A meeting on the persecution of Falun Gong and live organ harvesting was held at the Palais des Nations before the United Nations human rights review

The day before the United Nations Human Rights Council held the fourth round of the Universal Periodic Review ( UPR ) of human rights in China, a non-governmental organization with United Nations consultative status – “Association for Freedom of Conscience and Individual Collaboration” (French abbreviation CAP LC) organized , together with the organization “Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting ” (DAFOH), held an information meeting titled “China’s Deprivation of Universal Human Rights ” on January 22, specifically focusing on the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and organ harvesting. question.

Chinese Court “: Individuals or organizations that have substantial interactions with China are interacting with criminal countries

Benedict Rogers, chairman of Hong Kong Watch, British human rights activist and writer, said in a video speech that the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and forced organ harvesting are the most brutal crimes committed by the CCP in China. of evil deeds. He said that he learned about forced organ harvesting before 2016 . When Rogers served as deputy chairman of the British Conservative Party’s Human Rights Committee in 2016, he organized extensive hearings in the British Parliament on human rights issues in China and received important evidence from experts and Falun Gong practitioners.

Later that year, Rogers organized hearings specifically on forced organ harvesting ; he later became one of the people who helped launch the independent China Tribunal . The ” Chinese Tribunal ” is a “People’s Tribunal”, whose full name is “The Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China”.

Benedict Rogers, Chairman of Hong Kong Watch, British human rights activist, and writer, gave a video speech on January 22, 2024 (Picture: Clean World "DAFOH" video screenshot)
Benedict Rogers, Chairman of Hong Kong Watch, British human rights activist, and writer, spoke via video on January 22, 2024 (Picture: Clean World “DAFOH” video screenshot)

Rogers said that the ” Chinese Tribunal ” operates in a completely professional manner. None of the members have a background as a Chinese human rights activist, nor do they have a background in Falun Gong or forced organ harvesting , so they can completely independently respond to what they heard. make a judgment based on the evidence. Rogers also talked about some conclusions reached after the ” Chinese court ” hearing.

The ” Chinese Court ” issued a comprehensive “JUDGMENT” on March 1, 2020, including procedures, evidence, conclusions, etc. In the “Court’s Overall Conclusion on Facts and Law” section, it is stated that in China’s long-term practice of forced organ harvesting , Falun Gong practitioners are indeed used as the source of organs—perhaps the main source. Forced organ harvesting has continued for at least 20 years and continues to this day. As mentioned in the “Recommendations and Final Observations” section, perhaps responsible governments around the world should have issued a statement long ago, which would say:

Any person or organization that has substantial dealings with China, including doctors and medical institutions, businesses, businesses, especially airlines, travel companies, financial services companies, law firms, pharmaceuticals and insurance companies, as well as individual tourists, educational institutions, arts Agencies, should recognize that, to the extent this document reveals, they are interacting with criminal states .

Anyone involved in China’s transplant field runs the risk of becoming complicit in human rights abuses

Wendy Rogers, professor of clinical ethics at Macquarie University in Australia and deputy director of the Agency, Values ​​and Ethics Research Center at Macquarie University, is the director of End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) International Chairman of the Advisory Board. Wendy said via Zoom video: There is no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party allows the murder of prisoners of conscience in order to harvest their organs for sale. The main victims of this evil act are Buddhist Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghurs; the evidence states that nearly two decades ten years. In 2020, the ” Chinese Court ” confirmed that forced organ harvesting constitutes a crime against humanity after a large-scale independent investigation . Crimes against humanity committed by the Chinese Communist Party against Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghurs, specifically include: murder, extermination, imprisonment or other deprivation of personal liberty, torture, rape or any other form of sexual violence based on race, culture or religion Basic persecution, and enforced disappearance.

