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Issue 09: Tang Xianhui Facing Imminent Deportation and Torture  
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Tang Xianhui Facing Imminent Deportation and Torture


Tang Xianhui is a Falun Gong practitioner currently living in Melbourne, Australia.

Tang Xianhui practicing the Falun Gong exercises in Melbourne, Australia
Mr. Tang went to Australia in 1997 and applied for asylum as a democracy activist. The Minister of Immigration deemed Mr. Tang a low profile activist with low risk of being arrested, and refused his original application as well as his subsequent appeals. On July 20, 1999, the Chinese government launched a violent persecution against Falun Gong. Mr. Tang has since then actively participated in numerous activities to raise public awareness about China's violent persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

In 2001, with the help of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Victoria and Victoria Legal Aid, Mr. Tang began his appeal to the High Court for his asylum application. He also requested the Minister of Immigration to allow him a new application for asylum as a Falun Gong practitioner. His applications and request were rejected. In April 2005, the High Court of Australia told him to leave Australia before May 25, 2005, or face deportation by the Immigration Department.

Long since blacklisted in China for his previous pro-democracy activities, Mr. Tang's chances of avoiding arrest if deported to China are further diminished because of China's ongoing violent persecution of Falun Gong. He will very likely face detention, brainwashing and torture if he is forced to return to China.

There are many cases of Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted upon repatriation to China. A recent example is what happened to Mr. Jiang Renzheng. In March 2005, a German court told Mr. Jiang to return to China, and ruled that he would face no danger because he started practicing Falun Gong after moving to Germany. On April 8, 2005, after Mr. Jiang returned to China, the police took him from his parents-in-law's home in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province and sentenced him to three years of forced labor that same day. He is now detained at the Benxi Labor Camp in Liaoning Province and his family is not allowed to visit him.

The danger that Mr. Tang will face, if returned to China, is not a matter of speculation. The Chinese police brought his wife to the police station for interrogation, their home has been ransacked, and he has lost contact with his wife.

Tang Xianhui is now riding a bike to Canberra to appeal to the Minister of Immigration and to raise awareness about his plight as well as that of other fellow practitioners currently suffering in China's jails and labor camps. If you would like to help, please join his appeal. Please inform your government representatives.

We are very concerned about Mr. Tang's life if he is deported to China, as he will likely be subjected to brainwashing and torture. We hereby request an urgent action by the United Nations to safeguard the life of Mr. Tang.


Current Persecution in China



In the Longshan Forced Labor Camp, the police shocked Ms. Gao Rongrong's face with three electric batons continuously for seven hours, burning her face to a crisp. The picture was taken ten days after the heinous torture. After the torture was exposed to the public the police searched everywhere for her and arrested her again.



Ms. Wang Xia was sentenced to seven years of forced labor for telling people about Falun Gong. She was forcibly injected with nerve-damaging drugs. Two years of continuous torture reduced Ms. Wang to just skin and bones; she weighed only 45 pounds and was on the verge of death at the time of her release.



Mr. Pan Xingfu, a Trans-century Model Worker in the Postal and Telecommunications System in Heilongjiang Province, was tortured for practicing Falun Gong. During his detention, he was starved until he weighed only around 40 kg. He was admitted as a TB in-patient. His diagnosis was TB type pleurisy and lung tissue damage. Finally, Mr. Pan Xingfu died on January 31, 2005.


What is Falun Gong?

How You Can Help

Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) is an ancient form of Chinese cultivation practice.

From its earliest establishment, Chinese culture has embraced the concept of the "Oneness of Heaven and Man." The way for man to achieve this oneness is cultivation practice. Chinese literature is filled with legends of people achieving the status of deities, becoming enlightened, or obtaining the Tao through cultivation, and thousands of different schools of cultivation have existed over the course of Chinese history. Cultivation, therefore, is a traditional practice of mind and body transcendence.

Falun Gong was introduced to the public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi. The practice teaches practitioners to assimilate to the essential characteristics of the universe, Truth-Benevolence-Forbearance. When practitioners are more in tune with the energy of the universe, they become healthier in body, mind, and spirit.

At the simplest level, Falun Gong is a way of life, a choice to be a good person with higher moral standards. Practitioners give up selfish and harmful thoughts. They let go of attachments to false concepts such as fame, wealth, and lust. They stop worrying about being taken advantage of. In case of conflicts, they consider others first. They search inside to find their own shortcomings, and attain inner peace. This, combined with five sets of gentle exercises of proven efficacy in health improvement, has enabled practitioners to achieve improved health, morality, and purposeful living. It is a way of life that, once experienced, few are willing to give up.

As a testament to the exceptional benefits it brings to practitioners, by 1999, just seven years after its introduction to the public, Falun Gong had become a global phenomenon of over 100 million practitioners across more than 60 countries.

To appeal to the government of Australia:

Tang Xianhui is now riding a bike to Canberra to appeal to the Minister of Immigration and to raise awareness about his plight as well as that of other fellow practitioners currently suffering in China's jails and labor camps. Please join his appeal, please inform your government representatives and contact the following government offices:

Mr. Tang's case Number: N02/06781


Senator the Hon. Amanda Vanstone
Australian Government Immigration Minister
Suite MF 40, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: 02-6277-7860
Fax:           02-6273-4144


The Hon. Peter McGauran
Minister of Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: 02-6277-7890
Fax:           02-6273-0434
Email: http://www.minister.immi.
gov.au/cam/contacts/index.htm#email


The Hon. Alexander Downer
The Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ministerial Office:
Telephone: 02-6277-7500
Fax:           02-6273-4112

The Minister's Adelaide Office:
100 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Telephone: 08-8237-7150
Fax:           08-8237-7950

The Minister's Electorate Office:
76 Mount Barker Road, Stirling SA 5152
Telephone: 08-8370-9288
Fax:           08-8370-8166
Email: minister.downer@dfat.gov.au


The Hon. John Howard MP
Prime Minister of Australia
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: 02-6277-7700 Fax:           02-6273-4100

Prime Minister's Electorate Office:
230 Victoria Road, Gladesville NSW 2111
Postal Address:
PO Box 336, Gladesville NSW 2111
Telephone: 02-9816-1300 Fax:           02-9816-1349

Prime Minister's Sydney Office:
56-70 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Postal Address:
GPO Box 59, Sydney NSW 2001
Telephone: 02-8226-8400
Fax:           02-9251-5454
Email: http://www.pm.gov.au/
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To offer your support to Falun Gong practitioners:

Simon Vereshaka
Falun Dafa Association of Victoria
Telephone: +613-410-313-587
Email: simon@twinscapes.com,
          fhcfan@optusnet.com.au


To sign the online petition:

http://www.falunhr.org/te/

 

To learn more...

What is Falun Gong?
Why the persecution in China?
Current Situation of the Persecution in China


Why the Persecution?

After Falun Gong was introduced to the public in 1992, various levels of the Chinese government recognized and commended the benefits of the Falun Gong practice, and their support facilitated the spread of Falun Gong in the early 1990s. In fact, one third of the 60 million Communist Party members and a large number of high-ranking government officials practiced Falun Gong.

A few Party ideologues, however, felt affronted by Falun Gong's increasing popularity. They could not accept the fact that after more than 40 years of Marxist indoctrination so many people would look elsewhere for moral and spiritual guidance. From clandestine undermining in early 1994, to the orchestrated smear campaign and banning of Falun Gong books in 1996, to police harassment in 1997, they gradually escalated their hostility toward Falun Gong. On April 23, 1999, in broad daylight, armed police forces in the city of Tianjin assaulted hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners and arrested 45 of them. Two days later, on April 25, over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered quietly outside the State Council Appeal Office in Beijing to request the release of the detained practitioners. Premier Zhu Rongji met with a few of them, ordered the release of the detained practitioners, and the gathering peacefully concluded.

China's Chairman, Jiang Zemin, resented the peaceful solution. Flexing his dictatorial power, on July 20, 1999, he ordered an all-out persecution of Falun Gong. The persecution, which is not dissimilar to the persecution of early Christians two thousand years ago, has since brought atrocities to countless families. From information that has leaked through the tight control of the PRC, we know that millions of people have suffered arbitrary incarceration, almost all under inhumane conditions; hundreds of thousands have been put into forced labor camps; thousands have been detained and severely tortured with nerve-damaging drugs in mental hospitals. Thousands have died in custody, while countless others are still unaccounted for. The scope and severity of the atrocities are difficult to fathom.

A picture clip of Chinese Central Television Station's footage. A policeman dangling a fire-extinguishing blanket with one hand stands calmly next to an "immolator"; the plastic bottle remains, unaffected by the heat, on the "immolator's" legs. Note also that the snow clumps on which the "immolator" sits have inexplicably survived from the heat.

At the same time, the PRC propaganda machinery launched a far-reaching campaign of disinformation to deceive the public and escape world condemnation. In early 2001, the authorities attempted an outrageous stunt: a staged self-immolation of five people in Tiananmen Square. No less devious than Nero's shift of blame for the Great Fire of Rome to Christians, the Chinese Government alleged that the immolators were Falun Gong practitioners in order to incite hatred towards Falun Gong.

Third-party reporters and careful observers, however, discovered numerous gaffes in the hoax. The Washington Post revealed that Ms. Liu Chunling, one of the "immolators," had never practiced Falun Gong. Other analysts pointed out that the police were mysteriously patrolling Tiananmen Square with dozens of pieces of firefighting equipment that day; Liu Siying, a 12-year-old girl "immolator," was purported to have had a tracheotomy after the incident, but spoke and sang clearly to the interviewing camera, a medical impossibility; Mr. Wang Jindong was supposed to have been engulfed in flames, but his hair and the plastic 7-UP bottle that he had "used to dowse gasoline" remained miraculously intact.

These holes prompted International Education Development, a UN NGO, to state, during the 2001 session of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights: "The regime points to a supposed self-immolation incident in Tiananmen Square on January 23, 2001, as proof that Falun Gong is an 'evil cult.' However, we have obtained a video of that incident that in our view proves that this event was staged by the government." For an analysis of CCTV's own footage of the staged immolations, please visit: http://www.faluninfo.net/tiananmen/immolation.asp.

The violence and lies failed to faze the Falun Gong practitioners, however. They have answered the Chinese government's violence with complete peace. They have also exemplified great benevolence by taking great risks to tell the facts and truth to the public to help people wake up from a persecution that is completely based on lies. As more and more people in China and in the world know the facts of Falun Gong and see through the Chinese government's lies, the day will come when the persecution can no longer be sustained.

 

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