Is the "Six Prohibitions" Notice Announced in July 1999 Included in the Recent Termination of Illegal Policies by the Ministry of Public Security?
(Clearwisdom.net) According to a recent Xinhua Net report, the Department of Public Security has recently abolished seven departmental regulations and 1077 model documents. The Department of Public Security clearly stated that the policies violating national law and regulation must be abandoned. According to the report, an officer from the Department of Public Security said this elimination of model documents in the Department of Public Security is "the broadest, the most intensive, and the most complete since the establishment of the People's Republic of China." As a concerned citizen of China, I ask how the July 1999 "Six Prohibitions" issued by the System of Public Security to persecute Falun Dafa will be treated?
The first documents that the Department of Public Security should eliminate are the "Six Prohibitions" and various documents issued by the public security system to persecute Falun Gong
In July 1999, the fourth article of the "Six Prohibitions" issued by the Department of Public Security proclaimed: "Prohibit any gathering, parade, or demonstration that promotes Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) with peaceful sitting or appealing." This regulation violates the constitution and the current law.
Article 35 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China states: "The citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy the freedom of speech, publication, association, parade, and demonstration." The "Six Prohibitions" deprived citizens of their freedom of association, demonstration, and speech. The Constitution is the overall law of the nation. Any other laws or local regulations contradicting the Constitution should not be enforceable.
The "Six Prohibitions" is also against Article 41 of the Constitution. This article states: "The citizens of the People's Republic of China have the right to criticize any public officer at various levels and the right to appeal, to press charges, and to report any official who has done things against the law or failed in his official duty. The related government organization must thoroughly investigate and properly resolve the appeals, charges, and reports filed by a citizen. No appellants should be suppressed or retaliated against."
The Appeals Regulation of the State Department of the People's Republic of China clearly states: "In making appeals, (citizens) may present to the related government agencies their criticism, suggestions or requests regarding any government units and their officials." "Secondly, (citizens) may report and expose officials for violation of laws and abuse of power." "Thirdly, (citizens) may file charges against behaviors that violate their legal rights." The "Six Prohibitions" issued by the Department of Public Security not only violated China's Constitution but also the Appeals Regulation issued by the State Department of the People's Republic of China.
Each sentence of the July 1999 "Announcement" began with the word "Prohibit." It was easily understood that any citizen who believed in Falun Gong would be deprived of his or her basic human rights. Actually, the Department of Public Security has no legal right to legislate or interpret the law, since it is only an organization for law enforcement. Its regulations violated the Constitution according to articles 59, 64, 65, 66, 71, 93, and 111 in the "People's Republic of China Criminal Law." The actions taken by the public security system before the announcement of the "Prohibition Orders," which included the massive nation-wide arrest of Falun Dafa assistants and members of the Falun Dafa Research Association on the early morning of July 20, 1999, and the detention of over 300,000 Falun Dafa practitioners who went to appeal on July 21 and 22, have no legal standing. In some regions, public security organizations deceived Falun Dafa assistants by pretending to want to talk with them and then arrested them upon their arrival; some did not show any arrest or detention warrant; some still have not provided the detention locations to the practitioners' family members or work units even after a long lapse of time and with no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the practitioners. Some public security organizations continue to summon Falun Dafa practitioners, illegally search their homes without search warrants, and detain practitioners for over 30 hours. On July 22, 1999, the Human Rights Watch Group strongly condemned the Chinese Government for its illegal ban of Falun Dafa activities; but the "Six Prohibitions" issued by the Department of Public Security and other documents which attack Falun Gong still became the "legal basis" for the public security system's persecution of Falun Dafa for the past five years.
Documents can be terminated but the crimes cannot be written off
In August 2001 when the international community recognized the truth of the "Self-Immolation," the Chinese Central TV Station simply cut out the scene that showed Liu Chunling being hit by a heavy object, just like an elementary student erases an error on his homework. This revision only made it more obvious that they were trying to cover it up. Will this termination of some documents by the Department of Public Security also be like "erasing an error"? If not, it should thoroughly investigate the conspirators, creators, and executors behind the "Six Prohibitions" and provide the public with a reasonable explanation.