Wendy said that in her academic work, she has revealed that China’s transplant research contains a variety of ethical violations, including obvious false claims about the source of the organs used in transplant research; this is very worrying. Yes, because China’s transplant research was published in a famous Western English-language journal and used by others. However, the use, publication, and failure to withdraw research implicated in human rights violations makes those involved complicit in those who have lost their moral integrity. Wendy said: ” Human rights violations are like ink spreading in a pool. It is not limited to the drop of ink that comes in, but it will pollute the rest of the water in the pool.”

Wendy Rogers, professor of clinical ethics at Macquarie University in Australia, spoke via zoom video on January 22, 2024 (Picture: Clean World "DAFOH" video screenshot)
Wendy Rogers, professor of clinical ethics at Macquarie University in Australia, spoke via zoom video on January 22, 2024 (Picture: Clean World “DAFOH” video screenshot)

Wendy mentioned that the international humanitarian law firm and the non-profit Global Rights Compliance (GRC) organization clearly pointed out in their 2022 “Legal Advisory Report” and policy guidance: Any intervention in China’s transplant field All people are at risk of becoming accomplices in human rights violations . “We know human rights abuses lie at the heart of transplant medicine in China,” Wendy said.

Wendy called on all countries to seize the opportunity of periodic review and oppose the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party, especially the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghurs. China must end the state-sanctioned murder of prisoners of conscience for their organs. In addition to calling for government action, she also reminded that individuals also have the potential to play a role in human rights and that anyone who interacts with China in the area of ​​organ transplantation should cease those interactions until China proves that it has stopped killing prisoners of conscience for organ sales. .

Wendy finally said, “I think, and I hope, that by acting together as individuals, universities, research centers, magazines, research teams, and the government, we can do something to stop the evil of human rights violations that are happening in China .”

Marco Respinti: I hope the whole world will take shared responsibility

In his brief speech, Marco Respinti, member of the International Federation of Journalists, author, speaker, and director of Italian CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions) magazine and Bitter Winter magazine Speaking of which, some countries are still trading organ transplants with China . He finally concluded:

Falun Gong practitioners and other innocent victims will pay the price for this evil trade with their innocent blood until a decent democratic government explicitly and comprehensively prohibits cooperation with the murderous Chinese forced organ transplant industry. I hope that the whole world will take collective responsibility.

Marco Respinti, a member of the International Federation of Journalists, spoke at the conference on January 22, 2024 (Picture: Clean World "DAFOH" video screenshot)
Marco Respinti, a member of the International Federation of Journalists, spoke at the conference on January 22, 2024 (Picture: Clean World “DAFOH” video screenshot)

Chairman of the Lantos Foundation and former Vice President of the European Parliament spoke via video

Dr. Katerina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation and former president of the United States Commission on International Religions, said in a video speech that she wanted to urge members of the Human Rights Council to seriously and resolutely Dealing with the problem of strong organs. There is overwhelming evidence confirming that such serious and most unbelievable mass violations of human rights occurred in the past and continue to this day. The work of China Tribunals is extremely important in this regard, and other human rights investigations have confirmed this disturbing information.

Edward McMillan-Scott, who is from the UK and has served four terms as former Vice President of the European Parliament, is responsible for democracy and human rights affairs. He said that he had been to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Tibet in the past 20 years and learned the truth about the systematic persecution and genocide of thousands of innocent Falun Gong practitioners, Uighurs, and Tibetans. He personally talked with released Falun Gong practitioners and learned about torture and organ harvesting. Lawyer Gao Zhisheng was his key contact, but Gao Zhisheng disappeared.

Concluding remarks of the live speaker

After all the speeches were finished, the moderator of the meeting, Thierry Valle of the “Association for Freedom of Conscience and Individual Collaboration”, gave the speakers a chance to say what they wanted to say in conclusion. Below are excerpts from some of them.

Marco Respinti: Based on what we heard today, I think that to remain silent in the face of this catastrophe is to be complicit in a way. Everyone who cares about peace, mutual understanding, and decent living should at least ask what is happening in many countries, especially in China.

