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Persecution in China Continues 12 Years After 10,000-Strong Appeal

Posted by Author on April 26, 2011


In Europe, Asia and the United States over the weekend, Falun Gong practitioners marked the 12th anniversary of the largest peaceful demonstration in China in 20 years. That demonstration, on April 25, 1999, was followed three months later by a violent crackdown—when the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to arrest and torture Falun Gong practitioners.

On Saturday, practitioners like Xu Yan in Brussels used the anniversary to call for an end to the ongoing persecution. Read the rest of this entry »

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(photos) Congressmen, rights activists and NGOs Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China (3)

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010


By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, July 23, 2010 –

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Obama administration not doing enough

Falun Gong practitioners from around the world, U.S. Congress members, NGOs, and others speak out against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of practitioners on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22. (Mark Zou/The Epoch Times)

Smith (Rep. Chris Smith) cited the numbers of Falun Gong killed and asked why the United Nations and the United States remains silent of this “holocaust”? He said that the use of torture against Falun Gong practitioners is perhaps the worst anywhere in china.

“We call on the Obama administration to do more to raise its voice very clearly on behalf of Falun Gong.”

Smith noted that China is on the State Department’s list of a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for its human rights violations. He asked rhetorically, why aren’t the sanctions imposed on China, as is proscribed by the law?

“Even though Congress has spoken out nearly unanimously against [the persecution of Falun Gong], the Obama Administration, as previous administrations, has failed to press the government of China seriously enough to motivate theme to change their policy of attempting to destroy Falun Gong,” said Efferman.

Rep. Ros-Lehtenin repeated her wish that is contained in the House Resolution 605, which she authored. “I call upon President Obama and leaders of other free, democratic nations, to meet with Falun Gong practitioners whenever and wherever possible to emphasize our unequivocal support for freedom of conscience as a fundamental principle of the United States Government and any democracy.”

Reps. Edolphus ‘Ed’ Towns (D-NY) and Eliot Engle (D-NY) sent statements which were read at the rally. (END)

– The epochtimes: Congressmen Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

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(photos) Congressmen, rights activists and NGOs Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China (2)

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010


By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, July 23, 2010 –

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Solidarity with Falun Gong

Congressman Gus Bilrakis (R-Fla.) speaks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22 where around 500 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world gathered in peaceful protest against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

Nearly all the speakers were not Falun Gong practitioners, but they expressed solidarity with the peaceful practice and appreciation for what Falun Gong has done to expand freedom for others.

“You have not surrendered to the tyranny, but have fought against it with the power of your hearts and minds. Through your television broadcasts, newspapers, and internet websites you have spread the word and provided access to the truth for those who live under the communist party’s lies and oppression,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL.).

He continued: “Please know that as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have worked hard to make sure your voice gets heard. … Your numbers cannot be denied and your collective voice cannot be stopped, especially not here in the United States, by Chinese communist thugs. I stand with you and share your principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.

Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) observed the first clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is about freedom of religion, which he said every person deserves, and expressed his solidarity with the protesters. The Congressman said, “We need to have change in the way we do business in the Peoples Republic of China.”

“I feel a very strong sense of solidarity with you, and so do all the members throughout the world. I believe you people today are the true martyrs in this age, as you continue to persevere through one of the worst persecutions of the 21 century,” said Dan Fefferman, Executive Director, Coalition for Religious Freedom. “We know the ideology of Marxist/Leninism is a materialistic ideology, an evil ideology, an ideology that does not believe in freedom, especially not spiritual freedom, freedom of speech and religion. You stand as a testimony to the strength of human spirit that will never be dominated by this communist ideology.”

Appreciation was also expressed by many for the work that some Falun Gong practitioners have done to defeat China’s Firewall. Clothilde Le Coz, Washington Director of Reporters Without Borders, said, “The Falun Gong’s struggle has given a gift worldwide: circumvention software for internet users. Tired of being censored and harassed, the Falun Gong petitioners created one famous tool that is used all around the world. Thank you.”

Perhaps no one could surpass an expression of solidarity with Falun Gong’s persecution than Presbyterian minister Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition. He and his family were arrested for peacefully praying in front of the White House a few years ago to call attention to the lack of U.S. Government effort to pressure the Chinese to end the persecution. Rev. Mahoney waved his passport before the practitioners and said it shows that he was expelled from the Peoples’ Republic of China. He had been arrested and deported for demanding on Tiananmen Square for Chinese people to be able to freely practice their faith.

“This passport is a badge of honor I wear proudly,” said Rev. Mahoney……. (to be cont’d)

– The epochtimes: Congressmen Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

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(photos) Congressmen, rights activists and NGOs Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010


By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, July 23, 2010 –

SPEAK OUT: Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) speaks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22 where around 500 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world gathered in peaceful protest against the Chinese Communist Party's persecution. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON— On the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at high noon on Thursday, about 500 Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners from around the world gathered in protest of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of the meditation practice for the past 11 years.

Members of Congress, human rights activists, and Christian organizations joined offering their support for a new dawn of religious freedom in China.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) both spoke of the extreme brutality the Chinese regime inflicts on Falun Gong practitioners.

“That is absolutely despicable,” shouted Rep. Smith. “[Those who] cherish freedom must speak out against the brutality and hate that everyday manifests by the dictatorship of Beijing.”

Rep. Ros-Lehtenin said that the “Chinese communist regime’s obsessive and relentless hunting down of practitioners of Falun Gong” is “one of the most flagrant examples of systematic persecution in the 21st Century.”

Ros-Lehtenin was the author of H.R. 605 which called upon the Chinese regime to cease its campaign against Falun Gong practitioners and abolish the 6-10 office, which is given the mandate to “eradicate” Falun Gong. The resolution also called for the release of Falun Gong practitioners from prisons and reeducation through labor camps. It passed in March, overwhelmingly, 421 to 1.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtenin said nothing had changed in the last four

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) speaks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 22 where around 500 Falun Gong practitioners from around the world gathered in peaceful protest against the Chinese Communist Party's (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

months since her resolution passed. “The persecution of Falun Gong is barbaric, bloody, and brutal, and it must come to an end at once!”

If anything the trend has been that the persecution is getting worse, observed Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.), in a statement read at the rally. “Over the last 11 years of the ban against practicing Falun Gong in China, we have seen persecution against Falun Gong intensify, including an increase in censorship of websites, television stations, and other forms of media sympathetic to Falun Gong.”

