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)

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Toronto, Canada: Minghui Summer Camp (Photos)

(Minghui.org) The six-week-long 2012 Minghui Summer Camp concluded successfully on August 10, 2012. For many of the young Falun Gong practitioners, the time seemed too short. “Can I come back next year?” “I will miss the teachers.” “If only the summer camp could run longer,” said the young practitioners before they left.

Young practitioners at Minghui Summer Camp doing the exercises.

Young practitioners at Minghui Summer Camp studying the teachings of Falun Dafa.

The Minghui School, formerly Doudou Garden, in Toronto was established in 2005. Every year there are about 50 participants in the summer camp. The children are young Falun Dafa practitioners from all over Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Their parents are willing to come a long way so their children can have a good cultivation environment. This year’s summer camp was another successful session in which the children learned a lot and had a lot of fun.

Benefiting from a Young Age

Chengcheng is ten years old. He’s been going to Doudou Garden since he was three. He goes to the Minghui School Summer Camp every year. “My mother let me listen to Teacher’s lectures before I was born. I could recite Hong Yinwhen I was three. I began to read Zhuan Falun when I was four. Now I can read the book myself,” Chengcheng said.

“I learn how to improve my character at the Minghui School. I performed at a community event once and a boy kept trying to take my shoes away. I was tempted to hit him, but I immediately looked within. I saw that I had the attachments of fighting, showing off, and jealousy. It was precisely that I had these attachments that the boy wanted to take my shoes. I did not want to hit him anymore and treated him nicely. He stopped taking my shoes. Later it rained and he lent me his umbrella.”

Chengcheng continued, “There was another time my mother prepared me a fabulous lunch. When my classmates saw it, they all wanted some of it. I shared all my lunch with them. When I saw the empty box and I had nothing to eat, I felt a bit disappointed. My classmates then shared their lunch with me. That was a lunch full of variety.”

Lele is ten years old too. He has been attending Minghui School since he was three. “I like the school because I learned how to be a true Dafa practitioner there,” said Lele.

Lele gave an example. One time he had a fever and did not have any appetite. He worried that he would not be able to join a Falun Dafa parade the next day. “The next day my head still hurt. My parents told me that I would be all right, so I went. Other practitioners and I distributed a lot of Falun Dafa fliers to the spectators, and many of them thanked us. I had no idea when my fever and headache disappeared during the parade. I thank Teacher for letting me recover so fast,” said Lele.

First-time Participants

Nine-year-old Doudou moved to Toronto last year and it was her first time at the Minghui summer camp. “Being able to study and exercise with others helped me a lot. When I was by myself, I often could not finish all five exercises. When I had questions during the study sessions, the teachers helped answer my questions,” said Doudou.

Doudou began to learn Falun Dafa when she was three. Since she was five, her mother has had her read one chapter of Zhuan Falun each day. She sometimes studies Teacher’s new articles or memorizes articles in Hong Yin with her mother.

For a while, Doudou felt the practice was very difficult. Most of the time, she could not eat what she liked, buy what she wanted, or play on the computer like her other friends. Her parents always urged her to “study the Fa, do the exercises, and send righteous thoughts.” “I forced myself to do what they wanted, but in my mind I was somewhere else.” Joining Minghui School changed her reluctant attitude toward the practice.

“In the summer camp, the teachers taught us how to make things by hand. We painted and did paper cutting art. It was very meaningful. When I had conflicts with other students, teachers would remind me to think about it based on the Fa and see what I did wrong. It allowed me to improve myself,” Doudou said.

Chenchen just came from China. She’s ten years old. “My mother told me that she taught me how to read Zhuan Falun when I was one. By the age of five, I could read the book all by myself. I could do the second exercise for 30 minutes when I was four years old. But as I grew older, I could not do it so long. After I joined Minghui School, I was able to keep going for 30 minutes again.”

“Every morning when we did the exercises, I could feel the strong energy. When I did the third exercise, it was so easy for me, as if my hands were floating by themselves. I felt very comfortable.”

She said that she could do the sitting meditation for 50 minutes now. When her legs hurt, she told herself, “If I take my legs down, that piece of karma will not be eliminated. I will take my legs down after my legs stop hurting.” This way she was able to persist for a few more minutes.

