No More Chinese Communist Party

October 3, 2010

AP: Contender for Nobel prize is in Chinese prison

read all- When the police came for Liu Xiaobo on a December night nearly two years ago, they didn’t tell the dissident author why he was being taken away again. The line in the detention order for his “suspected crime” was left blank.

But Liu and the dozen officers who crowded into his dark Beijing apartment knew the reason. He was hours from releasing Charter 08, the China democracy movement’s most comprehensive call yet for peaceful reform. The document would be viewed by the ruling Communist Party as a direct challenge to its 60-year monopoly on political power.

Liu was sentenced last Christmas Day to 11 years in prison for subversion. The 54-year old literary critic is now a favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize — in what would be a major embarrassment to the Chinese government.

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May 27, 2010

EU To Crack Down on Organ Trafficking & Organ Tourism

Epoch Times: The EP lawmakers are now seeking tougher measures to prevent its citizens from traveling abroad to receive organ transplants with organs acquired through organ trafficking.

“One can’t speak about organ donation without mentioning the dark side of it,” said German Member of the European Parliament Peter Liese, a major proponent of the directive, and a medical doctor.

“We are completely against any kind of organ tourism.”

Liese has a particular concern about organ tourism to China. “We are very, very worried by the report of David Kilgour and David Matas; there is evidence that Falun Gong practitioners are killed for their organs in China.”

A report published by former Canadian Secretary of State, Hon. David Kilgour and human rights attorney David Matas, concludes that practitioners of Falun Gong in China have been killed in the thousands so that their organs could be sold to both Chinese nationals and foreigners.

“We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and ‘people’s courts’, since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries,” concludes the investigation.

Practitioners of Falun Gong comprise two-thirds of the torture victims and half of the people in detention in ‘re-education through labor’ camps across China according to numbers from the United Nations and U.S. State Department.

“I strongly oppose such a behavior to put someone to death just because someone else needs an organ … who are probably coming to Shanghai to get an organ from executed people in China,” said Miroslav Mikolasik, the main rapporteur for the new EP organ transplant regulations.

March 17, 2010

London Speaks up on China’s serious rights issues!

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Did the World Turn Normal Overnight?

CHINA’S record on civil liberties is a ‘serious cause for concern,’ Britain said on Wednesday in its annual report on human rights as Foreign Secretary David Miliband flew in from Beijing.

He said the Foreign Office report ensured that ‘the most oppressive governments who refuse to be held to account by their own people, they are at least held to account by the international community.’

>p>’I reject the notion that national sovereignty should be able to shield states from scrutiny,’ said Mr Miliband, who raised rights issues in Beijing including the fate of missing human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

‘China’s human rights record remained a serious cause for concern in 2009,’ the report said.

While Beijing had made economic and social progress, it had been ‘far slower on civil and political rights, with a marked deterioration in some areas,’ it said.

The report highlighted three issues: the ‘increasing harassment of defence lawyers; the treatment of detainees in relation to ethnic unrest… and the detention of human rights defenders and political dissidents.’ ‘A worrying number of people were imprisoned in 2009 for attempting to exercise their right to freedom of expression,’ it said. — AFP

March 15, 2010

Harsh Words From CCP to US over Human Rights Record!

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Reuters: “The United States not only has a terrible domestic human rights record, it is also the main source of many human rights disasters worldwide,” the Chinese report said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

“Especially a time when the world is suffering serious human rights disasters caused by the global financial crisis sparked by the U.S. sub-prime crisis, the U.S. government has ignored its own grave human rights problems and reveled in accusing other countries.”

I’m no expert, but seems who ever’s making this speech doesn’t really understand what human rights means. I also find it very distasteful that this person is accusing the other of reveling in accusing others.  The US is pretty desperate not to upset the CCP right now, one for money and two, for the size of their army.  Human rights need to be a focus and people in China should be protected from gross abuses and there is no law in China that will protect innocent people from being relentlessly persecuted by the party and it’s arms and legs that reach into and manipulate waaaay too many aspects of people’s lives.  The people simply do not have HUMAN RIGHTS, even if they have enough to eat, or a car, some of them, they are not allowed to believe, to think and to speak, unless it is in line with the party.

April 23, 2009

US Lawmakers Urge China to Account for Rights Lawyer

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By Deborah Tate Capitol Hill 23 April 2009

Key U.S. senators are calling for China to account for well-known Chinese human-rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who disappeared after he was forcibly removed from his home in Shaanxi province by police in February. The lawmakers made their appeals on the Senate floor as Gao’s wife watched from the visitor’s gallery in the chamber.gaosfamily

Gao Zhisheng, who was nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, was forcibly taken from his hometown in Shaanxi province early in the morning on February 4 by more than a dozen police officers. Currently, his whereabouts are unknown. Gao has been kidnapped and tortured for his pursuit of human rights in China. Gao sent an open letter to the U.S. Congress dated September 12, 2007, and, afterward, was kidnapped and severely tortured by Chinese authorities for more than 50 days.  Though authorities threatened Gao with death if he revealed the torture he experienced, Gao chose to release publically the details of his experience. It is believed his current disappearance is a direct result of his refusal to be silent.

Sign the petition for Gao Zhisheng’s immediate release at www.FreeGao.com.

Read Gao Zhisheng’s open letter to the U.S. Congress in 2007.

Read Gao Zhisheng’s open letter to the international community regarding his kidnapping and torture by Chinese authorities in 2007.

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March 4, 2009

China Human Rights Getting Better, At Least According To An Analyst In America

This is an older article, but it is good because it shows an overall positive movement by the Chinese people.  I know it might seem that I am always frustrated that the people in China don’t solve the problems of human rights, but maybe they are and I just am not seeing it reported…

activist3Sociologist Ching Kwan Lee, a sociologist at the University of California-Los Angeles, writes in the summer issue of the American Sociological Association’s Contexts magazine that there is a ‘quiet revolution’ happening among citizens of China that isn’t recognized by the louder human rights activists.

In the case of labor rights, despite a series of labor laws passed since the activist21990s, Lee asserts that labor standards in China have remained extremely bad since the country’s economic reform began 30 years ago. As a result, non-governmental organizations have formed to provide legal and other services; the legal profession has ballooned; and workers are protesting through civil disobedience and other strategies.

Property ownership is another area in which local governments violate activist4citizen rights in pursuit of financial gains from land lease sales and urban redevelopment. Homeowner activism has included petitions, mass occupations of property management company offices, development and use of neighborhood Web sites, hunger strikes and other strategies. In addition, homeowners’ associations are increasingly being formed to advocate for rights and prevent power abuses by the local government.

In the area of land rights, thousands of conflicts, some violent, arise every activist5year in China due to illegal land grabs by local officials, withholding of farmer compensation and lack of job replacement for those whose land has been taken. An estimated 34 million farmers have lost some or all of their land over the past two decades. Rural Chinese citizens are reacting to these rights violations by issuing public statements, filing lawsuits and organizing collective protests.

“Today’s rights activism in China provides a look at the forces driving the near-total transformation of the most populace nation in the world,” Lee said. “Attention may shift away from China after the 2008 Olympic Games conclude, yet the struggles between economic growth and social stability; between authoritarian rule and a more responsive state and involved citizenry; and between local and central governments will continue to shape and define China for the long-term future.”

read all in social science blog

October 18, 2008

National Post speaks out on Falun Gong.

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The News Media are badly needed more than ever, the Olympics are over and we still need to report on severe human rights abuses in China or else the people there will suffer due to our silence.

heres a little back up info.

The Olympics are over, but don’t look away from China just yet. The fates of thousands of ordinary

Chinese arrested ahead of the Games hinge on what we do this autumn.For people like my Chinese-American friend Si Yang, these roundups have struck too close to home. In April, Si called his parents in Hebei province only to discover that 20 officers had shown up and taken away his father and sister.

In May, his sister, a 36-year-old employee of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, was sentenced without trial to one-and-a-half years in a labour camp for being a Falun Gong practitioner. Her family has not been allowed to see her since.

Si’s sister is not alone. At least 8,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been detained since December. Several have already been tortured to death, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center. Some 5,000 Tibetans have been jailed since March, and countless others were swept up in the pre-Olympic “cleanup.”

The Chinese Communist Party is pulling a bait-and-switch — using pre-Olympic “security measures” to stifle dissenters in the long term.

How bad is it? We don’t fully know. We have no idea, for instance, exactly how many Chinese are in “re-education through labour” camps because it’s a state secret. Estimates range from 400,000 to four million detainees.

We know the largest group among them are practitioners of Falun Gong. They have been victims of statewide persecution since 1999, when their spiritual meditation discipline became too popular for the party’s liking. Last year the Beijing Female Labour Camp, for example, contained 700 Falun Gong practitioners and only 140 actual criminals. The party operates hundreds of similar camps, spanning every Chinese province.

Like the Ministry of Propaganda and committees that control the courts, these gulags are evidence that little has changed since the days of Mao. Police today can pick up any Chinese citizen and make them disappear into a labour camp. Victims have no domestic media to speak to; lawyers who fight for them are often jailed themselves.
And we know what happens in these camps. A colleague and I spent the last year collecting new testimonies from Falun Gong practitioners who survived Chinese detention.

Dai Ying now lives in Norway and is old enough to be my mother. In 2003, she was taking her afternoon nap at home when policemen barged in and took her away. She was sentenced to two years in San-Shui Labour Camp.

She was deprived of sleep for days. “After a long time, I was just muddleheaded and confused. Sometimes I didn’t even know where I was,” she said. “They wouldn’t let me go to the bathroom unless I cursed at [Falun Gong founder] Master Li.”
Guards demanded Dai write a statement maligning Falun Gong and renouncing her beliefs. When she refused, they took her to the basement.

“There were a bunch of criminals pressing me down and policemen electrocuted me,” she said. “They shocked my face and I went blind in one eye. My head was so painful I couldn’t tolerate it. I just cried.” The purpose of all this is to “transform” the prisoners — ideally into Communist Party-loving atheists.

They are also turned into slaves, working 15-20 hours a day. In the cell where they sleep and defecate, they wrap disposable chopsticks for export. If chopsticks fall on the floor, they have to wrap them anyway.

Others perform hard labour outdoors. While digging rocks in Yunnan province, Wang Xiaohua’s shaven head was quickly scorched. “As soon as I touched the burnt area I was touching puss, and then when it dried it turned yellow. My whole head was burnt to the point of festering,” Wang told us. “But no one cared; if you die you just die.”

Worse yet, mounting evidence suggests these prisoners are candidates for involuntary donation of their kidneys, livers, hearts and cornea. For years we have heard that organs in China’s transplant industry come from executed prisoners. Now we know they also come from Falun Gong prisoners jailed for their beliefs.

So what will happen to the thousands of nameless Chinese arrested before the Games? Much of that depends on us. We were mostly silent when they were arrested. Now we have a chance to make up for it.

Party leaders are waiting to see what we do. They hope we are too preoccupied with elections and economic crises to worry about them. They hope we will self-censor for fear of losing access in China. They hope despondency with our own human rights failures will have us forever cleaning our own backyards, even as we hear the neighbour murdering his children.

But if heads of state, doctors, scholars, mayors, entrepreneurs and any of us who have collegial interaction with Chinese use every opportunity to raise the issue of shutting down China’s gulag system, we can make a difference. Party leaders fear international pressure and we need to sound it across the board. Thousands of lives depend on us.
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• Leeshai Lemish has been writing about Falun Gong since 2001 and is currently conducting research with Ethan Gutmann for an upcoming book about the persecution of the group and its resistance.

August 8, 2008

Some Canadian Politicians good, some bad, some desperate for Chinese money

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“I think everybody’s aware that there has been a bit of testiness in the Canada-China relationship in the last couple of years. There’s been some differences of view on human rights issues. Our government has been quite open about expressing those views.”

He said the two countries are now “engaging in ways that will enable us to continue to express our differences of view but assure that the relationship continue to get stronger.”

Emerson’s comments come as more than 80 world leaders and royals gather in Beijing for Friday’s opening ceremony, including U.S. President George W. Bush.

But noticeably absent from that crowd is Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has insisted he would not attend because of a scheduling conflict.

He is among a very small group of world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spain’s King Juan Carlos, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who will not attend the opening.

Emerson denied Harper was deliberately sending China a message. But then he raised the human rights issue again.

“I don’t think it is a snub at all,” he said. “I think Canada has been clear for as long as I have been in government that we would like to see democracy and human rights continue to strengthen in China.

Irwin Cotler is very sincere and caring, he really actually is cool and good. Mr. Emerson on the other hand is making me really sick. The desperation to exploit two different faces looking at China.  He seems that he really wants get the CCP dirty money, but he knows that it’s not kosher to just sell his soul, so he is playing both sides.  He is speaking about human rights while trying to appease the criminals.  Hopefully there is more to this than I am seeing.