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3207 Edition

August 12 - August 18, 2013

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Sequence Of Forums Held To Expose Current Lies and United Front Deception Facing PCT

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

A sequence of forums were to be held in August, due to a Central Committee resolution of the 58th PCT General Assembly, intending to raise the caution of PCT members about the potential threat from two organizations: Taiwan Civil Government(TCG) and the impending Cross Strait Christian Meeting. Subsequently, this forum was planned to hold 3 sessions in East(Hua-lien), Middle, South and of Taiwan, on August 16th, 20th and 24th at Hualien Tamayuan Church, Tsau-dung Church and Gen-shen Church respectively. Speakers invited to talk on these issues are Yau Jia-wen, Kan Jin-sun, Wei Sue-min and Jeng Ming-bing.

 

 

On the August 12th forum at Taipei, against the dangerous proposal of TCG that the sovereignty of Taiwan belongs to US, Yao Jia-wen - Chairman of the Alliance of Taiwan Nation vehemently retorted back: "Only truth can make people free!". But, what is truth? " Truth is fact!" Yao said, "Taiwan does not belong to Japan, America, or even China. Taiwan belongs to Taiwan people. And this is fact." Yao criticized that the existence of TCG did a great harm to Taiwan Independence Movement, and KMT government is glad to see the booming of TCG. PCT, as a contributing partner in Taiwan Independence Movement and confessing in faith manifesto to build "a new and independent state", should steer clear away from the proposals from TCG.

 

 

Yao worried very mcuh about the phenomenon that many pastors had firmly bought in TCG stories, without knowing that TCG changed her organization frequently, or even recruited her members by selling their future citizen identity or government officiall post in money. For example, people can spend NTD 1,000 to get a TCG ID card; NTD 5,000 to get a TCG passport; or by donating money to become a TCG official. As these money raising activities had attracted the attention of the police to classify TCG as a fraud criminal organization, Yau warned PCT members should be aware about their possible consequences.

 

 

Rev. Kan Jin-sun retrieved the history that PCT engaged with China Church Council(CCC). He said, when CCC first time applied to enter World Church Council(WCC) in 1991, CCC requested that PCT should be kicked out from WCC though failed at last. After that event, when PCT met CCC in most inetrnational occasion, PCT pastors felt a very strong united front urge behind CCC. PCT started to realize that CCC is not a religious organization only. Rev. Kan also reminded how Chinese Cummunist Party persecuted the Buddhist Fa-Lun-Gon and Tibet religion and cultures, and alarmingly CCC could succumbed herself into the authority of such regime. In order not to become an religious instrument of united front strategy from China, Re. Kang remarked that PCT should express their concern about the development of the Chinese Church. Especially, under the Chinese systematic persecution on religion and human rights, we should pray for the persecuted churches and help the Family Church to develop further.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Photo By Lin Yi-ying

 

Yao Jia-wen, who is standing, vehemently criticized Taiwan Civil Government did not tell the truth on the sovereignty of Taiwan.

 

 

 

 

 
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2012 Investigation Report Unveiled How China Communist Government Persecuted Church and Christian In China

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

Fu Shi-chiu, once a democratic activist in 1989 Tienanmen Square Event and a converted Christian afterward, arrived Taiwan recently with two investigation reports describing how China government persecuted the Family Church in China. These two reports are titled respectively as: (1)2012 Investigation Report of Chinese Church and Christians persecuted by China Government, and (2) An Annual Report: 10 Prominent Persecution Cases Toward Chinese Church and Christians in 2012. Fu was invited by the organization of Taiwan Association for China Human Rights.

 

 

According to statistical data of these investigation reports, there were 132 cases and 4,919 people persecuted by China government within 2012. Total Christians arrested were 1,441 people, including 442 church leaders. One famous human rights lawyer fighting for Christian specially, Lawyer Kao Je-chen, was listed as the top prominent persecution case. Lawyer Kao had been caught by the authority and disappeared for two years, but confirmed still alive in January last year. He now served in Sa-ya Prison of Shin-Jian Province for 3 years term. As to the persecution case on Catholics, the resignation event of China's official appointment of Bishop Ma Da-ching, who confessed his link to Vatican immediately, was the most concerned case. It is said that Bishop Ma was brought away by the authority and custodied in Yu-san Abbey at suburban area near Shanghai.

 

 

It is concluded in these reports that the political ideology of Anti-Christ is still carried on by China's central government. Even the plan to extinguish the Family Church within 10 years was proposed. Fu wrote in his conclusions: "The Chinese Family Church will neither count on kings or powers, nor on the smartness or wisdom of human beings, but the great power of the Bible and the truth of Jesus Christ are our only trust. Shall persecution or freedom or poverty or abundance obstruct us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 
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No Egg Will Fly Alone! One Thousand Lawyers Protest Suspicious Charges and Illegal Custody

 

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-ying

 

 

On August 6th, dozens of lawyers held an open news conference in front of Ministry of Justice, protesting about suspicious charges and illegal custody by Taiwan administration. An internet statement, called "A statement toward recent suspicious charges and illegal custody of protesting crowds", having gathered the affirming signatures from about one thousand lawyers.

 

 

After the news conference, these lawyers went to National Police Agency to submit their official statement, protesting about the improper law enforcement in recent mass crowd conflicts, including Miaoli Dapu Demolition Case, Charges of obstruction of official execution and endangering toward public safety by Professor Hsu Seh-rong and NTU student Hong Chon-yen, and the Anti-Windmill Protest in Miaoli Yuanli causing 14 people injured and 13 people were charged by the crime of obstruction of official execution.

 

 

The statement expressed, as due legal conditions and process justice was suspiciously breached by the police to take the protesters into custody, lawyer associations around Taiwan cannot just sit and watch without reaction. So, they wanted to urge the public stand out to chant their voice, and have a serious check about the issue of free speech. The purpose of their statement is to preserve the cultural multiplicity of Taiwan society, guard against the liberty of free speech, and keep the conscientious dissident record for our next generations. "Support the multiplicity of free speech and against the over-execution of law enforcement is the proud duty of every Taiwan people, and it is also our serious promise to our children", said the statement.

 

 

Murakami Haruki, the famous Japanese post-modern novelist, once noted that "When the egg has to crash with the rock, I will always stand by the egg which is fearlessly facing the cruel hard wall." Near one thousand lawyers, including Foundation of Civil Judiciary Reform, Lawyer Community for the Social Movement On the Net, Human Rights Committee of Taipei Lawyers Association, Taichung Lawyer Association, Taiwan Human Rights Promotion Association, Amnesty International Taiwan, Association of Environmental Law Agents, solemnly swear they would not let the egg fly alone to crash with the wall!

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

Photo By Lin Yi-ying
Lawyers protest in front of MOJ about recent suspicious charges and illegal custody by police
 


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