This reporter interviewed lawyer Fabrice Orlandi.
Reporter: How do you view the Falun Gong group and the current persecution of the group in China?
FO: I think what Falun Gong upholds is Chinese traditional culture and traditional thought, yet the CCP regards it as a kind of threat to its political power. Falun Gong is strong in China; Falun Gong practitioners outnumber the CCP membership. The CCP is a dictatorship and in order to eliminate perceived dissidents, the CCP felt they must annihilate Falun Gong. They now even use the method of organ harvesting to eliminate Falun Gong.
France is a country which upholds human rights. Every human being enjoys freedom of thought. I think freedom of thought goes beyond borders. They should also have freedom of thought there in China. Apart from the freedom of thought patterns, they should also be respected.
When I heard of the crime of genocide happening in China, I thought we must condemn the crime. The CCP removed corneas from some of the Falun Gong practitioners. It is only because their thought is different from the views of the authorities that they are imprisoned.
Now facts are presented here. The investigation report has just been submitted to the French National Human Rights Advisory Committee. These are some of the facts that have been verified and based on concrete evidence. The investigation report has already defined the persecution as a crime of genocide, which is escalating.
Reporter: In your opinion, how can we help bring an end to the persecution?
FO: I think that France, as a human rights protector, should do something, even deny the Chinese the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, as condemnation of this crime.
What lawyer Matas, my counterpart, has said is meaningful. The denial of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will impel the athletes to condemn this crime, tell them what is happening there, and inform them, “We will not go to Beijing because human rights are trampled on there. This report gives the full and accurate evidence.” I think this would be a very good action to take.
Reporter: Don’t you think that people should come to a quicker awareness that this is a crime of genocide related to each individual and each country.
FO: Look at the example of Rwanda. Years ago the international organisations had already been informed of the happening there. But they ignored it. Yet, one day it was verified that the happening was true. Perhaps years later when the crime of genocide against Falun Gong is verified, we will have been able to say that we had already condemned and exposed the crime in 2001 and 2002. But you, you should bear responsibility for this.
Reporter: The well-known human rights lawyer in China, Gao Zhisheng, has been monitored, followed, beaten and illegally imprisoned for a long period, just because he defended Falun Gong practitioners and submitted letters to the Chinese leaders to reflect the persecution of Falun Gong. Recently, his wife and children have been monitored and beaten. As his counterpart, what do you plan to do?
FO: After being informed of the illegal arrest, we had tried to intervene. We can make an appeal by signing the petition. Also we can travel to China to intervene in it.
I think that regarding the arrest of our counterpart, we can call on all the other lawyers to jointly take action.
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