Dark Secrets Behind Flashy Merchandise – Slave Labor Products by Sichuan Province Women’s Prison (Part 3)

October 17, 2013 | By a Falun Gong practitioner from Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 2:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/10/11/142653.html )

Yue Embroidery

All the sketches shown in the photos are Yue embroidery designs.

Are these embroidery designs not pleasant to the eyes? Certainly, silk bed covers embroidered with these designs, using colorful silk threads, are appealing. At a bargain price, who wouldn’t buy them? After all, it is quite unlikely that anyone would even dream that behind these colorful products with their intricate designs are heartbreaking stories.

Additional patterns: http://pkg2.minghui.org/mh/2013/8/26/yue-xiu.zip

Seventy individual patterns are combined and embroidered on bedcovers by Falun Gong practitioners and other inmates. Yet, they are not paid.

For certain, these embroidered products are elegant and to be admired. However, before becoming delighted by the bargain price one should ask, “Under what circumstances were these products produced?”

Embroidered products are desirable if produced by a willing workforce, but for prisoners who are persecuted for their faith, producing these products is an agonizing process full of suffering. These prisoners are forced to produce large quantities and given a untenable quota. Besides there are deadlines that are very difficult to be met.

The workers are given the bare minimum of raw materials. Any faulty embroidery is cut off and redone. Anyone who doesn’t meet the deadline and quota is subjected to physical punishment and torture. Many relatively rich inmates are paying skilled inmates to do the work and in some cases they bribe prison guards to get a free pass.

When working on embroideries, inmates have to remain in a fixed position for a long period of time with no break. This is devastating to their health. In addition, they are allowed only a short time for eating and restroom visits. Besides, any time away from work has to be approved by a prison guards.

Producing these embroidered products is heartbreaking work. Sitting there and embroidering all day long is already difficult, but the worst is the fear that they may be punished if they don’t meet quotas and deadlines.

It is hard to imagine that these people have to work despite suffering back pain. Also, many develop poor eyesight due to the dim light in the workshop, which doesn’t get better when transferred to other jobs.

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Lambs to Slaughter

Check out this song regarding the forced organ harvesting of innocent people in China. This is happening in hundreds of hospitals in China, offering less than 2wks waiting time for an organ transplant from the time of inquiry. Lambs to slaughter. Made to order.

Published on Jul 24, 2013

The first single off Belle’s upcoming album, “Speck of Dust”, “Lambs to Slaughter” takes on the confronting human rights issue of forced organ removals from living prisoners of conscience in China with hard-hitting lyrics and a stunning synthesized soundscape over an R&B groove.

“Lambs to Slaughter” is co-written with Sterling Campbell (David Bowie and B-52’s) and features guest emcee, Rise Ascend (f/k/a Ankh Amen Ra). Belle’s uplifting music is rich with folk melodies blended with eclectic sounds over driving beats. Within her deep, sweeping vocals you can hear resonances of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Alanis Morissette. “Belle’s soothing voice brings awareness to one of the biggest atrocities of this century” – The Epoch Times

More info: http://www.EverythingBelle.com
Record Label: http://www.IngeniousRecords.com

 

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Why Falun Gong Practitioners Appealed to Higher Authorities on April 25, 1999

This article was first published in May 2010.

(Minghui.org) Appealing to the government is a citizen’s constitutional right. On April 25, 1999, about 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners went to appeal at the State Council on Fuyou Street in Beijing. The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) media then fabricated a lie that Falun Gong had organized an attack on Zhongnanhai. As a result, many people were fooled by the CCP and said that if practitioners hadn’t organized such an “attack”, there wouldn’t be a persecution.

The April 25 appeal isn’t the real reason why the CCP began its persecution of Falun Gong. The CCP had been trying unsuccessfully for several years to find an excuse to ban the practice. Using the April 25 incident as reason for the persecution was intentionally planned by Luo Gan and his gang.

