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 – Slave Labor Products by Sichuan Province Women’s Prison (Part 2)

October 11, 2013 | by a Falun Gong practitioner in Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) (Continued from Part 1:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2013/9/13/141981.html )

For practicing Falun Gong, the communist regime sentenced me to Sichuan Province Women’s Prison in Yangmahe Town, Jianyang City. The following images are copies of designs we used to make Shu embroidery in prison. I secretly traced the patterns on carbon paper while making the products.

Shu Embroidery

There are two kinds of Shu embroidery: single-sided and double-sided. Shu embroidery requires splitting a thread into multiple strands. These embroidery patterns are designed for handkerchiefs to be sold in the Sanxingdui tourist areas. There are many patterns like this. There are also larger pieces of embroidery. For example, I used to embroider on Korean dresses that were exported to South Korea. The collars and wristbands were covered with embroidery.

But how many people know that these delicate dresses came from Chinese prisons?

Many Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners were forced to create these delicate Shu embroidery pieces. They had to work for more than ten hours per day. If they could not finish their quota, they would get two kinds of torture in monthly sessions.

Torture Used on Those Who Failed to Meet Quotas

1. “Planting Seedlings” Torture: The victims are forced to stand with legs straight and their finger tips touching toes for as long as several hours. Many victims passed out, but they were forced to continue this position after being revived.

2. “Tying with Rope” Torture. First, the rope was wet. Several guards and prisoners pin the victim to the ground, then tie the victim’s hands together behind his/her back. Then chopsticks are used to tighten the rope.

Torture Re-enactment: Tying with Rope

The pain of this torture is indescribable. I suffered this kind of torture on my first day in prison because I refused to give them my copies of articles by Master Li Hongzhi. My hands and fingertips still felt numb after a couple of months, making me incapable of handling lots of little things in daily life. The day after the torture, the guards forced me to do slave labor, claiming that I should earn my meals.

Many practitioners in this prison suffered this kind of torture, which caused some women to suffer gynecological problems. Many practitioners were forced to do embroidery for long hours, plus frequent torture, making their vision quickly drop so they were not able to embroider any more. Then they were forced to do other work. The prison forced detainees to do intensive work to exhaust their vision and physical strength until they could make no more profit.

These two kinds of torture were generally applied to all prisoners. There were more torture approaches particular to Falun Gong practitioners: solitary confinement; not being allowed to wash or change underwear; cursing and beating, etc.

(to be continued)

The Blood and Tears Behind the “Made in China” Label (Part 2)

December 30, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent in China

Continued from Part 1:http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2012/12/29/136847.html

(Minghui.org) When people purchase those affordable products that are “Made in China,” be it clothing, consumer goods, or holiday decorations, they probably do not know that a lot of them are made in Chinese prisons and labor camps, and that behind those products are untold stories of blood and tears.

In Liaoning Province Women’s Prison, bonuses for the guards are tied to production performance. Therefore, guards in every section try their best to make Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners work harder. The raw materials of many labor camp products are hazardous, and the work conditions are very poor. For example, when prisoners manually make cotton swabs, they may do the work without having washed their hands. They may have just visited the restroom or have contagious diseases. However, they still make toothpick bags, chopstick bags, and bread bags all day long.

Below is a partial list of labor camp products manufactured in Liaoning Province Women’s Prison in recent years:

  • “Holiland” (Hao Li Lai) cake package boxes, bread bags, and hamburger boxes are manufactured for the Taoli Food Company in Shenyang City. Food, drug, shoe, and cosmetic boxes are made for other brands.
  • Rongfa” military clothes series for the Rongfa Clothing Factory in Jilin Province. The prison mainly manufactures different types of police uniforms, military raincoats, and cotton winter jackets.
  • Clothes for the Feilong (Chinese name for the Japanese company) Company that exports to Japan and South Korea. Feilong trousers are manufactured for men.
  • Export apparel for Baijiahao Clothes of Shanghai. The brand is Basic House.
  • Cotton swabs for the Tianjie Company in Shenyang City. Shenyang TianjieHealth Care Products Co., Ltd. exports its products to the USA, Europe, Israel, Australia, South Korea, and others.
  • Export apparel for the Liaoyang Guanglin Garments Enterprises Group.Guanglin’s apparels export to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Panama, USA, UK, and Canada.
  • Japanese and South Korean clothes for the Fushun Yinhe Apparel Factory. The company is located at 11 Leifeng Road West, Wanghua District, Fushun City, Liaoning Province.
  • The prison produces all kinds of lingerie. It also manufactures export apparel for the Dalian Foreign Trade and the Dandong Foreign Trade companies.
  • The Tenth Prison Section manufactures clothes for the Shenyang ZhongheClothing Co., Ltd. The company’s onsite manager at the prison has the last name of Wang. The Tenth Prison Section also works for the Dandong Yuxin Clothing Factory. The company’s manager has the last name of Jiang.
  • “Bangbang” brand trousers for the Shenyang Anna Garment Group exports to South Korea, Japan, Europe, and the Americas.

'辽宁省女子监狱监狱长杨莉与沈阳安娜服装公司签订所谓的“服装生产协议”(网络图片)'

Yang Li, warden of the Liaoning Province Women’s Prison. Yang signed a garment manufacture agreement with the Shenyang Anna Garment Group (online photo)

3. Stories of Two Falun Gong Practitioners

The Shenyang Longshan Forced Labor Camp detains female Falun Gong practitioners and persecutes them. The labor camp forces Falun Gong practitioners and other detainees to process export products such as candles and handmade necklaces. Every day, the detainees have to work more than 15 hours. The raw materials have pungent fumes that are toxic to humans. Even though the products are made in China, the packaging on the colorful candles made in the prison reads “Made in Thailand.”

'沈阳龙山教养院的奴工产品:彩蜡'

Product of forced labor at the Shenyang Longshan Forced Labor Camp: colorful candles

Ms. Ren Shujie was a small garment business owner in the Donghu market in Yuhong District, Shenyang City. She started practicing Falun Gong in 1998, and thus became a healthy, upright, positive, and kind person. Her customers and peers at the market all considered her to be a good person. In May 2002, Ms. Ren was arrested and sentenced to three years in a labor camp for distributingtruth-clarification materials. In the Shenyang Longshan Forced Labor Camp, because she refused to renounce her belief in Falun Gong, she was severely beaten and forced to do slave labor.

In a video appearance on the Minghui website, Ms. Ren told her story: “We had to depart at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast and arrive at the labor site by 7 a.m. It’s on the third floor. Each container of wax was at least 40 jin (about 44 pounds). The containers looked like beer containers. They were full of wax. Every day, we had to carry the containers up and down stairs. One day, I cried because I was so tired. I carried 40 containers of wax!

“On average, we had to work until 10:30 p.m. every day. There was no lunch break. Even if you took a break in the middle of the day, you would have to work more at night. In fact, any breaks we took, we would have to work longer to make up for them. When the hours were extended, we were not talking about 10:30 p.m. Sometimes we even stopped at midnight. This went on every day, not just one or two days. The intensity of labor remained very heavy, not to mention that we had so little time to eat that we had to stop eating even though we were still hungry. We had neither any break time nor any freedom. There was only labor, and labor only in our minds.”

Ms. Ren passed away on September 1, 2005, at 42 years old. She is survived by her teenage son.

'沈阳法轮功学员任淑杰和儿子'

Falun Gong practitioner Ren Shujie and her son

The Shenyang Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp detains male Falun Gong practitioners. The products manufactured there include combs, chopsticks, false eyelashes, cooking grids for grills, neon lightbulbs, and other items. The labor camp partners with the Shenyang Haiwei Jewelry Co., Ltd. to produce combs. The products are exported to over 10 countries including Japan, the USA, and many countries in Europe. The Haiwei Company provides raw materials and assembly. The Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp forces Falun Gong practitioners and other detainees to make the heads of combs and the packaging boxes. The fumes from the glue for the packaging boxes is hard on the respiratory system, and the other production materials are toxic to humans.

'沈阳法轮功学员李效元'

Falun Gong practitioner Li Xiaoyuan

Mr. Li Xiaoyuan was an excellent mechanic at the First Mold Factory of the Shenyang Aircraft Cooperation. He was widely respected by his colleagues. However, before the 2002 Chinese New Year, he was arrested and sent to the Shenyang Zhangshi Forced Labor Camp.

There, Mr. Li experienced torture including being stripped naked, hung from an iron gate and severely beaten, shocked with electronic batons, and being frozen in an ice room. Because he persevered in his belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the police therefore detained him with convicts and forced him to perform intensive slave labor.

On April 25, 2002, Mr. Li refused to take part in the forced labor. Guard Yang Shu and prisoners shocked him with 120,000-volt electric batons. He was severely beaten and deprived of sleep. The torture lasted for four days. Mr. Li was black and blue all over and his body was swollen. He could not walk on his own and had to use a special chair to go to the bathroom. During May and June, Mr. Li was secretly transferred to the Liaoning Guanshan Forced Labor Camp, where he died from abuse on November 9, 2003. He was 46 years old.

