(Clearwisdom.net) At the nationwide meeting of secretaries of discipline inspection commissions from public security departments on February 11 this year, it was emphasized that there are "9 dos and 9 don'ts." Among them were: "firmly defend the citizen's legitimate rights and interests; respect and protect human rights; do not abuse forced approaches, guns and police equipment; do not extort evidence by torture; do not exceed detention terms; do not verbally abuse; and do not infringe upon human rights."

How can the meaning of this sentence be fully understood?

The author thinks that "defending the citizen's legitimate rights and interests" is the basic function of the Ministry of Public Security. Now that it has been emphasized at a nationwide meeting where department chiefs and bureau chiefs at various levels were all present, the need for the instruction at least implies that public security officers and police officers do in fact "abuse forced approaches," "abuse guns and police equipment," "severely extort confession by torture and detain people over time," "insult persons and offend human rights," "do not defend citizen's legal rights and interests," and "do not respect and protect human rights." These situations must be extremely serious in order to require such a meeting to clarify the Public Security policy.

In the more than four years since July 20, 1999, Jiang Zemin's group of political scoundrels, including the Minister for Public Security Zhou Yongkang, treated hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners exactly like this.

By February 2004, almost 900 Falun Gong practitioners have been killed by public security and police systems. There are still several hundred thousand practitioners in the jails and suffering various forms of torture, forced confessions, extortion of money, extended detention terms, forced brainwashing and more. The huge pressure caused by the chain-reaction of this policy penetrates the country's internal affairs and external diplomacy as well as all aspects of people's daily life.

Therefore, understanding this from a different angle, it seems that if the Falun Gong issue cannot be resolved, these "9 dos and 9 don'ts" will be a joke. The policy is only used to fool themselves, the public and the media.

In fact, because the persecution of Falun Gong has reached every aspect of the society, a direct resolution to the Falun Gong issue has become crucial. The persecution has exceeded the Falun Gong practitioners themselves and is severely delaying the rate of development of China.

The Chinese government claims that the situation of human rights is improving. They call it "the best period of human rights," but millions of people are being persecuted and the human rights situation is actually regressing. It is frequently the subject of worldwide condemnation and finds itself counted among countries with the worst human rights records.

On the surface, the media is asked to expose lies in order to increase creditability. In reality, however, all media have been forced to create or repeat the enormous lies about Falun Gong.

Governors at various levels were just released from decades of propaganda during the cultural revolution and previous political campaigns in China. But now they have been forced to participate in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners at work and of their family and their relatives. They are required to expose their colleagues and family members, again stirring up the ugliest aspect of human nature.

In the legislative system, when it should turn to "governing the country by law," the Chinese judicial system deprived Falun Gong practitioners of their basic right to a fair defense. It has been made illegal even for Falun Gong practitioners to appeal to a higher level. Judges often hold closed door, secret trials to just go over the trial formality in many places with the sentence determine before the trial has begun. The legislative system has been backed up for dozens of years.

In the public security system, on the surface, the quality of executing the law has been the focus of a request for improvement. But in practice, public security and police officers faced pressure and orders from higher authorities and utilized all sorts of torture against Falun Gong practitioners in order to save their jobs. They killed innocent Falun Gong practitioners and claimed that the deaths were caused by suicide.

For diplomatic agents overseas, the focus of their work has been unexpectedly changed from international affairs to eradicating Falun Gong, their own countrymen who live abroad, to the end.

In fact, it is not limited to these aspects. Many wise people in various occupations and trades have sensed the great embarrassment caused to the entire society because of the persecution of Falun Gong.

When a policeman beats a Falun Gong practitioner to death and gets praise instead of punishment, is the Falun Gong practitioner the only victim? Hasn't the policeman been trained to this new low standard and considers it acceptable to beat other people to death as well? Sun Zhigang was killed just because he forgot to bring his temporary living identification papers and this case shocked the whole country. Everyone ought to know that this was the same police station, at Tuanhe, Guangzhou Province, where at least three Falun Gong practitioners were tortured to death, even before this notorious event.

As long as the persecution of Falun Gong continues, the society will not be able to truly stabilize. The degeneration of human moral standards hurts all people in society, including those policemen.

It was said in the "9 dos and 9 don'ts" that "we need to investigate the rules that stabilize society and public security under the current situation," and "don't ignore the situation that has already had profound changes."

What is the "principle for the stability of society"? Will it benefit the stability of society while persecuting "Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance"? Isn't it clear that all the chaotic elements in China's society are caused by the lack of "Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance" in everyone's heart?

What is "the profoundly changed situation"? Falun Gong has been broadly recognized all over the world. The basic rights of numerous Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China must be guaranteed and the Falun Gong issue has to be directly addressed as soon as possible. Society needs Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance and the world needs Truthfulness, Benevolence and Forbearance too.

According to reports, a high-level "610 Office" from a certain region recently issued an urgent decree, ordering all "610 Offices" below the county level to collect back internally all the related documents and material evidence used in the persecution of Falun Gong since 1999, attempting to destroy all evidence ordering the persecution of Falun Gong. In the meantime, some local government officials are ignoring the dramatic changed situation, creating a so-called "important activity" name list and continuing to do obtuse things without realizing the implications of their actions.

Over the past four years, the central "610 Office" has always issued orders verbally or asked that original documentation be taken back after being read, all in an effort to destroy evidence of the persecution and to maintain an escape route for themselves. Now they are putting more effort into destroying the evidence of their crimes.

No matter from which angle one wants to understand it, the "9 dos and 9 don'ts" from the ministry of public security demonstrate the embarrassment of the public security and society caused by the persecution of Falun Gong. It exposes the seriousness of torture and the violation of human rights against Falun Gong practitioners in the current situation, reminding people that one can not let it go when seeing those who enforce the law but break the law themselves.

Those who abuse political power like Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Liu Jing, Zhou Yongkang and others form a small group, and their infringement of the Falun Gong practitioners' human rights is generating too great a burden on society and too much death and hatred. They chose to be in charge of the persecution and hence committed huge crimes. Eventually, they will be severely punished by the universal principles and society's laws.

No matter how brutal the persecution is in certain regions now, Jiang's group is doomed. It is only their last, desperate performance left before their elimination. This persecution should not continue and will not continue in favor of their will. Those who follow Jiang's group and worsen the situation will be sent to justice sooner or later if they can not atone for their crimes and save their future by doing good things immediately.

(Written by Minghui reporter Ouyang Fei)

February 13, 2004