DAFOH Statement: “China’s announcement of phasing out the harvesting of organs from prisoners is deceptive and insufficient”

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“This is no time … to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”

Rev. Martin L. King Jr.
(“I Have a Dream” Speech, 1963)

September 16, 2013

Recently, China has announced its intention of phasing out the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners by 2015 and the introduction of the China Organ Transplant Response System (COTRS), a computerized organ-allocation system.

Unfortunately, COTRS lacks transparency: the matching process and information about the organ donors are not open to the public or to an independent third party. With regard to the announced 2015 time frame, Chinese officials speak vaguely of ending the reliance on executed prisoners, not of the complete cessation.

Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) holds that the announcement and the introduced systems are misleading and insufficient.

DAFOH states:

1. The international community considers the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners and from prisoners of conscience unethical. If killing for organs—under the guise of executing prisoners—is unethical, it remains so every day it continues. Seeking an end of this unethical practice conforms to ethical standards defined by medical organizations, such as WMA, TTS, WHO, and others.

Once it is recognized as unethical and as a crime against humanity, the harvesting of organs from prisoners needs to end immediately. It is ethically indefensible to gradually end a crime against humanity. The Chinese government announcement of “phasing out” this crime against humanity is a deceptive statement in itself. When people’s lives are at stake, then “This is no time … to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”

2. In 1984, the Chinese regime issued a law to legalize organ extraction from executed prisoners. Chinese officials still called it a lie when Dr. Wang Guoqi testified about this practice before Congress in 2001. China denied the practice until 2005, when international pressure forced Chinese officials to admit the practice. Then they stated that up to 90 percent of organs originated from this source, which contributed to more than 10,000 transplants per year. Since the Chinese regime has a history of lacking in candor, it is mandatory to implement steps for scrutiny and monitoring.

In 2007, one year before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Chinese Medical Association (CMA) pledged to the World Medical Association (WMA) to end the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners, except for relatives. Despite the pledge, China continued to perform more than 10,000 transplantations every year without an effective public organ-donation system.

Now, six years after CMA’s pledge, China does not even speak of ENDING the practice as it did in 2007, but only announces—with an indefinite time frame—to PHASE OUT the practice. We hold that the recent 2013 announcement from China is actually a step back from the pledge in 2007. Based on the above, it is incomprehensible why the international community applauds the recent announcements.

3. The official Chinese terminology is vague and ambiguous as it only announces the beginning of the phaseout without establishing a deadline when the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners will eventually come to a complete end. According to statements from Chinese officials, the time frame could be 2015, but also “indefinite.” When asked when the practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners will end, Chinese officials describe the time frame as “indefinite.” In other announcements, Chinese officials speak of “phasing out the dependency on organs from executed prisoners,” which does not address the end of this unethical practice but only a shift in the percentage, keeping the option open to continue the practice if needed.

The official statements from China are insufficient and vague. Without international scrutiny and monitoring, the phaseout can last “indefinitely” and euphoric commendation is premature and misplaced. Instead of applauding China for its phase-out announcement, one should rather consider the innocent victims who will lose their lives every day this abusive practice continues.

4. The recent announcements state that China will introduce a computerized organ-allocation system. Yet, the computerized organ-allocation system does not guarantee that the organs entered into the computer system are ethically procured. Instead, without openness to verification, the computerized organ allocation system poses the risk of enabling a more efficient allocation of unethically procured organs. It has to be ensured beyond any doubt that the new computerized organ allocation is not a sophisticated form of “organ laundering,” using prisoners’ organs and erasing all traces of their unethical procurement.

Resolving the unethical organ harvesting from prisoners in China does not require a computerized organ-allocation system. Instead, what is required is an immediate cessation of the unethical organ harvesting and a system that provides traceable documentation of subsequent procurements.

As long as China does not officially acknowledge organ harvesting from prisoners as unethical, it remains uncertain whether this organ source will ever be abolished even after establishing a computerized organ-allocation system and a voluntary organ-donation program.

The mixing of the two pools of organs, one from executions and another from organ donations, through the announced computerized organ-allocation system will only serve to whitewash the unethical practices. It gives them a coat of legitimacy and acceptance. It is simply a way to pretend the initial crime did not occur. The mere establishing of a computerized organ-allocation system without immediate cessation of the organ harvesting from prisoners is ethically meaningless.

5. In a May 20, 2013 ABC TV interview with Huang Jiefu, former vice minister of health in China, when asked about the harvesting of organs from prisoners, he replied, “Why do you object?” This suggests that Chinese officials still do not acknowledge that organ harvesting from executed prisoners is unethical. Ethical organ donation requires free, voluntary, and informed consent, yet China evades this requirement by trivializing it as “written” consent from prisoners.

The announcements from China speak of a phaseout of organ harvesting from executed prisoners, but it is not mentioned whether military hospitals, known to be heavily involved in the unethical organ-harvesting practices, will be included. The announced developments also do not address the from China never-acknowledged organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, in particular from detained Falun Gong practitioners as the largest target group.

In 2012, David Matas said at the annual conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in San Francisco:

“On Nov. 30, 1999, the ‘610 Office’ [in China] called more than 3,000 officials to the Great Hall of the People in the capital to discuss the campaign against Falun Gong, which was then not going well. Demonstrations were continuing to occur at Tiananmen Square. The head of the ‘610 Office,’ Li Lanqing, announced the government’s new policy on the movement: ‘Defame their reputations, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically.’

A call to destroy Falun Gong physically is a call to genocide. It is not admittedly a call to genocide through sourcing their organs. Nonetheless, when that sourcing occurs, in the context of a call for physical destruction, the two should be linked. Organ sourcing is the means. Physical destruction is the intent.”

