(Clearwisdom.net) We are citizens of the People's Republic of China and are also Falun Gong practitioners.

According to the Chinese Constitution, "Article 35. Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration. Article 36. Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief. Article 41. Citizens of the People's Republic of China have the right to criticize and make suggestions to any state organ or functionary."

In accordance with the law, we hereby file a lawsuit against Jiang Zemin, former president of the People's Republic of China and currently Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Charges: "The defendant used his power over the military, the police, the National Security Bureau, the judicial system, detention centers, custody centers, labor camps and other governmental agencies to prohibit the spreading of Falun Gong; he manipulated the national propaganda and news media to frame, slander and spread lies about Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong; he ordered the arrest, detention and imprisonment of Falun Gong practitioners who exercised their legal rights and went to Beijing to appeal, which resulted in the torture and deaths of more than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners (whose names and addresses are verified) and the arrest, detention and sentencing of over 100,000 other Falun Gong practitioners, in a period beginning from July 20, 1999 until today. We believe the deaths of Falun Gong practitioners and the deprivation of Falun Gong practitioners' rights is the result of the defendant who abused his power and launched a politically motivated persecution. We are therefore filing a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of the People's Republic of China.

This lawsuit demands the following:

"According to the law, the defendant must immediately end all persecutory acts against all Falun Gong practitioners and unconditionally release all detained Falun Gong practitioners."

"According to the law, an independent body must conduct a thorough investigation of the persecution of Falun Gong in China."

"According to the law, the defendant must be held legally responsible for abusing his power to launch the persecution of Falun Gong and Falun Gong practitioners."

"According to the law, an investigation of the people directly responsible for the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners must be conducted; they must be held responsible."

"According to the law, Falun Gong practitioners who were illegally detained, sent to labor camps and prisons must be permitted to act as witnesses in court in this lawsuit against those personally responsible for the persecution of these practitioners."

"According to the law, a public investigation and trial of all cases of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners must be conducted."

"Local courts must be notified to accept cases filed by Falun Gong practitioners and their families."

"News media must be required to monitor the investigation and trials of persecuted Falun Gong practitioners."

"According to the law, the facts about Falun Gong must be published and the reputation of Falun Gong and its founder must be restored."

"According to the law, an investigation must be conducted on people in the sectors of culture, religion, news, sports, science and other fields who participated in or contributed to the persecution of Falun Gong."

"According to the constitution, the legal rights of Falun Gong practitioners must be restored."

To the presiding judge of the Supreme Court of the P. R. China:

Falun Gong taught by Mr. Li Hongzhi is based on the principles of "Truth-Compassion- Tolerance." Falun Gong teaches people to be better than good, to not violate any law and to improve their own moral standards. These have benefited both the society and all manner of other people. What could be illegal about this wonderful practice and its practitioners?

We as Falun Gong practitioners, hereby appeal to the presiding judge of the Supreme Court of China: "Awaken your conscience, exercise your bound duty, and for the future of the Chinese nation, declare war on all crimes and end this illegal persecution that has been going on for far too long!"

Criminal facts regarding the defendant, Jiang Zemin:

Since July 20, 1999 until the present, more than 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners have died as a result of this persecution. Below are the names of some of them:

Ms. Xu Jinzhi, 56 years old, lived in Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province. In 2002, Ms. Xu Jinzhi was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison. She was tortured to death on May 25, 2004.

Mr. Wang Chuanping, 53 years old, lived in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province. He was arrested twice after the persecution began on July 20, 1999. He was released in May 2001 and in June he went to visit his hometown, Shaoxing City in Zhejiang Province. He was arrested again and was sentenced to eight years in prison and jailed in Shaoxing Prison. He passed away at the end of April 2004.

Mr. Zhang Shengqi, 35 years old, lived in Baishan City, Jilin Province. On February 10, 2001, Lushuihe Town police took Zhang Shengqi away, brutally tortured him, and then sent him to Baishan City Forced Labor Camp and later to Chaoyanggou Labor Camp in Changchun City. In March 2002, he was released on medical parole to his family members' care but died on February 26, 2004.

Ms. Yang Jinying, 53 years old, was a farmer in Bozhou, Anhui Province. One day in April 2002, personnel from the "610 Office" and from Guantang Police Station broke into her home and took her to the police station. They held her for 20 months, during which time they tortured her until her whole body was paralyzed. The perpetrators sentenced her to three years in prison and later released her on medical parole. Several days later, Yang Jinying passed away.

Mr. Zhang Baicheng, 66 years old, lived in Meihekou City in Jilin Province. He was detained at a labor camp until his body was covered with scabies, and the flesh on his legs putrefied and exposed his bones. He passed away at 5 a.m. on February 19, 2002.

Ms. Zhao Xiaoping, 62 years old, was a retired teacher in Wulumuqi City, Xinjiang Province. She went to Beijing on December 28, 2000, to appeal and was illegally detained. On January 4, 2001, Ms. Zhao was interrogated by the authorities and her face was disfigured from brutal torture. She was sent to a hospital for emergency treatment on January 5, 2001 and passed away on January 7, 2001.

Mr. Han Junqing, 47 years old, lived in Fangshan District, Beijing. He was arrested twice for practicing Falun Gong and was held at Fangshan Detention Center. He died from torture in early June 2004.

Ms. Jing Shuhua, 56 years old, lived in Yanji City, Jilin Province. On the morning of April 29, 2004, the police ransacked her home and took her away. On May 25, Jing Shuhua was released. At that time she was already on the verge of death. Her family immediately sent her to a hospital, but despite the emergency treatment, Jing Shuhua passed away early in the morning on May 27.

Ms. Wang Yaping, 47 years old, lived in Chengde City, Hebei Province. She was twice sent to Gaoyang Forced Labor Camp in Baoding City, Hebei Province. Her second term lasted less than six months. She became paralyzed and incontinent from torture. She was released and passed away on May 9, 2004.

Ms. Li Yansong, 57 years old, lived in Dalian City, Liaoning Province. In September 2000 she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa. She was arrested at the Dalian Bus Station. Later she was sent to a labor camp where she suffered ruthless torture. She passed away in November 2003.

Ms. Shi Yueqin, about 30 years old, lived Wenchang City, Hainan Province. She started practicing Falun Gong in 1997. On September 12, 1999, police went to search her home, took Shi Yueqin to a police station and interrogated her around the clock for three days. She was later sent to Anning Hospital, Hainan Province's psychiatric hospital, where she was forcibly given large amounts of drug injections, causing damage to her nervous system, which led to a mental breakdown. On March 6, 2003, she jumped out of a building and died.

Mr. Han Zhenju, 53 years old, lived in Yongqing County, Hebei Province. In October 1999, Han Zhenju went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa and was arrested and detained at Yongqing County Detention Center. In late 2000, he was sentenced to two years of forced labor for appealing for Falun Gong. Savage torture followed at Gaoyang Labor Camp in Baoding, Hebei Province. On the morning of March 23, 2003, policeman Zhang Zhenqing and others from the No. 1 Political and Security Section of Yongqing County Police Department arrested him from home and sent him to Kaiping Labor Camp in Tangshan City. He died from torture on May 15, 2004.

Mr. Yan Liyou, 50 years old, was the former general manager of Huayi Industrial Development Company in Hainan Province. In January 2002, he was arrested and tortured. He was released and returned home in late September 2002 and passed away on April 12, 2004.

Mr. Tian Lifu, 50 years old, lived in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. He began practicing Falun Gong in 1997. He was in poor health before he began practicing and became very healthy after he practiced Falun Dafa. He was held at Qingling Detention Center and suffered persecution in Wuhan City in 2000. Tian Lifu passed away in November 2001.

Ms. Zhou Yuqin, 59 years old, lived in Tangshan City of Hebei Province. Before she practiced Falun Gong, she had suffered from intestinal cancer and had lost her ability to work. After practicing, she recovered completely and was able to carry out any task. Her family was extremely happy about her recovery. On June 9, 2001, police officer Zhang Zhiqiang and others from Kaiping Police Station came to her home, took her away and detained her at Kaiping Brainwashing Center. She died on September 1, 2001.

