Call for Federal Government support for investigation of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China

PRESS CONFERENCE: 12:00pm, Tuesday 30 May 2006 Federation Mall, Parliament

Canberra: Falun Gong practitioners will stage an appeal outside
of Parliament house on Tuesday 30 May 2006 calling for the Federal Government
to participate in an investigation into organ harvesting from live Falun Gong
detainees in China.

Falun Dafa Associations around the world have established
the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) to
conduct a "broad and rigorous" investigation of China’s concentration
camps, labour camps and medical facilities. A former doctor in the Chinese military
has alleged that the inmates of 36 concentration camps are being used as an organ
bank for transplants.

It is disturbing that the killing of Falun Gong practitioners
for their organs is accelerating, while world governments and media are largely
ignoring the alarming evidence, making the situation even more perilous,"
said John Deller, President of the Falun Dafa Association of NSW.

The international
team currently includes legal professionals, politicians and members of the media
and non-profit organisations from North America, Europe, and Australia. The issue
of organ harvesting has recently been raised a number of times during parliamentary
question time by Australian members of parliament.

Canada’s former Secretary
of State (Asia Pacific) David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas launched
an investigation team in Canada on 8 May, 2006.

According to preliminary
statistics by the highly authoritative Chinese Journal of Nephrology Dialysis
& Transplantation, about 15,000 to 20,000 organ transplants are performed
in China every year, which includes over 5,000 kidney transplants. Amnesty International
states that 1,770 people were executed in China last year. Clearly, there is no
way death row prisoners can supply enough organs for the numbers of transplants
being performed. The logical conclusion seems to be that there is a pool of waiting
"donors" of some 100,000 to 200,000. The CIPFG believe this pool consists
of Falun Gong practitioners held in concentration camps across China.

from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the Consulate in Shenyang toured the facilities
in Sujiatun at the invitation of the Chinese government. Inevitably they did not
find any evidence that the hospital has been used for abnormal purposes as the
site had naturally been cleaned up. That scenario is reminiscent of the Theresienstadt
concentration camp in Nazi Germany. In June 1944, the Nazis permitted the Red
Cross to tour the Theresienstadt camp. The Red Cross officials saw a peaceful,
community with cafes and shops, freshly painted rooms, and plazas with nice landscaping.
The genocide of the Jews continued elsewhere.

Nazi style atrocities are
happening again – this time in China – The world must take action now before thousands
more innocent lives are lost.

Posting date: 29/May/2006
Original article
date: 29/May/2006
Category: Media Release


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