United Kingdom: Continuous Concern over the Issue of Falun Gong Until the Persecution Stops

Recently a British MP, Mr. Keith Hill, raised the issue of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecuting and harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners in the House of Commons during a three hour debate about the Foreign Affair Committee's annual human rights report.

In the debate, Mr. Hill introduced to other MPs what Falun Gong is. The CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong and he especially mentioned a report about the CCP’s practice of organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners by Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas and former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour. He said, ‘We have reason to believe that the practice of organ harvesting continues; if it does not, it is for the Chinese authorities to prove that that is the case. They should allow independent, third party investigations in China.’

Mr. Hill’s speech was applauded by another MP Mr. Mark Hunter. He said, ‘Pressure needs to be applied and there is no better time than now; with China relying on the publicity that the Olympics games can bring, we will never have a better lever on which to insist on improvements to human rights in that country.’

Before this, the House of Commons and House of Lords of the UK Parliament held debates over the persecution of Falun Gong in China many times. Mr. Hill made a fifteen minute speech in this debate and is the MP who gave longest speech ever.

Mr. Hill said, ‘Until now, I am the first MP to have detailed a debate in Parliament over the persecution of Falun Gong and the horrible issue of organ harvesting on live practitioners. This is a very important issue as I think no matter whether it is in this Parliament or among the British public, there are still many people who know very little about this issue. More than that, I also know that, what I did is a great help to Falun Gong practitioners’ appeal in the UK, in China and other places in the world’.

He said, ‘Now I greatly hope the British government could not only raise more issues over the persecution of Falun Gong to the Chinese authorities and also support an independent investigation into the allegations of organ harvesting on live Falun Gong practitioners. I promise to Falun Gong practitioners and to the Chinese authorities that I will be here to raise the issue of Falun Gong, respond to Falun Gong practitioners’ appeal until the persecution stops.’

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