Mrs. Liu-Fu Meihui, 57 years old, lived in Maoming City, Guangdong Province. Before she learned Falun Gong she used to have many diseases and was very weak. However, after she started practicing Falun Gong in 1998, she became very healthy. She went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong in April 2000 and was arrested and sent back to the local police station where she was detained for twenty days. Then she was sent to the No. 1 Section of Huazhou Detention Center. Mrs. Liu-Fu Meihui passed away in January 2001.

Ms. Gao Jinling, 46 years old, lived in Liaoyang City, Liaoning Province. She began practicing Falun Gong in March 1997, and all of her illnesses disappeared. On October 8, 1999 she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa and was arrested. She was sentenced to 1-1/2 years of forced labor; the term was later extended by six months. One year after her release, she was again arrested and brutally beaten and was directly sent to Masanjia Female Labor Camp. However, she was not accepted because she failed the physical examination, and the police sent her home. She passed away soon after.

Ms. Wang Aiyuan, 52 years old, lived in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. In 2002 she wrote a letter to the local police department and the political and judiciary section of Zhengyang Street Committee to clarify the truth about how Falun Gong benefited her. The police arrested her from home and sentenced her to two years of forced labor. They sent her to Longshan Labor Camp in Shenyang City where they tortured her until she was on the brink of death. One week after she was released, on April 27, 2004, she passed away.

Mr. Wei Xinhua, 66 years old, lived in Wuwei City, Gansu Province. He was arrested numerous times and was held at Division Four of the No.1 Labor Camp in Gansu Province where he was beaten and severely injured. Because he refused to give up Falun Gong, he was arrested again in the spring of 2003 and held at Dashaping Prison in Lanzhou City. Then he was transferred to Wuwei Youth Custody Center. He died from torture in April 2004.

Ms. Sun Lancheng, 41 years old, lived in Wei County, Hebei Province. Since the persecution of Falun Gong began, she had gone to Beijing many times to appeal. As a result she was arrested, had her home ransacked, and was fined huge amounts of money many times. She was arrested again in December 2002 and brutally tortured. She passed away on February 3, 2003.

Mr. Zhang Caihou, 70 years old, lived in Wuwei City, Gansu Province. In early 2000, he was arrested for practicing Falun Gong and was tortured for six hours, which caused severe injuries. He passed away at home on May 27, 2000.

Mr. Wang Shujun, 36 years old, lived in Cheng'an County, Handan City, Hebei Province. He was illegally sentenced to three years in prison and the perpetrators from the local "610 Office" continued to persecute him after his release. Wang Shujun passed away on June 20, 2004.

Mr. Liu Xiaodong, 36 years old, lived in Hailun City, Heilongjiang Province. Because he persisted in practicing Falun Gong he was twice arrested and held at Hailun City Detention Center. In October 2003, Liu Xiaodong was extremely weak, still Hailun City Court sentenced him to two years in Bei'an City Prison. Liu Xiaodong died in prison on March 8, 2004.

Some other practitioners who died from persecution include Zou Wenzhi from Dalian City, Zhou Rong from Guiyang City, Zhao Xin from Beijing, Chen Zixiu from Shandong Province, Wang Guiju from Sichuan Province, Zhao Liuchun from Neimenggu Autonomous Region, Wang Guoyue from Guangdong Province, Cao Yali from Jiangsu Province, Wang Ruxin from Qinhuangdao City, Yu Xiuling from Chaoyang City, Zhang Li from Anshan City, Zeng Xian'e from Hubei Province, Qiu Zhiyan from Benxi City, Yu Chunhai from Shenyang City, Li Deshan from Dezhou City, Yang Hongyan from Fuxin City, and Gao Shiping from Zhuanghe City.

A young practitioner with the number L25 held at Qian'an Detention Center in Hebei Province was brutally tortured. The guards plucked out his eyelashes, grinded away his toenails and burned his nose with a cigarette lighter until it turned black. Countless practitioners were tortured in a similar manner.

According to the above stated facts, we, the illegally persecuted Falun Gong practitioners, hereby file this lawsuit with the Supreme Court of the People's Republic of China and demand a just verdict, according to the law.

Plaintiffs: All Falun Gong practitioners persecuted in Mainland China

July 18, 2004