Singapore Judge Confused by Illogical Case
(Clearwisdom.net) Illogical charges were levied against Falun Dafa practitioners in Singapore because someone reported their presence in a public park to the police. The person who reported them was a nursery school teacher. She stated that the Falun Gong practitioners' activity did not cause trouble for the public. She described the reason why she reported the practitioners to the police by saying, "I heard that Falun Gong was considered a cult in China. I wanted to know whether they were considered a cult in Singapore. Therefore, I called 999." This call prompted the Singapore police to file charges against the two Falun Gong practitioners.
Apparently, this nursery school teacher saw Falun Gong practitioners doing the exercises in a public park, and somehow got confused. Her purpose of calling the police was to find out the truth about Falun Gong. In fact, telling people the facts of Falun Gong is exactly what those two practitioners were doing. They were spreading the true facts about Falun Gong and its persecution in China, and attempting to prevent the spread of the poisonous propaganda against Falun Gong that the Chinese government tries to instill in people's minds.
Why do I claim that the judge's mind is muddled? Judges and lawyers, as experts on the law, are appointed guardians of the law and have to clearly understand and follow the laws. They should always base their actions on the fundamental principles of the law. After all, people enact the laws, which make them somewhat imperfect. Conflicting classification among various articles of law is unavoidable. I suggest that even articles within some laws are often the inverse of human beings' conscious intent.
Every student of law knows that whenever such conflicts happen, the first rule to follow is to use the natural principle as criteria. For example, any law made by human beings cannot naturally have power and restriction over people simply because it is called a law. It must first verify its lawfulness. In other words, it must first of all comply with the commonly recognized rights and standards among human beings. Otherwise, the laws made by people will be meaningless.
If a law is enacted that defines ordinary peaceful exercises, rallies about some belief, or cultural activities (such as a home made movie), which do not interfere with the social order, as "illegal," then judges and lawyers with clear minds and reasonable thought processes will instinctively know that the law itself is unlawful. Judges and lawyers who hold righteous thoughts and have a conscience should take action concerning laws that are imperfect. Unfortunately, the judge in the recent Singapore case chose to be muddle-headed.
On the afternoon of March 2, 2005, in the Subordinate Court of Singapore, witness Ms. Dong said in a sad voice to the young female judge, "Please look at this poster. Falun Gong practitioner Tan Yongjie legs were severely burned, because he did not give up his belief in 'Truth, Compassion and Forbearance.' Such torture is happening every day in China. It is a true fact that countless Falun Gong practitioners are being tortured to death, and countless families are broken and torn apart. Female practitioners are cruelly beaten and raped." The audience in the court was moved and saddened. But the judge said in a cold voice, "This persecution is happening in China. It is the Chinese people's affair. We have no interest in it. The persecution happening in China has nothing to do with this case."
An abysmal persecution is also happening in a nearby country, and it is the similar to the big tsunami that devastated areas of Indonesia. It touched the hearts of millions of kind people worldwide. Over 2,000 innocent Falun Gong practitioners have died after being brutally tortured. Millions of families in China were torn apart. I am not going to describe in detail what kind of pressure and suffering those Chinese practitioners and their families are suffering under the Chinese Communist Party's brutal persecution, but instead I would like to call attention to one case:
Ms. Gong Shujun was a Falun Gong practitioner at Mingyi Village, Liaolan Town, Pingdu of Qingdao City, Shandong Province. Because she did not renounce Falun Gong, in January 2001, she was arrested and sentenced to three years of forced labor without legal process. Seven months later on August 30, 2001, her fifteen-year-old son, Wang Xiaoshuai, who was deeply saddened in losing his mother, and who could no longer bear being discriminated and the pressure from the outside, committed suicide by ingesting poison. The brutal persecution left this 15-year-old teenager with no other solution but to end his young life.
Anyone with a conscience would feel pained when seeing such suffering of a family ignored. Falun Gong practitioners are clarifying the truth of Falun Gong and are exposing the persecution in China. They call for kind hearted people to help stop the persecution of those who believe in "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance." We sadly report that many times the Singapore police department and related government entities have refused to approve applications for Falun Gong activities or grant a permit. Such activities included mourning for practitioners tortured to death in China, a rally to call on people's conscience and support, and handing out truth clarification VCDs that describe the persecution against Falun Gong. In fact, Singapore's government denies the basic right of freedom to assemble and freedom of belief, which is guaranteed by Singapore's Constitution.
The fourth article in Singapore's Constitution clearly states, "This constitution has the highest power in Singapore. If any law formulated by lawmaking units after the foundation of this constitution conflicts with the constitution, the part of the law that conflicts is null and void."
Last week, the Hong Kong Supreme Appeals Court rendered a verdict of not guilty for charges that Falun Gong practitioners blocked the street and attacked police three years ago. The court overthrew the guilty verdict that was previously handed to Falun Gong practitioners. The abstract of the court's verdict states that peaceful appeal and freedom is a right guaranteed by the constitution. Since the (Falun Gong practitioners') peaceful appeal is lawful, the arrest (of Falun Gong practitioners) was illegal. The Hong Kong Supreme Appeals Court rendered its not guilty verdict at the moment when Singapore's court rendered their guilty verdict for the two Falun Gong practitioners. I think this was a sign from heaven to Singapore. I hope the muddled court and Singapore government can wake up.
The Singapore political figures, Mr. Li and his son, should at least have thought of Singapore's history and future. China's future and the Chinese people's future are not the Chinese Communist Party's future. Just a few months after the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published, over one million people have resigned from the Chinese Communist Party. Their moral conscience was awakened. The Chinese Communist Party has committed enormous evils and it is unable to protect itself. To align ones future with this evil party that committed countless crimes, and will be disdained by history, is a most muddle-headed action.
May 11, 2005