In prisons and labor camps in China, Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to violent brainwashing and slave labor at the same time. The slave labor products made at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Liaoning Province include handmade flowers, feathers (produced with poisonous materials), handmade necklaces and bracelets, popsicle sticks, girls’ dresses, wedding dresses, hair accessories, military cotton winter coats, camouflage gear, vests for prisoners, peeled garlic (for export), and so on.

Products manufactured in the Shenyang Shenxin Forced Labor Camp include western holiday items, colorful candles, foam lambs, pigeons, eagles, skeletons, balls, and stars, golden “fortune” characters, and chopsticks.

'沈阳沈新教养院的奴工产品:饰金的福字'

Product of slave labor from the Shenyang Shenxin Labor Camp: golden “Fortune” character

4. “Made by Slave Labor in China” – the Covered-Up Truth

The facts regarding Chinese slave labor products are covered up by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In 2006 in the Shenyang Shenxin Forced Labor Camp, a male prisoner’s identification badge accidentally dropped into a container of final products. The ID badge displayed a photo, prisoner name, and the name of the labor camp. The badge was found before the container left the labor camp. The guards were panicked. They conducted private interrogations of the prisoners and adopted even more strict examination methods on products for export in order to cover up the truth about slave labor, notably the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Today, slave labor still continues. Slave labor products flow to every location in the world, thus violating international trade protocols. Such commerce also extends the persecution of Falun Gong to all levels of the global community.

We sincerely hope that the people of the free world will follow the stories of the blood and tears behind slave labor products, help end the brutal persecution of Falun Gong, protect the universal values of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and help protect the inalienable rights of Chinese citizens to be kind and good. Such actions will also protect the innate rights of each human being.

The Blood and Tears Behind the “Made in China” Label (Part 1)

December 29, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent in China

(Minghui.org) When people purchase those affordable products that are “Made in China,” be it clothing, consumer goods, or holiday decorations, they probably don’t know that a lot of them are made in Chinese prisons and labor camps, and that behind those products are unknown stories of blood and tears.

1. The Shenyang City No. 1 Prison Produces Boys’ and Girls’ Ski Jackets that Are Exported to Germany

The Shenyang No. 1 Prison in Liaoning Province forces Falun Gong practitioners and other inmates to do hard labor to make money for the prison. The prison mainly produces clothing, and the majority of the products are for export. About 33 male practitioners are incarcerated separately in nearly 20 prison sections. In order to “transform” the practitioners, the guards not only torture them, but they also force the practitioners to perform intensive clothing manufacturing. If a practitioner is too weak (as a result of the persecution) to go onto the production line, he will still be forced to perform tasks like cutting. Among the forced labor products are boys’ and girls’ ski jackets that are exported to Germany and snowman Christmas ornaments.

'出口德国的“女孩滑雪服”成品装箱纸板'
Box packaging of girls’ ski jackets that are exported to Germany
'“女孩滑雪服”的品牌及产品信息'
Brand name and product information of girls’ ski jackets
'“女孩滑雪服”的品牌及产品信息'
Product information of girls’ ski jackets
'圣诞饰品雪人'
Snowman Christmas decoration

The manufacturing unit of the Shenyang City No. 1 Prison is called the Shenyang Zhongji Garment Co.,Ltd. to outsiders. The company’s former legal representative is Liu Guoshan. Liu changed to his new post as the prison political commissar in 2012, where he assumed responsibility for the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The company’s new legal representative is surnamed Ding.

Authorities at the the Shenyang City No. 1 Prison implement violent torture upon Falun Gong practitioners in order to “transform” them. Prison warden Wang Bin, political commissar Liu Guoshan, and deputy prison warden Qiu Guobin personally direct and make sure that these crimes are carried out.

The practitioners are severely beaten, tied to the iron chair, and deprived of food, water, sleep, and bathroom use for days. The perpetrators pour water on the practitioners and shock them with electric batons powered to tens of thousands of volts. If a practitioner faints, the guards pour cold water over his head to wake him up, and then continue the torture. During summer, they will place two or three heaters around practitioners to “bake” them. After the torture, practitioners often feel dizzy, and their bodies turn black and blue all over.

Prison warden Wang Bin and commissar Liu Guoshan frequently ask the guards, “How come he is not transformed yet?,” thus urging an increase of torture upon the practitioners. Mr. Guo Chunzan, a practitioner in his 50s, was shocked with electric batons to such an extent that his whole body was covered with cuts and bruises. There were three holes resulting from burns on his right wrist. His back was also covered with huge blisters after he was burned with hot water sacks that were filled with boiling water.

