China’s first group of “model workers” recently gathered in Beijing. This shows that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders have been gradually stationed in Beidaihe. This is the first Beidaihe meeting (summer meeting in beach resort district of Beidaihe) for General Secretary Xi Jinping. Will the trial of Chongqing Party Secretary, Bo Xilai, become the main topic discussed and the focus of international public opinion? Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on March 17, 2012
I spoke earlier with NTD Senior China Analyst Dr. Zhang Tianliang, who’s been following Bo Xilai’s situation closely. He said that Bo’s removal was not a surprise…especially after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao criticized Chongqing’s leadership on Wednesday. Dr. Zhang said that Wen’s remarks were highly unusual.
[Dr. Zhang Tianliang, NTD Senior China Analyst]:
“In front of the whole world’s media, the Communist Party now shows people that they are divided. This is very, very rare…It’s never happened after the Cultural Revolution that one Chinese official openly accused another Chinese official of faults or mistakes or crimes.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Author on February 15, 2012
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is investigating whether the U.S. government mishandled a request for asylum from a senior Chinese Communist Party official who was turned away from a U.S. consulate after spending a night at the diplomatic post in southern China.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, disclosed the staff investigation in a letter sent Friday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The probe followed a report in the Washington Free Beacon that the attempted defection of Chongqing Deputy Mayor Wang Lijun, a senior crime investigator, was mishandled last week, resulting in the loss of a potential inside source on China’s secretive communist leadership circle. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Author on November 21, 2009
The Expatica, Nov. 20, 2009 –
Madrid – A Spanish judge wants to question former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and four other Chinese Communist Party officials over allegations of torture and genocide against the Falun Gong, a lawyer for the spiritual movement said Thursday.
Judge Ismael Moreno of the National Court made the decision after concluding a preliminary inquiry, Falun Gong lawyer Carlos Iglesias said.
The Supreme Court in 2006 ordered Moreno to probe a complaint for genocide filed two years earlier by the Falun Gong and which had initially been rejected.
Iglesias said the Chinese officials will receive a letter requesting information about their alleged involvement in the persecution of the Falun Gong.
If they fail to reply within six weeks, the judge could issue arrest warrants against them, Iglesias said.
Chinese authorities banned Falun Gong, whose Buddhist-inspired teachings focus on exercises and which claims 70 million followers in China, in 1999. Beijing has since branded Falun Gong an “evil cult” and sometimes brutally suppressed its practitioners.
The Spanish case was accepted under the principle of “universal jurisdiction” which Spain has observed since 2005 and which allows judges to open probes into genocide and human rights abuses wherever they occur.
But it has also caused diplomatic headaches for the government, and Spain’s parliament voted in June to limit its scope.
In May, a Spanish judge also issued rogatory letters to China to request information on eight leaders targetted by a suit by a Tibetan rights groups accusing them of repression in Tibet.
Posted by Author on November 21, 2009
NTDTV, 2009-11-20 –
Five high-ranking Chinese Communist Party Officials have been indicted in a Spanish court for crimes of torture and genocide against Falun Gong practitioners.
Among them is former head of the Communist Party, Jiang Zemin. He’s responsible for launching the brutal campaign in 1999 to “eradicate” the Falun Gong meditation practice.
The court decision means Jiang and the others have 4 to 6 weeks to reply to the judge’s request for their testimony. Otherwise they could face extradition. They could be arrested if they travel to any of the dozens of countries that have extradition treaties with Spain, including the United States. Theoretically they would then be sent to Spain, where they would stand trial and could face up to 20 years in prison.
Aside from Jiang Zemin, the four other indicted officials are:
– Luo Gan who lead the “610 Office,” a nationwide secret police task force;
– Bo Xilai, current Party Secretary for Chongqing and former Minister of Commerce;
– Jia Qinglin, the fourth-highest member of the Party hierarchy; and
– Wu Guanzheng, head of an internal Party disciplinary committee.
On November 13th, Spanish National Court Judge Ismael Moreno notified attorney Carlos Iglesias of the Human Rights Law Foundation that the court had granted a petition to indict the defendants.
[Carlos Iglesias, Attorney, Human Rights Law Foundation]:
“This decision of the Spanish Judge, I sincerely think will open the door for other countries around the world to also start to investigate these crimes—and for justice to be served in the genocide that the Chinese Communist Party is committing against Falun Gong.”
Iglesias says evidence of the genocide is abundant and has been accepted by the judge. That includes oral testimonies of seven Chinese victims of the persecution as well as reports by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
[Carlos Iglesias, Attorney, Human Rights Law Foundation]:
“The Spanish court has made a historic step forward to stop and bring to justice those responsible of those terrible crimes that the Chinese Communist Party is committing against millions of Falun Gong practitioners. The [five] accused—Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Bo Xilai, Jia Qinglin, Wu Guanzheng—and all the other CCP officials who are responsible for the persecution, they should be brought to justice, and before history, appear before the court, and put in jail—for being directly responsible for the millions of Falun Gong practitioners that have been persecuted for their beliefs of simply trying to be good people.”
Posted by Author on November 19, 2009
By John Nania, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 18, 2009 –
Five high-ranking Chinese officials have been indicted in Spain for genocide and torture of Falun Gong practitioners.
As reported by The Epoch Times online and in Monday’s print edition, the five officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) include Jiang Zemin, the former top man in the Party, and Luo Gan, head of the notorious 610 Office, a nationwide secret police task force that has led the violent campaign against Falun Gong.
Additional details were announced Wednesday in a press release by the Falun Dafa Information Center, on behalf of the Human Rights Law Foundation (HRLF), which is heading the legal effort in Spain. Carlos Iglesias is the HRLF attorney on the case in Spain.
“When one carries out the crime of genocide or torture, it is a crime against the international community as a whole and not only against Chinese citizens,” Iglesias said.
For committing the crime of genocide, the defendants face imprisonment for up to 20 years and may be economically liable to the victims for damages. Based on the magnitude of the crimes committed by the defendants, they are likely to face the maximum 20-year penalty for their crimes.
According to the press release, the defendants have 4-6 weeks to reply and could subsequently face extradition if they travel to a country that has an extradition treaty with Spain. The decision was taken under the legal principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows domestic courts to hear cases of genocide and crimes against humanity regardless of where they occur.
Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that was practiced by 100 million people in China before it was banned in July 1999 by the CCP. It was initially supported by the CCP as promoting health and social harmony, but was suddenly declared illegal and subsequently violently persecuted, largely on the decision of Jiang Zemin, one of the defendants in the case in Spain.
The court also took a historic step in being the first to legally recognize the persecution against Falun Gong as amounting to genocide.
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Posted by Author on November 19, 2009
Falun Dafa Information Center, 18 Nov 2009 –
NEW YORK – In an unprecedented decision, a Spanish judge has indicted five high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials for their role in crimes of torture and genocide committed against Falun Gong practitioners. Among the defendants is former CCP head Jiang Zemin, widely acknowledged as the chief instigator of the campaign to “eradicate” the spiritual practice.
Following a two-year investigation, Spanish National Court Judge Ismael Moreno last week notified attorney Carlos Iglesias of the Human Rights Law Foundation (HRLF) that the court had granted a petition to indict the defendants on charges of torture and genocide. According to the notice, for committing the crime of genocide, the defendants face imprisonment for up to 20 years and may be economically liable to the victims for damages.
The Judge’s notification also stated that the court had granted a petition to send rogatory letters (letter of request) to the five defendants in China with questions relating to each individual’s involvement in the persecution of Falun Gong. The decisions followed a series of submissions to the court by Iglesias and other HRLF staff.
The defendants have 4-6 weeks to reply and could subsequently face extradition if they travel to a country that has an extradition treaty with Spain. The decision was taken under the legal principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows domestic courts to hear cases of genocide and crimes against humanity regardless of where they occur.
“This historic decision by a Spanish judge means that Chinese Communist Party leaders responsible for brutal crimes are now one step closer to being brought to justice,” said Iglesias. “When one carries out the crime of genocide or torture, it is a crime against the international community as a whole and not only against Chinese citizens. Spain is emerging as a defender of human rights and universal justice.”
Among the accused are former CCP leader Jiang Zemin, widely acknowledged as the primary instigator of the campaign launched in 1999 to “eradicate” Falun Gong. Also facing charges is Luo Gan, who oversaw the 610 Office, a nationwide secret police task force that has led the violent campaign. Chinese lawyers have compared the 6-10 Office to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo in its brutality and extra-legal authority.
The other three accused are Bo Xilai, current Party Secretary for Chongqing and former Minister of Commerce; Jia Qinglin, the fourth-highest member of the Party hierarchy; and Wu Guanzheng, head of an internal Party disciplinary committee. The charges against them are based on their proactive advancement of the persecution against Falun Gong when they served as top officials in Liaoning, Beijing, and Shandong respectively. In a Pulitzer prize-winning article, The Wall Street Journal’s Ian Johnson describes how Wu imposed fines on his subordinates if they did not sufficiently crackdown on Falun Gong, leading officials to torture local residents, in some cases, to death. (news)
Other evidence considered by the judge during his investigation included written testimonies from fifteen Falun Gong practitioners and oral testimonies from seven practitioners, including torture victims and relatives of individuals who had been killed in Chinese custody. The judge also relied on reports by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the U.N. Human Rights Commission to reach his decision, HRLF attorney Iglesias said.
To arrange for an interview with attorney Iglesias or one of the witnesses, please contact the Falun Dafa Information Center or the Human Rights Law Foundation.
Posted by Author on November 5, 2009
Willy Lam, China Brief, James Town Foundation, November 4, 2009 –
The ongoing campaign against triads, or Chinese-style mafias, in the west-China metropolis of Chongqing is the largest such operation since 1949. Yet what renders this so-called “anti-triad tornado” (fanhei fengbao) so disturbing is not simply that close to 3,000 big-time criminals have been nabbed by authorities, the Chongqing disaster has laid bare the full extent of the collusion between organized crime on the one hand, and senior officers in the police and judiciary on the other. Even more shocking is the fact that what the local media calls “dark and evil forces” have become so entrenched and prevalent in this megacity of 34 million people that it required a directive from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo Standing Committee—the highest level decision-making body in the state—before sufficient law-enforcement resources could be mobilized to combat the well-heeled—and well-connected—syndicates (Guangzhou Daily [Guangzhou], October 30; The Associated Press, October 21; Apple Daily [Hong Kong] August 14).
The scale of Chongqing’s triad operations can be gleaned from the fact that 1.7 billion yuan ($250 million) of ill-gotten gains have so far been uncovered from 24 crime bosses. According to the official China News Service, triads have infiltrated business sectors including finance, transport, construction and engineering, entertainment, restaurants and retailing. More than 200 mid-to-high-ranking officials in the Chongqing police and judicial departments are under investigation for sheltering or otherwise abetting the felons (People’s Daily, October 24; Ming Pao [Hong Kong] October 25). These bad apples include the former head of the Chongqing Judicial Bureau Wen Qiang and the former deputy-head of the Chongqing Public Security Bureau, Peng Changjian. Wen, who is also a former police chief, has admitted to taking bribes and gifts totaling nearly 100 million yuan ($14.6 million). The corrupt cadre even threatened interrogators that he would spill the beans on a number of more senior officials if he were given the death sentence. “If you sentence me to death,” he reportedly said. “I’ll reveal everything—then everybody will die together!” (Chongqing Evening News, October 25; Global Times [Beijing], October 20).
While Wen might have been bluffing, there is now no denying that the triads have been operating in Chongqing for more than two decades—and that they had, for reasons that are coming to light, been tolerated by the municipality’s top party and government leaders. Most of the 24 triad chieftains started their careers in Chongqing, and they have been expanding their empires in the metropolis since the early 1990s. These billionaire thugs include Li Qiang, a well-known business tycoon in transportation and real estate who had been repeatedly appointed a delegate to the Chongqing People’s Congress. Another criminal, Xie Caiping, had run underground casinos—a few of them in five-star downtown hotels—in Chongqing for years (Chongqing Evening News, October 24; China News Service, October 31). Since Chongqing gained the status of a muncipilatiy (with the same “administrative ranking” as Beijing and Shanghai) in 1997, its party secretaries have included such luminaries as He Guoqiang (now member of the Politburo Standing Committee in charge of fighting corruption) and Wang Yang (Politburo member and Party Secretary of Guangdong). Current party secretary Bo Xilai, who is also a Politburo member, has been in charge of Chongqing for two years. It is well-nigh impossible that He, Wang and Bo had not been knowledgeable about the triad problems in Chongqing (Apple Daily, October 27; Chongqing Evening News, October 27). The officials’ complicit attitude begs the question, why did the authorities wait until early summer before taking action? …… (more from James Town Foundation)
Posted by Author on November 11, 2007
By Samantha Lev, Human Rights Law Foundation, via the Epochtimes, Nov 06, 2007-
An Australian court issued a default judgment Monday in a civil lawsuit filed by a torture survivor against China’s Minster of Commerce Bo Xilai. It is the first win in a case against Bo, who has been sued in over 10 countries for his role in the persecution of Falun Gong.
