Worldwide Human Rights Torch Relay seeks to end abuses in China
By Yuan Mei
Epoch Times Staff Aug 03, 2007
Former Chinese National Basketball Player, Kai Chen is helping to bring human rights to his fellow Chinese citizens. Chen will make a public announcement of his appointment as Western U.S. ambassador for the Human Rights Torch World Tour on August 5, 2007 at his inaugural Olympic Freedom T-shirt Run in Los Angeles. (Epoch Time)
LOS ANGELES—Human rights groups aim to rally opposition to the Chinese Communist Party’s crimes against humanity as a torch is passed from one runner to another on a route spanning five continents.
According to a spokesperson for the originator of the international torch relay, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), the Human Rights Torch Relay will begin on August 9, 2007 in Europe and end in Asia before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Former athletes, Olympians, and celebrities are part of the group of concerned citizens that will be asked to serve as torch bearers in this international venture.
In an interview with The Epoch Times, Mr. Kai Chen, former player on the Chinese National Basketball Team and newly appointed Western U.S. ambassador for the Human Rights Torch World Tour, explained why this torch relay is needed.
According to Chen, “Under the atheistic theories of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), there is no concept of human rights as a birth right. All Chinese people should assume responsibility for joining this campaign. The Olympic Games should not be used by the CCP as an excuse to advance its dictatorship.”
Chen says, “The goal of the Human Rights Torch Relay is to end the CCP’s human rights abuses in China. The Chinese people are deceived by the dictatorship. They think that the rights to have enough food and pursue a good life are given by the government.
“Actually, as President Lincoln said, the government should be ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people.’ The government should serve the people. Yet under the CCP’s rule, the opposite happened. The people became tools of the regime. The roles of the people and the government are reversed.”
Chen continued, “Over the last 50 years, few of the political movements in China were about human rights and freedom. As a result, no human rights or freedom were gained. The Chinese people need to be freed from this regime. They need to escape the distorted society created by the regime in order to restore human dignity. Otherwise they remain slaves to the regime.”
Chen explained some of the difficulties facing the Chinese people in claiming human rights: “Under the Communist regime’s long-term brainwashing, the Chinese people have lost the ability to discern between good and bad, justice and injustice, and morality and immorality. All they know is whether someone is an ‘insider’ or ‘outsider,’ or an ‘enemy’ or ‘friend.’ When the September 11 terrorist attacks happened, a large number of Chinese people applauded. This reaction reflects a complete lack of humanity.
“The CCP has always said, ‘As long as something is against the government, it has to be against the interests of the people.’ Although some Chinese people don’t favor the Communist Party, they are very protective of the Chinese government.
“These people have been deceived. Chinese people could only be awakened if moral values were re-established in China. Although the process to do so is slow and difficult, this power of justice is the only force that can touch the depth of people’s souls and bring hope to China. This precludes the possibility of a new dictatorship taking over the country after the CCP is gone.”
Chen said that the Olympic Games will be a success, “If the games bring to China the dream and the desire for freedom, and lead to positive developments in China. Otherwise, the Games could be manipulated by the Chinese regime and used as a tool to expand its economic influence and further human rights abuses.”
Chen hopes all Chinese people will separate themselves from the Communist dictatorship, and not fear taking responsibility. They should put their energy together to support this human rights campaign.
Chen will make a public announcement of his appointment as Human Rights ambassador at his upcoming Olympic Freedom T-shirt Global Movement Run in Los Angeles on August 5, 2007. The run will proceed to San Francisco and then onto Vancouver.
Inspiring People of Conscience
A spokesperson for CIPFG’s Human Rights Torch Relay said that partner groups are still being gathered to support the event. According to the CIPFG website, on May 30, CIPFG and several other organizations stated at a press conference in Canada that the Olympics and the crimes against humanity in China cannot coexist.
According to its Web site, CIPFG was begun so that people with a sense of justice from all around the world, could come together to participate in or provide help to investigate the persecution of Falun Gong.