Before April 25, 1999

The cultivation environment for Falun Gong began to deteriorate in 1996. It began with the Guangming Daily publishing an article that slandered Falun Gong. Then, the CCP’s Central Propaganda Department prohibited the publication of any Falun Gong books and audio-visual materials. In early 1997, Luo Gan ordered the Public Security Bureau to search for any evidence to use against Falun Gong. In May of 1998, Luo Gan’s relative, He Zuoxiu, who works at Beijing Television Station, appeared on “Beijing Express” to slander Falun Gong. By July 1998, the Public Security Bureau issued Public Administration No. 555 with the title, “On Notice to Investigate Falun Gong”. On April 11, 1999, He Zuoxiu published another article in a magazine sponsored by the Education College in Tianjin City to attack Falun Gong. By April 23, Tianjin police officers had arrested over 40 practitioners who went to the Education College to clarify the facts about Falun Gong.

Why did practitioners appeal on April 25, 1999?

I am a practitioner in Beijing and participated in the April 25 appeal. I vividly remember what happened. On April 24, 1999, I went to group study and a fellow practitioner told me about Tianjin police officers physically assaulting practitioners who went to clarify the facts about Dafa at the Education College. Many practitioners were hurt and 45 were arrested. When other practitioners went to ask the city government to the release the detained practitioners, they were told that they couldn’t release them because the Public Security Bureau was involved. The police said that the practitioners should go to Beijing to appeal to higher authorities.

For many of us, we thought it would be a good opportunity to clarify the facts to the government to clear up any misunderstanding. Our local coordinator said it was up to each of us to decide what to do and how to do it. We weren’t going to coordinate or organize an approach. Shortly after 5:00 a.m. the next day, I was at the bus station along with everyone from our group study. Everyone made their own decision to go to Beijing based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Cultivating Dafa is about improving oneself and one’s mind. We do not believe in rituals, record keeping, or being an organization. Everyone freely comes or goes, and knows what to do based on the Fa. If there was an effort to organize people to appeal in Beijing, there would have been more than ten thousand practitioners. In the Beijing area alone, there are thousands of practitioners in every district. A large district would already have about ten thousand practitioners.

On April 25, 1999, we arrived at Fuyou Street shortly after 6:00 a.m. A short distance from the bus station, police officers were waiting to direct practitioners to an area outside a door on the west side of Zhongnanhai. Many practitioners were already there and the number continued to increase. Everyone stood there quietly because we didn’t want to cause any inconvenience to the public living in that district. We kept the sidewalks and entrances to lanes open. Lunch boxes were kept in large plastic bags. Some practitioners were studying the Fa while standing, while elderly practitioners sat on the ground in the back row. I quietly stood in the front row. With practitioners following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the environment was purified wherever we were.

At around 5:00 p.m., the local people came to tell us, “[They told us to] go home now. We were told to lock our doors and stay home. No matter what happens outside don’t go out.” Since the June 4, 1989 massacre, the public knew what might happen and many of them came to advise us to go home. We weren’t moved and waited until the appeal was over. After returning home, the message from the local police department was that if practitioners had stayed after 9:00 p.m., they might have used force.

Practitioners’ display of compassion and forbearance created a harmonized field during the appeal. Their actions were respected and praised by the international community.

South Korea: Taking a Stand Against Organ Harvesting Atrocities in China

(Minghui.org) A book release for the Korean version of State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China was held at the Catholic Youth Center in Seoul, South Korea on February 20, 2013. The book documents the results of investigations into organ harvesting atrocities against living Falun Gong practitioners in China. The atrocities occur under the direct authority and control of top officials in the country’s communist regime.

 

Two days later, human rights organizations and experts from various medical and legal fields in Korea held a conference titled “Reality and Future of Organ Transplant” in the Korean National Assembly building.

 

Dr. Jacob Lavee, director of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, spoke at both events and shared about the success of establishing laws that prevent Israeli citizens from obtaining illegal organ transplants in China. Dr. Lavee also explored options for adopting similar measures in Korea.

