Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group Files Petition with United Nations for Relatives of Practitioners in the US
(Clearwisdom.net) The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group (FGHRWG) recently filed a petition with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding Hu Zhiming, the younger brother of New York resident Hu Zhihua, and He Haiou, the younger brother of Boston resident He Haiying.
Hu Zhiming was acting Director of the Computer Department in a Beijing Air force Equipment Institute. He was forced to retire from the military and was unlawfully imprisoned for not giving up his practice of Falun Gong. On September 23 to 25, 2005, police and security agents abducted him and his whereabouts are not known. This case caught the attention of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
He Haiou is a practitioner from Chongqing. He was illegally sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for clarifying the truth. So far his family members have not received the ruling. For five years, he has been tortured brutally. To protest his illegal imprisonment, He Haiou held a hunger strike for 10 days and his condition became critical. He was sent to the hospital for rescue. His brother in Boston worries about him very much.
FGHRWG filed petitions for Hu Zhiming and He Haiou with three UN human rights groups, including the Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.
The Special Rapporteur on Torture at the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement after two weeks of inspection in December 2005 in China. In his news release, the special rapporteur stated that torture is widespread in China. He said that a strange climate of fear, intimidation and self-censorship prevailed in China, which is not apparent in other countries. Many victims do not dare to disclose their suffering even though they have been tortured brutally. Chinese labor camps should be abolished altogether. His report will be submitted to the annual conference of the UN Human Rights Commission.
Both Hu Zhiming and He Haiying are relatives of practitioners overseas. More family members of other practitioners overseas are being imprisoned and tortured in China. These facts demonstrate that the inhuman persecution taking place in China affects the whole world. When the crimes of the Chinese Communist Party are fully exposed, it will bring about its demise.
FGHRWG will continue to pay attention to both of these cases.
At the same time, on FGHRWG's website, more and more support is being received from around the world: http://www.falunhr.org/te/index.php.