Now Chenchen can do one hour of sitting meditation with her mother every night. Sometimes it hurt so much that she cried, but she was able to persevere. She felt very blessed and happy being able to be with other practitioners outside of China. She will cherish the new environment.

多伦多明慧学校夏令营里,孩子们合作完成项目

Young practitioners work together to finish an assignment in the summer camp.

Touched by Students’ Innocence

This was Maria’s first year teaching at Minghui School. She teaches ages 6-8. She was most impressed by a student named Christ when he told her, “I think we do not study the Fa enough.” Some of the students do not know Chinese at all while others have been studying Zhuan Falun with their parents since they were little. In order to take care of those who did not know Chinese, Maria had the class read the book slowly. What Christ told Maria enlightened her that the pure nature of young children knew that they must study the Fa more.

Christ was a very kind child. He always cared about others and was very considerate. He is the head of his class now, and he often organized the class to play together.

One time Maria wanted to give a prize to Christ because he took Fa study seriously. Christ told her, “I don’t want this prize. I think studying the Fa carefully is what I should do.” Maria was moved to tears.

Maria had something that she wanted to share with the parents. She hopes that parents can teach their children Chinese when they are little. “Teach them Chinese and let them read Zhuan Falun even if for only ten minutes a day. You will see the results after you have persisted for a while. This is what I did with my child, who is ten years old now. She is now very curious about traditional Chinese stories and books, and it is easy for her to comprehend the meaning.”

The Children Are Changing, and So Am I.”

Judy teaches children ages 3-5. This was her first year at Minghui School. “As the children are changing every day, so am I. I learned a lot from these pure children. It is hard work, but well worth it,” said Judy.

July tried to be very patient with the students and explained the Fa principles to them with language they could understand.

Four-year-old Allen did not know how to share with other students at first. He also refused to follow rules. He was very self-centered, “I want this…. I don’t want that…” Through Fa study and memorizing Lunyu and Hong Yin poems, Allen gradually changed. Now other students want to play with him.

The youngest student was three-year-old Diandian. He was very energetic and only wanted to play. He did not like to study the Fa or do the exercises. After the six-week summer camp, he now can memorize Hong Yin poems and is willing to study the Fa and exercise with other students. Now he is the first to raise his hand when the teacher asks who can recite Hong Yin poems in front of the class.

Parents Need to Help Their Children in the Practice

Ms. Xia has been teaching since 2005. Her students are from 9 to 11 years old. The students love her.

In her long teaching experience, Ms. Xia saw that the students spent most of their time in the ordinary society, and, as they grew older, they learned many bad things. Though in Minghui School, they can quickly correct their wrong behaviors, Ms. Xia still wants to remind the parents that they must pay attention to their children’s practice.

“It is definitely not enough to just let the children spend six weeks a year in Minghui School. The parents must spend time and effort helping their children in the practice on a regular basis. They have to persevere in studying the Fa and doing the exercises with their children every day. The children will avoid bad behaviors only when they are in the Fa. Otherwise, they are easily tainted in the ordinary society. I hope to see them make big progress next year,” Ms. Xia said.

A Past Event: South Korean Tourists Sit Cross-legged on Tiananmen Square, Armed Police Arrest Them Supposing They Are Falun Gong Practitioners

By Xu Ziling, a Chinese practitioner living outside China

 

(Clearwisdom.net)

My friend is a tour guide for an overseas international travel agency. I once clarified the truth to her and persuaded her to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. She accepted what I said but she did not fully believe in the severity of the persecution of Falun Gong. She felt that I was exaggerating things. But later, when she was hired to work in China, she said to me, “The CCP is really horrible. What you told me is actually true.”

Then she told me about her trip to China. This time her company assigned her a group of sixty tourists composed of overseas Chinese from Beijing. When her group went to Tiananmen Square to take pictures, she saw a colleague leading more than twenty South Korean tourists to Tiananmen Square as well. She decided to go talk to her colleague. Korean people have the habit of sitting cross-legged on the ground to talk. She noticed that those South Korean tourists were tired, so they put their travel bags on the ground and sat cross-legged, forming a circle to chat to each other.

