News Release: Canadians seek to bring lawsuit against Jiang/加拿大法功准起江民

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News Release    For immediate release: September 4, 2003

Canadians seek to bring lawsuit against Jiang Zemin, former leader of China, 
for his crimes against humanity

Toronto   Falun Gong practitioners in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, 
Quebec  and other provinces across the nation are actively seeking legal means 
to bring former Chinese leader, the architect of the persecution, Jiang Zemin, 
to justice for torture and crimes against humanity through the Canadian legal 

 “The persecution has already harmed too many people including Canadians. The 
lies, slander, and brutality are tearing away at the fabric of human conscience 
while blatantly disregarding the law. It is our responsibility to hold Jiang 
accountable for his crimes”, said Shenli Lin, Montrealer who suffered two full 
years in a Chinese labor camp for his belief in Falun Gong, and released with 
the help from Canadian people and government.

During initial consultations strong interest in taking on this ground breaking 
legal effort has been shown in three different provinces, by a number of 
leading human rights lawyers and law firms.

“In China  In the jurisdiction in which these crimes are committed, all legal 
channels are blocked, the court system proceeds with show trials to wrongfully 
criminalize Falun Gong practitioners. Chinese Citizens who have brought 
lawsuits against Jiang Zemin have disappeared or have been victimized again. As 
Canadian Citizens who suffered in the persecution, we are seeking Justice in 
the Canadian courtroom”, said Professor Kunlun Zhang, who had been sent to 
labor camp without trial in China, and was later released, thanks to the 
Canada-wide appeal for him.

“Many Falun Gong practitioners in Canada and/or their family members in China 
have suffered imprisonment, torture, brainwashing etc; two family members have 
been  killed. Practitioners in Canada are also targets of Jiang’s vicious 
persecution tactics-- victims of his ‘incitement of hatred’”, said Dolnyckji.

“Our effort in Canada is part of the global efforts to Bring Jiang Zemin to 
Justice.”  “Many of us are willing to be plaintiffs”. “Legal complaints 
against Jiang have been submitted to U.S. and Belgium courts, and United 
Nations for genocide, crimes against humanity and torture”, states Mr. 

Jiang Zemin is the leading architect of the violent repression that destroyed 
millions of lives in the four-year long large-scale, systematic, and horrific 
persecution and killing of innocent Falun Gong practitioners in China.  Jiang 
Zemin adopted the policy of "defaming their reputation, bankrupting them 
financially, and destroying them physically" against practitioners of Falun 
Gong. Although Jiang stepped down in March, he still wields control over the 
military and the illegal “610 Office” which operates above all levels of 
government and the law in order to persecute Falun Gong.

Falun Gong is a peaceful meditation and exercise practice with teachings based 
on the principles of truth, compassion and tolerance.
Contact: Zenon Dolnyckji   416-567-0475 (Toronto)
Background: Legal Actions Against Jiang Zemin Around the World 

To restore justice to society, we are launching lawsuits against the former 
leader of China, Jiang Zemin, and others in his group.

United States: In October 2002, Falun Gong practitioners and their families 
filed a lawsuit in the Northern District Court of Illinois against Jiang and 
China’s “610 Office”, the institution responsible for carrying out the 
campaign of terror to eradicate Falun Gong, for torture, genocide and other 
crimes against humanity. The case has been active since being accepted by the 
court. On June 11, the court accepted a brief of Amicus Curiae signed by 
several dozen members of the U.S. Congress requesting the court to proceed with 
the lawsuit.

In the United States, five such lawsuits against high-ranking Chinese officials 
or government bodies for their roles in persecuting Falun Gong have been filed. 
Two of these lawsuits have already seen judgments in favor of Falun Gong. 

Belgium: On August 20, 2003 a criminal lawsuit charging the former Chinese 
Communist leader, Jiang Zemin and two of his senior aides with the crimes of 
genocide, crimes against humanity and state directed torture, was submitted to 
federal prosecutors by practitioners of Falun Gong and their lawyer, Mr. 
Georges-Henri Beauthier. Two of Jiang's senior-most accomplices, Luo Gan and Li 
Lanqing (the head of the "610 office") are named in the lawsuit. 
Mr. Beauthier brought the first successful case under Belgium’s human rights 
law against two individuals for their roles in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. 
France: In July 2003, a criminal court in Paris began legal proceedings in a 
lawsuit charging the former Vice-Premier of China, Lanqing Li, with crimes of 
torture. Mr. William Bourdon, one of the lawyers responsible for the trials 
against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, has taken on the case. An examining 
magistrate in Paris has been assigned. The complaint is based on the United 
Nations Convention Against Torture. As a signatory, French Courts are 
authorized to hear cases, which allege violation of its terms.
Australia: World-renowned Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate Geoffrey Robertson 
QC is working together with famous Australian human rights lawyers Chris Nyst 
and Jason Murakami, to help Australian citizen Ms. Cuiying Zhang, a survivor of 
torture, file a lawsuit at the UN against Jiang Zemin, the former leader of 
China. Mr. Robertson is currently the president of the United Nations Special 
Court in Sierra Leone.  He also participated in the court work of trying former 
Yugoslavian president Milosevic. 

In addition, a landmark “class action” case is also being prepared for the 
Australian Federal Court. 
Switzerland: In March 2003, Mr. Philip Grant, president of Switzerland-based 
international NGO Track Impunity Always and legal counsel representing Falun 
Gong practitioners announced plans to sue Jiang Zemin for torture, genocide, 
and other crimes against humanity. Jiang will face formal legal litigation if 
he enters Switzerland.











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