There is virtually no dividing line between destroying physically and harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners—the latter is even profitable. Thus, without publicly admitting the use of prisoners of conscience as an organ source, there is no guarantee that this path of organ sourcing will end. A gradual phaseout of this abusive practice with an indefinite end is ethically indefensible. It might be desirable from the side of the perpetrator but it is gruesome and unacceptable from the side of the victim. It is a tragedy for both the victims and the medical profession. The following quote by Rev. Martin L. King Jr. appears as timely as it was in the 1960s:

“ … the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off, or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism … Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”

6. The announced phaseout of the organ harvesting from executed prisoners was accompanied by an official announcement of a public organ-donation system. Yet, there is a traditional reluctance in the Chinese populace to donate organs, which is also acknowledged by Chinese officials. Furthermore, there is no brain-death legislation in place, which would regulate the organ procurement from the brain-dead. Thus the public organ donation system would be based on cardiac-death donations, which would reduce the effectiveness of some of the donated organs.

In September 2013, the Chinese Guang Ming Daily published an article stating that from 100 potential organ donors in China, only 5 percent of the donors’ organs can eventually be used for transplantation. Overall, the conditions in China are likely to result in a continuation of the use of organs from prisoners beyond the pledged time frame of two years.

It has to be assured beyond any doubt that prisoners of conscience, primarily detained Falun Gong practitioners, are not forcibly enrolled into such public organ-donation program under a fake identity. It has been observed that fake identity documents with a Chinese nationality were issued to foreign transplant tourists in order to bypass the transplant-tourism-prohibition law. Transparency and monitoring is required to prevent an entering of fake identities into the computerized organ-allocation system.

7. In October 2011, The Lancet published the letter “Time for a boycott of Chinese science and medicine pertaining to organ transplantation.” The letter called for a “boycott on accepting papers at meetings, publishing papers in journals, and cooperating on research related to transplantation unless it can be verified that the organ source is not an executed prisoner.”

While we appreciate the strict call for ethical standards in publications from China, we are missing the same strict call when it comes to defending our own ethical standards. As much as the co-authors were courageous to publish the aforementioned letter in The Lancet due to ethical concerns, we should be even more motivated to call openly for an immediate end of the unethical organ harvesting itself.

Refusing to publish papers, which include data from executed prisoners, is a necessary but insufficient response to the abuses in China. We have an absolute imperative to also object vociferously to the harvesting itself. Living in a society that allows freedom of expression, we are not prohibited from openly calling for an immediate end of the unethical organ harvesting in China. In fact, as medical doctors and medical organizations, it is our ethical responsibility and obligation to call for an immediate end of this unethical practice.

In 2006, China Daily reported the number of transplants in China as high as 20,000, with 90 percent of the organs coming from executed prisoners. Attention and pressure by the international community in the past few years have contributed to the recent developments and indicate that we need to continue our efforts to call for an immediate end of the organ-harvesting abuse.

Once the practice is recognized as unethical, there is no excuse to continue it. The unethical organ harvesting from prisoners could be resolved at once if the international community combines its efforts and opposes the practice with one voice. There is no law that prohibits us from calling upon China to refrain from unethical organ harvesting immediately—it only requires the willingness to do so.

Otherwise, we might need to ask ourselves if China were successful in using a computerized organ-allocation system and the announcement of a phaseout like a Trojan horse to undermine and dilute our ethical standards.

We call upon the international community to join us in calling upon China to immediately and unconditionally end the unethical harvesting of organs from executed prisoners and all prisoners of conscience.

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Israel: “There is a Holocaust in China,” Says Journalist, as Rally Marks 14 Years of Falun Gong’s Persecution in China (Photos)

August 10, 2013 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Israel

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(Minghui.org) “There is a Holocaust in China,” stated Israeli journalist and broadcaster Billy Beserglick in her speech in front of the Chinese Embassy in Tel Aviv on July 22, 2013.

“I’m the second generation after World War II Holocaust. My parents were in Auschwitz and miraculously survived. [Otherwise,] I might very well not be here now,” she said.

Israeli journalist and broadcaster Billy Beserglick speaks at the rally marking 14 years of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Ms. Beserglick imagined a woman her age being held in a basement of a forced labor camp after torture, “It’s shocking that in 2013 a Holocaust occurs, and the world goes ‘business as usual.’”

“Those are terrible things,” she said of the crimes committed by the Chinese communist regime. “Organs are harvested from people in concentration camps!”

“We should not turn a blind eye!” she concluded.

On this summer day, two hundred people didn’t. They came to protest the regime’s crimes against humanity and its 14-year-long brutal persecution of millions of law-abiding citizens in China–practitioners of the ancient spiritual cultivation practice called Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong), who believe in the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.

Over these years, the Chinese regime has directed officials and agencies at all levels of government, and state-owned enterprises, to carry out the persecution, spending billions of dollars and sparing no expense.

The peak of the horror is the use of Falun Gong practitioners as a source of organs for transplantation. In military hospitals and under heavy military supervision, organs have been harvested from people while they are still alive, so that the regime and its cadres can get a higher price. Tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed this way, and thousands more were killed through other types of horrific torture in forced labor camps and prisons across China.

Candles lit in memory of Falun Gong practitioners killed in the persecution in China.

A peaceful rally marks 14 years of the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

This child’s aunt was tortured for two years in a forced labor camp in Beijing.

Supporters join the rally.

People sign a petition calling for an end to the persecution in China.

Falun Dafa Association Spokesperson: Dispelling the Communist Regime’s Lies, We See Hope

“It was jealousy that stirred up the persecution,” explained Roy Bar-Ilan, a spokesperson for the Israeli Falun Dafa Association, “because it is an amazing cultivation practice. It became very popular very quickly in China, and then all of a sudden, tens of millions of good people became the largest group of prisoners of conscience in the world. The severity of the persecution – rape, shocks by electric batons, 45,000 to 60,000 organ harvesting cases, according to modest estimates – millions of people, of families, have suffered intensely and on an unparalleled scale.