Two of the speakers were survivors of China’s Re-education Through Labor camps. Charles Lee spent three years in a labor camp. Jennifer Zeng from Sydney, Australia, said she was present in July 1999 when the first Falun Gong practitioners were rounded up. She was eventually sent to a labor camp where she said she was “beaten, shocked by electric batons to every part of the body,” and deprived of sleep for days.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, said that often female Falun Gong practitioners undergo forced abortions while being detained. She said that forced abortion and forced sterilizations were state policy in China and really forms of torture, which may explain the unusually large rate of female suicides in China and why China is the only country in the world where the female suicide rate is higher than the male suicide rate…….(to be cont’d)

– The epochtimes: Congressmen Call for End to 11-Year Persecution of Falun Gong

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(Photos) NGOs support Falun Gong at Washington D.C Rally

Posted by Author on July 18, 2009


Photos by The Epochtimes, for Rally to end the persecution of Falun Gong, at Washington DC’s National Mall, July 16, 2009. Published on July 17, 2009-

Dr. Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn of Freedom House speaking at the rally

Dr. Sue Gunawardena-Vaughn of Freedom House speaking at the rally

Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, speaking at the rally

Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America, speaking at the rally

Faith McDonad, Director of Religious Liberty Programs/Institute on Religion and Democracy, speaking at the rally

Faith McDonad, Director of Religious Liberty Programs/Institute on Religion and Democracy, speaking at the rally

Patricia Burkhardt of Church Women United, speaking at the rally

Patricia Burkhardt of Church Women United, speaking at the rally

Michael Horowitz of Hudson Institute, speaking at the rally

Michael Horowitz of Hudson Institute, speaking at the rally

Ms. Erin Weston of Jubilee Campaign USA, speaking at the rally

Ms. Erin Weston of Jubilee Campaign USA, speaking at the rally

Rev. Clark Lobenstine, Executive Director of The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, speaking at the rally

Rev. Clark Lobenstine, Executive Director of The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, speaking at the rally

Patrick Mohoney, director of Christian Defense Coalition, speaking at the rally

Patrick Mohoney, director of Christian Defense Coalition, speaking at the rally

Suzanne Scholte, President of Defense Forum Foundation, speaking at the rally

Suzanne Scholte, President of Defense Forum Foundation, speaking at the rally

Jim Geheran, Director of Initiatives for China, speaking at the rally

Jim Geheran, Director of Initiatives for China, speaking at the rally

Genghe, wife of detained prominent Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, speaking at the rally

Genghe, wife of detained prominent Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, speaking at the rally

Tang Boqiao, Chairman of China Peace, speaking at the rally

Tang Boqiao, Chairman of China Peace, speaking at the rally

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(photos) US Congress members support Falun Gong at Washington D.C. Rally

Posted by Author on July 18, 2009


Photos by The Epochtimes, July 17, 2009-

Rally to end the persecution  of Falun Gong, Washington D.C, July 16, 2009 (By the Epochtimes)

Rally to end the persecution of Falun Gong, Washington D.C, July 16, 2009 (By the Epochtimes)

Congress woman Ms. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congress woman Ms. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Christopher Smith speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Christopher Smith speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Dana Rohrabacher speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Dana Rohrabacher speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Roscoe Bartlett speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Roscoe Bartlett speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congress woman Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congress woman Ms. Sheila Jackson Lee speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. William Clay speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. William Clay speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Gus Bilirakis speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Gus Bilirakis speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Anh Joseph Cao speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

Congressman Mr. Anh Joseph Cao speaking at the rally (by the Epochtimes)

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Falun Gong rallies in US on 10-year anniversary of crackdown

Posted by Author on July 17, 2009


AFP, July 16, 2009-

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of supporters of the Falun Gong spiritual movement have rallied in Washington ahead of the 10th anniversary of its ban by China, with a special push to free a prominent rights lawyer.

China banned Falun Gong, whose Buddhist-inspired teachings focus on exercises, on July 20, 1999. Beijing has since branded Falun Gong an “evil cult” and sometimes brutally suppressed its practitioners.

Hundreds of Falun Gong members wearing yellow shirts converged outside of the US Capitol, holding banners demanding that China “end the persecution” and handing out fliers to passers-by.

“One must wonder exactly why Falun Gong, a serene movement based upon traditional Chinese breathing exercises and meditation, has drawn such a frenzied response,” Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told the rally.

“The answer, my friends, is all too simple,” the Republican said. “Falun Gong stands for the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. These principles represent the very antithesis of what the Communist Party of China stands for — lies, brutality and intolerance.”

Dana Rohrabacher, another outspoken critic of Beijing in the US Congress, pledged that “we will not forget the persecution and the prosecution of the Falun Gong.

“You have remained courageous. You have gained the attention of good people throughout the world. That is what will change the world — not violence, but open hands and open hearts,” he said.

Falun Gong supporters pleaded for the release of Gao Zhisheng, a lawyer who has been tipped for the Nobel Peace Prize who defended the spiritual movement, underground Christians and other unpopular groups.

Chinese authorities took him away on February 4 and he has not been heard from since, colleagues say.

His wife Geng He, who defected with their children to the United States in March, told the rally that Gao felt obliged to fight persecution that has gone “beyond anyone’s imagination.”

“Gao has said that to end this nation’s sufferings, we need people with high morals. Falun Gong practitioners have done so, and we must also do our part,” she said.

ChinaAid, a Christian rights group, said it delivered petitions with 100,000 signatures seeking Gao’s release to the Chinese embassy in Washington and the US State Department.

AFP

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Rally July 19: Crackdowns in China prompt rally in Washington DC

Posted by Author on July 15, 2009


Rally anouncement, The China Support Network (CSN)-

CSN invites the public for July 19 (2009) rally, 3-6pm
Marking the tenth anniversary of Falun Gong persecution in China

“I think that one year of genocide is too much. So why are we talking about ten?” This rhetorical question sets up the speech we anticipate to be delivered by John Kusumi, founder of the China Support Network (CSN), at a Washington DC rally upcoming on Sunday, July 19 2009. Rock band Light Club, known for its songs that present Chinese human rights issues in the form of American rock music, will also appear and debut a new sonic experience to boost Chinese human rights. Live streaming video of the event will be viewable in China (to those who can get around the Great Firewall of regime-sponsored internet blockage.)

These are weighty times in the China issue. On July 5, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party-led government) commenced a new crackdown with a massacre of Uyghur residents in the city of Urumqi in the west of China. News reports have likened that crackdown to the one which occurred in Tibet last year. China’s President Hu Jintao quickly abandoned the G8 summit and left Italy to return to China.

“He had to hurry home to commit genocide and crimes against humanity,” offered CSN’s John Kusumi as his interpretation of the move. Kusumi has also published an article, “What recently happened with Uyghurs?” that offers more nuanced analysis and is currently making its way around the internet.

