Germany: Chinese Embassy Refuses to Renew a Falun Gong Practitioner's Passport
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Yuan Mei Xian has lived in Hamburg for fifteen years. On the 8th of September, 2008, her Chinese passport was due for renewal. When she applied for her passport renewal, the Chinese Embassy notified her that her old passport could not be extended and that if she wanted to apply for a new passport she would have to go to the Ministry of Public Security in China.
After waiting for more than two months, Yuan Mei Xian and her family members went back to the Chinese Embassy on the 14th of November. The reply by a young official surnamed Pan was that he had not obtained approval from within China, so at present they could not give her a passport, and as for how things would be afterwards, he was not at all clear.
Mrs. Yuan and her family, on the 20th of November, went to the Eimsbuettel area government in Hamburg and told them that her passport had not been granted and that no reason had been given. She also asked for a temporary certificate of identification. The Hamburg regional government felt that the actions of the Chinese Embassy were completely unreasonable. Mrs Yuan's entire family are Falun Gong practitioners. They used this opportunity to explain to the Hamburg government the true situation about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including how more than 3,000 practitioners within China have been persecuted to death and how several tens of thousands have been illegally sent to labor camps. They also exposed how many more practitioners have been illegally arrested and put in prison and how there are also many Falun Gong practitioners overseas whose passports were refused for no reason.
The Hamburg government allowed Yuan Mei Xian to go to the Hamburg Chinese Embassy to ask for a written document, to prove that they would not give Mrs. Yuan an extension to her passport or issue her a new passport. Consequently, Mrs. Yuan's family once again went to the Hamburg Chinese Embassy. Before going into the Chinese Embassy, a practitioner told a policeman about her problem and asked him to be a witness when they asked for the documents. The policeman expressed understanding and very readily agreed.
After Mrs. Yuan went into the Embassy and explained the reason for coming, the official surnamed Pan immediately said, "We cannot give out this sort of proof. Because there is no reply from China, perhaps there will be a reply later and perhaps there will be no reply, so I cannot say I will give one to you now or that I cannot give one to you." The practitioner requested that the official write down his own name saying ,"Mr. Pan states" but was met with a refusal; the official refused to give any written statement. The German policeman could not comprehend the actions and behavior of the Chinese Embassy. A practitioner explained to him that within China, many orders and much of the authority to suppress Falun Gong is just verbal and there are no written documents. The policeman immediately understood and said, "They [the CCP] don't want to leave proof [of the persecution]."
Mrs. Yuan and her family said that through this event they have seen the guilty conscience and cowardliness of the CCP, which knows clearly that all persecution against Falun Gong is illegal and could not stand up to investigation. Therefore the CCP doesn't dare make it public and admit it, and they don't dare to produce anything like a written document as evidence of the persecution. What the Falun Gong practitioners now want to do is to tell the German people and the German government about the CCP gangster regime's evil acts and to have more people in free Democratic societies see how the CCP is extending its persecution abroad and how it is attempting to detain practitioners through refusing to extend passports and other deceitful means. Mrs. Yuan hopes that more people will come to understand the truth of Falun Gong and the persecution, and join together to help stop the persecution.