Practitioners that have been severely tortured include Li Shangsi, Sun Yongheng, Yang Ruihua, Geng Chunlong, Zhu Changming, Zhang Jinsheng, Zhang De, Gao Fengshan, Huang Gang, Li Hongjun, Zou Jiling, Wei Zhiyi, Meng Hua, Che Huanyu, Zhang Gonghua, and Guo Chunzan.

After being abused, the practitioners are forced to do manufacturing work with their injuries.

The above Crivit brand girls’ ski jacket and boys’ ski jackets were manufactured in the Fourth Prison Section in 2011; manufacturing includes sourcing, cutting, sewing, finishing, and packaging. Practitioner Mr. Sun Yongheng, from Haicheng, was incarcerated in the Fourth Prison Section. Mr. Sun served in the military and then changed to civilian work. Mr. Sun was subjected to long term abuse at the Shenyang City No. 1 Prison because he practiced Falun Gong. He was taken to a room without surveillance video, tied to the iron chair, and beaten. The guards baked his face and eyes with high-voltage light bulbs, and they did not let him close his eyes for many hours. After being abused, Mr. Sun was forced to do slave labor. He worked from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and sometimes even later. Mr. Sun would sometimes work 15 hours nonstop, laying the fabric, placing them in order, and cutting a stack of clothes with electric scissors.

The Shenyang City No. 1 Prison still forces Falun Gong practitioners and other inmates to manufacture garments for export under different brands.

2. The Liaoning Province Women’s Prison – An Illegal Factory

The Liaoning Province Women’s Prison tortures Falun Gong practitioners in an attempt to force them to give up their beliefs. Over ten practitioners have been persecuted to death in this prison. The prison also forces practitioners and other inmates to perform slave labor. The facility has a sewing workshop, a paper product workshop, and a beauty product workshop (bottling line), among others. It is a large-scale, illegal factory.

'辽宁省女子监狱的奴工产品:“雅格丽白”系列化妆品(二零一一年,十监区四小队生产)'

Slave labor product from Liaoning Women’s Prison: Aglaia skincare (2011, by the Fourth Group at the Tenth Prison Section)

The Tenth Prison Section not only manufactures garments, but also produces beauty products. Beauty products are manufactured on the production line: Filling, capping, coding, cartoning, labeling, sealing, packaging, and warehousing are all performed there. These procedures are all performed by the Fourth Group at the Tenth Prison Section. There are about 60 people in the Fourth Group, which includes Falun Gong practitioners. The guards order that each person must produce at least 10,000 bottles (or 30,000 ~ 40,000 small bottles) per day. Those 60 people have their meals in the workshop, and they must finish eating within five minutes. Restroom use is limited to two to three times per day.

From 2009 to 2011, practitioners Wang Peirong, Wang Shuxian, Li Yuhua, and Shao Changhua were forced to produce Aglaia beauty products. Dai Jing, head of the Tenth Prison Section, and other guards instigated inmates Hu Qiuxia, Wang Min, and others to beat and swear at practitioners.

Ms. Wang Shuxian was often cursed in the workshop. Ms. Li Yuhua was locked in a small cell for 15 days because she spoke to others in the workshop about Falun Gong. Ms. Huo Yuqin stated that it is not a crime to practice Falun Gong, and she refused to perform slave labor. The guards instigated the inmates to beat and swear at her, not let her sleep at night, and criticize her at meetings. In the winter of 2010, the guards took Ms. Huo to the Aglaia workshop and locked her in a small, non-heated room beside the workshop restroom. Ms. Huo was locked in there from 6:40 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day. She was nearly frozen for the whole winter, and her blood pressure reached over 200 mmHg. Ms. Huo was on the verge of death before she was released on medical parole.

(to be continued)

Related report:

Violent “Transformation” of Practitioners in Shenyang City No. 1 Prison (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2012/7/29/134677.html)

Ms. Fu Hong Arrested Again after Three Years of Imprisonment (Photo)

December 23, 2012 | By a Minghui correspondent from Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) Ms. Fu Hong, 48, from Ningxia Road in the Nan District of Qingdao City, was detained by guards from the security office of Qingdao University as she was distributing Falun Gong DVDs on November 26, 2012. Her father is a retired professor from the university. She was taken to Maidao Police Station in the Laoshan District of Qingdao, where she was placed under arrest. The police then ransacked her home and confiscated three computers.

