Panel discusses human rights violations in China
By Dan Larkins, The Daily Targum
November 16, 2008
The University’s chapter of Amnesty International welcomed five experts last
Thursday to discuss “the real China” and speak about human rights violations in
China. Over 100 attendees filled the Raritan River Lounge in the Student
Activities Center for Amnesty International’s 2008 Report on China.
Lemish, London School of Economics’ Global Civil Society correspondent and
researcher, discussed the deterioration of human rights in China and decried
recent legislation, which he feels appears to be mere rhetoric.
“You can be
executed for 68 different crimes, mostly non-violent ones,” Lemish said.
Charles Lee, a panelist, was imprisoned in China for three years.
the Chinese government detained him without a trial and forced him to make
products such as Homer Simpson slippers.
Lee displayed one of the
recognizable slippers, which was purchased at a New Jersey Target store, for the
Lee said the government imprisoned him for practicing Falun Gong, a
spiritual meditation that focuses on truth, compassion and tolerance.
than 100 million people in China practice this non-violent meditation and 60
percent of Chinese prisoners are Falun Gong practitioners who are tortured in
various ways, Lee said.
Lee said one such method is called “little white
dragon.” The torturer pushes and screws a sharp tube into the prisoner’s flesh
and grinds the skin until flesh comes out of the tube’s other side.
sanguine, the hole in the skin is rubbed with salt. More than 100,000 prisoners
are tortured to death, Lee said.
Dr. Shiyu Zhou, deputy director of the
Global Internet Freedom Consortium detailed the Chinese government’s information
censorship campaign, which recently began targeting the Internet.
discussed the Chinese firewall which blocks access to most Western topics. The
Golden Shoot project is a multi-million dollar firewall that monitors and
controls Internet usage in China.
“Authorities claim pornography is the
reason for the firewall, but the firewall blocks 50 to 90 percent of religious
and political dissent, while only 10 percent of pornography is blocked,” Zhou
Chinese political commentator and columnist for Epoch Times, Henghe,
said Chinese consulate members are illegally infiltrating the United States and
spreading anti-Falun Gong sentiments.
Dr. Wenyi Wang, a pathologist and
editor of Epoch Times, expanded on the role of Falun Gong and its United States
Wang said from May 17 through May 22, physical attacks on Falun
Gong demonstrators raged in New York City, with documented support from Chinese
Consul General Peng Keyu. Wang’s multimedia presentation included a radio
interview in which Keyu said the Consulate supported the attacks.
Wang’s videos documenting the violence in New York City included a man who bled
profusely after being struck in the head.
“I thought America was a country
of free expression,” the victim said.
Rutgers’ Amnesty International
President Stephanie Murray said her group is looking to spread knowledge about
human rights issues to students.
Amnesty International meetings are held on
Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in Room 454 of the Rutgers Student Center on the College
Murray said their next event will be a collaboration with
SCREAM theater. The group will be creating a project similar to the street
theater of the Truth Campaign, about violence against women.