A group of Sydney Falun Gong practitioners and human rights activists are trying to change the hearts and minds of Chinese human rights abusers, one phone call at a time.
The group, which have been taking time each week out of their ordinary lives to make international calls to public security authorities, like police, procuratorial organs, and courts in China, are using their Chinese language skills to hopefully change the minds of the individuals who are participating in one of the worst persecutions in China.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice that originated in China in 1992. It attracted 70 to 100 million practitioners after being publically taught during the 1990s, according to official estimates.
Threatened by its popularity and tenets that taught people to be truthful, patient and kind, then-CCP leader Jiang Zemin ordered the crackdown of the practice in 1999.
Since then, millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been imprisoned while hundreds of thousands have been tortured and killed for their organs, according to Faluninfo.org.
Speaking with The Epoch Times, one member of the group named Yan, who has worked for three years in the Sydney group, said that he joined the team because it is easy for overseas activists to call the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities while it is impossible to do so inside China.
“We can even call Jiang Zemin from here,” he said.
Yan truly believes he is making a change to these authorities mindsets through the phone calls.
Recounting a recent episode, Yan explained how in March this year, he called a group of officials involved in the recent detention and torture of five falun gong practitioners in northern China after seeing a report on Minghui.org, a website dedicated to tracking the persecution of Falun Gong.
According to the report, five Falun Gong practitioners in a northern county were kidnapped during the Chinese New Year. Four of them were placed in a detention centre, and another one suffered serious physical harm. Seven CCP officials were involved in the kidnapping, including the Secretary of the Political and Legal Committee, the National Security Captain, and several police officers.
Yan said he immediately went into action and, using online search engines, found 11 phone numbers registered to these officials and started dialling.
It took Yan five days to get in touch with one of the officials, the National Security Captain.
After giving the man a friendly New Year greeting, Yan said he went straight to the point.
“Captain,” he said. “On the second, third, and fourth days of the Chinese New Year, you led a team to arrest five Falun Gong practitioners. Their families spent the New Year in tears, and they themselves spent the New Year in detention. Bro, everyone has a conscience. How do you feel about it? Have you ever thought about it? Did you and your family have a happy and unworried New Year?”
“Bro, is it wrong for Falun Gong practitioners to be good people? Do you know that the whole world supports Falun Gong, only the CCP persecutes it? Persecuting good and kind people. We can’t do these things anymore!” Yan said.
During the phone call, which lasted 15 minutes, Yan was also able to discuss with the official how there is no legal basis in China for persecuting Falun Gong, that former CCP leader Jiang Zemin has been prosecuted in more than 30 countries now, and discussed that the U.S. government had sanctioned 17 human rights abusers on last year’s International Human Rights Day, one of whom was a policeman at a local police station in Xiamen, China. He also spoke about forced organ harvesting.
“Check it out,” Yan said. “From Jiang Zemin down to an ordinary policeman, all those who participated in the persecution are being held accountable,” Yan said. “The CCP has deceived and used you in a political campaign, but after using you, it will forsake you in the end. You have to know that today’s participation is evidence of future sentencing.”
Upon hearing this, the captain, Yan, said, “Thank you for telling me this. I got it.”
In the following days, Yan was also able to contact another four officials, including the Political and Legal Committee Secretary and three police officers. Three of them listened to Yan for more than 10 minutes.
Yan believes the calls are like a lifeline for those in China who have been blindly just following the orders of the Chinese Communist Party, giving them a chance to choose between right and wrong. In his conversations, he urges those in power to help practitioners escape the state-sponsored persecution.
But he notes that despite the calls and recent international pressure on the CCP, the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners is ongoing in China, and it is escalating.
Yan also noted that the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong was escalating, citing the two most recent campaigns, “Knock Door” and “Zero-Out”, which are a continuation of the ongoing campaign to eradicate the spiritual practice in China.
“Zero-out means getting the roster of Falun Gong practitioners in 1999 when the persecution first started,” Yan said. “Harassing them one by one and asking, ‘do you still practice Falun Gong?’ If they do, they will be forced to renounce their faith, otherwise they will be put into prison, tortured… their children will be implicated. All those kinds of things.”
When asked about what he wants the readers of English Epoch Times to know about China and the persecution, Yan said many western people could hardly understand or accept the evilness of the CCP and that he urged them to start taking affirmative action against the regime.
“People in democratic countries are usually very kind. They didn’t believe the CCP is that evil in the past,” Yan said. “The spread of the CCP virus has awaked people in the west slowly, but the recognition is not that thorough yet.”
Yan hopes that as people become aware of the dangers associated with CCP, more and more democratic countries in the world will start sanctioning China for its domestic human rights abuses.
“That will be the time of death for the CCP,” he said.