Report: Halloween decorations came with handwritten note describing forced labor

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PORTLAND– Julie Keith, 42, found an unexpected, and understandably haunting, handwritten note in a box of Halloween decorations in October, the Oregonian reported.

Tucked inside a box of Styrofoam headstones, Keith found a note allegedly sent from a worker at a Chinese forced labor camp. The letter, written in English and Chinese, described the force work laborers were required to do, and alleged injustices by the Chinese Communist Party Government.

“Sir,” the letter began. “If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the prosecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.”

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  • Charles Liu

    This note is fake; the English is too good. My kids go to Chinese school and use very similar workbook (not the Chinese words "Score", "Parent signature" at bottom of the page).

    The fact Falun Gong propaganda outlets like Epoch Times, NDTV are promoting this story is automatic red flag IMHO.

  • Bob

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead

    I hope this message finds all who are reading this appreciating the Four Freedoms that were articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941. In his State of the Union address, FDR proposed four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy: (1) Freedom of speech and expression (2) Freedom of worship (3) Freedom from want (4) Freedom from fear.

    I know I do.

    Thank you for last night's news about the woman who found a letter detailing human rights abuses in China.

    If I may, let me elaborate on the widespread human rights violations in China.

    I attend a Quaker Meeting in Pennsylvania. In October of this year, the Meeting hosted a screening of the award-winning film Free China: The Courage to Believe. Directed by Michael Perlman of "Tibet: Beyond Fear," this intensely compelling film examines the widespread human rights violations inside China – from forced abortions to live organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience – through the remarkable stories of bestselling author Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member, and Dr. Charles Lee, an American Chinese businessman. Both Jennifer and Charles along with hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens in China, have been subjected to slave labor, psychiatric abuse, and torture for their spiritual beliefs in the Falun Gong meditation practice.

    Falun Gong was first introduced in China in 1992 through public lectures by its founder, Li Hongzhi. It combines the practice of meditation and slow-moving exercises with a moral philosophy. Falun Gong emphasizes morality and the cultivation of virtue in its central tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.

    In July of 1999, after three years of mounting tensions between the Falun Gong and the government, the Communist Party leadership initiated a nationwide crackdown and multifaceted propaganda campaign intended to eradicate the meditative practice. In October of 1999, the Communist Party leadership declared Falun Gong a "heretical organization" and blocked internet access to websites that mention Falun Gong.

    "I come from a people who gave the Ten Commandments to the world. Time has come to strengthen them by three additional ones, which we ought to adopt and commit ourselves to: thou shall not be a perpetrator; thou shall not be a victim; and thou shall never, but never, be a bystander." – Yehuda Bauer, professor of Holocaust studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    The organ transplant crimes in China are reminiscent of the kind of evil witnessed during the holocaust. China has a state sanctioned system that has incarcerated vast numbers of peaceful citizens. Anonymously and without sentence, these people have then been subjected them to targeted medical examinations and categorization. In more than 65,000 cases, doctors have participated in killing innocent people for their organs when a matching buyer is identified. In my mind, this horrific practice must be stopped.

    Earlier this month, three well known medical doctors working to end China's transplant abuses initiated a petition on a White House website ( The website was established by President Obama to connect him with issues that people care about. As of today, over 25,000 people have signed the petition which means that President Obama will directly respond to this most important issue.

    I encourage all to learn more about the live organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China. I am hopeful that once the kindhearted people of the world understand what it taking place, together we will be able to bring it to an end.

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