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Chinese netizens meet in Beijing suburb to discuss a speech on political reform by China’s premier Wen Jiabao

Posted by Author on August 23, 2010


Radio Free Asia, Aug. 23, 2010 –

HONG KONG
— Chinese netizens met for a rare in-the-flesh political discussion forum in a northern Beijing suburb Monday, inspired by calls from premier Wen Jiabao for political reforms to stem rampant official corruption and abuse of power.

“This afternoon (Aug. 23), ordinary people from all walks of life and from the Greater China region will meet in Beijing for a discussion forum on Wen Jiabao’s remarks in Shenzhen,” wrote blogger and journalist Wen Yunchao, known online by his nickname “Beifeng.”

“Among the participants are well-known scholars including Xu Youyu, Cui Weiping, and Luo Shihong, as well as a large number of well-known names on Twitter,” he announced via the microblogging service Twitter.

The forum, chaired by Beijing Film Academy professor and social critic Cui Weiping, went ahead as planned via Twitter, although netizens reported a sudden power cut following the arrival of “a man and a woman wearing sunglasses” at the Miyun Shanshui Resort.

“A man and a woman wearing sunglasses arrived at the Miyun Reservoir discussion forum,” tweeted user “leewua” at around 5 p.m. local time. “The electricity was cut, and we had pretty much finished talking, so everyone left.”

Previous political discussion forums in Beijing have been raided by police and their participants pursued for “incitement to subversion.”

Call for reform

Wen Jiabao was quoted in a report by the official Xinhua news agency Saturday as saying that it is important to “guarantee the people’s democratic rights and legitimate rights and interests.”

“We must resolve the problem of excessive concentration of power, create conditions that allow people to criticize and supervise the government, and firmly punish corruption,” he was quoted as saying.

“We not only have to push forward reform of the economic system, but we also have to push forward reform of the political system,” the premier said, according to Xinhua.

Cui told assembled netizens that Wen’s speech was consistent with the demands of the controversial “Charter 08” document, which called for sweeping reforms to China’s political system, and whose co-author Liu Xiaobo is currently serving a jail-term for subversion…….(more details from Radio Free Asia)

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Forum in China Discusses Using Communist Dramas to Educate College Students

Posted by Author on July 10, 2010


Written by LYW and AEF, Chinascope.org –

On May 26, 2010, Guangming Daily reported about a forum held recently, that discussed how to use Communist dramas to instill Communist values in college students minds. The participants recognized the creativity of the Henan musical opera “Daughter of Dabie Mountain” based on the old movie “The Party’s Daughter,” [1]

The following people spoke at the forum:

Yan Zhenfen (the former Party secretary of the Chinese Drama Society), Jiang Zhitao (Chinese Opera Association Fellow), Li Peilun (Teaching and Research Division Director, Minzu University of China),  Du Gao (President of the Chinese Drama Society) and Zhao Weimin (Director of the Graduate Office, China Conservatory).

[1] Editor’s Note: The movie “The Party’s Daughter,” first shown in 1958, told the story of how, in 1934, a CCP member divorced her husband in order to be loyal to the Party and fight fearlessly against the Kuomingtang, led by Chiang Kai-shek.

Source: Guangming Daily, May 26, 2010
http://www.gmw.cn/content/2010-05/26/content_1128877.htm

– from Chinascope.org

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Event: Panel discussion and release of 2010 Annual Report- Persecution and Activism in Present Day China

Posted by Author on April 24, 2010


WASHINGTON DC— On Monday, April 26, the Falun Dafa Information Center will release its 2010 Annual Report followed by a panel of scholars, human rights experts and victims discussing the findings and what Falun Gong’s experience of persecution and activism can provide towards better understanding China’s present and future.

When: Monday, April 26 2010; 1:30pm -2:30pm
Where: Capitol Building, Rm. HC6, Washington DC
Contact: Caylan Ford, caylanf@faluninfo.net – (202) 510 1845

Eleven years ago, Falun Gong appeared on the world stage as 10,000 practitioners gathered peacefully in Beijing to request an end to escalating harassment. Three months later, the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to “eradicate” the spiritual practice, bringing forth what members of the U.S. Congress termed in 2009 “one of the most unjust and cruel persecutions of our time.”

Today, Falun Gong remains one of the least understood, yet most severely persecuted groups in China. Millions continue to face the threat of detention, torture, and death because of their religious identity. Meanwhile, practitioners inside and outside China have used Internet technology to create a potent grassroots movement aimed at nonviolently countering the persecution against them.

Speakers will include:
•    Nina Shea (moderator), Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Director of Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute
•    Levi Browde, Executive Director, Falun Dafa Information Center, presenting an overview of the Annual Report’s findings.
•    Ethan Gutmann, Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, expert on U.S. corporations’ involvement in Internet censorship in China, and author of a forthcoming book on Falun Gong
•    David Matas, Senior Legal Counsel, B’nai Brith Canada, co-author of Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
•    Dr. Shiyu Zhou, deputy director of Global Internet Freedom
•   Jin Pang, Washington DC resident, daughter and niece of two Falun Gong practitioners illegally imprisoned in China in 2009

Note to editors: To request an embargoed copy of the Falun Dafa Information Center’s 2010 Annual Report’s Executive Summary, please contact caylanf@faluninfo.net.

The Falun Dafa Information Center

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Taiwan urged to export democracy to China

Posted by Author on June 1, 2009


REMEMBERING TIANANMEN:  A conference in Taipei yesterday heard calls for Taiwan’s government to initiate discussions on human rights issues during cross-strait talks

By Loa Iok-sin, STAFF REPORTER,The Taipei Times,Taiwan, Monday, Jun 01, 2009-

It’s about time for Taiwan to become an “exporter of democracy,” speakers at a conference on the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre said in Taipei yesterday, urging the government to discuss human rights issues during cross-strait negotiations.

“China has become an ‘exporter of authoritarianism — not because of any ideological reasons, but for its own national interests,” said Yiong Cong-ziin (楊長鎮), director of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Department of Social Movement.

“China has become strikingly similar to what it once criticized as ‘American imperialists,’” Yiong said.

He said that because of its need for oil and other raw materials, as well as for the access to the Indian Ocean, “China is providing support and weapons to authoritarian rulers in Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe.”

CRACKDOWNS

“As the Chinese government cracks down on Tibetan demonstrators in Lhasa, arrests Chinese human rights activists and even allows live organ harvest of Falun Gong practitioners, we cannot pretend that all these do not happen and we only focus on economic exchanges,” Yiong said.

“If we do, we would become a member of China’s ‘axis of evil,’” he said.

Taiwan should seek to become an “exporter of democracy” and bring up human rights issues — such as urging Beijing to give justice to victims of the Tiananmen Massacre — during cross-strait talks, he told the conference.

“Taiwan received much help from the international community — especially from international human rights groups—during our struggle for democracy,” former DDP legislator Lin Cho-shui (林濁水) said.

Several Chinese democracy activists also attended the conference, which was organized by a Chinese democracy movement support group.

JUSTICE DELAYED

“We’re talking about commemorating the Tiananmen Massacre here, but it’s not just about remembering a historic event, because Tiananmen Square is not yet history,” Chinese democracy activist Xue Wei (薛偉) said.

“Justice is yet to be rendered even judged by the lowest standards, many Tiananmen Square demonstrators are still in jail or in exile,” Xue said.

“Remembering Tiananmen Square itself is a resistance to the Chinese Communist Party regime,” he said.

All the speakers expressed their concerns that less people seem to care about democracy in China today as the country evolves into a strong economic power.

“I’ve heard some people attributing China’s economic development to the iron-handed crackdown of demonstrators in Tiananmen Square,” former New Party legislator Yao Li-ming (姚立明) said. “That’s highly inappropriate.”

Yao said he was sorry that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) seems to have become more ambivalent about the the massacre since he became president.

“I understand that he may have other considerations as a president who represents the entire Republic of China,” Yao said.

“But I do expect him to make a gesture on June 4,” Yao said.

The Taipei Times

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International Rights Forum Plans Boycott of Beijing Olympics

Posted by Author on February 27, 2008


By James Donald, Special to The China Post, Taiwan, Friday, February 22, 2008-

Speakers from international human rights organizations yesterday strongly denounced what they called “China’s evil communist regime” over its alleged human rights abuses. Some participants proposed a boycott of the Beijing Olympiad this August, while others said China’s tactics of discrimination have only worsened since it won the bid to host the 2008 Olympics.

Papers and speeches at the two-day forum continued today, with strong wording on China’s ruling party and treatment of its citizens. Authors presented papers such as “The Chinese Communist Regime Has Never Changed Its Evil Nature,” and “Influence of the Beijing Fascist Regime on Western Democracy and World Safety,” in support of boycotting the much-anticipated Olympiad.

Lai Ching-te, lawmaker and president of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG), expressed hope the 2008 Olympics would have the same positive effect on China’s government as the Seoul Olympics, claiming South Korea’s formerly oppressive and undemocratic regime was given the necessary pressure to make way for positive, multi-lateral political change.

“The Olympics gives us important leverage and a channel to push China to fulfill its promises on improving its human rights conditions,” said David Kilgour, former secretary of state for Asia-Pacific Affairs at the U.S. State Department, as he addressed the assembly.

Kilgour commended Taiwan for being “a very good example for China,” citing it as a positive democratic system.

He explained that these Olympic Games would provide an opportunity for the country to be exposed to new pressures from the international community, and to reform its practices.

Kilgour agreed with Lai, who is also chairman of the conference, in choosing not to bring up the topic of a boycott, although it was introduced in a short farcical film screened beforehand of an Olympic torch that is passed around a group of the world’s human rights organizations, in a marathon bid to boycott the Beijing games.

Along with some emotion-packed descriptions of the developing country — such as “evil,” “devilish” and “terror state” — frequent references were made to Beijing’s attempts to use the event to “paint a false image” of itself, as well as the 1936 Berlin Olympics under Hitler’s fascist regime.

In contrast, Kilgour said it was the responsibility of their forum to give a truthful and accurate portrayal of the wrongs done to undeserving people, such as the religious-political organization Falun Gong which indirectly sponsored the event.

Andrew Bartlett, a senator from Queensland, Australia, asked rhetorically, “What price do we put on a human life. What price do we put on freedom?” He meanwhile acknowledged the less-than-perfect record of his own country, whose Parliament’s first act was the racist “White Australia Policy.”

This policy, according to Bartlett “was directed at keeping people like the Chinese out [of the country],” as he went on to denounce the callous treatment of refugees from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq by the former Howard-government.

Those refugees, seeking safety and sanctuary from oppressive regimes such as the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, Bartlett said, were shipped to the remote Pacific island of Nauru before being sent back to the country they had fled, and forced to fend for themselves.

However, Bartlett argued that “we owe it to those in China who are subjected to these abuses” to put pressure on the Communist Party to make a stand for human rights.

President Chen Shui-bian, although not present at the event, sent a message of support and congratulations to participants for “helping to pursue democracy and human rights for a better world.”

