EDITOR: Friends of Falun Gong Europe is a non-profit human rights organization founded in the year 2000 by people concerned about the persecution of Falun Gong. The organisation’s mission is to support the freedom of belief of people who practise Falun Gong.
The defection of the three Chinese diplomats to Australia within the last 2 weeks is a clear sign that the stranglehold of the Chinese Communist Party on its people is beginning to weaken.
Chen Yonglin (the First Secretary of the Chinese Consulate-General in Sydney), Hao Fengiun, a security official and now another official whose name has so far not been released for fear of reprisals to his family in China, have all forsaken the CCP and sought asylum in Australia.
A common theme of all three’s explanation for their defection was their unwillingness to work any longer for the CCP or to participate in the persecution of Falun Gong. They have also been able to recount details of the methods of the persecution used by the Chinese Government since 1999, indeed Hao Fengiun actually worked for the infamous 6-10 Office which is directly responsible for monitoring Falun Gong.
More important than this information though will be the hope and encouragement that this should offer to the rest of the world, and to Falun Gong practitioners in particular, that it will spark a wave of similar actions in other countries around the world. We have already heard how over 2 million people have quit the CCP in the last six months. Compassionate people everywhere should today rejoice that we have taken the first step down the road towards the ending of the persecution, and that the cruelty of the torture and murder of Falun Gong practitioners will give way to Truth, Compassion and Forbearance, aided by the brave actions of these three Chinese officials.
European Friends of Falun Gong, 18th June 2005
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