News and Events from around the World -- July 21, 2006

Issued by Clearwisdom Net


  • New York: Practitioners Call on the Singapore Authorities Not to Appease the CCP and Do Harm to the Country and its People

  • San Francisco: Practitioners Call on Singapore to Drop the Charges, Not to Assist the CCP in the Persecution of Falun Gong

  • Russia: Falun Gong Practitioners under the Pressure of Persecution (Part 2)

  • New York: Practitioners Call on the Singapore Authorities Not to Appease the CCP and Do Harm to the Country and its People

    Falun Gong practitioners in New York came to the Singapore Delegation Station in the United Nations sternly protested and called on the Singapore authorities to immediately withdraw the charges against Falun Gong practitioners. They also sternly cautioned the Singapore authorities not to help a tyrant to do evil, and be the CCP's accomplice in the persecution of Falun Gong.

    Falun Gong practitioners sternly protest at the Singapore delegation station in the UN

    Ms. Yi Rong, representing the Eastern U.S. Falun Dafa Association, delivered an open letter to the Singapore Consulate in New York and Singapore's Permanent Delegation Stationed in the United Nations. The letter states that since the revelation of the CCP's live organ harvesting, more and more people and organizations have started paying attention to and condemning the atrocity. But the Singapore government is assisting the CCP in suppressing Falun Gong practitioners. The Eastern U.S. Falun Dafa Association calls on the Singapore government to stand with the righteous, and immediately drop the charges against Falun Gong practitioners.

    On July 10, 2006, nine Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore received subpoenas from the police, asking them to appear in court on July 14. They were charged with "Assembly without permit." The reason was that the abovementioned practitioners distributed flyers exposing the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong and supporting withdrawals from the CCP and its affiliated organizations on October 22-23 last year in the downtown area.

    On the morning of July 12, 2006, Ms. Huang Chay Hua went alone to the outside of the Chinese Embassy to do the exercises as usual, while carrying a small banner on her back. Soon, more than a dozen plainclothes police came and took her to the Tanglin Police Station. The police had her investigated under the charge of "malicious harassment." The reason was that the content of the banner was protesting Li Lanqing persecuting Falun Gong. Li Lanqing was the head of 610 Office, an organization of the CCP dedicated to the persecution of Falun Gong.

    On July 14, the nine practitioners appeared in court and expressed that they would not accept the charges. They expressed that they are peaceful and have not violated any law in Singapore.

    Ms. Yi Rong said that it is not at all wrong that Falun Gong practitioners spend their spare time clarifying the truth about Falun Gong to the public at large. It is for the sake of everybody by telling people to be quick to withdraw from the CCP for their own safety. Li Lanqing, as the head of the 610 Office, an organization dedicated to the persecution of Falun Gong, he has committed huge crimes against Falun Gong practitioners, and Falun Gong practitioners should certainly expose his crimes. Many Falun Gong practitioners around the world have been protesting in front of the Chinese embassies or consulates, and they have been protected and supported by the local government. Singapore disregards morality and justice to curry favor with the CCP, which is a shameful act.

    Mr. Xu from Singapore also came to the activity site to support it. He said, "Singapore is a democratic country only in name. It follows the CCP closely, and other than due to the pressure from the CCP, it also has something to do with its own bad elements. Taking me as an example. I went to work in Singapore from Mainland China in 1998 and started practicing Falun Gong at the end of 1999. When I applied for permanent residency (PR) status, Singapore officials directly asked me if I wanted Falun Gong or PR. I refused to give up Falun Gong. As a result, I could not get PR in the past eight years. In 2005, I and another person jointly applied to register a company, but our application was also rejected. Later, I applied for a work permit, but I was still rejected. At last, I had to go to another country. But during my contacts with Singapore government department staff, I found they are kind, but helpless under the autocratic rule. "

    Ms. Yi Rong expressed that more and more countries and regions around the world have been aware of the CCP's brutal killing of kind Falun Gong practitioners, and more and more people with a sense of justice condemn the CCP's inhuman practice of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. More and more Chinese have quit the CCP and its affiliated associations. Singapore authorities seem to have a blurred line between right or wrong and is willing to be associated with the CCP, placing its future in jeopardy. We hope that the Singapore authorities will be reasonable, immediately drop the charges against the Falun Gong practitioners, abide by the laws of the country, and protect the legal rights of Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore.

