Re: “Chen isn’t alone in courageous opposition to Chinese policies” (TNT, 5-18).
Paul Mooney tells about the blind Chinese lawyer, Chen Guangchen, and the Chinese human rights lawyer, Ni Yulan. Ni Yulan had her feet and kneecaps broken while in police custody. That has not stopped her from defending homeowners who have had their homes wrongfully demolished by the Chinese government, nor has it stopped her from defending Falun Gong.
Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) is a moral teaching of the Buddha School. It is a self-cultivation practice that enhances health and spiritual well-being. Practitioners do mild exercises and meditation, and incorporate the principles of truth, compassion and tolerance into their daily lives. Since 1999, practicing Falun Gong in China has been a criminal offense.
Spearheaded by the communist leader, Jiang Zemin, Falun Gong pactitioners have been sent to prison and labor camps for “re-education.” Torture, brainwashing, drugs, etc. have been used on practitioners. It has also been confirmed by international investigators that the Chinese communist government supports the forced organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners. Their organs are sold for transplantation.
In April, the U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke, issued a statement of concern to the Chinese government about a recent prison sentencing of Ni Yulan for her human rights activities. His concern was for her health and well-being “in light of the past abuses she has suffered.”
As Mooney suggested, the international community needs to keep the spotlight on China’s human rights violations if change is to occur.