After no more than five minutes, a long police vehicle and many armed police and plainclothes police rushed towards them. The tourists were terrified. The police hastily pushed all the South Korean tourists to the ground regardless of whether they were men or women, then they started loading them into the police vehicle. At the same time, the armed police were constantly shouting, “Do not move!” But since the Koreans could not understand Chinese, two young Korean students refused to go in the police vehicle, asking what the police wanted to do. The armed police trampled their legs, hit them in the abdomen and covered their mouths at the same time. Within a few seconds, the police threw the students into the vehicle and the vehicle drove away very quickly. The rest of the plainclothes police started to interrogate the other frightened tourists one by one. The police asked their names, nationality and whether they were Falun Gong practitioners. When the police made sure they were not Falun Gong practitioners, an official warned them, “You are not allowed to speak irresponsibly. Forget everything that happened today, otherwise you will be responsible for all the consequences.” Then they let the tourists go.

When my friend talked about this, she became frightened. I asked her what happened to the South Korean tourists. She said very angrily, “The police finished the investigation and found they were not Falun Gong practitioners. Then they released the South Korean tourists. But the police did not even apologize for what they did to the tourists. I heard from the South Korean tourists that the police did not allow the tourists to speak in the police vehicle. As soon as the tourists started to speak, the police beat them. The tourists were all really scared. On their way back to South Korea, they constantly talked about how the Chinese police are horrible, too horrible to imagine. The police also threatened the tourists, telling them that they were not allowed to speak of this to anyone. The police also said they had the tourists on file and they would be responsible for any consequences if they talked about the incident to anyone.”

After my friend described what happened in China, she said to me, “After this, I realized that what you told me about the persecution of Falun Gong is true. The CCP is really evil. They do not have any humanity. I sincerely hope that your fellow practitioners in China will be safe. I hope that God can see your tribulation and end this as soon as possible. You should not return to China — it is too dangerous there. It is so easy for a person to disappear in China. I am afraid that you will be hurt.”

April 28, 2007
Chinese version available at http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2007/4/29/153765.html

Urgent Appeal: South Korea Must Cease Deporting Falun Gong Practitioners to China

Young couple facing imminent deportation, 50 other Falun Gong asylum seekers at risk

 

12 Sep 2011

NEW YORK—The South Korean government must immediately take measures to ensure that no Falun Gong refugees be deported back to China, the Falun Dafa Information Center said Monday. Last week, immigration officials detained a 25-year-old Falun Gong practitioner and are holding him in detention for possible repatriation at any moment. Should he be deported, he faces serious risk of imprisonment, torture, or even death.

“Sending Falun Gong refugees back to China is inhumane, unjust, and contrary to international law.” says Levi Browde, Executive Director of the Falun Dafa Information Center. “We urge the South Korean government to resist any pressure coming from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and offer Falun Gong practitioners a safe haven from persecution.”

“We know in the past that the South Korean government has allowed Falun Gong practitioners to safely stay in South Korea even without official asylum status, and we urge them to resume this practice.”

On September 6, 2011, two Ministry of Justice officers and four local police went to the home of 25-year-old Mr. Jin Jingzhe and his wife Ms. Ma Yue. They arrested the couple on the grounds of their illegal immigration status after their applications for asylum had been denied. Mr. Jin was then taken to the “foreigners protection detention center,” where staff told him that he had seven days to write an appeal application explaining why he should not be repatriated. Ms. Ma remains outside of custody. According to one source, in addition to Jin, another Falun Gong practitioner, Shen Xianzhi, also remains at an immigrant detention center facing potential deportation.

Since 2009, South Korea has sent at least 10 Falun Gong refugees back to China, indicating the danger facing the couple. At present, an additional 56 Falun Gong students residing in Korea have been denied asylum. If detained by police, they too risk deportation to Mainland China.

The Falun Dafa Information Center is calling on the government of the Republic of Korea to honor its commitments under the United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees and the Convention Against Torture. South Korea is a signatory to both treaties, which prohibit returning refugees to countries where they would be subjected to torture or persecution on account of their religion or membership of a particular social group.

Falun Gong practitioners, regardless of their profile or prominence within the Falun Gong community, all face the possibility of arbitrary detention, extra-legal sentencing, and torture in China. Hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience are believed to be detained in China for their beliefs; in some detention facilities, they comprise the majority population. The United Nations, Amnesty International, Chinese human rights lawyers, and Western media have documented Falun Gong torture and deaths at the hands of Chinese officials. In its annual report released in early 2011, Amnesty International stated that Falun Gong practitioners who refused to renounce their beliefs “are typically tortured until they co-operate; many die in detention or shortly after release.”

The Falun Dafa Information Center therefore calls on:

  • The South Korean government to immediately halt all deportations of Falun Gong practitioners to China and take measures to grant them asylum.
  • The South Korean National Human Rights Commission to investigate and respond accordingly to previous cases of Falun Gong repatriations.
  • The international community, including human rights groups, foreign government officials, and concerned citizens, to immediately contact representatives of the South Korean government and urge them to protect Falun Gong refugees.

Additional information

Mr. Jin first learned Falun Gong in China with his mother when he was in elementary school. After the Communist Party launched the campaign to persecute Falun Gong in 1999, Jin was forced to drop out of high school and his mother was held at a Beijing labor camp. In 2008, Jin arrived in Korea Korea, where he has been an active member of the Falun Gong community.

Among other activities, he has worked as a reporter for the independent station New Tang Dynasty Television, covering various stories considered politically sensitive by the CCP. These included local Falun Gong practitioners’ appeals for an end to human rights abuses in China and stories related to North Korea.

In recent years, 23 members of the U.S. Congress have written to the government of the Republic of Korea seeking their help in protecting Falun Gong practitioners on humanitarian grounds, but the repatriations have continued. Roger Helmer, a member of the European Parliament, wrote on September 9 to the South Korean Ambassador in the United Kingdom, voicing his concern for the couple and requesting assurance that Korea would fulfill its international obligations to asylum seekers.

 

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South Korea Deports Falun Gong Refugees

Urgent Refugee Debate in Seoul

July 26, 2009
By Changsik Lee and Emma Hall

Imagine escaping from persecution in your country of birth, then being forced to go back. This is what some Chinese Falun Gong practitioners fleeing persecution in China face in South Korea.

Mr. Wu applied for refugee status in South Korea. Why? Because he practices Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that has been severely persecuted in China for 10 years. Practitioners have been killed and tortured at the hands of the Chinese communist regime. According to the Falun Dafa Information Center, over 3,000 practitioners have been killed.

After Mr. Wu’s refugee application was rejected, he was sent to a detention center. On July 1 the Korean government deported him to China.

Falun Gong practitioners meditate in Seoul, South Korea. (Jarrod Hall)

Falun Gong practitioners meditate in Seoul, South Korea. (Jarrod Hall)

Nam Jun Kim is a lawyer. He has represented many other Chinese Falun Gong practitioners in Korea. He is very frustrated with the South Korean government’s ruling. He said, “I think the Korean government made the wrong decision. It had the opportunity to do the right thing.”

Mr. Wu and 31 other Falun Gong practitioners have been denied refugee status by the Supreme Court. Article 3 of the United Nation’s Convention against Torture says, “No State Party shall expel, return or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.” Korea signed this UN convention in 1995.

“The Korean government is obviously violating the UN’s “Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,” said Se Yeol Oh. He is the spokesperson for the Korea Falun Dafa Association.

The Korean constitution says the Minister of Justice can give an applicant humanitarian status, after they are refused refugee status, if there’s a risk of persecution in their home country. A representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Korea says the this would be a good option for the Korean government. She said, “This would be one avenue I think for the cases to explore whether or not they could have kind of humanitarian leave to remain in the country despite not being recognized as a refugee.”

In a landmark ruling in January 2008, the Korean courts granted refugee status to a married Chinese couple who practiced Falun Gong. Afterwards, a spokesperson of the CCP foreign ministry, Jiang Yu, said “the CCP is against all the countries that give Falun Gong practitioners refugee status. And all Falun Gong practitioners and the organizations that help them are illegal.”

Human rights groups suspect this statement caused the two Falun Gong practitioners to lose their 2nd hearing later that year. Since then, all 32 Falun Gong refugee applicants have lost their cases in the Supreme Court.

“We suspect that the CCP is involved in Mr. Wu’s deportation,” said Oh.

The Korean government recently detained 4 more Chinese Falun Gong practitioners. Their refugee applications were denied by the South Korean government. They are in detention centers and are at risk of being deported to China.

Bok Hee Chang speculates, “To make a long story short, it’s not whether or not the government has a law to protect the refugees, but whether or not the policy makers have the will to execute the law.” Bok is a Professor of International Refugee Law.

This story was written with files from NTDTV, a media partner of The Epoch Times.

Last Updated,

Jul 26, 2009