LONDON (FDI) A man who, together with the Gestapo-like agency he oversees in China, has been charged with genocide, crimes of torture and crimes against humanity in U.S. and European courts (http://www.flgjustice.org/Lawsuits.htm) begins a tour of European nations today.
According to news reports from Iceland, Luo Gan, a member of the Chinese Governments Politburo Standing Committee, will begin a tour of European nations that begins with Iceland and includes Finland as well as two former Soviet bloc countries.
Prior to his arrival in Iceland, however, Luo Gans visit has already met with protests from Iceland citizens who question why a man who has orchestrated severe, prolonged human rights violations in China has been invited to Europe at all. Ethically grounded answers to such questions may, indeed, be hard to come by for any democratic nation Luo Gan visits, as he has been the central figure in dealing out suppression and severe persecution in China.
Who exactly is Luo Gan? A Brief Biography of a Man Wanted for Genocide
The son of high-ranking officials, Luo Gan was educated in the former soviet bloc and later became a high-ranking leader of the notorious Red Guard Revolutionary organization that specialized in murdering, beating, smashing, and looting during the Cultural Revolution a tumultuous political movement in China during the 1960s and 70s that left several hundred thousand dead and 1-2 million sent to forced-labour camps.
After the Cultural Revolution, Luo worked his way into the Political and Judiciary branches of government and rose through the ranks. In 1989, he personally organized the alleged video of the mob burning the tank and military vehicles [during the June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre], thereby fabricating evidence against the students to help justify the military strike against them.
In April 1998, Luo was appointed Secretary of the Politics and Law Committee of the Communist Party's Central Committee, giving him authority over the police and the judiciary. A month later, he was made director of the Secrets Committee of the Central Committee, giving him jurisdiction over the Ministry of State Security.
Luo Gan Takes Lead in Persecution of Falun Gong
Between 1992 and 1999, Falun Gong a spiritual faith based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance and having roots in ancient Chinese culture flourished throughout China. In November 1998, Chinas state-run Shanghai TV reported that there were about 100 million people practicing Falun Gong that is approximately 1 out of every 12 Chinese people.
In the late 1990s, Luo used Falun Gongs rising popularity to gain political footholds for himself. He began by orchestrating slanderous articles against Falun Gong in state-run media and ordered police to harass and beat Falun Gong practitioners, thereby putting the practitioners and the government in opposition.
When former Chinese leader, Jiang Zemin, initiated the eradicate Falun Gong policy in 1999, Luo Gan became Jiangs primary lieutenant in executing the policy.
In a July 16, 2002 article from the South China Morning Post, Luo Gan is described as the architect of the nationwide campaign against the Falun Gong, which has given him a high-profile role in carrying out the orders of [former Chinese leader] Mr. Jiang.
Luo Gan Promotes Brutal Forms of Persecution
According to the United Nations Human Rights Commissions 2001 Report, Luo Gan had intimate knowledge of the forms of torture and abuse used against Falun Gong practitioners in labour camps: In October 2000, the UN report states, prison guards in the Masanjia prison in Shenyang, Liaoning province, allegedly stripped 18 female Falun Dafa practitioners and put them into cells containing male convicted criminals. It is reported that Luo Gan, a high-ranking Communist Party official, was aware of the incident. The 18 women are said to remain in prison.
According to reliable sources in China, Luo has personally inspected Political and Judiciary branches as well as labour camps around the country. His job: To ensure all levels of government implement Jiang Zemins three-prong directive for handling Falun Gong practitioners:
1. Destroy Falun Gong practitioners physically through systematic, state-sanctioned forced-labour, torture and killings, as well as forced brainwashing sessions and incarceration in mental hospitals where many were injected with nerve-damaging drugs.
2. Destroy Falun Gong practitioners reputations through a worldwide media campaign to demonize Falun Gong and falsely depict its practitioners as dangerous cult members and a menace to society. Much evidence was fabricated to support this claim and turn public sentiment in China against Falun Gong practitioners.
3. Destroy Falun Gong practitioners financially, which, in a Communist nation where the government exercises absolute control over employment and housing, allowed Jiang to deny Falun Gong practitioners basic necessities for living. This included salaries and pensions, education, housing, etc. Practitioners also suffered widespread extortion, confiscation of property, and state-enforced fines when detained by police.
Presumably because of his close ties to Jiang, Luo was elevated to the position of Standing Committee Member of the Central Politburo in 2002, becoming 1 of 9 men in the elite Committee that effectively runs the country.
The 6-10 Office The Chinese Regimes Gestapo for Falun Gong
According to an internal Chinese Communist Party document dated June 7, 1999, in a speech to the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, Jiang ordered the Committee to set up an office for the leadership group and named it the Head Office for Handling the Falun Gong Issue, also called the 6-10 Office, named for the date it was officially founded. (http://www.faluninfo.net/610/index.asp)
Jiang further asked that the Central Committee and government units in all ministries and commissions, and all provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities directly under the Central Government, need to act in close coordination with the 6-10 Office. Consequently, the 6-10 Office became a well-organized and independent system, spanning from the Central Government to the local governments, and having absolute power over each level of administration in the Party, as well as the political and judiciary branches.
In a resolution passed unanimously (420-0) by the United States Congress, the 6-10 Office was described as an agency charged with overseeing the persecution of Falun Gong members through organized brainwashing, torture, and murder. (http://www.faluninfo.net/displayAnArticle.asp?ID=5983)
The 6-10 Office reports directly to Luo Gan.
International Lawsuits Target Luo Gan, 6-10 Office
In October 2002, a class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court charging Jiang Zemin and the 6-10 Office with crimes of torture, genocide and crimes against humanity. (http://www.faluninfo.net/displayAnArticle.asp?ID=7323)
In December 2002, a criminal lawsuit was filed in France charging the former Vice-Prime Minister of China, Mr. Lanqing Li, with crimes of torture for his role in the 6-10 Office. In July 2003, the French criminal court began legal proceedings on the case. (http://www.faluninfo.net/displayAnArticle.asp?ID=7696)
In August 2003, a criminal lawsuit was filed in Belgium charging Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan and a third high-ranking Chinese official with crimes of torture, genocide and crimes against humanity. (http://www.faluninfo.net/displayAnArticle.asp?ID=7715)
For more information about Luo Gan, Falun Gong, and international efforts to end the persecution of Falun Gong in China, please visit www.faluninfo.net
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