On 27 March 2003, the UK government issued a formal statement on the draft bill of the Article-23 legislation in Hong Kong.
The Government continued its crackdown against the Falun Gong (FLG) spiritual movement. Thousands of practitioners were incarcerated in prisons, extrajudicial reeducation-through-labor camps, psychiatric facilities or special deprogramming centers.
On March 27th, the organisers placed an advertisement in the newspaper “Romania libera”. Very soon after the paper came out, at around 10:00 am on March 27th, the organisers received a phone call from a Mr. Chen (or Chan) who introduced himself as a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Bucharest and who told them that “the Chinese government does not allow such an activity” and told them to cancel the event.
Between March 21 and 27 2003, Mrs. Zhang Cuiyings painting exhibition was successfully held in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Many spectators appreciated Mrs. Zhangs outstanding traditional Chinese paintings and came to understand her experiences of practising Falun Gong.
On March 20, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (“WOIPFG”) issued a statement, “Jiang Zemin’s Regime Draws Upon Massive National Financial Resources In Its Persecution of Falun Gong”
“This show trial of an American makes a mockery of the so-called ‘rule of law’ in China,” says Falun Dafa Information Center spokesman Erping Zhang. “In fact, it is, in essence, a trial for the Communist legal system in China, which can prosecute any innocent citizen including an American doctor for its political interests.”
According to an August 24, 1999 AFP report: “The Chinese Government has ordered Chinese lawyers not to plead for Falun Gong practitioners. This order comes from the notices of Bureau of Justice to attorney offices in major cities.”
Representative of the European Falun Dafa Association said in the opening remarks that in these especially difficult times when lies, hatred and intolerance are predominant, faced with the urgency of the situation, we Falun Gong practitioners, on this symbolic day of the opening of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, appeal to all people of the world to stop the Chinese authorities’ persecution of Falun Gong.
Since the House of Commons and Senate accepted the motion in October 2002, this Bill has had a positive effect. It was instrumental in the release of three Canadian residents’ family members in China who had been sent to forced labor camps for practicing Falun Gong.
On behalf of Friends of Falun Gong, I am writing to express our deep concern about the impending deportation to China of an elderly couple, Mr. Wang Juntao, 66 and Ms. Wang Liluan, 62. Friends of Falun Gong is a U.S.-based nonprofit human rights organization consisting of about 1,000 members who support the freedom of belief of persons who practice Falun Gong.