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April 2021 Update

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

During the Chinese New Year our Leader team scheduled a week long retreat. They were able to meet together, fellowship over meals and activities, worship, study the Word, and grow together in unity. They feel a sense of rest and refreshment for what is ahead. Please pray that they will continue to build one another up in unity as they seek to be faithful in making disciples.

Refreshed and rested they have now started new “Faith or Fiction” classes teaching about the one true God. Many participants are not aware of the existence of a Savior who can help them to reconcile their relationship with God. Nor are they aware of the need to reconcile this relationship! These classes have been very fruitful but reaching them does require fortitude and diligence and a clear, unwavering call from God and your faithful prayers are appreciated.

Many young people study English in school in the hopes that it will help them to be able to attend better schools and have better job prospects later in life. One of our leaders uses English tutoring classes to build relationships in her neighborhood. She seeks to use these interactions as a way to share the gospel. Pray for her English tutoring business to prosper and have a good reputation in the city so that she can continue sharing the Good News with many people.

Another of our leaders is taking the time to counsel one of Rolf’s former students (Jasmine) who is having personal issues that have been weighing her down. Please pray that God will direct her heart to listen to the counsel in their weekly meetings. Ask that the truths of the Bible will draw her to Jesus for salvation and heal the wounds of her soul. 

And to continue on, an underground church that Rolf is involved with has started three new “Faith or Fiction” classes to meet the spiritual needs of the church body. Please pray for spiritual growth, strong faith, and abundant fruit as believers study the Bible and live out their faith.

Lastly (for now) praise for six new Bible stories that were officially translated and filmed by our Deaf Leader team! Even during these trying times God continues providing ways for the Gospel to be spread among the deaf. Pray that as these stories will be shared so that many lives will be changed for Christ.

“Here are my directions: Pray much for others; plead for God’s mercy upon them; give thanks for all he is going to do for them.” ITimothy2:1

God is on the move in China! May His Kingdom continue to advance and His name be glorified!

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Chloé Zhao’s Oscar Win

Chloé Zhao “Zhao Ting” (Zhao’s name in Chinese) made history by becoming the first Chinese woman to win the Oscar for best director, winning the category for the film “Nomadland.”

Those in China, however, aren’t celebrating Zhao’s win. In fact, most Chinese citizens would be stunned to learn she won. According to the Wall Street Journal, Chinese media, major search engines, and social media platforms have removed and censored all mentions of Zhao’s win.

When users search for Zhao on China’s three main search engines, Baidu, Weibo and Sogou, they are directed to links of deleted articles that mention her Academy Award.

“State broadcaster China Central Television, the official Xinhua News Agency, and Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily stayed silent on the award throughout the day. Two state media reporters told the Wall Street Journal that they had received orders from China’s propaganda ministry not to report on Ms. Zhao’s victory, despite what they described as her status as a Chinese national, because of ‘previous public opinion,” the reports adds.

So, what exactly did Zhao do to upset the Chinese Communist Party? Soon after Zhao’s best director win at the Golden Globes last month, a 2013 interview in which she said China is “a place where there are lies everywhere” resurfaced.

Chinese state media then went from calling Zhao “the pride of China” to censoring mentions of her and reportedly publishing critiques of Zhao from social media users. In addition, the 2013 article has since been “edited and condensed,” even omitting Zhao referring to her upbringing in China.

Congratulations to Chloé Zhao. Few people watched the Oscars, but winning best director remains an achievement of a lifetime.

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Labor Camp Survivor

Liu Jintao, a labor camp survivor at a rally held in front of the Australian Parliament in Canberra on March 20, 2013. (Luo Ya/The Epoch Times)

When Liu Jintao (Tony), a former graduate student of “China University of Petroleum,” was locked in a cell at the Beijing Tuanhe Labor Re-education Dispatch Center in 2007, an inmate ran in from outside to pass a guard’s order: “Don’t damage his organs.”

Recalling the horrors of the persecution he endured in communist China, Liu said that he was surprised by the order as a drug addict inmate was beating his back and waist at that time.

“I felt strange why these guys did not care about my well-being but cared about my organs,” the 39-year-old said in his testimony submitted to The Independent Tribunal Into Forced Organ Harvesting of Prisoners of Conscience in China, known as the China Tribunal.

Liu Jintao showing his criminal complaint against former communist party leader Jiang Zemin, who launched a brutal persecution campaign in July 1999 seeking to eradicate the spiritual practice in China.

Before Liu was arrested, he had already learned about the state-run forced “organ harvesting” ongoing in China since the early 2000s. However, Liu said he couldn’t believe it.

“Every year during my detention, the authorities would force us to have blood taken and X-rays but never notified me of any result. I suspicious that these tests may have been somehow connected to organ harvesting,” Liu told the China Tribunal.

Liu, who was arrested for practicing the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, said one day he overheard a drug addict telling other addicts how “a Beijing woman’s husband (a Falun Gong practitioner) disappeared after being arrested.”

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a cultivation practice of mind, body, and spirit based on the principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.”

In July 1999, seven years after the practice was introduced to China, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a brutal persecution of Falun Gong and its tens of millions of adherents, perceiving the spiritual practice as a threat to the atheist ideology of the communist party. Since then, numerous Falun Gong practitioners have been arrested, detained, and tortured in China.