Two days later Ms. Fu was transferred to the Pudong Detention Center in Qingdao. Her family members have been to Maidao Police Station to request her release many times, but the police have refused their request each time.

'傅红女士'
Ms. Fu Hong

Ms. Fu used to suffer from many illnesses before she started practicing Falun Gong, and once had surgery because of a gynecological disease. However, after she started practicing Falun Gong in 1998, her health quickly improved. When the persecution started in 1999, Ms. Fu told people the facts about Falun Gong by drawing on her personal experiences and health benefits from the practice.

In March 2002, Ms. Fu was reported to the police for distributing truth clarification materials on Guizhou Road in the Shinan District. Officers from the Badaxia Police Station arrested her and later transferred her to the Dashan Detention Center. She was sentenced to three years in Jinan Women’s Prison. When her prison term ended in 2005, officers from the local 610 Officetransferred her to the Mingxialu Brainwashing Center.

'麦岛派出所'
Maidao Police Station

Entities involved in the persecuting Ms. Fu:

Maidao Police Station: +86-532-55580500, +86-532-55580503
Sun Yi, deputy head of Maidao Police Station

Jiang Bo, Bao Shaobing and Wang Dong from Maidao Police Station

Liu Yong, deputy head of the Laoshan Division of Qingdao Police Department: +86-532-88897705, +86-532-55580998
Bi Ye, head of the Public Security Division of Qingdao University: +86-532-85953257, +86-13370807523 (Cell)

How Jiang Zemin Encouraged Bo Xilai’s Atrocities, Part III

By Wen Hua On October 23, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

Former Communist Party head Jiang Zemin pictured in the Great Hall of the People on Oct. 21, 2007. As the Party leadership struggles over how to handle Bo Xilai, in the background is Jiang Zemin, who is ultimately responsible for the atrocities Bo carried out. (Goh Chai Hin/Getty Images)

Former Communist Party head Jiang Zemin pictured in the Great Hall of the People on Oct. 21, 2007. As the Party leadership struggles over how to handle Bo Xilai, in the background is Jiang Zemin, who is ultimately responsible for the atrocities Bo carried out. (Goh Chai Hin/Getty Images)

This is Part IIl of the three-part series. Click to read Read Part l and Part ll.

News Analysis

Bo Xilai, who not long ago aspired to paramount rule, now sits in Qincheng Prison in Beijing while his former comrades debate how best to make use of him.

After Bo’s former police chief Wang Lijun was turned over by U.S. Consular officials to deputy ministers sent to take Wang back to Beijing, Wang disclosed the coup Jiang Zemin, Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai and others had plotted.

The Jiang faction had understood clearly that great crimes had been committed, and a debt was waiting to be paid. Tens of thousands of innocent Chinese had their organs torn from them while they were alive. They died anonymously and, on the basis of the meager witness testimony to have come out of China so far, in pain. Their bodies were cremated or sold to be turned into museum objects.

Only the rule of the CCP and with it the control of all the Party’s means of coercion and propaganda could ensure the faction’s safety. Bo Xilai was chosen to lead the usurpation.

By exposing this plot Wang defeated it. He gave CCP head Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao the weapon they needed to strip power from Jiang’s faction, which Hu and Wen have done relentlessly one step at a time over the past 8 months.

This September a consensus was reached within the Party: the Maoism Bo had championed was a past that would not be reborn. The Party united in turning in an uncertain, but new direction that repudiated the politics of Jiang and Bo.

But that new consensus did not settle the debt that still waits to be paid. The debate over how to try Bo is ultimately about whether or how to pay that debt.

Gauging Sentiment

According to a trusted source, at a meeting involving organ harvesting in the Party leadership compound Zhongnanhai, Premier Wen Jiabao said, “This [organ harvesting] has happened for many years. And we are about to retire and it has not been solved.”

“Now the news with Wang Lijun, the entire world has known about this,” Wen said. “The issue regarding Falun Gong should be solved together with Bo Xilai. The pieces of doing so are there.”

But so far, Wen’s views have not carried the day. Some Party leaders may favor using the trial of Bo Xilai as the first effort to clean up organ harvesting in China, but they don’t know if the Party can withstand what would follow. Who would then be tried next, and how many former top leaders would need to follow Bo into the docket?

Some Party leaders are trying to gauge sentiment among the people and the cadres, in order to figure out what information about organ harvesting to disclose and how to disclose it. This hesitation has left Jiang’s faction free to find ways to duck and shuffle.