– Original report from China Post: Rights forum plans boycott of Olympics

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West Warned- Supporting China’s Regime Risks Democracy

Posted by Author on September 7, 2007


By Ben Hurley, Epoch Times Australia staff, Sep 05, 2007-

Western democracies must tie human rights demands to economic dealings with the Chinese regime or gradually lose their democratic freedoms, says a doctor of political science and pro-democracy advocate.

Dr Juntao Wang, speaking at a forum organised by human rights coalition Free China, said that many in the West still don’t understand China.

“Before China entered the WTO, many experts believed that the WTO and globalisation would change China. But the way Chinese experts see it, China will change the world through the WTO,” Dr Wang told The Epoch Times.

Dr Wang, researcher at Canterbury University, New Zealand, said that the Chinese regime was gaining huge benefit out of its membership in the WTO.

He said that through institutionalised slavery, the Chinese government can reduce labour costs. Through the widespread stealing of peasants land, it can reduce land costs. The result is extremely favourable conditions for Western companies to invest in.

“More and more big companies are investing in China – moving all their money over there,” Dr Wang said..

“China has good skilled labour and very low salaries. But who maintains the low salary? The government, the state. They do not grant labour union rights. They just help the big companies to get their profit and lobby [Western] countries.”

This then presents Western governments with a dilemma, Dr Wang said. They can abandon their welfare systems and labour unions, or continue to lose investment to China. Or they could scuttle the WTO and use protectionist policies to block Chinese policies.

The solution, he said, is not to force China to change its foreign currency exchange rate.

“If you change it, the Chinese government still can transfer the problems to the Chinese people. They can lower the salaries more, and they can still maintain competition.” The solution is to establish a crucial link between economics and human rights standards, he said.

“Western democracy governments have some very ridiculous policies, they ignore human rights – that means they want to give up democracy. [If] you just want to maintain economic relations you are helping the Chinese government to defeat you.”

“You do not only want globalisation of the product, but also globalisation of human rights.

“If you establish a human rights standard in China… then you can rebuild competition with Chinese products. Then you can maintain your welfare state.”

Dr Wang said the benefit of political reform in China would be felt both in China and abroad.

While China might lose come of its share of the international market, workers would have more purchasing power, China’s domestic market would expand, and Chinese would be more able to purchase foreign products.

Dr Wang said that China is developing more and more bargaining power in world politics.

The possession of long-range nuclear missiles and huge foreign currency reserves gives China the power to force other countries to listen.

However he said that there is a substantial difference between how Westerners and Chinese view China, in that Westerners see China as a whole, while Chinese see it as a sum of many parts.

“Foreigners take China as a whole to evaluate its impact on the world. They see China’s strong economy and strong military [as signs of strong development].

“However to Chinese people, China is a lot of Chinese. And different Chinese will have different interests and opinions. Yes, they want to reform the political system and develop the economy, but they also want to enjoy and share the benefits of development. They don’t want a small group of Chinese monopolising everything.”

Original report from the Epochtimes

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China Prepares for the World Economic Forum by Sending 7,000 Police to Detain Falun Gong

Posted by Author on August 30, 2007


ChinaScope Magazine, Virginia, U.S,  08/28/2007-

The World Economic Forum, also called the Davos Forum, will hold the Inaugural Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2007 in Dalian ( city) , China from September 6 to 8, 2007.

The Davos Forum in Dalian is considered the largest international conference ever held in China. 1,200 registered guests from 88 countries and about 600 members of the international press will be attending.

Accoriding to Minghui.org, a Falun Gong website, Dalian authorities have intensified their crackdown on Falun Gong. http://search.minghui.org/mh/articles/2007/8/23/161364.html#2007-8-22-chjx-11

The Chinese government has dispatched over 7,000 police and state agents to Dalian to intensify its round up of Falun Gong practitioners. The authorities have resorted to high technology in wire tapping, Internet monitoring, following and positioning, under-cover operations, finger printing, taxi surveillance, mail censorship and other means.

Since June 2007, police stations at local communities have used various pretexts to dispatch police to households for verification of resident cards. The police have also visited those Falun Gong practitioners whose names are on record at the police stations.

Meanwhile, Dalian Internet police have installed Green Net, an Internet Network monitoring system in hotels, restaurants and office buildings to prevent Internet users from visiting “sensitive” overseas websites. Surveillance cameras have been installed on main streets to track Falun Gong practitioners who may be giving flyers to passers-by.

In the first half of 2007, the authorities arrested 84 Falun Gong practitioners. The number now exceeds 100.

– Original report from ChinaScope : Dalian Prepares for the World Economic Forum by Detaining Falun Gong

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Forum In Athens Supports Boycott of the 2008 China “Genocide Olympics”

Posted by Author on August 9, 2007


By Jan Jekielek, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 07, 2007-

Chinese Communist Party leaders may have dreamed that on the eve of one-year-before the Olympic Games, they would be the darlings of a positive global media spin. But such a dream, considering a suite of recent revelations, now looks much more like a nightmare.

“What I heard today in this seminar really touched my soul and my heart. I am really touched, shocked, and ashamed that in modern societies such violations could take place,” Greek politician Argiris Sideris told The Epoch Times at the Olympic Games vs. Crimes Against Humanity In China forum in Athens on August 7.

Sideris was responding to evidence of large-scale, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, presented at the event by former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific region) David Kilgour, leader of the major investigation on this issue.

“Any national government, whose medical professionals are executing, without any prior judicial proceeding, members of an officially disapproved-of spiritual community, as has occurred now for more than half a decade across China…to Falun Gong…is self-evidently unsuited to host the Olympic Games in its capital city,” said Kilgour. Kilgour has favoured a boycott of the Games since mid-last year.

Faced with this knowledge, Sideris vowed that he would make every effort to have the Greek parliament enact a resolution addressing the issue.

Organ harvesting tops a growing list of revelations that a growing number of people say run clearly opposite to the Olympic spirit. These include multiple reports in past months of tainted food, toothpaste, cough syrup, and poisonous toy imports from China— all invariably linked to Communist Party officials and their beneficiaries cutting corners for higher profit margins. They also include the Chinese military’s arms sales to Sudan, in full knowledge that the weapons are being used for genocidal practices in Darfur—leading actress Mia Farrow to threaten to dub Beijing 2008 as the “Genocide Olympics.”

Last Monday’s action near Beijing’s International Olympic Committee offices by the global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders is another case in point. Following a very public press conference by the group exposing extreme restrictions to press freedom in China, the attending international media themselves were detained by Chinese police for several hours.

Such revelations, showing that economic change in China has not been matched by political change, are causing a number of European governments to re-evaluate their China policies, said forum panellist Man-Yan Ng, Director of International Society for Human Rights. He urged governments not to fear threats from Chinese diplomats of economic costs for taking a strong position on China improving its human rights record.

In the decidedly academic portion of the section of the seminar, Director of the Association for Asian Research Erping Zhang explained his research on the model of political and economic development that the Chinese Communist Party now employs, which he calls “Neo-communism.” Zhang believes that while economically China is clearly in a very different place compared to twenty years ago, politically it very much remains an authoritarian state.

“You have a communist heart [on the inside] and on the outside, a Western suit,” he summarized.

Zhang also offered advice on how governments can be more effective at encouraging Beijing to better its human rights record.

“The European Union, including Greece, should use every political, diplomatic, and economic method to raise and highlight human rights issues with Beijing. The rights dialogue should be held in public forum, because it is a matter of public interest. It will show to China that the EU cares about people, and the interests of China,” he said.

What the Chinese Communist Party perceives as the interests of China, for that matter, is vastly different from what the person on the street thinks, said Chinese dissident Pan Qing, a leader in the National Alliance of Defending Human Rights and Resisting Violence.

Pan announced to the forum an 11,000-strong list of signatures from Chinese citizensDavid Kilgour applauds Pan Qing at the Olympic Games vs. Crimes Against Humanity In China forum in Athens on August 7 who have been wronged by the Chinese communist regime, most commonly by having their land seized. The signatures, which Pan will present to the International Olympic Committee in Athens, express a clear sentiment: “We do not need the Olympic Games, we need human rights.” Pan sites them as strong evidence that the call to boycott Beijing 2008 is coming not only from voices outside of China, but from deep within the Middle Kingdom itself. Could that become greatest possible nightmare for the Communist regime?

(photo: David Kilgour applauds Pan Qing at the Olympic Games vs. Crimes Against Humanity In China forum in Athens on August 7. Both support a boycott of the Beijing Games. – Jianxin Wang/The Epoch Times)

Come August 9, the number of voices calling for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics is expected to rise dramatically. The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG), a group comprised of more than 300 senators, MPs, religious leaders, democracy advocates, and human rights defenders, have vowed to call for a boycott if the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t shape up by that date. On that date the group will also initiate the Human Rights Torch Relay, which, similarly to the Official Olympic Torch, will travel the world over for a year.

CIPFG will join groups and believe that Beijing 2008, in the current Chinese reality, is a travesty of the Olympic spirit and a direct violation of the Olympic Charter that promotes: “the establishment of a peaceful society concerned with preservation of human dignity.”

Kilgour suggests the moniker: “The Bloody Harvest Olympics.”

– Original report from the Epochtimes : One Year Ahead of Olympics, Gross Rights Violations Persist in China

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U.S. Congresswoman: As a friend, we should honest enough to challenge China on human rights

Posted by Author on August 1, 2007


Speech, by U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, at Revealing a True China 2007 forum, in Washington D.C, U.S, on July 18, 2007

Speech on Revealing a True China 2007 forum

by Sheila Jackson Lee
U.S. CongresswomanCongresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Thank you, Stephen, very much. We have a creative podium here. Dr. Ming, Professor Ming, thank you very much. I came in during your presentation and obviously you’ve laid the groundwork for an important question. You have queried us about “what the next step is for China.”

I am a friend of China. I’m a friend of Chinese people. Why do I say that? Because friends tell each other the truth. And I believe that there is probably no comparable nation state with the enormous history and opportunity of China.

Now I will be argued with by many of my friends around the world. Stephen, I consider myself as an internationalist and I believe America is at her best when she is engaging, interacting, responding, befriending, and instructing in the welcoming way, but also demanding. And America must be demanding of herself.

And so as I speak to you today, let me emphasize the importance of the Epoch Times and its communication vehicle that it is. Let me indicate that as we commemorate the 8th year of the brutal and unspeakable actions against Falun Gong on July 20th, let us be reminded that acquiescence, complacency, and reserve are not the call of the day.

So I am grateful for the representation that 23 million Chinese, 23 M, have stood up and said: “Now I renounce Communism! I do so in the name of the spirits of those who have lost their lives, who remain languishing in jails. I want no more crimes! I want no more unending persecution without justice! —the scales of justice that we’ve seen in this country.” Albeit we know that we are culturally different, there must be a basis of justice in China. “No more darkness and no more Communism!”

Now I say this in the spirit of free speech, for there may be many who would describe Communism in a different way. And frankly, we’ve lived alongside of Communism. I would venture to say that even if I asked any of you, whether the economic underpinnings of Communism might be acceptable. That’s what their initial premise – Socialism and Communism was: a collective body – to be able to help everyone.

But then when it ascended, to despotism, to the locking up of intellectual thought, to the attacking of students, who really are the cream of the crop, are being able to promote intellectual thought. That raises the ugly head of Communism. And then, as we have seen the maligning of Falun Gong – a religion that should be allowed to express its freedom.

This morning we passed the legislation dealing with Ethiopia. A friend, as I would say, my colleague and predecessor, the honorable Mickey Leland, lost his life going to Ethiopia to see those who were starving in 1989. He had a love for people.

But yet we have come full circle, and today out of affection for this nation, we passed a bill of sanction. We passed the bill that would limit the military aid. Why?

Because people are languishing in jail. There is a stifling of free speech.

So I say to our friends in China, a friend and I say to our nation: we are less if we believe that “Human Rights” is not a sufficient and most moving and provocative challenge, that we should now be honest enough to challenge our friends.

I would also say to you as we look to the future, as the Epoch Times becomes the vehicle of conveying that it is alright to be able to speak against the government. It is alright to differ in your political philosophy so that you desire not to become a Communist and it is the responsibility of the government not to penalize those so that they could not have an economical opportunity.

Let me say to you that I came to the era of what we call the Black Student Movement. That was the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement. We were the beneficiaries – being able to go into the integrated colleges. But the Civil Rights action was what we called a movement. The movement premised on the fact that we had language in our Declaration of Independence that we all were created equal with certain unalienable rights. We had a Bill of Rights that said we all deserve due process. But yet we had to modify our Constitution to be able to have 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, to end, to strangle the segregation that was the mindset of many in this country. But it was a movement that moved the laws.

So let me applaud those who are willing to risk what we say in America “life and limb” to create a movement – Falun Gong is a movement of spirit and religion – and those who have stood up to say: “Now, I’m renouncing Communism.” It is a movement. So let me congratulate you.

And may you count those of us who continue to persist in the dignity of all human beings, the value of human rights and intellectual thought, and professionalism, if you will, challenges the future of our children and the greatness of China, all together. Count us as friends that we continue to encourage you to be part of a movement, and let us work together so that we are not denounced wrongly for wanting to do good. And that we are perceived to be the friends of China that I know that all of you are, wanting for it, “the best”.

As I close, I’d like to acknowledge my good friend – Congressman Rohrabacher who I’m sure will come soon, and you can see from the wide diversity from those who are here, China has many friends, looking to take it to that higher level that all people are created equal. Thank you all so very much.

Sheila Jackson Lee
U.S. Congresswoman
July 18, 2007

Original speech of Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee and Chinese translation available from the Epochtimes

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Congresswoman: Be With the Chinese People, Not the Chinese Rulers

Posted by Author on July 25, 2007


excerpt, from the Epoch Times report Unmasking China, Jul 19, 2007-Sheila Jackson Lee

What does it truly mean to be a friend to China, and what can we expect from her in the near future, asked the Revealing a True China forum, held at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on July 18.

American alliances should be with the Chinese people, not the Chinese rulers, said forum speaker Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

(photo: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee at Revealing a True China forum)

A strong proponent of civil and political rights in the U.S., Jackson Lee spoke of freedom-loving persons like herself as “Friends of China” who want to help take China to “a new level” of respecting the principle that all people are created equal.

Jackson Lee praised the “movement of renouncing communism,” as a way for the Chinese people to take the next step – referring to the 24 million Chinese who have quit the Chinese Communist Party and related organizations.

She agreed that the maligning of “Falun Gong, a religion that should be allowed to express its freedom,” was representative of the despotism that China has descended to.

The communist regime ruling China today is much more repressive than most people are aware; it’s surprisingly effective at portraying a false picture of China, favorable to itself; it’s also quite likely on the verge of collapse, found forum panelists.

The notion that things are getting better and better and that with more time and patience China will become democratic and respect human rights was firmly rejected by the panelists, consisting of four U.S. Congress members, two journalists, a Taiwanese official and a China scholar.

– Excerpt from The Epochtimes report: Unmasking China

Related:
20% Member Resigned, Chinese Communist Party Collapsing , July 23rd, 2007
Photos: Parade Celebrates 24 Million Chinese Quit the Communist Party, July 20th, 2007

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Live Video Broadcast Schedule: Serial Chinese Events In Washington DC

Posted by Author on July 19, 2007


from the Epochtimes-

Serial Events happening in Washington DC in US this week to end the 8 years persecution of Falun Gong and supporting the Chinese people quitting the Chinese Communist Party, are broadcasting through Youmaker, the online video website to the world.

Schedule:

Thursday, Jul.19, 2007

Event: Rally and Speech, to stop the CCP’s ruthless 8-year persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China

Video live broadcasting here

– Location: Lower west terrace lawn of US capitol (Capitol Hill & the reflecting pool)
– Time: 11:30AM to 1:30PM (East US time)
– Speakers: Members of U.S. Congress, survivors of persecution, and representatives of human rights and religious freedom organizations

Friday, Jul. 20, 2007

Event 1: Public Rally and Grand March

– Time:
7:30am – 9:30am Large-scale group exercises (Falun Gong)
10:00am –12:00noon Tuidang rally/remarks
12:30pm –2:00pm Grand march in DC

Rally Theme: Support 24 Millions Chinese Quit CCP and Affiliates

Live Video broadcasting
– Speaker: Leaders, scholars, activists, and victims from USA and the World
– Sponsor: Global Service Center for Quitting CCP, Epoch Times, NTDTV, and SOH
– Location: Washington Monument (Face to White House at constitution Ave. between 15th & 17th Street)
– Subway: Take BLUE or ORANGE line metro to Federal Triangle Station or Smithsonian Station, and walk to the monument

March Theme: Stop Persecution of Falun Gong and a True China Uncovered

Live Broadcasting here
– March Route: From Washington Monument -> Constitution Ave -> 14th Street -> K Street -> End at Farragut Square (K Street & 17th Street), Total: 1.4mile
Participant: Open to public

Event 2: Public Candlelight Vigil

Live video broadcasting
– Theme: Commemoration of Suffered or Died Falun Gong Practitioners
– Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm Vigil preparation
8:00pm – 9:30pm Candlelight Vigil
– Location: Washington Monument
(Face to White House at constitution Ave. between 15th & 17th street)
– Subway: Take BLUE or ORANGE line metro to Federal Triangle Station or Smithsonian Station, and walk to the Monument

Original report (In Chinese ) from The Epochtimes 

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Hong Kong 10 years: Sacrificed freedoms for economic gain – Taiwan Thinktank

Posted by Author on June 29, 2007


By Jewel Huang, STAFF REPORTER, Taipei Times, Taiwan, Jun 29, 2007-

Panelists at a forum hosted by Taiwan Thinktank yesterday said that Hong Kong had sacrificed its freedoms on the altar of economic gain.

Freedom of speech and political participation in Hong Kong has suffered under Beijing’s “one country, two systems” formula since the former British colony was handed over to China 10 years ago, Hong Kong and Taiwanese political observers said yesterday.

“Since the 1997 handover, Hong Kong has on the surface remained a free society and people have continued to enjoy their same way of life. However, if you scratch the surface you see that China’s surveillance of Hong Kong has affected its politics, culture and society,” said Albert Ho (何俊仁), chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, at a forum hosted by Taiwan Thinktank in Taipei yesterday.

“Beijing does not believe in democracy and it utilizes `one country, two systems’ as a tool to subjugate Hong Kong,” he added.

Ho said the Chinese National People’s Congress had the authority to “interpret” rulings made by Hong Kong’s administration, legislature and judiciary as well as Hong Kong’s Constitution, the Basic Law.

In other words, Beijing authorities are free to meddle in Hong Kong’s affairs, he said.

The remarks made by Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo (吳邦國) in a seminar on Hong Kong’s Basic Law in Beijing earlier this month were cause for concern, Ho said.

At the time, Wu said that the special administrative region of Hong Kong possessed only as much power as China’s central government deigned to grant it.

These remarks showed that Beijing believed it had the power to rescind Hong Kong’s autonomy at any time, despite its claimed acceptance of the “one country, two systems” formula, Ho told the forum.

Panelist Albert Lam (林子健), a central committee member of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, said the massive demonstration held on July 1, 2003, represented a watershed after which people in Hong Kong had become indifferent about pursing democracy.

Lam was referring to demonstrations in which more than 500,000 people in Hong Kong took to the streets to voice their protest against the proposed article 23 of the Basic Law that prohibited acts of treason, secession, sedition or subversion against the Beijing government.

The bill was subsequently shelved indefinitely.

Lam said that Beijing had “bribed” Hong Kong’s people with economic policies such as the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement and the opening up of Hong Kong to Chinese tourists.

As a result, Hong Kong had sacrificed its freedoms on the altar of economic gain, he said.

– original report from Taipei Times: Hong Kong is less free, activists say

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Speech by David Kilgour: Wither Human Rights in China ?

Posted by Author on June 9, 2007


The Epoch Times, Jun 09, 2007-

By Hon. David Kilgour, JD

David Kilgour
China Rights Network: Rights Now Forum
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street
Toronto, Canada

June 2, 2007

Like everyone at this forum no doubt, I have the highest admiration for the people of China and their millennia of hard work, accumulated wisdom, success with agriculture, myriad inventions, international exploration, art, literature, philosophies and Confucian harmony earlier in governance.

In spite of its rich history, modern China continues to suffer from gross and systematic human rights abuses. While some have been highlighted in our Canadian media, their focus on China in recent years has been on business and economic features. My own research and discussions with many persons of origin in China, mostly living outside the country, paint a frightening picture of violence against various groups and individuals. We as Canadians who are engaging China should be interested in and know the full story. Today I’d like to talk in part about trafficking in human body parts in China and to focus a little on how we might all attempt to pressure its government to end these and other crimes against its own people.

China is its people, not its government. The real friends of China everywhere distinguish between the people, who have suffered much from oppression, and their current unelected government in place for more than half a century. Paradoxically, a China basher today is someone who defends the regime in Beijing.

To expand on this briefly, Canadian friends of China might usefully study Mao- The Unknown Story by Jang Chang (author of the award-winning Wild Swans) and Jan Halliday. The book documents that Mao’s secret goal was to dominate the world. In pursuing this ‘unpeaceful rise’, he caused the deaths of 38 million of the Chinese people in the worst famine in history.

Well over 70 million nationals of China overall perished under his rule in peacetime. The government in power since his death, as the authors note, “declares itself to be Mao’s heir and fiercely perpetuates the myth of Mao”. His portrait still dominates Tiananmen Square.

Our focus at this forum is on what the government in Beijing has been doing both to its own people and internationally. One conclusion from what we heard today is that when individuals in any country suffer so does all of its population ultimately. We must each do what we can to encourage the development of economic and political pluralism in China-above all for the sake of its people, but also to build a better world with peace and respect for all human beings and the natural environment.

Governance

China today lacks representative government, the rule of law administered by independent judges, basic human rights, freedom of the media, independent universities and research facilities and the right of workers to move freely, to form unions and bargain collectively. The constitution makes it clear that the CCP governs the country as it wishes without any constitutional limits or accountability to the Chinese people.

The party has improved its economic policies since Deng took supreme power in 1978, but a growing problem is how to develop further a pluralist market economy within an essentially totalitarian state. Successful market economies, in addition to the features mentioned above, have meaningful private property rights, commercial criteria only for bank loans, independent auditors applying binding accounting principles, a vigorous sceptical media, transparent corporate governance and an effective social safety net. None of these exist in China today either.

There are other challenges. For example, the yuan is currently maintained by the government of China at a level about 40% lower than it would have in normal foreign exchange markets. This gives exporters an unfair competitive advantage and helps to create huge trade surpluses each year.

Something must be done about the level of the yuan and other features of its economy, including the damage it is doing to hundreds of millions of families, who must live in air- and water-polluted communities and work shifts of 10, 11 and even longer hours without work safety protection or social programs in order to live in grinding poverty, and the natural environment.

Recently, I took part in a Skype chat line with a number of Chinese inside the country. Through an interpreter, I heard one participant attack the rural population of the country, which I defended by pointing at the long blatant favouritism the CCP has shown towards cities like Shanghai and Beijing. Representative democracy in virtually any form would for obvious reasons soon end discrimination against the 700-900 million persons living in rural China. Unemployment for rural Chinese is also very high.

Only 15% of the health budget is allocated to rural China where 70% of the population live. Others have noted that less than a fifth of workers overall in China have pensions; a tiny 14% are covered by unemployment insurance. Families have no choice in such circumstances but to save as much as they possibly can for their retirement, health and other social needs.

Another mayor problem is the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which with Deng’s encouragement became in effect a conglomerate in the 1980s. Corruption became ubiquitous among military business leaders and remains part of the PLA DNA, including its active involvement with the human organ commerce I’ll come to in a moment. In the courts, Hutton notes, a majority of the judges are retired military, who are more than willing to maintain the party’s hegemony. The judiciary is directed by the party at every level.

The party remains, in effect, police, prosecutor, judge and jury for any and all cases it deems important. One of many examples was the blood bank scandal in Henan in the 1990s in which donors, who were invited to “sell your blood and become rich”, received blood back minus its plasma from a general blood bank infected with HIV-positive blood. As many as 100,000 children were orphaned, but no corrupt party official responsible appears to have paid any penalty whatsoever. What is equally outrageous in terms of accountability is that documents were later obtained which showed that branches of the Henan government knew that HIV was being spread through the blood scheme long before the trade was finally stopped.

Matas-Kilgour Report: Bloody Harvest

China’s totalitarian governance, combined with ‘anything goes’ capitalism, unfortunately has demonstrated that the party’s capacity for violence and crimes against humanity remains unlimited. A declared ‘enemy’ of the party in mid-1999, only after the government had actively promoted its healthy lifestyle and meditation for several years, Falun Gong practitioners continue to be in effect murdered by medical personnel across China for their vital organs. The independent report on this new crime against humanity by David Matas and myself can be accessed in about 15 languages at organharvestinvestigation.net.

Our revised report of January with its appendices is 178 pages long in one edition, so I’ll summarize here its major findings only briefly: Since launching our independent investigation in May, 2006 at the request of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China, Matas and I have concluded to our horror that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country have “put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries.”

Falun Gong practitioners do a combination of five physical exercises and spiritual principles based on “truth, compassion and forbearance”. The latter contain similar principles as Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, which are major components of Chinese history. It grew in numbers from virtually nothing in 1992 to more than 70 million practitioners across China at the end of the nineties by one government estimate.

In the summer of 1999 for reasons which seem mostly rooted in totalitarian paranoia, the party unleashed a campaign of media vilification and persecution which continues to the present. The invented rationale was that Falun Gong was an “enemy of the state” and an “evil cult”, although in reality its practitioners in fact were non-political until attacked and have none of the characteristics of a cult.

Falun Gong practitioners have since been arrested in huge numbers; they are imprisoned in ‘re-education camps’ almost always without charge or trial, and many have been tortured and forced to work long hours in export manufacturing facilities until they renounce their beliefs. Thousands of named practitioners have died as result of torture. The UN rapporteur on torture, Manfred Novak, found last year that two-thirds of those tortured in prisons across China are Falun Gong practitioners. Only Falun Gong prisoners among the general prison population are regularly blood tested and physically examined for a terrible reason which is now evident.

Virtually all organs transplanted in China come from executed prisoners, but this group comprises both convicted individuals and Falun Gong practitioners. The latter are rarely convicted of anything. Unlike convicts, they are in effect murdered by doctors and nurses with toxic inoculations and scalpels to provide organs for tissue compatible organ recipients, who pay large amounts of money for the organs (ranging from $30,000 US to $180,000 for a kidney-liver combination).

No Smoking Guns

The seizing of organs in China from Falun Gong practitioners is done in operating rooms. The victims are killed in the process and their bodies are cremated. The medical perpetrators of these acts are guilty of crimes against humanity and highly unlikely to confess. Fair-minded persons considering our evidence as a whole can, as we do, have ‘gut level certainty’, as one law professor referred to criminal convictions based largely on compelling circumstantial evidence, that these crimes have taken place and continue to occur. Smoking guns exist mostly on television.

Our terrible conclusion comes not from any one of the thirty-three pieces of evidence we have now considered, but from the combination of all of them. All of the thirty three however, are verifiable and in most cases are incontestable. Five representative samples are these:

1- Falun Gong practitioners constitute a huge prison population which the government vilifies, dehumanizes, depersonalizes and marginalizes even more than prisoners condemned to death upon conviction for capital offences (numbering more than 60 offences, including tax fraud).

2-We had callers telephoning hospitals and other institutions across China, posing as family members of persons needing organ transplants; in a wide variety of locations the respondents said that Falun Gong prisoners were the source of the organs.

3-The ex-wife of a surgeon told us that he had personally removed the corneas from approximately two thousand Falun Gong practitioners in Shenyang city in northeast China during the two-year period before October, 2003 and we found her statement to be credible.

4-Waiting times for organ transplants in China are astonishingly short-a matter of days or weeks, strongly suggesting a bank of living “donors” available for organ tourists. Everywhere else in the world waiting times are measured in months and years. Hospital websites in China self-incriminate by boasting of very short waits for all organs on payment of large fees.

5-Transplant recipients told us that military personnel do operations in both military and civilian hospitals. The website of the Organ Transplant Centre of the Armed Police General Hospital Centre in Beijing boldly says: “Our Organ Transplant Center is our main department for making money…” One organ recipient in Asia told us that he was brought fully seven kidneys by a military surgeon before the eighth was found to be compatible with his body tissue and anti-bodies. Eight human beings died before he got his usable kidney.

In summary, the evidence that these crimes have been occurring across China is simply overwhelming. The government of China has to date produced no effective response to our report.

Conclusions Confirmed

By announcing on April 6th this year that as of May 1st there will be no more trade in human organs, the government of China unintentionally confirmed the grisly truth of the conclusion by many, including our report. Matas and I, of course, hope that this latest edict will stop the killing of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience both before and after the Beijing Olympic Games. Given the vast sums of money involved, the indications that the military operate outside the health system and the obvious linkage of this announcement to concern about the now indelibly termed “Genocide Olympics“, we remain sceptical that much will change in a crime against humanity that has gone on across China now for about six years.

The government of China has a history in this area of announcing policies and laws which sound fine in principle to the international community but are then not enforced. This announcement will mean nothing if the practice of organ harvesting from non-consenting ‘donors’ for huge sums of money continues.

The Chinese Deputy Health Minister Huang Jiefu, speaking in Guangzhou in mid-November 2006, denounced the selling of organs of executed prisoners, saying, “Under-the-table business must be banned.” Yet the practice had already been banned in law on July I, 2006 and by policy long before that, so his speech was an official acknowledgement that the previous bans were ineffective. We worry that this announcement of a change in the law is nothing more than a political cosmetic, a piece of propaganda with its eye fixed firmly on cleansing the party’s terrible human rights reputation before the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the minds of prospective foreign visitors.

‘Draw Lessons From Facts’

This brings me to The China Fantasy by an American, James Mann, which criticizes the common presumption that the CCP is bound to move towards democracy, political liberalization and respecting human rights. Mann thinks the elites in cities like Shanghai and Beijing might turn out to want to perpetuate authoritarian governance in China, contrary to the three decades-old assumptions of American politicians in both parties, business executives, sinologists and diplomats. His book argues that it is time to stop overlooking the party’s human rights abuses, the crushing of political dissent at home and support for pariah regimes abroad.

The ‘Soothing Scenario’ promoted by many China ‘experts’ in the West has argued continuously during four decades that democracy is just over the horizon no matter what occurs. Both Deng Xiaoping and Hu Jintao, for example, suggested on coming to power that they favoured political pluralism, only to reverse themselves upon consolidating their positions.

Deng permitted the ‘Democracy Wall’ in Beijing in 1978 only later to disallow it and jail dissidents. Hu permitted an open discussion of the 2003 SARS epidemic, treating the retired doctor (Jiang Yanyong) who exposed it as a national hero, but later placed him under house arrest for criticizing the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Dunn asserts that if China becomes a democracy the chances of a military confrontation of any kind anywhere would disappear immediately. As well, the 1.3 billion residents of China deserve the right to choose their own government rather than continue with an unelected party “with a long, unsavoury, violence-prone history, a love of its own privileges and a weakness for corruption.”

Policies Abroad

There is also the role of the CCP abroad, which, Dunn notes, undermines democratic values continuously. It gave Robert Mugabe an honourary degree in China and economic help to his government, although his regime is one of the most brutal and corrupt anywhere on earth. It is the principal backer of the military junta in Burma, where Aung San Suu Kyi continues under house arrest 16 years after she and her supporters won an open election. When Uzbekistan president Islam Karimov ordered a murderous crackdown on demonstrators in 2005, China’s government shored him up. In Sudan, where reasonable people long ago concluded that the Bashir regime has been conducting a genocide in Darfur for years the CCP is one of his major backers, especially at the UN Security Council.

Recently China sent several hundred “engineers” to Sudan, but no-one has any doubt that this sudden interest in stopping the ongoing killing and raping is related only to the “Genocide Olympics” about which Darfur supporters like Mia Farrow continue to raise public awareness.

As Dunn reminds us, a permanently authoritarian China would also undermine Russia’s currently diminished commitment to democracy. For example, during the 1991 coup attempt by the Soviet military and intelligence officials against Mikhail Gorbachev, China’s government media gave positive and extensive coverage to the plotters, barely mentioning Boris Yeltsin or his democratic allies, and was left disappointed when the coup attempt failed.

In short, principled leaders in the democracies should be working smarter and harder to encourage the creation of a China that is pluralistic and democratic. Dunn notes that every American president since Nixon has either given up on or ignored the issue of democracy in China.

The same is certainly true of leaders of most other democratic countries, including our own, although Prime Minister Harper said recently that our relationship with China will from now on be determined by both human values and commercial interests. We’ll all watch with close interest what develops between the two governments. I should flag here an article, “China and Canada: A Relationship Reconsidered” (http://hrichina.org/public/PDFs/CRF.1.2007/CRF-2007-1_Canada.pdf) by Cheuk Kwan and published in China Rights forum.

Olympic Games

Dunn thinks the media hype surrounding the 2008 Olympic Games will dwarf all earlier ones. China’s government has already adapted a cute-and-cuddly image for them with its ‘Five Friendlies’—doll-like characters, including a panda, designed to appeal to children, marketers and tourists. He asks pointedly if the “world’s car manufacturers and beer companies (will) want to sponsor television coverage of the Olympics that dwells on the unpleasant side of China-the sweatshops, the poverty, the political prisoners, the corruption and the environmental disasters? Not likely.” He queries if the Beijing games will follow the terrible precedent of the Berlin Olympics of 1936.

The Chinese media will stress patriotism at home throughout 2008 and probably before. Their coverage of the October, 1999 fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Peoples’ Republic of China, which featured a parade intended to demonstrate the military power and the achievements of the CCP, is a likely template. John Pomfret of the Washington Post wrote chillingly about that day in Beijing: “No random spectators were allowed to view the scores of gaily coloured floats that coursed for two hours down to the Boulevard of Eternal Peace.

No overweight children were among the goose-stepping young students, women participants were picked for their beauty; soldiers were carefully selected for height, polish and marching skill. And all were chosen on the basis of their ‘love of the motherland’, Chinese officials said.” The presence of a huge international media corps in Beijing could help to spur political demonstrations by democracy activists, religious groups, including Falun Gong, Tibetans, Uighurs, aggrieved workers and farmers, but only if they can penetrate the security designed to keep them away from the television cameras.

Dunn: “Would-be protesters will be kept out of Beijing (or if they live in the city, they may be thrown out of Beijing). Crowds will not be allowed to gather; if they do, they will dispersed before they can make it to any public space. The police will be especially rough on groups seeking access to Tiananmen Square, which has been off limits to protests since 1989.” The real test will come after the foreigners have left Beijing, says Dunn.

How many of the changes in China’s political system hinted at on the eve of the Games will be implemented? Will the democratic world-now all but about 45 dictatorships across the planet-successfully integrate China to our norms? Or will the business community in Canada and elsewhere have to continue to explain why they are kowtowing to a regime that rather recently ordered tanks to fire on unarmed citizens and which since 2000 has been killing Falun Gong prisoners of conscience without trial and selling their organs for cash to organ tourists? Is this corporate social responsibility to some CEOs?

Dunn stresses that the real problem with the business community is “Who’s integrating whom?” How many Canadians have lost their livelihoods as a result of this integration, including, for example, 800 Goodyear Tire employees near Montreal who saw their tire plant close a few months ago because someone thinks they can manufacture tires more cheaply in China?

Mia Farrow’s ‘Genocide Olympics’

A word here about Mia Farrow, whom Sports Illustrated magazine’s columnist Rick Reilly has already nominated as first hero of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Reilly eloquently reminds readers that UNICEF goodwill ambassador Farrow has been pressuring the government of China to face up to its role in the genocide being carried out in the Darfur region of Sudan. “These are the Genocide Olympics. China is funding the first genocide of the third millennium”, says Farrow.

Judging by the speed with which China’s president Hu Jintao subsequently sent an official to Khartoum, seeking to persuade the Sudanese government to accept the 20,000 UN peacekeeping troops who stand ready to enter Darfur, the leverage of ‘star power’ on the peoples of various countries in respect of pre-Games China is enormous. The question for all of us across the world concerned about the murder of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs is how to obtain the commitment of “Marvellous Mia” and other celebrities for the various profound human rights causes which bring us to this forum today.

Recommended Initiatives

Among the initiatives that each of us might take to pressure the government of China on a host of human rights issues over the next year or so are these five:

1-If you know a media celebrity other than the ones who are already linked to a human rights cause in China or elsewhere, try to solicit their public commitment to one or more of the human rights issues that brings us all here today.

2-Use the Internet and emails strategically to raise public awareness about your own particular human dignity issue in China. The 1997 Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams (International Campaign to Ban Landmines)noted that emails sent around the world were the secret weapon to obtain enactment of the Land Mines Convention in Ottawa in the late nineties.

3-In future, let’s all work together in respect of human rights in China, using the fast-approaching Games as the best available fulcrum. If, say, one community is demonstrating against the visit of a minister from China (Eg. Chinese Commerce Minister Bo this week in Ottawa), why don’t other groups come out to show solidarity.

4 -Leave no stone unturned on these vital causes. Be tireless. Speak, write, listen and strategize.

5-If it becomes necessary to call for a boycott together or separately of the 2008 Olympic Games, let us all be fully understanding of all the training and sustained effort put into their sport by Olympians everywhere. The International Olympics Committee should, given that human rights have deteriorated across China since it was awarded the Games, never have given the games to Beijing. If the IOC will not push harder on the host government to improve human rights in China than it has done to date, the IOC will be partly responsible for the calls for boycott. We did not know about the Holocaust before the Berlin Olympics in 1936, but the international community does know what the government of China is doing now both internally and internationally. Human dignity is ultimately indivisible today just as it was in the 1930s.

Thank you.

The preceding text is the transcript of the speech given by David Kilgour at the China Rights Network: Rights Now Forum on June 2, 2007. Kilgour is the former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific. He, along with human rights lawyer David Matas, co-authored the Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China.

original report from The Epoch Times

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Canada MPs of 3 Parties: Speak Out on China Human Rights

Posted by Author on June 6, 2007


By Madalina Hubert, Epoch Times Toronto Staff, Jun 04, 2007-

Eighteen years after the massacre of students in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the time for human rights in China has come. And standing up for the rights of China’s people does not harm our trade with that country.

This is the message conveyed not just by rights activists, but also by members of parliament from Canada’s three national political parties who gathered Saturday ( June 2) at the University of Toronto for the Rights Now! Forum.

Organized by the China Rights Network— a coalition of groups concerned about human rights there— the forum’s focus was on Canada-China bilateral relations, particularly on Canada’s role in helping China improve human rights.

“A lot of the media like to use the excuse that if we talk about human rights, it would hurt trade, my point is that this is not the case,” said NDP MP Olivia Chow.

It’s very important to talk about China because it is a huge country, a member of the Security Council and very active in the UN, she added.

Conservative MP Scott Reid praised Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s stance on supporting human rights in China. “Vis-à-vis China, we’re in a very, very strong position to do this.” Despite some objections in the media and in parliament, we need not fear that this will harm our trade relations, he added.

While China is a major trading partner of Canada, last year’s exports were 7.7 billion dollars, while the imports were 34.5 billion, indicating that Canada is running a large trade deficit with China, said Reid.

“As we know from international trade, all the power is on the side of the country that is running the trade deficit,” Reid said.

In 2006, when Prime Minister Harper first spoke out on Chinese human rights, Canada’s trade with China grew substantially, increasing by 16.8 % in imports and 7.84% in exports, said Reid.

Based on these facts, Reid rejected the idea that speaking out on human rights harms trade. “It suggests to me that this is a red herring.”

“The economic relationships we have are more important to China than to Canada. It’s as simple as that,” agreed Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, adding that when it comes to trade between the two countries, China is the great beneficiary.

Distinguishing the Party from the People

“Like everybody seated in this room today, I have the highest admiration for the people of China,” said former MP and former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, David Kilgour. Yet despite its rich history, modern China continues to suffer from gross and systematic human rights abuses, he added.

He stressed the importance of distinguishing between China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“China is its people, not its government,” said David Kilgour. “The China basher today is someone who defends the regime in Beijing,” he added.

Many of the human rights abuses in China addressed

The Rights Now! Forum addressed many of the human rights abuses in China, including the human rights violations of Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Falun Gong practitioners. In addition, speakers tackled the legal system, labour laws and freedom of speech.

The prominent case of Huseyin Celil, the Uyghur-Canadian imprisoned in China was also an issue of discussion at the forum, with the MPs calling on the government to act for his release.

David Kilgour, who together with human rights lawyer David Matas, is the author of the independent report “Bloody Harvest”, talked about their evidence of the allegations that China is harvesting organs from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners who are prisoners of conscience.

Falun Gong, a spiritual practice based on principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance, has been persecuted in China since 1999.

“The invented rationale for the persecution was that Falun Gong was ‘an enemy of the state’ and ‘an evil cult’, although in reality its practitioners were determinently non-political until attacked and had none of the characteristics of a cult,” said Kilgour.

“Falun Gong practitioners are rarely convicted of anything, unlike convicts, they are in effect murdered by doctors and nurses with toxic inoculations and scalpels to provide organs,” said Kilgour.

“The evidence that these crimes are occurring is simply overwhelming”, he said, adding that he has found more than 33 pieces of verifiable evidence.

“One organ transplant recipient told me that he was brought 7 kidneys by a military surgeon before the eighth was found to be compatible. Eight human beings died before he got his usable kidney,” said Kilgour.

Speaking out Can Make a Difference

While representing traditionally rival Canadian parties, the three MPs agreed on the importance of taking a stance on human rights abuses in China.

“All of us have the same concerns, notwithstanding which party we belong to – what we perhaps differ on is the approach and perhaps the energy that we put in towards some of these issues,” said Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj

“We need to stay engaged, we need to speak out”, said NDP MP Olivia Chow, calling for a respectful way for Canada to stay engaged with China.

“China is not always a monolithic power that is unresponsive to pressure,” argued Conservative MP Scott Reid. He gave the example of the 2002 release of a number of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned in China following a unanimous decision to support this by the House of Commons and the Canadian government.

“That small action shows that when we are united, we can in fact have an impact, sometimes small, sometimes large on the human rights situation in China,” said Reid.

China is in a hyper-transitional period, said Borys Wrzesnewskyj. “When countries undergo substantial changes in a short period of time, it provides for opportunities. And we have an opportunity at this present time to have an impact and an influence on how China develops – on what historical path China travels in the future,” he added.

 Boycotting the Olympics?

The upcoming 2008 Olympic Games in China were also an issue at the forum on Saturday.

When addressing the possibility of an Olympic boycott, David Kilgour asked all to be understanding of the hard work of Olympic athletes but emphasized the fact that there is agreement among different organizations, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that human rights have deteriorated in China since it was awarded the Games.

“If the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not push harder the host government than it has to improve human rights in China, the IOC will be partly responsible for the calls for boycott,” warned Kilgour.

“We did not know about Hitler’s Holocaust before the Berlin Olympics in 1936, but the international committee does know what the government of China is doing now both internally and internationally,” he added.

“We should be under no illusions. We should know that Beijing will be stunning, beautiful, but behind the curtains, if we took a close look, we’d see horrific abuses – human rights and human lives,” said MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

“Human dignity is ultimately indivisible today just as it was in the 1930s,” concluded David Kilgour.

