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17
Mar
08

Human Rights Forum Moves to Ban 2008 Beijing Olympics

Human Rights Forum in Taiwan urges International boycott of 2008 Beijing Games

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Dharamsala, March 6: An International Forum on “Human Rights in China and 2008 Olympics” recently concluded in Taiwan called for international boycott of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Over 100 political figures and human rights activists from 12 countries, including Tibet took part in the forum to deliberate on how to motivate global powers to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

The opening ceremony of the “International Forum: Human Rights in China and 2008 Olympics” at Taipei’s Grand Hyatt Hotel began on February 21 with Taiwan president Chen Shuibian issuing a congratulatory letter.

The conference commenced with keynote speeches from David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, and Australian senator Andrew Bartlett.

Live speakers at the forum included Mr. Shieh Jhy-wey, Minister of the Government Information Office (GIO) and Mr. Tung Chen-yuan, vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC). In addition, Edward McMillan-Scott, vice-president of the European Parliament, and Mr. Dana Rohrabacher, a U.S. Congressman, delivered videotaped presentations to call upon the world to pay attention to China’s human rights record.

Mr. Dhondup Dorjee, Vice President of Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) was invited among other panelists to speak on the “Human Rights situation in China under Communist Ruling”.

Large New Protests in Lhasa: No-Win Choices for Beijing

Five months before the Olympics this really is a “perfect storm” for Beijing as it appears to be in a no-win situation: if the authorities don’t react, the protest will grow larger (remember Tiananmen?); if they do, and there are deaths, as would seem inevitable, they face the possibility of much more serious anti-Olympics/boycott campaigning that will far exceed the limited traction gained by the Darfur activists.

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17
Mar
08

China Blocks YouTube Once Tibetan Protest Clips Surface

YouTube access blocked in China after Tibet clips appear

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BEIJING (AFP) — Access to YouTube in China was denied on Sunday after footage of recent deadly protests in Tibet appeared on the video posting site.

Attempts to call up the site met with a blank screen and an error message saying the web page could not be displayed.

The access problems came after video clips began appearing on the site showing violent unrest in the Tibetan capital Lhasa that triggered a virtual lockdown of the city by security forces.

China, which strictly controls access to information, has kept a tight lid on news out of Lhasa, with foreign journalists being denied access and foreign tourists ordered out of the city.

The only footage broadcast by state-run media so far has been a short clip showing Tibetan rioters in the city destroying Chinese shops, but nothing has been released on the resulting crackdown by police.

China’s official death count puts the toll at 10, but the India-based Tibetan government-in-exile says at least 80 deaths have been confirmed.

China also has been regularly blacking out the domestic feed of CNN whenever it runs a story about the Tibet unrest.

Access to popular Chinese-language video posts such as tudou.com were operational on Sunday but a search for videos of the Tibet violence came back with no results.

In late January, China introduced new restrictions on posting online video that critics saw as an extension of the Communist Party’s tight noose on the nation’s media outlets.

Amid China’s information clampdown, the Internet has provided a rare window into the situation, with amateur video and pictures popping up on websites around the world.

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15
Mar
08

U.S. says Iran election results are ‘cooked’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States, at loggerheads with Tehran over its nuclear program, cast strong doubt on the fairness of Iran’s parliamentary elections on Friday and said any outcome of the poll would be “cooked.”“In essence the results are cooked. They are cooked in the sense that the Iranian people were not able to vote for a full range of people,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said of the poll.Iranians voted on Friday in an election likely to keep parliament in the control of conservatives after unelected state bodies barred many reformist foes of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from the race.

“They are given the choice of choosing between one supporter of the regime or another supporter of the regime,” McCormack told reporters. “They were not given the opportunity … to vote for somebody who might have had different ideas.”

ahmadinejad-podium.jpgAhmadinejad has shrugged off criticism about the election.

After the polls closed, McCormack released a statement saying Iran had “once again failed to meet international standards on the conduct of democratic elections.”

He urged Iran’s leaders to stop what he said was interference in future elections, including the 2009 presidential poll and increase transparency by allowing independent monitors.

“The Iranian regime again used ideological grounds to disqualify candidates for parliament, imposed severe restrictions on the ability of journalists and media outlets to cover the elections, limited the ability of candidates to campaign and refused to allow independent election monitors access to polling stations on election day,” McCormack said. Continued…

16
Jan
08

China: Christian Businessman Released from Prison

Christian Businessman Released from Prison
January 9, 2008

CHINA – On January 4, Christian bookstore owner, Shi Weihan, along with two dozen others. was released from prison in China.

According to China Aid Association (CAA), the Chinese government decided against a formal trial for Weihan and dropped all criminal charges against him and the others. CAA reported, “Eye witnesses said, ‘Weihan was in good spirits and in a relatively stable physical condition when he was released from prison.’”

Weihan and two dozen other individuals had been in prison since November under charges of illegal printing and distribution of Christian literature. Weihan is one of many Christians who have been imprisoned in China because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Pray for believers in China as they faithfully serve the Lord in the midst of great persecution. Source.

09
Jan
08

China: Lawsuit over forced abortion

China woman in legal first over abortion case

A Chinese woman who was forced to have an abortion despite being nine months pregnant is suing the authorities for their actions.

Jin Yani’s waters had already broken when China’s abortion police came for her. They took her to a nearby abortion centre, injected her unborn baby girl and removed the body two days later.

Mrs Jin’s crime was to have become pregnant by her fiance five months before she married him at the age of 20, the legal minimum.

Pregnancy outside marriage is illegal. But forced abortions are now supposed to be illegal in China.

In a blow against the state’s brutally imposed one-child policy, she and her husband are claiming danmages against the authorities, saying that officials acted unlawfully.

China’s higher courts have agreed to hear the plea – the first time this has happened in a case of this kind.

Yang Zhongchen, her husband, tried to prevent the abortion by wining and dining officials in Hebei province. He also agreed to pay a fine of £650, but none of this prevented Changli county family planning officials arriving on Sept 7, 2000.

Mrs Jin said: “I got on my knees and begged them after they took me to the clinic and said I wanted to give birth to my daughter. I had already named her Yang Yin.”

In the clinic, she was injected with a large syringe. Her husband arrived in time to witness the removal of the dead foetus with forceps two days later.

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07
Jan
08

New Olympic Logo

One that is better fitting that is…

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20
Dec
07

China: Falun Gong Persecution – Organ Harvesting

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THE PERSECUTION OF FEMALE PRACTITIONERS OF FALUN GONG IN CHINA

Although practiced by as many as 100 million people, it was banned — under pain of imprisonment, torture and death — by the Chinese government in 1999.
Falun Gong, literally “Practice of the Wheel of Law”) also known as Falun Dafa, “Great Law of the Wheel of Law”) is a system of “mind and body cultivation” introduced by Li Hongzhi to the public in 1992. Falun Gong refers to five sets of meditation exercises (four standing, and one sitting meditation), and Falun Dafa refers to a set of religious teachings Li claims to provide salvation for mankind .
Falun Gong has been the focus of international controversy since July 20, 1999, when the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) began a suppression of the movement nationwide, except in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. The PRC government claims to have banned the group for what it considers to be illegal activities. The Falun Gong claims that the ban was the result of personal jealousy of the group’s popularity on the part of Jiang Zemin, a former President of the People’s Republic of China. The suppression of Falun Gong is considered a human rights violation by a number of (mostly western) human rights groups and politicians.

The atrocities being committed against women who practice Falun Gong are escalating. The accounts below are just a small sample of typical examples of torture being endured by these women in detention centers and forced labor camps throughout China.:

• Widespread use of electric stun devices to shock women on sensitive body parts such as the genitals, breasts, mouth, head, and anus.
• Force-feeding using liquid mixtures containing hot pepper or a thick saline solution with only a small amount of water added; this usually causes severe vomiting.
• Forced injections of higher than normal dosages of drugs that damage the central nervous system.
• Prolonged hanging from shackles on the wrists.
• Forced standing for long periods of time in freezing temperatures, wearing little or no clothing and drenched in ice water.
• Piercing through the fingertips with sharp bamboo sticks or through the nipples with wire.
• Prolonged and daily beating with instruments such as wire cables, nail studded batons, planks, etc.
• Sleep deprivation.
• Beaten with poisonous iohuomals branches, a hemp-like perennial plant, with downy branches and piercing thorns that causes red, blistered and extremely painful, itchy skin.
• Public humiliation by being paraded through the streets wearing derogatory signs.
• Subjected to snake and scorpion bites or left outside without clothing in mosquito infested areas.
• Restrained with dirty items stuffed in their mouths, such as used sanitary napkins, cleaning rags, dirty socks, etc.

Chen Lihua 36, female, a farmer from Dawangzhuang Township. She was detained in an office of the township government on January 4, 2000, for going to Beijing to appeal. Dozens of young male officials led by Li (an official in the office of the communist party committee,) came to the office and forced her to take off all her clothes. Official Bo thrust an electric baton into her vagina, shocking her to the floor. Then, one man held her arm and electrically shocked her body and handcuffed one of her hands to the window. Official Wang held her other hand while Bo grabbed her breasts and shocked her upper body repeatedly. She was tortured this way for quite a while, and then was told to put on her shirt and sit on the floor. Dozens of men kicked her so hard that she rolled around on the floor screaming in agony.

A 14-year old girl was forced to walk with a heavy brick on top of her head and her feet were bound to heavy rocks. While she walked, guards repeatedly slapped her in the face. At night the officer ordered her to hold a position touching her toes with knees straight. When she could not maintain the position, the guards beat her with clubs. After being tortured like this for an entire night, she could not walk without being assisted by someone. Guards threatened practitioners who protested the mistreatment saying they would stuff their mouths with used sanitary napkins.
Because the sheer magnitude of these abuses against women this is only a small number of cases, representing the specific types of torture and brutality being unleashed upon female practitioners by Chinese government officials.

The evidence that Falun Gong practitioners are being persecuted by being extracted of their organs

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