The official closing of Behind Lies 09

This blog started in 2009, in order to clarify the truth of the situation about the persecution of Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) in China and clear up the lies propagated by the Chinese Communist Party and its associated medias.

This blog will continue to exist as a portal to different websites that can update us about the situation in China, but there will be no further blog posts, and you will no longer receive updates to blog posts from BehindLies09.

If you wish to receive up-to-date information on the situation in China, highly recommended websites include: (These are where my sources came from)

Minghui.net

The Epoch Times

Falun Info

China Uncensored (Youtube channel)

New Tang Dynasty Television

China Gaze

Other websites that you may be interested in include: (I was particularly interested in these websites and bookmarked them all for future reference)

Shen Yun Performing Arts (The World’s Premier Classical Chinese Dance and Music Performance)

Free China (Award-winning Documentary Film)

Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party (The Book that is Disintegrating the CCP)

(The Commentaries are also available in Audio , Video , and PDF format)

Stop Organ Harvesting in China

The Art of Zhen-Shan-Ren

 

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.

Dark Secrets Behind Flashy Merchandise (Part 1) – Slave Labor Products by Sichuan Province Women’s Prison

September 13, 2013 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Sichuan Province, China

(Minghui.org) Colorful butterflies; cute beetles; adorable puppies and kittens; eye-pleasing apples, bananas, and grapes; and cartoon images decorate beaded handbags and backpacks for teenage girls and ladies. But how many people know the sad story behind these beautiful products?

For practicing Falun Gong, the communist regime sentenced me to Sichuan Province Women’s Prison in Yangmahe Town, Jianyang City. The above images are copies of designs we used to make beaded bags in prison. I secretly traced the patterns on carbon paper while making the products. According to a technician sent by a manufacturer to assist production and quality inspection, these bags were for export only.

No one knows for sure what percentage of the made-in-China merchandise is produced by slave laborers in prisons. While incarcerated, I worked on a number of jobs: inserting real hair into a rubber scalp; making shoe heels; making paper boxes for moon cakes, and making envelopes. We were forced to work extended hours for days without a break. One inmate was so tired that she pierced her finger with the sewing machine needle. These jobs usually had a deadline, so we were forced to work day and night. Those who were old or weak were ordered to do simple jobs such as knitting, making embroidered insoles, and making fireworks.

After my earlier arrest at the end of 1999 in Chengdu City, I was sent to Ningxia Street Detention Center. I shared a cell with about 40 people and it was so packed that we could only sleep on our sides like sardines. People had to sleep next to the toilet and under the bed. The place was filthy and humid. Even in such a dirty place, we were forced to make dry tofu bundles with toothpicks and sausages for hot pot. We made candies, assembled medical syringes, and made plastic bags for chemical fertilizer.

We worked long hours. The plastic bags were very dirty and smelled awful. The workplace was dusty and the chemical dust made it hard to breathe and caused rashes on the skin.

(To be continued)

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.

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

 

For more information head to stoporganharvesting.org

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My Practice Benefits My Family, Too!

July 07, 2013

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My Practice Benefits My Family, Too!

(From Yushu, Jilin Province) When my second daughter was eight months along in her pregnancy, she was struck down by a tricycle. This put her health and the health of her unborn child in danger, and she was rushed to Yushu Hospital. Her mother- and father-in-law insisted that the tricycle driver pay all her medical costs. The driver, who was himself needy, could not afford to pay her expenses. My daughter’s hospital stay lasted three weeks, and I took meals to her every day. When she was discharged, her in-laws again insisted that the driver pay her bill. The mother of the driver cried and tried to explain that they did not have that kind of money.

I am a Falun Gong practitioner, so I should have compassion for others. I discussed this with my daughter. I told her that she was safe, and so was her child. They had already benefited from my practice of Falun Gong, so should they really insist that someone who was so poor pay her bill? I said, “We should consider others. Could you ask for less or no money?”

My daughter knew I had been practicing Falun Gong for over ten years and that it had changed my bad temper. I became tolerant and understood the meaning of life. My daughter agreed and said that I was right, that it was Master who protected her and her child. But she was concerned about how her in-laws would react if she refused to ask for money from the driver. So my daughter provided 200 yuan herself, and I came up with 300 yuan. We gave it all to the mother of the driver, to pay the in-laws. My family is not rich, either–we rely on my husband’s modest wages. The driver’s mother was deeply touched and told me, “Dafa is good. Dafa practitioners are so good.” So, in the end, all was happily resolved.

In November 2012, my 85-year-old mother-in-law had a stroke, and the doctor said she had to be hospitalized. I believed my cultivation could benefit my family members, so I asked my husband to bring my mother-in-law home. She recited with me, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” She also did the exercises with me and sent forth righteous thoughts. Several days later, she was fully recovered. My family was all very happy and believed Master saved my mother-in-law.

In December 2012, my husband went to the supermarket. It was dark and the road was slick. A car hit him and he blacked out. The driver and the other passengers in the car were very worried. The driver woke my husband up and told him he would get him to a hospital. My husband opened his eyes, felt himself all over, and said there was no need to go to the hospital. “I am fine,” he said. “You can leave now.” When he returned home, he told me how he was hit and thrown by a car and that it was Master who protected him.

These are a few of the many benefits my family experienced because I practice Falun Gong. Thank you, Dafa. Thank you, Master!

Baby Recovers Due to Belief in Dafa

(From Hubei Province) I am from Hubei Province. My brother is 36 years of age. Three years ago, I told him and his wife the facts about Falun Gong. They quit the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. After that, their business was good, and they were well.

My sister-in-law got pregnant, and last fall went to the hospital to give birth. While in labor, she was in extreme pain. The doctor suggested that it could help relieve her pain if she gave birth in water. However, the baby’s head was already halfway out, and for half an hour, it couldn’t breathe. The baby was taken to a municipal hospital for emergency care for three days following the birth. The baby was unable to move its bowels or injest any milk. The doctor did not have any hope and suggested they give up. He also said that the baby would most likely suffer brain damage if it survived at all. My brother was preparing to accept this, but his wife said, “It is a life; we cannot give up so easily.” They brought the baby back to the hospital where it was born.

In the waiting room that afternoon, a lady told us, “You can ask for help from gods–for a miracle.” I suddenly realized this must be a hint from Master. So I explained to my sister-in-law that there was nothing in the ordinary world that could be done but that we could ask for help from Master. We all sincerely recited “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”

At that time the baby was still not drinking milk or having any bowel movements. I went home at around 6 p.m. An hour later my brother called and said the baby was drinking and having bowel movements. Two weeks later the baby was able to leave the hospital. Now, at seven months of age, the baby is well and completely normal. We all appreciate Master. Thank you, Master !

 

Mental Hospital No Longer Persecutes Falun Gong Practitioners

July 02, 2013 | By Song Zhen

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(Minghui.org) After the persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20, 1999, my aunt was very frightened when she saw me actually being persecuted for practicing it. The persecution brought her back to the old days of terror that she had gone through during other bloody political movements launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over the years.

Out of fear, she tried everything to prevent me from taking part in the practice; she even resorted to violence. She slapped me in the face and kicked me with her boots, which left scars in my right leg that are visible even today. She once tied me to the bed and fastened the rope to a window. She then told a nurse to inject me an unknown drug–as if I were a patient with a mental disorder! Yet all her contriving against me failed to turn me away from Falun Gong.

Mental Hospital Staff Moved by My Selflessness

In the winter of 1999 my aunt managed to get me sent to a mental hospital, where she thought I would be made to abandon Falun Gong.

At that time the CCP’s slanderous propaganda against Falun Gong permeated China, and people were very hostile toward practitioners. What should I do? From my heart I refused to acknowledge the persecution and their injecting of me with drugs. Meanwhile, I persevered in practicing Falun Gong and used myself as a vivid example of its magnificence.

Not long after I was sent to the hospital, the chief therapist made his first attempt to get me to give up Falun Gong. I was doing the first exercise, when he pulled my arms to stop me. I thought, “No matter what happens, I shall not stop until I finish doing all the exercises.” He pulled my arms again, but I did not move. He then left. When I got to the fourth exercise, he pulled at me again—so forcefully this time that I almost fell down. Still, I did not move. Seeing my perseverance, he left me alone. From then on he never again disturbed me while I was doing the exercises.

Because I did the exercises every day, I was in excellent health. Although not warmly dressed in winter, I did not feel cold and my face glowed with a health. A lady who worked in the dining section of the hospital was so impressed by my health that she would commend me in front of every one she met.

Most importantly, I let Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance guide my everyday life, and I tried to be a good person no matter what.

Every morning, I would tidy up the bed covers that other patients had messed up. When I saw the floor dirty, I would help clean it up. When it was cold, I helped the doctors start the fire in the hall so that the patients could go there to warm themselves up. Sometimes, other patients would be in a rush to use the restroom when I was using it, so I would immediately and without complaint get out and let them use it.

At mealtimes I would wait at the back until all the others had chosen their food. When I saw gravely ill patients unable to feed themselves and the nurses too busy to lend them a hand, I would put aside my food and go help them. In some cases a patient wanted more after eating their own portion, so I would give them my food. Although I often did not get enough to eat, I did not feel hungry. After seeing what I did, the head lady in the dining section would give me more food. They saw me giving my food away so often that they commended me for having such a good heart.

After having been in the hospital for some time, I began to perceive how much the patients were suffering. I felt so sorry for them that I was moved to tears.

I came to understand that, according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I should always considers others first. From this understanding, Dafa revealed a truth to me: All beings have Buddha nature, and it is their original nature to be good to others, just like the sun nourishes all living beings on the earth with its light. Even animals and plants are given the ability to reproduce to feed human beings.

If everyone could be good to each other, then virtue would mark the path of mankind, and earth would become a kingdom of peace and harmony. In contrast, a person who does not hesitate to harm others to serve his own interests will reap what he sows. If a government resorts to treachery and violence to dupe its own people, there will be consequences.

What goes around comes around. The CCP, which spares no effort in suppressing democracy and violating human rights, is now on the brink of collapse.

My firm faith in Falun Gong, as manifested in my altruism and optimism when dealing with others, influenced the staff of the hospital in ways that I never expected. Later, one of my colleagues came to the hospital for work. When he saw me, he said in awe, “All the employees hold you in high regard. You are known as ‘the Falun Gong practitioner who has changed the environment here for good.’”

When the chief doctor sent me home, he said to my aunt, “Just let her practice Falun Gong. It is her faith.” She nodded. “Yes, certainly,” she said. From then on she never did anything to prevent me from practicing Falun Gong. Later, she even agreed to do the three withdrawals.

Medical Chief Makes the Right Choice after Learning the Facts

In March 2010 the chief of the 610 Office of my county and several officers from the Security Section at work sent me to the mental hospital again in hopes of forcing me to give up Falun Gong. Several doctors, who supposed I had a mental disorder, held me down and injected me with drugs. As a result, my breathing was affected, I had a hard time walking, and couldn’t calm down. After that they force fed me large doses of drugs that worsened my mental state by the day.

It was such a difficult time, but I did not make any concessions. I managed to buy a notebook. I wrote an article about Falun Gong in it and gave it to the chief of the medical section. The article was titled “Good People, Please Give Yourself a Chance to Learn the True Story of Falun Gong.”

In the article I briefly stated what Falun Gong was and how it had been introduced to the public. I set the record straight concerning several well-known CCP propaganda ploys. I pointed out the inconsistencies so that people could see how they had been deceived. I detailed some of the reports made by China’s state-owned media before 1999 that praised Falun Gong. Those reports confirmed that the practice never broke any laws, that the public embraced it, and that it had spread around the world.

I gave examples of Falun Gong practitioners who had recovered from their sicknesses after beginning the practice, showing readers its physical and mental benefits. By giving some examples of practitioners who were well-educated professionals, I presented Falun Gong’s power to help people become wiser, and that it is a true science instead of some superstition. Finally, I concluded that the spread of Falun Gong around the world is the true blessing of mankind, right here in the 21st century. The whole article was marked with my goodwill and sincerity.

After reading the article the chief said to me, “It is well written. I read it twice. It is so remarkable that you can stand here and explain this when you are being so severely persecuted. I can tell you that all the drugs you have taken are harmful to you. I will have them replaced.”

My truth clarification awoke a life who still had a conscience, and the first thing he did was to protect a Dafa practitioner. It was truly remarkable! He was very courageous to face the truth and treat Dafa practitioners with justice.

From then on I clarified the truth to everyone in the hospital, including the patients’ relatives who came to visit. The truth of Dafa spread, and I was released.

Vice President of the European Parliament Meets Rescued Falun Gong Practitioners in US Capital (Photo)

(Minghui.org) When Vice President of the European Parliament Edward McMillan-Scott attended a hearing on human rights in China in Washington, DC, on March 4, 2013, he met with Falun Gong practitioners Ms. Zhang Lianying and her family. Very active over the past few years in the effort to rescue this family, he was excited to see them in DC and made the comment that the persecution in China “would not last much longer.”

Mr. McMillan-Scott and Ms. Zhang Lianying and her family

Mr. McMillan-Scott and Ms. Zhang Lianying and her family

 

Mr. McMillan-Scott Helped to Rescue Them from China

Mr. McMillan-Scott first heard about Ms. Zhang when he met her husband, Mr. Niu Jinping, and another practitioner, Mr. Cao Dong, seven years ago in Beijing. After learning of the horrific persecution of Falun Gong in China, he began to dedicate himself to rescuing Ms. Zhang. In 2011, Ms. Zhang and Mr. Niu were finally able to flee to the U.S. The Beijing police arrested Mr. Cao for the sixth time on June 8, 2012, and sentenced him to two and half years of forced labor.

Ms. Zhang was an official with the Guangda Group Ltd and a chartered CPA. She made a good living and was afforded all the privileges of a modern, professional Chinese. In 1997 she and her husband started to practice Falun Gong. They gained good health and a deep sense of inner peace. When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a full-scale persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, everything changed.

On May 21, 2006, Mr. Niu had the opportunity to meet with Mr. McMillan-Scott, who was visiting China. He told how his wife, Ms. Zhang, had been tortured. Mr. McMillan-Scott made the details of Ms. Zhang’s situation known to the world, and Mr. Niu was put under surveillance.

Ms. Zhang was released from Beijing Women’s Forced Labor Camp on December 13, 2007, and wrote a letter to Mr. McMillan-Scott and the Human Rights Commission of the European Parliament. In her long letter, she listed over 50 methods of torture used on her. Mr. McMillan-Scott put it on the Parliament website, which is available to the international community.

Exposing the CCP’s Relentless Persecution

Ms. Zhang and her husband were sentenced to two and half years of forced labor on May 13, 2008, because of the approaching Beijing Olympics. Mr. Niu was taken to Tuanhe Force Labor Camp in Beijing. He was beaten until his teeth loosened. In July, Ms. Zhang was secretly transferred from Beijing Women’s Forced Labor Camp to Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province.

Ms. Zhang protested with a hunger strike. A female guard pried her mouth open with a spoon and handcuffed her. The guard many times hung her up in the air by attaching the handcuff to a high metal bar high.

Once she was hung up for three days straight and had to crawl out of the room because her arms and legs were injured and numb from the torture.

She was also shocked with electric batons, forced to stand for long periods of time, and struck with wooden bats numerous times.

Ms. Zhang refused to follow the prison rules, sign her “evaluation,” or wear a name tag. She also refused to eat. As a result, she was severely beaten. Her hands no longer functioned normally as a result. In 2009, she was transferred to a special section for worse torture.

Mr. McMillan-Scott learned about her situation and again told the world how she was suffering.

Tortured Almost to Death

Ms. Zhang said that when she was arrested and taken to a forced labor camp, her child was a year and a half. The camp played the sound of a child crying around the clock at high volume. She was locked in a narrow, solitary cell. “If I did not practice Falun Gong, I would have lost my mind,” she said.

Ms. Zhang recalled that, in the camp, she was repeatedly deprived of air until she passed out. She said she was not afraid of death; the constant struggle for life was worse than that. Instigated by the guards, the prisoners held her down and covered her mouth and nose with a damp cloth many times. They only removed it when she was suffocating.

When she gasped for breath, they immediately covered her mouth and nose again. This was repeated over and over until she lost control of her bowels. Many of the practitioners who are in the camp now are still being tortured this way.

Mr. McMillan-Scott asked Ms. Zhang about her health. He told her about how, when her husband told him about the torture she endured, he was in shock. McMillan-Scott visited over 40 countries, and, wherever he went, he mentioned their names.

He also said that, to this day, he still worries that his effort to expose the persecution of Ms. Zhang was what caused them to suffer worse torture in China. He also worries that his attention to Mr. Cao Dong’s case will cause him to be more relentlessly persecuted.

The Beijing police arrested Mr. Cao for the sixth time on June 8, 2012. Mr. Cao graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University and met Mr. McMillan-Scott six years ago. He told McMillan-Scott about the persecution that he, his wife, and many Falun Gong practitioners were enduring. Two hours later, Domestic Security officers arrested Mr. Cao and put him in prison for five years. His wife, Ms. Yang Xiaojing, died on October 1, 2009, as a result of long term imprisonment, harassment, and being destitute during the persecution.

Ms. Zhang told the Vice President of the European Parliament, “If it wasn’t for your help, my family would not be here today. When I was in the forced labor camps in Beijing and Masanjia, I was many times forced to have blood tests and health exams. Without your rescue effort, perhaps my organs would have been removed by now.”

Mr. McMillan-Scott said that he believed the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong wouldn’t last much longer.