“At first, everyone repeated the propaganda, and thus, in fact, promoted the persecution. Yesterday I found an article published in a major Israeli media in July 2001. It was written there that 14 practitioners had committed suicide in prison, and the prison authorities had ‘saved’ 11 others. It was also written that the Chinese government had decided to place Falun Gong practitioners in labor camps and monitor them around the clock as if they were worried about their safety. This story made me cry. In actuality, it should have been a report on the murder of the 14 practitioners, [who were just] like me, my wife and my children.”

Bar-Ilan continued, “We were able to overturn the lies that the Chinese regime created as part of its repression. Now people in the world do not believe the lies of the Chinese Communist Party. Yet many still can’t truly understand what Falun Gong is all about.

“To be a Falun Gong practitioner is to continuously try to improve oneself, to not blame others when encountering conflicts, but instead look inward, to not hit back when being attacked or sworn at, and to take loss and gain lightly.

“To be a Falun Gong practitioner is to get rid of selfishness and deviated thoughts. It is to strive to be considerate of others, to be an uncompromising moral example that does not bend in the face of profit or threat of any kind.

“In the face of the propaganda machine of the Chinese government, their media, embassies, and business and industrial relations all over the world, we are armed only with our hearts full of compassion and our determination to not let the evil, though influence, win the battle of humanity’s morality and future.

“We go out [to raise awareness about the persecution] day after day not for any gain, but because we believe that mankind still has hope, that the hearts of human beings still harbor morality and kindness… And the fact that you are here today proves that we are right, proves that there is hope.”

Epoch Times Director: “Silence Is What Allows These Crimes to Carry On”

“One cannot be neutral,” said Gilad Slonim, director of the Israeli edition of theEpoch Times at the rally. “We [Jews] have been through a genocide, where a dictator decided to destroy us because what we believed in did not suit him, and now we are directly or indirectly helping the same kind of a regime to carry out this persecution.

“Thus, one can’t be neutral in this battle. Everybody would like to be neutral, [thinking] ‘Why get involved? Why put this pain into my head? It’s happening so far away – it has nothing to do with us…’ This is not true! It is related to each and every one of us. Everyone today has to take a side.

“Not taking a proactive step against this persecution is equal to siding with it, since then you agree to be silent. Silence is what allows these crimes to carry on.”

“July 20th–a Great Shame in Mankind’s History”

Two Chinese Falun Gong practitioners living in Israel spoke in front of the Chinese Embassy, addressing not only the crowd, but also people at the embassy.

“In my opinion, the day of July 20th will remain as a great shame in history of mankind,” one of them said. “Why do I say so? Because 14 years ago on July 20th in China – such a big country with 1.3 billion people – the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] launched a brutal persecution of Falun Dafa.”

“Falun Dafa practitioners are people of good reputation in China,” she said. “There are many people who have a sense of justice and ask the 610 Office wicked policemen, ‘You do not catch the bad guys but specifically target good people. What kind of people are you?'”

“Some people have done a test with a mobile phone, sending out a text message. Messages with the words ‘truthfulness, compassion, forbearance’ [the main principles of Falun Gong] were blocked [by the regime]. But messages with the words ‘false, evil, fighting” were received. This shows to what extent the CCP has put China under its brutal control, so that the basic morality has been completely wiped out.

“However, the remaining goodness of Chinese people has begun to emerge as they learn the truth about the Communist regime. Now more than 140 million Chinese people have quit the CCP and its related organizations.”

Voices of Support for Falun Gong

Dr. Amir Shani from the New Liberal Movement called for the end to the persecution. In a taped interview he said, “We are here to express empathy and solidarity with innocent Falun Gong practitioners persecuted for no reason by the communist regime in China.” Many members of the New Liberal Movement group from various sides of the political map and social spectrum came to support the rally.

Rabbi Chaim Cohen from the Rabbis for Human Rights organization has attend numerous rallies calling for the end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China. In a powerful voice he declared, “We must stop the terrible persecution against Falun Gong!” He added that trading between Beijing and Jerusalem must take into account human rights.

Herzl Hakak, chairman of the Hebrew Writers Association, and Balfour Hakak, the organization’s former chairman, sent a statement to be read at the rally, “The phenomenon of psychiatric torture and organ harvesting is utterly shocking, both for their severity and scope, and for the betrayal of the ‘doctor’s oath,’ which every doctor takes to protect the sanctity of human life. Here in front of us, are physicians within the establishment [in China] … using their medical knowledge to violate human rights and endanger human life.”

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner also sent a letter of support, “Be strong and brave for the sake of justice and righteousness, for the protection of every person on Earth who is unjustly persecuted. This is our duty to protest and raise our voices. And when all voices are joined, it will eventually lead to salvation.”

“A Bleeding Lotus Flower”

The rally was accompanied by the sounds of an Erhu (an ancient Chinese stringed instrument) solo piece, “A Bleeding Lotus Flower.” The music was composed as a protest against the Chinese regime’s crimes of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

The solo tells of a true story revealed in 2009 by a security guard who had witnessed in 2002 how two military surgeons harvested the heart and kidneys of a Falun Gong practitioner while she was still alive.

This practitioner had been illegally arrested because of her belief in Falun Gong. She was a teacher, and the devoted mother of a 12-year-old son. While she was held in custody, she was brutally and repeatedly raped by the police. They also tortured her and shocked her with electric batons for seven days.

She was then taken to the fifth floor of the General Military Hospital of Shen-Yang City. The surgeon cut open her chest without any anesthesia, while she was fully conscious and wide awake. When the surgeon cut her heart arteries, she died.

Her last words were, “Falun Dafa is Good!”

CATEGORY: July 20 Events

Cheering for People with Conscience and Righteous Thoughts

July 05, 2013 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Chongqing

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(Minghui.org) A villager who went to a small mountain village close to Chongqing, for a day fair, came back and found the booklet Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party in the basket he carried on his back. He read it over very carefully.