The Rights Now! Forum was followed by a vigil in front of the Chinese Consulate to commemorate the eighteenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

original report from the epochtimes 

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Organs Harvested From Live Prisoners in China

Posted by Author on May 21, 2007


Allison Hanes, The Leader-Post (Regina), Canada, May 18, 2007-

TORONTO — Foreign patients who travel to China for transplants are likely receiving organs culled from political prisoners who are alive when their corneas, kidneys and livers are harvested, then left to die, an international group of doctors armed with a chilling Canadian report is warning.

In a new twist on an old practice of using organs from executed criminals, China has since 2000 turned to living donors and outlawed Falun Gong members to supply a growing trade in medical transplants, Doctors Against Organ Harvesting said Thursday during a public forum held at the University of Toronto.

With increasing numbers of Canadians on long waiting lists turning to China to save their own lives, the newly formed organization is seeking to warn patients that someone else’s life is likely being sacrificed in the process of obtaining organs.

“Each person who travels to China for an organ causes the death of another human,” said Dr. Torsten Trey, a Washington, D.C.-based physician and founding member of Doctors Against Organ Harvesting.

The group is sounding the alarm in the medical community about mounting evidence of unethical transplants in China. They want doctors to impress the information upon their patients. They want hospitals and universities to close their doors to visiting Chinese physicians and scholars looking to hone their techniques. And they want medical journals to reject research on transplants conducted in China.

“Medical science cannot build up any knowledge which is based on inhuman and unethical procedures,” said Trey, who compared China’s pilfering of organs from Falun Gong practitioners to Nazi medical experimentation during the Holocaust.

Doctors Against Organ Harvesting was formed in the wake of a Canadian investigation first released last year.

Authored by former Liberal MP David Kilgour and Winnipeg human rights lawyer David Matas, the report claims there is a widespread and systematic policy in China of selling organs from living donors to a growing clientele of desperate patients.

Kilgour said Thursday it is clear Falun Gong members are being targeted over other ethnic groups and religions, as a part of a campaign to villainize their spiritual practice since it fell out of favour with the government in 2000.

The report’s conclusions were drawn from interviews with a handful of eyewitnesses from the medical side, recipients of organs harvested in China, official government pronouncements, statistics showing a sudden explosion in the number of transplants performed, marketing Web sites and undercover inquiries to hospital.

In one instance, an Asian patient recounted that after rifling through a list of potential donors, a military doctor departed and returned to the hospital several times, bringing back a total of eight different kidneys before finally settling on a match.

In another, a sick patient found out one day he needed a transplant and had an organ within 24 hours.

Web sites market transplants in China in five different languages and in some cases guarantee availability of a matching organ within two weeks. The average wait time for a kidney in Canada is 32.5 months, while in British Columbia it is 52.5 months.

In surreptitious phone calls to Chinese transplant hospitals by Mandarin-speaking investigators, medical staff admitted organs came from Falun Gong prisoners.

While he is sympathetic to the plight of ailing Canadians who wait years for a transplant and face the prospect of dying before a match comes along, Kilgour said patients and doctors cannot turn a blind eye.

“Medicine cannot be practised by killing innocent people like chickens,” he said.

Gerry Koffman, a Toronto general practitioner and member of Doctors Against Organ Harvesting, said there are about 100 confirmed cases of Canadian patients from Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver having transplants done in China.

© The Leader-Post (Regina) 2007

original report from Leader-Post (Regina)

Related:
Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China, by David Matas, Esq. and Hon. David Kilgour, Esq

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Lecture Today: “China’s Genocide”

Posted by Author on April 16, 2007


The Tartan, April 16, 2007-

Title: “China’s Genocide: Organ Harvesting on Live Falun Gong Practitioners”

The Basics: Four keynote speakers will address China’s unethical means of extracting organs from prisoners, termed “China’s New Genocide.”

In China, practitioners of the spiritual group Falun Gong endure live organ harvesting in which their organs are extracted and put on the market while the victims are still alive. The speakers will recommend ways for the transplant community, the government, and the general public to take action to stop the current practice.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, Student Senate, and a variety of student organizations from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.

When: Today at 5:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium

– original from  The Tartan: Lecture Preview

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China Bars Prominent Author from Returning

Posted by Author on February 14, 2007


Radio Free Asia, 2007.02.09-

HONG KONG, Feb. 9, 2007—Immigration officials in Beijing have stopped author Zhang Yu from entering China, after he attended a meeting of the International PEN writers’ group in Hong Kong.

Zhang, who is also the general secretary of Chinese PEN and holds both Swedish and Chinese passports, was refused immigration clearance after he arrived in the Chinese capital on the Hong Kong-Beijing express train first thing Wednesday morning, he told RFA’s Cantonese service.

Zhang, who was traveling on his Chinese passport at the time, was ushered immediately aboard a flight for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), which still maintains separate border controls following its return to Chinese rule in 1997.

“I think it’s to do with the meeting of International PEN that I attended here in Hong Kong,” Zhang told RFA’s Cantonese service.

Writers barred from attending

“A lot of writers in mainland China were refused permission to attend the meeting, which shows that the government must have a problem with it.”

International PEN legal adviser Li Jianqiang said he would report to the organization on Zhang’s case, and they would consider lodging a complaint, as it was illegal for a state to bar its own citizens from returning there.

The 14 other mainland PEN members were all allowed home, including journalist Gao Yu, who has been under close surveillance by police in recent years.

A mainland Chinese lawyer surnamed Gao also said it was illegal for states to turn away their own citizens, but that such things often happen in China on the basis of verbal orders from higher up.

Zhang said that on returning to Hong Kong, he was held in a holding area for illegal immigrants before he made another application to enter the territory and was allowed back in.

He said he would launch a complaint with the Chinese consulate in Sweden when he returned there.

‘Empty chairs’

More than 20 Chinese writers were prevented from attending the Feb. 2-5 conference, organizers said Monday.

International PEN (playwrights, editors, novelists), with branches in 101 countries, described “empty chairs on the podium,” which reminded participants in the conference on freedom of expression of how far China had to go.

“Though the Chinese constitution confirms freedom of expression and communication, this protection was challenged by the government’s actions and by the recent banning of eight books, including a book by Zhang Yihe…who was scheduled to speak at the conference but was unable to attend,” the group said in a statement.

– original report from  Radio Free Asia

Related:

–  China Stops 20 Writers From Attending Forum in Hong Kong, 5 Feb 2007

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China Stops 20 Writers From Attending Forum in Hong Kong

Posted by Author on February 7, 2007


Independent Online, South Africa, 5 Feb 2007-

Hong Kong – China has barred or warned more than 20 Chinese writers from attending a regional writers conference in Hong Kong, underscoring a tightening of creative freedoms over the past year, organisers said on Monday.

The International PEN, which champions writers’ freedoms in 101 countries, said Chinese authorities had deliberately prevented a number of Chinese writers, including those with banned works, from attending the February 2-5 conference.

“Some of the writers were denied visas, some were visited and warned not to come. Some were… turned back at the border,” said Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, the International Secretary of PEN.

Respected author Zhang Yihe, whose book on long dead Peking Opera stars was pulled from shelves last month, was warned not to come to the event, the first such PEN conference attempted on Chinese soil.

“I don’t know if there’s a clear barometer where you can say it’s this way or that,” said Leedom-Ackerman. “But lately we have seen a tightening.”

She said a relaxation of reporting rules for foreign journalists in the run-up to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, however, was a positive development.

The banning of books, magazines and newspapers has long been common in one-party China. The constitution promises freedom of expression, but in practice the Communist Party exercises iron control.

“We are very concerned by the restrictions on the writers in mainland China to write, travel and associate freely,” said PEN president Jiri Grusa in a statement.

Only 15 Chinese writers, less than half the country’s total invitees, attended the Hong Kong event, including former jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu, who travelled down from Beijing.

“Within China, a sudden cold front has arrived into the political climate,” Gao said, referring to the recent banning of eight books, including Zhang’s, and the closure of Freezing Point, a progressive weekly magazine.

PEN says there are currently 33 writers imprisoned in China, while Reporters Without Borders said in its 2007 Freedom of the Press report, that the recent jailing of Hong Kong resident journalist Ching Cheong had “worsened apprehension” felt by Hong Kong reporters covering China”.

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original report from  Independent Online

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A New Form of Genocide – China Organ Harvesting

Posted by Author on February 4, 2007


Quincy Moore, The Campus Press, University of Colorado, USA, Quincy Moore-

Wednesday night in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom, Amnesty International hosted a forum that examined China’s New Genocide: Organ harvesting.

In 1998, a nervous Chinese government conducted a study that found 70 to 100 million of their citizens were practicing a new form of religion called Falun Gong. These findings prompted the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to ban Falun Gong by torturing and enslaving many of its practitioners. The CCP have unjustly killed more people than the regimes of Hitler and Stalin combined and this situation is reaching genocidal proportions.

Originally the Chinese government had promoted Falun Gong for its health benefits, “our practice saves a person 1,000 Yuan per year in medical fees,” said Dr. Wenyi Wang, editor-in-chief of Medicine and Life Magazine and practitioner of Falun Gong. “Now imagine that number multiplied by one hundred million.”

Falun Gong is a religion that was established in 1992 and finds its roots in health and meditation. Their belief is that self-enhancement and cultivation practice of both body and mind can lead to peace within oneself. Furthermore, practitioners believe in a moral code of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.

Shortly after the CCP ban, the rate of organ transplants in China dramatically increased. Many believe this was due to the torture and execution of millions of Falun Gong members.

“There’s no donor system for organs in China like we have in the United States”, said David Matas, author of the report into organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. “In the history of China there are only 227 recorded instances of a family member giving up an organ.”

Millions of Falun Gong members were taken to prison and persecuted for performing and refusing to denounce their religion. Many were put into mental hospitals where they were given five to seven times the normal dose of anti-schizophrenia drugs, which killed them in less than twenty-four hours.

While in jail Falun Gong members had their organs examined and their blood types checked. This aroused suspicion that the Chinese government was taking their organs and selling them illegally on the black market. It was true.

“Thousands of people from North America were calling hospitals in China and asking for organs from Falun Gong practitioners,” said Matas. “Because of their lifestyle, they have extremely healthy and reusable organs, people were asking if they were for sale and they were.”

Suddenly China was the place to go if you needed an organ. Only five hundred hospitals in the country had the ability to perform organ transplants, yet sixty thousand of them were being performed, illegally, every year.

The black market became huge and uncontrollable. The usual wait for an organ in the United States and the majority of the rest of the world can be anywhere from 1 to 7 years. In China, websites sprung up promising organs in 1 to 4 weeks.

“They were promising kidneys for $60,000 and hearts for $160,000,” said Matas. “It’s very difficult to control these underground labs because military doctors are performing the operations. Essentially the military is funding its programs by performing underground organ transplants.”

As the organ transplant epidemic rages on in China it’s important, that in the states, we do everything we can to get this troubling situation recognized.

“I’m shocked and appalled,” said Evan Mccune, a freshman philosophy major. “I had no idea any of this was going on; it makes me rethink buying anything from China in the future.”