 

The Korea Joongang DailyDong-A Ilbo (East Asia Daily), and other mainstream Korean media covered the events.

Korea 1

Book release for the Korean version of State Organs at the
Catholic Youth Center in Seoul, South Korea

Korea 2

Dr. Jacob Lavee, Director of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at
Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, answers question at book release

Korea 3

Experts hold a conference in the National Assembly building
to explore solutions to bring the organ harvesting atrocities to an end

Korea 4

Lee Seung-Won, Chairman of the National Association for
Ethical Organ Transplants, speaks at the conference

Korea 5

Dr. Jacob Lavee speaks at conference in Korean National Assembly

 

 

Korean Media Spread the Word About Organ Harvesting Atrocities

State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China details the facts surrounding the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) use of live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience. The book offers a collection of cases provided by 12 experts from the United States, Israel, Australia, and Malaysia, as well as statistics and testimonies from witnesses.

 

The Korean National Association for Ethical Organ Transplants, the organizer of the book release event, was founded at the end of 2012. Its mission is to bring an end to live organ harvesting and illegal organ transplants taking place outside of Korea. The grassroots organization was formed by individuals from the medical, legal, arts, and cultural professions.

 

The association assumed the role of translating State Organs, finishing it in a short time. The Korean translation is the third version of the book, following the English and Chinese versions.

 

At the event, Dr. Lavee, past-president of the Israel Transplantation Society, answered questions from the press. In the book, he stated that many years ago he had a patient who was prepared to receive a heart transplant in China; the patient said that the wait time was only three weeks. The surgery was completed within the promised time frame—Dr. Lavee was shocked. He subsequently began investigating the organ transplant situation in China.

 

Dr. Lavee worked hard in advocating for the passage of Israel’s organ transplant laws in March 2008. He soon found that the organs transplanted in China come from criminals, prisoners of conscience, and even Falun Gong practitioners, who are under severe persecution in China.

 

He pushed for a ban on the international organ trade, restricting overseas live organ transplants, placing restrictions on organs that travel across borders, and halting insurance companies from paying for illegal organ transplants.

 

 

Reporters Ask How Korea Can Help Stop the Atrocities

Reports from mainstream Korean media, such as the Korea Joongang Dailyand Dong-A Ilbo (East Asia Daily), had many questions for the panel at the book release. One reporter inquired about the distribution of labor camps in China and also expressed interest in visiting China to conduct investigative reporting on the issue of organ harvesting in China.

 

Weekly Dong-A, a magazine under the Dong-A Ilbo company, asked Dr. Lavee to provide suggestions for Korea on the issue of organ harvesting. Dr. Lavee said, “The health insurance systems are very different in Israel and Korea. It’s hard for me to give very specific suggestions. However, restrictions on insurance benefits are very effective.

 

“I can understand how patients feel about getting organs from overseas; however, if people know that extending their own lives means killing others, they will not go to China. This is the normal mentality of a human being. It is so in Israel. When people know the truth, going to China to get organ transplants will cease to exist.”

 

According to Dr. Lavee, South Korea is the first East Asian country to seek legislation proposing the abolishment of organ harvesting. He said that Canada is forming its own policy based on Israel’s, which includes prohibiting insurance companies from paying for organ transplants in China.

 

Despite the regulations, Chinese doctors still attempt to work around the laws. After a group of Chinese doctors traveled to Australia to learn more about organ transplant surgery procedures, they were asked to sign guarantee letters that the skills they acquire would not be used for illegal and unethical organ transplants. Chinese doctors soon after stopped traveling to Australia to learn about organ transplantation.

 

“I would like to emphasize that no one wants to die,” Dr. Lavee added. “Therefore, when preventing them from going to China for organ transplants, another door should be open. What’s important is regulations with moral and ethical binding.”

 

Dr. Lavee also mentioned that he was once threatened by the CCP.

