Taiwan Falun Gong to Sue Guangdong Governor

By Chung Yuan
Chung Yuan
Chung Yuan
August 10, 2010 Updated: August 25, 2010

[ As Guangdong Governor Visits, Taiwanese Victims Protest ]

Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua, due to arrive in Taiwan on Aug. 16 with a delegation of 1,000 communist cadres, may find himself facing a lawsuit.

“We will be suing him,” said Chang Ching-Hsi, the Chairman of Taiwan Falun Dafa Association, in an interview with The Epoch Times.

Guangdong is one of the provinces in China where Falun Gong practitioners are severely persecuted. Reported acts of violence against practitioners in Guandong labor camps intensified when Huang took charge as the Party Chief of Guangzhou City from 1999 to 2002. Huang deployed, commanded and controlled a wave of brutal persecution against practitioners in the region, say reports from World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG).

The victims of Huang’s policies were not just mainland Chinese, but Taiwanese residents as well. Ms. Cheng Xi and Ms. Cheng Shihong, both married to Taiwanese nationals and resident in Taiwan, were among those who became victims when visiting their hometowns.

Taipei resident, Chen Xi, arrested on Jan 18, 2002, suffered extrajudicial detainment in the First Detention Center in Nanshan District, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou Women's Prison for four years. The “crime” she engaged in was giving out video CDs on the persecution of Falun Gong.

Ms. Chen told The Epoch Times that the prison assigned police to brainwash her; two prisoners monitored her even when she was in the toilet or went to drink water—attempting to make sure she did not do the meditative exercises of Falun Gong. For a long time, Chen was not allowed to speak, because the police feared that others in the detention center may get to know the truth about the regime's persecution of Falun Gong.

“These human rights scoundrels ought not be allowed to enter Taiwan. It will adversely impact Taiwan’s freedom. It is in that we have democracy, that Taiwan is better than China. If the persecutors are allowed to enter, does that not cast doubt on Taiwan’s democracy? They should be denied entry,” Ms. Chen said. After nearly four years of illegal detention in China, Ms. Chen is now living once again in Taiwan.

Ms. Cheng Shihong, who lives in central Taiwan’s Changhua County, suffered severe headaches from childhood. She could not work because she would have a headache upon being exposed to the sun, or to a breeze. Her headaches, she says, were cured upon practicing Falun Gong.

Arrested on charges of “illegally” giving out information leaflets about Falun Gong when she went back to her hometown in Dongguan, Guangdong, on Oct. 2002, Ms. Cheng was detained for two years in Sanshui City Women's Institution in Foshan, Guangzhou City.

Practitioners of Falun Gong, an ancient practice for mind-body cultivation, have been subject to brutal persecution by the communist regime since 1999. According to available statistics, 3,397 Falun Gong practitioners have been killed while in police custody. Among these, 75 deaths occurred in Guangdong Province.

The 2009 Annual Report of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China notes that Falun Gong constitutes one of the largest groups in China’s extrajudicial system of incarceration known as “reeducation through labor.” Notorious prisons in Guangdong Province include Meizhou Prison, Provincial Women's Prison, Sihui Prisons, and Shaoguan Prison.

In 2006, an investigative report by Canadian ex-MP David Kilgour and Human Rights Lawyer David Matas, concluded that “there has been, and continues today to be, large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners.” According to information from the Falun Gong website Clearwisdom.net, clues and testimony point to Sanshui Forced Labor Camp and Jiangmen Prison for involvement in organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

The persecution in China extends to lawyers who defend Falun Gong practitioners. Attorney Zhu Yubiao who defended for Falun Gong practitioners in Guangdong in 2006 was arrested for “anti-revolutionary crimes,” and was detained in Shawan Police Base Detention Center in Panyu District.

The first of the lawsuits filed outside of China, on behalf of the victims of persecution of Falun Gong in communist China, led to a summons for Zhao Zhifei, the Public Security head of Hubei province, then on a visit to the United States. Charges against him included the torture and murder of a mother and son in police custody; Zhao fled to China the very next day. In November 2001, the New York district court found Zhao guilty.

Since then, over 70 civil and criminal cases have been filed on behalf of Falun Gong practitioners in China, in more than 30 national courts spread across six continents.

Chung Yuan