Kusumi offered some more perspective by saying, “The China Support Network began in order to denounce one crackdown, the Tiananmen Square crackdown [of 1989]. Now look at what is on our plate today: Tiananmen crackdown [1989], Falun Gong crackdown [1999-present], Tibetan crackdown [of 2008], and Uyghur crackdown [of 2009]. The CCP can’t finish having one problem before it commences to add new ones into the record of history.”

In terms of death toll, the Falun Gong crackdown is the biggest and deadliest, followed by the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, the 2009 Uyghur crackdown, and the 2008 Tibetan crackdown in that order. Hence, it is fitting that the rally which is planned for Sunday on the National Mall (between 3rd and 4th Streets, in Washington DC) is in observance of the tenth anniversary of the still-ongoing Falun Gong crackdown. “The Communists are stubborn, and don’t change their ways,” observed Kusumi.

The rally is sponsored by Friends of Falun Gong, with the China Support Network and Light Club as co-sponsors. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are likely to be in attendance. Additional music and speeches will come from other quarters as well. The China Support Network and Light Club are mainstream in the Chinese pro-democracy movement, and their starting point was response to the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. They have strongly supported the Falun Gong, and so the program will now blend these angles into a more general angle that is pro-freedom and in line with the international human rights community.

Light Club is an American rock act started by CSN man Tim Britt. Britt is the band leader, songwriter, guitarist, and at the University of Hartford, Britt is a professor of audio technology. Previous rallies have heard performances of “Remember Tiananmen Square,” “Freedom First, Olympics Second,” and “Bye Bye CCP.” Could there be something new this year? Yes. According to Kusumi, “It’s safe to spill the beans. This will be the premier live performance of ‘Chinese Democracy Defiled.’ It nicely rounds out an excellent quartet of songs for this cause. The existence of the song is not a secret; it’s already on MySpace. What will be new is to hear it live with a large audience.”

For those who want to preview the new song, ‘Chinese Democracy Defiled,’ it is at www.myspace.com/lightclubmusic.

– by The China Support Network

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China, national security and a tale of two cities

Posted by Author on November 28, 2008


By Tom Mitchell in Hong Kong and Justine Lau in Macao, The Financial Times, November 26 2008 –

Macao and Hong Kong, China’s two special administrative regions, speak the same dialect, watch the same television programmes and are just an hour away from each other by ferry. But when it comes to politics, the two cities are a world apart.

Five years ago a debate over national security legislation mandated by article 23 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, rocked the territory’s political establishment. On Sunday in Macao, fewer than 100 people attended a rally against a similar law.

“It is always stressful to oppose the government in Macao because it is such a small place,” said Au Kam-san, a Macao legislator. “If your boss sees you march and doesn’t like it, you may lose your job.”

“I am not joining,” Ms Chan, a housewife, said as she walked past the demonstration. “I don’t really know anything about politics. I am happy as long as my husband and my two children have jobs and pay rises.”

In Hong Kong five years ago, opposition to article 23 legislation, a severe economic slump and the unpopularity of Hong Kong’s first Chinese chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, inspired more than 500,000 people to take to the streets in protest. It was the beginning of a period of political turmoil that forced the Hong Kong government to scrap the proposed national security measures and led to the resignations of Hong Kong’s security and finance chiefs. Mr Tung also stepped down two years later.

A stew of econ-omic and political grievance is bubbling up in Macao, however, posing a challenge to the government and its chief executive, Edmund Ho. Strains arising from rampant growth of the former Portuguese enclave’s gambling industry, the world’s largest, were already eroding popular support for Mr Ho before the economy began to turn.This month Las Vegas Sands made 11,000 people redundant after the casino operator suspended work on two construction sites.

That said, the situation remains much less explosive in Macao than it did in Hong Kong, in part because China looms a lot larger in tiny Macao.

China’s sovereign power laps at Macao’s own shores. Unlike Hong Kong, Macao does not have territorial waters and reclamation projects require special approval from Beijing. With a population of 550,000 and land area of just 29.2 sq km, the territory is so small that residents have a diminutive nickname for it: “Macao Street”. Hong Kong, by contrast, has a population of 7m spread across more than 1,100 sq km.

Hong Kong inherited a much more robust legal system and civil society from its former British colonial rulers than Macao did from Portugal, which never reasserted its authority after riots in December 1966 inspired by the Cultural Revolution. A full-scale invasion of Macao by Maoist red guards was averted only after the People’s Liberation Army mobilised to protect the then Portuguese enclave. Adding insult to injury, Macao’s colonial rulers were also forced to negotiate a humiliating truce with a pro-Beijing cabal of local labour leaders and businessmen known as the “committee of thirteen”.

Ronnie Tong, a barrister and Hong Kong legislator, got a taste of the claustrophobia on Macao Street when he travelled there on Saturday at the invitation of activists and students opposed to Mr Ho’s proposed national security laws. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canadian groups, politicians protests over China’s human rights record prior to Games

Posted by Author on August 8, 2008


The Canadian Press, Canada, Aug. 7, 2008-

OTTAWA — Protesters in the capital used the eve of the official start to the Beijing Olympics to launch more protests against China’s human-rights record Thursday.

About 100 demonstrators from several groups, along with a number of politicians, fanned out across the street from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, waving flags and hoisting placards.

It was the second time in as many days that protesters voiced concerns about human rights in China, along with a wide range of other issues, including Chinese rule over Tibet, the communist country’s stand on Taiwan, and China’s involvement in Darfur.

Unlike Wednesday’s demonstrations, in which free-Tibet campaigners chained themselves to the embassy’s gates, Thursday’s activities were subdued. They consisted mainly of a lineup of speakers ranging from human-rights activists to groups fighting persecution of the Falun Gong movement.

“The Chinese communist regime cannot use (the) Olympics to persecute its own people,” said Grace Wollensak, spokeswoman for the Ottawa chapter of Falun Gong.

“In the context of preparing the so-called successful Games, they have rounded up over 8,000 Falun Gong practitioners nation-wide in just six months,” she claimed.

A handful of Ottawa city police and Mounties stood watch in front of the mostly barricaded crowd, and from across the four-lane roadway in front of the embassy compound.

Opposition members of Parliament earlier in the day spoke out against human-rights abuses in China, less than 24 hours before the official opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics were to take place in Beijing.

On the eve of the Games, the world is seeing continuing human-rights violations by China, said Liberal MP Irwin Cotler.

“What we are witnessing today . . . is a persistent and pervasive assault on human rights in China,” Cotler told a news conference.

