The rapporteur on torture, Nowak Manfred, spoke at the UN Human Rights Council on September 20 about his 2005 investigation of China’s laogai. At that time he reported that Falun Gong practitioners, religious groups, human rights activists and dissidents are the main victims of torture in China. He added that torture is still widespread and rampant in China. It is anticipated that he will go back to investigate crimes of organ harvesting in the not-too-distant future.
"I was particularly concerned about the continuing practice of forced re-education of persons with dissident or non-conformist opinions, aiming at changing their personality and breaking their will, both in special re-education through labor camps, regular prisons, and even in pre-trial detention facilities," he said. (more)
The Honourable David Kilgour also testified at the Human Rights Council highlighting China’s bloody organ harvest targeting Falun Gong practitioners.
"I think momentum is growing. I think if all of us get on our Internet and on our computers and send emails by the thousands, we will reach the tipping point when the government of China will think if it doesn't stop this terrible [organ harvesting] its Olympic games might be affected. That's the thing, that's the tipping point, and we have to take advantage of that, to push and push and push, all of us." (more)
Falun Gong practitioners recounted the barbaric mistreatment they experienced at the hands of the CCP for not renouncing their faith.
"In court, I asked the prosecutor to produce evidence of my committing any crime," he said. To that the prosecutor replied, 'We know we don't have evidence. If we did, things would not be like this.'…They just ignored all the laws." On February 30, 2000, he was sentenced four years imprisonment.
Dai Ying, Li's wife, said she spent 17 hours per day sewing leather shoes for export of the US and Europe, as part of her labor camp experience. She has partially lost sight in one of her eyes due to electric baton torture. In her speech, however, she recalled a different aspect of her incarceration: Extensive physical examinations without any apparent purpose.
"We did not know the reason why only Falun Gong practitioners were physically examined, but one thing we did know: it was not done for care of our health," she said. Apparently, non-practitioners were not examined this way. After the organ harvesting allegations surfaced last spring, Dai began to suspect she had been assessed as a potential organ donor.” (more)