Human rights complaints against former Chinese head of state rise to 35,000

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Complaints against Jiang Zemin, the former leader of China’s Communist Party, rose from only a few thousand to around 35,000 over the previous month. The number of complainants is currently around 44,000.

They are practitioners and supporters of the Chinese religion Falun Gong, and they are urging China’s governing authorities to bring Jiang to justice for his administration’s persecution of the minority religion.

Similar to other mass movements currently taking place in China, the group action against Jiang is taking place on a website. Claimants are submitting complaints to Minghui. Between 1,700 and 2,700 complaints have been filed per day between the end of June and the beginning of July, mostly in China, but complaints have also come in from 19 other countries.

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The complaints include illegal detention, forced labor, torture, and murder.

Over the past 16 years, the Chinese government’s torture of Falun Gong adherents has resulted in 3,800 reported deaths. The actual number may be much higher, as matters such as executions, although extremely common in China relative to the rest of the world, are guarded as state secrets.

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The movement continues to spread as Falun Gong practitioners and their families spread pamphlets and banners.

Expat adherents of the religion have also been attempting to raise awareness. Survivors held a rally outside the Chinese Consulate in New York City July 3, where many gave accounts of the torture they had experienced under Jiang.

By James Haleavy