“A betrayal of the Olympic Charter, the Olympic Games and China’s pledge to respect both.”

Former Liberal David Kilgour accused China of killing Falon Gong practitioners, arguing that Beijing should never have been allowed to host the Games.

“Since 2001, the government of China and its agencies have killed thousands of Falun Gong practitioners without any form of prior trial,” he said.

“How a country like that could be awarded the Olympic Games is beyond my comprehension.”

Officials at the Chinese embassy could not be reached for comment Thursday.

– The Canadian Press: Canadian protests over China’s human-rights record continue prior to Games

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San Francisco Welcomes Human Rights Torch Relay For China

Posted by Author on April 8, 2008


By Ivan Velinov, Epoch Times San Francisco Staff, Apr 07, 2008-

Olympian John Carlos (holding torch) is famous for making the 'black power' salute while standing on the medal podium at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (Ivailo Anguelov/The Epoch Times)

SAN FRANCISCO—The Global Human Rights Torch, designed to shed light on the human rights injustices in China, was greeted by hundreds of people as it was passing through San Francisco four days ahead of the official Beijing Olympic torch relay.

San Francisco is the only appearance of the Beijing Olympic torch in North America, but China’s poor human rights record sparked escalating protests and controversy at almost every stop of the torch relay en route to Beijing.

Saturday’s protest in San Francisco’s Union Square drew a significant crowd including local politician Supervisor Chris Daly, 1968 Mexico City Olympians John Carlos (bronze medal. See photo above/the Epochtimes) and Lynn Vidali Gautschi (silver medal), renowned Canadian human rights

lawyer David Matas, and representatives of Tibet, Burma, Darfur, Falun Gong, Catholicism, and other concerned groups.

During the event— which featured a live concert, a six-kilometer run, a rally, and a panel discussion—human rights activists urged the world to stage protests of the Beijing Olympics in order to put pressure on China’s officials. China had promised to improve human rights to obtain the honor of hosting the 2008 games. However, in the name of “preparation” for the Olympics, the Chinese government continues to brutally suppress its own people, as well as the people of Tibet, and is aiding the killing in Darfur and Burma, protesters said.

(photo right: Former Chinese National Basketball player Kai Chen carries the Human Rights Torch into San Francisco’s Union Square. / Ivailo Anguelov, The Epoch Times)

“The Human Rights Torch Relay embodies San Francisco values, values of human rights, values of individual liberty, and the responsibility that injustice is exposed,” said Supervisor Daly at the rally.

“Knowing about human rights abuses the Chinese government is notorious about around the world, the people of San Francisco will respond to the Olympic torch with alarm and with protest.”

The Global Human Rights Torch Relay— which is a worldwide campaign running through 150 major cities in 37 countries, across 6 continents— attracted San Francisco tourists, shoppers, and protesters who

Tibetan supporters hope to bring an end to the crackdown on their people. (Ivailo Anguelov/The Epoch Times)

held signs and banners with slogans of: “The Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot coexist in China,” “Free Tibet,” and “Darfur–Bloody Olympics.”

The international event is initiated by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong. Falun Gong is a spiritual practice based on meditation and exercise, banned in China in 1999, whose practitioners have been persecuted and tortured in China.

On Tuesday, a Tibetan Freedom Torch will also pass through San Francisco on its way to Los Angeles to protest the Chinese government’s treatment of Tibetans and the exile of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Movie star Richard Gere and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are expected to address a candlelight vigil for Tibet outside City Hall in the evening.

(Photo above: Tibetan supporters hope to bring an end to the crackdown on their people. (Ivailo Anguelov/The Epoch Times)

…..( more details from The Epochtimes)

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U.S. : Torch Relay for Human Rights in China Kick Off in San Jose

Posted by Author on March 29, 2008


Press release, HRTR website– 

Event: Human Rights Torch Relay for China comes to USA and will kick off in San Jose,Human Rights Torch Run Map, San Jose California

DATE: Sat. March 29, 2008

Event Details:

– Rally: 12 noon, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

– Torch run,  through downtown San Jose.

Sign up as a supporter:
http://www.HumanRightsTorchUSA.org/Petition.html

Contact a local HRTR representative:

Maria Daly (650) 504-3046
Steve Ispas (408) 489-5752

Email: SF@HumanRightsTorchUSA.org

Original report from HRTR

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Human Rights Torch Relay to Enter China in March, 2008

Posted by Author on March 27, 2008


News Release, CIPFG, March 20th, 2008-HRTR logo

The Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR)— a global grassroots campaign raising awareness of China’s human rights violations before the 2008 Olympics— will enter China at the end of March, said a spokesperson for the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), a non-profit organization that initiated the relay.

Globally, the HRTR’s participants have included organizations representing Tibet, Darfur, Burma, Falun Gong, reporters, lawyers and rights activists, as well as athletes, elected officials, religious groups and students.

The HRTR will reach throughout the mainland via flyers, e-mails and text messages, clothing, and yellow ribbons. CIPFG advises torch relay participants in China to use the logo flexibly, to spread its message safely and effectively.

The relay will travel simultaneously in China and throughout the United States and Canada, eventually visiting over 110 cites, more than 40 of which are in the U.S. alone.

On March 14, the organization first revealed its logo for the HRTR in China and explained its symbolic meaning. According to CIPFG, the logo describes the shape of China in barbed wire, representing the country as a nationwide prison under the control of the CCP. The dove and torch symbolize peace and the light of freedom. The arc of characters above the map translates in English as “Human Rights Torch Transferring Globally.” The characters below form the phrase, “Same World, Same Human Rights”—an allusion to China’s “one world” slogan.

CIPFG offers the campaign as a platform for human rights activists and all people in China who has been victimized by the Chinese regime’s suppression and corruption and invite all to participate. More information is available at http://www.CIPFG.org.

Original report from HRTR website

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Human Rights Torch Arrives in Africa

Posted by Author on February 8, 2008


By Zoe Ackah, Epoch Times Staff, Feb 07, 2008- Members of the Kumasi Metropolitian Assembly Hon. Thomas Sakyi (left), Thomas Mullen (centre), and member of Ghana's Society for the Aged Ebenezer Wilson hold the Human Rights Torch, February 5, 2008 at the Kumasi Centre for National Culture. (Zoe Ackah/The Epoch Times)

KUMASI, Ghana— The Human Rights Torch Relay touched down in Kumasi, Ghana last Tuesday.

Ghana is having a stellar year, celebrating it’s 50th anniversary of independence in 2007, currently heading the African Union, as well as hosting the African Cup of Nation’s which will wrap up February 10.

