The Minghui Notice Has Had an Impact on the Chinese Judicial System
(Minghui.org) The Minghui website issued a notice on May 31, 2019, to collect the names of those who have participated in the persecution of Falun Gong, in a follow-up to the Global Magnitsky Act passed by the United States in December 2016. Both have served to deter people from being involved in the persecution.
Below are three examples submitted by Falun Gong practitioners in China.
Changes in Prisons and Courts
Falun Gong practitioners in our area got together to share their understandings after Minghui published the notice. Since not all practitioners could circumvent the communist regime’s Internet blockade to access the Minghui website, I collected articles on the topic and other practitioners printed them out so that everyone could read them.
We distributed copies of the Minghui notice to the public and submitted information about the perpetrators to the Minghui website.
We learned last September that Falun Gong practitioners in prison were being abused less. Inmates assigned to monitor them have stopped beating them at will. The authorities even punished inmates who forced practitioners to drink their urine.
Some courts cancelled Falun Gong practitioners’ trials.
The Police Stopped Bothering Me
My family moved to a new apartment last year. A police officer where I used to live called me in September last year, asking me where I was. I gave him my new address so that I could speak to him in person.
Several police officers came with him, and we chatted about unimportant things. They told me to register with the local community management office and even offered to register for me.
“If that office keeps calling me and harassing me every few days,” I warned them, “I will call you. I have your number.”
They promised that wouldn’t happen. They were planning to retire in a few years and visit other countries. I told them that some countries had announced they would deny visas to those officials and police officers who persecute Falun Gong practitioners and even to freeze their assets overseas.
It turned out they knew about that already. “Not only can the person himself not go abroad, his children are not allowed to, either. We can’t ruin our children’s lives.”
Four months have passed, and the community management office hasn’t bothered me even once.
The Police Knew about the Global Magnitsky Act
When I talked to the officers at our local police station about Falun Gong, I discovered that they were concerned about the Global Magnitsky Act. Almost everyone was talking about it.
An employee of the National Security Bureau in Shandong Province was nervous. He heard that some people’s children were denied visas because their parents participated in persecuting Falun Gong. Even though he didn’t participate in the persecution, he was concerned that his job might negatively impact his child’s plan to study abroad. He accompanied his child to the U.S. Consulate to apply for a visa and was assured only when the visa was granted.