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Friday, June 23, 2006

Letter: Peace, War and Falun Gong

Dear Friends: (Vancouver World Peace Forum)

Published in Taipei Times and Clearwisdom: Much has been said about peace. So what is peace? Some may say that peace is the manifestation of compassion in human nature. For a country, peace is an ideal of mankind and is the optimal state of civilization in which people live harmoniously and advance together. When talking about peace, many people realize immediately that it is closely linked to war. In fact, there is something even more devastating than war—it is called genocide, yet another face of terror. The unjustified killing and persecution of innocent people carried out by dictatorial regimes in times of peace hardly gets the attention it deserves from the international community--including the media--until it’s often too late. According to the Epoch Times’ editorial series called the ‘Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party’, 80 million Chinese have died unnatural deaths in the last 56 years at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Whenever the CCP encounters an important issue that demands obedience from the populace, it uses 'patriotism' and 'nationalism' to mobilize people on short notice. In all cases, including matters related to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Falun Gong, the collision between a US spy plane and a Chinese fighter jet, the CCP has used the combined method of high-pressure terror and collective brainwashing, thus bringing people to a war-like state of mind. This method is similar to that used by the German Fascists.

Seven years ago Jiang Zemin launched a genocidal campaign targeted at Falun Gong. His directive: "destroy them physically, defame their reputations and bankrupt them financially." This persecution is the number one genocide in China today. The tyrannical CCP is responsible for an estimated 10,000 deaths by torture of Falun Gong practitioners alone. We have been raising awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong since it began.

We find it unconscionable that innocent people are having their organs stolen and their bodies desecrated to line the pockets of the employees of corrupt Chinese courts, police and hospitals. The situation is most urgent. Several weeks ago a Sound of Hope radio reporter called hospitals in China posing as a transplant patient and was told repeatedly to come in before May 1 while organ supplies are plentiful. After that it’s expected there will be a scarcity of organs due to the introduction of new governmental regulations. A doctor also confirmed that the organs come from Falun Gong practitioners. Refer to the website for more on this.

There is a dire need to investigate, report on and bring a halt to this brutality, which has gone largely ignored by media and governments alike. While about 80 members of the U.S. Congress and a few representatives from the European Union have called for an investigation into this matter, Canada has taken the lead with three prominent human rights lawyers currently investigating the allegations of illegal organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. We were recently advised that the three lawyers, David Kilgour, David Matas, and Clive Ansley will be joined by Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-president of the European Union. Both Kilgour and Matas are awaiting approval from Chinese officials to conduct an independent investigation in China in an attempt to collect more evidence.

How can you help? By joining our fact-finding delegation to China (CIPFG) to conduct a full investigation of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners being held in Chinese labour camps and other detention facilities. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice." Let us board that train together.

We’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us at our 24-hour appeal site at 3300 Granville Street in front of the Chinese Consulate, where we have been holding a constant peaceful vigil for the past five years to call attention to the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong.

Recently Mayor Sullivan caved in to pressure from the Chinese Consulate and ordered the practitioners to pack up their exhibit or he will see them in court. This is yet another example of exporting the persecution overseas through the tentacles of the Consulate to stifle free speech. But, in the face of the most powerful, autocratic and villainous political group ever--that conducted the most malicious, horrific and atrocious genocidal atrocities in history--never once have the practitioners resorted to violence. What unveiled is a rational, non-violent, global scale peaceful resistance, similar to Gandhi's and Martin Luther King's non-violent Civil Disobedience and Civil Rights Movement. And to this day, Falun Gong is still Falun Gong--they are committed to stop crimes of torture and genocide in their tracks.

Under the principle of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance, peace and justice are building the most splendid moral statutes for the future, which has become the only hope for humankind to return to glory.


Falun Gong Practitioners in Vancouver


Related articles: Watch peaceful flash video here

Edmonton Sun: June 23, 2006 - Organs harvested from Falun Gong prisoners, Kilgour says 'Wait to be butchered for highest bidder'

David Kilgour hopes a report documenting allegations of illegal organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners will entice China to open its borders to international human rights investigators.

But the former Edmonton MP says he was given the run-around when he met with a political officer at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa Friday, to discuss conditions of an entry visa.

“I knew they weren’t going to allow me the type of access we need. But I’m hoping our report will generate enough international pressure for them to let us in,” he told the Sun.

Kilgour is investigating allegations that an underground network of Chinese surgeons, nurses, and hospital administration staff are harvesting organs for sale.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a quasi-religious movement that was banned in China in 1999

“Falun Gong members are (allegedly) being held in pens, waiting to be butchered for the highest bidder in need of a cornea, a kidney, or a heart.

“Some of these organs are immensely expensive. This is becoming an export business for China, and the world is doing nothing about it.”

International human rights lawyer David Matas of Winnipeg hopes to travel to China with Kilgour.

Two years of investigation has netted the lawyer piles of testimony from people like the former spouses of Chinese harvest surgeons.

“I’ve heard of things being done to the Falun Gong prisoners so horrifying I can’t repeat them,” Kilgour said, adding China recently admitted to the international community that its government executes Falun Gong prisoners.

Kilgour said it took one UN official 10 years before he was granted a ‘full access’ visa to investigate torture in China, and the conditions of his visa were not respected when he arrived.

Matas and Kilgour will release a preliminary report exposing the organ harvesting network July 6.

A subsequent report substantiating or debunking those claims would follow any future investigative visit.

Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG)

EU Parliament VP Seeks Release of Falun Gong Practitioner

Canada: Renowned Lawyer Joins Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China

Canadian Team to Investigate Live Organ Harvesting in China

Gao Zhisheng Invites Investigators to Inspect Persecution of Falun Gong

Essential Information on Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners in China

Going Public About Communist Concentration Camps

Sujiatun is merely one of 36 concentration camps for Falun Gong in China

Military Doctor Reveals Process of CCP's Organ Harvesting

Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng's open letter


2 comments:

Dave said...

Hi Makina,

I'm so glad to see your blog.
I wish there were more people telling the world about these atrocities.

The harvesting of organs from living, healthy, innocent people is a despicable practice.

It is time for this to stop and it is time for the persecution of Falun Gong To stop.

- Dave Snape
http://practitioners.blogspot.com

Makina said...

I agree. We must not get complacent and if anything, we should multiply the blogs on this topic! I've visited your blog before and I find it inspiring--keep up the good work Dave!