(photo: Members of the Kumasi Metropolitian Assembly Hon. Thomas Sakyi (left), Thomas Mullen (centre), and member of Ghana’s Society for the Aged Ebenezer Wilson hold the Human Rights Torch, February 5, 2008 at the Kumasi Centre for National Culture. /Zoe Ackah, The Epoch Times)

The Human Rights Torch Relay took place amidst the Cup of Nations festivities, hosted in part by the Kumasi Sports Village, a venue set up as part of the celebrations surrounding the CAN.

The message of the torch relay was broadcast loud and clear: “Se fahodie nni Beiging a Olimpic akansie ho nhia : The Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot coexist in China.”

The HRTR’s Ghana welcome was an all day event, beginning with a march through Adum that ended at the Kumasi’s Centre for National Culture. The march was attended by the King Faisal Football Club, who acted as the Ghanaian athletic torch ambassadors. The Centre for Youth Empowerment and the Christ Power Ministry members held banners and handed out flyers along the parade route.

The torch was received at the Centre for National Culture by Kumasi Metropolitian Assemblymen Hon. Thomas Sakyi and Hon. Thomas Mullen.

When asked about his experience lighting the torch as the representative for Kumasi, Hon. Thomas Sakyi commented, “I was very, very delighted. It was very significant in my lifetime and it will be history in my lifetime. It will be a pleasure for our community to know that an assemblyman from our area has lighted the torch. It will be in the history book, Genesis upon Genesis. That message there must reach the whole world.”

The keynote speech was given by Director of Amnesty International, Ghana, Michael Brigandi. “China is the country that is hosting the Olympic games, and at the same time China is a country which is violating human rights—killing a group of people known as Falun Gong and removing their organs for sale, just as how in Ghana here you can dismantle a car and sell the parts. That is done to human being is this country (China),” said Brigandi.

“…and we are here today … to let the people of China know that what is happening there is not secret. The people of the world, including Ghana, are all aware that the government there is killing people…that is why Amnesty International in conjunction with world renowned human right organizations, like the Human Rights Torch … is campaigning and gathering signatures for the Chinese government, to drive the message home, that China may stop violating the rights or their citizens”

Habib Ali, Director of the Centre for Youth Empowerment (CYE), an Islamic youth group, addressed the audience and the International Olympic Committee, “I am very greatful to be here on behalf of CYE to be part of the fight against the torture of the helpless Falun Gong practitioners, the Uighurs Muslim of Xingjiang in China, and other members of the human family whose rights are still been abused around the world.”

Ali added, “41,500 organs were probably taken from the unwilling Falun Gong practitioners at the very centre where the greatest world sporting event, the Olympics, shall be held this year. In another unfortunate development, the Chinese government is directing a crush down campaign against some 8 million Uighurs Muslims of Xingjiang in China under the shadow of the worldwide campaign against terrorism.

“Chinese policy and law enforcement are denying these Muslims their right of religion as required in Islam. Celebrating religious holidays, studying religious text or showing one’s religion through personal appearance at state institutions are strictly forbidden, even in schools.

“Intensive surveillance machinery is imposed on mosques, and schools are purged of

Ghana Premier League football team King Faisal, including their coach Steven George Polack (fourth from left) before commencing a five-on-five soccer match played during events to welcome the Global Human Rights Torch to Ghana. (Zoe Ackah/The Epoch Times)

religious teachers and students. Clerical duties and what version of the Qur’an should be recited are supervised by the government! This is telling us that the Chinese communist government is unwilling to follow the Olympic charter as it hosts the event.”

After the speeches, members of King Faisal football club and other members of the local sporting community played a mini-gala soccer match……. ( More details from the Epochtimes)

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RSF’s Rally Challenges IOC on China Human Rights Before 17th Communist Congress Opening

Posted by Author on October 16, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 15 October 2007-

Activists from Reporters Without Borders today (15 October 2007) demonstrated in front of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, unfurling a giant flag in which the Olympic rings appear in the form of interlocking handcuffs.

The demonstration marked the opening of the 17th Chinese Communist Party Congress in Beijing attended by more than 2,200 delegates, who are expected to give a boost to the leadership of President Hu Jintao whose period in power has been marked by a harder ideological line in the name of a “harmonious society”.

“We hope through this action to challenge the IOC and its president Jacques Rogge, who refuse to condemn the bad state of human rights in China,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

“We have also contacted the IOC’s ethical commission but they replied that they can only be activated by Jacques Rogge himself. This lack of will on the part of Olympic bodies is worrying,” the organisation added.

“For the past several weeks an icy wind has blown through freedom of expression in China. This with less than 10 months to go before the opening of the Olympic Games. How can the IOC and its ethical commission remain silent before such a heavy toll of violations of freedom of expression?” it asked.

“More than 30 foreign journalists have been arrested and prevented from working since the start of the year. No fewer than one thousand discussion forums and websites have been closed since July. And a score of dissidents have been imprisoned for expressing themselves freely,” Reporters Without Borders said.

Preparation for the Congress, a key event in the life of China’s sole political party, saw new restrictions slapped on all sectors of the press, Internet-users, bloggers, website managers, foreign journalists and defenders of freedom of expression.

There has been an increase in directives ordering the media to use only reports put out by the official Xinhua news agency. The Publicity (formerly Propaganda) Department has ordered state-run newspapers to step up news linked to the preparation of the Congress and the activities of the leadership.

Recently, five of the major official dailies brought out identical front pages, with the headline: “The 17th Congress of the CCP is set to be hot, hot, hot!” Next to it was the same article about Chinese leaders ordering a mining company to do its utmost to rescue workers trapped in a pit. The same photo of President Hu Jintao on a visit to Kazakhstan also appears on the cover page.

Several dozen online discussion forums, including Ai Zhi Fang Zhou (www.chain.net.cn/forum) devoted to the patients with Aids, have been closed. The managers have been told that they will only be allowed to reopen once the Congress is over. Several hundred websites and blogs have been closed in the last two months.

On the eve of the Congress, the Party has also spearheaded a campaign for greater morality in the media, which led to a suspension of several reality television programmes. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) on 14 September quoted the fight against pornography as a reason to ban 11 radio programmes about sexuality. “Their content on sexual life and the effectiveness of medication for sexual problems was of an extremely pornographic nature,” the administration said. The SARFT also added that “films that were not suitable for children were also not suitable for adults”.

– Original report from Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders activists rally in front of olympic museum in Lausanne as 17th chinese communisty party congress opens

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Hong Kong Rally Supports Massive Chinese Quitting the Communist Party

Posted by Author on October 9, 2007


By Xue-er Wu, Epoch Times Hong Kong Staff, Oct 05, 2007-A grand parade was held in Hong Kong on September 30.

