Foreign Ambassadors in London Express Concern about Organ Harvesting

The Ambassadors of different countries based in London wrote to the European Friends of Falun Gong to express their concern about organ harvesting from living people in China. The Ambassador of the Swiss Embassy wrote:

“Thank you for your letter of 22nd of August 2006 concerning Falun Gong practitioners in China and the allegations of organ harvesting in that country.

Switzerland has been conducting a human rights dialogue with China for several years now. Our priority topics include the right to freedom of religion and conscience and freedom from physical harm. In this context we are also fully committed to respect for human rights of members of the Falun Gong movement.

The Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of the allegations made by the Falun Gong movement against the Chinese government, which you mention. We are following this topic attentively together with the representatives of other states and international organisations.

I can assure you that the Minister of Foreign Affairs pays very close attention to the human rights situation in China and other countries in more general terms also. For example, we are committed to the abolition of the death penalty worldwide and to the cessation of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.”

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic wrote: “Thank you for your letter of the 22nd of August 2006 regarding the Report into the Allegation of Organ Harvesting from Falun Gong Practitioners in China by David Matas and David Kilgour.

Having given careful consideration to your remarks, I have decided to forward your letter and the accompanying documents to the relevant authorities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.”

European Friends of Falun Gong.

September 20th, 2006

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