Feeling the urgency of stopping the human rights atrocities against people who practise Falun Gong in China and the importance of bringing the chief persecutors, such as former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin and his cronies Liu Jing, Luo Gan and Zhou Yongkang, to justice through legal means, practitioners in Finland decided to raise awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong to a wide range of people. They particularly focused on people who work in the legal field and in local government offices. One of the main purposes of this activity was to inform them about the recent developments in the numerous lawsuits filed around the world against the persecutors. Lots of replies and messages of support were received.
One purpose for sending letters to local governmental offices in each county in Finland was to let them know about the practice of Falun Gong, from which countless people have benefited in over 60 countries. Even in the smallest cities and villages in Finland it is possible to learn Falun Gong by inviting practitioners. Some schools and organisations contacted us later on and asked us to visit.
Another purpose of this activity was to tell the governmental officials around Finland about the serious persecution and human rights atrocities that have been waged against Falun Gong practitioners in China. It’s a question of a very broad international human rights issue, and its’ impact has manifested outside China through Chinese embassies and consulates. Therefore we felt that every country’s government, including local city governments, should be clear and aware of this issue.
Trade has been increasing between Finland and China and human rights are naturally an inseparable part of trade relations. Upholding human rights will surely guarantee a safe and functioning trade relationship. If companies are not aware of the ongoing persecution and unlawful human rights violations or illegal forced labour, in the worst case scenario Finnish companies could be unknowingly supporting persecution through funding with their business. They would thus be involved in serious human rights violations. It is our responsibility to help them and tell them about what they could be involved with.
The Most Serious Crimes Against Humanity
The persecution of Falun Gong is one of the most serious human rights violations in the world today. It has targeted a very large number of people in China, and countless methods of inhuman torture and abuse have been used. According to international legal experts, there is clearly Genocide happening to people who practise Falun Gong in China. In addition, the persecution is based completely on lies and propaganda, which are used to justify the persecution of innocent people.
Practitioners of Falun Gong cultivate truthfulness, compassion and tolerance, and try to be good people by raising their morality and character. Attacking people who strive to be unselfish and kind is an attack against human morality and ethics. Persecuting people with torture and brainwashing because they try to be good people is a terrible and inconceivable crime. Before the persecution in China began, 100 million people were practising Falun Gong and were healthy people who focused on behaving well and thinking of others first. How could this bring anything but benefits and goodness to a country and its government?
Bringing the Culprits to Justice
The third purpose of sending these letters was to raise awareness regarding the lawsuits which have been filed around the world against the chief persecutors of Falun Gong. In September 2003, a lawsuit was filed against member of the Chinese Communist Party’s standing committee and leader of the 6-10 Office (1) Luo Gan when he was visiting Finland. Luo actually faced a lawsuit in every country he visited during his European Tour due to his guiding role in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. We sent letters to law offices, court houses and prosecutors’ offices around the country. Due to the pressure from Jiang’s regime, many countries have unfortunately bent to violate human rights and democratic principles in their own countries. This happened because they believed the lies from Jiang’s criminal gang. Finland has also been a victim of this evil propaganda which has led people to believe false information about Falun Gong. This method has been used in China, through state-run media, to justify and conceal the barbaric acts of violence in attempts to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their beliefs.
Many legal firms responded to our letters and thanked us for the information. Some also called us and wanted to talk more. One of the replies summed up the focus of our activity quite succinctly: “I read your letter about Jiang Zemin’s crimes. The matter is serious and I hope that the culprit will be convicted.”
1. Note: "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.
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