    San Francisco: Practitioners Call on Singapore to Drop the Charges, Not to Assist the CCP in the Persecution of Falun Gong

    Some Falun Gong practitioners from the Bay Area in San Francisco came to the Singapore Consulate in San Francisco to deliver a petition from the Western U.S. Falun Dafa Association, calling on Singapore not to assist the CCP in the persecution of Falun Gong, and to withdraw the illegal charges against Falun Gong practitioners.

    Falun Gong practitioners in San Francisco call on Singapore to withdraw illegal charges, and not to help the CCP persecute Falun Gong

    Falun Gong practitioner Zuno said that since the Singapore media announced that the former head of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 610 Office Li Lanqing, invited by Lee Kuan Yee, would be conferred an honorary doctorate by the National University of Singapore, there occurred a series of incidents in Singapore from an attempt to repatriate Falun Gong practitioners, to the banning of Falun Gong practitioners from holding truth clarification activities, to charging Falun Gong practitioners in court.

    Zuno pointed out that prior to "interrogating" Falun Gong practitioners, the major Chinese and English media in Singapore published a series of slanderous articles directed by high level authorities. For example, one of the articles claimed that Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Huang Chay Hua was suspected of "illegal assembly" for doing the exercises and protesting in front of the Chinese Consulate alone. Falun Gong practitioners’ peaceful and law-abiding activities in public places are slandered as "sabotaging the public order." The argumentation in these articles is absurd.

    Zuno pointed out that more and more evidence on the CCP’s genocidal persecution of Falun Gong has been revealed, for example, its crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. Recently, a former Canadian MP and a human rights lawyer conducted a two-month investigation into this and released an independent investigative report, confirming that the CCP’s inhuman atrocities are true and are still happening.

    Zuno emphasized that with the CCP’s evil nature being more and more widely known, more and more Chinese people having severed ties with it, and there have been more than 11.8 million Chinese who have renounced the CCP and its affiliated organizations. The CCP’s crimes against the Chinese people, including more than 100 million kind Falun Gong practitioners, are so huge so as to be intolerable and unpardonable by heavenly principles. Zuno said, "We came to the Singapore Consulate in San Francisco to deliver the petition. We hope that the Singapore government truly thinks of the future of the people of Singapore, does not assist the CCP in the persecution of Falun Gong, and drops the illegal charges against Falun Gong practitioners."

    The Singapore Consulate is located in a building in the Market Street, a busy financial center. As it was close to noon time, there were many people in the street. At 1:00 p.m. Falun Gong practitioners from the Bay Area came to outside the Singapore Consulate. Some practitioners unfurled banners calling for an end to the persecution, some distributed truth clarification flyers stating that the Singapore government assists the CCP in the persecution of Falun Gong, and illegally charges practitioners in court.

    As soon as the banners were unfurled, people passing by focused their attention on them. Many people took the truth clarification materials and some stopped to inquire about the situation in detail.

    One middle-aged lady walked up and said that she knew that Falun Gong practitioners have been brutally persecuted by the CCP in China. She also heard about that Falun Gong practitioners have had their organs removed while still alive. She asked, "Has the Singapore government been also involved in the persecution of Falun Gong?"

    A practitioner told her that Falun Gong was registered as a legal association in 1996 in Singapore. Prior to the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong, Falun Gong flourished in Singapore, and there never occurred any incident against it. Meanwhile, since July 1999, the Singapore government’s attitude toward Falun Gong has changed, and there constantly occurred incidents that violated practitioners’ human rights. All these were closely related to the interactions between the high level authorities in Singapore and the CCP, and even more were resulted in the CCP’s direct pressure and enticement.

    The lady shook her head and said, "What a pity!" She then expressed that she wanted to do something to help stop the persecution. The practitioner told her to help more people learn about the true situation of Falun Gong, and urge the American government to support the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong to go to China to investigate the persecution of Falun Gong. The lady nodded and left with related truth clarification materials.

