(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in 36 countries recently presented their respective governments with an up-to-date list of perpetrators involved in the persecution of the spiritual practice in China. The lists were submitted around December 10, 2021, on International Human Rights Day. Practitioners asked their governments to bar the perpetrators and their family members from entering those countries and freeze their assets.
The 36 countries include the Five Eyes Alliance (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand), 23 countries in the European Union (France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic, Romania, Portugal, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, and Malta), and 8 additional countries (Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Israel, and Mexico).
Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since July 1999. The hostility and ill-treatment meted out include torturing practitioners resulting in death, continuous harassment, and government-sanctioned selling of their vital organs, which also results in death.
Adherents outside China have previously submitted lists of perpetrators to various governments requesting that sanctions be imposed on the named human rights violators. The latest submission marks the first time that Estonia has participated in this effort.
Gao Jiming, Chief Prosecutor of the Heilongjiang Procuratorate, is on the list.
Title or PositionApril 1998 – January 2002: Prosecutor, Member of the Inspection Committee, Director of the People’s Procuratorate, Gansu ProvinceJanuary 2002 – September 2004: Director of the Anti-Corruption and Bribery Bureau of the People’s Procuratorate (Deputy Level), Gansu ProvinceSeptember 2004 – June 2013: Chinese Communist Party Leadership member, Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the People’s Procuratorate, Gansu ProvinceJune 2013 – May 2017: Vice Party Leadership Secretary, Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the People’s Procuratorate, Gansu ProvinceMay 2017 – January 2018: Vice Secretary of Gansu Provincial Commission for Discipline InspectionJanuary 2018 – Present: Chief Prosecutor, Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party’s Heilongjiang Provincial Procuratorate
After taking office in January 2018 as the chief prosecutor and secretary of the CCP’s Procuratorate in Heilongjiang Province, Gao Jiming has closely followed the directives of former CCP leader Jiang Zemin in persecuting Falun Gong. Gao directed procuratorate offices at all levels to “severely crackdown on Falun Gong,” and “actively contribute to the fight against evil cults.” Many practitioners in Heilongjiang Province have been arrested and sentenced even though it is not illegal in China to practice Falun Gong.
In the report by the Heilongjiang Provincial People’s Procuratorate on October 16, 2019, Gao stated that “(between January 2015 and August 2019) 617 (Falun Gong practitioners) were officially arrested and 665 were indicted. In 2018 alone, there were 117 official arrests and 192 indictments.”
According to available statistics from Minghui.org, during the two years and nine months Gao served as chief prosecutor in Heilongjiang Province, at least 305 Falun Gong practitioners were indicted and sentenced—this was among the top three regions in China. After being taken to prison, the practitioners are subjected to brainwashing tactics and inhumane torture. Some died as a result of the torture.
1. Ms. Wang Fang
Ms. Wang Fang, 54, was a distinguished teacher. She was arrested on October 3, 2018, and later sentenced to two years in Heilongjiang Women’s Prison. In prison, she was forced to sit on a small stool or squat for long hours. Her ears were repeatedly struck (or boxed). She was humiliated, and her face and legs were pinched and kicked. She was forced to watch videos defaming Falun Gong. The torture caused her to suffer from headaches and numbness. She lost some functions of her hands and she had difficulty walking. In addition, she also experienced severe amnesia and fainting. She went into shock a few times. By the time she was released, she was on the brink of death. She passed away two months later on December 31, 2020.
2. Mr. Lyu Guanru
Mr. Lyu Guanru was arrested by Ranghulu Police Station officers on November 9, 2018. He was sentenced on July 1, 2019, to seven years with a 40,000-yuan fine. He was first held in Hulan Prison and transferred to Tailai Prison in October of the same year, where he continued to be tortured.
The Tailai Prison authorities tortured him repeatedly to try to force him to renounce Falun Gong. In July 2020, Lyu suffered a stroke. Near the end of 2020, he was confined to a small cell without any heat for more than a month, despite the cold winters in Northern China. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on April 4, 2021, and passed away. He was 69.
3. Ms. Hou Lifeng
Ms. Hou Lifeng was arrested along with her husband by officers from the Xingfang Police Station on June 12, 2018. They beat her in the detention center, causing both her arms to become swollen, purple, and blue. Every day she was only given meager amounts of gruel. She was monitored and forced to watch brainwashing videos.
After months of torture, Ms. Hou’s health deteriorated. She experienced intense stomach pain, her lower body bled heavily, and her legs became swollen. Sometimes the pain was so intense that she fainted.
Ms. Hou was tried in the Yilan County Court on September 26 and sentenced to two years. She was threatened and told not to appeal the sentence. She was released on medical parole on March 1, 2019. She passed away on April 28, 2019. She was 67.
1. Ms. Li Yingtao, 75, Sentenced; Husband, 80, Dies Due to Depression
Ms. Li Yingtao, 75, was arrested on March 8, 2018, and sentenced to 4.5 years in Heilongjiang Women’s Prison. There, she was injected with drugs that caused her vision to blur. Her sentence dealt her husband, Mr. Liu Hongxin, in his 80s, a mental blow. He became depressed and passed away in October 2018.
2. Three Elderly Practitioners Sentenced to 7 to 9 years
Ms. Wu Guizhi, 73, was arrested at home on September 28, 2017. Ms. Fan Shufen, 70, who happened to be visiting Ms. Wu, was also arrested. A third practitioner, Mr. Zhang Hongzhu, 72, was arrested after being tricked into going to the Social Security Bureau on October 8, 2017. The three were tried on July 19, 2018, and sentenced in February 2019: Mr. Zhang was sentenced to 9 years, Ms. Wu to 8 years, and Ms. Fan to 7 years.
3. 14 Practitioners Sentenced
The Public Security Bureau carried out a mass arrest of 29 Falun Gong practitioners in Yilan County and Jiamusi City on August 31, 2017. Among them, 13 Falun Gong practitioners and one family member were sentenced on February 28, 2019. Below are the details of the verdicts:
Ms. Song Yufan, 65, was sentenced to 10 years and fined 65,000 yuan.Ms. Shi Fengchun, 54, was sentenced to 9 years and fined 60,000 yuan.Ms. Shi Fenglan, 59, was sentenced to 8 years and fined 55,000 yuan.Mr. Wang Yunjie, 56, was sentenced to 7 years and fined 50,000 yuan.Ms. Zhou Yan, 46, was sentenced to 6 years and fined 45,000 yuan.Ms. Deng Shumei, 63, was sentenced to 6 years and fined 40,000 yuan.Mr. Song Konghua, 58, was sentenced to 5 years and fined 30,000 yuan.Ms. Wu Guqin, 53, was sentenced to 5 years and fined 30,000 yuan.Ms. Bu Baoling, 70, was sentenced to 5 years and fined 30,000 yuan.Ms. Xia Guihua, 57, was sentenced to 4 years and fined 20,000 yuan.Mr. Tang Lifei, 48, was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months and fined 15,000 yuan.Ms. Yao Huaiying, 45, was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months and fined 15,000 yuan.Ms. Kang Yanling, 65, was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months and fined 15,000 yuan.Mr. Xue Hongliang, who does not practice Falun Gong, 39, was sentenced to 3 years and fined 10,000 yuan.
4. 14 Bin County Practitioners Sentenced
Twenty Falun Gong practitioners from Bin County in Heilongjiang Province were arrested on November 9, 2018. The police submitted 14 practitioners’ cases to the Yilan County Procuratorate on January 25, 2019, and all of them have been sentenced:
Mr. Chen Huijiang was sentenced to 9 years with a 60,000-yuan fine.Mr. Li Weiku, 64, was sentenced to 9 years with a 60,000-yuan fine.Ms. Song Jiuxiang was sentenced to 8 years with a 60,000-yuan fine.Ms. Tan Guiqin was sentenced to 6 years with a 40,000-yuan fine.Ms. Bai Liyan, 60, was sentenced to 5 years with a 30,000-yuan fine.Ms. Wang Yaqin, 73, was sentenced to 5 years.Mr. Wang De, 66, was sentenced to 4 years with a 20,000-yuan fine.Ms. Tan Guangmei, 52, was sentenced to 4 years.Ms. Wang Xiaorong, 40, was sentenced to 4 years.Ms. Meng Qinglan, 71, was sentenced to 4 years.Ms. Bai Lijie was sentenced to 3.75 years.Mr. An Guoqiang was sentenced to 2.5 years with an 8,000-yuan fine.Mr. Wang Lianquan was sentenced to 2.5 years.Ms. Qu Honghua, Mr. An’s wife, was sentenced to 1.5 years with a 5,000-yuan fine.
5. Ms. Mou Yongxia, 72, Sentenced to 6 Years
Ms. Mou Yongxia, 72, was arrested by plainclothes police from the Harbin Railway Public Security Department on September 11, 2019. They tricked her into opening her door by claiming that they were there to inspect her water pipes. While being held in Harbin’s No. Two Detention Center, she went on a hunger strike to protest her detention and was force-fed. Her health deteriorated. She was sentenced to six years by the Ranghulu District Court in May 2020.