Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Triple Anniversaries in related causes

Yang Jianli with his son Aaron, more than five years ago

Triple Anniversaries in related causes

April 25 and 26 include three anniversaries in causes that are important to the China Support Network.

April 25, 2007 (CSN)--The CSN is now marking simultaneous anniversaries in causes including the Chinese democracy cause, the Tibetan cause, and the Falun Gong cause.

The Falun Gong Cause

In the Falun Gong cause, April 25 was the date in 1999 when over 10,000 Falun Gong adherents appeared in Beijing, staging the "Zhongnanhai appeal." (Zhongnanhai refers to the compound where the government leaders reside.) While the appeal was for the government to allow Falun Gong, this was taken by then-President Jiang Zemin to be a jarring occasion, which became the catalyst for the full-blown crackdown of persecution which ramped up in July, 1999.

Hence, the Zhongnanhai appeal of April 25, 1999 was the key event precipitating a vicious crackdown of historic proportions. To date, 3,013 people are confirmed dead, and the killing goes on to this day. In 2006, it was revealed that the Chinese government practices the wanton (and carefully timed) killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs, which become harvested and used in transplant surgery, for which desperate patients are charged large amounts of money. As a human rights abuse, this ranks right up there with Nazi medical experiments, performed on prisoners during World War II.

While Falun Gong faces its holocaust, U.S. news anchors apply a happy face, in essence echoing the song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy," and preparations continue for the 2008 Olympics, as awarded to Beijing China. The Chinese regime has been, and continues to be, rewarded for bad behavior. And, anchormen continue to accept paychecks for corporate cheerleading to the exclusion of the public interest. While they have turned their backs to the sea of humanity including the Chinese people, others have shown more bravery.

In the past week, a doctor and professor emeritus at New York Medical College wrote an open letter urging that China be expelled from the World Medical Association. Abraham L. Halpern, MD said -- "Reports are rampant throughout the world that the organ harvesting program in China continues without interruption, notwithstanding the denials of the Chinese government and the enactment of a law that went into effect last July to regulate organ transplants in hospitals." He termed China's to be "blatantly pernicious violations of the codes of medical ethics of all the countries of the world," and noted that "Waiting until protests can be organized at the 2008 Olympics or until efforts by diplomats come to fruition will not save the lives of many innocent people during the coming months." Hence, he is urging the World Medical Association to action immediately.

The China Support Network calls upon the Chinese government to cease persecution of Falun Gong. When all Falun Gong practitioners are free, then they will not be subject to become the source of organs for transplant. CSN also calls for the cessation of the Falun Gong organ harvesting practice; but as noted, that is included in the cessation of Falun Gong persecution.

The Tibetan Cause

In the Tibetan cause, April 25 is the birthday of the Panchen Lama, the second highest figure in the Tibetan Buddhist religion. He was kidnapped in 1995 at the age of six, and became known as the world's youngest political prisoner. He has been kept hidden away by the Chinese government, and is still not free today. On Wednesday, his birthday this year will be his 18th.

The nation of Tibet was invaded by Communist China in 1950, remains under occupation like a colony, and has had 20% of its population killed off by the Communists, as well as wholesale destruction and looting of Tibetan Buddhist temples, population transfer from Chinese settlers, and the banning of all references to the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet (which used to be a theocracy). In 2006, Communist China opened a new railway to Tibet -- the better to transfer Chinese settlers in the course of its cultural genocide and rape of Tibet.

The China Support Network calls upon the Chinese government to release the Panchen Lama, Tenzin Delek, and other Tibetan prisoners of conscience, and to free Tibet.

The Chinese Democracy Cause

In the Chinese Democracy cause, April 26 will mark five years of captivity for Chinese dissident Yang Jianli. With U.S. permanent residency and two Ph.Ds (from Berkeley and Harvard), Yang belongs in the Boston area, but was captured on a return visit to China. After a kangaroo trial on trumped up charges, he was sentenced to five years in prison by the Chinese government. --The five years is up; this year's April 26 should be his release date, as it is the end of his sentence.

The case of Yang Jianli has been closely watched and much contested by protestors and campaigners in the Chinese democracy and human rights causes. For many years, Yang was one of the highest profile prisoner cases maintained by this cause. It received Congressional resolutions calling for Yang's freedom, and high level attention from Condoleeza Rice, now the U.S. Secretary of State.

The China Support Network demands the immediate release of Yang Jianli and the immediate recognition of the legitimacy and rights of alternative political parties -- those which now exist, and those which may be formed in the future.

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