One day the villager talked about this booklet with his neighbors. He was emotional, and said, “This book is so good! It lists all the bad things the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has done over the years.” One of his neighbors was interested and wanted to read it, but he did not say so aloud because there was a crowd of people around. He later quietly asked the villager, “Where did you get this book?” He replied, “I found it in my basket after I went to the day fair.”

The farmer did what the villager did. He went to the day fair several times with a basket on his back, but when he came back the basket was empty. He quietly went and asked the villager again and said, “Why didn’t I also get the booklet? I’ve been to the day fair several times, but I still didn’t get the book.” The villager said with a smile, “These things must be done by Falun Gong practitioners. They like to talk with the vendors at the fair. Go there and pay attention when people are talking.”

The next time the day fair was held, the farmer returned with a basket on his back. He overheard a practitioner talking to people about Falun Gong. When the practitioner was done talking and ready to leave, she realized that someone was following her. When she walked faster, the man behind her also quickened his steps. She finally turned around and asked him, “Why are you following me?” The man was that village farmer with the basket on his back. He said, “I saw you handing out information to people, can I also have some? I want to read it. I’ve come here several times looking for this information.”

The practitioner was stunned that this man kept returning, looking for the truth. Unfortunately, she had no informational materials left. She told the farmer that she would bring some from home, and asked him to wait for her to return. The farmer said, “I’ll be here waiting for you.” This is how the farmer finally got what he wished for, and learned the truth. The story of the man with the basket who went looking for the truth spread to villages miles away.

I once had a conversation with a friend who was born in the 1980s. When we spoke about the corruption of the Chinese Communist regime, the increase in Chinese people withdrawing from the CCP, and how many people are waking up and openly opposing the persecution, his response moved me. He said, “My parents don’t agree with me. After decades of absurd and cruel CCP campaigns, they no longer have the courage to pursue justice and they just want peace. But our generation is different. We had very good childhoods and received good educations. Our education and knowledge is not only to make a living, but also to contribute to our country, not only physically but also spiritually. We have moral responsibility.” Not long after we spoke, he went online and declared his withdrawal from the CCP.

Overseas media recently reported that Mr. Jeffrey Van Middlebrook, a polymath inventor in Silicon Valley, USA, gave up a $60 million research grant and collaboration with the Chinese government after he read an Epoch Timesarticle about the CCP harvesting organs from a large number of living Falun Gong practitioners. He told a reporter, “I can’t take this money. To take their money is taking blood money. I can’t sell my technology and benefit financially. If it means that even if my technology doesn’t come to fruition, I can look myself in the mirror and say, ‘I didn’t take blood money from a government that is murdering its people.”

Some people didn’t understand his reaction, but I feel that his choice was an embodiment and manifestation of his kind nature. His choice shows that he’s returned to the most innate human nature. Mr. Van Middlebrook must feel at peace and he must be happy.

There have been many instances of people with conscience and righteous thoughts increasingly taking a stance. Let us cheer for them!

Contributing to this report:Epoch Times

Recalling “April 25”

April 29, 2012 | By a Falun Gong practitioner from Beijing

This article was first published in April 2008.

(Minghui.org) Nine years ago, on April 25, 1999, in order to appeal for justice for Falun Gong and its practitioners and to ask for an open cultivation environment, around 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners went to peacefully report and clarify the facts to the government in good faith, and requested the government to stop the unfair treatment of practitioners by those who had ulterior motives. This led to the “April 25” incident.

I was a participant and a witness of the “April 25” incident. Although many practitioners have already reported about this incident objectively and truthfully, I still would like to write down my own experience and tell what I saw and heard at that time, and post it on Clearwisdom.net.

The Cause of the “April 25” incident

On April 24, 1999, reliable news from Tianjin said that the Public Security Bureau in Tianjin City unlawfully arrested many Falun Gong practitioners under the direction of higher authorities. Earlier, He Zuoxiu published an article entitled “I do not agree with adolescents practicing qigong” in the magazine Science and Technology for Youth in Tianjin. The article used base and shameless means to attack Falun Gong with fabricated stories, slander and false accusations and to vilify Falun Gong and its founder. The magazine is a nationwide publication for primary and high school students. Due to the coercive subscription imposed by administrations at various levels, the magazine has a large distribution. He Zuoxiu’s article was very misleading and had a very adverse impact upon the great number of readers who did not know the facts, and it was especially poisonous to the minds of young people. At the same time, it had brought some very negative effects to Falun Gong. Seeing the adverse situation, many practitioners became very concerned.

I would like to point out that He Zuoxiu’s article had a deep political background and purpose. He is known to be an academician from the Chinese Science Academy, and is engaged in science research. However, his academic level is very inferior. He used to engage in political affairs in the Chinese Energy Research Institute (currently known as Chinese Research Institute of Nuclear Energy), and he is the brother-in-law of Luo Gan, the then Minister of Public Security of the Communist regime. Luo Gan is the very political opportunist who had long harbored a desire to suppress Falun Gong. Because Falun Gong is very righteous, Luo Gan could not find anything he could use as an excuse to defame Falun Gong no matter how hard he tried. He tried every means, by hook or by crook, to provoke incidents, and He Zuoxiu acted as his willing accomplice. The Ministry of Public Security had issued many internal documents, assigned people and planted them as agents among Falun Gong practitioners, in an attempt to investigate Falun Gong, check out how many people were practicing, the number of practice sites, who were the “organizers,” if Falun Gong charged fees, how they contacted each other, what materials they used, and more. In their documents, it was made very clear that they would ban the practice first, then collect evidence to support the ban. The National Security Section (formerly called the Political Security Section) of the local Public Security Bureau where I live contacted me many times, and the local police also asked me for a list of names of Falun Gong practitioners (I never gave it to them). Many incidents took place around the country in which the police harassed people at practice sites, dispersed practitioners, seized tape recorders, or used high-pressure hoses to hose down practitioners. Several newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations openly distorted the image of the Falun Gong practice. He Zuoxiu alone made false accusations in his speeches on numerous occasions. He rushed around to inflame and agitate people, trying to stir up incidents. Many practitioners went to talk to him and told him the facts, but he would not listen and went from bad to worse in slandering Falun Gong. He was a political club in Luo Gan’s hand to attack and suppress Falun Gong.

When He’s article was published, many practitioners in Tianjin, feeling responsible to society and Dafa, started to call or write to the magazine to clarify the facts. Some also went there in person to request that the magazine correct their false report. Because there were so many people calling, the phone became really busy and many calls could not get through, so more and more people decided to go to the office in person. During the whole process, the authorities of the magazine never gave people a clear answer nor did they take an equivocal position. They kept going back on their own words. As the magazine’s office was located in a school where other work units shared the same space, when there were many people gathering there, it would inevitably have an impact on other work units (it was said that several thousand people went to appeal at the time). Being anxious about any possible incident, the school called the Bureau of Public Security in Tianjin to send personnel to intervene. As a result, on April 24, 1999, an incident took place in which the police came to disperse people. They used clubs, high-pressure water guns and handcuffs to hit practitioners and they arrested more than forty practitioners. This incident directly caused a large number of practitioners to gather together, and many went to appeal at the Tianjin Municipality. As the incident expanded, departments concerned started to shift blame onto each other. In the end, the Bureau of Public Security and the Tianjin Municipality told Falun Gong practitioners, “We cannot take responsibility for this matter. Go to Beijing, the Ministry of Public Security already knows about this.” This is what triggered the “April 25” incident.

The Group of Falun Gong Practitioners Is A Pure Land

I arrived at the south end of Fuyou Street in Beijing around 8:00 a.m. on April 25. There was a desk in the northwest corner of the footpath, where two or three policemen were sitting around and chatting with one another. Clearly, they had been assigned to be on duty there. A few practitioners and I walked along the footpath on the east side of the street towards the north, hoping to go to the west entrance of the State Council to directly report the incident to the reception office and to ask for the release of our fellow practitioners who had been unlawfully arrested. We would also request that such incidents never happen again and that Falun Gong practitioners be given an open and non-threatening environment in which to practice. We wanted to tell the state leaders how beautiful our lives had become through practicing Falun Gong. At the same time, we wanted to warn the government to guard against a small number of people with ulterior motives who aimed to use Falun Gong for their own political gains. We were thinking about how to explain this to the government as we walked along. When we were about three or four hundred meters from the west entrance of the State Council, a young lady walked out from a group of people standing on the west side of the street. She crossed the street and walked toward us. She asked us with a smile, “May I know if you are fellow practitioners who have come to appeal?” I did not say anything for fear that she would stop us. One practitioner who came with us told her, “We are from xx district, we are here to appeal.” The young lady said, “If that is the case, then please join us in the group.” I said, “We will go to the reception office of the State Council to report the situation. We did not come to stand in a group.” The young lady said, “I understand how you feel. Now that we are here, we are one body. We have all come for the same purpose. We have the same Master and cultivate the same Fa. We need to consider Dafa and the image as one body, and must not let bad people take advantage of any loophole.” I immediately said, “Yes, you are right.” Then we followed her and joined the appealing group of practitioners.

The number of practitioners increased rapidly. When we joined in, there were already three rows, stretching to four or five hundred meters long. Soon afterwards, another row was added and the gathering became wider and longer. Later, even the side lanes were crowded with people sitting by either side. Many were elderly people. At that point, some people suggested that we let the young people stand in the front four rows so that the elderly practitioners could sit down in the back. It was a very touching scene to see practitioners showing such respect to each other. From time to time, there would be a reminder passed along from the front rows: Please keep quiet and try not to move about too much. One young man was holding a poster board with characters: Quiet. Do not move about. He walked quietly back and forth in the gathering.

After lunch time, there was much litter that needed to be taken away. A few older practitioners bought some big black bags and walked around to collect litter and put it in the rubbish bins on the roadside. However, most practitioners put their litter in their own bags. People picked up every piece of litter where they were, even the cigarette butts thrown down by the police. When passersby saw this, they said with admiration: “Falun Gong is truly a field of pure land.”

The Police Officers Wanted to Read the Book Zhuan Falun

As the number of practitioners increased, the number of policemen and their cars also increased, and all the major intersections in Beijing set up check points. By around 11:00 a.m., buses driving past Zhongnanhai (the central government compound) and Fuyou Street were canceled, and road entrances all had check points to question people who came to appeal. There was a police van parked near where I was, and five or six policemen were standing around. In the beginning, they looked rather tense and kept staring at practitioners. Later, they became more relaxed and started chatting and joking with us. At around 2:00 p.m., one of them, a relatively tall and overweight officer walked towards me. He stopped when he was about one and a half meter away and asked, “You are the group leader, aren’t you?” I said, “We don’t have any leaders. We are all Falun Gong practitioners.” He then asked, ” What is Falun Gong? Did you come here to practice Falun Gong?” I told him, “Falun Gong is a cultivation practice of the Buddha School. It can help people get rid of illnesses and become healthy. Most importantly it teaches people to be good people. We did not come here to practice Falun Gong, but to report to the appeal office of the State Council about the incident in Tianjin where the Bureau of Public Security beat and arrested people.” He was surprised and asked, “Tianjin dared to beat and arrest people?” I said, “Yes, they did. The matter has to be handled by the State Council.” He then asked, “You don’t have any leaders, how come you act as one? Do you have any books? Let me take a look.” I said, “It’s a pity I didn’t bring mine. Let me see if someone else has one.” He said, “Thank you.” As I was talking, a few people behind me said they had the book. I took a copy of “Zhuan Falun” from a female practitioner and presented it to the policeman with both hands. He also received the book with both hands and quickly browsed through it. He then said to two other policemen, “You two keep an eye on them. I’ll go and take a look at the book in the van.” The policemen looked at each other and smiled, and then they all went into the van.

