A Letter from Practitioners in Wuhan City to the CIPFG Australia Delegation, New South Wales Branch

By Falun Dafa practitioners in Wuhan City

(Clearwisdom.net) To the members of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) Australia Delegation New South Wales Branch:

Greetings!

We were pleased to hear of the founding of the New South Wales Branch of the CIPFG Australia Delegation and that members of this branch will enter China to investigate the harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Gong practitioners are excited to hear the news and sincerely hope that Wuhan City will be the first stop on your investigation trail.

Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei Province in central China. Countless Falun Gong practitioners have been illegally persecuted there since July 20, 1999. Some practitioners were killed or disabled from torture, some were secretly abducted and taken to brainwashing centers, some had their homes ransacked, and some went into exile. The incidents reported on the Minghui/Clearwisdom website represent only the tip of an iceberg.

Division 1 of the Wuhan City Police Department, also called the National Security Division; the National Security Bureau; and the 610 Office have never stopped persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. They have arrested dozens of practitioners just since October 25, 2006.

Even now, more than 40 practitioners are still being held in Qinduankou Prison in Hubei Province. Many other practitioners are held at brainwashing centers in Tangxunhu, Yujiatou, Erdaopeng, Chenjiaji, and other places, as well as at the Hewan Forced Labor Camp and Women’s Forced Labor Camp.

One fact worth mentioning, relating to the objectives of the CIPFG, is that Tongji Hospital in Wuhan City was still selling organs from living human beings in October 2006,and live organs could be obtained within three days! According to a reliable source, transplants are performed in a surgery room in the basement of Tongji Hospital.

Wuhan is a key city where the crime of organ harvesting from living human beings is carried out. The media has reported the statistics on this issue, so we will not repeat them here. We hope that the CIPFG investigation group receives support and help from the international media and other sources to enable them to take the trip as soon as possible to completely expose these crimes, enabling people around the world to understand this atrocity and end this evil!

Falun Dafa practitioners in Wuhan City

Posting date: 12/12/2006
Original article date: 12/12/2006
Category: Falun Dafa Worldwide
Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2006/12/6/143972.html

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Belgium: A Call for an Investigation into the Chinese Communist Regime’s Practice of Organ Harvesting (Photo)

(Clearwisdom.net) At the invitation of Belgium MP Jan Loones, independent Canadian investigators David Kilgour and David Matas held a press conference at the Belgium Parliament about the Chinese Communist regime’s illegal organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.


The press conference

The Honorable Mr. Jan Loones, the N-VA Party MP and Foreign Affairs Committee member, hosted the press conference. He said that, like others, he has been extremely concerned with the situation that the Western countries, including Belgium, only care about conducting business with China and completely ignore the human rights issues. He pointed out his grave concerns in a press release published on March 18 this year.

The Honorable Mr Loones stressed that, from reports by Amnesty International, corruption and abuse of power is widespread and very serious in China. The shooting of refugees by Chinese border guards and the arrest of the renowned human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng were among the latest abuses of power. The brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is especially of concern. He already requested the Belgium Foreign Affairs Committee to formerly conduct a hearing on China’s human rights problems. Today’s press conference was the beginning of the process.

He said that David Kilgour and David Matas carried out independent investigations into allegation that the Chinese Communist regime harvests organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. Although the allegation was quite shocking and difficult to believe, the conclusion of their investigation confirmed that the Chinese Communist regimes persecuted to death large number of Falun Gong practitioners and their organs were taken and traded at high prices. This happens in the so-called “best period of human rights in China” claimed by the Chinese regime. He hoped that the Western governments would openly talk to the CCP about the human rights issues, instead of just having the human rights dialogue behind closed door. He praised the recent action by the Canadian Prime Minister, who insisted that Canadian values and principles on human rights come before trading with China, and cited it as example for other countries.

In his press release, Mr Loones demanded that the dictatorial Chinese Communist regime open for inspection its prisons, labor camps, and other facilities where Falun Gong practitioners are being illegally detained. He called upon the Parliament and various governments to support the investigation.

Following Mr Loones’ speech, the two independent Canadian investigators, David Kilgour and David Matas, introduced their investigation reports and the latest progress. They appealed for united action by all political parties to stop the continuing atrocity by the Chinese Communist regime.

Falun Gong practitioner from France Chen Ying described her own experience of being subjected to brutal persecution in a Chinese labor camp because of her belief in “Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.” After the atrocity of the regime’s organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners was exposed, she remembered that in the labor camp, she was subjected to various medial examinations, including on her heart, blood, and eyes, as she was being tortured. (Obviously the medical examinations were not to ensure their physical health.) She appealed to Western societies to help stop the persecution and rescue Falun Gong practitioners who face the danger of death.

Mr. Ivan, the Belgium representative for the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG), said in his speech that after the Chinese regime’s organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners was exposed in March 2006, CIPFG was established with the sole aim of investigating and stopping the large scale persecution by the Chinese Communist regime against Falun Gong, especially the atrocity of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

He said that currently members of CIPFG in China, such as human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and Yang Zaixin, have been harassed and arrested. Large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners are still detained in prisons, labor camps, and other facilities, and subjected to torture. They can become victims of organ harvesting at any time. The international communities have a responsibility to immediately investigate and stop this crime against humanity.

Mr. Ivan said that a group to investigate in China has recently being formed and plans to go to China to investigate the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and the atrocity of organ harvesting from living people. Many people from various professions applied to join the group. They plan to go to China to carry out thorough and independent investigations. The sub-groups from Australia, Europe, North America, and Asia have already formed or are being formed. He demanded that the Chinese regime to keep its promise to the international communities to assist the group to openly investigate all allegations without interference.

Mr. Ivan said that the group would keep governments and media informed of their progress, including its members’ applications of visa to China and the investigation in China. He called for the support and concern from the international community.

Belgian Senator Mr. Patrik Vankrunkelsven, who just carried out an investigation into the Chinese regime’s organ trade a few days ago, attended this press conference. He also appealed to unite all efforts to investigate and stop this crime by the Chinese regime.

Posting date: 12/12/2006
Original article date: 12/12/2006
Category: Falun Dafa Worldwide
Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2006/12/6/144040.html

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US Congress Holds Hearing on CCP’s Organ Harvesting from Living Falun Gong Practitioners (Photos)

By Li Jingfei, Minghui/Clearwisdom Correspondent

(Clearwisdom.net) At noon on September 29, 2006, the United States Congress held its first hearing on allegations of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. Four witnesses testified at the hearing. More than 100 people, including House representatives, legislative assistants, officials and advisers from the US government, and reporters attended the hearing. Senior congressman Dana Rohrabacher of the House Committee on International Relations urged the US government to take further action to stop these crimes.


Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher


Democratic Congressman William Delahunt of Massachusetts


Four witnesses testify at the hearing


Dr. Allison testifies at the hearing


David Kilgour and David Matas testify at the hearing

Congressman Rohrabacher, Chair of the Subcommittee of Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on International Relations said during an interview after the hearing, “What we have learned today is that there is a monstrous crime going on in this world. Just repression of people’s religious freedom is bad enough. But for the government of China, they take those religious practitioners, who are no threat to anyone else in their own country, but then to take them to prison, and execute them in order to get their body parts to sell for profit. This is a new level of evil. And today we heard the evidence of this evil exists, and now it’s up to us to put pressure on the Chinese government to end this evil.”

Congressman Rohrabacher said that facing such evil in the world, we cannot keep silent. We should not ignore such evil just because of commercial interests from such a totalitarian regime.

David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, David Matas, International Human Rights Lawyer, Erping Zhang, Falun Gong spokesperson and Executive Director of the Association for Asian Research, and Kirk C. Allison, Ph.D., Director of the Program in Human Rights and Health, School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Program in Human Rights and Medicine at the Medical School of the University of Minnesota testified at the hearing.

CCP’s feeble response to the allegation of live organ harvesting

Mr. Kilgour and Mr. Matas introduced their “Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China”, which aroused attention in many European countries. They called on the international community to stop these crimes against humanity.

Mr. Matas said in the hearing, “We examined every avenue of proof and disproof available to us, eighteen in all.”

Mr. Kilgour said that all the evidence brought them to their conclusion. “One month after the report was published, the Chinese government’s only dispute was that we spelled the name of two provinces wrong.”

Mr. Matas said, “We are reinforced in our conclusions by the feeble response of the government of China. Despite all their resources and inside knowledge, they have not provided any information to counter our report. Instead, they have attacked us personally and, more worrisome, attacked the Falun Gong with the very sort of verbal abuse which we have identified as one of the reasons we believe these atrocities are occurring.

“The repressive and secretive nature of Chinese governance made it difficult for us to assess the claims. We were not allowed entry to China, though we tried. Organ harvesting is not done in public. If the claims are true, the participants are either victims who are killed and their bodies cremated or perpetrators who are guilty of crimes against humanity and unlikely to confess.”

Mr. Kilgour mentioned the situation of human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, who has been detained by CCP since August 15, “I must also give credit to Amnesty International for putting out an emergency bulletin recently about the arrest of China’s most courageous lawyer, Gao Zhisheng. Indeed, it was Gao who invited David Matas and me to come to China to investigate the matter of organ seizures from Falun Gong prisoners, although we were not granted visas by the government of China.”

Mr. Matas said that under CCP rule, people cannot defend themselves. The victims have no other choice but to rely on the international community. The international community cannot be controlled. The United States cannot be controlled. US and other countries must stand out to speak for the victims.

Congressman Rohrabacher said that the report by Mr. Kilgour and Mr. Matas caught the attention of media across the world. He hopes through this hearing, the US and Congress will pay more attention to this report.

