(Clearwisdom.net) Epochtimes news net reports that The Global Coalition to Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice formally announced its establishment in the National Press Club in Washington DC on the morning of September 30, 2003. The Coalition is committed to embodying all righteous forces and exposing all the crimes of Jiang Zemin. The Coalition will ensure that Jiang is brought to justice in the court of conscience, the court of morality and the court of law. To date, over 100 organizations and individuals have joined in to support the Coalition.

The Coalition press conference

Li Dayong, one of the initiators of the Coalition, said in the founding announcement, "Since Jiang Zemin became Secretary General of the Communist Party, there have been complete setbacks in the Chinese society and social morality." "His crimes in China have threatened the very basic values upon which civilization is based. Almost all individuals and large groups wishing to express independent beliefs, mindsets, different ways of thinking or demands, including the students who appealed for democracy on June 4, 1989, laid-off workers, religious believers, qigong practitioners, human rights and democracy advocates, journalists and media workers, and political activists have all suffered persecution to various degrees. In particular, hundreds of millions of Falun Gong practitioners who believe in the principle of í Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance' have suffered brutal persecution which is aimed to í defame their reputation, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically.'"

Li Dayong said that such atrocities are still happening. They have been working very hard by peacefully calling for an end to Jiang's crimes. However, "the existing National People's Congress, legal system, and the police system in China do not have the ability, means and courage to investigate and stop Jiang's crimes and uphold justice." As to governments or organizations outside of China, "because of people's lack of understanding about Jiang's crimes," or "due to the financial and political pressure," there have certainly been obstacles. "In order to truly bring Jiang Zemin to a historic trial, it is necessary for all supporters of justice around the world to join in and push this forward from all directions."

He Dong, a professor of China's legal system, who supports the Coalition, said that from "3-Againsts" and "5-Againsts" to the Cultural Revolution, to the June 4th massacre, the controllers of the highest power of the Communist Party of China repeatedly utilized the political campaigns to fight against its people, thus generating extremely negative effects on people's hearts in the Chinese society. Nowadays, when many people see the shadow of a political campaign, they instinctively protect themselves, follow the crowd, blindly make money and seek to enjoy a comfortable life, or remain silent with cold indifference so as to keep themselves away from it. As a result, people's morality and conscience have gradually deteriorated. This way, the dictator has a larger scope to abuse his power for personal interests and he does whatever he desires.

Professor He Dong believes that during the past four years since April 25, 1999, Jiang Zemin has simply been taking advantage of the crisis of conscience that has been built up in China over the past five decades. Through the political campaign to eliminate Falun Gong, Jiang has been trying to spiritually control the entire Chinese society. The persecution is having a deep and destructive effect on the morality and conscience of the overseas Chinese as well as of all mankind. The evilness and terrorism exerted through the persecution not only completely overwhelm China, but also have impacted the world, and the extent of the damage to human society is unprecedented .

Professor He said that now many people inside and outside of China, both Chinese and westerners, have already come to know of the existence and brutality of the persecution. People would resist the persecution of Falun Gong if not pressured or influenced by material interests. However, when they are threatened that: If you are not consistent with "the leadership," you will lose your job; your reputation will be damaged; you will be listed as "a force that is against China" and lose your commercial opportunities in China, etc., then the people change their minds, regardless of the widespread and continuous persecution of human rights and beliefs. Some people even go and support the tyrant. Such damage and harm done to people's spiritual lives and social conscience cannot be counted by monetary means.

In its founding statement, the Coalition also pointed out, "the people of the world should not tolerate Jiang's crimes. We know that if these crimes continue and are not stopped, and if we still remain silent when faced with such atrocities and open destruction of human morality, it's only a matter of time before the same disaster befalls us, and the existence of civilization itself will face the most severe challenge."

"We shall gather all forces of justice, expose all of Jiang's crimes, uphold human dignity and human civilization, and inevitably bring Jiang Zemin to the court of conscience, the court of morality and the court of law C this is the historic mission to which we are obligated."

Mr. Wei Jingsheng expressed in his speech that the founding of the Coalition shows that the Chinese people not only possess the quality of compassion, but also the courage to uphold justice. Nevertheless, to reprimand the crimes of the past is to set a precedent for people today. At the same time, the current purpose of this coalition is to serve as a warning for the Chinese officials who choose to persecute innocent civilians, to limit their unjust actions and to reduce the number of people being persecuted in mainland China today.

China Peace president Mr. Tang Boqiao made used of a quote from a famous author to describe the situation in China, "China has an old saying, that the officials force the people to revolt, but under the current circumstances, the officials are forcing the people to die." He said that China has become a country with soaring suicide rates because everyday people's basic rights to even defend themselves have been forcefully taken away.

Dr. He Haiying, one of the contact persons for the Preparation Committee of the Coalition, pointed out, "After the Second World War, a new crime was introduced based upon the violent massacres induced by the Nazis, and this was called í genocide.' The crimes that Jiang has committed however, go not only as far as physically destroying religious organizations and individuals but he's also demolishing people's basic morals and human consciousness. This new crime that Jiang has committed can be referred to as í Morality Genocide.'"

Falun Gong representative Chen Gang also commented by describing how he was detained in a labor camp for 18 months because of his belief in Truthfulness- Compassion-Forbearance. In these 18 months, among the various physical and mental tortures, he was forcefully kept awake for fifteen consecutive days and was shocked in sensitive parts and areas of his body with high voltage electric batons. At one time, he had his head tied to his legs and was shoved under a low bed with a heavy object resting on top. This incident almost resulted in the breaking of his spinal cord and caused him to not be able to walk normally for two weeks. Mr. Chen's portrayal of his horrific experience further reflected the degree of persecution and the atrocities that Jiang Zemin has directed upon Falun Gong.

Dr. He also said that at this time, the news of the founding of the Coalition to Bring Jiang to Justice has spread to mainland China and the Coalition has received numerous direct responses in regards to this news. Many of the responses were written by ordinary workers and students who expressed their desire for the news of the Coalition to spread further and faster. Anyone that supports the efforts to bring Jiang to trial is welcome to join this Coalition.

It is said that the Coalition will hold its first public gathering on October 6 in New York City.