Pan Yu, an adherent of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, sued Bo for torture during the minister’s visit to Canberra for the APEC forum in September. Pan had been shocked with electric batons in a labor camp in Liaoning Province when Bo was governor.
“As soon as the baton would make contact [with] me, I would lose control of my bodily functions, rendering me incontinent,” says Pan. “In the end, they applied the baton to the most sensitive spot on my inner leg. The pain was indescribable,”
According to Pan and his lawyers, as the province’s top official, Bo played a pivotal role in the campaign against Falun Gong, with the region quickly becoming one of the deadliest for adherents. The default judgment recognizes Bo’s failure to provide a defense against such allegations, leaving open the possibility of damages being awarded to Pan in the future. “This win is also a potent reminder of the currently opposing legal systems between Australia and China, as still to this day, no lawyers in China are allowed to take on such cases,” says Newton Xu, legal assistant on the case. “We are another step closer to the event of the perpetrators of the persecution of Falun Gong in China being brought to justice at an international level.”
– Report from the Epochtimes
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Posted by Author on May 29, 2007
Falun Gong practitioners claim official is guilty of crimes against humanity
Melissa Leong, National Post, Canada –
Falun Gong practitioners charge that a visiting Chinese diplomat is guilty of crimes against humanity and served him with a lawsuit yesterday afternoon in the elevator of an Ottawa hotel.
A member of the Falun Gong spiritual movement gave Bo Xilai, China’s Minister of Commerce, a statement of claim that alleges he “orchestrated and led a campaign of terror” while serving as mayor of the coastal city Dalian and deputy secretary of the Chinese Communist Party for the Liao Ning Province.
Rong Jin, a 27-year-old former Chinese resident, is seeking $6.25-million in damages claiming that she was detained on two occassions in Dalian prisons, where she was tortured in 2000 for practising Falun Gong.
The allegations have not been proven in court.
Mr. Bo met with David Emerson, Canada’s Trade Minister, yesterday to discuss investment and commercial relations while dozens of Falun Gong members demonstrated outside of the Foreign Affairs headquarters.
“I have known Minister Bo for 10 years, since he was the Mayor of Dalian and … he’s my counterpart, we have a tremendous amount of work to do together and [I have] a tremendous respect for him,” Mr. Emerson told reporters yesterday.
“What is transpiring in terms of these other issues, I really have no comment on that.”
Falun Gong practitioners complained that the RCMP kept them from serving Mr. Bo with legal documents, which police cited was for security reasons. Lin Di, an Ottawa resident, later presented Mr. Bo with the papers at The Westin as he stood in an elevator. “He wouldn’t accept it. I threw it to him.”
Mr. Bo or the Chinese embassy have 40 days to file a statement of defence or Ms. Rong can ask for a judgment in his absence, said Lawrence Greenspon, a human rights lawyer in Ottawa who has taken the case. Ms. Rong is able to sue Mr. Bo in Canada because she continues to suffer damages, he added.
“When I remember my experience in China when I was a freshman in university, it is a nightmare,” said Ms. Rong, an accountant now living in Toronto. “I hope this lawsuit will be helpful to my local practitioners, to free them from jail.”
The statement of claim was issued in Superior Court in 2005 when Mr. Bo was scheduled to visit Canada. He did not make the trip. The statement of claim was reissued last week.
Mr. Bo, a charismatic politician who has been called the John F. Kennedy of China, has been accused of torture and murder in lawsuits brought by Falun Gong practitioners in several countries.
Calls to the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China and its embassy in Ottawa were not returned yesterday. In a statement posted to its Canadian embassy’s Web site, the Chinese government called Falun Gong a “cult” that has “degenerated into an anti-China political organization.”
Mr. Greenspon said the lawsuit also helps raise public awareness about the alleged injustices in China.
“At the very least, their hope is Canada should not be playing host to people of authority who are responsible for torture,” he said.
– original report from National Post
– Canada Will Protect Chinese Crimes Against Humanity Offenders, May 28, 2007
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Posted by Author on May 28, 2007
Epoch Times Staff, May 28, 2007-
OTTAWA—Visiting Chinese official ( Minister of Commerce) Bo Xilai was served a lawsuit at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa this afternoon over his persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual group in China, witnesses said.
