(MWC) Directors of Asia CIPFG, representing the member countries of Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, simultaneously unveiled today their plan to hold a global “Human Rights Torch Relay.” The torch relay is set to cover major cities in dozens of countries on five continents
CIPFG members, as the main organizers of this relay, welcome all individuals and organizations who are concerned with Falun Gong's human rights to participate, thus acknowledging that the Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot co-exist. Sign our petition here.
The Human Rights Torch Relay, which aims to appeal to the international community, will start in Europe and end in Asia. Details of the specific route will be announced at a later date. Olympic athletes will be among the people carrying the torch from country to country.
This action was prompted after the May 30th North America CIPFG press conference held in Ottawa, where the Honorable David Kilgour along with “Doctors against Organ Harvesting” formally requested the Chinese regime to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and allow an unfettered independent investigation in China.
In an open letter to Hu Jintao, CIPFG has made it clear that it will join the chorus of a number of other Olympic boycotts if the Chinese regime fails to address this pertinent question before August 8, 2007.
While the drive to boycott the Games is gaining momentum from several human rights groups, former Australian Olympic swimming champion Jan Becker expressed concern that most athletes and international sporting organizations are unaware of the extent to which Beijing is attempting to fool the world. The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of any athlete's career, but not if it tramples on human lives. "Human rights abuses are rampant throughout the country in the most horrific manner,” she said. "I don't think that is in the Olympic spirit, as what an Olympian would want. And if [the athletes] were to know this, they would feel quite sickened by it."
The CIPFG is calling on the Chinese regime to end the persecution of Falun Gong immediately. The Olympic spirit of peace and justice should not be compromised by ‘Bloody Olympics.’
Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG)