Snapshot of Falun Gong Practitioners Whose Copies of Lawsuits Against Jiang Zemin Were Received by Minghui on July 5, 2015
(Minghui.org) Many Falun Gong practitioners are now exercising their legal right to sue Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution of Falun Gong and causing them great harm and tremendous suffering during the past 16 years. The number of lawsuits being filed against the former Chinese dictator is on the rise.
The Minghui website receives copies of criminal complaints against Jiang from many practitioners daily. In this report, we present a snapshot of three of the practitioners whose lawsuits were received on July 5, 2015.
Their lawsuits were mailed to the Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate, which are required to process all criminal complaints filed by citizens, as of a recent ruling by the Supreme People's Court.
Persecution Policy Results in Financial Ruin and Imprisonment
All three plaintiffs are professionals. Mr. Tian is a factory manager, Ms. Deng was a director of information services, and Mr. Wang is an attorney.
Because of the Jiang regime's policy to “Ruin their reputations, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically,” Mr. Tian's factory faces financial difficulties, Ms. Deng was demoted, and Mr. Wang was disbarred and a large portion of his pension is being withheld.
The persecution also caused great harm to the three practitioners' family members and strained family relationships. Mr. Tian's wife is on the verge of a mental breakdown after his many years of repeated detentions. Ms. Deng's husband beat her multiple times and threatened to divorce her if she continues to practice Falun Gong. Mr. Wang is not allowed to travel abroad to see his daughter in the United States.
1: Mr. Tian Shihong (田世洪)
Profession: Manager, Hongyun Tapestry FactoryHometown: Weihai City, Shandong ProvinceDate filed: July 5, 2015
Key Facts: Mr. Tian was arrested, beaten, and deprived of sleep for going to Tiananmen Square to peacefully protest for justice for Falun Gong on January 22, 2001. He was detained for seven days, and officials extorted over 7,000 yuan from him.
Three dozen police officers came to his factory on July 6, 2004 to arrest Mr. Tian. When some of his co-workers stood up for him to keep him from being arrested, the police called for backup and beat them.
Mr. Tian was given three years of forced labor on July 8, 2004, and detained at Wangcun Forced Labor Camp in Zibo City, Shandong Province. He was released only after he was diagnosed with hypertension.
The local authorities repeatedly arrested Mr. Tian, with the last police confrontation on May 12, 2011. Local officers broke into his office and tried to take him to a brainwashing center, the factory workers and Mr. Tian's family protected him and the police left.
Current Circumstances: Mr. Tian's factory and all the employees have suffered financial losses due to his repeated arrests, detentions, and harassment over the past 16 years. Mr. Tian's wife is on the verge of a mental breakdown.
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2: Ms. Deng Ren (邓韧)
Profession: Former Director of Information Services, Bureau of TechnologyHometown: Shijiazhuang City, Hebei ProvinceDate filed: July 5, 2015
Key Facts: Ms. Deng was arrested and detained three times in 1999 and 2000 for going to Beijing to peacefully appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. During her detentions, she was interrogated, beaten, deprived of food, and forced to make handcrafted products.
She was detained at the Second Detention Center in Shijiazhuang City in February 2001. She went on a hunger strike and was force-fed. She was released on bail for medical treatment in April 2001.
Ms. Deng was arrested again for not giving up Falun Gong and given three years of forced labor in June 2001. While imprisoned in the fourth division of the Shijiazhuang City Forced Labor Camp, she was deprived of sleep, forced to watch videos slandering Falun Gong and its founder, and forced to do hard labor.
At work, she was demoted four levels in 2003 for practicing Falun Gong. She was removed from her post as Director of Information in 2008. Her salary was also withheld multiple times.
Her husband suffered tremendous pressure from the authorities and was poisoned by the government propaganda that slandered Falun Gong. He beat Ms. Deng on many occasions and asked for a divorce in an attempt to force her to give up Falun Gong.
3: Mr. Wang Zhansuo (王占所)
Profession: AttorneyHometown: Qingdao City, Shandong ProvinceDate filed: July 5, 2015
Key Facts: Mr. Wang was arrested at his son's wedding in early March 2010 by the local 610 Office and police for distributing Falun Gong materials. His wife, son, and daughter-in-law were also arrested. Their home was ransacked, and multiple personal belongings were confiscated, including Falun Gong books, computers, printers, and cell phones.
Mr. Wang was transferred to Shandong Province Prison on February 23, 2011, even though he had been diagnosed with a tumor. He was sentenced to four years in prison. His appeal was denied by the higher level court. The 610 Office refused to allow him a lawyer to defend him. Most of his family and friends were not allowed to attend the trial.
At Shandong Province Prison, he was beaten, forced to sit through brainwashing sessions, and forced to do hard labor. His correspondence with family was censored by the prison authorities. Family visits were closely monitored.
Current Circumstances: Mr. Wang was disbarred upon his release from prison in March 2014. At the order of the local 610 Office, his retirement pension was withheld during his imprisonment. After repeated requests to have his retirement benefits reinstated, his former employer finally relented but only at 56% of the original amount. His application for a passport to see his daughter in United States was denied.
In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.
The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners during the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.
Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the 610 Office, on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang's directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.
Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.
Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin