French Falun Gong Information Centre Announces a Lawsuit for Crimes of Torture Against China’s Visiting Head

On May 5th 2005, the Chinese Minister of Commerce, Bo Xilai, notorious for torturing Falun Gong practitioners, paid a visit to Paris to attend the 2005 Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference held by OCDE and the 11th Sino-French Economic Seminar.

Based on an investigative report from the World Organisation to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, Bo Xilai enthusiastically followed the former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin to persecute Falun Gong. Because of him, Dalian City and Liaoning province became places with the most brutal record of human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners in China. Practitioners imprisoned in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Liaoning were subjected to unspeakable physical and mental cruelty. Among the verified 2234 deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in the past six years, 248 practitioners were persecuted to death in Liaoning Province, the death toll of which is rated as the fourth highest in the whole country. According to experts, the actual death toll is in effect ten times that.

During his term as Mayor of Dalian, General Party Secretary of Dalian and Governor of Liaoning province, Bo Xilai planned and managed the persecution Falun Gong practitioners many times during work meetings and conferences. In the past year, Falun Gong practitioners from Poland, United Kingdom, Peru, United States and Chile filed lawsuits against Bo Xilai, charging him with Genocide, Torture and Crimes Against Humanity.

Currently, the French Falun Gong Association is preparing to take legal action against Bo Xilai. Several other high-ranking Chinese officials have already been sued in France.

Li Lanqing is China’s First Vice President and head of the “6-10 Office”, an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems. Well-known human rights lawyer William Bourdon submitted the lawsuit against him.

Sun Jiazheng is Chinese Culture Minister and co-chairman of the Web Culture Engineering Organising Committee. Sun instigated public criticism and incited hatred against Falun Gong through the use of newspapers, the Internet, and cultural exhibits. He is an accomplice in the crimes of torture. This lawsuit was submitted by Mr. Phelizon.

Li Changchun is a Politburo Standing Committee Member of CCP Central Committee and former Guangdong Province CCP Secretary. The lawsuit against Li was submitted by lawyer Delva.

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