New York–The trial of two Vietnamese Falun Gong practitioners, scheduled to take place today, has been postponed, according to their lawyer. The pair, charged over broadcasting radio programs into China, remain in custody, however, and could be tried at any time. The Falun Dafa Information Center urges the international community to continue to call for their immediate and unconditional release.
“The quick and forceful international response to the upcoming trial likely played a role in the postponement and offset Chinese pressure on Vietnam to target Falun Gong,” says Erping Zhang. “However, these two men could be put on trial at a moment’s notice. We urge the Vietnamese authorities to release them unconditionally and for the international community to continue advocating on their behalf.”
The two Vietnamese men—Mr. Vu Duc Trung, a 30-year-old CEO of a high-tech company, and his 35-year-old brother-in-law Mr. Le Van Thanh—were scheduled to stand trial in Hanoi on April 8, 2011. The pair are charged with “transmitting information illegally onto the telecommunications network” for having broadcast news programs of Sound of Hope radio via short-wave radio into China. Sound of Hope’s programs typically report on human rights abuses, corruption, and repression of Falun Gong practitioners and other minorities. Trung initiated the broadcasts in April 2009. They face five years in jail if convicted.
The pair were abducted on June 11, 2010 and have remained in custody since. The indictment stated that the Vietnamese government arrested the men after a diplomatic memo was sent on March 5, 2010, from the Chinese Embassy to Vietnam’s Ministry of Investigation and Security.
According to Agence France Presse and sources familiar with the case, the trial has been postponed, and a new date has not been set.
On April 5, the press freedom watchdog group Reporters Without Borders issued an alert on the case and called Vietnam to resist Chinese pressure.
The Center urges journalists, human rights groups, and Western government officials to continue to call on the Vietnamese to drop the charges and annul the trial completely. The following is one relevant phone number that can be called:
Deputy Minister of Investigation and Security, Huong Van Nguyen, at +84 (0)4-38226602 or +84(0)69-42545. Faxes can also be sent to: +84(0)69-41038 or +84(0)4-39420223.
For more information see:
- Falun Dafa Information Center, “Urgent Appeal:Vietnam Must Halt Trial of Falun Gong Practitioners over China Broadcasts”: http://www.faluninfo.net/article/1129/?cid=84
- Agence France Presse, “Falun Gong says two members to be tried in Vietnam.” http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_653729.html
- Reporters Without Borders, “Two radio station operators to be tried for broadcasting to China”: http://en.rsf.org/viet-nam-two-radio-station-operators-to-be-05-04-2011,39961.html
- The Epoch Times: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/54162/
- Radio Free Asia: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/broadcasters-04062011145007.html
Predictably, the corruption that plagues China has spilled into Viet Nam as corrupt Vietnamese officials do the bidding of the fetid Chinese Communist Party. The world is focused on the Mid-East and the struggle for democracy while turning a deaf ear to the cries from Asia and we wonder why the world as a whole looks at the western world with disdain and confusion. It has only become apparent to the world as a whole that the west is bipolar in their response to egregious crimes against humanity if it interferes with corporate profits and the steady flow of cheap Chinese goods.
Now China’s cancer has spread to Viet Nam in earnest as innocent people are being persecuted not for violations of the laws of the land but as a favor to appease Chinese thugs in a boldly illegal kangaroo court trial of Falun Gong practitioners. Imagine, being charges for a crime that is not even on the books. The real crime is the crime against humanity as Viet Nam joins China in the relentless witch hunt for Falun Gong members for the crime of living a discipline and a moral lifestyle. The corrupted Chinese Communist Party is not communist by any stretch of the imagination but more a blue print for the morally bankrupt New World Order. For it is money that is all that matters to the members of China’s most lucrative criminal cartel, The C.C.P.