International human rights lawyer David Matas: The last universal periodic review of the United Nations Human Rights Council was in 2018, which does not happen often. However, the United Nations Human Rights Council meets three times a year, in March, June and September; on the agenda of each meeting is a human rights issue in the world. Every country can raise this issue at every meeting without having to wait another six years. I must encourage all countries to raise this issue at each of the Human Rights Council meetings, three times a year. Moderator Thierry Vallee responded: We will raise this issue at every meeting.

Falun Gong practitioner Ding Lebin: The persecution of my parents and family and about 70 Falun Gong practitioners in my hometown of Rizhao City, Shandong Provinceshows that crimes of human rights violations, persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and forced organ harvesting are still happening. It is the responsibility of each of us.to work to help stop criminal human rights abuses. Because Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are universal values, our efforts to stop this crime of human rights violations are not only for our generation, but also to protect future generations from resisting the CCP and upholding universal human values ​​such as Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. As Falun Gong practitioners for more than 20 years, despite facing such cruel crimes, we are all peaceful, and we will continue to tell people the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong in China in a peaceful way . Falun Gong has no political agenda and no political interest. What we do, such as the activities in the United States and the protests in Geneva today and tomorrow , are peaceful and protected by the host country; because this is also our basic right.

On January 23, 2024, Falun Gong practitioners demanded an end to the persecution at the Place des Nations opposite the United Nations in Geneva (Photo: Photo by Wen Simin/Voice of Hope)
On January 23, 2024, Falun Gong practitioners demanded an end to the persecution at the Place des Nations opposite the United Nations in Geneva (Photo: Photo by Wen Simin/Voice of Hope)

Harold King, deputy director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting : Thank you to all the supporters of the open letter! The open letter demonstrates the vital importance of resisting the Chinese government’s human rights violations . I end with the words of the open letter:

No country is exempt from the principles of human rights, and no government is above human dignity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the cornerstone of global ethics, emphasizing the inviolability of human life and the security of the individual. These principles are more than political stances; they are basic rights inherent and deserved by every citizen of the world. A firm stand against acts such as forced organ harvesting and the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is not only a test of political will, but also a moral requirement to safeguard human dignity and universal rights.

The activities of Falun Gong practitioners are protected by the host country

As Falun Gong practitioner Ding Lebin pointed out at the information conference on “China’s Deprivation of Universal Human Rights ” at the United Nations Palais des Nations , Falun Gong practitioners’ activities are peaceful and are protected by the host country, because these are also the basic rights of Falun Gong practitioners.

On the day of the information conference on January 22, and on the day when the United Nations Human Rights Council conducted the Universal Periodic Review of China’s human rights the next day , at the venue of the meeting – the Place des Nations opposite the Palais des Nations in Geneva , people from the Czech Republic, Europe, Some Falun Gong practitioners in Finland, Germany, France, German-speaking and French-speaking areas of Switzerland held activities.

On January 23, 2024, Falun Gong practitioners practiced the exercises at the Place des Nations in Geneva (Photo: Photo by Wen Simin/Voice of Hope)
On January 23, 2024, Falun Gong practitioners practiced the exercises at the Place des Nations in Geneva (Photo: Photo by Wen Simin/Voice of Hope)
On January 23, 2024, Falun Gong practitioners performed waist drums amidst the songs "Falun Dafa is good" at the Place des Nations in Geneva (Photo: Photo by Wen Simin/Voice of Hope)
On January 23, 2024, Falun Gong practitioners performed waist drums amidst the songs “Falun Dafa is good” at the Place des Nations in Geneva (Photo: Photo by Wen Simin/Voice of Hope)
On January 23, 2024, Falun Gong practitioners performed a lion dance at the Place des Nations in Geneva (Photo: Photo by Wen Simin/Voice of Hope)
On January 23, 2024, Falun Gong practitioners performed a lion dance at the Place des Nations in Geneva (Photo: Photo by Wen Simin/Voice of Hope)
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