On the morning of July 9th, 2007, the vice director and other members of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) Asian Delegation submitted a petition letter to the Japanese Olympic Committee and called on the Chinese Communist Regime to stop the persecution of Falun Gong before August 8th of this year.
|Ando Kan, vice director of CIPFG submits petition letter to the Japanese Olympic Committee|
At 11:00 a.m., Ando Kan, vice director of CIPFG and well-known human rights activist, and Yamagawa visited the Japanese Olympic Committee near Meiji Jingu and met with staff in the Department of General Affairs. After introducing the purpose of the visit and reading the petition letter, the two people handed over the letter. Staff member Mr. Nai promised to transfer the letter to Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee. The petition letter stated that if the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) did not respond to CIPFG's request before August 8th, the CIPFG would unite with righteous forces across the world, boycott the Olympic Games, and conduct a human rights torch relay. Enclosed with the letter was an open letter by Mr. David Kilgour and Mr. David Matas, and their joint statement with the CIPFG to the president of the International Olympic Committee. Mr. Kilgour and Mr. Matas are authors of the "Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China."
Ando Kan told Mr. Nai that they sincerely hope the Olympic Games will be a successful and peaceful event, "But we know that though the CCP promised to the world to improve its poor human rights record, China's human rights record is getting worse. For example, Falun Gong practitioners, Catholics, Tibetans and Xinjiang people are imprisoned without any legal procedure. Countless death cases occurred. Doctors hired by the CCP even harvest organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. 'The peaceful Olympic Games cannot coexist alongside such bloody crimes.'"
After handing over the petition letter, Ando Kan told the reporter that a signature collection will be conducted, "...to have more Japanese people know the issue and oppose a blood-tainted Olympic Games. Otherwise, it would be pitiful if our athletes participate in the Games without knowing about the CCP's atrocities." He called on more outstanding social figures to join the CIPFG, saying, "We must not repeat the tragedy of the Nazi Olympic Games held before World War II."
The CIPFG mailed the petition letter to the CCP's Embassy in Tokyo before this visit.
The CIPFG is composed of more than three hundred internationally renowned figures and four delegations of Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The organisation aims to investigate the allegations of the CCP's killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs to sell for profit, expose and stop the persecution, and bring the perpetrators to justice for their crimes against humanity.
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