Foreign (non-US)/Intl Law/News -  China's war against freedom & dissent  (145541 views) Notify me whenever anyone posts in this discussion.Subscribe
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon10/1/00 4:23 PM 
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From AP:

"BEIJING (AP) - Police beat and dragged away hundreds of Falun Gong followers who emerged from crowds to chant and unfurl banners during China's National Day celebrations in a protest that forced the brief closure of much of Tiananmen Square. The banned sect's protest in Beijing's main square... was an embarrassment to Chinese leaders, showing that the meditation group remains unbowed despite a brutal 14-month crackdown... In seconds, police zeroed in on them, shoving the protesters - mostly middle-aged women - into white minivans. As they were grabbed, some shouted "Falun Gong is good! Falun Gong is good!" while others threw sheets of printed paper into the air, which police immediately scooped up. Police were seen beating most of the roughly 350 members of Falun Gong who were detained throughout the day."


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon12/8/00 7:02 AM 
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Associated Press

"Two more members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement have died in police custody, bringing to at least 74 the death toll in China's 17-month crackdown on the sect, a human rights group said Thursday. Wang Huachen, 32, a chemical factory worker, died Nov. 18 in a hospital of injuries he got jumping out of a fourth-story window at a police station in Huludao, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said. Wang jumped after police allegedly beat him for two hours with wooden poles Nov. 7, the day they arrested him for refusing to leave Falun Gong, the Hong Kong-based center said.
Zhao Jing, 19, was arrested Nov. 23 on a train in the province of Hebei while traveling to Beijing with other Falun Gong followers, the center said. Three days later, police notified her family she was dead."



From: Glen GEAATL Mgr Law/Memorial (LAWOFFICE1)1/15/01 7:35 AM 
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"China said Monday it has punished 242 organizers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and sent an undisclosed number of followers to labor camps during an 18-month-old crackdown... A Hong Kong-based rights group says at least 10,000 Falun Gong members are being held in more than 300 labor camps, with one camp for women in northeastern Changchun city holding 560. The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy has also alleged 98 deaths of sect members, mostly at police hands, while in custody. Under China's legal system, police have the authority to send suspects to labor camps for up to three years without trial"


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon1/24/01 6:48 AM 
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The New York Times

"Five people believed to be members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual group doused themselves with gasoline and set themselves on fire in the middle of Tiananmen Square this afternoon, a dramatic act of protest on the eve of China's most joyous holiday, Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year. One women died and the four other people were severely burned "in two suicidal blazes," said the New China News Agency. The self-immolation and very public suicide is the most dramatic act so far in the 18-month war of wills between the Chinese government and Chinese members of Falun Gong, which the government has labeled an "evil cult." While small acts of defiance by individual Falun Gong members have become a daily occurrence in Tiananmen during the last year, they have been mostly silent affairs that passed in the blink of an eye, as the police snatched banners and hustled protesters into vans."



From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon2/2/01 9:42 AM 
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"A lawyer held for 26 months without trial has been freed, a case that highlights abuse by Chinese police - and the growing willingness of state media to report on it. Li Kuisheng protested his innocence in more than 20 appeals to courts and government offices all the way up to the Supreme People's Court in Beijing, the Worker's Daily said Friday. His release came Jan. 4 after three top legal scholars also wrote China's highest court and legislators took up his case, China's parliament, the newpaper said. Li was defending an official's wife charged in a corruption case in Xingyang city, in the central province of Henan, when police arrested him Dec. 2, 1998, the paper said. Three days later, they charged him with helping falsify documents in the case. In his appeals, Li said he was repeatedly beaten, thrown naked into the snow and kept awake for days by police trying to force him to confess, the newspaper said."


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon2/9/01 4:04 PM 
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"In its intensifying campaign to discredit the banned Falun Gong sect,
China has seized on a new target, saying that several American
journalists, including two from CNN, are being investigated on possible
murder charges related to the self-immolation of Falun Gong
practitioners at Tiananmen Square last month."


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon2/16/01 7:42 AM 
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"Another purported member of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement committed suicide by setting himself on fire Friday in Beijing, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency said. Xinhua said Tan Yihui, a 25-year-old shoe shiner from southern Hunan province, set fire to himself in western Beijing. A witness who called police saw Tan covered in gasoline and then saw him set himself on fire, Xinhua said. Police who arrived in three minutes found Tan still burning and put out the fire with extinguishers, but he was already dead, Xinhua said. Police found a six-page letter near Tan's body explaining the act, Xinhua said. It did not say what those reasons were."


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon2/16/01 9:36 AM 
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The Industry Standard

"A pro-democracy activist in China was put on trial Tuesday in
western China in the first-known criminal prosecution for
publishing political materials on the Web. Huang Qi was arrested
June 3 after publishing articles commemorating the protests in
Tiananmen Square on his Web site. Qi has been beaten while in
custody, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch, and
reports stated he fainted during the hearing."


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon2/18/01 1:28 AM 
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"Because of his belief in Falun Gong, Zhaohui Lu said he lost his government job in China and faces jail when he returns. His wife is already in a labor camp because she passed out fliers promoting the meditation rituals embraced by the sect, he said. Lu was one of about 1,300 people who turned out Saturday in Los Angeles to protest alleged human rights violations against the sect in China. The peaceful demonstrations came as Falun Gong officials called for an independent investigation into Chinese government claims that a 25-year-old follower had set himself on fire in Beijing on Friday.
A statement by international Falun Gong leaders read at the protests said they were "extremely sad and shocked" by news of Tan Yihui's death but could not verify reports by Chinese state media that he was a member of the meditation sect."


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon2/19/01 1:07 AM 
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The New York Times

"China's crackdown on the Falun Gong spiritual movement is focusing new attention on Beijing's practice of imprisoning dissenters in psychiatric hospitals. In the government's campaign to discredit Falun Gong, the official press here has openly suggested that believers are mentally disturbed and need treatment. Hundreds of defiant followers have been forcibly hospitalized and medicated, according to reports from Falun Gong and from human rights monitors.
A new report has further stoked alarm abroad by documenting an unexpectedly rich history of questionable psychiatric practices aimed at stifling political dissenters."


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