Denmark's Second Biggest City Plans to End its Friendship with Harbin City in China

Recently, Arhus, the second biggest city in Denmark has been thinking of ending its friendship with Harbin, capital of Hei Long Jiang Province in China. The reason for this topic for discussion is that Arhus has discovered that the record of the persecution of human rights in Harbin is the worst. It is the place where the crime committed against Falun Gong practitioners is the most severe, including organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners. This has provoked maximum repercussions. The future of the two cities has become a topic of general interest.

In Arhus, all media has extensively and thoroughly reported the persecution of human rights happening in China. "Jutland Post", the biggest newspaper in Denmark whose headquarters are located in Arhus, and local TV stations, radio stations and newspapers have delivered several long pieces of news and commentary, telling of the crimes committed, about the severe persecution of human rights and organ harvesting from live people happening in China and Harbin. The integrated summary is as follows:

Freezing the friendship with Harbin

On February 9th, "Jutland Post" carried an article entitled “The Unstable Relationship Between Sister Cities” by JONAS HAVID, MARTIN JOHANSEN. It began:

It was just because of the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 that Arhus froze her friendship with her sister city in China. Nicolai Wammen, the Mayor of Arhus said: “At present, if the discussion about trampling on human rights in China has resulted in the end of relationship between Arhus and Harbin, this will only be the replay of the history. It was as early as the Tiananmen Massacre that Arhus stopped her relationship with Harbin. It was not until 1993 and 1994 that the relationship between these two cities resumed with the suggestion by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark.”

Back in 1983, according to the suggestion by Uffe Ellemann Jensen, the then Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arhus established the friendship with Harbin in China on 2nd of May 1984. Since then, the two cities had several bilateral visits. The latest visit was this January. Accompanied by other members, Flemming Knudsen, an Alderman who is in charge of culture, participated in Ice Sculpture Festival held in Harbin on 23rd of January.

But, it was on the same day, 23rd of January that “China Human Rights Website”, a human rights NGO, wrote a letter to the Mayor of Arhus asking him to pay attention to the issue of infringing on Human Rights in Harbin according to the information the organisation possessed. The letter was signed by Christoffer Brekne, he himself is also a coordinator of the Branch of Arhus in Falun Gong Association in Denmark.

According to related reports by all organisations of human rights and witnesses, the letter pointed out the accurate figures of Falun Gong practitioners being locked up in forced labour camps in Harbin, how they are being tortured and the fact of organ harvesting from live people there.

The persecution of kind people could not be accepted

According to witnesses provided by “China Human Rights Website”, many crimes committed in Harbin are especially cruel. These witnesses have indicated that Falun Gong practitioners are being tortured and killed by many methods being used, such as killing them with maltreatment, rape, electrocution which was mentioned in the letter to the Mayor. At the same time, “China Human Rights Website” has also written letters to politicians in many city planning committees. This has aroused the attention of left wing politicians from the City Government, the Party in power in Demark and liberal party. They have asked the Mayor to make an investigation in depth into these accusations to prove whether they are true.

Bunyamin Simsek, a spokesman of the left, said, “We must contact the authorities and organisations who have learned more about the issue. If they can, to certain extent, confirm those atrocities mentioned in the letter, we will have to make a re-action to it.” Bunyamin Simsek hoped the Mayor of Arhus would express their standpoint of Arhus Government to the condition of human rights in China. He emphasised that the left wing party could not accept the persecution of peaceful and kind people and their organisation.

On the 10th of February, the "Jutland Post" in Arhus carried an article entitled “Sister Cities, Politicians demand that an allegation should be made according to torture discovered by the investigation” by JONAS HAVID, LONE D YEBDAL.

Government officials of Arhus were shocked at the accusation that torture and especially organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners have emerged in Harbin, their sister city. If these accusations are true, there are different opinions about how Arhus reacts to the issue.

Some politicians think that at any degree, if these accusations are real, Arhus must immediately end the relationship with Harbin. Any yet, another opinion is that they should put pressure on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime.

Rabin Azad Ahmad of the Radical Party said, “If your friend’s personal integrity is not good, you can’t simply say, ‘I won’t speak to you any more.’ At first, a true friend is required to try his best to influence the other side. It is same when we have established a friendship with a city; we should also do it like this.” He said: “Of course, we need to make a reaction to these accusations. We must investigate them and we must contact the Chinese authorities. If these accusations are true, we can not accept them. If they (the CCP) still go their own way, we must freeze the relationship with them. ”

Bunyamin Simsek, the spokesman of the left wing politicians stressed that his party claimed to have a dialogue with Harbin. When asking the Mayor to make an investigation into the issue on the 8th of February, he said: “If these accusations are true, after having a dialogue with them, they are still unwilling to make any corrections, we must tell them that we don’t like to have a city where basic human rights are not taken as a standard to be our sister city. We can put forward some requirements that what cooperation we are expecting. We will express our values clearer.”

