Action Alliance to Redress 1219 welcomes the international press


WASHINGTON, December 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – President Joe Biden is expected to convene the Democracy Summit on December 9 and the American Taiwan Institute (AIT) reported in November that attending the summit, Taiwan, as that leading democracy, could make a significant contribution to the fight against corruption, authoritarian regimes and the promotion of human rights at home and abroad, according to the World Journal.

Taiwan has not always been a democracy, however. The Tai Ji Men case, which has lasted 25 years, is a landmark case of government corruption, perpetuation of authoritarian heritage and human rights violations in Taiwan! On December 7, 2021, the Action Alliance to Repair 1219 hosted an international press conference in Washington, DC to reveal the truth about the Tai Ji Men case, where an injustice was committed by the government of Taiwan against the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and its founder, Dr. Hong, and to seek help from the United States and all nations committed to free speech and human rights to right this wrong.

Prof. Massimo Introvigne, founder and CEO of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), made a special trip from Italy to Washington, DC to attend the meeting, despite the threat of the COVID-19 virus. “We love Taiwan! We appreciate the democratic role of Taiwan, ”said Professor Introvigne, explaining that because of their love for the country, the Tai Ji Men dizi (the disciples) hope that Taiwan will rid itself of the ghosts of its authoritarian past and restore its international image as a truly democratic and human rights-respecting country.

Tai Ji Men dizi Gill Wang introduced the Tai Ji Men case, which began in 1996 in Taiwan when a prosecutor named Hou Kuan-jen used fabricated evidence and false witnesses to charge Tai Ji Men fraud, tax evasion and goblin breeding. In 2007, the Supreme Court of Taiwan found Tai Ji Men not guilty of tax evasion or any other charge. In a democracy adhering to the rule of law, the matter should have ended there; instead, the Taiwan National Tax Office ignored the Supreme Court’s ruling and continued to impose unjustified taxes on Tai Ji Men. In August 2020, the sacred land of Tai Ji Men, intended for a self-cultivation center for Tai Ji Men members, was illegally auctioned and forcibly confiscated.

Willy Fautré, director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, reminded the audience that the Tai Ji Men case was listed by Control Yuan of Taiwan in 2005 as one of the main human rights protection cases in the “Report. General and the Human Rights Protection Work of Control Yuan (1999-2005). He highlighted the problem with Taiwan’s bonus system: “The case of Tai Ji men shows that the system of tax bonuses granted to civil servants can lead to unjustified fiscal and judicial harassment for years and decades. “It also proves that this system is a form of organized corruption within the state and an abuse of power by their leaders and staff for personal financial gain,” he added.

Through a video, many Tai Ji Men Case Victims Share Painful Experiences because they had been intimidated and coerced by the prosecutor, and the trauma is still not healed. The Tai Ji Men case is the one that claimed the most lives and lasted the longest in Taiwanese history after the lifting of martial law. Brenda Chen attended the event in person to talk about her family’s trauma. “On Christmas Eve in 1996, there was no peace in my family. Although no one accused my father of any crime, he was detained and held incommunicado for four months by the prosecutor. Our house was searched. We were scared and didn’t know when my dad could come home. Prosecutor Hou Kuan-jen used starvation, exhaustion, threats and intimidation, attempting to extract false testimony that the prosecutor wanted. Her mother was forced into early retirement due to the smear campaign against Tai Ji Men, and her sister received a threat memo at school. In order to escape the nightmare of 1996, she and her sister immigrated to the United States and France respectively. Although his father received compensation from the state for wrongful imprisonment in 2008, he lamented not seeing redress in the case until his death seven years ago.

To emphasize the importance of the search for truth, the event organizer held a ceremony to light a sign with the word “TRUTH”. Professor Introvigne concluded the event by emphasizing the need to dispel the misconception that the Tai Ji Men case is a local tax dispute in Taiwan that is best left to Taiwanese lawyers to resolve. In reality, the Tai Ji Men case involves international issues relating to human rights and religious freedom. The case remains unsolved precisely because it is misinterpreted as a mere local administrative matter.

Jeff Chen, on behalf of Tai Ji Men around the world, read A declaration summarizing the main events of the Tai Ji Men case and denouncing the illegal actions of prosecutor Hou Kuan-jen and the National Tax Office: “For more than a quarter of a century, Tai Ji Men culture, human rights of Tai Ji Men leader and members, and their freedom of thought and belief were severely compromised, and more than ten thousand families were severely persecuted, which is a story of blood and tears. This is one of the oldest cases in Taiwanese history, involving the highest number of victims and seriously undermining the freedom of religion or belief of Tai Ji Men members around the world. Jeff emphasized, “With one voice, we hereby denounce the culprits. Those who uphold public authority should not be allowed to infringe the law of evidence and due process. They must not disregard integrity for personal gain, commit human rights violations or infringe on the religious freedom of individuals. We demand that the Taiwanese government apply transitional justice and immediately restore the sacred land of Tai Ji Men. We will not give up until justice and righteousness are restored, so that Taiwan can become a beacon of true democracy, freedom and human rights. “

About Action Alliance to Redress 1219: Action Alliance to Redress 1219 is a group of international and Taiwanese legal, religious and human rights scholars working to restore the truth about the ongoing persecution of Tai Ji Men in Taiwan by a small group of bureaucrats that have lasted for 25 years, along with their abuse of authority and violations of the law. In addition to rectifying the Tai Ji Men case and revealing the truth, he also pledged to defend religious freedom, denouncing related injustices in Taiwan. The Alliance calls on those in power not to ignore people’s basic human rights and demands that those responsible be held accountable to protect democracy, the rule of law and justice.

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https://act1219.org/eng/

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