HONG KONG—On September 30, the Hong Kong Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and The Epoch Times Hong Kong office held a rally and a parade to support the over 27 million Chinese who’ve withdrawn from the CCP and affiliated associations. The rally included pro-democracy activists, people of faith, and victims of CCP tyranny. Volunteers from the Service Center gave speeches.

Mr. Szeto Wah, president of the Hong Kong Alliance In Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China was the first to give a speech. He paid respect to the 27 million people who’ve quit the CCP, CCP Youth League and CCP Young Pioneers.

Mr. Jia Jia, former Secretary General of the Shanxi Province Scientific and Technological Expert Association spoke to the crowd by phone. Jia defected and split from the CCP last October and currently resides in Indonesia. “October 1 is a day of disaster for Chinese people,” proclaimed Jia. “It is a day when the CCP stole the control of the country. Since October 1, 1949, Chinese people have descended into a deep and endless hardship. Every rally supporting withdrawal from the CCP demonstrates another step toward victory for the Chinese people through peaceful struggle.”

“The information expressed today is very important, extremely precious, and profoundly truthful,” Pastor Fung Chi Wood said to those gathered at the rally. “Our mission is righteous and compassionate, and our perseverance is sure to generate an enormous change.”

“Please don’t treat the CCP as something powerful or forceful,” said Mr. Chen Shi, a victim of the CCP’s Anti-rightist Movement. “Once the CCP truly collapses, it will only take a moment.”

Chen pointed to the many groups that were protesting in front of the CCP’s Hong Kong Liaison Office earlier that day against the Myanmar Military regime’s bloody suppression of the Burmese people. “It is a matter related to the Myanmar Military regime, so why protest outside the CCP office?” asked Chen. “Because the Myanmar military regime is supported by the CCP. Just as those responsible for the genocide of Sudan are supported by the CCP.”

Another Mr. Chen—an everyday citizen of Hong Kong—shared his views on the rally. “I have watched the parades supporting withdrawal from the CCP many times. I think these people are very brave,” he said.

Following the rally, a parade led by the Tianguo Marching Band marched through several sections of Hong Kong, including Jiulong, Shenshui Bu, Taizi, Wangjiao, You Madi, Zuodun and concluded at the Hong Kong Cultural Center at Tsimshatsui.

– Original report from the Epochtimes : Hong Kong Rally Supports Quitting CCP

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Worldwide Torch Relay for Human Rights in China Visits Belgium

Posted by Author on September 28, 2007


Press release, CIPFG, published on HRTR website-HRTR logo

Brussels – The Worldwide Torch Relay for Human Rights in China is sponsored by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG). CIPFG welcomes all people and organizations to jointly spread the message “The Olympic Games and Crimes against Humanity cannot coexist in China.”

The Worldwide Torch Relay for Human Rights in China started on august 9th 2007 in Athens and will visit more than 100 cities in more than 35 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North-America, and Australia.

The worldwide Torch Relay will be in Belgium from Friday 28th September until Monday 1st October 2007.

Friday, 28th Sept., Brussels

12:00pm-1:00pm: Opening Ceremony at Schuman (EU headquarters)
2:00-3:00pm: Torch Relay will arrive at La Bourse

Politicians, athletes and human rights movements will support the start of the Torch Relay in Brussel.

A speech will be given by:

– senator Patrick van Krunkelsven
– human rights lawyer Georges-Henri Beauthier
former IBF boxing champion and Parliament member of the French speaking community Bea Diallo
– spokesperson for Human Rights Without Frontiers Paolo Barabesi.

Moreover, the chairman of the Belgian CIPFG Mr. Jan Loones, Flemish minister Mr. Geert Bourgeois, the Dardenne brother filmmakers, Interfaith International, Les Amis de Tibet and Gaia will support the event by either being present or having their letter of support to be read.

Some of the speakers will not only encourage other people to run in the Torch Relay, but will also join in themselves to bring the Human Rights Torch into Brussels.

Saturday, 29th Sept, Antwerp
  • 1:30pm start from Sint-Jan square
  • 2-3:00pm Torch Relay will arrive at Astrid Square with speeches by MEP mr.Bart Staes and others
Sunday 30st Sept, Oostende
  • 1:30pm start at Wapen Square
  • 2-3:00pm at the “Drie Gapers”(end of Koninginnelaan) with speeches by MP Mr. Wouter de Vriendt and Flemish parlement member Mr. Gino de Craemer
Monday 1st Oct, Sint-Niklaas
  • 9:30am Torch Run at the Grote Markt (Grand Place)
  • 10am official reception in the city hall

In all cities various Belgian politicians and NGO’s will support the event by either being present or having their letters of support to be read out loud.

More information:

Yves Vanderhoeven 0476/50.49.54 – 0479/50.48.74 – hr-torch@skynet.be

Original report from HRTR website

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Human Rights Torch For China Relays to Slovak

Posted by Author on September 14, 2007


Press release, HumanRightsTorch.Org, September 13,2007-

BRATISLAVA — Human Rights Torch Relay, lit up in Athenes on 9th. august 2007, will come to slovak capital, Bratislava.  It`s its 7th stop on a journey through more than 25 countries and more than 100 cities of Europe, Asia, both American continents and Australia.  The main goal is the call to improve the situation of human rights in China with motto “Olympics and crimes against humanity can’t coexist in China at the same time.”

The Relay will come to Bratislava on the Hlavné námestie (Main Square) on Friday, 14th of September, where at 10:00 am the main ceremonial, passing of the torch to slovak V.I.P`s-runners will happen.

Runners will pass a symbolic length along the Danube river under the Devín castle. After 10 km, the Torch will finish near the Memorial of the communist regime victims, where it will be passed to the representative of Switzerland, where the Torch Relay will continue.

The following speakers will give their speaches on during the ceremony:

* Peter Osusky, vice-chairman of the Slovak Olympics Committee and vice-chancellor of the Comenius University in Bratislava
* Pavel Petrik, chairman of the Green Party
* Peter Tatar, chairman of the Civic Conservative Party
* Ladislav Svihran, anti-totalitarian writer
* Dorota Nvotova, slovak singer
* and others

From 7.pm, several music bands supporting the Torch Realy will perform on the Main Square: O.B.D., Smola a hrušky, Hvozd, Sako, Cliche and Vetroplach.

Human Rights Torch Relay is organized by CIPFG (Coalition to Investigate the Persecution on Falun Gong). The goal of the coalition is to unite all interested parties to conduct a thorough and independent investigation, to uncover the truth about the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong, in particular the harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners, in secret concentration camps, prisons, labor camps, detention centers, brainwashing centers, psychiatric hospitals, hospitals and all other relevant facilities.

Main contact:
Marek Tatarko, organizer of the Torch Relay in Slovakia
Mobile photo: +421 902 050 420
email: marek.tatarko@nextra.sk

Event schedule:

10:00-11:00 – Official ceremony, speeches, reading of the support declarations. Main Square (Hlavne namestie), Bratislava

11:00 (approx.) – The beginning of the run with the Torch. All VIP’s runners will run together, making one or two circles around the Main Square. Then the Torch will continue towards the destination, while the main VIP’s should stay on the square for media inquiries.

between 12:30 – 13:00 (approx.) – The run will finish in Devin (around 10km from Main Square) near the Memorial of the Communist regime victims. Short speech will be given, then the Torch will be passed to Switzerland

19:00 – 22:00 – Benefit concert to support the Torch Relay. Six bands will perform: O.B.D., Smola a hrušky, Hvozd, Sako, Cliche and Vetroplach.

About the Torch Relay destination in Devinphoto of the memorial

The memorial in Devin (photo right) was built for remembrance of the men and women, who were killed during their run to freedom from the communist regime in Slovakia (Czechoslovakia at that time).  The place is on the confluence of the rivers Dunaj and Morava, near the boundary between Austria and former Czechoslovakia. Many people tried to run to West, attemting to swim through the river.

The inscription on the memorial reads:

Communist regime shooted, with mines and electric wire killed and using other means murdered, during their attempt to run through the “Iron Curtain” on the czechoslovakian boundaries in the years 1948 – 1989:

< followed by the long list of names>

Report from official website of  Human Rights Torch Relay

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China Growth Disastrous, Rally In Sydney Told

Posted by Author on September 7, 2007


AAP, via the West Australian, 6th September 2007-

The encouragement of China’s economic expansion by the major western powers will have disastrous consequences, a leading Chinese activist warns.

Wei Jingsheng, a prize-winning, US-based human rights activist, told a rally in Sydney’s Hyde Park the west’s attempts to win China’s favour would only make the communist regime there more dangerous.

Around 450 protesters, denied permission by the NSW Police for a full-scale street march, are now walking along footpaths from Hyde Park to join the Belmore Park demonstration.

They are being led by a 50-piece marching band and are carrying an array of colourful banners.

Mr Wei earlier accused the Chinese government of “moral degradation” with regard to the environment during the nation’s recent economic boom.

He also appealed to world leaders gathered in Sydney for the APEC summit to pay close attention to China’s human rights record.

“Human rights in China is not just a problem for Chinese people, it is a world problem,” Mr wei said.

“This has a bearing on the economy of the world.”

Other speakers denounced China’s treatment of Falun Gong, a religious group loathed by Beijing.

Street performers acted out alleged atrocities against Falun Gong members – which allegedly include forced labour, imprisonment, torture and organ harvesting – in graphic fashion to drive home the point for the assembled crowd.
AAP

– Original report: China growth disastrous, rally told

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1,000 People Rally Urge Leaders Put China Human Rights Violation on APEC Agenda

Posted by Author on September 6, 2007


By Sarah Matheson, Epoch Times staff in Sydney, Sep 06, 2007-

Representatives from around the world travelled thousands of miles to ask APEC leaders to speak up for China’s people.

Human rights figures, politicians, democracy activists, representatives for the people of Darfur and the Uighyristan Autonomous Region of China, and Falun Gong pracititioners from New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan descended on Sydney, using the APEC summit to push for social change in China.

Dr Sev Ozdowski, member of the Commonwealth Human Rights Commission from 2000-2005, spoke at a rally – attended by around 1000 people – to put human rights violation in China on the APEC agenda. The rally was held in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Thursday.

“When China was granted the rights to host the Beijing Olympics, it promised to improve its human rights record, however the human rights in China has grown progressively worse,” Dr Ozdowski said.

He said the persecution of Falun Gong has all the hallmarks of genocide.

“Furthermore the Chinese Government has exposed its ‘human rights’ to other countries like Zimbabwe, Burma and supports the conduct of genocide in Darfur.”

He said if the international community had boycotted the Berlin Olympics in 1936 it was likely the Holocaust could have been averted.

“It is time to act now,” he warned.

Falun Gong international spokesman Erping Zhang, from the US, said more 3074 Falun Gong practitioners in China have been confirmed persecuted to death but many, many more were missing and the figure did not include those killed through the state-sanctioned organ harvesting.

International human rights lawyer David Matas, of Canada, co-authored the ‘Bloody Harvest’ a compilation of evidence about organ harvesting from detained Falun Gong practitioners in China.

He said it was important to use the APEC conference to publicise the gross violations of human rights abuses in China today.

“Unless the Government’s of APEC are discussing humanity they are not performing their function,” he said.

Asia Pacific Human Rights Charitable Trust president Pan Qing, from New Zealand, commended the Australian Government for being willing to bring up human rights issues with the Chinese regime.

“We all live in the same world. We have to stop the CCP’s [Chinese Communist Party’s] human rights violations,” he said.

Greens senator, Kerry Nettle, said the Australian Government had a very strong trade relationship with China, but their leaders had not done enough to address the important issues at APEC.

“We should be able to raise these issues of human rights and democracy,” she said.

Phil Glendenning from the Edmund Rice Centre said a number of people who had sought asylum in Australia “went missing” when they returned to China.

He said all leaders at the APEC summit needed to read the Matas-Kilgour report on forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China.

“We need a leadership that is prepared to tell the truth. We don’t have that at the present time.”

“The world requires a China that is not afraid of human rights. The world requires a China that is worthy of its history,” he said.

East Turkistan Association of Australia Dimyan Rahmet said the Chinese regime was still killing, kidnapping and raping women in East Turkistan also known as Uyghuristan.

He said the Chinese Communist Party had also enforced a language assimilation programme, forcing all Uyghurs to speak Chinese, not allowing children to learn their mother tongue.

Quit the CCP service centre Australia spokeswoman Anne Zhong said as evidence of the communist regime’s crimes start to flood China, social unrest is growing. She said 25,727,155 Chinese citizens have publicly withdrawn their membership of the communist party and its related organizations since 2004.

– Original report from the Epochtimes : APEC Leaders Asked to Speak Up for China’s Human Rights

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Public Events During APEC Highlights China Human Rights Abuses

Posted by Author on September 6, 2007


By Shar Adams and Fang Xiao, Epoch Times Australia Staff, Sep 04, 2007-

(excerpt)

The Human Rights Awards ceremony is one of a number of events staged to draw attention to China’s human rights violations during the APEC leaders meetings in Sydney.

