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August 27, 2010

2010 UN Report Highlights Falun Gong Persecution in China

Submitted by Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group

As in previous years, allegations of severe human rights violations in China were a significant component in reports presented at the 13th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, held in Geneva from March 1-26th. Three UN Special Rapporteurs detailed ongoing violations of Falun Gong Practitioners’ human rights in their annual investigations and conclusions to the UN. The Rapporteurs included Manfred Nowak, whose mandate is to investigate torture; Asma Jahangir, whose mandate is freedom of religion and belief; and Margaret Sekaggya, who investigates the status of human rights defenders around the world.

All three Rapporteurs sent numerous appeals to the Chinese government concerning Falun Gong practitioners, Tibetans, Christians, Uyghurs and those who have sought to defend their legal and human rights. Their reports can be downloaded from the UN official web site:http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/13session/reports.htm . (Document Numbers: Manfred Nowak, A/HRC/13/39/Add.1, A/HRC/13/39/Add.5; Asma Jahangir, A/HRC/13/40/Add.1; Margaret Sekaggya, A/HRC/13/22/Add.1).

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McClatchy: 4 decades later, China still isn’t discussing Cultural Revolution

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BEIJING — The schoolgirls slapped and punched their vice principal, then grabbed table legs with protruding nails and beat her unconscious. Bian Zhongyun was left slumped in a garbage cart in the Beijing high school’s courtyard. She’d urinated and defecated on herself, and died with blood and spit drooling from her mouth.

On that afternoon in August 1966, Bian became an early murder victim of the Cultural Revolution, a movement that would leave millions of Chinese dead, injured or mentally broken in the decade that followed.

Although 44 years have passed since the “Red August” that unleashed the floodgates of violence in the capital and across the nation, there’s never been a complete public accounting in China about what happened. Bian’s killers have yet to be named.

“Even after all these decades, their crimes are still being covered up,” said Wang Jingyao, 89, Bian’s widower. Wang has kept the bloody, soiled clothes that Bian wore the day she was killed. He wants to know who killed his wife.

“But it’s very difficult to find out in China,” he said.

August 21, 2010

MWC: Falun Gong Activists accuse China of illegal organ harvesting

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Vancouver – Members of the Falun Gong spiritual group have gathered today at the Vancouver Convention Centre to protest against what they say is China’s killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs.

The Falun Gong are manning a table inside the venue where the International Congress of the Transplantation Society is taking place.

Practitioners say they are appealing to the Congress to help stop the illegal harvesting of organs of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

David Matas who was nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his intensive investigation over a four-year period into the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China will speak at the Congress on Ending Abuse of Organ Transplantation in China. His work had culminated into a book called “Bloody Harvest: The killing of Falun Gong for their organs” which was published in late 2009.

Taiwan blocks human rights activist on behalf of Chinese Communisty Party

From the Huffington Post — The leader of China’s ethnic Uyghur minority, Rebiya Kadeer, was recently banned from entering Taiwan for three years. Kadeer, a human rights advocate and spokesperson for millions of China’s repressed Uyghurs, had been invited by a Taiwanese arts organization to attend screenings of The 10 Conditions of Love, a documentary about her life story.

Taiwan’s Kuomintang (KMT) government claimed its rejection of Kadeer was “based on security needs.” Ostensibly, the KMT was pressured by the Communist Party in Beijing. The party has long tried to delegitimize Kadeer’s campaign to expose the severe human rights violations that China commits against its ethnic Uyghurs. Chinese authorities have called Kadeer a “terrorist”–a term they frequently use to describe human rights advocates.

August 16, 2010

Vancouver Sun: The beast that is China’s ruling party

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Until now. Richard McGregor’s new book, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, should be required reading for anyone wanting to do any kind of business in China. Understanding the Party is fundamental to success — and to survival, as McGregor describes in chilling prose.

His narrative unfolds like Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard, in which Matthiessen tracks the mysterious cat through the Himalayas.

As we travel with McGregor in search of his “beast,” as he calls the Party, we see mostly the bloody trail of its mauled victims, from 35 million starved to death in the Great Leap Forward to students massacred in Tiananmen Square.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/beast+that+China+ruling+party/3398774/story.html#ixzz0wjsgFRow

August 11, 2010

Calgary Sun: MP claims Chinese espionage

Tory alleges some politicians getting more than they bargained for in VIP business dealings

When a politician tells you he’s been offered “sexual favours,” you pay attention.

And when he alleges the Chinese government tries to buy our politicians through sex, dough and the VIP treatment, you realize you can leave the local political idiots alone for the day.

Especially when the comments come after Richard Fadden, head snoop of Canada’s spy agency, recently said he and his people think cabinet ministers in at least two provinces and several members of B.C. municipal governments are under the influence of foreign regimes.

