On the afternoon of January 14, 2003, the office of Lin Zhuoshui, a member of the Legislative Committee, and the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association together held a public hearing on the lawsuit charging Jiang Zemin with the crimes of genocide. Lin Zhaocan, the Director of the Comprehensive Service Department of the Strait Communication Foundation, came to the public hearing representing the Foundation to lend support. Song Yan, a newly wed from Mainland China, Zhan Junpei, a practitioner from Taiwan, and Zhang Dashan, a Master's Degree student from Taiwan Tsinghua University, shared their personal experiences of the cruel persecution of Falun Gong currently carried on in Mainland China. They called upon people around the world to help stop the Jiang regime's inhuman actions.
|Mr. Ching-hsi Chang, a professor from the Economics Department of Taiwan University||Mr. Lin Zhaocan, the Director of the Comprehensive Service Department of the Strait Communication Foundation|
|Ms. Song Yan, a newly wed from Mainland China||Ms. Zhan Junpei, a practitioner from Taiwan||Mr. Zhang Dashan, a Master's Degree student from Taiwan Tsinghua University|
State government officials do not have diplomatic immunity from the charge of genocide.
At the public hearing, Mr. Ching-hsi Chang, the Director of the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association and a professor of the Economics Department at Taiwan University, said that during his visit to the United States in October 2002, Jiang Zemin, the Head of the Chinese ruling Party, was sued by the persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and their relatives for the crime of genocide. The United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois is handling this case. The court started the procedure on January 13. Chang quoted certain law professionals, saying that the charge of genocide was different from commonly raised charges in that state government officials do not have diplomatic immunity from the charge of genocide. He said that the Jiang regime's inhuman persecution of Falun Gong is similar to the German Nazi's persecution of the Jewish people. The other purpose of the public hearing was to call upon people around the world to support Falun Gong practitioners and to help rescue the Falun Gong practitioners' relatives who are suffering from the persecution in China.
A newly wed from Mainland China called for help with rescuing her mother.
Taiwan Falun Dafa practitioner Ms. Song Yan is a newly wed from Mainland China. She came to Taiwan in 1995. Song Yan said that originally, the relationship between her mother and herself was not close. However, after her mother started to practice Falun Gong, she felt that her mother began to truly care for her. She was deeply moved, which made her become interested in practicing Falun Gong. Song's mother is from Zibo City, Shandong Province. She is fifty-two years old. Since she started to practice Falun Gong in 1995, all of her illnesses disappeared. Meanwhile, her mother had been taking meticulous care of her parents and in-laws. Her neighbors all respected her very much. The Jiang regime launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. Since that date, the local police station has sent three people to take turns to monitor her mother and to prevent her from practicing the Falun Gong exercises or appealing to higher authorities. Contrary to prior expectations, those three people were touched by her mother's kindness. Indeed, two of them have started to practice Falun Gong. However, on the eve of the Spring Festival two years ago, some malicious cops forcibly arrested her mother who was taking care of her elderly mother-in-law at home. Two years have passed and she has still not been released. Nobody knows her current situation.
Song Yan said that there was nothing that she could do in Mainland China to rescue her mother. Thus she called upon all the people around the world to join together to help stop the persecution!
An illegal arrest during a hometown visit in Mainland China
Zhan Junpei, an engineer working in the Nuclear Power Engineering Department of the Taiwan Electrical Power Company, told of her experience of being illegally arrested when she went back to Mainland China to pay a visit to her family. On February 8 2002, Zhang Junpei brought her daughter to Anhui Province, planning to spend the Spring Festival with her family, whom she hadn't seen for over ten years. Right after they got off the plane, the police took them away and started a lengthy interrogation and an unlawful search. They confiscated all the Falun Gong books and materials that she carried as well as her cell phone, their passports, and their certificates of family connections in Mainland China. The police did not allow her to contact her relatives. Her daughter was so scared that she started to cry. Later, customs officials transferred them to another place where they had to stay under close surveillance. Some people from the National Public Security Bureau continued to interrogate them. They took their pictures, videotaped them, and forcibly took their fingerprints. The interrogation continued for nine hours. Even during a break, a female guard was watching over them. In addition, they were not allowed to close the doors when they used the bathroom. They were harassed and psychologically abused. Two days later, they were expelled back to Taiwan via Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province.
During her detention, the Jiang regime claimed that Zhan Junpei committed the crime of "rebellion" because of carrying Falun Dafa books and bookmarks. Thus she could have been sentenced to prison or a forced labor camp at any time. Zhan Junpei said that she is just a common Falun Gong practitioner. Falun Gong is not against the Chinese government, and has no connections with politics. Cultivators whose hearts have turned toward goodness and whose morals have improved are valued citizens in any country or society. She called upon all people of conscience to demand justice for Falun Gong practitioners, to directly face this issue, and to stop the Jiang regime's unreasonable and inhuman persecution of Falun Gong.
A plea to send letters to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China's universities
Zhang Dashan, a Master's Degree student from Taiwan Tsinghua University, said that yesterday he happened to receive a letter calling for help from the Falun Gong practitioners at the Jiaotong University in Mainland China. He also received similar letters from Tsinghua University in Mainland China last year. In Tsinghua University alone, there are over three hundred Falun Gong practitioners who were either faculty members or students suffering from the illegal and cruel persecution. They were deprived of their rights of teaching, returning to campus, or taking courses. They were forcibly sent to brainwashing classes, forced labor camps, and even prisons. The longest term was twelve years. He called upon all the students around the world to send a letter to the universities in Mainland China to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong in the universities.
People around the world need and support Falun Gong
Lin Zhaocan, the Director of the Comprehensive Service Department of the Strait Communication Foundation, came to the public hearing himself. He emphasized that the Strait Communication Foundation publicized "The Human Rights Situation Report in Mainland China" in 2002. Since then, the Foundation has been paying close attention to the human rights progress in Mainland China. Under the subject of "legislature and human rights," the report raised the issue of the Jiang regime's persecution of Falun Gong. Director Lin passed on three statements from the Foundation. First, belief or cultivation is a basic freedom of mankind. Any democratic country needs to make its best effort to actively support this freedom. Secondly, the Foundation is highly concerned about the Falun Gong practitioners' suffering the brutal persecution. Third, the Chinese ruling Party's inhuman treatment towards Falun Gong has violated basic human rights. Director Lin said he believes that the people around the world need and support Falun Gong.