China’s Human Rights Oppressions Part 2
Interviews With Human Rights Activists

 

The Communist Party of China Is Trying to Obliterate Uyghurs

The Liberty Magazine interviewed human rights activist Dolkun Isa on the grave situation of Uyghur persecution in China.

 

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Dolkun Isa

President of the World Uyghur Congress

Born in 1968 in East Turkestan (the current Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), Isa actively led large-scale protests demanding race equality while a student at Xinjiang University. This led to his dismissal from the university, but he continued his activities underground in Beijing, including publishing a book on Uyghur history. He sought asylum in 1994, settling in Germany. He has held his current post since 2017.

The Beijing government’s persecution against the Uyghur people has continued to intensify. Since the spring of 2017 the Communist Party has captured around 1 million Uyghurs and sent them to a “reeducation concentration camp”. We have no idea how the captives are treated.

One specialist says that the Uyghurs inside the camps have their organs removed and sold by the government. In fact, the practice of selling organs that belonged to executed criminals began in the 1990s in Xinjiang Uyghur. Some think that Uyghurs have suffered more victims of this organ hunting than the Falun Gong members.

 

Cruel Oppression of Muslims

The Beijing government strictly prohibits Uyghurs to practice Islam. If authorities find a copy of the Qur’an in a house, the owner is deemed a radical Muslim, and they may get arrested.

During the Ramadan fast, officers come to schools and work places to force feed the Muslims. Uyghur captives are forced to eat pig’s heads and innards, which are forbidden in Islam.

Many imams are summoned to the mosque and forced to do Islam-prohibited dances. Those wanting to pray at mosques need a special permit from officers, and sometimes they are questioned after. Many Muslims are now afraid to go to the mosque. Then the Beijing government destroyed 3,000 to 5,000 mosques under the pretext that “so few people attend”.

A common Islamic greeting “As-salamu ‘alaykum” [meaning "peace be with you"] is forbidden. And parents can’t register a child’s name if it has Islamic meanings. In 2017 the education of the Uyghur language was completely prohibited, so now everything is Mandarin.

The Beijing government goes to such extremes to oppress East Turkestan because it is a geographically important place in their “One Belt, One Road” policy. Uyghur’s are an obstacle in their territorial ambitions, so they are working hard to destroy the race from its foundations.

The world media does not sufficiently cover what is going on inside Xinjiang Uyghur. No country so far has actually stood up to stop the Beijing government’s racial purges and human rights infringements.

 

Japan, Please Stand Up!

In September 2017 when Egyptian authorities arrested a group of Uyghur students studying abroad in Egypt upon request of the Beijing government. Reports suggest that those arrested numbered above 200.

China’s knowledge of Egypt’s economic weakness obliged the Egyptian government to comply with the request and therefore take a hand in China’s human rights oppressions.

Japan, on the other hand, is an economic superpower that has no need to depend on China’s economy. In fact the U.S. and Japan have helped China become the economic power it now is by providing them with economic support. Meaning that Japan has not only the power but also the responsibility of stopping China’s human rights oppressions and territorial expansion.

For the last 21 years the Beijing government has been after me, labeling me an international terrorist. Many times I have stood on the verge of being deported to China when I try to enter a foreign country. In Japan though, nothing is done to limit my movements.

Japan is a true democrat representative of Asia, and I hope that she will stand up and speak out against China’s human rights oppressions.

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Inside a mosque in Xinjiang Uyghur. The national flag of China is strategically placed where the Muslims turn to pray in the direction of Mecca.

 

Falun Gong Persecutions: The Cruelest Acts in Human History

The Liberty Magazine interviewed the founder of Epoch Times Japan on the Chinese Communist Party’s inhumane treatment of Falun Gong members.

 

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Shin Harimoto

Founder of Epoch Times Japan

Harimoto was born in Huangshan City, Anhui province, China in 1963. After graduating from Nanjing University he undertook his Masters degree in Japan’s Tokyo University. In 2001 he cofounded the Japanese edition of the Epoch Times and has ever since continued to report on human rights problems in China.

Long ago Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism had taken root in traditional Chinese culture. But after the Communist Party of China rose to power in 1949, they destroyed these traditional ideologies and painted the continent Red. I experienced the Cultural Revolution, and I can say that the communist ideology is built upon deceit and violence.

In the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989, Li Hongzhi founded the Falun Gong movement in 1992. It stems from ancient Buddhism and it follows the basic principles of truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. It teaches morals as well as aiming for improvement in health.

I began practicing Falun Gong in 1994 and travelled to study in Japan in 1995. At that time it was still safe to practice Falun Gong in China.

When members rapidly increased in 1999, however, General Secretary Jiang Zemin began persecutions out of fear of the growing power. Members were arrested and tortured.

In 2006 one Chinese lady testified that Falun Gong prisoners were being victims of organ hunting. Independent research organizations later confirmed this practice. Organ hunting is the cruelest thing people can do.

 

The Communist Party Will Collapse

The greatest issue with China is the lack of religious faith. The Communist Party infringes human rights because it is an atheist dictatorial government. If the people do not have the ability to decipher good from evil, the government is free to do what it likes. The Jiang Zemin administration seduced its officials saying, “We’ll promote you if you persecute the Falun Gong” and used greed to control them.

But the Chinese people informed about the Falun Gong persecutions are gradually moving away from the Communist Party. The Global Service Centre for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party reports that already over 300 million members have quit the Party.

The Communist Party is digging its own grave.

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18th March: people parade through the streets of Hong Kong celebrating 300 million Communist Party defectors. The parade was seen by many Hong Kong citizens and Chinese tourists.

 

Japan Cannot Ignore the Tibetan Tragedy

Tibetan-born naturalized Japanese political scientist Pema Gyalpo talks about what he expects from his second home country.

 

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Pema Gyalpo

Director Emeritus of the Tibetan Culture Center in Japan

Pema was born in the Kham region of Tibet in 1953. His family escaped to India when he was aged 6, and at age 12 he went to study in Japan. He graduated with a law degree from the Asia University of Tokyo in 1976, and became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 2005. He currently holds teaching positions at Takushoku University and the Toin University of Yokohama, as well as serving as the Director Emeritus of the Tibetan Culture Center and the Chairman of the Asian Solidarity Council for Freedom and Democracy.

There is no freedom in Tibet like there is in Japan. But one thing the Communist Party can’t take away from the Tibetan people is the freedom of the mind. Religion is a frightful thing for communist ideology. Religious people gather and grow in any communist country, so much so that the government always resorts to religious oppression.

This is because the only thing people can rely on in times of immense difficulty is God.

People in China worship money. But money does not fill the feeling of emptiness in one’s soul. That’s why, even in the Communist Party, there are many secret Buddhist members. These people are human, and human nature is made to seek religious faith.

China now looks very similar to the Cultural Revolution age. Just like there were school classes that studied Maoism back then, they now have classes that study “Xi Jinping-ism”. The history taught at schools is distorted to the advantage of the Communist Party.

I hold teachings positions in Japanese universities, so I sometimes get the opportunity to meet Chinese international students. One girl I met said that she never knew the history of Chinese massacres in Tibet until she learned the truth in Japan. She was perturbed when I told her that the Communist Party killed my 2 brothers and grandmother. Her Han Chinese background does not make her guilty of anything, of course.

People in China do not know the bloody truths about history like the Tibetan and the Tiananmen Square massacres. That’s why they only learn the truth when they come to Japan.

 

Asia Expects Much From Japan

Japan and India are the only truly democratic countries in Asia. That why many countries, including Tibet, expect a lot from Japan.

Japan clearly has a need to reinforce national defense. There is still a possibility that the Tibetan tragedy will happen to Japan next. That’s why Japan cannot remain indifferent to the Tibetan tragedy.

 
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