Tomorrow’s program will look at life in communist China and the Chinese political prison system from someone who spent 3 years inside that system and miraculously survived to tell about it.
Our guest will be: Dr. Charles Lee, Medical Doctor, political activist and organizer.
Dr. Charles Lee received a medical degree in China and came to the United States in 1991 to get an advanced degree and applied for U.S. citizenship which was eventually granted. He returned to China in 2003 to protest the treatment of the order of Falun Gong, a non-violent, spiritual movement dedicated to truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. He was arrested and spent the next 3 years in prison being beaten, tortured and force fed. After 3 years in Chinese prison he was released and returned to San Francisco where he became an anti-communist political activist. He is one of the few political prisoners to survive to tell the story and is now a leader in the movement that has seen millions of members of the Chinese Communist Party resign in disgust. He will tell his brutal story of communist torture to our listeners.
Dr. Charles Lee, a U.S. citizen, was born in Mainland China in 1965. Dr. Lee received his medical education in China and came to the U.S. to study neuroscience. He received a Master in Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994. In 1995, Dr. Lee moved to Boston to conduct medical research at the Harvard Medical School and passed the U.S. medical board exams.
In 1999 when the communist regime began its campaign of persecution against Falun Gong, a peaceful Chinese meditation practice, Dr. Lee set out to counter the lies and defamation being disseminated by the regime’s propaganda apparatus. During one attempt to do so in China in January 2003, he was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison.
While in prison, the communist regime used both physical and mental torture to pressure Dr. Lee to renounce his faith. He went on hunger strike several times in protest, and the prison authorities retaliated by violently force-feeding him. Dr. Lee refused to cooperate. After his release from prison in January 2006, Dr. Lee returned to the U.S.
Since then, Dr. Lee has been actively involved in exposing Beijing’s persecution of Falun Gong and sharing with the public what he has personally experienced in a communist jail as a prisoner of conscience. His story was recently featured in the documentary film, “Free China – The Courage to Believe” (http:// freechina.ntdtv.org/trailer/ ). In recent years, Dr. Lee has been an active member of both the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (http://www.upholdjustice.org/ ) and the Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party (http://en.tuidang.org/home ), both are New York-based NGOs. Dr. Lee has testified at U.S. Congress, and spoken at various forums,
press events, and panels on rights issues in China.
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