On a sidebar, let it be known that there is a reward for nations who persecute their own people for corporate interests for this is truly the time of great change. The earth has only begun to rumble with distain for the wholesale disregard for life. And the show has only just begun. Like the ole addage goes, what comes around goes around and eventually the world will harvest the bitter fruit of our ambivalance.
Chinese Embassy memo prompted pair’s arrest, prosecution
05 Apr 2011
New York—Two Vietnamese Falun Gong practitioners are scheduled to stand trial Friday for broadcasting uncensored news programs into China, following a request from Beijing to crackdown. Under such pressure, the Vietnamese authorities have been stepping up harassment of the local Falun Gong community in recent months. The Falun Dafa Information Center urges members of the international community to press for the pair’s immediate and unconditional release.
Two Vietnamese men who practice Falun Gong—Mr. Vu Duc Trung, a 30-year-old CEO of a high-tech company, and his 35-year-old brother-in-law Mr. Le Van Thanh—are to stand trial in Hanoi on April 8, 2011. The pair are charged with “transmitting information illegally onto the telecommunications network” for having broadcast news programs of Sound of Hope radio via short-wave radio into China. Sound of Hope’s programs typically report on human rights abuses, corruption, and repression of Falun Gong practitioners and other minorities. Trung initiated the broadcasts in April 2009.
New York – A 42-year-old owner of a dumpling restaurant in Northeast China died in his home at the end of February, unable to recover from one and half years of physical and mental torture in a Re-education Through Labor (RTL) camp, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned. His is one of over 400 documented Falun Gong deaths in Liaoning province since 1999.
Mr. Shi Hongbo (史红波), who owned a restaurant in Jinzhou district of Dalian in Liaoning province, was abducted outside of his home on October 14, 2008 while en route to work. Three weeks later he was sentenced to the Dalian RTL Camp for one and a half years. Camp personnel subjected him to numerous rounds of torture, including shocking him simultaneously with multiple electric batons and tying him down for several days at a time with all four limbs stretched out. As a result, Shi developed heart problems and high blood pressure. In September 2009, Shi was transferred to Weiningying Re-education Through Labor (RTL) Camp.
It’s business as usual as more reports come out of China about their continued crimes against humanity. The cowardly red lizard has disgraced the memory of Mao Tse Tung once again by laying siege on her own citizens. Shamefully women are a prime targets and leave it to the Chinese Communist Party to find the most sadistic and perverted handlers to “transform” these wayward women. Their crime; falling prey to an ideological principle that fosters morality and spiritual growth through the teachings of the Falun Gong. Who do these women think they are anyway? How dare they pursue a moral and healthy lifestyle in the face of the morally bankrupt and hopelessly corrupt CCP. In any event, I am forwarding another bulletin from my friends of the Falun Gong.
Guess they don’t make Chinese people like they used to these days. The World Trade Organization should establish guidelines for slave laborers since they don’t seem to be holding up to torture these days. After all, China is a prized member of this scurrilous cartel. Maybe because China has a robust population to choose from and maybe it is just as well because we don’t want to point an accusing finger at western industries who are flourishing from the abundance of quality slaves within China. Hopefully this does not disrupt China’s booming human organ industry since this industry feeds on healthy Falun Gong members as well. In all fairness to the Chinese Communist Party, they don’t discriminate and will take organs from other slaves if they are healthy enough. In any event I am forwarding a news letter from my friend from the Falun Gong in an effort to shed more light on Bill Clinton’s Favored Nation.
Deceived by Party propaganda, local resident reported practitioner to police for speaking about Falun Gong
28 Feb 2011
NEW YORK–A Falun Gong practitioner from Hebei province died on February 20, 2011, four days after labor camp officials sent him home on the verge of death, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned.
Sources inside China report that Mr. Pei Yangqing was sent home on February 16, 2011 from Qinhuangdao Re-education Through Labor (RTL) Camp. His chest was covered in bruises and he was incontinent. Four days later, unable to recover from the torture inflicted on him in the camp, Pei passed away.