The Chinese Constitution promises Chinese citizens many rights, such as freedom of belief, freedom of speech, the right to appeal, the right to assemble, the right to personal safety, etc. Chinese law also puts many legal restrictions on government officers. For instance, confessions cannot legally be extorted by torture, detentions cannot be extended without justification, etc. Recently, "human rights" have been included in the Constitution. The National Supreme Procuratorate has also issued a notice to investigate any cases involving the infringement of human rights.

At the same time, however, a terrifying case of physical disfigurement has recently occurred.

According to a Minghui Website report on July 7, 36-year-old female Falun Gong practitioner Gao Rongrong's face was seriously disfigured after nearly seven hours of torture with electric batons by police, including Tang Yubao, while she was detained in Longshan Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province.

Picture One: Gao Rongrong, a Falun Gong practitioner from the Finance Department of Luxun Art College in Shenyang City

Picture Two: Gao Rong with burns all over her face after torture on May 7, 2004 (the picture was taken ten days after the torture)

We can see from the first photo that Gao Rongrong was an attractive woman before her detention. Simply because she refused to give up her belief in Truth-Compassion-Tolerance, she was detained and subjected to repeated shocks with electric batons. On May 7, Tang Yubao and other policemen used electric batons on the faces of several Falun Gong practitioners, including Jin Kegui and Liang Shujie. Consequently, Jin's face was covered with large areas of serious burn wounds and swelling. The skin around her eyes was black and bruised. Pus and blood oozed out of the areas where the skin was broken. She couldn't walk normally after the beating, and her daughter was not allowed to visit her.

These are not isolated incidents. Similar violence towards Falun Gong practitioners occurs everywhere in forced labor camps, detention centers, prisons and brainwashing centers across China. In the past five years, practitioners have been abducted and tortured for persisting in their belief, for going to appeal in Beijing, and for explaining the truth to the public. Where is their freedom of belief? Where is their right to appeal? Where is their freedom of speech? Where are their human rights? Why are policemen who violate the law like Tang Yubao still not punished by the law? Why doesn't the National Supreme Procuratorate investigate them? It seems that for Jiang Zemin, the Chinese Constitution and the laws and regulations of the National Supreme Procuratorate are simply a waste of paper and mean nothing at all. Jiang's group arbitrarily persecutes, tortures and kills innocent people, totally beyond the reach of the written law.

At the same time, Jiang's group is notorious for twisting the interpretation of legitimate laws, and using them to persecute Falun Gong "in the name of law". Police in many places detain practitioners on the pretext of "disturbing social order." In fact, it is the police who are disturbing the social order. They arbitrarily abduct, torture, insult and extort money from practitioners, who only want to be good people. They dedicate so much of their resources to "handling the Falun Gong issue" that there is no time left to deal with the true criminals, who simply run free. They are restraining the good and abetting the evil, which contributes to the continual decline in social order.

China's judiciary is not independent of China's dictatorship. The courts are controlled by Jiang's group and the CCP. These kangaroo courts apply the so-called "Anti Evil Cult Act" to Falun Gong practitioners. In 1999, Jiang unlawfully overextended his power as the president of the country in labeling Falun Gong as an "evil cult". After that, the National People's Congress, the supreme organ of state power and the highest legislative body, hurriedly contrived the so-called "Anti Evil Cult Act" to meet the whim of the dictator. The Act did not define what an "evil cult" is, which leaves a great deal of room for those in power to frame good people and to confuse good with bad. Those who wrote the law did not refer to Falun Gong by name at all due to their guilty conscience. However, the so-called courts have "interpreted" the Act as needed in order to frame kind and innocent Falun Gong practitioners. They even criminalized the lawful behavior of Falun Gong practitioners before the law was made! This so-called law is simply a dictator's whim used to frame and persecute innocent people.

A regime that regards legitimate law as a waste of paper, preferring its own brand of "justice", is politically irresponsible. It manipulates the legal and judiciary systems. It manipulates state resources and news media. It oppresses people and does whatever it likes. When this politically manipulative group abuses the law, it also abuses morality and justice, the very foundation of the law. It makes China less and less a society governed by law. It degrades the morality of Chinese society. It is pushing the Chinese nation towards the abyss.

July 21, 2004