Premier Zhu Rongji Received Practitioners

As more and more practitioners joined in, by 11:00 a.m., about 150 meters south of the west entrance to Zhongnanhai, countless people had gathered around. It was said that the crowd stretched from the south entrance of Fuyou Street to as far as the fly-over at Fuxinmen and to the north of Dahongluochang.

While we were waiting, I remember a few groups of representatives were called into the reception office of the State Council. Once, when a representative came out, he said, “We need practitioners who specialize in law. Those inside do not have much legal knowledge. We need to have law professional practitioners.” Another time, a representative came out and said, “We do not have practitioners from the Research Association among us inside. Leaders of the State Council require that we must have responsible people among the representatives.” He said if anyone knew Wang Zhiwen or the head of the general practice site, please call them to come straight away; otherwise the State Council would not receive us.

At around two or three o’clock, applause burst out among practitioners near the west entrance. I turned and looked, and saw a big group of people coming out from the west entrance and crossing over to the east side of the street. Regular police officers and armed policemen were standing outside. I heard people say that Premier Zhu Rongji had come out to meet the practitioners. Zhu Rongji went to greet and shake hands with practitioners, then he went back in. (I think the process lasted 1-3 minutes.)

Later, one practitioner asked, “Is Li Xiaomei here?” (Li was a Beijing practitioner. Later she was brainwashed in prison and did many bad things to help the evil. I hope she will soon become clear-headed again.) The reason they looked for Li Xiaomei was because representatives from the Tianjin Bureau of Public Security denied that they had beaten and arrested people. When the State Council leaders asked them if they had arrested people, they denied it. Practitioners wanted Li Xiaomei to give evidence to expose their lies. (Li Xiaomei had gone to appeal in Tianjin and was beaten and arrested.) Practitioner representative Li Chang said to the representatives from the Tianjin Bureau of Public Security, “In front of the leaders of the State Council, I should make a responsible statement. You say you did not arrest any practitioners, I say you did. There were practitioners from Beijing among those you arrested. We can call them to be witnesses.” The representatives from Tianjin were speechless.

A Miraculous Scene That Deeply Touched Our Hearts

Although there were many of us, the scene was very quiet and peaceful. A little after four o’clock in the afternoon, people around me suddenly started to clap their hands. Some shouted quietly, “Look, quickly, there are Falun everywhere! There are Falun on the leaves, on the wall!” Just then, rosy clouds floated softly in the sky, countless Falun were flying in the air, and at the far end of the clouds, sat our great benevolent Master’s Fashen, in a red robe. He looked immensely compassionate and dignified. The whole group was aroused and excited. The spectacular scene was beyond description. This sacred scene lasted for about half an hour. Not only practitioners witnessed it, an elderly lady and her grandson living nearby saw it too. They shouted excitedly, “It’s so beautiful, so very beautiful!” When we went to fetch drinking water from the tap in their yard, she refused to take any more money from us.

Luo Gan Sets Up the Trap; Jiang Zemin enraged

I would like to make it very clear here that although the number of practitioners continuously increased, all of us kept good order. We wanted to be responsible to Dafa, and to society and establish a good image of Dafa and practitioners to the people and the government, and at the same time, to guard against any bad people who wanted to make trouble and frame Falun Gong. Indeed, there were agents who mixed in among practitioners and tried to cause trouble and disturbances. About 50 meters from where I was, I saw a young man in the morning, who did not behave like a practitioner at all. He talked nonsense and encouraged people to go home. Later he took out a lighter and lit a cigarette [Falun Gong practitioners do not smoke]. His actions revealed his true identity, and he was driven out of the group. Although we identified some individual agents, we failed to recognize the political trap that was set up by the CCP.

This is what happened on that day: in the morning, as more and more people joined in, the police on duty at the south entrance of Fuyou Street asked the crowd to extend to the west on the north side of the road and did not allow people to come near the side of Zhongnanhai with the red wall. But later on, there appeared policemen who told the crowd to move eastwards along the red wall of Zhongnanhai. Looking back, their purpose was very clear. It was a trap set up by the Public Security Bureau to deliberately lead the crowd to surround Zhongnanhai. Later, the CCP indeed fabricated malicious lies in their propaganda media and documents about Falun Gong “surrounding Zhongnanhai.”

At around five o’clock in the afternoon on April 25, Jiang Zemin secretly inspected the crowd in a bullet-proof car and he saw with his own eyes that among the appealing crowd there were army officers and police offers in uniform. He was enraged by that sight. Later, he shouted during a central committee meeting: “Falun Gong’s contingent stood in such neat lines and had such good discipline, better even than our army troops. It would be good if our army troops and police forces could line up that neatly. There were even officers ranking higher than commanding officers in the crowd. You must check them out and strictly deal with them.” (This is what the Party Secretary in my work unit told me in person when he called me in for a talk.)

Practitioners Went Home, the Street Was Clean, People Praised Practitioners for Their Exemplary Behavior

At around three or four o’clock in the afternoon on April 25, a flyer was circulated among practitioners. It was a united notice from the central government, the State Council and the Public Security Bureau in Beijing. The general content of the notice included: Reinstate the three “no” policies towards qigong; the opinions of the appealers are clear; the gathering should be dismissed as soon as possible. As for the yet-to-be-reported incidents in various places where Falun Gong practitioners were harassed, people can send representatives to report them to the central government level by level. People from other cities or provinces may go back and report the incidents to the appeal offices in their own province. In Beijing, each county and district can send their representatives to report directly to the reception office of the appeal office of the State Council, and the director of the appeal office will receive them.

Practitioners remained calm and quiet after seeing the notice, and yet nobody left the scene because we knew that practitioners arrested in Tianjin were yet to be released. We would not leave until the issue of the arrested practitioners was resolved, and we even planned to stay overnight.

At around nine o’clock in the evening, a practitioner representative came out from the west entrance of Zhongnanhai and encouraged practitioners to leave and told us that all the practitioners arrested in Tianjin were released. Because practitioners did not know each other, and we did not know the name of the representative who was telling us this, it was not easy to move practitioners in the beginning. Questioned by practitioners, Li Chang announced loudly, “Please believe what I said. My name is Li Chang. I take full responsibility for what I’m saying. Tomorrow morning, at eight o’clock, each district and county in Beijing may send two representatives to gather at the appeals office in Yongdingmen, so that we can continue to report to the central government. Practitioners from other provinces and cities, please go back to your own province and city and report incidents to the local appeals office. Now please leave here.” As soon as practitioners heard what he said, they started to leave. The whole process was very quiet and peaceful. After practitioners left, the whole street was very clean, without any litter left behind.

China Uncensored – China’s Secret Holocaust

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.

54 Facts That Reveal How the “Self-Immolation” on Tiananmen Square Was Actually Staged for Propaganda Purposes – Part 1

October 01, 2011

1. Liu Chunling Died from Being Struck on the Head, Not From Self-Immolation

Doing a slow-motion sequence of the Chinese Central TV (CCTV) program shows that one of the women, Liu Chunling–who in the Xinhua (Chinese Communist Party’s official mouthpiece) version of events supposedly died from burn injuries–actually received a sharp blow to the forehead, with what looks like a metal bar, delivered by a man wearing an army overcoat. She is seen crumpling instantly to the ground and most likely died from that blow. The man wearing a military coat was clearly not attempting to rescue Liu Chunling. Who is he? Why would he murder Liu Chunling?

As for the object that flew off from the back of Liu’s head, some say it was a deadly weapon, some say it was Liu’s hair, and still others Liu’s clothing. But all the same, the item did not come forth from the gas emitted from the fire extinguisher being used at that time; in fact it flew up into the air in the direction of the policeman who was holding the fire extinguisher. This indicates that the object did not come from the fire extinguisher, but instead was some type of object that ricocheted off of Liu’s head after it was dealt a blow. The fact that we can see that the object appears to be bent as it flies through the air suggests just how heavy was the blow to Liu’s skull and how forceful the assailant’s attack. We can even make out Liu’s left hand instinctively reaching toward her head, where she was struck, as she falls to the ground.

2. Not Possible for Liu Chunling to Have Burned to Death as Claimed

In the scene where Liu Chunling is beat to death, we can see her hair burning. This means that the amount of time she was burning was very short – it could not have been more than several seconds. However the policemen started to extinguish the fire from the onset of the flames. If they attempted to extinguish the flame that quickly, she could not possible have died from the fire, as they would have been able to put out the flames before fatal injury occurred.

3. Washington Post Article Revealed Liu Chunling Did Not Practice Falun Gong

On February 4, 2001, the Washington Post published a front-page investigative report entitled: “Human Fire Ignites Chinese Mystery — Motive for Public Burning Intensifies Fight Over Falun Gong.” The article provided several facts including the following:

* Liu Chunling was not a native of Kaifeng and made a living as a hostess in a nightclub;

* Liu Chunling would beat her elderly mother and young daughter from time to time;

* No one ever saw Liu practiced the Falun Gong exercises.

Click here to read the report.

4. Plastic Sprite Bottle, Supposedly Filled with Gasoline, Remains Untouched in the Flames

One of the self-immolators, Wang Jindong, supposedly used a green plastic Sprite bottle filled with gasoline to douse gasoline over his body to self immolate. On the video footage, the Sprite bottle is shown in between Wang’s legs. A plastic bottle filled with gasoline should have been one of the first things to melt, but it remains remarkably untouched between his legs.

5. Wang Wearing Thick Clothes, Asbestos Mask, Hair Fully Intact

A closer look reveals that Wang’s hair is still relatively intact, with a straight line across the head. Hair burns quickly and should have also been one of the first things to burn. His clothes are thick, as if to protect him from the flames. He also appears to be wearing an asbestos mask (note the position of his hair). Everyone should also note that one’s skin will blister in a few seconds when boiling water is spilled on it, and the resulting burn is extremely painful; but Wang’s skin seems undamaged after this intense fire. Moreover, when gasoline burns, the temperature can reach above 750 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet Wang’s ears, hair, and scalp were all intact after the incident.

Human hair is highly flammable, burning extremely quickly. In fact hair will burn totally within just a few seconds if not extinguished immediately. However, in the video of the alleged self-immolation, it is apparent that Wang Jindong’s hair had no damage from the fire at all, while his face appeared to be burned to an ashen gray color. Sources producing this video would like people to believe that the flames have burned his face, yet the most flammable part of the body, the hair, remains intact. According to the report, the policemen extinguished the flames in less than a minute. It would have been impossible for the hair to escape total damage in the high intensity of the alleged gasoline flame. Careful examination of this video also shows the hairline was extremely neat and trimmed which could not have occurred had he been on fire. Additionally, the eyebrows on Jindong’s face were not even burned! This evidence demonstrates that Wang Jindong could not possibly have ignited himself. He may have used makeup to appear to have been burned. Or, Wang Jindong might have used some special fuel, like stage props used for movies or theatre, that enabled him to escape physical damage but provided a show of life-like flames for the video.

6. Police Officer Waits for Signal to Cover with Blanket

In the Chinese Central TV film, we see a policeman waiting behind Wang as he sits on Tiananmen Square. Only after Wang Jindong shouts some slogans does the policeman cover him with the fire-extinguishing blanket– as if waiting for a signal. If this were truly a life or death matter, one would expect that he be covered up immediately.

7. Wang Able to Talk Despite Gasoline Fire on His Body

Wang’s vocal cords were not damaged in spite of the incredibly high temperature of a gasoline fire. When one breathes in such hot air, it will cause burn injuries to the tongue, the vocal cords, and even the tracheo-bronchial tree. For a man whose body is supposedly on fire, his voice seems in good shape– he shouts loudly and clearly.

8. Wang Jindong’s Body Never Seen on Fire

Despite Xinhua’s claims that Wang was covered in red flames and smoke, the CCTV footage never shows him on fire or emitting smoke. This fallacy is compounded further by the fact that the fire-extinguishing blanket does not extinguish anything.

9. Neither Wang Jindong’s Words Nor His Meditation Position Bear Any Resemblance to Falun Gong

Government officials say that Wang Jindong is a Falun Gong practitioner, and that he was responsible for coordinating the self-immolation incident. The words Wang shouts in translation are: “This universal Dafa is something that everyone has to get through…”

Anyone who has studied Falun Gong knows that this statement has no basis in Falun Gong. Nevertheless, these words, and the way that Wang Jindong was sitting are the basis of the Xinhua News Agency’s claim that the self-immolators were Falun Gong practitioners. There are no other corroborating facts. Indeed, the way Wang is sitting is not characteristic of Falun Gong either.

Falun Gong requires practitioners to sit with both legs crossed while meditating. The position is called the full lotus position. Beginners are allowed to sit in half lotus position, with just one leg crossed over the other, until they develop the flexibility to sit in the full lotus. As we can see in the video, the man Xinhua claims to be a Falun Gong practitioner is not even sitting with one leg crossed. The media reported that Wang Jindong had been practicing Falun Gong since 1996. For someone who had practiced for so many years, isn’t it strange that he was unable to sit in the full lotus position?Wang also fails to correctly form the very basic hand position called “Jie Yin,” which is the first position in all Falun Gong exercises. All Falun Gong practitioners learn to form the Jie Yin position correctly by slightly touching the tips of both thumbs together. We can see that Wang overlaps his thumbs in a completely incorrect manner.

Wang tried to give an explanation in a April 2003 interview with Xinhua: “As I flicked on the lighter, instantly the flames engulfed me– I did not have time to sit in the Dapan posture so I sat in the single-leg crossing posture.” However, the term “Dapan” is not a part of Falun Gong, and Wang is not doing the single-leg crossing in the CCTV video.

Many people have noticed that the way Wang Jindong sits is exactly like a Chinese soldier. Indeed, according to a World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong spokesperson, a reliable source from China revealed that the person in the video was actually a People’s Liberation Army officer.

10. Suicide and Killing are Strictly Prohibited in Falun Gong

When news of the “self-immolation” broke on January 23, 2001, Falun Gong practitioners around the world were immediately doubtful, simply because the act violates a basic tenant of the teachings: Falun Gong strictly prohibits killing and suicide.

The following are two quotes from Master Li Hongzhi. The first is from the main text of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun, published in 1995. The second is from one of Master Li’s lectures in Sydney in 1996, directly answering a practitioner’s question on suicide.

“The issue of killing is very sensitive. For practitioners, we have set the strict requirement that they cannot kill lives. Whether it is of the Buddha School, the Tao School, or the Qimen School, regardless of which school or practice it is, as long as it is an upright cultivation practice, it will consider this issue very absolute and prohibit killing–this is for sure. Because the consequence of killing a life is so serious, we must address it in detail. In the original Buddhism, killing mainly referred to taking a human life, which was the most serious act. Later, killing large-sized lives, large domestic animals, or relatively large animals were all considered very serious. Why has the issue of killing been taken so seriously in the community of cultivators? In the past, Buddhism held that lives that were not supposed to die would, if killed, become lonesome spirits and homeless ghosts. Before, rituals were performed to free these people’s souls from misery. Without such services, these souls would suffer hunger and thirst, living in a very bitter situation. This is what Buddhism said in the past.” (Zhuan Falun, “The Issue of Killing”)

Question: The third question is the issue of killing as mentioned in the book. Killing a life is a very big sin. If a person commits suicide, does it count as a sin or not?

Master: It counts as a sin. Now, this human society is no longer good, and all kinds of strange and bizarre things have appeared. They talk about the so-called euthanasia and give injections to let people die. Everyone knows it. Why do they give an injection to let a person die? They think that he is suffering. However, we think that his suffering is eliminating karma. When he is reincarnated in the next life, he will have a light body without karma, and he will have a great fortune awaiting him. While he is amidst the pain and is eliminating karma, he is certainly not having an easy time. If you do not let him eliminate his karma and kill him, isn’t that murder? If he is gone, carrying the karma, in the next life he will have to repay the karma. So, which would you say is right? Committing suicide has another sin. This is because a person’s life is pre-arranged. You have disrupted the sequence of the god’s entire layout. Through the obligations you carry out to society, between people there is this kind of interrelationship. If the person dies, won’t this entire sequence disrupt the god’s arrangement then? If you disrupt it, he will not let you go. Therefore, committing suicide is sinful.” (“Lecture in Sydney”, 1996)

Clearly, no genuine Falun Dafa practitioner would consider doing such a thing as self-immolation. In fact, the people who carried out the staged “self-immolation” were discovered not to be practitioners, and there are no valid or sound reports of Falun Gong practitioners killing or committing suicide before or after this event.

On the contrary, Falun Gong practitioners are taught to forbear and take day-to-day matters lightly. Consider that China has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. A large number of practitioners’ experience sharing articles submitted to the Clearwisdom website describe many individuals who had no hope in lives before learning Falun Gong. After becoming practitioners, they developed a new-found sense of purpose and optimism, and began to see their troubles as challenges possible to overcome. This is a common phenomenon. With tens of millions of people practicing in China and abroad, Falun Gong has actually saved numerous lives.

END of Part 1.

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