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FCM welcomes Yuan Hongbing
First of four dissident stories
CSN
8/22/2004

Yuan Hongbing

Yuan Hongbing, the former president of a law school in China, has escaped China, arriving in Australia and applied for political asylum in the U.S., according to sources. Professor Yuan was formerly with the law school at Guizhou Teachers' College of Guizhou Province in mainland China.

The Free China Movement (FCM) put out a statement and said that Professor Yuan defected on July 21, "after leading a tour group from Guizhou Province." The fact that he came from Guizhou Province is, in and of itself, evidence of the political persecution of Yuan Hongbing. FCM's statement reveals that the career of Professor Yuan began in Beijing, where he attended Beijing University as an undergraduate and obtained his Master's degree in Procedural Law in 1986. He became "the head / director of the Criminal Procedural Law Department" at Beijing University.

An advocate for rule of law and freedom in China, Professor Yuan came under persecution following the 1989 crackdown on China's pro-democracy movement. On March 2, 1994, he was arrested at Beijing University and "secretly transferred to Guizhou and detained there for about 6 months," until he was freed with two conditions of parole: (1.) That he would never return to Beijing, even though his wife and son live there; and (2.) That he would not involve himself in any political activities.

Professor Yuan had an interest to finish his authorship of two book manuscripts that were confiscated by the authorities. In order to proceed with his work, the professor "had to accept the conditions and tolerated all restrictions on him for ten years," meaning 1994 to present.

He has now made it to the soil of the free world. FCM said that it "warmly welcomes" the professor's "odyssey to freedom" -- not just physical, but freedom "to present his research of rule of law in China to the world and the freedom to expose to the world the cruelty and evil essence of the PRC regime in Beijing." FCM called for the free world to render assistance to Professor Yuan to safely resettle, and said--

"Again the pro-democracy movement is welcoming the addition of new blood to the noble yet difficult Free China cause.

"'Professor Yuan was one of the most-welcomed young teachers in the 1989 pro-democracy movement. He grew up in Inner Mongolia and is an intellectual who still cares about the suffering of the ordinary people and would fight for their well-being with all the power he can find.' Stated Dr. Li Jinjin, who was a law student in Beijing University and a leader in the Tiananmen uprising in 1989 and a current leader of Free China Movement."

Du Daobin

Du Daobin is the internet essayist and columnist for the Epoch Times, who was arrested by authorities in China on October 28 of last year. His detention, in the internet crackdown of Communist China, drew scathing criticism from the China Support Network, many Chinese dissidents (among over 1,000 concerned citizens who protested for his release) and from groups such as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In June, Du was given a suspended sentence of three years' imprisonment, commuted to four years of house arrest. This amounts to his release from prison, but Reporters Without Borders remained critical, saying this verdict "allows Du to leave prison but it puts him under such a degree of police surveillance that his freedom is illusory. This sentence aims both to silence a human rights activist and at the same time appease those in China and abroad who criticised his imprisonment."

One of the points that got Du Daobin into trouble was that he led an appeal to the authorities, calling for the freedom of Liu Di, the sociology student at Beijing Normal University, known by her handle, "Stainless Steel Mouse," who was picked up by authorities in 2002 and kept imprisoned for over a year.

Liu Di

As noted in our news earlier, Liu Di was freed on November 28, 2003. She returned the favor to Du Daobin, by signing the petition for his release. As noted above, Du Daobin was released last month. Now at age 23, Liu Di gave an interview to the New York Times in Beijing.

We learned that she has just obtained her degree in psychology, but has not obtained employment. Recounting the time prior to her arrest, the New York Times published a description of her 'subversive' activities, saying that she "began dabbling in satire and parody at the government's expense.

"In one posting, she called for the organization of a new political party which anyone could join and in which everyone could be chairman. She said it was a spoof." This led to the proverbial midnight knock on her door by the secret police. The Times continues, "officers took her to a Beijing prison. She was put in a cell with three other women, including a convicted murderer. Even today, she says she does not know which of her essays led to her arrest."

"Ultimately, we can see that she was just like any blogger, posting her material," said John Kusumi at the China Support Network. "And, we will award 'Quote of the Week' status to what she told the New York Times." "I think a normal government should not be challenged by these writings," she said. Kusumi continued, "We must report back to Liu Di that she does not have a normal government. What China has, under the PRC, is a criminally insane government."

Zhou Fengsuo

Zhou Fengsuo is an authentic student leader from the 1989 pro-democracy uprising in Tiananmen Square. Now living in San Francisco, he sat down and gave an interview to the Epoch Times. The topic of uppermost concern was the recent shooting in South Africa of David Liang, a leading activist for the Falun Gong spiritual movement, who was visiting South Africa at the same time as Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong. That shooting provoked a world wide outcry, with many rallies and protests held against China's exporting state terrorism. Recently, CSN referred to this action and response as "the globalization of China's human rights problem."

Zhou Fengsuo said, "First, I'd like to express my sympathy for David Liang, my respect for his bravery, and my hopes that he will recover swiftly." He continued, "In my opinion, what happened in South Africa was the Chinese government's way of terrorizing the Falun Dafa practitioners. They incite and encourage violence and hatred, disregarding any human rights, destroying traditional beliefs and institutions." He boggled at the scale of the Chinese government's violence, from 1949 to the present, asking rhetorically, "how many of our Chinese compatriots have perished?"

He continued, "I hope more people can stand up to the Chinese government and speak out to raise awareness, and condemn their blatant and ruthless policies and actions. I hope all Chinese people, whether in mainland China or abroad, can live free of such tyranny and violence." Zhou then launched into a litany of other such incidents. The South Africa shooting is not the first example of overseas violence, persecution, and harassment by the PRC government. There are many examples, and Mr. Zhou proceeded to recount a list of incriminating incidents. He ended by saying--

If we scrutinize these incidents, they are not coincidences. Someone is working behind the scenes, inciting violence to terrorize people or even assassinating them. Since the shooting incident in South Africa is being investigated as attempted murder, they must have planned the whole incident, as well as a cover-up, to not take blame.

However, why do these things happen only to those that are willing to express their beliefs and stand up to the Chinese government? If the Chinese government is really not behind all of these atrocious acts, why haven?t they condemned the abuse and killings of these activists?


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