Eight More Deaths in China Detailed
European Parliament Passes Resolution on Beijing Olympics
Amnesty International Accuses China of Reneging on Olympic Promises
In a related sign that pressure is mounting on Beijing, Amnesty International has accused Chinese leaders of violating promises to improve domestic human rights conditions before the arrival of the 2008 Olympics. Corroborating concerns raised here by the Falun Dafa Information Center previously, Amnesty expressed fear of “an increase in harassment, detentions, and… house arrest ahead of the Games,” according to a report in the Khaleej Times (link). The Times report quotes Chinese human rights lawyer Biao Teng, who currently holds a teaching post at Yale University, raising the possibility of “calling for a boycott if necessary.” Biao singles out the case of the Falun Gong’s persecution in conjunction with China’s lack of religious freedom.
Labor Camp Survivor Tells of Ordeal
“There were many times I asked myself, why I hadn’t died yet? Why hadn’t I gone insane?” Such was Jennifer Zeng’s misery while held captive, a prisoner of conscience in a Chinese labor camp, on account of her Falun Gong identity. Zeng recounted her harrowing ordeal last week, speaking with the Australian paper Maitland Mercury (link). “They tortured me very badly... they used electric batons to shock me until I lost consciousness, but the worst thing was sleep deprivation,” Zeng said. “The longest period for me was 15 days and 15 nights without sleep… I witnessed people suddenly become mad ... So many people were tortured to that kind of extent.” Zeng, who has chronicled her journey to freedom in Witnessing History: One Chinese Woman’s Fight for Freedom (Soho Press), was in Maitland as part of a Human Rights Torch Relay event that passed through the city.
Full story: http://maitland.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news-features/tortured-for-her-beliefs/1105127.html
Falun Gong Calligrapher Arrested for “Happiness”
Just how far have Beijing’s rights deprivations of the Falun Gong faithful gone? This week’s telltale sign comes in a bizarre form: punishment for holding a nondescript calligraphy exhibition. The exhibition, set in Qingdao city, Shandong province, took place Nov. 3–8, and featured the calligraphy of Liu Xitong. Thousands reportedly visited the exhibition according to Chinese sources at Clearwisdom.org (link), with one city official heralding the show as the city’s most successful ever. Perhaps it came as embarrassment then, when it was realized Liu practices Falun Gong. Just four days after the show, on Nov. 12, police arrested Liu and his wife, Aifang, and ransacked the couple’s home. Various valuables such as computers were confiscated by police along with works of calligraphy, such as one scroll entitled “Happiness.” Police claimed, ironically, that such works were about Falun Gong.