The spy supremo also said the Chinese government is the most aggressive in recruiting people to play a part in this country’s political scene.

August 4, 2010

Sky News: Courts Failing Chinese In Search For Justice

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Holly Williams, Asia correspondent

China has said it is reforming the country’s legal system to make it fairer and more independent, but political interference and corruption still plague the courts.

Every morning at the gates of the Supreme People’s Court, hundreds of ordinary Chinese citizens queue patiently.

They clutch evidence of alleged crimes and civil complaints in the hope that court officials will allow their case to be heard.

On the surface, China’s justice system looks similar to those in the West.

Last year, the country’s courts heard over 10 million cases, while professional lawyers now number over 150,000.

With virtually no legal system as recently as 30 years ago, that growth is an extraordinary achievement.

Yet China’s courts are still very much under the control of the Communist Party.

There is no separation of powers – many judges have “political qualifications” rather than any legal training.

Even Wang Shengjun, the president of China’s Supreme Court, has no law degree. His credentials are membership of the Communist Party and experience as a high-ranking policeman.

Missing from Chinese courtrooms are many of the legal concepts we take for granted – there is no presumption of innocence, for example.

The most recent figures available show an acquittal rate of just 0.22%. Trials commonly last only half-an-hour, even those that result in a death sentence.

Court corruption is also endemic. Earlier this year, the former vice president of the Supreme Court was convicted of bribery and embezzlement after allegedly taking payments for favourable decisions.

Legal watchers believe such behaviour is commonplace, especially in lower courts.

For ordinary Chinese people, the combination of political interference and corruption means getting legal redress is virtually impossible.

Outside the Supreme Court, businessman Liu Shuying shows off two decades of legal documents.

Ever since a business agreement with local government officials fell through in 1987, he has been trying to take them to court.

Cui Yuehua lost her life savings in an investment scam three years ago

Instead, he was given three months in a labour camp for causing trouble.

Cui Yuehua lost her life savings – around £60,000 – in an investment scam three years ago.

She broke down as she described multiple failed attempts to get the case heard by the courts.

Yet Mr Liu and Ms Cui have come to the Supreme Court because they still believe in the system.

Like hundreds of millions of others they watch the nightly news on state-controlled TV, which shows criminals and corrupt officials being handed tough sentences by upright judges who adhere to the letter of the law.

Many others who queue outside the Supreme Court share a similar faith, bringing with them dog-eared copies of Chinese legislation.

But in China the very act of demanding justice is frequently viewed as a challenge to the Communist Party’s rule.

Chinese people outside the Supreme Court show off their evidence of alleged crimes

Police, both uniformed and plain-clothed, surround the entrance to the court.

One elderly woman who attempted to tell her story to a Sky News film crew was shouted at, and then shoved away by a group of five police officers.

Lawyers who dare to take on rights cases that challenge the authority of the state face worse treatment.

While investigating the alleged illegal detention of a client last year, Zhang Kai was detained by local police and locked in a cage with his wrists tied overhead.

“The handcuffs were too tight and damaged my nerves,” he explained. “I lost all feeling in part of my hands for over six months.”

Gao Zhisheng – until recently China’s most high profile human rights lawyer – has been in and out of custody after being convicted on subversion charges in 2006.

He claimed to have been tortured with electric shocks to his genitals.

Last month the Chinese government banned the use torture for extracting confessions, the latest in a long series of legal reforms aimed at making courts fairer and more open.

But Zhang Kai and most of his fellow rights lawyers are sceptical.

“It is progress in a sense,” he said, “but the chances of the courts actually being able to independently investigate torture when it does happen are very slim.”

Tibet Steps Up Internet Censorship

Eurasia Review: Chinese authorities in Tibet have ordered Internet cafes across the region to finish installing state-of-the-art surveillance systems by the end of the month, industry sources and local media said.

“All the Internet cafes must now install it,” said Chen Jianying, head of the customer service department of the industry group Internet Cafes Online.

“This is a nationwide policy which is part of the implementation of the real-name registration system,” Chen said.

According to a report carried on the official China Tibet News website last week titled “Long-range Surveillance of the Internet,” all computers installed in enterprises that offer services to the public must install the system.

The proprietor of an Internet cafe in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, which is still under tight security following widespread Tibetan unrest beginning in March 2008, confirmed the scheme is already in full swing.

He said he had already been to the police station for training in how to run the system.

“The system should be up and running now,” the business owner said. “I heard the technical people saying that the last time I attended a meeting.”

“It’s pretty convenient because they can configure it directly from higher up if the guidelines change.”

He said the new system will mean tighter online controls.

“If there is something that is being controlled, there’s no way anyone will get to see it. It’s definitely a tighter form of control,” he said.

The China Tibet News website also reported that the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) government has already inaugurated its long-range surveillance system.

Calls to the cultural department of the TAR government went unanswered during office hours Friday.