WASHINGTON DC—Over five hundred gathered for a candlelight vigil on the National Mall on the evening of July 17 in silent support of the tens of millions of Falun Gong practitioners persecuted for practicing their beliefs in China. Some of those attending the vigil have experienced that persecution first hand.
LinkedIn confessed in June to having blocked in China information users posted about the Tiananmen Square massacre. Epoch Times has learned the world’s largest social media platform for connecting professionals around the world is also censoring another topic the Chinese regime considers “sensitive”—Falun Gong.
Suman Srinivasan, a senior analyst developer at Goldman Sachs who had previously worked as a Web developer for Epoch Times, received an email from LinkedIn recently saying his profile is no longer viewable in China. It remains visible in the rest of the world.
HONG KONG—Mostly the elderly turned out to exercise the muscles of democracy in Hong Kong Sunday morning, the third day of an informal referendum aimed at helping determine the territory’s political future. By the end of the day, nearly 700,000 people, of all ages, had voted endorsing universal suffrage, the principle of one person-one vote.
Editor’s note: The Epoch Times publishes here direct translations of statements made by Chinese people who have renounced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliate youth organizations. Statements such as these are submitted to the Chinese language Epoch Times, Dajiyuan. The movement to renounce, withdraw from, or quit the CCP, called “Tuidang” in Chinese, began in late 2004, soon after the Epoch Times published the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” an editorial series that explores the nature and history of the CCP.
CELLE, Germany—For the first time a Chinese agent has been convicted of spying on practitioners of Falun Gong, the meditation and spiritual discipline that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1999 vowed to crush. The guilty party, John Zhou, was given a two-year suspended sentence on June 8, along with a hefty fine.
According to a report from BBC’s Chinese website, the March 28, a UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention consisting of experts in human rights and international law from Pakistan, Chili, Senegal, Norway and Ukraine accused the Chinese Communist authorities of violating the international law by detaining the prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. It calls on the authorities to release him.
By U.S. House of Representatives, from c-spanvideo.org 18/01/2011
Representatives Chris Smith and Frank Wolf led a news conference on human rights in China. Former Chinese political prisoners and human rights activists talked about various issues, including religious freedom, the rights of women, and abuses in Chinese labor camps.