Interviews with individuals who seek to end the Chinese Communist Party's Attack on Falun GongFor 11 years the peaceful adherents of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) have suffered persecution in China and for 11 years individuals inside and outside of China have worked to bring this persecution to an end.
Vice President of the European Parliament
Vice President Edward McMillan-Scott learned first hand about the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners while he was visiting Chinese leaders in 2006. During his visit, he also met with people who had experienced the CCP’s persecution first hand.
“After I left Beijing, everybody I had contact with was arrested, imprisoned, and in some cases, tortured,” said Mr. McMillan-Scott. He made a vow to, “Maintain my campaign for reform and democracy, and human rights in China” until the goal is achieved.
“I think it’s really important for people to understand just what in the world does really take place in China—the prison camps, re-education through labor, child labor, forced labor, torture. This is the real China,” he said. “The worst thing they’ve done is choose a totally innocent group of people [Falun Gong practitioners], and torture them to death, and this has got to stop."
Vice President McMillan-Scott shared his belief that the ruling regime in China will soon be “swept away” and replaced with democracy. He said in the meantime, “We’re setting up mechanisms that can punish the people who are doing the torture, that are oppressing the people of China, that are infringing human rights, and are conducting campaigns of genocide against certain parts of the population. We are watching.”
As an immigration and refugee lawyer, and an advocate for human rights, David Matas has been a strong voice against the persecution of Falun Gong.
He has furthered his work in human rights through investigations he and retired member of Canadian Parliament David Kilgour have done into the Chinese regime’s removal and selling of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. Their findings were published in their book, “Bloody Harvest: The killing of Falun Gong for their organs,” and both are Nobel Peace Prize nominees for their work on organ harvesting.
Mr. Matas has hunted Nazis, worked against Apartheid in South Africa, and battled dictatorship in South America, yet has made the forced removal of organs from Falun Gong practitioners one of his main focuses. "At the time I was involved in those human rights struggles, they all looked as daunting as the persecution of Falun Gong does now,” he said.
"What you are dealing with is a dictatorship, and dictatorships in my view are very fragile,” said Mr. Matas.
Although not a Falun Gong practitioner himself, he said that the practice represents the traditions of ancient China’s belief systems.
"So the significance of Falun Gong to China [is], it is the real China,” Mr. Matas said.
Mr. Matas said stopping the persecution against Falun Gong in China is the key to ending the persecutions of other groups inside China: “My view is if you stop that, you stop everything."Read more: