Falun Gong Information Day Held in Basel, Switzerland

November 03, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Germany

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from Switzerland, Germany, and France held a Falun Gong Information Day in downtown Basel, the third largest city in Switzerland, on October 29, 2016. The activity exposed the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and signatures were collected on a petition calling for an end to the CCP’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living practitioners.

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Falun Gong Information Day in Basel, Switzerland.

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Tourists in Basel sign a petition at Falun Gong Information Day.

The activity was held on a road leading to two large commercial districts, next to the bridge on the Rhine. It happened to be the day a trade show was being held in Basel. Many Chinese people approached the Falun Gong booth. Some were on their way to the trade show, and some were students or tourists. Falun Gong practitioners took the opportunity to tell them the facts about the persecution, and helped many quit the communist organizations they had joined.

One middle-aged Chinese man had heard about the persecution, but he hesitated to withdraw from the communist organizations at first. A practitioner told him the difference between loving the country and loving the Party, and that being patriotic didn’t mean he had to agree with the crimes of the Communist Party. The man thought it was right. He happily quit the Youth League, and took a picture with the practitioner before he left.

Another middle-aged Chinese man greeted a Falun Gong practitioner, saying, “Good man!” He said that Falun Gong practitioners were very good people. The practitioner told him about the importance of seeing through the CCP’s lies about Falun Gong. The man said he had received truth clarification information through phone calls, flyers, and text messages in China. He had also seen Falun Gong activities overseas. After hearing about the significance of quitting the communist organizations, the man easily decided to quit the Youth League and the Young Pioneers.

Local residents and tourists from other countries showed great support for Falun Gong practitioners’ work to stop the persecution.

Mr. Chebili said it was terrible for the Chinese government to commit crimes such as organ harvesting, and that it was a crime against humanity. He said it challenged the basis of human rights. He asked, “What can I do to stop this crime?” He signed all the available petitions at the Falun Gong booth.

Some people became interested in learning Falun Gong. Some pressed their hands in front of their chest to thank the Falun Gong practitioners.

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Category: Other Community Events

‘Human Harvest’ Documentary Screened in Switzerland

July 03, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Switzerland

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Geneva, Switzerland screened the award-winning documentary Human Harvest (also called Davids and Goliath) in June 2016. People of different circles, including members of the Swiss Parliament, attended the screening.

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Screening of documentary Human Harvest in Switzerland

Attendees were greatly disturbed by the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, especially the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. Some were in tears. One of them said that she planned to visit China to look for the victims of the persecution and help them.

A secretary of a non-governmental organization, who also serves as a consultant for the United Nations, said he was shaken by the film. He hopes more people can watch the film and help stop the killing. He also said that Falun Gong’s values should be respected by all people, and that practitioners represent justice.

Another attendee said all people should watch this film and that it should be played on large screens, such as those in stadiums. He commented that the same terrible tragedy would happen again if people don’t remember lessons from history.

The Chair of the Geneva Pharmacy Association, who provided the venue, was shocked by the atrocity in China. He offered to screen the film at the same facility in the future and said the work against the persecution should continue until its end.

Human Harvest, directed by Vancouver filmmaker Leon Lee, presented years of investigative work by David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, on China’s organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, who are mainly Falun Gong practitioners.

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Category: Organ Harvesting

Switzerland: Thirty-Six Lawmakers Urge UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Help Bring Former Chinese Dictator to Justice

June 30, 2016

(Minghui.org) Thirty-six Swiss lawmakers jointly signed a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, urging him to help move forward the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin for his role in the 17-year persecution of Falun Gong.

Jiang Zemin, as then-head of Chinese Communist Party, launched the persecution in 1999, and personally directed the brutal campaign. Since May 2015, more than 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners throughout the world have filed lawsuits against Jiang to the Chinese Supreme Court. Meanwhile, several million people from multiple countries and areas, including China, have signed a petition calling upon the Chinese legal system to investigate Jiang’s crimes.

Before signing the letter, Henry Rappaz, member of the Geneva Council, reminded people not to forgot that the world didn’t pay attention to the Nazis’ crimes until several million Jewish people lost their lives. He believes that it is time to take action to rescue the Chinese Falun Gong practitioners who have been suffering egregious human rights violations.

The letter first praised the current anti-corruption campaign in China that has brought about the fall of numerous high-ranking government officials. The Swiss lawmakers believe that the campaign is a sign of improvement in the Chinese legal system.

The letter pointed out the persecution started by Jiang Zemin in 1999 is extremely brutal, especially the state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. The letter informed Mr. Hussein that many organizations, including the UN, the EU Parliament, and other human right activists have made calls for the end of these organ harvesting crimes, with two millions signatures to date.

The letter also called upon Mr. Hussein to encourage the Chinese president to indict Jiang and investigate his crimes, considering that more than 200,000 criminal complaints have been filed against him.

The lawmakers emphasized that the whole world is watching the development of the lawsuits, and all are witness. Therefore, they are making the call so that history will witness the actions taken today to stop these crimes.

Ten Swiss lawmakers sent a similar letter last August to the Chinese president directly, urging him to move forward with the lawsuits against Jiang.

This time, the signers include 10 Federal Members of Parliament (MP), one former MP, one member of the Grand Council of the Canton of Geneva, a former member of the Grand Council, and 23 members of the Geneva Council.

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MPs: Daniel Brelat, Dominique De Buma, Balthasar Glättli, Beat Jans, Liliane Maury-Pasquier, Lisa Mazzone, Carlo Sommaruga, Francine John, Andrea Geissbühler, Giovanni Merlini

Former MP: Ueli Leuenberger

Grand Council Member of Canton of Geneva: Didier Berberat

Former Grand Council Member: David Hiler

Geneva Council Members: Mathias Buschbeck, Marc Falquet, Jean Luc Forni, Henry Rappaz, Jean-Charles Rielle, Eric Stauffer, Andre Pfeffer, Bernhard Riedweg, Thomas Bläsi, Christian Flury, Christian Grobet, Christian Zaugg, Daniele Magnin, Florian Gander, Francois Baertschi, Jean-François Girardet, Jean-Marie Voumard, Patrick Dimier, Patrick Lussi, Sandra Golay, Sarah Klopmann, Stephane Florey, Thomas Wenger

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Category: Voices of Support Worldwide