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Chinese Citizens Speak Out Against China's Prison Labor System. After a US resident found a note in one of her Halloween decorations claiming to be from a Chinese labor.html">labor.html">labor camp, the US Homeland Security has been investigating labor conditions of Chinese made products.

Chinese Citizens Speak Out Against China's Prison Labor System

It's also reopened the discussion on China's controversial labor.html">labor.html">labor re-education system. NTD spoke with Gu Chuan, a visiting scholar at Columbia University. He says that China's prisons and labor camps do not rehabilitate people, and the international community should pressure the Chinese regime to reform the systems. [Gu Chuan, Visiting Scholar, Institution for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University]: "The labor through education system is for the purpose of persecuting people. A netizen from Shanxi province agrees.

[Shenmafuyun, Shanxi Netizen]: "If the international society puts pressure on it [the Chinese Communist Party], the situation may improve a little. [Mr. "Labor re-education is in fact to torture people. Former Masanjia Detainees Corroborate Forced Labor Plea Letter. It’s a modern-day version of a message in a bottle.

Former Masanjia Detainees Corroborate Forced Labor Plea Letter

From a Chinese labor.html">labor camp to the home of a US resident. On Sunday, the Oregon-based Oregonian newspaper reported a letter resident Julie Keith discovered inside a box of Halloween decorations. She bought it from Kmart in October, 2011. The box came from China—and according to the letter—it wasn’t from a factory. Instead, the decorations were made here, at the Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang, Liaoning province.

The letter claims detainees work 15-hour days and are paid less than $2 USD a month for forcedlabor.html">labor. Former detainees at Masanjia have corroborated the claims in the letter. [Dai Liguo, Formerly Detained Falun Gong Practitioner]: “I was sent to Masanjia in 1999 and persecuted there. [Guo Yujun, Formerly Detained Falun Gong Practitioner]: “Aside from toilet breaks, we had to sit for the whole day, and make those products. China’s labor re-education system is notorious for rights abuses. Chinese Lawyer Supports Falun Gong in China. By Albert Ding & Gary PanseyEpoch Times Staff Created: December 20, 2012 Last Updated: December 26, 2012 Prominent Chinese lawyer Guo Lianhui in his office.

Chinese Lawyer Supports Falun Gong in China

Guo recently posted an article defending Falun Gong practitioners and asserting that they should be free from persecution. (Courtesy of the subject) “Vast state financial resources have been used for a long time to persecute a spiritual group with many believers throughout China and the world. This is a barbarity indeed rarely seen in the history of mankind.

Falun Gong is a qigong practice that became extremely popular in China during the 1990s before the Chinese regime launched a nationwide persecution in 1999. Guo continued his post by explaining that some of the core charges used against Falun Gong—that it’s a “heterodox religion,” or in the commonly rendered translation of the Chinese term, an “evil cult,”–lack any legal basis. The basis of this law has been rejected by legal analysts, however. Read the original Chinese article. Abducted Taiwanese Testifies at U.S. Congress on Persecution of Falun Gong. The U.S.

Abducted Taiwanese Testifies at U.S. Congress on Persecution of Falun Gong

Congressional Executive Commission on China held a hearing on December 18 on the persecution of falun-dafa/" target="_blank">Falun Gong, a meditation practice in China. Present at the hearing was Chung Ting-pang, a Taiwanese citizen illegally arrested and detained by Chinese authorities in June when he visited his family in the mainland. [U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown]: "Authorities claimed he threatened national security by trying to broadcast Falun Gong materials in China.

Chung Ting-pang was eventually freed with the efforts of his family, the Taiwanese people and the international community. In his testimony Chung detailed the torture he was subject to while under a 24-hour surveillance and interrogation. [Chung Ting-pang, Taiwanese Falun Gong Practitioner]: "I was forced to write and rewrite many times the statement, and I was videotaped again and again [pleading guilty]. " Chung was grateful for the rescue efforts by U.S. Chung Ting-pang hopes that the U.S.

A Group in Hong Kong Appears as Front for Beijing. By Li ZhenEpoch Times Staff Created: December 19, 2012 Last Updated: December 22, 2012 Activists wearing green uniforms gathered along the roadside with anti-Falun Gong banners near the site of the Tuidang event; they later yelled and used horns to aggravate the Falun Gong protesters.

A Group in Hong Kong Appears as Front for Beijing

(The Epoch Times) Earlier this year an organization began making its presence felt throughout Hong Kong’s streets, harassing people, and presenting Chinese communist propaganda wherever its members congregated. Despite claiming to be a non-profit organization involved in charity work, by far the most prominent public activities by the Hong Kong Youth Care Association (HKYCA) so far have been directed towards harassing and sometimes threatening practitioners of the Falun Gong meditation discipline. The organization’s actions have been widely criticized by Hong Kong’s citizens, and labeled as an assault on the freedoms of speech and belief.

Read Original Chinese article. Watch Out for Dangerous Christmas Toys. The Christmas season is upon us and parents, relatives and friends will be scouring toy stores looking for the perfect children’s present.

Watch Out for Dangerous Christmas Toys

This year the US Consumer Product and Safety Commission stopped two million dangerous children’s products.html">products from entering the US. The US recently set higher standards for lead levels and required third party testing on all children’s products. Despite the new regulations, the CPSC said it recalled 38 toys.html">toys in 2012. Earlier this year, the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health and the Ann Arbor Ecology Center tested 99 pieces of cheap jewelry from 14 different retailers. [Jeff Gearhart, Research Director, The Ecology Center]: ”We’ve consistently found that metal jewelry, particularly metal children’s jewelry, is easily the product category that you’re most likely to find chemical hazards present in your products.”

So where can toy shoppers go to find out if their careful purchases are safe? New Details Come To Light In Henan School Stabbing. As families begin to rebuild their lives after Friday’s brutal schoolstabbings in Henan’s Guangshan County, new details are coming to light.

New Details Come To Light In Henan School Stabbing

[Wan Quan, Wounded Teacher]: "The culprit was slashing madly and the students were running everywhere protecting their heads. I climbed upstairs to try to fight with him. He slashed me back. " The assailant, Min Yingjun, is in custody and has been charged with jeopardizing publicsecurity, according to state-run CCTV. [Xie Jun, Father of Victim]: "What I'm worried about most is that the attack.html">attack will leave some psychological impact on my child.” His seven year old son, Xinye is recuperating in a nearby hospital. No one was killed during the attack and most are in stable condition. [Yang Shenzhong, Director, Local Hospital]: "All suffer wounds to the head and face. The Henan stabbings received little attention in Chinese media, which was absorbed by the school shooting in Connecticut. Jackie Chan Investigated Following Gun Claims.

Engineer: Hydroelectric Dam Linked to 2008 Sichuan Quake. The 2008earthquake.html">earthquake in Sichuan province claimed at least 80,000 lives.

Engineer: Hydroelectric Dam Linked to 2008 Sichuan Quake

A research published this month now suggests the devastating seismic activity may have been caused by human factors. In this report, Canada-based Probe International says evidence indicate that a hydroelectric dam in the area probably triggered the earthquake.html">earthquake. The report is not the first to link the dam to the tremors. Several dozen have already been published on the subject. The paper is authored by Fan Xiao. Chinese authorities have denied previous claims that the hydro dam was linked to the earthquake. Fan Xiao says new research have proved those arguments wrong. The Chinese regime has pushed ahead with hydro-electricity in the country to fuel its energy needs. Fan Xiao’s says that the link between Zipingpu Dam and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake should serve as a warning to officials to reassess the current plans of dam construction.

China Calls For Better Sino-Japan Relations from Shinzo Abe. Chinese Activist Hu Jia Assaulted At Home. Chinese activist Hu Jia was attacked by plainclothes national security officers from Tongzhou County in Beijing on Friday (December 14).

Chinese Activist Hu Jia Assaulted At Home

Hu was leaving his home when squadron commander Su Lijun led an attack. Hu was on the phone with a Reuters journalist at the time. [Hu Jia, Chinese Rights Activist]: "They had three people stop me. They pushed me, punched my chest and my shoulders. Hu Jia said he was planning to attend a memorial ceremony of Cultural Revolution victim Li Jiulian, but that trip has now been thwarted. The high profile activist says he has been detained repeatedly since the 18th Party Congress. "Since this October and November when the 18th Party Congress was over and I was sent back from exile in Anhui Province, I have been illegally detained or under housearrest half of the time.”