The Mayor has made a request of investigating the issue

Nicolai Wammen, the Mayor, has already made a request of investigating the issue to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the same time, he had a discussion with Flemming Knudsen, his assistant to a high official, who is in charge of culture. The latter has just visited Harbin on behalf of Harbin

Flemming Knudsen said, “These are very serious accusations. If they are real, it is certain that I will not go to Harbin any more. If all these have proven that they have trampled on human rights, we must end the relationship with them. We do not like to have the city to be our sister city where human rights are violated.”

Marc Perera Christensen of the Conservative Party thought that the issue has made people very worried.

“Even if these accusations were a whisper, but only a touch of them is true, it is worthwhile for us to discuss whether we should take it as our sister city. If such terrible incidents have taken place in Harbin, we should not take it as our sister city. Otherwise, how can we face our citizens and Chinese who have escaped from the autarchy and made their home in Arhus? How can we make reasonable justification for ourselves?” She encouraged the City Government to put the issue on the table so as to obtain some clarification of the truth.

She said: “We should cooperate with organisations who are observing China, such as International plenary indulgence, Red Cross, and with International Organisations of Aids who are paying attention to such issues as torture and human rights. If the issue does exist, we will consider our relationship. For example, we won’t take Harbin as our sister city. However, we will still show special concern for it. ”

Preparing to freeze the relationship of sister cities

Relating to the topic about China, Niels Brammer of the Demos Party expressed that he was not astonished at these accusations. He has already prepared that once the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can confirm these accusations, he will lay aside the relationship of sister cities. “If they are true, I will make a conclusion very quickly. We two cities should not continue any relations. ”

At the same time, Dorthe Laustsen, a councilor who is in charge of elderly people, has also prepared to end the friendship between the two cities. She said: “What is very important is that Arhus should not link her name with such a city. If the persecution is the fact, I don’t think we should support such a thing. Therefore, the outcome will be: We will stop such a relationship.”

Independent report by two Canadians has aroused people’s attention

On the same day, in Arhus carried an article entitled “Difficulties in obtaining evidence proving Falun Gong practitioners are being persecuted”. The article said:

Reports into allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China by a former Secretary of State of the Government of Canada and a human rights lawyer made an affirmation which attracts worldwide attention. Until now, the media overseas has not yet found out the confirmation to the accusation of the CCP regime.

It has been discovered that the CCP regime has committed the crime of removing organs from live people such as removing hearts, kidneys and other organs from Falun Gong practitioners. In hospitals, large quantities of organs especially from Falun Gong practitioners are being removed for sale. Such a conclusion was made in the widespread report by David Kilgour, a former member of Parliament and a former Secretary of State of the Government of Canada for the Asia Pacific region, and David Matas, an international human rights lawyer.

Their conclusion was extremely shocking:

“Based on what we now know, we have come to the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true. We believe that there has been and continues today to be large scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners. ”

“We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and ‘people’s courts’, since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including hearts, kidneys, livers and corneas, were virtually simultaneously seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long awaits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries.”

“How many of the victims were first convicted of any offence, serious or otherwise, in legitimate courts, we are unable to estimate because such information appears to be unavailable both to Chinese nationals and foreigners. It appears to us that many human beings belonging to a peaceful voluntary organisation made illegal seven years ago by President Jiang because he thought it might threaten the dominance of the Communist Party of China have been in effect executed by medical practitioners for their organs.”

“Our conclusion comes not from any one single item of evidence, but rather the piecing together of all the evidence we have considered. Each portion of the evidence we have considered is, in itself, verifiable and, in most cases, incontestable. Put together, they paint a damning whole picture. It is their combination that has convinced us.”

Last week, the report was again renewed and strengthened. However, Media overseas with a background of an alliance with China has carefully concealed the report by Kilgour and Matas.

An ex-resident of Harbin wrote a letter to the City Government

Upon discovering that Arhus and Harbin have become sister cities, Mr. Yang Guang wrote a letter to the City Government. Mr. Yang was born in Harbin. He is a refugee just because of the persecution in China. He described what persecution he himself, his family members, neighbours, friends and many other people were suffering from and how their families were broken up. Through his friends, he has learned the crime of removing organs from a large numbers of live Falun Gong practitioners does exists in Harbin and it is still happening right now. In his letter, he said: “The CCP is a regime of bandits and gangsters. It has done all evil things by offending against Heaven and reason. The CCP does not represent thirteen hundred million of Chinese people. In order to shake off the CCP’s centralisation of state power and tyranny, Chinese people have paid out at painful cost. For several decades, the CCP has brought Chinese people great tragedies. If western countries where freedom, democracy and human rights are cherished are trying to indulge and cover up for this regime of bandits and gangsters, it will bring same tragedies to people all over the world. ” “In China, an old saying goes ‘One takes on the colour of one’s company.’ Denmark is a democratic country with freedom. Why does she make friends with a group of bandits and gangsters? ” “For the good fortune of people in Denmark, for the aura above the Queen’s head in Denmark, for not hurting thirteen hundred millions of Chinese people enslaved by the CCP, the Government of Demark, please think carefully. ”

In his letter in reply to Mr. Yang, Kate Runge, an official of Arhus and Jutland, said: “We have now got much information about Harbin. We do not like to make friends with such a city. It is only between true friends that have friendship. I hope that our Mayor can make a right conclusion according to this information. ”

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