Disclosure and Coverup

On Aug. 28, Xinhua announced that Public Security had busted 28 gangs involved in trafficking in kidneys. On Sept. 9, the Beijing-based business magazine Caijin carried a story about the trial of a gangster who had organized a network for buying kidneys and selling them to surgeons for transplantation.

The Caijin story was franker and more detailed than anything published before about organ harvesting in China. While it did not discuss the forced, live organ harvesting that Bo Xilai had used against Falun Gong practitioners, its discussion of the gangster’s kidney harvesting ring introduced the subject of organ harvesting to the Chinese people.

On the one hand, the Caijin story and the news about the 28 organ trafficking rings seemed to provide a kind of cover story for Jiang’s faction: the organs used in transplantation in China were provided by criminal gangs.

At the same time, the cover story that the gangs did it could only serve as a pretext. It could never satisfy even momentary scrutiny by someone knowledgeable about the issue.

On the other hand, the Caijin story showed how the gangster on trial had merely fit into a previously existing system that involved Public Security, the courts, military hospitals, and surgeons. It gave the Chinese people a hint as to the giant, state-sponsored organ network that was feeding China’s transplantation industry.

On Sept. 17, the deputy minister of Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China, Huang Jiefu, tried another approach to confuse the issue. Huang gave Caijin an exclusive interview in which he said that 35 percent of organ transplantations use organs sourced from living bodies, meaning voluntary donors.

Since, for cultural reasons, China’s voluntary organ donation program is almost non-existent, Huang’s statement is obviously false. He perhaps felt the need to give it due to an event the week before in D.C. and an event scheduled to happen the next day in Geneva.

On Sept. 12, a hearing was held in the U.S. Congress on organ harvesting. On Sept. 18, Annette Jun Guo, the editor-in-chief of The Epoch Times, addressed the 16th Plenary Meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling for an investigation into organ harvesting in China.

This growing international attention restricts the ability of the CCP to simply deny that forced, live organ harvesting has taken place. Chinese outside of China hear about it, and then those inside of China become informed also.

More was revealed a few days after Xinhua announced on Sept. 28 that Bo Xilai was expelled from the Party and would be tried in a criminal court.

The microblog Weibo removed the keyword ban on the word for “live organ harvesting.” Lifting such a ban is a kind of tease. People in China can see the search results but can’t read the articles.

The timing of the relaxation of this censorship was a reminder to those within the regime that Bo Xilai could still be tried for crimes other than “corruption,” while at the same time once more feeding the Chinese public another teaspoon of information about the mass atrocities.

Scapegoat

If a coverup, whether by blaming gangsters or pointing to non-existent family donors, of the organ harvesting was not in the cards for Jiang’s faction, another gambit could be tried.

On Oct. 3, Boxun, a Chinese-language news website that has been known to carry articles friendly to Jiang Zemin in the past, carried an article about Bo Xilai. The article said Bo was evil and manipulative, intended to kill more than half a million people when he reached the top of the CCP leadership, and was involved in live organ harvesting, breaking all moral principles.

Boxun’s source said the crime of organ harvesting took place under the protection of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee and was carried out by Gu Kailai, Bo’s wife.

The source also claimed that after the Bo Xilai scandal was brought to light, Jiang Zemin criticized Bo for “crimes against humanity” and descending below the level of human beings.

The Boxun article appears to be a bid by the Jiang faction to sacrifice Bo Xilai in order to protect Jiang Zemin, Zhou Yongkang, and the rest of the faction involved in organ harvesting.

Paying the Debt

Some in the CCP leadership not part of Jiang’s faction may find this latest ploy attractive. It seems to offer a way to acknowledge the atrocities while preserving the Party; the circle is squared.

But the leadership is grasping at straws if they think branding Bo Xilai the scapegoat will give the CCP a way out. Too many people took part in this mass atrocity, which has left too many victims in its wake, for the regime now to be able to make up a fairy tale about it.

Moreover, who bears ultimate responsibility is plain for all to see. Jiang Zemin ordered the persecution of Falun Gong; he encouraged that no limits be placed on measures taken to persecute Falun Gong practitioners; he rewarded the brutality of Bo Xilai and others; he had his domestic security czar Zhou Yongkang expend massive resources on the persecution, which Zhou eagerly did.

Bo, Jiang, Zhou and others cannot escape the guilt for what they did. Party leaders are now deciding whether they will hold Jiang’s faction accountable. If they fail to do so, the debt will still demand to be paid, and they will have taken a share of it.

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 Editor’s Note: When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.