Lucy Zhou, of the Falun Dafa Association of Canada said that Zhang Lingdi served Bo in the underground parking garage of the hotel after Bo returned from his visit to Canada’s Foreign Affairs department. Zhang’s father, Professor Zhang Kunlun, is a Canadian citizen who was tortured by the authorities in China for his belief in Falun Gong.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who had earlier threatened to arrest anyone who tried to serve a lawsuit on Bo, witnessed the service but did not interfere.
A lawyer representing the Falun Gong practitioners had said the RCMP’s threat of arrest was “unacceptable” and interfered with their right to seek legal redress for injustice.
Bo is a leading figure in the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice. He is accused of responsibility for a brutal campaign of persecution of Falun Gong adherents, including more than 100 torture deaths, in the northeast Chinese province of Liaoning where he was governor from 2001 to 2004.
Bo, who is a close ally of Jiang Zemin, the former communist leader that started the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, now holds the post of Chinese Commerce Minister. The announcement that Bo would visit Canada was met with protests from Falun Gong adherents, as well as rights groups and a prominent former Canadian secretary of state for Asia-Pacific, David Kilgour.
– Canada Will Protect Chinese Crimes Against Humanity Offenders, May 28, 2007
Posted by Author on May 28, 2007
It’s shock to hear from the news reports that Canada police “had received high-level orders to arrest anyone who tries to serve Bo Xilai legal papers”.
Bo Xilai, who holds the title of Chinese Commerce Minister, is visiting Canada. He was the mayor of Dalian city in northeast China in 1999 and the governor of Liaoning province in 2001.
He is responsible for “over 318 documented death cases of Falun Gong practitioners as recent as April 23 2007”.
“Recent reports from David Kilgour and David Matas show substantial evidence of large-scale organ seizures from murdered Falun Gong practitioners in Liaoning province.
“The wife of a surgeon revealed the organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners after her husband confessed to removing corneas from 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners at a hospital in Liaoning province while Bo was governor. ” (News release, Falun Dafa Association of Canada)
Organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners is called by David Matas as “a form of evil we have yet to see on this planet…a new form of evil”.
So the the Canada police ( RCMP) is try to arrest its own citizen to protect an foreign notorious crimes against humanity offenders.
If it’s not because of money, how can it happens?
Then where’s Canadian’s values and morals?
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Posted by Author on May 28, 2007
By Judi McLeod, Canada Free Press, Monday, May 28, 2007-
While their next-door neighbours are paying homage to fallen soldiers during Memorial Day 2007, Canadians will be thwarted from serving papers on an alleged killer and one of China’s most notorious crimes against humanity offenders.
Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai–said to be responsible for 100 confirmed torture deaths of Falun Gong adherents while held in police custody in Liaoning Province–is expected in Ottawa today at the invitation of Canada’s Minister of International Trade David Emerson.
Accepted on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s (RCMP’s) watch-list in September 2003, Bo is now being given Mountie protection.
“On Sunday May 27th, RCMP Constable M. Mongeon told Falun Gong practitioners that he had received high-level orders to arrest anyone who tries to serve Bo Xilai legal papers.” (Falun Dafa Association of Canada).
Bo, 57, Mayor of the City of Dalian, Liaoning when the persecution of Falun Gong was launched in July 1999, is one of the communist party’s prize “princelings”, the son of a first-generation, high-ranking communist party official. It was while Bo was serving as Governor of Liaoning from 2001 to 2004 when 100 torture deaths of Falun Gong prisoners were confirmed.
All pleas to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, publicly credited for acting with conviction and compassion when it comes to respecting human rights, have fallen on proverbial deaf ears.
With the exception of the National Post, media mewlings about Bo’s Ottawa visit today are all but non existent.
The Falun Association of Canada got little help in even being able to pinpoint the timing of Bo’s Ottawa visit: “Jennifer Chiu, press secretary at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, did not deny that a visit was in the works but told The Epoch Times Wednesday “the visit is not confirmed”. (The Epoch Times, May 24, 2007).
Today Falun Gong practitioners will converge on Ottawa to rally with banners in front of Parliament Hill expressing their outrage over the Canadian government’s hosting of Bo.
“Evidence of Bo’s complicity in torture and crimes against humanity has prompted lawsuits in 10 countries.” (Falun Dafa Association of Canada).
Attorney Lawrence Greenspon states: “Canadians have rights to sue and serve legal documents on those who have wronged them. It is completely unacceptable that the RCMP would protect Bo Xilai from being served with proper legal proceedings.”
“We are shocked that our government, who has recently shown some moral stand over human rights abuses in China, has taken such an about face on this issue by shielding a criminal of genocide and stopping Canadians from their right to seek legal redress for crimes against humanity,” said Xun Li, Falun Dafa Association of Canada President.
Any diplomatic shielding of Bo flies in the face of the more than 318 documented death cases of Falun Gong practitioners as recent as April 23, 2007. Recent reports from David Kilgour and David Matas show substantial but largely ignored evidence of “large-scale organ seizures” from murdered Falun Gong practitioners in Liaoning Province.
Bo, who was scheduled to visit Canada along with current Chinese leader Hu Jintao, made like the Artful Dodger when Liberal Paul Martin was Prime Minister in 2005. Falun Gong activists were proud to acknowledge that it was their protests kept him back in the Orient.
This was how Bo reacted when an attempt was made to serve papers on him in Washington, D.C.: Suddenly clueing in that he had been served with court papers, tyrant like, the ex-governor of Liaoning threw the papers to the ground. Someone in his entourage physically attacked the process server, the process server said.
An attempt to file a lawsuit against Bo in South Africa by nine Falun Gong practitioners met with violence.
On June 28, 2004 enroute from Johannesburg Airport, a gunman with an assault rifle shot at as Falun Gong practitioner’s vehicle, hospitalizing the driver. After disabling the car, the would-be assassin made no attempt at robbery and successfully fled the scene. The practitioners believed the gunman was a killer for hire.
Today’s visit by Bo to Parliament could be catalogued as the Liberal legacy of Canada’s Minister of International Trade David Emerson.
First elected as a Liberal, Emerson served as Minister of Industry under Prime Minister Paul Martin. He was re-elected in the 2006 federal election as a Liberal. On February 6, 2006, Emerson accepted an offer to join the Canadian Conservative Government as Minister of Internal Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics. Emerson was never made to answer to constituent voters for being the first Canadian MP to cross the floor after being officially elected–but before being officially sworn in.
Canada Free Press founding editor Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck and The Rant. Judi can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Author on May 26, 2007
National Post, Canada, Saturday, May 26, 2007-
Ottawa will play host next week to Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai. Why would we let this man into our country?
Bo was a Communist Party regional head when the Party declared war on the Falun Gong community in 1999. Two years later, he was governor of Liaonong province, where especially brutal torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners occurred. The Matas- Kilgour report (organharvestinvestigation.net) quotes a woman whose surgeon-husband removed corneas from 2,000 practitioners’ eyes at a hospital in Bo’s province while he was governor. All “donors” in this commercial organ-harvesting scheme were murdered. Other evidence of torture and crimes against humanity during this period prompted lawsuits against Bo in 10 countries. A related suit was filed with the Ontario Superior Court in 2005.
Just days before Bo’s latest attempt to enter Canada, two Canadians originally from Liaonong province told an Ottawa press conference what befell their own Falun Gong family members in Liaonong while Bo governed there. Intimidation. Torture. Murder.
And journalists heard that Bo is on an RCMP watch-list of Chinese officials, is among 45 alleged perpetrators of crimes against humanity accepted by our federal government’s Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program and will face a civil lawsuit if human rights groups can serve him during a Canadian visit.
Stephen Harper has been a strong advocate of human rights in China. Officials have spoken out against Chinese espionage and the treatment of accused terrorist Huseyin Celil, and promised Canadians that trade won’t trump human rights, or — in Celil’s case — justify torture. Canadians want human rights and commerce balanced responsibly in our relationship with China.
Given all this, why was Bo invited in the first place? To appease the China business lobby? Were Ottawa bureaucrats overruling Mr. Harper’s promise not to sacrifice human rights to trade?
One way or another, a decision on Bo will require all of the Prime Minister’s gifts of leadership and moral clarity. Mechanisms are in place to bar Bo’s entry. Canadians –and many suffering Chinese– are watching.
By David Kilgour and David Harris. David Kilgour is a former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific. David Harris is senior fellow, Canadian Coalition for Democracies,www.canadiancoalition.com
– original report from National Post