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China genocide suit on U.S. Supreme Court steps
Victims of Atrocities Urge Court to Uphold “Inalienable Rights” for All
3/29/2005

With his hands tied behind his back, 36-year-old Mr. Liu Yonglai lay naked and shivering on the floor. The smell of burning flesh was in the air.

After dousing Liu’s body with ice-cold water to intensify the electric currents, several labor camp guards shocked his body with electric nightsticks – each of which emits a 36,000-volt charge – targeting sensitive parts of the body such as the mouth, neck, anus and genitalia.

In the hallway just outside, other victims lay moaning
or vomiting from similar torture.

On the other side of the camp, 60-year-old Ms. Fu Shuying, 27-year-old Ms. Chen Hui and 30-year-old Ms. Sun Yan are tied up in a spread-eagle position as torturers repeatedly thrust long rods into their vaginas causing severe inflammations and bleeding. Other women suffer similar tortures with toilet and shoe brushes.

This is the Dalian Labor Camp in China, one of hundreds where Chinese police and guards are der orders from the Communist Party’s highest authorities to use “any means necessary” to coerce practitioners of the traditional
Chinese mediation, Falun Gong, to renounce their faith, and swear allegiance to the Party line.

For Mr. Liu, Ms. Fu and countless others, should they survive their “re-education,” there will be no justice under China’s judicial system. In fact, for many of the 100 million people in China who practice Falun Gong, China’s judicial system is one of several state organs used to carry out a 5-year-old persecution that many human rights lawyers are calling genocide.

Halfway around the world, however, hope – or at least hope’s beginnings – can be found on the front steps of the United States Supreme Court where the fate of a class-action lawsuit against China’s former leader Jiang Zemin now rests.

A Landmark Case

In October of 2002, practitioners of Falun Gong fi led a class action lawsuit against former Communist Party Chief, Jiang Zemin, the man who “mobilized a Mao-era mass movement against [Falun Gong…]” according to CNN’s Senior China Analyst, Willy Lam.

The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed the case based on a suggestion of immunity fi led by the United States’ Department of State.

This suggestion, however, was based upon their characterization of the former party chief as the legitimate leader of the People’s Republic of China, despite the fact
that his Mao-era tactics rival those of the Nazis in the Second World War, the Bosnians in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The Seventh Circuit subsequently affi rmed the District Court’s decision -- notwithstanding the fact that the defendant stepped down from Communist Party and government posts shortly after the case was fi led.

Yet, the policy upon which the Department of State based their opposition to this lawsuit is fast fading from the American stage.

Tyranny – as indicated recently in Mark Palmer’s “The Real Axis of Evil” is a breeding ground for the kind of terrorism we experienced on September 11, 2001, and a recipe for disaster if left unchecked.

In his book, Palmer – a former U.S. Ambassador and 26-year veteran of the U.S. State Department – puts forth a blueprint foreign policy manual on how to rid the world of the last remaining dictators: A collection of 45 leaders Mr. Palmer calls “the world’s 45 least wanted.”

The Wall Street Journal called Mr. Palmer’s book, “One of the best but least noticed books among all the tomes addressing the quest for peace in the post-Sept. 11 era.”

For his “eradication” policy against Falun Gong and implementing other human rights atrocities, Palmer places China’s Jiang Zemin among the worst of them.

Attorney for the plaintiffs, Dr. Terri Marsh, agrees. “The defendant will go down in history as one of the most unscrupulous men of the twentieth century, a man who tortured and murdered thousands upon thousands of adherents of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice based on the moral and spiritual principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance,” Dr. Marsh says. Apart from the fact that Jiang was never legitimately elected to offi ce, as is required in China by the Constitution, Dr. Marsh argues that such “least wanted” as Jiang Zemin, Saddam Hussein, Adolph Hitler and the Khmer Rouge are per se not legitimate heads of state due to the magnitude of their crimes against humanity.

International human rights lawyers agree, and have, one-by-one, set off a worldwide chain-reaction of lawsuits against Jiang – in countries such as Belgium, Spain, France, Ireland, Canada, Iceland, Switzerland, South Africa, Greece, Korea and Taiwan. According to Theresa Chu, the lawyer responsible for the fi ling of many of these cases against Jiang Zemin, together they comprise the “biggest international human rights case

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