Liu, who started practicing Falun Gong in August 1997, was one of them, and the torture he endured for refusing to get “transformed” is hard to describe.

Falun Gong practitioners exercising in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, in 1998. (Minghui)

Liu recalled that it was way back in November 2006—while he was studying for a Master’s degree at the China University of Petroleum in Beijing—when a group of police officers went to his classroom and arrested him.

“A group of maybe five or six men from state security and 610 Office came to my classroom, and they found Falun Gong material on my computer and the Nine commentaries on the Communist Party Liu told the China Tribunal.

“I asked them ‘why are you arresting me?’ and ‘where is your search warrant?’ Then one police officer took out a piece of paper and chucked it in front of me and said ‘this is the paper that authorizes your arrest,’” Liu recalled. “Without any court process, I was illegally detained for two years’ forced labor camp.”

He was later transferred to Beijing Changping Brainwashing Class, where he said he was forced to watch videos slandering Falun Gong. However, this was just the beginning of the horrific persecution after being incarcerated for his faith.

Liu told the China Tribunal that after he was detained at Beijing Tuanhe labor camp in November 2007, he endured endless abuses: He was starved, beaten, shocked with electric batons, sleep-deprived, force-fed through a tube that was mixed with urine, and had his own feces shoved into his mouth.

Liu added that the guards ordered criminal inmates to spit on him and even forced his mouth open and spit directly into his mouth, and once, the prisoners also stripped off his clothes and forced a toilet brush handle into his anus.

“They pushed the handle so hard that I couldn’t defecate,” he said. “They also handled my genitals and forced my back against an extremely hot heating unit. They also pinched my nipples hard with their nails. They woke me at night by pouring cold water on me, or by piercing my skin with needles. They then dragged me to the ground, stripped me, and poured cold water over me.”

An illustration of force-feeding, one of the torture methods used in Chinese labor camps and prisons. (Minghui)

In addition to the torture, authorities also drew blood from Liu and other detained Falun Gong practitioners. They also had an X-ray taken. However, as they were never informed of the test results, suspicions grew stronger that the tests could be linked to organ harvesting.

Eventually, it became evident that these suspicions were not unfounded. An independent investigative research, a 2016 report titled Bloody Harvest/ The Slaughter: An Updateby David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific), Ethan Gutmann, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and David Matas, human rights lawyer, confirmed the organ harvesting allegations to be true.

The report stated that Falun Gong practitioners were “frequently given blood tests and medical examinations while other prisoners (with the exception of Uyghurs, Tibetans, and certain House Christian groups who were also targeted) receive no such treatment.”

“The ultimate conclusion of this update and indeed our previous work, is that China has engaged in the mass killing of prisoners of conscience, primarily practitioners of the spiritual-based exercises Falun Gong, but also Uyghurs, Tibetans, and select House Christians, in order to obtain organs for transplants,” Matas said.

Liu Jintao (C) at a rally in Sydney, April 16, 2015. (Shar Adams/The Epoch Times)

Unable to bear the gruesome torture and abuse any longer in November 2007, Liu signed a statement to renounce his faith, and eventually fled to Australia in 2013 with his wife and sought asylum.

Liu told the tribunal: “I finally could not bear the tortures from the labor camp, and wrote the ‘Three Statements’ in violation of my heart. … Under those tortures, I was completely beaten. I feel that I have betrayed my belief, sold my soul and conscience in order not to be persecuted, and live like a walking dead.”

He said he wanted to go abroad to “expose the persecution of the evil party,” and have “an excuse” to persuade himself to live.

Liu Jintao at a rally held in Sydney in 2019. (Shen Ke/The Epoch Times)

After a narrow escape from forced organ harvesting, Liu is now speaking out for the numerous Falun Gong practitioners who are still detained in China and face a similar fate.

“It is really a different world in Australia,” he said at a rally held in front of the Australian Parliament in Canberra in 2013.

“I can freely talk about the truth of the persecution. Many Chinese Falun Gong practitioners are still being tortured in China. I hope that the international society can help stop it and bring the murderers to justice.”

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How China Has Changed

Everyone will agree that China has changed significantly in the last 3 decades, but has China’s government actually changed? In today’s video I’m going to examine exactly how much China has changed. If we compare the PERSONAL FREEDOMS allowed during Chairman Mao’s time the freedoms allowed under China’s government today….there is a HUGE difference and the evidence clearly states that China’s government is changing!

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Sexual Torture of Detained Falun Dafa

Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng in a file photo. (Verna Yu/AFP/Getty Images)

After acclaimed human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng began investigating the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign of “persecution” against adherents of the “Falun Dafa” spiritual practice, he was horrified at the scale of the “brutality.”

But what shocked him most was the discovery that, among the wide variety of “torture methods” used on Falun Dafa prisoners of conscience, “sexual torture” was routine and widespread, of both women and men.

 “Among the true accounts of unbelievable brutality, among the records of the government’s inhuman torture of its own people, the immoral acts that shocked my soul the most were the lewd yet routine practice of attacking women’s genitals by 6-10 Office staff and the police,” Gao wrote in an open letter to top regime officials in 2005.

“Almost every woman’s genitals and breasts or every man’s genitals have been sexually assaulted during the persecution in a most vulgar fashion. Almost all who have been persecuted, be they male or female, were first stripped naked before any torture. No language or words could describe or re-create our government’s vulgarity and immorality in this respect. Who with a warm body could afford to stay silent when faced with such truths?”

Incarcerated Falun Dafa adherents in China are routinely subjected to sexual torture and violence, including gang rape. (Minghui.org)

Gao, a Christian, was himself “sexually” tortured, including having toothpicks jabbed into his genitals, according to “Dark Night, Dark Hood, and Kidnapping by Dark Mafia,” an account he wrote of being physically and emotionally tortured for more than 50 days while in custody in 2007.

“Two people stretched out my arms and pinned them to the ground. They used toothpicks to pierce my genitals. There are no words to describe the helplessness, pain, and despair that I felt then,” he wrote.

Gao’s sense of justice was so strong that he took the risk of writing three open letters to regime officials between December 2004 and December 2005 urging them to end their persecution of practitioners of Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong). The campaign was launched in 1999 by then-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin who feared the immense popularity of the traditional practice, which had 70-100 million adherents by the late ’90s.

Gao’s letters, however, incurred the “wrath of the regime” and they went after him with a vengeance, leading to numerous detentions and “savage torture” over the past dozen years, despite his standing as one of China’s most respected human rights lawyers.

Gao Zhisheng, a rights lawyer, in Beijing in 2010.

In 2001, the Ministry of Justice named Gao one of the country’s top 10 lawyers for his pro bono work on public interest cases. Born April 20, 1964, he grew up in a very poor family that couldn’t afford to send him to school, but he learned by listening outside the classroom window.

He eventually took a law course and opened a practice after passing the bar exam. He is often referred to as “the conscience of China” and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.

Gao was unflinching in his criticism of the CCP’s rights abuses and unrelenting in his quest for justice for the Chinese people, and he paid the price. His law license was revoked and his practice shut down in 2005. In August 2006, after numerous death threats and continued harassment, he disappeared while visiting his sister’s family.

That was followed by a three-year jail sentence that was commuted to five years probation. He was taken into custody again in September 2007 and that’s when he was tortured for over 50 days.

Reenactment of sexual torture. (Minghui.org)

In September 2007, Gao wrote an open letter to the U.S. Congress decrying the lack of “religious freedom” in China and the Party’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, House Christians, and Tibetan Buddhists.

The letter also slammed the regime for the suppression of human rights lawyers, crimes against property owners and farmers, corruption of the legal system, and allowing rampant pollution of lakes and rivers.

Also in 2007, Gao’s memoir “A China More Just” was published in English in the United States. In one chapter he criticized the CCP for employing “the most savage, most immoral, and most illegal means to torture our mothers, torture our wives, torture our children, and torture our brothers and sisters” and renounced his Party membership.

The constant monitoring, harassment, detentions, torture, and disappearances continued, despite condemnation by the United Nations and other international organizations and individuals.

Soon after he was released from a stint in jail in August 2014 and placed under house arrest, Gao escaped, despite being in poor health. He spent about three weeks on the run before his recapture the following month. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Gao’s wife and two children escaped to the United States in 2009, fleeing China through Thailand. At the launch in Hong Kong of “The Year 2017: Stand Up, China,” a book Gao wrote during one of his house arrests and released in 2016, his daughter, Grace Geng, said reading the book only increased her respect and admiration for her father.

Grace Geng, the daughter of the human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, presented her father’s book, whose Chinese title translates to “The Year 2017, Stand Up, China,” in Hong Kong.

“I think he is a very strong person. I am very confident that my father is one of the most sober men this era in China. He and those striving for the betterment of China are the glory of China today and the hope of China tomorrow. I am proud of them,” said Geng, who hasn’t seen her father in 10 years.

“To him, for whatever he thinks is right, he is prepared to bear the consequences. I think what is important for him is to have no fear; if it is right, if it is something righteous, be persistent and finish it.” 

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Why the World Needs China

China dominates news headlines around the world. As China will soon overtake the United States as the world super power, many people fail to understand China and its role in making the world a better place.

In this keynote speech, Cyrus Janssen delivers an important insight into why the world needs China.

Having spend the last 20 years working and living in China I can fully agree with Cyrus’ viewpoints. We as Americans can learn much about other cultures, societies and local laws.

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Father Tortured in Chinese Jail Dies

After being tortured with an electroshock baton, Lu Yuanfeng (Right) was taped to a chair and left near an open window for two days during northwest China’s harsh winter. (Minghui)

Lu Yuanfeng fell into a coma and died just three weeks after he’d been released from a prison in China’s northeast. He  had managed to survive three years in Benxi Prison, Liaoning province, but what he was forced to endure had already taken its toll.

When the 63-year-old’s family picked him up from the prison on November 19, he was not the man they once knew. Instead, they found a man unable to properly walk or speak, family members told an investigator from Minghui, a website that documents cases of persecution against “Falun Gong” practitioners in China.

The family said Lu had suffered a stroke and a bad fall, which damaged his legs two months before his scheduled release, but the prison authorities withheld proper medical attention from him.

His family was also unable to visit him when he was ill. In his entire three years in prison, they were only allowed to visit Lu twice. After his release, his wife and son had 21 days with him before he died on December 9.

The ID of Lu Yuanfeng who died 21 days after he was released from prison in ill health. (Minghui)

The Minghui investigator looking into Lu’s case learned further details of what he underwent during his imprisonment. It included torture and forced labor.

“He told his loved ones that guards at Benxi Prison beat him, shocked him with electric batons, and forced him to squat for long periods of time,” wrote the Minghui investigator.

Before his death, Lu wrote a complaint against one guard who he said tortured him with an electroshock baton for 45 minutes until he renounced his beliefs. The guard, Jia Changhai, went through three batteries in his baton during the process of electrocuting Lu.

After the electroshock baton torture, Lu was then taped to a chair and left near an open window for two days. This occurred during northwest China’s harsh winter. Lu afterwards required ten days in hospital to recover.

Lu Yuanfeng’s handwritten account of being tortured in detention, dated Dec. 15, 2016. (Minghui)

Once he was out of hospital, Lu went on a hunger strike and refused to do hard labor to protest the treatment he had received. This attracted further punishment until he suffered a stroke and injured his legs.

The Minghui investigator said that the prison is one of many in Liaoning Province that has had a history of torturing and mistreating Falun Gong practitioners.

“The prisons use various forms of torture on imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners in an attempt to so-called transform them, or force them to renounce their faith,” wrote the investigator who listed other Falun Gong practitioners known to have also been tortured in Benxi Prison.

The reporter outlined the incentives prisons are given to “transform” Falun Gong practitioners.

“The provincial-level Political and Legal Affairs Committee, a non-judicial agency tasked with eradicating Falun Gong, has a longstanding policy to award prisons 20,000 yuan for every practitioner they successfully ‘transform’ and fine them 10,000 yuan for every practitioner they fail to transform,” the investigator wrote.

Torture Illustration: Taped to a Chair.

“Torture Method Used On Falun Gong Practitioners In China: Hanging Heavy Objects Around the Neck.” https://t.co/cHcQX9rXeh pic.twitter.com/MGRcUK7Dki — Rise-Ascend (@RiseAscend) October 14, 2016

Lu had been sent to prison for possessing a pamphlet that debunked the ruling communist party’s propaganda against the spiritual practice of Falun Gong.

Practitioners of Falun Gong, as well as individuals who have shown support, have suffered persecution by the Chinese regime since 1999.

Benxi is one of more than 30 prisoners in the province that imprisons Falun Gong practitioners, the report said.

“According to available statistics, 469 Liaoning residents have been persecuted to death in the past 18 years for refusing to renounce Falun Gong. Many of them were imprisoned and tortured before their deaths,” said the report.

Lu Yuanfeng is not the only Falun Gong practitioner tortured to death or severely injured in Benxi Prison.

Cheng Yuanlong was sent home on August 20, 2007, when the guards saw he was on the verge of death. He died six months later at the age of 38.

Zhan Dajun became extremely weak and disoriented after long-term torture at Benxi Prison. He died of a stroke not long after he was released in August 2008. He was 53.

Sun Zhanguo was slammed to the ground on October 15, 2016, and showered with punches and kicks. Guard Jia then shocked him with electric batons for about 30 minutes.

Hu Guojian became vegetative in just 22 days of his admission to Benxi Prison. After brain surgery and still in a coma, he was taken back to prison to finish his term.

Zhou Lin had his arms and legs taped to a chair for three days straight. He was not allowed to move or doze off. A group of inmates took turns feeding him and catching his waste with a bucket. They also forced him to watch propaganda videos slandering Falun Gong.

Guard Chen Geng repeatedly shocked Meng Xianguang’s genitals with an electric baton and kept laughing when he shook in pain. Chen also ordered inmates to pour cold water on Meng and beat him with plastic plumbing pipes.

Liu Defu was beaten so badly that he needed 21 stitches on his head. He had high blood pressure but was still forced to do hard labor.

The list goes on. We wondered why Benxi Prison treats imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners so brutally. The answer lies in a province-wide incentive system of funds earmarked for “Special Tasks.”

Benxi is one of more than 30 prisons in Liaoning Province that are used to imprison Falun Gong practitioners.

According to available statistics, 469 Liaoning residents have been persecuted to death in the past 18 years for refusing to renounce Falun Gong. Many of them were imprisoned and tortured before their deaths.

According to our investigation, the Liaoning Province Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) designed an incentive system for every level of the PLAC, judicial bureau, and prison administration bureau. The system is dubbed a “special task project” and requires earmarked funds from every city’s general tax revenues. The funds are used to reward prisons for “transforming” practitioners. Those who fail to force practitioners to renounce Falun Gong will be punished.

Toward the end of each year, every prison is required to tally how many practitioners they have “transformed” during the year. As such, prisons often launch an intensive round of abuse at the end of every year in hopes of forcing more practitioners to give up their belief.

Benxi Prison has been very active in carrying out the special task project. The city of Benxi reported 14 billion yuan of general tax revenue in 2014, but that figure dropped to 5.4 billion yuan in 2015. Even so, the municipal government still appropriates funds to reward Benxi Prison for “transforming” Falun Gong practitioners.

Liaoning has the lowest GDP among all provinces in China, yet it remains at or near the top of the list for the number of Falun Gong practitioners arrested and tortured every year.

We urge Liaoning officials at every level to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and to release imprisoned practitioners.

Freedom House: The Battle for China’s Spirit Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping https://t.co/3IGLuIIHaq 北风(温云超, Yunchao Wen) (@wenyunchao) July 26, 2017

In 1999, the then communist party leader, Jiang Zemin ordered the persecution of the Falun Gong practice but despite its scale and brutality, the campaign has failed, said a report released last year by U.S.-based Freedom House.

“Millions of people in China continue to practice Falun Gong, including many individuals who took up the discipline after the repression began,” said Freedom House in their report The Battle for China’s Spirit.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese meditation practice that involves five sets of exercises, and moral teachings of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. First taught in China in 1992, there were an estimated 70 million Chinese doing Falun Gong’s gentle calisthenics in parks and public squares by 1999, according to figures provided by the Chinese authorities. Falun Gong sources said there were more than 100 million people who had taken up the practice.

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China’s Genocidal Tool to Eliminate Faith

One of the brutal torture methods employed by the CCP officials to coerce female Falun Gong adherents to renounce their faith. (Minghui.org)

As the world is celebrating “International Women’s Day”, let’s not forget the horrifying “abuses” that mothers and sisters, and even grandmothers, are subjected to in the “harmonious” land of communist China.

Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came to power in 1949, it has been employing unethical ways to persecute citizens and suppress spiritual groups.

Recently, several reports have confirmed how the CCP is using “sexual abuse” as a tool for “re-educating” and “transforming” prisoners of faith, regardless of their age.

Rooted in “atheism” and “materialism”, the communist regime has been “brutally” suppressing Uyghur Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Falun Gong practitioners for years. Those who “refuse” to comply with the CCP’s orders are detained and taken to secretive “re-education camps” where they are subjected to unimaginable abuses, including “gang rape and electrocution.”

“Rape has become a culture. It is gang rape and the Chinese police not only rape them but also electrocute them. They are subject to horrific torture,”  said an anonymous policewoman from a camp in Xinjiang, China

Shoe Brush Thrust into Vagina.

To condemn the CCP’s grave “human rights” violations, the Trump-era administration said on January 19, 2021, that the communist regime has committed “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” in its repression of the Uyghurs Muslims.

The then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the CCP has “incarcerated” over a million Uyghurs, subjecting them to “forced labor, forced sterilizations, and torture.”

“After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) under the direction and control of the CCP, has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang. I believe this genocide is ongoing, and that we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state,” Pompeo said.

Two weeks later, BBC published a detailed report on the systematic sexual torture happening in Xinjiang’s tightly-guarded re-education network. The report that is based on first-hand interviews of several Uyghurs who were previously detained in the internment camps revealed the “torture and gang-rape” horrors they witnessed or lived through.

The outer wall of a complex which includes what is believed to be a re-education camp on the outskirts of Hotan, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region on May 31, 2019. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

Tursunay Ziawudun, 42, who fled to the United States after escaping from Xinjiang following her release, recounted to the BBC the “sexual abuses” she underwent and witnessed while detained for nine months in China’s secretive camps in Xinjiang.

Ziawudun, who is married to a Kazakh and had returned to Xinjiang for work in 2016 after staying in Kazakhstan for five years, detailed how she was “shocked with an electric baton” and “gang-raped on three occasions,” the BBC reported.

“The woman took me to the room next to where the other girl had been taken in,” Ziawudun told the BBC. “They had an electric stick, I didn’t know what it was, and it was pushed inside my genital tract, torturing me with an electric shock.”

“They don’t only rape but also bite all over your body, you don’t know if they are human or animal,” she said. “They didn’t spare any part of the body, they bit everywhere leaving horrible marks. It was disgusting to look at. And it is not just one person who torments you, not just one predator. Each time they were two or three men.”

Talking to Fox News, Ziawudun said: “Any woman under 40 was raped. Everyone in the camp experienced this, I was also beaten, I was kicked and stamped on, once so much on my private parts that I was bleeding, and I since had to have my ovaries removed.”

Members of the Muslim Uyghur minority hold placards as they demonstrate in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, to ask for news of their relatives and to express their concern after China announced the ratification of an extradition treaty with Turkey. (Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images)

The BBC report said that even the elderly women detainees were not spared. Ziawudun recalled seeing an elderly Uyghur woman being humiliated.

“They stripped everything off the elderly lady, leaving her with just her underwear. She was so embarrassed that she tried to cover herself with her arms,” Ziawudun told BBC. “I cried so much watching the way they treated her. Her tears fell like rain.”

Ziawuden’s claims were backed by Qelbinur Sedik, an Uzbek woman from Xinjiang who was coerced to teach the Chinese language to the internment-camp detainees. Sedik told the BBC that a camp policewoman confirmed, after Sedik once secretly asked her, that “sexual abuse” is indeed happening in the camps.

“Yes, the rape has become a culture. It is gang rape and the Chinese police not only rape them but also electrocute them. They are subject to horrific torture,” Sedik recalled the policewoman’s words.

Gulzira Auelkhan, another Kazakh woman from Xinjiang who was forced to help the camp guards by stripping women, also confirmed to the BBC that “gang rape” is common in the camps.

“They forced me to take off those women’s clothes and to restrain their hands and leave the room,” Auelkhan said. “You can’t tell anyone what happened … It is designed to destroy everyone’s spirit.”

Gulzira Auelkhan, who spent close to two years trapped in China, speaks during an AFP interview at the office of the Ata Jurt rights group in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 21, 2019. She is pictured with her 5-year-old daughter. (Ruslan Pryanikov/AFP via Getty Images)

In the recent past, several previously detained Uyghurs had also described similar harrowing tales of torture and rape from the Xinjiang camps.

Gulbakhar Jalilova, an Uyghur and Kazakhstan national who was detained in 2017 for 15 months in an all-female camp, said that rape happened on a daily basis in the camps. “Young girls are taken out and raped all night long. If you keep resisting, they will inject you with something and kill you,” Jalilova said.

In 2019, Sayragul Sauytbay of Kazakh descent, who was forced to teach the Chinese language in the camp, told Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, that she once witnessed a female detainee being raped by policemen, “one after the other,” in front of 200 inmates. The incident left Sauytbay traumatized.

An illustration of one of the sexual torture methods employed by the CCP officials to coerce female Falun Gong adherents to renounce their faith. (Minghui.org)

“While they were raping her they checked to see how we were reacting,” Sauytbay told Haaretz. “People who turned their head or closed their eyes, and those who looked angry or shocked, were taken away and we never saw them again. It was awful. I will never forget the feeling of helplessness, of not being able to help her. After that happened, it was hard for me to sleep at night.”

Apart from targeting “Uyghur Muslims”, the CCP also employs such horrendous torture methods on “Falun Gong, Buddhists and Christians” practitioners.

Female adherents of “Falun Gong” are routinely subjected to “sexual abuse and rape” for not renouncing their faith. Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) is a spiritual meditation discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, tolerance; it is freely practiced by over 100 million people worldwide but is being violently “persecuted” in China, and has been since July 1999.

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Detailing the “torture and routine sexual abuse” faced by Falun Gong practitioners, a two-part report (warning: article contains graphic content) has been compiled by Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website dedicated to documenting the persecution of Falun Gong.

At the notorious “Masanjia Forced Labor Camp” in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, 18 female practitioners were thrown into the men’s cells and the guards encouraged the inmates to “rape” the spiritual adherents, Minghui.org reported. The elderly or young, no one was exempted from these abuses.

In 2001, Zou Jin, 70, of Changsha City, Hunan Province, was “gang-raped” at the “Changsha City First Detention Center” and sentenced to nine years before she passed away. A 9-year-old girl, who was the orphan child of a Falun Gong practitioner, was gang-raped at the “Changping Mental Hospital” in Beijing in 2002. “Her screams and cries were heart-wrenching,” the Minghui.org report said.

The report said the authorities also forced pregnant practitioners to “abort their unborn babies”, beating and shocking them with “electric batons” which eventually lead to miscarriage. The CCP hasn’t shown any leniency in “abusing” Buddhist nuns or Christians either.

The “Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy” has reported on the personal account of an anonymous Tibetan monk who was detained for four months in a re-education center, in Sog County, Tibet Autonomous Region, in 2017. The monk recounted seeing nuns being “sexually abused” after participating in military drills.

“Many nuns would lose consciousness during the military drills. Sometimes officers would take unconscious nuns inside where I saw them grope all over their body. Who knows what else they did to the nuns?” the monk wrote.

Citing the “sexual abuse” account of a Chinese Christian, the editor-in-chief of the Bitter Winter magazine, Massimo Introvigne, wrote that Jiang Guizhi, a member of “The Church of Almighty God” in China, was raped by policemen and later died after the severe torture.

In 2019, the “Association for the Defense of Human Rights and Religious Freedom” (ADHRRF) reported a more detailed account of the torture experienced by Jiang. After being repeatedly asked by a cellmate, Jiang revealed that “the police had taken her to a private room in a hotel where she was interrogated, raped, and had objects stuffed inside her vagina,” the ADHRRF reported.

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International Women’s Day

“International Women’s Day” will not be celebrated by hundreds of millions of Chinese women who live under the iron fist of the urban “Two Child Policy”, many of whom have been victims of “forced abortion” up to the ninth month of pregnancy, as well as forced sterilization.

They have had a fundamental right stripped away: “the right to bear children.”

Recently, the use of systematic “rape” has come to light in China. A teacher forced to work in one of the Uyghur detention camps in Xinjiang Province recently told the BBC: “rape was common,” and the guards “picked the girls and young women they wanted and took them away.”

She described witnessing a harrowing public “gang rape” of a woman of just 20 or 21, who was brought before about 100 other detainees to make a forced confession. “After that, in front of everyone, the police took turns to rape her,” the teacher said.

“While carrying out this test, they watched people closely and picked out anyone who resisted, clenched their fists, closed their eyes, or looked away, and took them for punishment.”

This excruciating account was reported in BBC’s recent investigative report, “Their goal is to destroy everyone: Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape.”

Tursunay Ziawudun spent nine months inside China’s network of internment camps.

