"World Daily" Editorial: Human Rights Are Not Political Gambling Chips, But a Goal to Modernization

[Minghui Net] World Daily editorial, February 8, 2001

In regard to the U.S. Air Force using China as an assumed model enemy for a military space combat rehearsal, Beijing' Foreign Affairs Office "deeply expressed its worries" and at the same time stated that it will boycott the U.S. in developing a nationwide missile defense system and it will make large efforts to gain allies to push for anti space-arms-race treaties. In reality, behind the noisy "Star Wars" defense/offense system and the debate of whether the U.S. will increase selling weapons to Taiwan, the real test facing the relationship between China and the U.S. is the challenge of the human rights issue. This is not just because Bush' government emphasizes the values of human rights; the bottom line is, if Beijing shortens the gap on human rights issues with the U.S., the U.S. will reduce its increasing suspicion of China, and the arms race crisis will ease accordingly. In actuality, the White House and the State Department have already started to discuss how to use effective means to push the Chinese Central Government' high-level officials to improve human rights. In the short run, the U.S. State Department will publish its annual human rights report at the end of this month. It will strongly criticize the current worsening condition of human rights in China, especially the suppression of religions. Naturally, this will affect Secretary of Sate Powell' decision on whether to continue criticizing Beijing in next month' United Nations human rights conference.

National Review: Beijing is Burning - More lies from the PRC

Caught up in its desperate bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing is a city in turmoil. The PRC' insistence on soi-disant "social and political stability" has allowed it to resort to old Communist tactics reminiscent of Chairman Mao. No group knows this better than the Falun Gong. Last month, on the eve of the Chinese New Year, seven people described as Falun Gong members reportedly tried to commit suicide in Tiananmen Square. Five of the seven succeeded in setting themselves on fire, leaving one woman dead from her injuries and four others severely burned, including the deceased' 12 year-old daughter. Was this event staged or allowed to happen by China' government in order to discredit the Falun Gong? It is hardly a far-fetched hypothesis. China' government has promised to extinguish all problems connected with the Falun Gong in advance of the 80th anniversary of Chinese Communism, which Beijing plans on celebrating this July. It has already gone to great lengths to crack down on the banned spiritual movement, accusing it of being a [Chinese government' slanderous word]. Tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been hauled off to laogai camps. Still others have been locked up in mental hospitals without the benefit of due process, and at least 140 more have been killed. In its intensifying campaign to discredit the [group], China' leaders have now seized on a new target: the Western media. Beijing maintains that several American journalists, including two from CNN, are being investigated on possible murder charges relating to last month' burnings in Tiananmen Square. A report in The Yangcheng Evening News entitled, "Witnessing a Mother and Child Self-Immolate and Doing Nothing--Exactly What Was the Role of Western Journalists?" read like a bulletin from Orwell' Ministry of Truth. It claimed that "unidentified police officials" had evidence showing that a few foreign reporters were told in advance that a dramatic Falun Gong event was to take place at the Square on January 23rd. The article said that legal actions would be taken on the murder charge of "instigating and abetting a suicide" if it could be confirmed the reporters had in fact participated in the planning of the incident. But, according to multiple reports, the only foreign reporters who actually witnessed the events included a producer and cameraman for CNN, and both of them say they had received no advance warning of the incident in Tiananmen Square. Curiously, while the Chinese media have been quick to excoriate Western journalists, they have breathlessly exonerated Beijing' police. And yet, the police had clearly been at the ready with fire extinguishers when the self-immolators started the blaze. And in a move unmistakenly designed to rally enmity toward the Falun Gong, PRC officials hastily arranged an interview with the wounded 12 year-old. This poor child, who had suffered large-scale burn injuries, was shepherded into an official interview immediately after undergoing a tracheotomy. Meanwhile, New York' Falun Dafa Information Center steadfastly rejects reports that the Beijing burn victims were true members of the [group]. The deceased woman had never been known to practice Falun Gong exercises; nor had she openly associated herself with the movement. More importantly, the essential teachings of Falun Gong explicitly forbid violence of any kind. There is also speculation that the burn victims may have sacrificed themselves as a form of desperate protestation against the Communist regime. Justin Yu, a journalist for World Journal, the Chinese-language daily, reflected on the confusion faced by many Chinese over what to believe. "The PRC' propaganda coup against the Falun Gong relies upon people' understanding of events in recent Asian history, such as the 73 year-old Buddhist monk in Saigon whose self-immolating is a form of protest to fulfill his beliefs, [like] Koreans cutting off their fingers, and the Japanese ritual of hari-kari. But this situation is not clear. Who do we believe--the Communists? They have lied to us so many times, another lie for them is nothing." Still, one wonders why the Falun Gong would deny its participation if it had organized the burning event as a form of protest? According to the human-rights activist Ann Lau, "The PRC is using its same old tactics even though they did not work in the past. For example, China' government insists that there was no famine in the late ཮s and early ླྀs, yet that famine took 30 million lives." [...] It is wrenching to think that all it took to reinvigorate Beijing' propaganda machine was a few simple breathing exercises. China' war on the Falun Gong revitalizes Mao' dream: to let no aspect of Chinese society escape the party' grasp. Are the 2008 Olympics worth all that?

AFP: China's Crackdown on Falun Gong Takes on Draconian Proportions

BEIJING, Feb 13, 2001 -- (Agence France Presse) A section called Bureau 610 is in charge of suppressing the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual sect, and following the detention of more than 1,000 members of the group at Tiananmen Square on January 1, its duties have taken on a drastic new look.

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