 

“I started my efforts in 2005,” he said. “A pro-CCP lawyer called me and threatened that he would sue me in court if I continued my efforts. I told the Ministry of Legal Affairs about this. Later on, whenever I encountered such things, I made them public. Then the threats stopped.”

 

 

Experts Brainstorm How to Help Stop Illicit Transplants 

Many Korean patients go to China to receive organ transplants. According to Professor Chae Sung-Oh from Kookmin University of South Korea, the risks of complications for patients undergoing organ transplants in China are much higher than in other countries because Chinese hospitals usually do not provide the medical information of their donors. This lack of transparency creates various difficulties for patients and their post-surgery treatments.

 

“Usually the patient has to meet the standards determined by the president of Korea in order to be a recipient of an organ transplant,” Professor Chae said. “However, there are no such procedures in China. Once someone pays the fee, he can get the surgery.”

 

Medical insurance companies in Korea still pay for organ transplants in China, and Professor Chae considers such support illegal. If the insurance contract states that the cost will be covered for illegal transplant in China, then the contract itself is in violation of the law.

 

Professor Chae suggests that Korea reference Israel’s laws regarding organ transplants. Discussions around organ harvesting and the establishment of organ transplant laws are rapidly becoming a global focal point. Korea now has an opportunity to step forward and continue the push for humane and ethical legislation.

 

Jung Goo-Jin, permanent representative of the Pan-National Alliance for Judicial Reform, a civil organization in Korea, agreed with Dr. Lavee’s suggestion. He thinks that the Korean National Assembly should establish a law to address the issue head on. “I would like to meet with the congressmen and help make this happen,” Jung said.

Australia: Thousands of Chinese Visitors Choose Bright Futures for Themselves in front of the Sydney Opera House

February 22, 2013 | Reported by Huaqing from Sydney

(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners in Sydney have had an informational stand in front of the Sydney Opera House since the beginning of 2013 to bring an important message to tourists from Mainland China: Ensure yourself a bright future by quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.

The 14-year-long persecution of Falun Gong has been covered up in China, and the country is blanketed in false propaganda demonizing the peaceful spiritual practice. Practitioners encourage Chinese people to quit the CCP as a way of supporting Falun Gong, believing that doing so will help bring these people a brighter future when the truth is ultimately revealed and those responsible for the persecution are brought to justice.

Volunteers at this stand have helped approximately ten thousand Chinese tourists quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations since the stand was set up at the beginning of January. Many of the tourists are family groups and some are teachers traveling with their students.

Service Center for Quitting the CCP located in front of the Sydney Opera House.

Mr. Bai, a volunteer at the Service Center for Quitting the CCP, said that there have been many Chinese tourists stopping by for information. Many of them, after reading posters with photos and facts of the persecution of Falun Dafa in China, have readily quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Many have taken fliers and DVDs, and a number of tourists simply walk over to the stand just to say, “You have been working so hard. Thank you.”

 

A teacher from China told the volunteers that she had quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations on the Internet. She pointed at her students who were reading the posters, and told them, “Go ahead and read some more! You’ve got time!” There was a mother who was accompanying her son and daughter. After she read the posters, she went over to the stand and quit the CCP organizations. She helped her son quit the Communist Youth League and her daughter quit the Young Pioneers. She was very grateful to the volunteers.

 

Mr. Bai said that there was a man from Guangdong Province who did not know anything about the Chinese regime’s harvesting organs of Falun Gong practitioners for profit. “He asked many questions and before he left, he took a lot of informational materials with him, wanting to learn more about it,” Mr. Bai said.

 

Ms. Yue, in her seventies, has been a volunteer at the Service Center for a long time. She has helped about 1,000 Chinese people quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Ms. Yue was very impressed with a couple who were lecturers at a university who visited Sydney with their child. She told them that the CCP was the real cult and explained the history of Marxism. After they understood the truth of Falun Dafa and the evilness of the CCP, one of them said, “After I return to China, I will never teach anything about Marxism. I’ll only teach the five thousand years of divinely-inspired Chinese culture such as the doctrines of Confucius and Mencius.” They thanked Ms. Yue and took a large number of fliers and DVDs with them before they left.

 

The Service Center for Quitting the CCP has become a welcome addition to Chinese tourists’ list of important destinations when they visit Sydney.

Canadian University To Close Confucius Institute

Group calls China-linked Confucius Institute hiring practices discriminatory

(Article taken from The Epoch Times)
By Omid Ghoreishi
Epoch Times Staff

Sonia Zhao gives a speech about the persecution of Falun Gong in China at a rally in Toronto in August 2011. Zhao, a former instructor at the Confucius Institute at McMaster University, had to sign a statement promising not to practice Falun Gong when she was in China before joining the institute. McMaster has now decided to close the institute over concerns about its hiring practices. (Gordon Yu/The Epoch Times)

McMaster University has decided to close the Confucius Institute that it has hosted since 2008, the Hamilton, Ontario-based university announced Feb 7.

The decision was made because of the hiring practices of the Beijing-linked Confucius Institute (CI), which recruits its instructors in China.

“Hiring decisions in China were not being done the way we would want to do the hiring,” Andrea Farquhar, assistant vice president of public and government relations at McMaster, told The Epoch Times.

We are very encouraged to see that McMaster University is attempting to correct a mistake they made when they invited the Confucius Institute to their university.

—Lucy Zhou, Falun Dafa Association of Canada

The Epoch Times reported in 2011 that Sonia Zhao, a Chinese woman who came to work at the McMaster CI, was required to sign a statement promising not to practice Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), a spiritual meditation discipline persecuted by the communist regime in China.

Farquhar would not confirm that the university’s decision to close the CI was made because of the Zhao’s case, but said it was based on the “overall situation.”

“We had raised some concerns that the hiring practice is not how we act as a university,” she said.

As an example, she said, “anyone who has a certain point of view should be respected. … We respect the right of people who hold various points of view.”

‘Very Encouraged’

Lucy Zhou, a spokesperson with the Falun Dafa Association of Canada, says she is happy with the university’s decision to close the CI.

“We are very encouraged to see that McMaster University is attempting to correct a mistake they made when they invited the Confucius Institute to their university without realizing their discriminatory practices against Falun Gong in their hiring practices,” Zhou says.

Hiring decisions in China were not being done the way we would want to do the hiring.

—Andrea Farquhar, McMaster University

“The illegal persecution of Falun Gong is ruthless and permeates all facets of the society in China, including the education system. This kind of discrimination imported into Canada is a serious violation of human rights.”

Sonia Zhao, who has since been granted refugee status in Canada, was also pleased with McMaster’s decision.

“It is great news and it is encouraging. The persecution of Falun Gong should not happen in China, and of course not in Canada,” she says.

“I hope other universities will take similar steps.”

Funded by the communist regime in China, the CIs are branded as promoting Chinese language and culture, with hundreds of branches worldwide. They have been cited by intelligence agencies as organizations used by the regime to extend its “soft power.”

Richard Fadden, the head of Canada’s intelligence agency CSIS, has said that CIs are under the control of Chinese embassies and consulates and has linked them with some of the regime’s other efforts to influence Canada’s China policy.

Discriminatory Hiring Stipulation

The Epoch Times first reported in 2011 that a stipulation published in English on CI’s main website requires that instructors must have “no record of participation in Falun Gong.”

Rights activists and lawyers have said that the requirement violates human right codes in Canada, especially if the instructors are recruited to come and work in Canada.

The persecution of Falun Gong should not happen in China, and of course not in Canada.

— Former Confucius Institute teacher Sonia Zhao

The Falun Dafa Association of Canada first took its concerns about the CI’s hiring practices and Zhao’s case to McMaster. According to the association, they received a letter from the university president acknowledging the severity of the concerns.

As the university did not take any further steps at that time, Zhao, who left the CI in 2011, filed a case with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (OHRT) last September.

In its response to the OHRT case, McMaster had argued that since Zhao signed the agreement with Hanban, the organization overseeing CIs in China, the tribunal has no jurisdiction over the issue.

Human rights lawyer David Matas, who represents Zhao in the case, said that argument doesn’t hold as the CI is not an autonomous entity.

“The reality is that the Confucius Institute is part of McMaster,” Matas said. “Hanban isn’t really running—what they’re doing is just tying [down the instructors].”

Institute to Be Closed This Summer

According to a McMaster statement, the university has given official notice that the CI will be closed once the current term is completed this summer.

The CI at McMaster was developed in conjunction with the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). The statement said McMaster had held “numerous discussions” with BLCU officials to achieve a possible solution to its concerns. However, no satisfactory resolutions were found.

“Both senate and the board of governors have been updated on the university’s intention to withdraw from the agreement as of July 31, 2013.This will ensure that no further instructors are selected for McMaster and that students who take programs through the Institute are able to complete their current sessions,” the statement said.

“The University is looking at options to gauge ongoing community interest in Chinese language courses at the postsecondary level.”

Other schools and organizations hosting Confucius Institutes in Canada include Brock University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, University of Sherbrooke (in partnership with Dawson College), University of Waterloo, the Toronto District School Board, University of Regina, Edmonton Public Schools, and the New Brunswick Department of Education.

Zhou says she hopes these education bodies will follow McMaster’s example and close their CIs.

“Importing discrimination against Falun Gong or any other group into Canada is not acceptable and should not be imported into Canada via our Canadian education system.”

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China’s Judges: Criminals and Illiterate of the Law

February 06, 2013 | By Wei Ni

(Minghui.org) At over 70 years old, Ms. Wu Congmei of Huili County, Liangshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province, was sentenced to three years in prison by Judge Qiu Yun, Judicial President of the No. 1 Criminal Court, and his associates in the Huili County Court. From the time Ms. Wu, a Falun Gong practitioner, was taken to the Huili Detention Center in May 2012, the process she went through reveals how the County Court and Domestic Security police openly violated the law. Ms. Wu’s attorney had to educate the County Court on “legal literacy.” In the end, he concluded: “The Huili County Court is in the dark!”

Judge Qiu and his associates should act as professionals, objective, and knowledgeable of the law. Otherwise, they should not be licensed to practice law. Two months after Ms. Wu’s arrest, her attorney issued a plea of innocence based on a fact: “Practicing Falun Gong is legal; distributing Falun Gong material is legal.” During the trial, Judge Qiu and his judicial representatives acted as though they were illiterate of the law.

Attorney Deprived of Legal Rights

When Ms. Wu’s attorney went to the Huili County Court to review his client’s case, Judge Qiu told him, “The deputy president forbids you to read the files.” Ms. Wu’s attorney immediately pointed out the seriousness of such an unlawful infraction, and he sued the Huili County Court through the Huili Procuratoratefor depriving him of his legal rights as an attorney.

On November 16, the day before the trial, Ms. Wu’s attorney visited the court to again request access to his client’s case materials, but once again his request was denied.

Family Members Deprived of Right to Observe Trial

On November 17, 2012, Ms. Wu was taken by two policewomen to the courthouse. She could not walk on her own due to the torture she had been subjected to in detention. “Falun Dafa is good! Truth-Compassion-Tolerance is good!” she declared, despite the pain. The court did not issue a pass to Ms. Wu’s husband to allow him to observe the trial. All attendees in the court had been designated by judicial representatives.

Tried Illegally without Evidence

After Procuratorate prosecutor Wang Fangyun finished reading the indictment, the court refused to provide any evidence incriminating Ms. Wu. Her attorney demanded that the court reveal the original pieces of evidence; however, the court declined. The attorney pointed it out that such an act was in serious violation of the law. The court’s claims proved baseless, and in the end, the court still refused to provide any original evidence outside of a few photos and fallacious signatures.

