Article from Welt Online (Germany): The reason why the West shuts its eyes concerning human rights violations in China

Liu Wei, born 1972 in Liaoning Province, China, was imprisoned in a pre-trial prison in the Beijing Dongscheng District from September 25th 2001 until January 25th 2003 because she practises Falun Gong. She was then transferred to a Beijing women’s slave labour camp. She recounted what she experienced since August 19th 2005, including psychological and physical torture. In an effort to make her renounce her belief, the torture she suffered ranged from hard slave labour to forced re-education and blackmail. They tried to instill in her deep-seated fear and the inability to take the pressure any longer. One does not need to be a Falun Gong practitioner to understand that Liu Wei suffered great injustice.

The thirty five year old survived the imprisonment. After her release she worked just as before her imprisonment at the GTZ, the German Society for Technical Cooperation.

The Chinese partner for the project is the Finance and Economics Committee of The National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's Republic of China, the highest organ of state power in China. The project leader on the Chinese side objected that the firm employed a Falun Gong practitioner. He threatened to terminate the project. “My boss, a German, couldn’t argue about this, as he would have been also in trouble with his German supervisors. The German regime assists China very often in projects without compensation. At the same time they are trying to impress the Chinese regime, so they would land large Chinese contracts,” explained Liu Wei.

GTZ is a government entity. Berlin therefore also is responsible to what happened to Liu Wei. They need to explain to the public why German taxpayers’ money is used in China, as well as where their political direction is taking them. We already have known for quite some time about the political persecuted situation in China, about the imprisoned journalists, lawyers, Tibetans, and members of the religious minority. Despite all the promises by the Beijing leaders, the human rights situation before the Olympic Games has not improved. Just the opposite is going on.

According to Reporters without Borders, the Chinese authorities had arrested thirty journalists and fifty Internet dissidents in August. Li Heping and Gao Zhisheng stand out especially for the alarming harassment of Chinese lawyers. They are persecuted by China’s secret service, beaten, threatened and arrested.

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