Amnesty International was expecting a crowd of around six hundred, but because of the snow the room seemed almost empty. Those who were there seemed to appreciate the information and most had a previously invested interest in the matter.

“I’m taking a class about China this semester and I’m planning on going there in the summer,” said Lilly Justman, a senior international affairs major. ” China is the most prominent country in the news today, and it was important for me to learn more about what’s going on there.”

In the end, the underground organ transplant industry is a matter of supply and demand. It has reached a tipping point and people around the world need to recognize the heinous nature of the CCP in order to put a stop to the killing.

“The more horrible truths that can be revealed today, the more innocent people can be saved in China in the future,” Wang said.

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original report from The Campus Press

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Criticism on China’s Think Tank

Posted by Author on December 28, 2006


By Lin Ping, Radio Free Asia, Dec 25, 2006-

Beijing hosted China’s first “Forum on Think Tanks” and selected the “Top Ten Think Tanks of China.” However, articles published in Beijing’s newspapers criticized that China’s think tanks cannot march to the beat of a different drum, and the public has no freedom to voice their opinions in authorities’ decision-making.

Overseas Boxun.net wired an article published in Beijing’s Common Folks journal, which states that, in the framework of modern countries, official research organizations are the inner brains of the bureaucratic system, while unofficial research think tanks are the essential outer brains of the country’s development. As soon as the outer think tanks submit to act as the official inner brain’s”servant” or “announcer,” agrees to only singing praises and talking big without doing anything, it cannot serve its function as it should. In China, these so-called think tanks can rarely express anything contrary to the opinions of the authorities.

Hu Ping, editor-in-chief of the Chinese language politics journal, Beijing’s Spring , headquartered in New York, said:

“It is completely inaccurate to even call these organizations in China ‘Think Tanks.’ It is in fact not a think tank at all, just like the Chinese Communist Party is not a party at all in the normal sense. It calls itself the party-in-power, but since there is no incumbent party, what sense does it make to call itself the “party-in-power?” It is actually a despotic group, a completely different party concept than that in our normal sense.

Similarly, the think tank that we talk about is an organization that exists in a free and open world that raises all kinds of considerations and plans for the current society and government’s policy. In China, there isn’t such an independent organization at all. Therefore, in this sense, China doesn’t even have think tanks in the original sense.”

The Common Folks article suggests that these think tanks should experience the following things: see a doctor in the hospital, pay for some tuition in college, buy an apartment in a big city, live the countryside for a month, and work in a coal mine for a week.

The article holds that China has huge think tanks but they lack good development. Think tanks should embody the combined wisdom of the 1.3 billion Chinese people. Speaking of the elements that restrict think tanks’ development, Deng Xiaogang, professor of School of Sociology at Boston College said:

“In China, political power is extremely important. When you have the power, you have the funds, and then you have the projects; therefore these are all closely connected. From the angle of independence, I feel these scholars and think tank organizations have a certain degree of independence; however, I don’t think they have as much as to dare express an opinion different from that of the current policy or authorities.”

The top ten think tank selected during the first “Forum on China’s Think tanks” include, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, The State Council R&D Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Military Academy of Science, Chinese International Affairs Research Institute, Chinese Modern International Relations Research Institute, Chinese Pacific Ocean Economic Cooperation National Committee, China Association for Science and Technology, Chinese Academic Society of International Strategy, and Shanghai International Affairs Research Institute. Out of these selected, the Chinese State Council appoints the persons in charge of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and State Council R&D Center. Also, the Military Academy of Science is the highest school of the Chinese military. ( Translated from Chinese by the Epochtimes)

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Speech on Forum: A Closer Look into China

Posted by Author on December 10, 2006


by Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice President of the European Parliament, at New York Summit Forum “China’s Global Strategy and Inner Crisis,” organized by The Future China Forum , The SecretChina News, and co-organized by The Epoch Times, the Wei Jingsheng Foundation, Sound-of-Hope Radio Network, New Tang Dynasty TV, and The Beijing Spring Magazine, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on November 10.

Transcript of Mr. McMillan-Scott’s Speech on 11/10/06 NY Forum:

Thank you Sen, very much indeed, and thank you to the other introductory speakers. I was with Tony a few weeks ago in Australia, and I was delighted to meet John Nania yesterday in New York.

Perhaps I should explain my own position in relation to China and its future and religious freedom. I’m a Conservative member of the European Parliament, I was elected in 1984, and I set up in 1992 the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights, which is a program aimed originally at transforming the ex-Soviet bloc. And in 1996, I was appointed by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee as the Rapporteur, that’s to say, the coordinator of an opinion, on EU-China relations.

At that time, the EU and China sought to establish a full relationship, which was primarily concerned with trade, but also looked at human rights, and established a human rights dialogue. I visited China on a number of occasions, and wrote a very critical report of the state of human rights in China, and the complete absence of political freedom. I was concerned, at that time, about rights, in particular religious beliefs. And so, that’s the personal background.

Only one other remark: My previous contact with China was absolutely zero. My uncle was killed by the Chinese in Korea, and he has no known grave, and for six months his family knew nothing of his fate. But that is entirely typical of the absence of concern about individuals that characterizes the Communist regime in China, which has been in existence since I was born in August 1949.

A few months ago earlier this year, the nature of relationships between civilized countries and China suffered something of a shock. We had all been aware, those of us who deal in human rights and democracy and religious freedom, of the crackdown by the Chinese regime of the Falun Gong practice in China dated from the 10th of July, 1999, and the very brutal repression, which the practitioners had suffered. But a new dimension began in March of this year, when reports of organ harvesting began to emerge here in the United States and elsewhere in the world. And since I am currently preparing a review of the programs on democracy and human rights I set up in 1992, I was very pleased to take the opportunity of a visit to Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taiwan: a fact-finding visit in May that Sen has referred to, since it offered me an opportunity first-hand to look into these allegations.

I arrived in Beijing in May, and immediately went with a Falun Gong practitioner who had helped arrange a meeting to a hotel nearby. And in that hotel, in a bedroom, I met two former prisoners of the regime.

Niu Jingping is in his 50s, and he was there with his 2-and-a-half year old daughter from his second marriage. He told me that his wife—his second wife—was in prison in Beijing; that she was also a Falun Gong practitioner; and was being tortured for her beliefs in order to encourage her to renounce her practice. He said that she was black and blue over the whole of her body as a result of repeated beatings, that she had become deaf as a result of this torture, and that visiting days were often advised to him after the visiting day had taken place. He told me that her treatment was very typical of Falun Gong practitioners who are detained in China and suffering political reeducation. I asked him whether he had heard of reports of organ harvesting, and he said he had not.

I then spoke to Cao Dong, a young man in his 30s, a former tour guide in Beijing. And he too had been married, his wife had been in prison as well. And he had been in prison in northern China, and his marriage had then broken up. He too had suffered very harsh treatment in prison, and had been forced to make tourist goods for export. But what was significant about this young man, was when I asked him about organ harvesting.

I don’t think I need to tell you in this audience what organ harvesting is, but just for the clarification, it is a widespread practice in China to execute prisoners and then to sell their organs for transplant—livers, kidneys, lungs, and other organs. What is new is the systematic use of Falun Gong practitioners as a resource, the body parts for organs.

I asked Cao Dong whether he was aware of such reports, and he told me that he, while he was in prison, had a good friend, his buddy, who disappeared in one evening in the prison in northern China; he’d been there for four years. And the next time he saw his friend, it was his body—his cadaver—with holes where apparently body parts had been removed. Now that is a direct report, you can say evidence if you like, of the removal of body parts from a prisoner, who is also a Falun Gong practitioner.

I later discovered that it is only Falun Gong practitioners, who while imprisoned in China, always have blood tests, urine tests, and blood pressure tests. And these tests are not done for their own health; they are done for another purpose. And that purpose we believe to be the use of their body parts for profits.

I regret to say that after that meeting, everybody present, apart from myself and my assistant, were arrested. Steve, the American who had helped arrange the meeting, was deported. Niu Jingping, the elder man, was held for a week and questioned, and then released with his daughter. Cao Dong, the younger man, remains in prison to this day. He has apparently been charged with a criminal offense—in China—of disseminating Falun Gong material.

During the course of this four-day visit to Beijing, I had been advised that I should meet a very distinguished individual in China today, Mr. Gao Zhisheng. Gao Zhisheng is a Christian, who is a self-taught lawyer, and he has represented many cases of people who he believes are victims of human rights abuses in China. These include people with property problems, and people who’ve had religious pressure, including Falun Gong practitioners. As a matter of fact, he knew of Niu Jingping, because they had been in telephone contact. However, I was advised by the EU ambassadors that to meet Gao Zhisheng would be harmful to Gao Zhisheng. And so, I decided I’d better not, since by that time I already knew that everybody had been arrested whom I’d already met.

I left China and went to Hong Kong. When I was in Hong Kong, I addressed a Forum like this. And a friend of my family, who happened to be passing by, saw my name on the billboard, and came in and said, “I admire what you’re doing!” He’s a journalist with Hong Kong Radio, an Englishman. He said, “A few months ago, a friend of mine needed a new liver. And he called the hospital in Shenzhen, and the hospital in China said, ‘Come right over. We can find you a liver. It’ll probably take about a week.'” In the U.K., the average time to get a new liver would be anything from eight months onwards. In China today, it’s a matter of eight days.

Many of you may know the two Canadians, David Kilgour and David Matas: David Kilgour, a former Minister, Secretary of State for Asian Affairs, a lawyer, and a human rights specialist; and David Matas, a distinguished human rights attorney. They began to collect the available evidence of organ harvesting earlier this year. In early summer, they produced a report, which brought together all the available evidence of organ harvesting. They established 18 methods of proof. And I traveled to Australia and New Zealand recently with David Kilgour. We met a number of politicians. In Australia, we were fortunate enough in securing the commitments from both the opposition and the government of an international inquiry into organ harvesting. This I look forward to seeing on the table.

After I left Beijing, I organized a telephone call with Gao Zhisheng. And this took place the week after I returned to the U.K. We spoke for more than an hour and a half. Gao Zhisheng said how he had been treated by the regime: His law office had been closed, he was under house arrest since February, and he said, “Down below in my apartment block, there are a number of policemen drinking beer. When I go out, they kick me. They abuse me. They treat me like a dog, but I’m used to this. I can put up with it.” He said, “I want you to tell the world, that when people come to Beijing, they should do like you have done. They should meet former prisoners and people who have been oppressed by the regime. It is only if people outside China stand up for those within that we will begin to defeat this tyranny.”

Mr. Chairman, it’s an honor to share a platform with Wei Jingsheng, one of the greatest exponents of human rights and freedom in China, who I have met before on a number of occasions. I pay tribute to his massive political courage and personal courage. I knew he’d understand how distressed I was, when, on August 15 (as it happened, my birthday), Gao Zhisheng was arrested. He was taken away to an unknown place; we now believe he’s in Beijing somewhere. He was later charged on September 29 with subversion. That is the current state of play.

