Summary of Other News - 11/11/2001
Reuters reported on November 10 that Hu Qingyun, the former Judge of the Jiangxi Higher People's Count, died of leukemia at the beginning of this year. Hu was diagnosed with leukemia in 1998 and was told that he had only three days to live. At that time, he started to practice Falun Gong and overcame his illness. He was sentenced to seven years in prison on January 10, 2001; two months later he died.
Lessening the Pressure on Practitioners in China
-- Beijing (DPA, 11/9/01) The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, said that she was very concerned about the reports on China's recent use of torture, including the extremely vicious mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners. Robinson pointed out that, the September 11th Terrorism Attack and the war against terrorism made the human rights issues "become more important than before."
-- The candidates of various parties in the Southeast District of Sydney, Australia, all expressed their sympathy for Falun Gong practitioners currently persecuted in China, especially candidates of the Democratic Party and the Green Party. The spokesman of the Democratic Party has given several speeches supporting Falun Gong, calling for the joint action of the Australian Government and the international community to stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
-- The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and British law professor Sir Nigel Rodley told Reuters on November 6, that illegally detained political and religious people in China have been tortured. He had appealed for an investigation of those charges with torture by the Chinese Government long ago but never succeeded.
The New York human rights organization Human Rights in China said on November 9 that the Chinese Government's cooperation with the UN human rights system was just for show. In reality, it was preventing the UN Special Rapporteur's promised investigation on torture from taking place. Such cynical maneuvering has no impact on the grim fate of those suffering and dying from torture.
78 people made solemn announcements that all the statements written unwillingly under extreme pressure from the police departments and work units, and all statements and actions against the Fa are void. They will double their efforts to make up the loss caused to Dafa, further clarify the truth, expose evils, offer salvation to sentient beings and act as true practitioners.
Several examples of Jiang Zemin's state terrorism, perpetrated outside the law, are: ransacking homes of Dafa practitioners at will; arresting people; applying torture which cause people's death that are reported as "having committed suicide." Another example of his lawlessness is to provoke fights among the masses, forcing the masses to be obedient to evil, and exclaiming that those who submit will prosper, and those who resist shall perish. Yet another sign of state terrorism is to utilize gangster methods to the extreme: tracking and tailing citizens, wire tapping and even forcing citizens to curse in public.
We think that evil deeds conducted by policemen in Guangdong Province brought in a natural disaster: masses of trees in the Lingnan Xijiao Mountain Forest withered and died. It is predicted that in the next five years, only a few pine trees in an 11 square kilometer area will survive.
A practitioner broke his legs and spine in the waist area when he jumped off a building to escape from the evil arrest, and passively endured living in hiding for a few months. Then he enlightened through Fa study and sharing that Fa-rectification period disciples must dissolve into the Fa, and with one's initiative, positively eliminate evils using righteous thoughts, and eliminate the external and internal (within oneself) evil factors in other dimensions. In only five days, his legs were fully recovered.
Cultivation path of a 19-year-old woman - She obtained the Fa and started cultivation when she was in middle school. Later on she went overseas. She was arrested once at the airport and detained for over a month and experienced all kinds of insults. She is determined in cultivation and firmly believes in Dafa.
News from Overseas
Hong Kong Police suddenly used violence against Falun Gong practitioners appealing in front of China Liaison Authorities Office on Nov 10. They forcefully took away the banners and exhibition boards. Three practitioners were hurt while being forcefully dragged away or pushed on the ground. The three practitioners were sent to a hospital.
Citypulse News in Toronto reported on Nov 3, 2001: "Compassion and togetherness were on the minds of hundreds who gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday to promote peace and understanding." "Folks of all ages were invited by Falun Gong to the festival."
Press conference held by Singapore Falun Dafa Association: The picture exhibition held by Chinese Embassy in Singapore maliciously slandered and attacked Falun Gong. The exhibition hurt the reputation and rights of all Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore. We are firmly against the spreading of lies by the Chinese Embassy in the land of Singapore. The lies provoke hatred and suspicion among people in Singapore and disturb the social stability and harmonious relationships between different races.
Practitioners in Singapore clarified the truth of Falun Gong at the opening of the exhibition held by the Chinese Embassy. Their actions eliminated the evil in other dimensions. They told the audience, "The stories showed in the exhibition were fabricated; do not believe them. Please use your own judgement based on your sense of justice and conscience. In Singapore, many people benefited from Falun Gong in their physical health..." The wicked people were shocked and helpless.
Part IV of the news of the journey of "SOS Urgent Rescue - Driving Around Australia" by Falun Gong practitioners in Sydney, Australia. Practitioners brought the truth of Falun Dafa to the pure and simple people who live in remote small towns of Australia.
Chicago: the World Daily reported on November 10 that Falun Gong practitioners in Illinois began their walk-across-Illinois on November 7, which is scheduled to last for 8 days. They began their journey from the Chinese Consulate in Chicago, introducing Falun Gong to people on the way, while protesting China's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
"Moose Jaw Times-Herald" in Canada reported on November 8, that the purpose of the "SOS! Global RescueWalk" was to tell the world about the truth of China's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. On Wednesday afternoon, Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated their exercises in front of the City Hall.
Female practitioners who have walked across the continental U.S [calling for urgent rescue of Falun Gong practitioners persecuted in China] held a press conference in front of the superior court in the borough of the Bronx, New York City, on November 8. The Bronx District Director wrote a letter highly praising the "SOS! Global RescueWalk" activity. The "Bronx Times" and TV 12 News both interviewed practitioners in great depth.
The Chinese Consulate in Houston confiscated the passport of a post-doctoral practitioner for no apparent reason, retaining it for nine months. They refused to extend his passport because he would not give up the practice of Falun Gong - another example of Jiang Zemin and his followers conducting national terrorism to persecute Falun Gong practitioners and their families.
The USA Space Company, NASA, in Houston wrote to Falun Gong practitioners to thank them for helping company employees to enhance their awareness of safety and health.