The Council of Europe (COE) held a third meeting in Strasbourg, France this week. A forum to "Examining environmental pollution and the human rights situation in China” was held at the 7th Meeting Hall on June 27th, 2006. The harvest of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners taking place in China’s labour camps became a focus of the meeting. The forum was presided over by Mr. Lindblad from the Swedish parliamentary delegation. Experts and professors from Germany, the UK, France, Belgium and Australia, as well as representatives from human rights organisations and Falun Gong practitioners who have experienced the persecution of their spiritual practice first hand all made speeches at the forum.
|Speakers at the forum||Congressmen and media attending the forum|
This forum obtained support from many international human rights organisations. The co-organisers of this forum included: “Human Rights Without Frontiers International” headquartered in Belgium, the International Society for Human Rights headquartered in Germany, The Epoch Times Europe, The Association for Former Political Prisoners in Romania, the Network for Human Rights in China, Norway, Support Human Rights in China, Sweden, the Network for Human Rights in China, Denmark and so on.
The director of the International Human Rights Association, Mr. Man Yang mentioned in his speech that, "In order to consolidate it political power, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has made several million Chinese people lose their lives during the process of the so called “developing” economy after destroying China's economic basis”. He continued, "In order to seize and maintain power, the CCP uses various evil methods to suppress dissidents and religious believers. Since March, 2006, some witnesses have unceasingly accused the CCP of harvesting organs on a large-scale from live Falun Gong practitioners for profit, and then cremated the remains to destroy the evidence of its crimes. Witnesses revealed that, at least thirty-six concentration camps and a large number of labour camps illegally imprison Falun Gong practitioners for live organ transplants; the personnel involved include the CCP high level officials, the military and the armed police, hospitals and so on. A witness disclosed that, only in Shenyang Sujiatun hospital, there were several thousands people being killed. Many Falun Gong practitioners had been pushed to the surgery table in the situation of using very little anesthetics, their corneas, kidneys; livers and so on have been excised and sold to the international transplant centre seeking huge profit. In order to escape from being investigated, those Falun Gong practitioners can be shifted to other places at any time if necessary.”
|Experts and professors on Chinese Problems||Attendants listen to speeches|
A Falun Gong practitioner, Ms Ying Chen, is a survivor from this crime of organ harvesting. She stated her personal experience of being imprisoned in China just because of not giving up the practice of Falun Gong. She said that, “I held a hunger strike to protest against the illegal imprisonment and violence towards me. I was put in handcuffs and dragged to a police vehicle, then I was then taken into a hospital. The police forced me to have a comprehensive physical examination including the inspection of heart, blood, eyes etc. Although the inspection result showed my body being in normal condition, the police insisted to inject some unknown medicine into my body. When the medicine entered into my body, I suddenly felt fierce heart beating and severe pain like a blood vessel cracking; I felt my heart fluttering and suffocation, unusually uncomfortable in my body. After being injected, the left side of my body twitched severely, my nerves felt paralyzed and hurt, after that I lost my memory. Afterwards my family member bailed me out through some relations. When I first saw the brutality of organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners in the hell hole of Sujiantun concentration camp reported on the Internet, my tears could not stop flowing. I recalled what happened to me, most likely they planned to use medicines to destroy my nerve system and then send me to somewhere to harvest my organs. Upon thinking of this, I trembled with fear. ”
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Ms Elise Steyaert, the representative from Human Rights without Frontiers International, read out a statement in which NGO Human Rights without Frontiers International appealed to the COE to openly discuss the issue of organ harvesting in China and send an investigation group to China to investigate the truth.
|Representative from Human Rights Without Frontiers International|
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