Australia: Mayor Joe Natoli Issues Statement Supporting CIPFG attempt to go to China

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On December 19th, 2006, Mayor CR Joe Natoli of Maroochy Shire Council, Australia, wrote a statement in support of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) and its investigative teams formed around the world to go to China. Mayor Natoli said in the statement of support: "I pledge to support the Coalition and its investigative teams formed around the world to go to China. We/I strongly demand that the People’s Republic of China implement the Matas-Kilgour recommendations with haste and arrange unrestricted access for the CIPFG teams to all detention facilities including labour camps, mental institutions, brainwashing classes, camps run by the militaries, and hospitals. Such access should be made available immediately without delay." Below is the statement in full.

Maroochy Shire Council

CR Joe Natoli

Mayor

Maroochy Shire

19th December 2006

Statement of Support

I have been alerted to the allegations that organs from large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience are harvested for profit since 2000, killing them in the process.

There is great concern that the practice of removing organs from living Falun Gong practitioners held as prisoners of conscience in jails or labour camps, and selling them at huge profit to unsuspecting victims worldwide is occurring.

Dr. David Matas and Dr. David Kilgour of Canada have said in their investigative report published on July 6th 2006 "We have come to the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true."

I have noted that Falun Gong is a peaceful spiritual belief, its core principles being the universal values of truth-compassion-forbearance, persecuted most severely in China among other repressed non-government-registered religious groups including the family and underground churches.

I have noted that Amnesty International has "appealed to the Chinese authorities to stop the campaign of persecution of Falun Gong, including by releasing all those detained solely on account of their peaceful religious or spiritual beliefs and practices"

I have noted that the Matas-Kilgour report has made 17 constructive recommendations including that "the repression, imprisonment and severe mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners must stop immediately" and "all detention facilities … must be opened for international community inspection" and "hospitals should keep records of the source of every transplant" "organ harvesting from executed prisoners should stop immediately" and "commercialization of organ transplant should cease".

I have noted that CIPFG is a global alliance initiated by Falun Dafa Association around the world and Minghui.net; the Coalition’s members are concerned and responsible citizens of the world community and the Coalition’s commitment is to uncover the truth of the persecution of Falun Gong and particularly the organ harvesting.

I pledge to support the Coalition and its investigative teams formed around the world to go to China. We/I strongly demand that the People’s Republic of China implement the Matas-Kilgour recommendations with haste and arrange unrestricted access for the CIPFG teams to all detention facilities including labour camps, mental institutions, brainwashing classes, camps run by the militaries, and hospitals. Such access should be made available immediately without delay.

Yours sincerely,

CR Joe Natoli

Mayor

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