Mr. Erping Zhang: Speaking up about the persecution with no other choice

Mr. Erping Zhang said, “The regime has robbed Falun Gong of any voice by burning its books in mass rallies, banning all Falun Gong related literature, and blocking all Falun Gong websites and even Western news reports. Under this circumstance we have been left with no choice but to speak out. Our goal has been simple and singular: to let people hear our side of the story, to expose those violating our rights, and to, by doing so, end the genocide we face. We are not interested in political power. We would love nothing more than to meditate quietly in parks. But when people beat down our doors and arrest and torture our parents, friends, and children, when they try to wipe out our very existence, we feel duty-bound to speak out.

“Secondly, I would point out that Falun Gong is not deviant, weird, or dangerous, as China’s regime has tried to portray it. Consider the bigger picture. For one thing, all of the accusations the regime has made came overnight, with the banning of Falun Gong in 1999. During the seven years before then, from 1992-1999, Falun Gong was practiced by millions and was totally mainstream, and even praised by various official bodies of the Chinese state. That is to say, the accusations were a sudden political invention. And these accusations, it is worth noting, are something Chinese officials do not allow outsiders to investigate; those who try are arrested. Or from another perspective, we might note how none of the accusations made by the regime are made in Taiwan, another Chinese society. There, hundreds of thousands on the small island practice Falun Gong freely.

“Our efforts are done fully for the welfare of China’s people, and even, insofar as we seek to uphold the law and constitution, for the sake of the country. There is nothing ‘anti-China’ about supporting constitutionally-guaranteed rights when they are abused, or pointing out the perpetrator. Surely ‘China’, after all, is the people of that vast country — and not its unelected rulers, who so regularly abuse and exploit her people for their narrow, private interests.”

Congressman of Massachusetts praises Falun Gong practitioners in his hometown

Congressman Delahunt said in the hearing, “I share your concerns about the Chinese government, especially in the area of human rights. Its record in terms of human rights, it’s truly been abysmal. And what has happened to the practitioners of Falun Gong, is particularly appalling. My home city, which is Quincy, Massachusetts, has a very large Asian population. There is a large group of Falun Gong practitioners among that specific community. They are extraordinary people. They are warm, they are compassionate. They make extraordinary contributions to my city and to the region.

“I review the CCP’s contempt to the rule of law that leads to corruption and waste. Corruption undercut all the economic gains China has made in the last several years. Unless China couples its transition to capitalism, with moves towards democracy and free expression, and human rights, a genuine commitment to human rights, it will never ever able to reach its full potential. And the tragedy is that Chinese people will pay the price.”

CCP’s double strategy in the persecution of Falun Gong

Dr. Kirk C. Allison, Director of the Program in Human Rights and Health, School of Public Health; Associate Director of the Program in Human Rights and Medicine, Medical School, University of Minnesota, said, “My concern is general as I am not a Falun Gong practitioner. Since July 1999 the systematic persecution of nonviolent Falun Gong practitioners constitutes the single greatest concentration of human rights violations in China against a specific group since the Cultural Revolution. A program of ideological eradication has been systematically pursued under a double strategy: Publicly with high visibility in terms of state propaganda, but hermetically in actions of detainment and sanction outside conventional judicial processes. The systematic program of ideological eradication of Falun Gong coincided with an inexplicable increase in whole organ transplantation, and international organ transplant tourism to China. This raises the question of the organ source.

“Concerning Falun Gong practitioners as nonvoluntary victims, the most compelling evidence has been compiled by David Kilgour and David Matas in the Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China of July 6, 2006.”

Four witnesses put forward concrete recommendations

The four witnesses called on the US Congress and administrative branch to take all opportunities to raise the organ harvesting issue to Chinese government leaders and take concrete steps to stop the atrocities and the persecution.

Mr. Kilgour mentioned 17 recommendations in the report, “Our report has 17 different recommendations. Virtually nothing to prevent the harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners has currently been applied. If the government is serious, all of our measures should be enacted with deliberate speed. Our first recommendation, of course, is that the harvesting practice from Falun Gong prisoners must stop immediately.

Some of the others:

“#3-Independent human rights organizations should conduct their own investigations as to whether the allegations are true.

“#11-All detention facilities, including forced labor camps, should be open for international inspection by the International Committee of the Red Cross or other humanitarian organization.”

Mr. Zhang called on Congress to pass a resolution to deny entry of all Chinese officials and doctors who participate in the persecution of Falun Gong and organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. If they enter the US, they would be brought to justice.

Mr. Matas suggested that US Congress Representatives urge the United States and other countries to request China to answer questions from UN special Rapporteur on torture and solve the problems.

Hoping to hold hearings again

Congressman Rohrabacher said that if he would be Chair for next term, he would hold hearings on the organ harvesting issue. Besides inviting US government officials, medical doctors would also be invited to answer questions.

Congressman Rohrabacher expressed his regret several times that officials from the US State Department did not testify in the hearing. When something like this occurs, the US State Department should respond formally.

Posting date: 10/2/2006
Original article date: 10/2/2006
Category: News & Media Reports
Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2006/10/1/139092.html

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