    Russia: Falun Gong Practitioners under the Pressure of Persecution (Part 2)

    Continued from Part 1

    For several years, Russian practitioners have been making use of all opportunities possible to hold truth clarification activities, to clarify the facts to various levels of government, and to expose the lies and atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other large cities. Currently many sentient beings in government departments in Moscow and St. Petersburg, including the Home Office, the Foreign Ministry, have learned about Falun Gong and the persecution it suffers in China. Some human rights organizations and lawyers expressed support for Falun Gong. On the other hand, under the pressure of the CCP and the direction of the Foreign Ministry, the police and the public security departments have been turning down practitioners' requests to hold protests in front of the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Below is the story of a recent activity.

    The Planning and Application of the June 2006 Protest

    According to Russian Federal Regulation Number 54-ÔÇ of June 19th, 2004 on "Public Gathering and Parade", the public is only required to apply to government authorities on the time and location of the gathering within a stipulated time frame. The relevant authority can merely "suggest" changes to the proposed time and location. The organizers of the event have the right to refuse the "suggestion."

    Falun Gong practitioners planned to hold an event at the square in front of the Chinese Embassy in Moscow on June 16th to protest the CCP's atrocities of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit. Their request was denied by the local government. Later, practitioners wrote to relevant authorities to state their reasons, pointing out that the local government's refusal of public gathering was illegal. If the government turned down practitioners' application again, the practitioners would bring the local authorities to court and hold the activity as planned. Meanwhile Russian practitioners clarified the truth to the local authorities on numerous occasions. In Moscow and St. Petersburg they submitted another round of formal applications to hold protests in front of the Chinese Embassy and the Consulate respectively from 4-6 pm on June 30th. Even though the replies from local governments were still "no", the refusals were toned down a little.

    On the Day of the Activity

    At 4 pm on June 30th, practitioners from Moscow and St. Petersburg arrived at the locations specified in the event applications.

    A group of Falun Gong practitioners arrested

    Falun Gong practitioners soon released after being illegally detained

    In Moscow -- the first batch of practitioners arrived to find many police and police cars waiting. The police told the practitioners immediately not to hold the protest or else they would be taken away.

    Through sharing practitioners agreed that the police's behaviour was illegal. They solemnly declared to carry on with the protest as originally planned. As a result the first batch of practitioners was taken to the waiting police cars.

    Meanwhile another batch of practitioners unfurled a banner. The police who had been waiting in a police car in the woods came over to confiscate the banner and took the practitioners into the police car. Practitioners clarified the truth along the way. The police repeated, "We know about Falun Gong. You are all good people. This is an order from above. We are under huge pressure from the Embassy and have to carry out the orders."

    At the police station, practitioners were locked up. They were told they would be released after making a routine statement. Each practitioner was recorded and asked to sign. Everyone wrote, "This is illegal detention. I do not agree with the statement."

    Subsequently the police asked practitioners to come to the station on July 3 for a judicial judgement. All practitioners were then released.

    Afterwards the event organizer, President of Moscow Falun Dafa Association, Mr. Shikaqiuk Ivan Petrovich, said, "Our gathering was legal. Our goal was to protest the CCP's killing of Falun Gong practitioners, harvesting their organs while they are still alive and illegally selling these stolen organs for profit. The CCP's genocidal atrocities are intolerable. If every Russian citizen can speak out against the CCP's atrocities like the Falun Gong practitioners do, I believe Russia will become a powerful democratic country."

    President of the Russian Citizen Human Rights Committee, Sofiya Rashitovna Dorinskaya, who was also on the scene, was quoted as saying, "Today's incident was a direct violation of citizens' rights. The police's behaviour was illegal. I will report this incident to President Putin."

    Representative of Helsinki Human Rights Group, Valeriy Nikoliskny, said, "Today's incident is a sabotage of the country's democracy, a blatant violation of human rights. These criminal behaviours will do a great deal of harm to the nation."

    In St. Petersburg, practitioners arrived at the event site, where many police had been waiting. The police kindly told practitioners, "We all know that you are good people. We are under tremendous pressure. Hope you will leave here. We have to carry out orders."

    Practitioners continued to clarify the truth to the police, telling them in China the CCP harvests organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and sells the stolen organs for profit. At this point one police officer hinted to the practitioners to unfurl the banners. Practitioners immediately unfurled all of the banners in front of the Chinese Consulate.

    For nearly one hour, practitioners clarified the facts to the police. Time and again the police said they had to carry out orders under the pressure of the Chinese Consulate and their superiors. Later the police said, "You have been here for one hour. They (the Chinese Consulate) kept phoning our superiors to apply pressure. Large groups of riot police will soon arrive. You have done what you came here to do. Please leave."

