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.

Falun Gong Information Day in Basel, Switzerland.


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.

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.

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

Switzerland: “Smog Refugees” Quit the Communist Party

December 31, 2015

(Minghui.org) “We are also refugees. The Syrians are refugees of the war, and we are refugees of the smog,” a member of a group tourists from Beijing said to a Falun Gong practitioner at a Swiss tourist spot. “I wish I could immigrate here.”

Massive smog hit China in December, and the severe air pollution drove a lot of Chinese people out of the country. Touring in Europe has been one way to escape the smog.

Falun Gong practitioners warmly welcomed groups of “smog refugees,” and offered them comfort in the form of hope.

“It is not easy to immigrate, but there are other measures you can take to help yourself,” the Falun Gong practitioner said to the group, and they were all ears.

“The city government of Beijing announced the first smog red alert. As a former Beijinger, I really feel bad about this, although I live in Switzerland,” the practitioner said.

“Do not go back to China,” a tourist shouted. “It is not a place for humans!”

“Half of China is now covered by smog, and the situation is getting worse. Whose fault is it?” the practitioner asked.

One tourist answered: “Too many cars and factories.”

“But there are also a lot of cars and factories in Europe, as you have seen on this trip,” the practitioner countered.

Another tourist said: “Our government does not care about the environment. There are laws, but nobody obeys them. Law enforcement is bought by businessmen and the corrupt officials. The Communist Party only cares about their own interest.”

“Yes, that is the key,” the practitioner said. “The pollution, the unsafe food, and many other problems in China are caused by the Communist Party.”

Most of the tourists nodded.

“Moreover, the Party has committed even worse crimes,” the practitioner continued. “It persecutes Falun Gong and arrests the good people who follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. In prisons and detention centers, the practitioners are severely tortured. The Party even harvests organs from practitioners for profit.”

“This is a crime against humanity,” said one of the tourists who had heard about the state-sanctioned organ harvesting.

The practitioner said: “When morality is hits such a low point, heaven will bring disasters. The smog in China reflects this.”

“What can we do?” a tourist asked.

“The best way to help yourself is to quit the Party and its associated organizations,” the practitioner answered. “The Party is doomed to collapse in the near future. I am sure that you don’t want to go down with it. If you want to quit, I can help you to publish your announcement.”

“Yes, quit!” everyone in this Beijing group was happy to have a chance to quit the Party. “Thank you, Falun Gong, you take care of yourself.”

Another day at the tourist spot, a Chinese woman tried to avoid this practitioner.

The practitioner said to her: “Why are you avoiding me? I am standing here in such cold weather just to tell Chinese people how to avoid disaster. Haven’t you experienced the smog in China?”

The woman was a little embarrassed, and stopped. “To be honest with you, before this trip to Europe, I thought that I was living a good life in China. I have a car and an apartment. But now I see that my life is incomparable to people here. Look at their air—you can take a deep breath without any worries. Look at their rivers—you can see down to the bottom. Mountains still look like mountains, and rivers are still rivers. Amazing!”

The woman continued: “This is a real place for humans to live. Look at China—it seems so hopeless. Although I am not from Beijing, my hometown is also heavily polluted. You don’t dare to breathe deeply.”

The practitioner told her that the Communist Party is the root of all these problems.

The woman said: “Well said. So true. I can tell that you sincerely want to help me. What can I do?”

“There is a way to help yourself,” the practitioner said.

“What is it?”

“Have you heard about the movement of quitting the Party?” the practitioner asked.

The woman said yes, but disapprovingly.

“You should seriously consider this,” the practitioner said.

They talked for a long time, and the practitioner told her about the sinister history of the Party.

Finally, the woman was convinced and decided to quit the Party to take a stance against its crimes.

She thanked the practitioner. She pulled small bag of dates and walnuts out of her purse. “This is from my hometown,” she said. “You are such a patriot, showing so much care for your fellow Chinese. Please accept this gift.”

The practitioner accepted the gift, and gave her a Swiss chocolate bar in return.

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Category: People in China Awaken to the Truth

Switzerland: International Art Exhibition Presents Beauty and Hope

October 25, 2015

(Minghui.org) “I am deeply moved by the artworks for the rich content, especially the painting of a young woman who had bricks hanging on her neck. It touched my heart,” Commented Mr. Johann, who just visited the international art exhibition at Basel Art Center.

The two-week Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance) International Exhibition opened on September 27, 2015 at Basel Art Center. The exhibition displayed the beauty of Falun Dafa, the brutality of the 16-year-long persecution in China, and the hope that practitioners remain steadfast in their beliefs while facing torture and murder.

Visitors at the art exhibition

A comment in the guest book expresses appreciation for the artists and their efforts to inform the world about the persecution in China.

Johann read about the art exhibition on the Internet before inviting his friend Joe to visit it with him on the last day. He said, “The exhibition opened my eyes. I was shocked to see (the tortures in) the painting about a woman with bricks hanging on her neck. What have they (the persecutors) done!”

Joe, who visited the exhibition with Johann, said, “I often heard people say the Chinese Communist Party is a tyranny. But it shocked me that they even harvest and sell human organs.”

He added, “It is a disaster for China. The Falun Gong practitioners were jailed and organs harvested because of their belief. It is terribly bad.”

Melissa came from eastern Switzerland. She said, “I didn’t know much about China before. It seems so far away… whatever happens in China. But the artworks give me a personal experience.” “(Falun Gong practitioners) are so peaceful. (The Chinese Communist Party) shall not persecute them because of their belief. It absolutely shall not happen.”

Many visitors left comments in the guest book, thanking the artists for letting people know about the on-going massacre in China, and signed the petition to support stopping the forced organ harvesting, and the lawsuits against the dictator Jiang Zemin, who ordered the persecution.

Visitors also saw the hope and the beauty of Falun Dafa in the artworks even though many of the paintings illustrated the brutality of the persecution. Many asked about Falun Dafa, and wanted to learn the exercises.

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Category: Art & Photo Exhibits

People in Zurich Call for an End to the Persecution

September 05, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Switzerland

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Switzerland held Information Day activities at Hirschenplatz and Limmatquai, two popular areas of Zurich, in July and August 2015. They provided information to the public about the benefits of Falun Gong cultivation practice and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) brutal persecution of innocent Falun Gong practitioners in China. Many Zurich residents and tourists from around the world expressed their support for Falun Gong, and signed a petition calling for an end to the CCP’s forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

Photo exhibit at Limmatquai exposes the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

A young boy reacts upon reading about atrocities committed in the persecution.

Passersby sign a petition calling for an end to the persecution.

Signature collection at Hirschenplatz.

Photo exhibit at Hirschenplatz exposes the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

One woman spoke to a Falun Gong practitioner about the CCP’s forced organ harvesting of persecuted Falun Gong practitioners: “I’m very disturbed. I can’t believe such things are still happening in this age…I wish success to those who are working to stop it!”

Toni and Nina learned about Falun Gong and the persecution for the first time. After signing the petition, Toni said, “What is happening in China [organ harvesting] is a despicable crime. It must stop!” Nina said, “It’s so brutal! Everyone has the right to live.” Both of them agreed that the persecution of Falun Gong shouldn’t have happened, and that people should enjoy freedom of belief. One of them wrote on the petition, “Such things shouldn’t be allowed to happen any more. Everyone should live without fear.” Toni hopes that more people will learn about the persecution and help stop the organ harvesting crimes.

Daniel from the U.K. hopes that his signature will help those suffering persecution. He said, “It [organ harvesting] is abominable. I can’t imagine that someone in this world would do that. It’s disgusting!” Daniel had learned about Falun Gong on the Internet. He remarked, “Falun Gong is peaceful, and gives me a good feeling.”

Lino called the persecution of Falun Gong an “extreme terror,” and said it must stop. He had found out about Falun Gong by talking with a practitioner several years before. Lino said, “I’m deeply fascinated by Falun Gong. It guides people to self-improvement. It’s so important for me. Falun Gong deserves people’s respect.”

Over the course of the Information Days, many people learned about the benefits of practicing Falun Gong, and became interested in practicing it. Some took information about where to learn Falun Gong. Others took introductory materials for their family and friends. A number of people volunteered to help collect signatures. One woman told Falun Gong practitioners that her son had called her and asked her to come out and sign the petition.

Tourists from China also took this opportunity to learn about Falun Gong. Some of them decided to quit the Chinese Communist organizations that they had joined before. Several visitors from China told practitioners that they were happy to see that practitioners in their cities had resumed doing the Falun Gong exercises.

When some people commented that illegal seizure of organs also takes place in other countries, a practitioner told them, “The organ harvesting in China is sanctioned by the government, and carried out with the collaboration of the military, the legal system, the police system and the medical system. Organs have been listed with their prices on hospital websites. It is purely murder for profit by the state apparatus. What takes place in other areas in terms of illegal organ harvesting is not comparable. Not only Falun Gong practitioners, but also those involved in organ harvesting are victims of the crime.”

All who learned about the atrocities expressed the hope that the killing will soon stop.

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Category: Other Community Events

Switzerland: President of Human Rights Commission Calls for End to Forced Organ Harvesting in China

(Minghui.org) The 21st meeting of United Nations Human Rights Council was held from September 10 to 28, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Chinese Communist Party’s atrocities of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners were exposed during the meeting. Mr. Marc Falquet, President of the Human Rights Commission, Parliament of Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, issued a statement condemning the crimes of forced organ harvesting and calling on Chinese officials to take action to stop the crimes.

Mr. Marc Falquet, President of Human Rights Commission, Parliament of Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

The following is a translation of his statement:

An increasing number of Swiss Members of Parliament are now aware of, and extremely shocked by, the crimes perpetrated on such a large scale in China for the forced removal of organs.

Truly, China today, due to its lack of morality, cannot be considered a great Power worthy of the name.

Despite its economic strength, the criminal actions of members of the Chinese Government against its own people totally discredit that country in the eyes of the International Community.

What can be said of a government which allows its own people to be assassinated for the large-scale forced removal and traffic in organs?

More serious, more shameful still, Chinese citizens who practise a discipline to improve bodily and spiritual health and who try hard to live daily in peace are being assassinated with the complicity of the Chinese Government. I speak of course of Falun Gong practitioners.

Concerning human rights, if the Chinese authorities wish to be respected by the International Community, they should set an example and immediately stop behaving like a gang of barbarians from the Middle Ages and the mentally retarded.

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, a government which allows the most evolved and peaceful elements among its people to be assassinated can only be composed of worthless criminals and dangerous psychopaths who should think of undergoing treatment before the consequences of their crimes fall inevitably once again on their own heads.

Neither wealth nor power makes the greatness of a human being but rather the moral qualities and courage to fight against his own weaknesses.

Among the Chinese responsible, there must of course also be those honest and worthy individuals who feel shame in view of the barbarity perpetrated against their citizens. These honest people have the responsibility to take their courage in both hands, to openly denounce such odious criminal practices, so that the Chinese Government will rapidly and definitively end them.

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CATEGORY: Organ Harvesting