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Sunday, May 13, 2007

German Parliament Condemns Chinese Labor Camps, Irks Beijing

Bravo! It's good to see an enlightened parliament, at least in this respect. View the resolution here

Excerpt from Epoch Times: The resolution said that many were sentenced to such camps after a "minor infraction or misdemeanour", while others were sentenced without any legal process, including "Tibetans, Mongolians and Uighurs, and religious minorities, especially Falun Gong followers."...

The resolution also draws attention to organ harvesting allegations addressed in a joint report by former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour, and international human rights lawyer David Matas.

"An especially shocking outgrowth of this system bothered our minds over and over again during the past months – namely the thriving organ harvesting," said Steinbach, during the debate. (more)

Deutsche Welle - May 11 4:59 AM - Amid protests from Beijing, Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, appealed for the Laogai labor camp in China to be closed down. The declaration, which was approved by a wide margin, condemned forced labor and child labor, as well as the use of torture, over-exhaustion and malnutrition as methods of punishment.

The motion also called for goods produced in labor camps to be identified with special labels.

Only the Left party parliamentary group voted against the declaration, which they said didn't go far enough toward upholding human rights. (more)

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