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Issue 15: Former Nurse Faces Imminent Deportation and Torture  
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Former Nurse Faces Imminent
Deportation and Torture


We appeal to you, the good people of the world, to do whatever you can to help stop the deportation of Ms. Lingna Rong, a Falun Gong practitioner.

The UK government intends to send her back to China, where the Chinese government is persecuting Falun Gong practitioners of all ages-men, women, and children alike-so severely that more than 2,500 practitioners are confirmed to have died at the hands of the Chinese authorities, while tens of thousands more are slaving away in "re-education through labor" camps. Ms. Rong will surely face arrest, brainwashing, torture and possibly death if she is returned to China.

Ms. Lingna Rong passing out flyers during a Falun Gong event in London on July 24. 2005.
Ms. Rong was born in Jilin City, Jilin Province on September 10, 1962, and lived at Wen Mao Street, 7 Wei 1 Ju Zhu, in Jilin City. She is divorced and has one child. Ms. Rong has been practicing Falun Gong since 1997, and practiced the meditative Falun Gong exercises every morning at the Children's Park in Jilin City before the Communist Party began persecuting the practice in 1999. Ms. Rong's mother was also a Falun Gong practitioner. In 1999 the police ransacked her mother's home, confiscated all of her Falun Gong books, and threatened to arrest her; after that her mother stopped practicing out of fear for her life.

Ms. Rong worked as a Chief Nurse at the Jilin City Hospital until April 2003. After the persecution, she worked under great pressure to and agreed not to publicly practice Falun Gong in order to keep her job. Every day the police would bring in for emergency treatment a few Falun Gong practitioners whom they had beaten nearly to death. She soon felt that she had to leave China, which she described as a "big, terrible prison." (For United Nations reports on the persecution, please see:
http://www.falunhr.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1275&Itemid=0.)

Apart from the victims brought daily to the hospital, the police had already had some of her practitioner friends fired from their jobs, and had tortured some others. Some friends had either died or become handicapped.

Fortunately, Ms. Rong was able escape from China and came to the United Kingdom on June 2, 2003. Since coming to the UK, she has participated in many public Falun Gong activities and peaceful appeals, calling for an end to the persecution; many have taken place before the Chinese consulate, which has surely alerted Chinese authorities that she is an active practitioner. This we can be sure of based on the recent defections of high-ranking Chinese officials-particularly the Sydney consulate's First Secretary, Chen Yonglin, and Mr. Hao Fengjun, a former officer of the "610 Office"-who have testified that Falun Gong practitioners are closely monitored outside of China by spies attached to Chinese diplomatic missions. (For more information about China's monitoring overseas Falun Gong practitioners, please refer to http://wwwc.house.gov/international_relations/109/che072105.pdf.)

However, the UK government denied Ms. Rong's application for asylum protection. Her deportation was planned for August 9, 2005, but when she desperately resisted the deportation it was not carried out.

On August 19, the UK authorities informed Ms. Rong's friends that they would deport Ms. Rong on August 21. However, the deportation failed because the vehicle used to transfer Ms. Rong broke down. On August 23, they brought Ms. Rong to the Colnbrook Removal Center in London near Heathrow Airport. After Ms. Rong arrived at the center, she was not able to move her body and felt ill, asking for a doctor. However, the deportation still can be carried at any time.

In a similar case in Germany last March, Mr. Renzheng Jiang and his family were sent back to China because the German refugee board concluded that Mr. Jiang would not be at risk because he had begun to practice Falun Gong only after arriving in Europe. This assessment was proven tragically incorrect: a month after his arrival in China, after some harrowing interrogation sessions, police took Mr. Jiang to a "re-education through labor" camp for three years of forced labor. Now the UK immigration authorities are poised to make the same grievous mistake as Germany's.

Given this knowledge, we call upon the UK to honor its commitments to the United Nations' Convention Against Torture, particularly the following article:

Article 3

  • 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.
  • For the purpose of determining whether there are such grounds, the competent authorities shall take into account all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights.

We urge you, as a democratic country that truly believes in the sanctity of life and upholding universally recognized human rights, to do your best to stop the deportation of Ms. Lingna Rong.


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. She was tortured to death on June 16, 2005.



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.

Ms. Rong's case information:

Ms. Lingna RONG
Nationality: P. R. China
DOB: 10 September 1962
UK Home Office Ref.: R1095803

Contact information of relevant UK government authorities:

UK Home Office
Office of Minister for Immigration
Tel: 0870-606-7766
Tel: 0131-248-3610
Fax: 0131-348-4029
Email: public.enquiries@
homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Office of Minister for Immigration
Tel: 020-7273-2742
Tel: 020-7273-3191
Tel: 020-7273-3200
Tel: 020-7273-3546
Fax: 020-7273-2043
Fax: 020-7035-4745
email: claire.cumming@
homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Home Secretary Office
Tel: 020-7273-2083
Tel: 020-7273-2091
Tel: 020-7273-2369
Fax: 020-7273-2972

Other Related Fax Number:
0141-555-1290
0133-281-5131







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

 

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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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