This account of gang rape, after what appears to have been a Cultural Revolution-style struggle session to extract a forced confession, is the stuff of nightmares, except that according to accounts of several women who have escaped the camps in Xinjiang and spoken to the BBC, it is actually happening today, to real women in Xinjiang, at the savage hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The CCP has also been credibly accused of forcibly “aborting and sterilizing” Uyghur women in the hundreds of thousands, as well as committing “infanticide” of full-term babies born outside of the family planning limits. Secretary of State Pompeo, on his last day in office, officially labeled these and other human rights abuses by the CCP to be genocide.

Meanwhile, forced abortion continues to be rampant across China, not limited to Xinjiang.  A Radio Free Asia report stated that, according to an official news outlet, “an average of 8 million ‘extra’ pregnancies are aborted in China each year.”  “Extra” pregnancies is a euphemism for “illegal” pregnancies and are aborted by force.

A Uyghur woman waits with children on a street in Kashgar, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “I find it impossible to celebrate any advancement of women’s rights anywhere on earth, when one out of five women in the world is subject to a regime that will strap them down to tables, thrust its hands into their wombs and rip their little ones out, as these women scream and plead for the lives of babies they desperately want. Gendercide – the sex selective abortion of baby girls – has been practiced for generations in China, and widows are destitute and abandoned in the countryside.”

“The women’s movement can claim no real victory so long as this scourge against women continues to blight the face of the earth,” continued Littlejohn. “Chinese women cannot stand up against forced abortion without risking detention, for themselves and for their families. It is time for all women to rise up for our sisters in China and be a voice for the voiceless.”

Littlejohn added, “It is a travesty that China – one of the worst women’s rights offenders in the world – is being honored by hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. I call on the international women’s rights community to join me in pressing to get the Olympics moved to a country that respects the rights of women.”

Gulzira Auelkhan, center, at home in her village. She was forced to restrain women in the camps.

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Spying for Chinese Government

NYPD officer Baimadajie Angwang.

A federal judge ruled that a former NYPD officer accused of spying for the Chinese regime will be released on bail immediately, according to the New York Post.

The officer in question, Baimadajie Angwang, was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 while awaiting trial in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, according to the Post.

Angwang is accused of delivering information on “Tibetan” immigrants to the Chinese consulate over a six-year period while serving as an NYPD officer. He was charged with acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign country, wire fraud, false statements, and obstruction of an official proceeding last September.

Angwang’s attorney John Carman put forward a bail motion, arguing that his client was experiencing “diarrhea, vomiting, sweats, chills, body aches, and cough.” He also cited 100 new COVID-19 cases and recent deaths of two of Angwang’s fellow inmates as evidence of the danger posed to his client.

U.S. District Judge Eric Komitee ruled in favor of the defense’s $2 million bail motion, agreeing that the jail’s sudden spike in COVID-19 cases posed a threat to Angwang’s life. “You have now what looks like a significant spike in the rate and severity of COVID cases,” Judge Komitee said.

NYPD officer Baimadajie Angwang, a community affairs officer in the 111 precinct in Queens and a US Army Reservist at Fort Dix, was arrested for allegedly acting as an agent of China.

According to the criminal complaint, Angwang acted “at the direction and control” of Chinese government officials at the consulate in New York to report on the activities of ethnic Tibetans, assess potential ethnic Tibetan intelligence sources and use his official position at the police department to give consulate officials access to senior NYPD officials.

He was also accused of committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding. “None of these activities falls within the scope of Angwang’s official duties and responsibilities with either the NYPD or the USAR,” the complaint said.

Angwang, 33, is an ethnic Tibetan native of the People’s Republic of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen who referred to himself as an “asset” of the People’s Republic of China, according to the criminal complaint. Since June 2018, the FBI said Angwang has been “in frequent communication” with an unidentified Chinese consular official he referred to as “Boss.”

In one phone call between Angwang and the consular official, the complaint said Angwang offered “to raise our country’s soft power” by having the consular official attend NYPD events. He also allegedly offered to provide the consular official with nonpublic information about the internal workings of the police department.

“Angwang also discussed the utility of developing sources for the PRC government in the local Tibetan community and suggested that the primary qualification for a source as follows: ‘If you’re willing to recognize the motherland, the motherland is willing to assist you with its resources,'” the complaint said.

Since prior to 2018 and through the present, officials say Angwang has maintained a relationship with at least two People’s Republic of China officials stationed at the Consulate. One PRC official is believed to have been assigned to the “China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture,” a division of the PRC’s “United Front Work Department” (UFWD). The department is responsible for, among other things, neutralizing sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of the PRC.

Recorded conversations have revealed that the PRC officials has been a “handler” of Angwang. He received tasks from them and reported back to PRC officials.

From August 21, 2014, through August 11, 2017, Angwang called and texted one of the PRC official’s cellular telephone on at least 53 occasions. From in or about and between June 2018 through March 2020, Angwang called and texted the other PRC official’s cellular telephone on at least 55 occasions.

Furthermore, Angwang has been observed entering the Consulate on numerous occasions during these time periods. Angwang will make his first appearance this afternoon virtually in federal court in Downtown Brooklyn. NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea also commented on the situation.

“As alleged in this federal complaint, Baimadajie Angwang violated every oath he took in this country,” Shea said in a statement. “One to the United States, another to the U.S. Army, and a third to this Police Department. From the earliest stages of this investigation, the NYPD’s Intelligence and Internal Affairs bureaus worked closely with the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division to make sure this individual would be brought to justice.”

FBI Assistant Director of New York William Sweeney Jr. released the following statement on Angwang:

“This is the definition of an insider threat  as alleged, Mr. Angwang operated on behalf of a foreign government; lied to gain his clearance, and used his position as an NYPD police officer to aid the Chinese government’s subversive and illegal attempts to recruit intelligence sources. The FBI is committed to stopping hostile foreign governments from infiltrating our institutions, and we will not tolerate the behavior of those who willingly violate their oath to the United States, and covertly work against their fellow citizens. We want to thank the NYPD for its extraordinary partnership on this investigation.”

In 2018, the NYPD awarded Angwang “Officer of the Month” for his initiative and public service. The arrest of an NYPD officer for allegedly spying on local Tibetans for Beijing should serve as a “wake-up call” for U.S. officials about the depth of Chinese espionage in the country, local Tibetan activists said.

Baimadajie Angwang, an ethnic Tibetan and naturalized U.S. citizen, had worked at the NYPD’s 111th Precinct in Queens, and is also an Army reservist holding a “secret security clearance.”  The 33-year-old was arrested on September 19 on four charges, including acting as an “illegal” Chinese agent, and faces up to 55 years prison if convicted.

Angwang’s arrest was hardly a surprise to the ethnic Tibetans in New York City who had prior contact with him.

The “Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey” (TCNYNJ), a New York-based nonprofit established in 1979, said they first met Angwang in 2019 when he offered to invite other NYPD officers to the organization’s Lunar New Year celebration event. Not long after that, Angwang’s behavior started raising red flags.

The group, at a September 22 press conference held in Queens, said Angwang’s name “doesn’t sound like a Tibetan name,” so the officer had initially approached them using a different name that was more Tibetan sounding.

While “virtually unknown” in the local Tibetan community until 2018, Angwang had since reached out to the group on “numerous occasions” to “offer service and support,” they said in a press release.

Federal prosecutors allege that Angwang, who is currently awaiting trial without bail, was secretly feeding intelligence to the Chinese Consulate in New York and helped consulate staff gain access to senior NYPD officials. According to court documents, Angwang’s chief handler was a Chinese consular official who worked under the United Front Work Department, a sprawling agency tasked with extending the regime’s influence globally.

In February 2019, Angwang appeared with his wife and child at the New Year celebration attended by thousands and was received as a “mid-level guest” because of his affiliation with the NYPD. Not long after, TCNYNJ members spotted his wife in a photo at another Lunar New Year event held at the Chinese consulate in New York, which made them “very uncomfortable,” the press release stated. Tashi Choephel, the organization’s former general secretary, said that Angwang’s wife had worn the same ethnic gown to both events that took place on the same day.

Tibetans, like other ethnic minorities or religious groups such as Uyghurs and Falun Gong adherents, suffer from severe repression in China. New York City is home to thousands of Tibetan-in-exiles who escaped after experiencing various forms of persecution in China. Angwang’s connection with Chinese officials, therefore, immediately triggered alarm bells, said Choephel.

Their suspicion grew further when Angwang discouraged them from engaging in pro-Tibet activities and also expressed disapproval of speeches criticizing Beijing’s treatment of Tibetans in China.

Angwang also tried to dissuade Choephel from displaying Tibetan flags at the group’s premises in Woodside, Queens, Choephel recalled. By having the flags there, “you can’t get more donations from Flushing businessmen, it’s against China government’s agenda,” Angwang told him.

While the TCNYNJ never expected any financial support from these groups, such remarks had deeply upset Choephel. He said Angwang was trying to manipulate them to toe the Party line by exploiting their need for funding.

“What kind of Tibetan would ever tell us not to raise the Tibetan flag?” the group said in the statement, adding that they “never heeded his unsolicited advice.”

TCNYNJ discussed these observations and ultimately decided to cut ties with him, agreeing that “he did not seem like someone we could trust.”

After this, Angwang made repeated phone calls to then-president Sonam Gyephel who ignored the calls, Gyephel recounted at the press conference. But he eventually decided to confront Angwang about his connections with the Chinese regime.

“What’s your relation with the Chinese Consulate?” Gyephel asked Angwang over the phone. Gyephel also asked about the consulate photo, to which Angwang admitted that he attended the event but was helping someone with a visa application. He said, “I’m in relation with the Chinese Consulate,” according to Gyephel.

“Once I got that message, I was really shocked,” Gyephel said in a later interview. He then told Angwang that the organization no longer wanted anything to do with him. Gyephel avoided all communications with Angwang since then.

Angwang’s arrest has renewed focus on the Chinese regime’s ongoing spying and intimidation campaigns against dissident groups in the United States. When Tibetan immigrants attend protests against the Chinese regime, a person like Angwang could report their names to the Chinese consulate, which in turn could punish them by targeting their relatives in China, Gyephel said.

In a September 23 speech addressing Chinese espionage threats, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the New York Chinese consulate as “incredibly politically active.”

“They’re engaged in activities where they’re crossing the line from normal diplomacy to the kinds of things that would be more akin to what spies are doing,” Pompeo said when asked to elaborate on the consulate’s activities.

The administration in July closed down the Chinese consulate in Houston saying it was a “hub of spying and intellectual property theft.” 

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