On the 20th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, practitioners in the United States submitted a name list of human rights violators to the U.S. Department of State, urging the agency to deny visa or port entry for these individuals.
This is a follow-up to the department’s decision earlier this year to tighten visa vetting and restrict entry of human rights violators. The decision was based on the U.S. laws on entry and immigration and Presidential Proclamation 8697 issued in 2011.
An official from the U.S. State Department confirmed receipt of the submissions and said they will take appropriate actions on all cases. He also said that all the people denied visas due to human rights abuses were involved in the persecution of Falun Gong. Citing Minghui.org as a reliable and trustworthy source, he praised that the evidence provided by Falun Gong practitioners was credible and well formatted, and was among the best.
When the official explained the various laws regarding visa ineligibility, he mentioned that some of them applied to the perpetrator’s spouse and children as well. He also indicated that the pattern of the perpetration is not important, but the specific details are. As long as one case has substantial specifics, that perpetrator is qualified for visa ineligibility.
The official also mentioned that numerous other countries have enacted or are considering enacting laws similar to the U.S.’s “Global Magnitsky Act,” which can be used to deny human rights violators’ visa applications and restrict their assets in the United States.
In the past 20 years, Minghui.org has collected information about a large number of perpetrators and their actions against Falun Gong practitioners. Key individuals will be continually selected and submitted to the State Department.
Some individuals on the recent name list submitted are below. It includes leaders from the propaganda department, the Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC), and the 610 Office, as well as doctors involved in forced organ harvesting, judges, and officers from prisons and labor camps. Their involvement includes issuing policies, giving instructions, and carrying out orders.
Partial Name List of Individuals Submitted to the U.S. State Department
The 20 individuals listed below are only part of the name list recently submitted to the U.S. Department of State. They demonstrate that the name list covers various regions, functions, and levels of government agency.
1. Liu Yunshan (刘云山):
Liu Yunshan’s appoint history:
1993–1997: Deputy Director of the Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee
1997–2002: Deputy Director of the Propaganda Department of the CCP Central Committee, and Chairman of the CCP Central Guidance Commission for Building Spiritual Civilization
2002–2012: Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the CCP Central Committee, First Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China, and head of the Propaganda Department of the CCP Central Committee
2012–2017: Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the CCP Central Committee, First Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China, head of the Propaganda Department of the CCP Central Committee and Chairman of the CCP Central Guidance Commission for Building Spiritual Civilization
After Jiang Zemin and the CCP launched the persecution against Falun Gong in July 1999, Liu Yunshan actively participated in the persecution. As head of the CCP’s propaganda department, he incited particularly severe violations of Falun Gong practitioners’ human rights and religious freedom, subjecting them to torture, prolonged detention without charges, disappearance by abduction, and other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, and the security of persons.
In June 1999, Liu Yunshan was put in charge of anti-Falun Gong propaganda in the CCP’s Leading Group for Handling the Falun Gong Issue, which was established by Jiang Zemin to persecute Falun Gong. The notorious Office to Prevent and Handle Cult Issues (610 Office) is the executive office of this leading group. Liu was also the deputy director of the CCP Propaganda Department. Because of his active involvement in the persecution of Falun Gong, Liu was promoted to be the director of the Propaganda Department in 2002 and remained in the position for 10 years until the end of 2012.
In 2012, he was further promoted to the position of the Politburo Standing Committee member responsible for propaganda. During those years, as a result of Liu’s leading role in propaganda against Falun Gong, the persecution of Falun Gong in mainland China was at the most severe level. Countless numbers of Falun Gong practitioners were unlawfully detained and imprisoned, tortured, and sentenced. Many suffered from critical injuries and disabilities. Massive numbers of Falun Gong practitioners were killed through live harvesting of their organs.
2. Zhao Fei (赵飞):
During his tenure as Chief of Wuhan City (Hubei Province) Public Security Bureau and Deputy Secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) of the CCP Wuhan Committee from September 2011 to July 2014, Zhao Fei was responsible for at least three massive arrests of practitioners in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. In addition, as police chief of Wuhan City, he was responsible for imprisonment of over 30 Falun Gong practitioners and the deaths of more than 10 practitioners as a result of torture.
3. Feng Zheng (冯征):
Feng was Party Secretary and Director of Shanxi Province Prison Administration between June 2003 and May 2011. During these years, at least five practitioners lost their lives in Jinzhong Prison and Shanxi Women’s Prison as a result of intensified mistreatment.
4. Liu Hong (刘宏):
As Deputy General Secretary of Liaoning Province PLAC and Director of Liaoning Province 610 Office between 2011 and 2017, Liu Hong was responsible for detention, torture, and deaths of practitioners during his tenure in Liaoning Province.
5. Shan Chengfan (单成繁):
Shan was Party Secretary and Director of Liaoning Province Prison Administration between February 2012 and January 2016. Liaoning was one of the provinces where practitioners were persecuted the most in prisons and labor camps, such as Liaoning Women’s Prison and Masanjia Labor Camp. Since February 2012, nearly 20 Falun Gong practitioners detained in Liaoning Province have lost their lives with additional practitioners disabled or driven insane.
6. Huang Jiefu (黄洁夫):
Huang serves as director of the China Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, Deputy Director of the Central Health Care Committee. He was the former deputy minister of the Chinese Ministry of Health; director of the Technical Clinical Application Committee (OTC) of the China Human Organ Transplantation (July 2006); director of China Human Organ Donation Committee (CODC) (2008) ; as well as honorary director of the Department of Organ Transplantation, First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University; and director of Liver Surgery at Peking Union Medical College Hospital.
Huang is a key organizer of the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in the Chinese Communist Party Health System. In the hospital where he served, the number of transplants is huge, and many doctors have outright admitted to using the organs of Falun Gong practitioners. He is also personally involved in large numbers of organ transplants. For example, in 2012, he stated that he had personally performed more than 500 liver transplants in one year. On September 28, 2005, Huang Jiefu performed a liver transplant surgery and was suspected of using three living people as spare liver sources. He is one of the primary criminals involved in the CCP’s large-scale organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.
7. Zheng Shusen (郑树森):
Zheng was deputy chairman and later chairman of China Anti-Cult Association’s branch in Zhejiang Province between 2007 and 2017. He was responsible for producing and spreading defamatory propaganda against Falun Gong, both inside China and overseas. In addition to performing organ transplant himself, the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, where he serves, and Organ Procurement Organization-China, OPO-China, which he heads, were also involved in forced organ harvesting.
8. Shen Zhongyang (沈中阳):
Shen was director of the Organ Transplant Center in Tianjin First Central Hospital, as well as president of the hospital. News media in China reported Shen and his team had performed nearly 10,000 liver transplants by December 2014, while surveys from the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) showed more than 5,000 transplants per year since 2006.
9. Chen Xinguo (陈新国):
Chen is a deputy director of the Transplantation Surgery of Liver Transplant Institute at the Beijing Armed Police General Hospital. His other titles include: standing committee member of the Organ Transplantation Professional Committee of Beijing Medical Association, committee member of the Organ Transplantation Expert Board of Beijing Physician Association, standing committee member of the Organ Transplantation Professional Committee of China’s Research-intensive Hospital Association, and committee member of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Professional Committee of China’s Research-Intensive Hospital Association.
Since February 2002, Chen has engaged in clinical liver transplants under the instruction of Shen Zhongyang. Over nearly 6 years, he participated in over 800 liver transplant surgeries, among which over 30 cases were living-donor transplants. He independently completed over 300 cases of organ harvesting, and over 300 cases of liver transplant surgeries. He also participated in a number of highly difficult surgeries, including China’s first domino liver transplant, a combined liver-kidney transplant, a third-time liver transplant, a mid-pregnancy liver transplant, the liver transplant for China’s most aged patient, and a living donor liver transplant without transfusion. Since being engaged in liver transplant starting 2002, Chen Xinguo has also assisted more than 10 medical units either inside or outside Beijing in launching programs facilitating liver transplants.
10. Peng Zhihai (彭志海):
Peng was deputy director of Organ Transplant Division of Chinese Medical Doctor Association (CMDA). He was said to have conducted over 5,000 liver transplants, reaching over 400 transplants per year over the past several years.
11. Liu Xuepu (刘学普):
Liu was Party secretary of the Chongqing City PLAC between June 2012 and May 2017. According to limited information obtained by Minghui, in 2015 alone, 335 Chongqing practitioners were arrested, with 50 put on trial and 19 missing or being forced to stay away from home.
12. Teng Xiaoguang (滕晓光):
Teng was director of Heilongjiang Province Prison Administration as well as deputy head of Heilongjiang Justice Department between June 2010 and July 2015. Over 10 practitioners died due to torture during that time.
13. Jiang Chun (蒋春):
Jiang was deputy political commissar of Wuhan Women’s Prison, Hubei Province, between 1999 and November 2015. She became political commissar of Hankou Prison in December 2015. Over 40 Falun Gong practitioners gave up their belief because of pressure from her. She also published more than 10 papers on how to transform practitioners.
14. Qu Shen (屈申):
Qu was former staff member and later deputy director of Jianghan District 610 Office in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. He was also in charge of Jianghan Brainwashing Center. More than 1,000 practitioners have been kept at the center, and at least 17 of them lost their lives due to torture.
15. Jia Fujun (贾福军):
Jia was appointed director of Liaoning Women’s Prison in January 2014 and has since been in that position. Before that he was office director of the Liaoning Prison Administration. Nearly 640 Falun Gong practitioners were kept in the prison in 2006 alone and 36 practitioners have died as of 2015 due to torture in this prison.
16. Li Chao (李超):
Li Chao was vice mayor of Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province, and director and Party secretary of the Public Security Bureau of Chaoyang City from May 2013 till July 2016. After he took up his position, there was a dramatic shift in the city police’s treatment of local Falun Gong residents and a ratcheting up of efforts to detain them. There have been several rounds of mass arrests following meetings Li called for local security personnel in which he urged police to amplify efforts to persecute Falun Gong.
17. Sun Yongbo (孙永波):
Sun was Party secretary of the Heilongjiang Province Public Security Bureau between June 2008 and May 2016. He has also been deputy director of the Heilongjiang Province 610 Leadership Team since June 2008. At least 67 practitioners have died in Heilongjiang Province as a result of torture during this period of time.
18. Zhang Guojun (张国钧):
Zhang was director of the Hebei Province 610 Office between June 1999 and July 2005. He closely followed the persecution policy and 379 practitioners had died as of November 2005, making Hebei one of the provinces with the most practitioner deaths in China.
19. Yang Bo (杨波):
Yang was an officer, then political instructor at Suihua Labor Camp. He was then promoted and worked in Heilongjiang Administration of Reeducation-Through-Labor between December 2003 and August 2004. Since September 2004, he has been working as deputy director of Heilongjiang Domestic Security Bureau. Chinese news media reported that Yang transformed over 100 Falun Gong practitioners in three years. During his tenure at the labor camp, Yang also employed severe methods to torture Falun Gong practitioners detained there.
20. Jiang Tieliang (姜铁良):
Since the Jiang Zemin Group began to suppress Falun Gong in July 1999, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate as well as the Supreme People’s Court of China have tried their best to follow Jiang Zemin. Actions from these groups include illegally arresting Falun Gong practitioners without warrants, sentencing them without proper legal procedures, and even frequently without trials. As a result, many innocent Falun Gong practitioners have been illegally sentenced, “re-educated” through forced labor, and even persecuted to death over the past 20 years. As a law executor to have committed such persecutions, one should take full responsibility for his/her commitments.
Notably among these acts, on August 17, 2001, the Dongcheng District Court of Beijing illegally tried 25 Falun Gong practitioners who displayed a 99-meter-long banner displaying the message “Falun Dafa Is Good” as well as 18 “Hong Yin” poems at Tiananmen Square on December 31, 2000.
The presiding judge was Jiang Tieliang, a judge of the Dongcheng District Court, who sentenced all 25 practitioners to prison with terms ranging from 3.5 to 10 years.
About Falun Dafa
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is an ancient spiritual discipline brought to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in China and taught free of charge. It consists of gentle exercises that work with inner energy, meditation and teaching based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
Before 1999 Falun Dafa had between 70 and 100 million followers in China, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center.
The Chinese communist regime began defaming and persecuting practitioners on July 20, 1999.