France: Falun Gong Practitioners Urge the European Council to Investigate the Discovery of Concentration Camps in China

On the 11th and 12th of April, 2006, Falun Gong practitioners from France, Germany and Switzerland, went to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and revealed the harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners in labour camps and the subsequent cremation of their bodies to eliminate the evidence. They called upon the Council of Europe to pass a resolution to condemn and stop the seven year persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the CCP and to facilitate an investigation of the persecution and the secret concentration camps.

MP Tadeusz Wita from Poland interviewed by a reporter

NGO representatives and members of the Council of Europe condemned the CCP's crimes and urge the international community to conduct an investigation

MP Tadeusz Wita from Poland told reporters that the Auschwitz concentration camp was in Poland. The Polish people will never forget this painful memory. It is intolerable that such a thing still takes place in today's world. He will push the Council of Europe to take part in the investigation of the CCP's concentration camps and harvest of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners. He will lobby his colleagues extensively and will not allow such a cruel persecution to continue.

French Congressman Michel Hunaul said he supported the broadcast by New Tang Dynasty TV station in China. After reading the exhibition boards this time, he repeatedly said that he will help Falun Gong practitioners.

The representatives of the Intentional Alliance for Abolishing Slavery, an NGO of the Council of Europe, said while being interviewed by reporter, "We must reveal this conduct and support people who revealed this conduct."

"We can not be unmoved by conduct that injures personal integrity and human dignity. I am very sad to know these intolerable things. NGOs must stop these atrocities before the world is made less human. I will spread the news and go to places and say, 'People will have a future only by struggling for human rights' ".

Last December, the MEP Alessandra Mussolini issued a written statement suggesting that the European Parliament pass a resolution to condemn the system of the labour reform in China. The statement said, "Labour reform in China was in fact the concentration camp ideology, where violence and violation of human rights took place every day."

A Council member reads Falun Gong's exhibition boards

The French people express support for the termination of the persecution

Some French people, after learning about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the CCP and the secret concentration camps, said to the reporter one after another:

"This is too terrible! Taking organs from live people! We must stop this kind of crime! The concentration camps must be removed."

"Everybody has human rights; they have no power to forbid the practice of Falun Gong, this kind of crime must be stopped."

"The French government and the Council of Europe should make an effort to safeguard human rights."

"I thought the Nazi concentration camps in World War II were a thing of the last century. I never expected that there are concentration camps in today's China. Such a tragedy can't re-occur."

A French student signed the petition to support Falun Gong practitioners

A French policeman who was responsible for the security of the European Council said, "I will tell the news of the persecution of Falun Gong to my friends and colleagues and hope the crimes can be stopped as soon as possible." He also requested extra information to be sent to people he knew.

A lot of French people signed their names to express support for Falun Gong's practitioners and urged the international community to make an effort to stop the cruel persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the CCP as soon as possible.

The Falun Gong Association held press conference in the Council of Europe building

Under the assistance of MP Tadeusz Wita from Poland, the Falun Gong Association held a press conference in the building of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on April 12th. At the press conference, it was announced that the Investigating Committee of the Truth of the Persecution of Falun Gong in China was initiated by the Falun Gong Association and, as well as invited related international organisations, state organs and the media to form a joint investigation group. The committee also demanded that the investigation and collection of evidence in the mainland be independent, direct. The committee will conduct a comprehensive investigation of the truth of the persecution of Falun Gong and the secret concentration camps.

Press conference

Mr. Wita told the reporters at the press conference that he will try his best to push the Council of Europe to pass a resolution to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong and this procedure is already under way.

Present at the conference included representatives of European Falun Gong Association, members of the Investigating Committee of the Truth of the Persecution of Falun Gong in China, members of the "World Organisation to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong," representatives from the Epoch Times, and "Sound of Hope" international radio station.

Background information: The Council of Europe has forty six member states. It was established on the 5th of May 1949 and headquartered in Strasbourg of France. Its purpose was to promote economic and social progress in Europe; safeguard democracy and human rights; seek a solution of major social issues. The supreme decision-making and executive body of the Council of Europe is the ministerial commission composed of the foreign ministers of the member states. A committee composed by the representative of minister stationed in the Council is in charge of daily affairs. The European Human Rights Court is an organisation of the Council of Europe.

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