    After sharing, practitioners attending the protest in St. Petersburg decided to leave the riverbank where the Consulate is located and continue the activity from across the river. Meanwhile the police took the event organizer to the station for a written statement. She made it clear on the record, "It is illegal to stop our protest." Similarly, police asked her to come to the station on July 3 for a judicial judgement.

    The Court Overruled the Local Police Bureau's Indictment against Falun Gong Practitioners on "Administrative Violation"

    Subsequent to their illegal detention of Falun Gong practitioners protesting in front of the Chinese Embassy, the police bureau at the Western District of Moscow indicted the practitioners with "Administrative Violation" at Nikulin District Court. This is a common practice by which the Moscow police tried to legalize their illegal activities. On June 30, ten practitioners were detained. After taking written statements, the police announced that the case would be heard at Moscow's Nikulin District Court on July 4-5.

    Practitioners were prepared for this. They clarified the facts at the police bureau, employed an experienced human rights lawyer, and prepared leaflets and defence.

    On July 4, the Court heard the event organizer Ivan individually. All other implicated practitioners went to the court voluntarily to support Ivan.

    On July 5, the Court heard the other nine protesters. Some practitioners went to the court to support while others who could not attend for various reasons sent forth righteous thoughts wherever they were.

    The Court's judgement after two days of trial was:

    "The indictment against XX (the name of each practitioner, one verdict per practitioner) on 'violation of mass gathering regulation' at about 16:35 on June 30, 2006 at Number Six, Friendship Avenue, Moscow (Chinese Embassy) did not specify any witness names or surnames or their testimony. With the exception of the police's record of detention of XX and his/her statement denying any illegal activity, there was no evidence or fact of violation by the accused. The indictment lacked any evidence of the accused organizing or attending the gathering in front of the Chinese Embassy or the Western District Government's decision on this issue. Further, it did not detail any specific fact of violation by the accused.

    Hence, the indictment lacked any evidence upon which the Court could base a judgement of the violation. The Court cannot try this case or reach any lawful decision.

    In view of the above and according to Regulation 29.1, ïÀ ÷.1 29.4 ÊîÀÏ ÐÔ, the Court decided:

    To overrule Moscow Laminka Police Bureau's indictment against XX on "Administrative Violation". (The Moscow police are) To correct its mistakes based on the Court's statement above.

    Any appeal can be filed at this court within ten days."

    Following the Court's decision on July 5, the lawyer representing Falun Gong practitioners stated, "The protest did not go ahead as planned due to the police's illegal acts. The court's rejection of the District Police Bureau's indictment verified that (the practitioners) did not violate the law. Obviously the detention of practitioners was illegal. We will bring a lawsuit against the police bureau and the District Government's illegal disturbance of our gathering.

    This court decision will have a positive effect on future gatherings and other activities of Russian Falun Gong practitioners. However, Russia is not a country with a mature legal system. The security department and the Home Office (the Police Bureau) have powers above the law. Additionally, the Foreign Ministry leans towards the evil CCP. Much hard work is ahead. This incident opened channels for clarifying the truth to top level officials. It also served as the beginning of a good judicial process.

    Extend Truth Clarification to the Far East

    Recently Russian practitioners paid attention to the Far East while working hard to clarify the facts to the Russian people and various levels of the government.

    A port city in the far eastern area of Russia, Grodekovo, is across the river from the Chinese border city of Suifenhe. Although the city's population is small, its location is very important. Train service carries three hundred to one thousand Chinese people into Russia here everyday. There are also commuters who travel to the Russian side to work. Another port in the far eastern area of Russia, Khabarovsk is across the Songhua River from the Chinese city of Tongjiang. There are many Chinese businessmen, farmers, and forestry workers here.

    In order for the Chinese people to learn the truth about the evil CCP's persecution of Falun Gong, Russian practitioners came here from different cities at their own expense. Practitioners promoted Falun Gong and clarified the facts along the way, taking advantage of even forty minutes' of short stops to demonstrate the exercises and distribute leaflets.

    The Russian Falun Dafa Association welcomes support from practitioners worldwide, especially from those who speak either Russian or Chinese or who have contacts with various departments of the Russian government. The combined efforts will awaken people's conscience and save more people with a predestined relationship with Russia.