On July 3rd, 2007, the European Chapter of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) held a press conference at the Foreign Journalists’ Club in London, announcing the start of the European Human Rights Torch Relay. In one month, the global Human Rights Torch will be lit in Athens, Greece, the birth place of the Olympic Games. Mārtiņš Rubenis from Latvia, who won the bronze medal at the men's singles luge event at the 2006 Winter Olympics, will carry the torch for Europe.
President of the CIPFG European Chapter, a cross-bench member of the British House of Lords, Caroline Cox, said in support of the press conference, “The persecution of Falun Gong is without a doubt the most severe human rights disaster in China at present. The Chinese government’s promise of improving human rights conditions, as it turned out, is merely a way to whitewash and deceive the international society. Human rights persecution is continuing, which means the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has lost its qualifications to host the 2008 Olympic Games. Crimes against humanity can not coexist with the Olympics in China.”
Caroline Cox reiterated the three demands CIPFG raised with the CCP regime on the May 13th in North America: release immediately all Falun Gong practitioners incarcerated for their faith; stop the persecution of friends and supporters and defence lawyers of Falun Gong practitioners (e.g. Gao Zhisheng, Li Hong); and as to the alleged practice of organ harvesting, grant unrestricted access to independent investigators from around the world. If satisfactory responses to these requests are not received on or before the 8th of August 2007, CIPFG will join all supporters from around the globe to boycott a Crimes against Humanity Olympics. At the press conference, the European Chapter of the CIPFG confirmed no response from the CCP regime so far.
Other speakers at the press conference included British diplomat Lord Avery, Vice President of the CIPFG European Chapter Mr. John Dee, Dutch poet Wilbert Stuifbergen, Dr. Charles Graves from Interfaith International in Switzerland, and representative of British Democratic Coalition, Ms. Lucy King.
The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) consists of about three hundred elites from around the globe. It is divided into four chapters – Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. Through investigation into the allegations that the CCP murdered Falun Gong practitioners for their organs to make profits, CIPFG aims to expose the truth about Falun Gong’s persecution in China, bringing the persecution to a stop as well as those responsible to justice for Crimes against Humanity.
The global Human Rights Torch Relay was initiated by the CIPFG. Through the relay of the human rights torch, CIPFG intends to expose the CCP’s tyranny and crimes against humanity around the globe. The relay calls upon the international society to refuse turning the Olympic Games, a symbol of peace, into “Bloody Harvest Games”.
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