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A Letter to President Donald Trump from Artist Jinyu Li

A Letter to President Donald Trump from Artist Jinyu Li

Greetings Honorable President Donald Trump,

My name is Ms. Jinyu Li.  I am an artist and a member of AAFOH (Artists Against Forced Organ Harvesting).  I am proud that you are our 45th President of the United States.  My friends and I are very moved by your efforts to make America great again.  We fully support you, and we believe you will be a great President.  I will tell all the people I know that. I drew a portrait of you in oil painting, I hope you will like it. 

The United States was once very glorious in humankind’s history.  The founding of the United States tells the world that the United States is a defender of justice and an example of freedom and democracy.  Therefore, at the critical moment of humankind, whether to maintain justice to support goodness and stop evil will become the foundation of whether the United States can rejuvenate the prestige of the present world.  The whole world is looking at the United States. God is also looking at the United States and its people.

I hope you are aware of the crime of organ harvesting in China.  In June 2016, Congress passed H.Res.343 - Expressing concern regarding persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People's Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.  Now, more than 50 cases (types of lawsuits) from over 30 countries have been filed against the former dictator-president of China, Jiang Zemin in the name of torture, mass genocide and crimes against humanity.  More than 200,000 people have filed criminal cases against Jiang Zemin.  Crimes against Falun Gong are egregious evils human history has never seen before.  Jiang Zemin and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) deceives the world with lies, corrupt the world with materialism, and threatens the world with violence.  All nations and peoples of the world should stop the CCP’s behavior and bring Jiang Zemin to justice.  God will not allow such inhumane evil to continue to spread throughout the world.  

Organ harvesting in China is conducted by the Chinese government and its military.  This system has been in operation for at least 17 years, killing at least one million people, most of whom are Falun Gong practitioners.  The evidence is irrefutable.  Please visit the website WOIPFG: http: //www.upholdjustice.org/

At present this evil still occurs every day, live organ harvesting in China has never stopped.  I feel heart broken, and I believe you feel the same way.  People in China with views, beliefs, and opinions that are different from the CCP often get disappeared, being held in secret underground concentration camps, and unknowingly waiting to be organ harvested.  Victims’ bodies are then incinerated.  No one knows where they are or how their relatives feel.  Today, the CCP murders people in China; who can guarantee that tomorrow, they will not kill other people?  If in the future, our descendants ask us, “what have you done to defend justice and help save these people?”  “What did the US government do to stop the persecution of Falun Gong during the era of President Trump’s administration?”  I hope, by that time, we can say that we have done our best to stop this brutal atrocity and made a difference.

Falun Gong has since spread to more than 100 countries and has received more than 3,000 awards from various countries around the world.  In fact, before the persecution started in 1999, Falun Gong also received awards from various governmental departments in China.  

The CCP is demonic in nature.  One technique the CCP uses to suppress Falun Gong is the self-immolation.  The Chinese public security department hired several people who did not practice Falun Gong, so that they could self-immolate at Tiananmen Square while Chinese policemen armed with fire extinguishers put out the flames.  The Chinese media was onsite to prepare excellent video and photo footage.  The CCP began to spread rumors through its fake news to defame Falun Gong and deceive the whole world.  The CCP successfully incited hatred of Falun Gong among the masses in China and the world.  At that time, dictator-president Jiang Zemin had ordered: to eliminate Falun Gong in three months, defame their reputation, cause their financial collapse, and harm them physically.  No means are too excessive and any deaths are counted as a suicide.  The persecution against Falun Gong has been going on for almost 18 years.  The CCP rules China with lies and violence.  Its citizens are brainwashed from cradle to grave.  While ruling China for over 60 years, destroying five thousand years of Chinese culture and civilization, killing more than 80 million of its own people, and secretly fought against the U.S. in both Korea and Vietnam. 

China has its own five thousand years of culture and tradition.  The communist party is a foreign cult originating from Europe’s 19th century.  The people who know about the history of the CCP know that the CCP has always used lies and violence and are untrustworthy.  I have a book for you titled "Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party" which explains China's 60 years of modern history in order to understand the characteristics of this Chinese regime.  The CCP has manipulated the Chinese people's thinking, way of life, and destroyed morality.  From the spiritual and material life, the Chinese people have been completely controlled by the CCP.  I hope that China can return to its five thousand years of traditional culture.  This culture will enable the Chinese people to return to their rational and human nature under a normal state of living.

When you meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, I hope this is an opportunity to establish American prestige, save lives and change the status of human rights in China.  I hope that you will ask President Xi to fulfill his own promises.  If he believes in the rule of law, then arrest Jiang Zemin.  If he believes in the freedom of faith, then stop the arrests (abductions) and persecution of Falun Gong.  If he cherishes traditional Chinese culture, then welcome U.S. based Shen Yun Performing Arts to perform in China.

I hope that you remind Xi Jinping, to immediately stop persecuting Falun Gong, and stop the live organ harvesting.  Five thousand years of traditional culture and civilization will make China into a free country.  This will also affect the world.  The people of the world will thank the United States for helping China to become a better place, they will thank you, President Trump.  The United States will become the world's greatest country.  You will be called the great president of the world.  God will also give you and your family the best blessings and the best wishes.

 

 

Sincerely,

Jinyu Li

The following links, are helpful to understand the CCP in various work.

  1. Harvested alive in English
  2. Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and free download of the Book <Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party>  
  3. Agenda: Grinding America Down
  4. The U.S. Congressional-Executive Committee on China (CECC)'s 2016 Annual Report shows a thoroughly poor human rights record of the Chinese regime. 
     

Heaven’s Tears and Eternal Sunshine: Artists Take a Stand Against Forced Organ Harvesting

Artist Li Jinyu, with her artwork at the exhibition by AAFOH (Artists Against Forced Organ Harvesting) in New York on May 10, 2016. The exhibition features artwork about human rights abuse in China as well as Falun Gong practitioners speaking out against injustice in China. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Before 1997, artist Li Jinyu was  traveling to Tibet, Canada, and other places, looking for the meaning of life.

In her paintings, she would depict ethnic themes and traditional Chinese cultural subjects, as well as current happenings showing the conflict between man and the environment. And even though her subjects were mostly Eastern, her painting style was Western—oil painting.

When she became a Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioner in 1997, she felt she found what she was looking for.

“As I understand, the mission of an artist is recording the most important things in history, so I think that Falun Dafa is the most important issue in contemporary history and for such a great thing, I have to use realism to paint that because it is so strong; it’s very true, very honest,” said Li recently, in New York. She was standing in a tiny gallery hosting a bare-bones art exhibition, surrounded by works depicting a contemporary injustice. 

In 1999, the meditation practice she found that had brought light to her life was banned in its country of origin; its practitioners turned outlaws overnight. She and other artists have felt the need to document this.

Each painting she did had many stories behind it, she said. “So many of my friends were persecuted and even died.”

“Mom where are you?” by Li Jinyu at an exhibition presented by AAFOH (Artists Against Forced Organ Harvesting) in New York on May 10, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Li and eight other artists from Europe, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, and the United States are part of a newly formed alliance, Artists Against Forced Organ Harvesting (AAFOH), which took shape in November last year. Through the alliance, the artists seek to bring international awareness to what remains China’s most heinous state-sanctioned crime of using Falun Gong practitioners’ bodies for profit.

As a call to other artists to join the alliance and to publicize the issue, AAFOH held its inaugural one-day show and press conference in New York on May 10. The exhibition included oil paintings, traditional Chinese paintings, visual dimensional animation, and computer-generated art. 

His Body Was Still Warm

Jiang Li who was a guest speaker at the art exhibition by AAFOH. Li’s father died in a forced labor camp in China after being persecuted by communist authorities for practicing the spiritual discipline Falun Gong. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

A guest speaker at the event was Jiang Li from Chongqing in China, who recounted, through an interpreter, the harrowing experience of how her father was killed for his organs.

After being forcefully taken from his home on May 14, 2008, Jiang’s father was sent to a forced labor camp for one year. On Jan. 28, 2009, the labor camp told the Jiang family to go to the morgue to see Mr. Jiang body for the last time.

“When we got to the morgue, we were only allowed to be there for five minutes and only allowed to see my father’s head,” said Ms. Jiang.

Her father was in a freezer drawer. When Ms. Jiang’s sister touched her father’s face, she was surprised to feel that his face was warm. Her brother who was there as well, pulled open the drawer and they felt that their father’s body was warm all over. Suspecting that their father was still alive, they attempted to do CPR but the guard forcefully pushed the drawer back in before they could do anything, saying: “Anyway, we have the death certificate from the hospital.”

The siblings were kicked out of the morgue that day, and again the following day.

“On March 27, 2009, the Chinese communist authorities clearly told us that my father’s organs had been taken and made into specimens,” said Jiang.

9,500 Doctors, 865 Hospitals

Also speaking at the event was Wang Zhiyuan, spokesperson for the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), which has been investigating the issue for the last 10 years.

People attend an art exhibition by AAFOH (Artists Against Forced Organ Harvesting) in New York on May 10, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

According to Wang, the WOIPFG discovered that over 9,500 doctors from 865 hospitals were involved in organ harvesting. Among them, 96 military and local hospitals conducted 2,000 to 3,000 operations per year.

“If each of them conducted 2,000 transplants per year, then in total they would have done 192,000 transplants. For ten years, that would be 1.92 million,” said Wang.

Considering that, by the Chinese regime’s own statistics, there were over 70 million people who were practicing Falun Dafa before the persecution began in 1999, this is indeed a possibility.

People attend an art exhibition by AAFOH (Artists Against Forced Organ Harvesting) in New York on May 10, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

The WOIPFG’s findings are supported by the report “BLOODY HARVEST – Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China” that was published on July 6, 2006, and updated and formally published subsequently.

Written by former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) David Kilgour and human rights attorney David Matas, the 140-page report details the findings of their independent investigation of organ harvesting from Falun Gong detainees. 

It shows the well-oiled system of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners—a system that was overtly publicized at one time through websites in both Chinese and English, in order to attract international patients in urgent need of organ transplants.

One such website documented in the Kilgour, Matas report is the China International Transplantation Network Assistance Centre Website en.zoukiishoku.com (Shenyang City).

The following excerpt from the Kilgour, Matas report about the website encapsulates the blatant advertorial nature of the organ transplant business:

This website as of May 17, 2006 indicated in the English version … that the centre was established in 2003 at the First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University ‘…specifically for foreign friends. Most of the patients are from all over the world.’ The opening sentence of the site introduction declares that ‘Viscera providers can be found immediately!’

Another page includes this statement:

…the number of kidney transplant operations is at least 5,000 every year all over the country. So many transplantation operations are owing to the support of the Chinese government. The supreme people’s court, police, judiciary, department of health and civil administration have enacted a law together to make sure that organ donations are supported by the government. This is unique in the world.

The report by Kilgour and Matas includes one of the most chilling Q&A’s one is likely to ever read.  Take this excerpt from the Chinese transplant website’s ‘question and answer’ section:

Before the living kidney transplantation, we will ensure the donor’s renal function…So it is more safe than in other countries, where the organ is not from a living donor.

Q: Are the organs for the pancreas transplant(ed) from brain death (sic) (dead) patients?

A: Our organs do not come from brain death victims because the state of the organ may not be good.

Art and Tragedy

The artists in the alliance are well aware of the evidence and the statistics pertaining to the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Chinese regime.

Li, a Canadian citizen, has experienced this first hand, when her husband was in a labor camp but was eventually rescued by the Canadian government.

Another artist in the exhibition, Zhang Cuiying, is a Chinese-Australian artist and citizen who was illegally detained in China for eight months during which time she endured torture, beatings, and brainwashing classes in order to make her renounce Falun Gong. She was rescued through the Australian government and returned to Australia where she continues to paint and raise awareness about the ongoing persecution. 

“When I was tortured, there were many Falun Gong practitioners in the same labor camp. I was lucky to have the Australian government to rescue me, but there are so many people with no one to speak for them. I want to use my paintings to appeal for them,” wrote Zhang in the statement that she sent to the event along with her paintings.

The artists hope their art can complete the picture for people who are either unaware, or untouched, by the genocide that is covertly happening in China at this unprecedented time in history, when China is the country most courted by nations around the world for economic benefit. 

It is not all tragedy. Among the works is a painting to symbolize a brighter future.

One of Zhang Cuiying’s paintings is a self portrait of her meditating on lotus leaves surrounded by lotus flowers in full bloom—a reminder of the beauty and tranquility of Falun Dafa, the reason why so many have died rather than give up their belief, and a symbol of that which will overcome the tragedy: hope.

Originally published on Epoch Times.

Ethan Gutmann, Author of ‘The Slaughter,’ Speaks of His Interview With Dr. Ko Wen-je

Ethan Gutmann in a video about his interview with the Taiwanese surgeon Dr. Ko Wen-je. (Ethan Gutmann)

Ethan Gutmann in a video about his interview with the Taiwanese surgeon Dr. Ko Wen-je. (Ethan Gutmann)

Ethan Gutmann is the author of two books about China, and a variety of long articles of reportage on the topic of organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in the PRC. His most recent book, The Slaughter, was published earlier this year—it focuses on the mass harvesting of organs of practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice. The core new information in the text comes from interviews conducted by Gutmann with survivors of torture, researchers, former security agents and police, surgeons, and others around the world, who illuminate one or another aspect of the abuse, which researchers say has taken place since around 2000.

One of Gutmann’s interview subjects was the well-known Taiwanese surgeon Dr. Ko Wen-je, who helped build Taiwan’s voluntary organ transplantation system. Gutmann’s book describes how Dr. Ko went to mainland China and, by accident, discovered that the organs of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience were used in transplants. He attempted to help mainland doctors come up with a system that would minimize this abuse, but it was not taken up. Dr. Ko now also happens to be mayor of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, after an electoral campaign fought bitterly by his opponents, of the incumbent Nationalist Party. Gutmann’s book was published in August; the mayoral election took place on Nov. 29. Prior to election day, Dr. Ko’s political opponents sought to attack the surgeon—in part by misrepresenting the content of Gutmann’s book, with an admixture of political invective, to claim that Dr. Ko was an organ broker. Dr. Ko’s lawyer at one point sent Gutmann legal correspondence requesting that Gutmann retract the passages in his book that relate to Dr. Ko’s statements.

Gutmann’s lawyer, Clive Ansley, responded by saying that the problem was not the content of the book, but the misrepresentation it had been given by Dr. Ko’s political opponents. The incident stopped there, until after the election. Recently, Gutmann released a video and lengthy question and answer—the questions having been posed by an English-language Taiwanese newspaper which later declined to run the interview, for unspecified reasons—clarifying his position on the contretemps, and making available documentary evidence demonstrating that Dr. Ko had reviewed Gutmann’s account of their exchange, and signed off on it. The question and answer was published along with a video in which Gutmann expands on his responses. The text as it appeared on Gutmann’s website follows.

 

Setting the Record Straight: The Dr. Ko Interview from Bjorvand on Vimeo.

How did your book end up as a centerpiece of the Taipei mayoral campaign?

Gutmann: In “The Slaughter,” Dr. Ko describes visiting a mainland hospital to look into the quality of organ transplants in China for his clinic’s Taiwanese patients. After he became aware that Falun Gong practitioners’ organs were being used to source the transplants, Ko quietly attempted to introduce more transparency into the organ donation system in China. He failed, but in my book, I described Dr. Ko as a man of “singular courage.”

Somehow, many in Taiwan skipped over that part. In October, with Dr. Ko Wen-je looking good in the polls, partisan elements seized on The Slaughter to accuse Dr. Ko of being an “organ broker.”

Exploiting inaccurate, out-of-context, translations of my writing, the issue dominated Taiwanese media coverage for nearly a week, culminating in a press conference where Dr. Ko denied the press charges and portrayed aspects of my book as inaccurate and unauthorized.

Yet Dr. Ko was responding to a claim that I never actually made in The Slaughter. As my lawyer, Clive Ansley, stated: “No English-speaking reader to date has understood for one moment that Dr. Ko was acting as an ‘organ broker'”.

Did Dr. Ko show any interest in purchasing human organs or actually getting involved in the Chinese organ trade?

Gutmann: Would an organ broker have given me an interview? Of course not. Dr. Ko was simply concerned with the welfare of his clinic’s patients.

How did Dr. Ko become part of your book in the first place?

Gutmann: In July 2008, my research assistant and I initiated an interview with Dr. Ko because we had heard that he might know something about organ harvesting in China. Dr. Ko began with a rather generic story: A clinic with aging patients who need organ transplants. A surgeon who visits mainland China to scout out the quality of the care. The surgeon inquires at a hospital about transplant procedures and prices. After getting to know the Mainland doctors, they respond that his clinic’s patients will receive the discounted Chinese price.

People bargain in China. That’s not news. So the interview wouldn’t have made it into my book except for one critical twist: the surgeon was told that the Taiwanese patients, should they come to this hospital, would receive particularly healthy organs. Why? Because the organ “donors” were Falun Gong–that is, prisoners of conscience.

This occurred in 2004-2005, before any allegations of systematic organ harvesting from Falun Gong had surfaced. So the scale was a mystery. But Dr. Ko sensed he had stumbled into something terrible: Mainland doctors, in at least one hospital, were killing Falun Gong for their organs.

Perhaps other Taiwanese doctors were given glimmers of that same discovery. What sets Dr. Ko apart is that he tried to do something about it, single-handedly creating a standardized medical form that would force mainland doctors to actually enter the organ “donors'” identity. Dr. Ko thought this might drive the practice of harvesting Falun Gong underground, although, as he told me ruefully, it would “only remove 95% of the problem.” Over the years, Dr. Ko tried to get Mainland doctors to adopt the form. They refused. So Dr. Ko did something else. He spoke to a journalist.

That’s you. How exactly did Dr. Ko’s interview end up in your book? What was the process?

Gutmann: The entire process was outlined in my book: by prior mutual agreement, the conversation was confidential. I did not record it. And my memory for dialogue is actually pretty good, but memory alone clearly wouldn’t justify the account that you see in the book.

Over the years, my researcher called Dr. Ko occasionally. I also called him to ask whether a central database of Falun Gong practitioners existed in China. Dr. Ko responded that harvesting operated in an informal eBay-style system. His English wasn’t smooth on the phone, but it was obvious to both of us that we were discussing the harvesting of Falun Gong.

In June 2013, I decided to try to get Dr. Ko’s permission to publish his account as an “anonymous Taiwan surgeon.” I seldom run my writing by an interview subject before publication, but because we did not record the interview, my researcher e-mailed Dr. Ko an advance draft–karaoke bar and all–and posed the following questions in Chinese:

“1. Under the circumstances that we don’t mention your name, specific situations, or any details, is it okay to write this content?

2. Is his draft of the story (below) according to reality? Is it factual? Because at the time we didn’t record and didn’t ask you too much about this direction, so there are some situations we are not too clear about, we just remember the general drift. Could you take a look and tell us where the story has inaccuracies? If it’s incorrect, how should it be correctly stated?”

Dr. Ko’s response: “the story seems Ok.”

In January 2014, we asked asked Dr. Ko to allow his real name to appear with the account in The Slaughter, to be published in August. Dr. Ko’s response was: “OK, for what I say I can be responsible.” He then provided, upon request, a high-resolution portrait of himself to be published in the book. In short, Dr. Ko had three clear opportunities to say: “Just a minute, let me take a look at that account again.” The emails show that no substantive differences between what Dr. Ko received and what was published in the book–even after my publisher’s rigorous editing.

Over 100 witnesses were interviewed for my book. Some actually risked their lives–and the lives of their families–for this investigation. Not one has objected to The Slaughter. If Dr. Ko had expressed even minor reservations, I would have struck the account.

Do you hold a grudge over any of this? Do you think Dr. Ko does? And what do you see as the way forward with Dr. Ko at this point?

Gutmann: My best wishes go out to Dr. Ko and the people who have worked to elect him. I continue to believe that Dr. Ko is an ethical man who—in agreeing to be named in my book—was doing his part to end a human rights atrocity. It is unfortunate that Dr. Ko felt the need to distance himself from his account in the heat of a political campaign.

Yet people say a lot of things in political campaigns. I don’t take remarks personally. And, as my researcher suggested, it’s entirely possible that Dr. Ko and I have different recollections of some aspects of our interview. So I will address Dr. Ko’s concerns in the preface to the Chinese edition of “The Slaughter” and I have no problem sticking an asterisk next to certain statements. Perhaps Dr. Ko negotiated in China on behalf of his clinic and not individual patients. Perhaps Dr. Ko and the surgeons never visited a karaoke bar. Perhaps Dr. Ko never made appointments for Taiwanese patients on the Mainland.

But none of this changes the fact that Dr. Ko signed off on my account of the interview. And none of it alters my thesis: that we were discussing organ harvesting from Falun Gong. Why else would Dr. Ko have discussed Falun Gong harvesting being temporarily halted for the Beijing Olympics? I played with Dr. Ko’s standardized medical form on his computer. Did Dr. Ko create the form to defend the rights of murderers and rapists? No, when Dr. Ko said the form would only remove 95% of the problem, he was referring to Falun Gong. There can be no asterisk on this point.

Yet I still wonder: why did Dr. Ko sign off on my account during his election campaign? Odder still, why didn’t he have a prepared response when the account surfaced? The simplest explanation is probably correct–Dr. Ko is an honest man who, particularly in January 2014, was still a political neophyte, unprepared for the cynical personal attacks that accompany political campaigns.

Yet I’m guilty of that same naiveté so I can hardly stand in judgment on this point. We learned our lessons the hard way, you might say.

In your view, what’s the way forward for Taiwan?

Gutmann: I’m sure it feels quite different to anyone who worked in the campaign, but as a human rights investigator, I see this as just one more skirmish in a very long war over forced organ harvesting. The Chinese Communist Party would have loved to see Dr. Ko and I rip each other apart. Instead, my attorney’s legal responses exonerated Dr. Ko. I remain hopeful that he will further advance the cause of saving innocent lives in China.

But let’s talk about political reality. The Taipei mayoral position may be a stepping stone to the Taiwan presidency. Well, can a Taiwanese president openly acknowledge the harvesting of political and religious dissidents in China? Can a witness even negotiate with the Party on Taiwan’s behalf? A candidate for mayor of Taipei, and potentially, the presidency, might want to keep that in mind.

Yet no matter how normal, level-headed, even justified, those words might sound, isn’t this a sort of cancer, this endlessly creeping rationalization for not offending Beijing? And isn’t there a whiff of hypocrisy in this entire affair?

Elements in Taiwanese society were eager to accuse Dr. Ko of being an “organ broker.” Yet Taiwanese citizens regularly go to the mainland for organs, even though the odds are that a Uyghur, a Tibetan, a House Christian or a Falun Gong practitioner will be killed so that a Taiwanese citizen will live. So unless Taiwan bans organ tourism outright, as Israel has, shouldn’t Taiwan itself be characterized as an “organ broker state”?

Taiwan cannot change China, but Taiwan can follow its own values. If anything good has come out of the Dr. Ko controversy it is this: Taiwan has stumbled into something terrible. And more than any other people in the world, the people of Taiwan are in a unique position to know the truth.

Originally published on Epoch Times.