“It is legal that Wu Congmei practices Falun Gong,” Ms. Wu’s attorney stated. “Distributing Falun Gong truth-clarification materials is also legal.” He also pointed out that it was completely groundless to prosecute Ms. Wu according to Article 300 of the Criminal Law, “Actions of Using Cult Organizations to Sabotage the Nation’s Laws and Regulations.”

In the end, Ms. Wu’s attorney also stated, “If you sentence someone you know to be innocent, it is in violation of the law and also a smear on one’s conscience.” He thus requested that the court release Ms. Wu.

Ms. Wu also firmly requested her immediate release.

Forging Witness Signatures

Domestic Security officers provided signatures from Ms. Wu’s son and daughter-in-law, claiming that they were required to sign off on a list of confiscated personal property after Ms. Wu’s home was ransacked. Ms. Wu’s son and daughter-in-law were not home when the police took Ms. Wu away; however, the police used such signatures as decrees of “witness.” The court thus improperly used Ms. Wu’s son and daughter-in-law as “important witnesses.”

Not Providing a Verdict to Attorney and Family

On December 21, 2012, when Ms. Wu’s husband visited Judge Qiu to request his wife’s release, Qiu said, “I have already sentenced her to three years.” Mr. Wu’s husband replied, “The attorney said that my wife is innocent. Practicing Falun Gong is legal. How could you sentence her to prison?” Qiu replied glibly, “Well, you can sue me.” In the end, neither Ms. Wu’s attorney nor her family ever received an official “verdict.”

Manipulating the Timing

The illegal trial of Ms. Wu at the Huili County Court took place on November 17, 2012, and the sentencing took place on December 7. The verdict was given to Ms. Wu on December 20, 14 days after the deadline.

Ms. Wu appealed her case on December 21. However, up until January 8, Ms. Wu’s second Beijing attorney had been denied access to the case materials by the Liangshan Intermediate Court. The attorney was told that the courts had not received any materials from Huili County.

The attorney went to Huili on January 9 to address this mishandling of materials with Judge Qiu. Qiu claimed that the case materials had already been transferred to the Liangshan Intermediate Court. In front of Qiu, the attorney immediately called the chief judge of the Criminal Court of the Liangshan Intermediate Court to ask for clarification. He then handed the phone to Qiu, whereupon Qiu changed his story. He told the higher-level court official that the materials must still be in transit. It is only 185 kilometers (115 miles) between Huili County and Xichang City (capitol of Liangshan Prefecture). It is unlikely that the materials would be in transit for over 10 days without having arrived yet. Ms. Wu’s family members were extremely angry at this obvious lie.

The attorney offered evidence that the Huili County Court caused unnecessary delay, as they illegally detained Ms. Wu for three-and-a-half months, issued Ms. Wu’s verdict 14 days after the deadline, and intentionally kept Ms. Wu’s case materials from the intermediate court. The attorney also pointed out that Procuratorate prosecutor Wang Fangyun failed in his duty to monitor the actions of the court.

A staff member at the Huili County Procuratorate later became familiar with these details. His signature of July 27, 2012, essentially indicted Ms. Wu, and he was shocked and disturbed after the lawyer made him aware of some important legal breaches. The staff member said that he had not been involved in this case, and that his signature must have been forged on the indictment documents.

Ms. Wu’s attorney filed a complaint to the Liangshan Intermediate Court regarding Judge Qiu Yun of the Huili County Court, Wang Fangyun of the Huili County Procuratorate, and others involved in the case. The attorney requested that the Liangshan Intermediate Court correct the wrongful sentence administered by the Huili County Court.

Unfortunately, this type of incident in which legal professionals gratuitously violate the law is not only commonplace in Huili County, but throughout all of China today.