WASHINGTON, December 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Almost 60 Tai Ji Men representatives from around the world dizi (disciples) gathered in Washington, DC, December 5-7 to protest the Taiwanese government’s indifference to their case, a major case of religious persecution, and its connivance with a few bureaucrats who broke the law and abused of their power. Over the past 25 years, Tai Ji Men has been persecuted by both judicial and fiscal measures, and its sacred land intended for a spiritual center was illegally and forcibly auctioned off last year. Tai Ji Men shifu (master) and dizi have exhausted all the remedies available to them in Taiwan, but to no avail! Fearing that their families in Taiwan would be purged, Tai Ji Men dizi in the United States presented their case to several Taipei economic and cultural bureaus around the world, but received only misleading responses from the Department of Justice, the Department of Finance, the National Taxation Bureau, and others. They had no choice but to hold the first international press conference since its inception 55 years ago in Washington, DC, the political capital of the world, to seek international support, reveal the truth about the fake Tai Ji Men case, and call on the Taiwanese government to implement transitional justice.
On December 5, dozens of Tai Ji Men representatives dizi, aged 10 to 80, demonstrated in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White House and National Christmas Tree, hoping that by bravely stepping forward and revealing the truth, more people will understand this fabricated and unfair Tai Ji Men case, and they called on the Taiwanese government to administer policies according to law, return the sacred land of Tai Ji Men, which was forcibly confiscated, and protect people’s religious freedom and human rights! Many other visitors expressed their support for Tai Ji Men’s noble cause, and some even joined the protest, holding placards in support of universal human rights and religious freedom.
On the morning of December 6, the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) and Human Rights Without Borders co-organized a international forum, under the theme “Human rights and the fight against corruption: The Tai Ji Men caseIn honor of the International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9) and Human Rights Day (December 10). Several scholars and international experts concerned about the Tai Ji Men case, as well as Tai Ji Men dizi, participated in the conference in person or virtually, with many other participants via Zoom and YouTube.
Professor Massimo Introvigne, Italian sociologist, founder and director general of CESNUR and editor-in-chief of Bitter winter, said: “In the Tai Ji Men case, bureaucrats have forgotten, or willfully ignored, that they are “public servants” and must work in the service of the deeper objectives of the state, human rights and the well-being of citizens. Instead, they thought they were called upon to protect the bureaucracy for the bureaucracy, not to mention the fact that they were trying to get rich off the bonuses. “
PierLuigi Zoccatelli, professor of sociology of religions at the Pontifical Salesian University in Italy, criticized Taiwan’s bonus system, saying: âUnless the bureaucrats are all angels, the system also becomes a machine for generating peace. corruption. Professor Zoccatelli noted that corruption played a crucial role in the Tai Ji Men case, resulting in human rights violations for Tai Ji Men, and because Taiwan has made the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) part of its domestic law, it should apply the Covenant and correct injustices against Tai Ji Men.
Willy FautrÃ©, co-founder and director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, stressed: âIt is obvious that in Taiwan, there are abuses by administrative power for private ends. What is at stake here is the bonus system which viciously leads to the over-collection of taxes and even the fabrication of tax evasion taxes. This is an abuse of power for private financial gain.
Camelia Marin, Deputy Director of the NGO Soteria International (Denmark), expressed her admiration for Tai Ji Men’s efforts to insist on what is right: âLet me express my gratitude for the perseverance and optimism Who Tai Ji Men show and share by standing up for their cause, for their rights, bringing hope to the many others around the world who have yet to find justice but are still being persecuted. time to resolve it. “
Alessandro Amicarelli, London-based human rights lawyer and President of the European Federation for Freedom of Belief (FOB), said: âCorruption is at the very heart of Tai Ji Men case. âHe thinks now is the time to move from chasing innocent people to chasing rogue bureaucrats, who wrongly pursued Tai Ji Men and violated their human rights.
Eight Tai Ji Men Dizi spoke out against the persecution of themselves and their families by the Taiwanese authorities, calling on the Taiwanese government to rectify the mistakes made by unscrupulous government officials and to return Tai Ji Men the justice she deserves.
The afternoon of December 6, Tai Ji Men dizi again visited the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States. This was their fourth visit to this office. They hoped to meet with Representative Hsiao, who could help them convey their concerns and message regarding the Tai Ji Men case to the Taiwanese government in order to immediately resolve the issue. They protested for over two and a half hours, but no one from the office came out to answer their requests.
On December 7, the first international press conference on the Tai Ji Men case took place in the political capital of the world, and the the news was published on Yahoo, the Toronto sun, and other media. Professor Massimo Introvigne, Italian sociologist and editor-in-chief of Bitter winter, introduced the event and explained that Bitter winter is known for its support for Taiwan, and that the Tai Ji Men dizi (the disciples) in the United States also love their homeland. It is precisely because of their love for Taiwan that they want it to eliminate the ghosts of its authoritarian past and improve its international image as a truly democratic country where human rights prevail.
Pr Introvigne had studied the Tai Ji Men case for years and pointed out, âThe government of Taiwan does not understand the Tai Ji Men case in its proper terms. This is not a national or technical tax matter, but it is a human rights matter based on freedom of religion or belief. “This is a case which has a negative impact on Taiwan’s international image,” said Professor Introvigne. He urged the Taiwanese government to resolve the Tai Ji Men case as soon as possible, saying, âWe are living at a historic moment when Taiwan needs the maximum support from its international friends. But a prerequisite for its support to be effective is for Taiwan to get its own house in order. “
Willy FautrÃ©, co-founder and director of Human Rights Without Borders, also said that the Tai Ji Men case is not a technical tax dispute, but rather a case of human rights violations. He said the bureaucrats who sued the Tai Ji Men were motivated by corruption, including the immoral bonus system for tax collectors and enforcement agents. To restore human rights, FautrÃ© insisted that these bureaucrats must be prosecuted and punished, and that the sacred land, which has been unjustly confiscated, must be returned to Tai Ji Men.
Tai Ji Men dizi demand that the Taiwanese government implement the protection of human rights and freedom, rectify the Tai Ji Men case, restore the sacred land of Tai Ji Men and restore the reputation of Tai Ji Men shifu and dizi. Judy Lee, on behalf of Tai Ji Men around the world dizi, said, âWe will continue to reach out across the international community to pressure the Taiwanese government to correct the mistakes that were made 25 years ago. If this is not resolved, we will be back! â
Tai Ji Men Qi Gong Academy: Tai Ji Men is an ancient menpai (school-like) of qigong, martial arts and self-cultivation. He perpetuated the wisdom of Taoist philosophy, one of the highest philosophies of mankind. It is an international non-profit cultural organization. His contemporary zhang-men-ren (grandmaster), Dr Hong, Tao-Tze established the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in 1966, and since then it has grown to 15 academies around the world.
Dr. Hong teaches his dizi (discipleship-like) methods for achieving physical, mental and spiritual balance, and tens of thousands of families have benefited from his teaching. In Tai Ji Men, martial arts and wisdom were passed down from the shifu (master) to his dizi. Through this secular tradition, the shifu and the dizi promote Tai Ji Men culture and martial arts across the world while embodying what is true, good and beautiful and spreading the ideas of conscience, love and peace. Over the past half-century, the shifu and dizi have self-funded trips to more than 300 cities in 101 countries to organize more than 3,000 shows and cultural exchanges and have been recognized as “international ambassadors of peace and goodwill. “
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