How could they not know that these illegal "Six Prohibitions" caused so many innocent people to lose their families, jobs, homes, and even their lives? Many persecution cases have already been exposed in Chinese society. In addition to the countless Falun Gong practitioners who have died from persecution, the practitioners still suffering brutal torture are even more numerous. Those who created these illegal regulations have caused irreparable damage.
Clearwisdom.net has reported many shocking cases of persecution against Falun Dafa practitioners, for example, the two appalling cases reported on August 13 & 29, 2004. Practitioner Zhang Zhong from Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province, was unjustly arrested in the spring of 2002 and sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment. Over the past two years, he was tortured in the prison nearly to death several times. Currently skin and bones, he is in a coma and dying.
Falun Gong practitioner Zhang Zhong subjected to persecution in Daqing Prison, as thin as stick and at the verge of death.
Ms. Wang Xia, 30 years old, from Bayanzhuoermeng, Linhe City, Inner Mongolia, was sentenced to seven years in prison for speaking the truth and clarifying the truth about Falun Gong. She was detained in the Huhehaote City Women's Prison, where she was brutally force-fed with harmful drugs. Her weight was reduced to 45 lb, and she was continuously in a coma. To escape responsibility for her condition, the prison asked her family members to take her out on a "medical parole" on June 26, 2004.
Falun Gong practitioner Wang Xia was tortured until she became so thin that all her bones were visible.
Thirty-six year old Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Gao Rongrong was shocked with electric batons for seven hours by police in Longshan Education and Reformation Center, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, severely disfiguring her face. This news was exposed between June and July of this year. Since August 9, 2004, she has had blood in her urine and cannot eat or drink. After three months of torture, Gao Rongrong had become so thin that all her bones were visible. Her eyes were sunken so deeply into their sockets that they could not close completely, and she looked nothing like before. Doctors said she was constantly at the risk of dying and repeatedly issued death notices, but the officials at the Longshan Education and Reformation Center refused to release her, proclaiming that she would not be allowed to go home even if she did die.
The images of these life-threateningly ill and disfigured people are reminiscent of the crimes of genocide committed by Hitler over 50 years ago. Can these unspeakable crimes of the past five years be written off if these illegal documents are terminated?
Remarkably, officials from public security, the prosecutors, and police departments all said of the persecution, "We know you are good people, but there is nothing we can do. This is an order from the higher authorities. If we don't do as ordered, we will lose our jobs." If they didn't complete the task of persecuting Falun Gong, their official positions would be threatened. Some people became "heroes" and were rewarded for their performance in persecuting Falun Gong, such as Su Jing from Masanjia Labor Camp and Li Jirong from Beijing Women's Labor Camp. The illegal "Six Prohibitions" poisoned the conscience of these public security officials.
Punishing the perpetrators is the only way out
Merely terminating the illegal documents is not enough; punishing the perpetrators is the only way to truly end this persecution. If the current Chinese leaders are indifferent and do nothing to stop the persecution, they will continue to poison more people and also have to bear the responsibility for the crimes committed by Jiang's regime.
History will not change its course of development according the will of mankind. Neither the international community nor the legal profession will be indifferent to massive genocide and crimes against humanity. When every country in the world understands this persecution, the criminals will be punished according to international laws and the laws in each country. The International Criminal Court may even establish a special court like that established for the Rwanda genocide crimes. Because the current legal system in China cannot provide justice to the victims, victims around the world will have reason to press charges against the initiators and participants of this persecution in the international society. In fact, this trend has already taken shape: Jiang Zemin has been sued in the United States, Canada, Spain, Germany, Taiwan, South Korea, Greece, and Australia for crimes against humanity, genocide, and torture. High-ranking officials who participated in the persecution, such as Li Lanqing, Zeng Qinghong, Luo Gan, Liu Jing, Zhou Yongkang, Wu Guanzheng, Bo Xilai, and Chen Zhili have also been sued in many countries and in the International Court of the United Nations.
China must punish its criminals using current legal means. I hope that all who are concerned about China's future will clearly recognize this issue and work together to end this persecution as soon as possible.