship program. Golden Shield - also known as the Great Firewall of China - is a large-scale surveillance system used by the government to filter Internet content and monitor digital activity, and block sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The suits against Cisco allege that Cisco knew the Chinese government wanted to use Golden Shield to persecute Falun Gong practitioners.

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Friday, March 09, 2012

Falun Gong Brothers Recount Dark Days in Chinese Prisons

Mingli started practicing in Falun Gong in 1997, getting a new lease on life as his illnesses melted away. Then two years later the practice was outlawed by the Chinese regime, and after being kidnapped four times over the years, he was sentenced to ...

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China rolls out national organ donation program

China is extending its public organ donation program as part of continued efforts ...

Speaker: David Matas, Canadian international human rights lawyer and expert on organ harvesting in China

MATAS: I suppose it's progress but it's basically cosmetic because the Chinese government relies, and the Chinese hospitals and the Chinese system rely almost entirely on transplants on organs from prisoners. And they don't have the traditional sources, donations and accident victims.

MATAS: It becomes very easy to ignore donations or to downplay donations when there's a ready source, even it's a disreputable source, people don't feel the need for donations because there's all the organs they need from prisons. My view is they shouldn't be using prisoners and they shouldn't be phasing out prisoners, they should be stopping the use of prisoners cold turkey. Some of them are prisoners sentenced to death, some of them are political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, Falun Gong practitioners, Uighurs, Tibetans, and that shouldn't be happening under any circumstances. And if people saw the need for donations in order to have organ transplants, the growing of donations I think would increase.Link

More at Radio Australia

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Revealed: How China censors its social networks

For the first time the way in which China censors its social networks has been revealed – and it adopts a more subtle approach than you'd expect

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China Legalizing the Tools of Repression | Human Rights Watch

Are China's police hamstrung by a lack of power to detain national-security ... Nicholas Bequelin is senior researcher on Asia at Human Rights Watch ...

But the security apparatus has also gotten its way. Under the guise of regulating “residential surveillance,” Article 73 of the revised law would effectively legalize secret detentions and “disappearances” of people viewed as political risks by the government. This would legalize a pernicious practice that has recently been used against the artist Ai Weiwei, the lawyer Gao Zhisheng and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo. Up to now, such abductions have been technically illegal.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Cutting the Wires of China's State-Run Media

The TV was broadcasting programs that showed the truth about Falun Gong." By 2002, the Falun Gong meditation practice had been banned by the Chinese regime for three years. ...

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Medical Community Disturbed by China's Organ Centers

The report, released by the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), shows that while serving as police chief in Jinzhou City, Wang Lijun founded the On-Site Psychology Research Center (OSPRC) on the subject of human ...

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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Wang Lijun's Documents a Ticking Time Bomb For the CCP

Relevant evidence (recordings and confidential materials) about Bo's order and involvement in live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners as well as documents from the political and legal systems concerning the harsh repression of Falun Gong ...

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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Chinese Woman Sues Bo Xilai, Speaks of Torture Experience

But his future is still not clear after a rift with his former deputy threatens to expose his questionable past—including his involvement persecuting the Falun Gong spiritual practice. Bo Xilai has been sued in more than ten countries as one of the ...

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European Officials Criticize Russian Falun Gong Book Ban

A resolution was passed in the full European Parliament expressing “deep concern” about the misuse of anti-extremism legislation in Russia, including the “improper banning” of the spiritual literature of Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong.

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