Beijing sentenced Falun Gong practitioners to eight years in prison just two weeks before the Olympics


When the Olympics arrive in Beijing, locals Xuna faces life-changing situations. Her husband died of torture before the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and now that the 2022 Winter Olympics are imminent, she has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

The heavy ruling once again puts the spotlight on the CCP’s human rights infringement, as U.S. Chinese human rights lawyer Wu Xiao Ping is trying to praise its political image at the upcoming CCP. Said.

This is due to continued criticism of Beijing’s crackdown on the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang and the controversy over the tennis star Peng Shuai, who accused Chinese officials of sexual assault via social media. is showing.

“International Olympic Committee [IOC] We should look at the current state of human rights in China under the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] You shouldn’t continue to cooperate with it. ” I told the Epoch Times..

“This is a shame for the IOC,” he added.

Xu, a 53-year-old painter from Beijing, was detained for providing photos and information to the Chinese version of The Epoch Times during the early outbreak of COVID-19 in China in July 2020. I’m alone.

All are Falun Gong practitioners. Spiritual practice is based on the core of honesty, compassion and forgiveness, with approximately 70 to 100 million practitioners in 1999. The Chinese government then saw the popularity of this practice as a threat and launched a national persecution campaign to eradicate it.

“XuNa and others are not only innocent, but also credited,” said her counsel, Xie Yanyi. The lawyer was prevented from defending the client in a trial on October 15, 2021. Xu, who had been detained at a local detention center for more than a year after being arrested, saw a recent ruling three weeks before the 2022 Winter Olympics. ..

According to her representative lawyer, the court sentenced her to eight years’imprisonment from January 14th, the longest imprisonment in 11 years, while others were sentenced to two to five years’ imprisonment.

The Communist Iron Fist had already torn the family as the world prepared for the 2008 game.

In January 2008, Beijing police arrested the couple using the “Olympic Check” excuse.

Xu’s husband, a folk musician, was tortured and died less than two weeks after being detained at the age of 42. Xu was not allowed to attend the funeral and was later sentenced to three years in prison.

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YuZhou and XuNa. (Minghui.org)

Wu said the couple’s misery is more than enough to raise international awareness.

Beijing, the capital of China, is the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games, despite its international demand for a complete boycott of the ruling party’s low human rights records, and qualifies China as the host country. Should be stripped.

“All injustices in this world are relevant to you because they are always torturing your conscience, even if they are far away,” Xu wrote in a personal statement.

Xu said in a statement that he could not forget the horrific pain he experienced during his long-term detention in Beijing, recalling the dark days she experienced.

“It makes life worse than dying,” Xu said after the first five years of detention since 2001. At the time, the 32-year-old suffered 11 cruel tortures and spent a total of about 10 years behind the bar ever since.

“I wish I were in Auschwitz instead of a Chinese prison. In the Nazi gas chambers, I could die soon,” he said. “The purpose of the Nazis [crime] The crime against humanity was to destroy the Jewish body, [CCP’s] The purpose was to destroy the human spirit and conscience. “

Xu was able to sleep for an hour after police discovered an arrhythmia due to lack of sleep for several days.

When she was tortured and refused to abandon her faith, police officers seriously said to her, “I should apply for a craniotomy and get rid of your brain.”

“It violates international human rights standards,” Wu, a rights lawyer, called for a continuous sue for the boycott of the Beijing Olympics, which begins on February 4.

The US State Department has expressed concern to 11 Chinese citizens, including Xu, in an email to the Epoch Times last August.

“The United States calls on China [People’s Republic of China] The government will release journalists and their contacts detained for reporting on COVID-19 restrictions and cease efforts to silence those trying to report the truth. “

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based journalist advocacy group, also called for an immediate release withdrawing all accusations in a statement in August.

Compared to weapons, the administration is more afraid of truth and free information, said Massimo Introvine, editor-in-chief of Bitterwinter magazine, in a previous interview commenting on the arrest.

Countries that have announced the diplomatic boycott of the Games include the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Lithuania, Belgium, Denmark and Estonia.

Luo Qiong and Chang Chun contributed to this report.

Rita Lee

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Rita Lee is a reporter for The Epoch Times, focusing on topics related to China. She started writing the Chinese version in 2018.