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“I Believe We Can Touch Your Heart to Help Save Our Son and Others” (Photos)

(Minghui.org)

In the darkness, a straw tent sits on top an old tractor in front of a CCP prison

This picture clearly shows us how, in order to defend their dignity and human rights, Chinese people will demonstrate their sense of injustice and endure hardships in the face of the vicious, communist regime. Please listen to this elderly couple’s story:

“At 6:00 a.m. on February 25, 2012, my wife and I shared a bowl of cold porridge. After that we hit the road.

We went to save our son, Zhou Xiangyang, who was on hunger strike inside the prison and whose heart was beating only 40 times a minute. When I went to see him on February 1, I saw that his physical condition was very poor. On February 13, my wife and I went to the prison to ask the prison authorities to bail our son out for medical treatment. The prison warden said that they couldn’t do it. After trying several times, we got nothing.

Gangbei Prison in Tianjin is about 200 miles away from Matundian Township, where we live, in Changli County, Qinhuangdao City. We drove our old tractor against the strong, icy-cold February wind. Since we did not have any money, driving our tractor helped us to save on expenses. We made a tent out of straw that we could live in while in Tianjin. We had never driven that far in our tractor before, and we did not know our way. We drove the entire day without stopping for food or water.

We went through the center of Tanggu City. It was getting dark, and our tractor did not have lights. Not knowing what to do, we saw a young man nearby, as if he was waiting for something. When we approached him, he told us that he wanted to ride in our shabby tractor. I told him to sit on the blanket. While we chatted, we asked him where we could find a place to park. He said, “I can take you to a place where you can park; otherwise you will be fined if you park inside the city.” He helped us park our tractor near a motel, which took him further away from his home, yet he told us he was fine. He said that he knew it was hard for us to be in a strange place, and that we were like his parents. We felt as if divine beings had been protecting us the whole way.

We started off again at 6:00 a.m. on February 16 without breakfast and finally got to Gangbei at around 11:00 that morning. We rested that afternoon, went to Gangbei Prison the next day, and parked in front of the prison’s metal gate. We set up our tent. A few practitioners were there waiting to help us.

The banners on the straw tent in front of the prison say: “Respect Life, Respect Human Rights, and Respect the Law”

The old couple put on their “lawsuit clothes”--vests with words written on them describing their plight—for the second time, standing outside the prison's tall walls and metal gates for three days and nights.

The first day, it was very cold in Gangbei. Guards videotaped us and tried to snatch the banners away. The guard who videotaped us was shaking from the cold. We then took our winter coat down to the young guard, and my wife put the coat on him. After a while, it seemed he just noticed something, so he then took off the coat and saluted my wife. Every time my wife put on the coat for him, the young guard saluted her.

Three guards attempted to remove the banners. I told them that my son was dying, and that what we were doing was our right. One guard was about to cry. For three days, fellow practitioners took turns staying with us, caring for us, and encouraging us. I could feel a warm atmosphere surrounding us. The prison authorities contacted our local Changli County government, the Party head of our village, the head of the local police station, the610 Office, District Domestic Security Division head Zhao Guoyun, and police department head Zao, who all came to Gangbei and took turns trying to convince us to give up our protest and go home. But we told them that we would not go home. It was not easy for us to get there, and so, for our son, we were willing to suffer.

Who would not be worried if their son was being abused and mistreated like our son? Without money, we drove our tractor and traveled for one and a half days to get to Gangbei. We lived in the straw tent on top of our tractor in front of the prison for three days. It was bitterly cold those days, and the wind in the evening was very strong. We slept with our winter coats and hats on. The next day, practitioners brought cotton blankets, coats, hot water, food, and cookies. A senior practitioner brought two big thermal hot water pots that warmed up the small tent. A little girl took off her scarf and put it on me. A couple of practitioners brought a small bowl of hot milk one evening. We felt warm right away after we drank it together. It is hard for us to express how we felt. Everything is hard to forget.

Several police officers came in the afternoon on February 19 and prohibited any gathering of more than five people. During those days, groups of people came to stay with us to make sure that we were fine. About two dozen of them stayed in front of our tractor, and police officers also guarded that area. The atmosphere was tense. Practitioners took the risk and resisted the pressure to take care of us by staying there with us, and some even stayed with us in the evenings.

Many prison guards came out from the prison at 1:00 a.m. on February 20 and tried to drive people away, but it took them a long time to drive everyone away. I knew that many of the guards sympathized with us and they didn’t want to treat anyone badly. After moving everyone else away, the guards then asked us to get down off our tractor. Then they carried us onto an ambulance. I lay down on a shabby bed. When I got up, I saw that my mouth was bleeding. Changli Domestic Security Division head Zhang Guoyun was there. Two hours later the ambulance stopped. Zhao led us inside a small room and locked us up. They said it was the county government hostel.

Can those kindhearted practitioners move people with what they have suffered?

We held a hunger strike the next day. To make us eat the third day, Zhao Guoyun took our eldest son to Gangbei. On the fourth day, Zhao brought our daughter-in-law and our daughter, and then he told our eldest son to take us home. I said that I would not go home and not to open the door to let them in. They then brought my second son’s wife and two village Party heads at around 8:00 a.m. on February 24 to try to convince us to go home. When they saw that we were lying in bed the whole time and were very weak, they got some young men to open the window of our room, and then two Party heads dragged us home and took turns watching us.

We do not know what else we can do to rescue our son. We believe that by doing what we did, we probably touched people’s hearts. Now we hope the prison authorities take morality into consideration and release our son, who should not have been locked up in the first place.

Gangbei Prison has tortured Falun Gong practitioners to death in the past, but instead of being punished for their crimes, we were told that officials helped each other cover up their criminal deeds, which is why they are so ruthless and treat life lightly. Could we just let our son be mistreated like this and not do anything?

We were told that our lawsuit against Gangbei Prison has initiated a series of lawsuits by a number of victims against the prison and its followers. Many people have filed lawsuits, and many others have agreed to testify on the witness stand. More than a dozen victims co-signed to be the witnesses for our lawsuit. It is clear that Gangbei Prison officials have committed criminal deeds, including using torture. However, the regime’s law agencies pretend they do not know about any evildoings taking place in Gangbei Prison. Even worse, they refuse to do any investigation. Such government agencies terrorize ordinary people.

During the process of our appeal, I have seen that many government employees are kind and empathize with our situation. The ruling regime makes grave mistakes, but just resistance against it can be disastrous. It is a disaster for China. The regime is guilty of criminal deeds.

I have heard that some media outside China are following our case, and some foreigners were touched by our determination. As a matter of fact, we just want to touch the hearts of those regime officials, but they are not moved.

We heard that a Falun Gong practitioner named Han who accompanied us was arrested. I want to say that, just like my son, he is a loyal and honest young man. He deserves to be respected, but instead he is being persecuted.

We are hoping that our son will come home soon, and that kindhearted people will offer their help.

In this letter we want to express our gratitude toward those who have cared for, helped and encouraged us. We also want to thank the 2,300 people who signed the petition to support our cause, including those government employees who have sympathy for us. We thank those selfless and courageous Falun Gong practitioners who gave us warmth during the coldest days in our lives.

We stood in the chilly open area in front of the prison gate for days, wearing our special jackets with explanations on the them. Because of those kindhearted people who also stood there with us outside the metal gate, we felt that this is still a humane world, and thus we did not feel lonely.”

Zhou Xiangyang’s parents: Zhou Zhencai and Wang Shaoping

In March 2012 from Changli, Qinhuandao City

Chinese Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Alive

Family allowed to visit in prison

By Matthew Robertson
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 27, 2012
Last Updated: March 28, 2012
Gao Zhisheng, the famous Chinese human rights lawyer now jailed in the remote Western region of Xinjiang, was allowed an inaugural jail visit by his brother and his wife’s father, said his wife, Geng He.

The meeting between Gao Zhiyi, Gao Zhisheng’s brother, and Geng Yundi, Gao’s father-in-law, took place on March 24. Security agents escorted the two family members from Shaanxi Province to Xinjiang Province for the 30-minute meeting, which was conducted through telephone receptors and prison glass.

Geng He, who now lives in California, explained in a telephone interview late Tuesday evening difficulties her brother had in meeting Gao Zhisheng. He arrived in Beijing on Feb. 24 and went to a series of government agencies, all of which sent him away. At one point he was detained by domestic security agents.

“My father spoke for 10 minutes, sitting on the stool,” Geng He said. “Gao asked about the health of everyone in the family. … My father said ‘Having seen you, I’m fine now.’ When Gao heard this, he cried.”

Gao is sometimes referred to as “China’s conscience.” He defended victims of injustice for years, before suffering the wrath of the Communist Party after writing letters to the leadership demanding an end to the persecution of Falun Gong.

He has been in the Shaya Prison in Xinjiang since December 2011, serving a three-year sentence that is widely seen to be arbitrary. One legal expert characterized it as a “rabbit out of the hat.”

The news confirms that Gao is alive and in stable health, which had been doubted after no news was heard for several months. Upon hearing the news, “We let out a sigh of relief,” Geng He said.

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