Jiang Renzheng's Situation Arouses Concern from Amnesty International’s Berlin Branch

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A branch of Amnesty International located in Berlin recently reported Jiang Renzheng’s situation to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Amnesty International also revealed to Falun Gong practitioners that the German Embassy in Beijing has already expressed concern about this case to the Chinese Government.

Deported back to China by the German Government with wife Guo Rui and their two children on 7th March, Jiang Renzheng was sentenced to three years in a forced labour camp a week ago for “having contacts with Falun Gong organisations and damaging social order”. He is now imprisoned in Benxi Labour Camp, near Shenyang, yet according to the latest news he is not at the labour camp any more. His family has not yet been informed of his whereabouts.

Jiang Renzheng and his wife Guo Rui started to practise Falun Gong in Norway two years ago. The German Government believe that they never practised Falun Gong before they left China and had not suffered any persecution so they wouldn’t run into any problems if they went back and practised at home. The incident of Jiang Renzheng’s labour sentence exposes the depth and extent of the persecution of Falun Gong, which has upset and deeply shocked the whole German society.

Jiang Renzheng and his wife Guo Rui previously lived in Wuerzburg, Germany. Ms. Tang, the voluntary Falun Gong contact person in this city, kept in touch with Jiang’s family after they went back to China. She assumes that when they went back to China they looked for jobs, searched for a house and looked after their children. The ones who have damaged social order are not them, but none other than the Chinese Communist Party who arrested the father of these young children and caused severe mental burden for Jiang’s elderly parents. This is truly damaging social order. Ms. Tang also explained that Falun Gong practitioners are now actively asking for help from the German public and would not abandon the appeal for Jiang Renzheng’s family.

IGFM, an international human rights organisation whose headquarters are in Frankfurt, sent news to the main German media organisations on the 13th of April, demanding that the Chinese Government release Jiang Renzheng immediately and requesting the German Premier to protest to the Chinese Government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong. IGFM’s petition to call for the immediate release of Jiang Renzheng has been used in Falun Gong activities all over Germany.

Residents living in and around this city have got to know about the fates of Jiang Renzheng’s family through a newspaper article on April 12th entitled “Deported Chinese Man Sentenced to a Labour Camp”. When Wuerzburg Falun Gong practitioners collected signatures, many people said, “I’ve read an article about him in the papers.” People were generally very sympathetic and the petition went successfully. The petition appeals to the German Government to rescue Jiang Renzheng’s family and bring them back to Germany.

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