Under house arrest, Hu was even stopped from doing grocery shopping. Wang Lijun Penalized More Than 5,600 Policemen in 3 Years. By Leo ChenEpoch Times Staff Created: December 17, 2012 Last Updated: December 18, 2012 Wang Lijun, former Chief of Chongqing Public Security Bureau, in March, 2011. (Feng Li/Getty Images) Wang Lijun, who set off a political firestorm in February after attempting to defect to the U.S. Consulate, caused the demotion of at least 5,600 policemen during the three years he worked as chief of the Public Security Bureau in Chongqing City.

At least one official was severely tortured and another was executed under Wang’s watch. Some of the several thousand officers were fired, kept under house arrest, forced to take labor education or even sentenced to prison, according to a report from the Tianjin Evening News. The bureau announced on Dec. 11 that these cases are under review with the final redress policies yet to be decided.

The next day, Zhou learned from his wife that his close friend Wen Qiang, then-director of the Public Security Bureau, had been arrested. He was also deprived of sleep. Chinese State-Media Skews Connecticut Massacre. Many across the world are mourning the massacre of school children in Connecticut, last Friday.

Chinese State-Media Skews Connecticut Massacre

But Chinese state-run media took it as an opportunity to fan the flames of nationalism. State-run CCTV provided round the clock in-depth coverage and analysis of the shooting, touting China’s zero-tolerance gun laws. Editor of China’s state-run Global Times, Hu Xijin, was also quoted saying, “Isn’t this a human rights disaster?” It was subtle stab at US calls for human rights reforms in China; something the Chinese regime has continuously called an internal matter. But Chinese netizens lambasted the nationalistic reports. Min Yingjun stabbed 22 children and one woman at this Primary School in Guangshan prefecture, Henan province. Economist Han Zhiguo wrote of the Henan stabbing on his Weibo account “Mainstream media is playing a deaf mute, and the news can only be seen on Weibo.

Guangshan authorities have also been criticized for their lack of response. School Violence in China and U.S. Spurs Reflection, Debate. On Friday in Henan Province, a man walked into a primary school and stabbed 22 children. None were killed. The same day, in Newtown, Connecticut, a man armed with at least three semi-automatic weapons shot his way into an elementary school and killed 26 people, including 20 first graders. The two eerily similar acts of violence against children have inspired inevitable comparisons, especially between the gun-loving culture of the U.S. and China, where guns are prohibited for personal use. For the New Yorker, Evan Osnos writes about the reactions he has seen in China to the Newtown tragedy and to America’s gun policies: After the Newtown attack, a Chinese commentator with a nationalist bent wrote, “When I see these democratic elites pretending to condemn the murderer, it seems absurd.

It takes a lot to make China’s government—beset, as it is, by corruption and opacity and the paralyzing effects of special interests—look good, by comparison, in the eyes of its people these days. Stop Organ Harvesting in China - Petition. Organ Harvesting in China: Supply and Demand. On October 24, 2012, Xinhua reprinted an article from another state media, China Youth Daily, which reported that the Guangzhou Military Command General Hospital has a computerized system that automatically matches and allocates organs to waiting patients.

According to the article, “In this nationally connected system, a computer matches organs with patients waiting for a transplant without any human intervention.” The hospital is one of 160 involved in a pilot program for this system. On October 10, 2012, the Ministry of Health announced that it has formulated an interim guideline for obtaining and allocating organs, which will soon be released. [Editor's note: Such an effort by China’s Ministry of Health has been viewed as a response to mounting reports about forced organ harvesting in China in which the organs of prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong practitioners, are placed on a list as being available on-demand for those waiting for a match.

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In the end, Kazakhstan's Zulfiya, won the gold medal in woman's 53kg class weight lifting. Chinese athlete Wang Mingjuan won the 48kg class gold medal. Perhaps we shouldn't blame Liu Xiang. China’s Economy Faces Nine Major Challenges. [Editor’s Note: Li Zuojun, Deputy Director of the Institute of Resources and Environmental Policy Research at the Development Research Center of the State Council, published an article discussing the major problems that the Chinese economy faces. The Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) is a leading policy research and consulting institution directly under the State Council. According to Li, the nine problems are: declining economic growth, inflation, economic bubbles, the changing economic growth engines, adjustments in our industries and regional business structures, environmental constraints, the social costs of development, the deteriorating international environment, and resistance to reform.

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