Free China, a non-government organisation (NGO) representing a range of groups concerned with human rights in China, will be holding a rally and march in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Thursday September 6. Speakers include Phil Glendinning from the refugee and advocacy group the Edmund Rice Centre and Pan Qing from Human Rights Watch New Zealand.

The president of Free China in Australia, Sandra Hattingh, said they were expecting a large turnout for the event and were glad to be able to use Hyde Park, a venue so close to the APEC zone.

“We have around 20 speakers,” Ms Hattingh said, “and a number of groups that will bring their own supporters.”

Groups participating in the Free China rally include the Tibetans, Uighers, Vietnamese, Burmese and Falun Gong practitioners, she said.

Amnesty International will be holding a rally on Saturday September 8. As this will coincide with the APEC leader’s weekend, the rally will be held in Victoria Park, well away from the security zone.

The Amnesty rally carries the slogan: This event would not happen in China! and will see a number of speakers, including representatives from Amnesty, The Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition, Falun Gong and the Tibetan and East Turkestan communities.

A representative from PEN will also be speaking at the Amnesty event. PEN has been campaigning for a number of writers presently incarcerated in Chinese prisons, including Tibetan Dolma Kyab, aka Lobsang Kelsang Gyatso, who has been sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of “endangering state security” after the release of his manuscript The Himalayas in Turmoil; Guo Qizhen, an Internet journalist and cyber-dissident who was arrested in May 2006 and charged with “inciting subversion of state power” for his pro-democracy activities and anti-government articles published on overseas websites; and more recently Chen Shuqing, who was sentenced to a four-year prison term on August 14 this year for “inciting subversion of state power” after writing two articles for a democracy magazine in China and five for overseas magazines.

A rally will be held to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong in China with speakers, an anti-torture exhibition and exercise demonstrations in Belmore Park, Friday September 7.

The Vietnamese community in Australia will also be holding a rally for human rights in Belmore Park on September 8. Speakers include Greens Senator Kerry Nettle.

– Original report from The Epochtimes: China on The Public Agenda During APEC

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10,000 Tibetans March In Indian to Shame Olympics Host China

Posted by Author on August 9, 2007


By Jonathan Allen, Reuters, Via The Guardian, Aug 8, 2007-

NEW DELHI, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Thousands of Tibetans marched through New Delhi on Wednesday, shouting slogans and waving flags in protest against China’s actions in Tibet at the start of the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics.

In one of the biggest rallies by Tibetans in India, about 10,000 Tibetans, including maroon-robed Buddhist monks and women in traditional costumes, bellowed their demands, asking China to prove it was upholding the rights of people living in Tibet.

“The essence of the Olympics is equality, but we do not have equality in Tibet,” said Kalsang Godrukpa, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, the main organiser of the rally.

“China doesn’t deserve the Olympics until Tibet is free,” he told reporters, as protesters marched by wearing yellow baseball caps and waving Tibetan flags and giant posters of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader.

Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 and Beijing has since ruled the Himalayan region. About 120,000 Tibetans are exiled in India, including the Dalai Lama who fled after a failed uprising in 1959.

Amnesty International and other rights groups say China is severely restricting the freedom of Tibetan people and suppressing their culture. China says it is helping a historically poor region develop.

EMBARRASS LEADERS

China is trying to look its best as it comes under increasing international scrutiny in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, and protesters hope they can get enough attention to embarrass its leaders into meeting their demands.

“The world will hear us and support us, and if the world supports us then China will have to listen to us,” said Tsetan Ngodup, a 43-year-old protester.

Scores of policemen with canes watched the mile-long parade of protesters as they marched towards parliament, before being stopped from entering the high-security zone.

Wednesday’s protest came as a hunger strike by 14 Tibetans entered its 32nd day. They are asking Beijing to provide evidence that the Panchen Lama — who they believe to be their second highest spiritual leader — is alive, among other demands.

The 14 lay listless on cots under a tarpaulin shelter close to the site of the protest. Some ran prayer beads through their hands as a nurse tended to a woman with a wet sponge.

Tashi Wangu, a 54-year-old farmer, said the 14 would fast until China reassured them that it would uphold the civil rights of Tibetan people.

He said he was not disheartened when the Dalai Lama urged the strikers on Tuesday to end their fast saying their strike was brave but that sacrificing more Tibetan lives was unlikely to make China relent.

“We will keep on fasting,” Wangu said through a translator. “The pain is nothing, and our demands are so simple — we just want a response from China guaranteeing Tibetans’ human rights.”

– Report from The Guardian : Indian Tibetans march to shame Olympics host China

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China Flight Captain: Massive Wave of Party Withdrawal Covered Up

Posted by Author on August 3, 2007


Speech by Yuan Sheng, former flight captain for China Eastern Airlines, at Rally to Support 24 Million Chinese Quit The Chinese Communist Party, on July 20, 2007, in Washington D.C.Yuan sheng at rally

“Greetings! My name is Yuan Sheng, formerly a flight captain for China Eastern Airlines. I was accused because I promoted Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party (The Nine Commentaries) at Shanghai airport. When my life was in danger, I had to stay in the U.S. to avoid potential persecution if I went back to China.

“Since the publication of The Nine Commentaries , my friends overseas and I have introduced and spread it to those people who desire to know the true facts. Many of them have passed their statements of quitting the CCP to me and let me help them to quit the CCP via telephone or Internet when I was traveling overseas.

“Since the publication of The Nine Commentaries , many of my colleagues and other people have often read the overseas reports about Chinese people quitting the CCP, and some of them even spoke about it publicly in China.

“This showed that Chinese people no longer have fear after the long-term terror. However the CCP is desperately attempting to hide from the public the fact of the massive withdrawals from the CCP; this indicates that it is the CCP that is truly afraid.

“The CCP is doomed to be eliminated by heaven. I sincerely hope all kind-hearted people in mainland China can read The Nine Commentaries and recognize the evil nature of the CCP. I hope people will eventually stay away from the CCP, cast it aside in order to choose a bright future. The most evil and brutal persecution toward Falun Gong should also be ended soon.

“Thank you all.”

Yuan Sheng,
July 20, 2007

Yuan Sheng was former flight captain for China Eastern Airlines. On August 9, 2006, Yuan spoke to someone at the Shanghai airport about the forbidden topic of quitting the CCP and caught the police’s attention. Yuan now lives in the U.S. under political asylum.

– Excerpt from the Epochtimes report:
CCP Desperately Tries to Hide Massive Wave of Party Withdrawal

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