Please help secure my family's release, they are being tortured in a Chinese prison.
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My name is Eric Jia, I'm 19 years old and a graduate of Blakehurst high school in Sydney. I came to Australia as a refugee from China five years ago and was granted permanent residency by the Australian Government. I'm saddened to let you know that my grandmother Mrs Yuhua Li and aunt Mrs Chunxia Liu were abducted by the police in China and detained because of their faith in Falun Gong.
Since March 22nd, 2017 they have been held in Xi'an Xincheng District detaintion center in Xi’an city, Shaanxi province. I am writing to you to plead for your help in rescuing them. Please sign my petition, it will add foreign pressure to the Chinese regime, secure their safety and facilitate their release.
My grandmother and aunt are both Falun Gong practitioners who have been wrongfully detained a total of eight times during the past eighteen years. My father Mr. Ye Jia, who is also a Falun Gong practitioner, spent eight years in a Chinese prison.
I just received news in mid October 2017, that my father has been arrested again.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a self-improvement meditation discipline that teaches practitioners to live by the three principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Practicing Falun Gong has brought harmony and peace to our family.
However, in 1999 the former president of the Chinese Communist Party Jiang Zemin started a nationwide crackdown on Falun Gong because of its overwhelming popularity among the people. Millions were imprisoned, humiliated, tortured, sexually abused or even killed.
My grandmother, aunt, and father have spent a total of 18 years of their life in prison and suffered different forms of torture including beatings, shock by electric batons, sleep deprivation, as well as forced labour.
Even though my mum and I escaped to Australia, and are fortunate to live in this democratic country, I feel a deep heartfelt sadness whenever I think about my family members who are still suffering under the persecution in China. Who are still
suffering in China because of their faith.
I have a loving family, who has done nothing wrong but exercise freedom of belief. But they have been persecuted for nearly my whole life. I dream one day that they can be free, come to Australia, and we can be together again.
By signing this petition you offer my family hope - thank you.
Please watch a short film about my story: https://vimeo.com/231648085
Also, here is a link to a video that I think best explains what Falun Gong is and why is it persecuted.
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