Now, I have made a number of representations, primarily within the EU, about the fate of Cao Dong and Gao Zhisheng. I have tried to raise the nature of their detentions as typical of the hundreds of thousands of people in China today who are imprisoned for their beliefs, whether political or religious, who are being tortured, and whose human rights are completely ignored.

I’m here in New York as part of a delegation of the European Parliament to meet with figures of the United Nations. It’s part of the routine series of visits every year, in the context of the General Assembly of the United Nations. I believe strongly in forceful representation. I don’t believe that diplomacy can work with a country like China, or indeed a country like Egypt—there are many around the world. I was in Cuba last week, where similar tyranny applies.

But sometimes you need to take advantage of the meetings you have. And this morning, I met Kofi Annan, the outgoing Secretary-General of the United Nations. I handed him the following letter. Now, I’m going to read it to you; it’s not very long:

*************************** Dear Mr. Annan,

I traveled, as rapporteur for the review of the EU’s Democracy and Human Rights Instrument, which I founded in 1992, to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan on 21–29 May 2006 on a fact-finding mission, in particular to investigate claims of organ harvesting.

On 21 May in Beijing I held a meeting with Mr. Cao Dong, a Falun Gong practitioner, who had been ‘administratively detained’ for his religious beliefs. He said he had seen his friend’s cadaver with holes where parts had apparently been removed. He had discharged his sentence and was guilty of no crime. Following this meeting, he was arrested.

I have recently learned that he is still being detained by the Chinese public authorities, has been transferred to Gansu province and is being held in the Public Security Bureau detention center charged with ‘producing Falun Gong material’ on September 29, 2006.

During my time in Beijing, I sought a meeting with the distinguished human rights attorney Mr. Gao Zhisheng, but was advised against this by several embassies on the grounds of his safety. Over the past years Gao Zhisheng has developed an international reputation for his courageous stand on religious freedom: he has represented Falun Gong practitioners, members of underground churches, and victims of forced evictions.

On 4 June, I spoke to him at some length on the telephone. On August 15, he was arrested, has been charged with ‘subversion’ by the regime and is being held in Beijing.

I would like to request your personal intervention with the Chinese authorities to call for the release of both of these men.

Yours Sincerely,

Edward McMillan-Scott ***************************

Now I hope, Mr. Chairman, that Mr. Annan and I, in our discussion, had raised the question of human rights in China, and described China as a “difficult country.” That is the terminology in the European Union, that we define countries like Cuba, or China, or Burma. But it was a different terminology in the United Nations. For understandable reasons, China is a key player within the United Nations; it is known as a “complex environment.” And that phrase disguises the most massive and longstanding infringement of personal human rights in modern times—since 1949, the oppressive, brutal, arbitrary, and paranoid regime, which currently runs the largest country on Earth. (… read more)

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Speech At International Forum: China Under Cover (cont’d)

Posted by Author on November 24, 2006


The Epoch Times, Nov 17, 2006-

Below are excerpts from a speech given by the editor-in-chief of the Chinese-language Epoch Times Ms. Guo Jun (photo) at the “China’s Global Strategy and Internal Crisis” forum held on November 10 in New York City (cont’d):

At the End of Each Dynasty in Chinese History, the Alliance of Politicians, Business Owners and Scholars Was the Most Firm

Many Chinese scholars think that despite other problems in China, the country will remain stable, because it has a strong base of politicians, business owners and scholars. But if you look back over China’s long history, you will find that such an alliance has existed countless times and is in fact no assurance of stability.

On the contrary, we have seen that the opposite is true: at the end and fall of each dynasty, the alliance of these forces was at its strongest. The close relationship between the officials, businessmen and scholars actually indicates a great crisis in Chinese society.

China’s Internal Crisis Released Through External Conflicts

At present, the thing that is worth getting international attention is that China’s internal crisis and pressure is very possibly to be released through external conflicts. Examples like this in the history of China are too many to enumerate; it has also happened during the history of the CCP. The bankruptcy of the CCP’s ideology has brought problems to its power. Nationalism has become the substitute for the CCP’s ideology and China’s nationalism has become very popular in recent years.

Nationalism needs enemies. At present, Taiwan and Japan are China’s nationalism’s specific enemies. However, the CCP is intentionally portraying the U.S. to become an abstract enemy in the ideological sphere of China’s new nationalism. In addition, it is impossible to develop Chinese economy at the current kind of high speed over long terms. When economic growth meets obstructions, the “fighting philosophy” used by the CCP for dozens of years will easily take control.

The CCP Controls North Korea’s “Nuclear Blackmail” against the U.S. and Japan

As a matter of fact, the CCP has already begun diverting internal crisis to the international society. Recently the whole world was taken by surprise about the CCP’s surreptitious behavior on issues regarding Japan, Taiwan and North Korea.

The CCP’s foreign affairs policy towards Japan has all of sudden made a huge change. They not only invited the new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo at a very high level, but also made huge concession on issues regarding Yasukuni Jinjia and other subjects they have always been hard-hitting on. At the same time, the CCP can’t wait to muddle in Taiwan’s internal affairs, in order to provoke war in the Taiwan Strait at any time and thereby diverting its internal crisis. In order to weaken the military influence from the U.S. on the issue of Taiwan, the CCP tries to make Japan distance itself from the U.S. on the Taiwan issue in order to protect itself. In addition, the CCP and North Korea are directing “nuclear blackmail” which is pointing at the U.S. and Japan.

Illusory China in the Electronic World

While the CCP is trying to release its internal crisis through external conflicts, it is also working on infiltrating overseas media. The CCP is covering up its internal crisis through media infiltration; it is also creating issues and making up lies to divert attention.

In Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and other places, the situation of the CCP’s infiltration of the media and the local media’s self-discipline to follow CCP directions has become very serious. Media in other democratic countries have also been infiltrated more or less. With the depression of the media industry, almost all owners of media have investments in China. The CCP controls those consortiums that control the media using the huge markets in China and lets the world see a virtual China, a virtual China in an electronic world.

Mainland China’s covered-up crisis is a very unfortunate thing for the international community. It is the media’s responsibility to let the whole world know of the CCP’s real situation and crisis.

‘The Nine Commentaries’ and Quitting from the CCP Are Closely Related to Everyone’s Future

In recent years, because of China’s economical growth, the whole world cares more about China’s future and what kind of influence China will bring to the world. As a country that has played an important role in human history for thousands of years, nobody doubts China’s importance in this world and the huge influence of its presence on the world.

We need to think seriously about what kind of influence China will have on the world, what kind of role it will play. I think that The Nine Commentaries and quitting the CCP is a peaceful transformation of Chinese society; it is a feasible way for Chinese people to rebuild their spirit and morality. It is closely connected to the Chinese people, as well as all people in the world. (end)

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Speech At Forum: China Under Cover

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The Epoch Times, Nov 17, 2006- Ms. Guo Jun, spoke at the international forum

Below are excerpts from a speech given by the editor-in-chief of the Chinese-language Epoch Times Ms. Guo Jun (photo) at the “China’s Global Strategy and Internal Crisis” forum held on November 10 in New York City:

During last year’s Congress, the big question about China was whether it is on the rise or on the brink of collapse. This year, human rights groups and financial institutions are asking whether China brings benefits or problems for the international community. In an age when information is readily available, why is there such a disagreement on China’s status? It is rare for the global community to have such contradictory views of a country.

Recent events have brought us clues as to why this is

In August, East China Airline pilot Yuan Sheng encouraged someone to withdraw from the communist party while waiting to board a flight in Shanghai. This person, in turn, called police to arrest him. Yuan Sheng luckily escaped, because the flight crew and passengers protested against any delay. Yuan flew to Los Angeles as planned, but he decided not to make the return flight. Instead, he applied for asylum in the U.S.

Yuan Sheng was quoted in an earlier interview saying, “Nowadays, the Chinese communist regime is more frightened of Chinese people withdrawing from the CCP than anything else. It’s almost to the point where you can talk about Falun Gong, but you can’t talk about withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”

In October, the former General Secretary of the Association of Scientists and Technology Experts in Shanxi Province defected to Taiwan. He confirmed that inside Mainland China, people from all areas are withdrawing from the CCP. He says that CCP members talk about withdrawing in private and some have secretly saved the withdrawal number they obtained from the Epoch Times website after withdrawing under an alias.

This April, I and another Epoch Times staff member were invited to CNN headquarters for an interview. In the elevator, on our way to the broadcast room, we were told, “We do not screen news, but please do not discuss organ harvesting [The CCP’s practice of harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners for transplants].”

What the International Community Doesn’t Know

The CCP has mobilized huge financial resources to force international media, government hired writers and even some governments to cover up the wave of withdrawals from the Party. But the wave of withdrawals is no secret to the Chinese. Phrases like “Withdraw from the CCP to stay safe” have appeared on Chinese yuan bills throughout China. The authorities have tried to force such bills out of circulation, saying that people must not continue to use them once they are discovered, but this effort has been largely ineffective. People, including foreigners, have already begun collecting the marked-up currency.

It is common knowledge that a wave of withdrawals swept through the Soviet Union right before it fell apart. At that time, the world was in the midst of a cold war and the Western media didn’t filter their reports on the withdrawals. The world was then very much aware that the withdrawals would bring about a tremendous change for the future of the country and world. So naturally, the international community focused on this event.

But today news of withdrawals from the CCP and the disintegration of the Party is being blocked. It is because not everyone is clear on what is going on in China—people are drawing contradictory conclusions about the country’s future.

The Second Anniversary of the Publication of the ‘Nine Commentaries’

Next, I’d like to talk about the CCP’s internal crisis.

Two years ago, The Epoch Times published a series of articles on the Communist Party, called The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party ( Nine Commentaries ). As a result, a movement of withdrawing from the CCP started in China. Many Chinese have declared their withdrawals from Chinese communist organizations, such as the Communist Party and the Communist Youth League. To date more than 15 million people have published their statements of withdrawal at www.epochtimes.com. Some people have questioned the accuracy of this number. Of course we can’t guarantee that the number is completely error free, but I think what is more important than an exact number is what this number points to: an overwhelming amount of people who are willing to stand up and denounce the party.

The communist movement of the 20th century was a huge disaster for humankind. The total number of deaths caused by the Communist Party in China alone, were more than the combined number of deaths during the two World Wars. And the damage the Party caused to China’s cultural heritage and to the human spirit of the Chinese people outweighs both of those wars. Communist regimes are inhumane and immoral.

With the extent to which the Communist Party has devastated humanity, what would happen if China really did become powerful enough to dominate the world?

A country can’t become powerful without a tolerant heart. If the Chinese people can’t tolerate different cultures and opinions, then they will be unable to handle conflicts that might come up. So unless they have this tolerance, they won’t be able to emerge as a superpower. So I don’t think we need to talk about any “abrupt rise of China.”

The current withdrawals from the Communist Party are not about politics or someone gaining political power. They are a reflection of the Chinese people looking critically at their situation and the path that their country has walked over the past 100 years. It’s an act of introspection focused on their lives and on today’s deformed Party culture. ( to be cont’d…)

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