(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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