Australian State Premier: Persecution of Falun Gong Is Against the Values Respected in the 21st Century (Photo)

Member of the Australian Labor Party Dr. Carmen Lawrence attended the rally entitled
“Join Together to Stop the CCP from Harvesting Organs of Living Falun Gong Practitioners”
held in front of the Parliament House in Canberra on October 17, 2006. She said
that the persecution of Falun Gong is against the values respected in the 21st
century. Dr. Lawrence was the first woman to be elected Premier of Western Australia
in 1990, a Federal Member in 1994, and the first well-received Labor Party member
when she was the President of the Australian Labor Party in 2003. She has devoted
herself to refugee policies and democracy reform.

Lawrence speaks at the rally

Dr. Lawrence said in an interview that the
persecution of Falun Gong is completely against the values respected by humanity
in the 21st century. She said that the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners
has been completely verified. By persecuting the Falun Gong group and other groups,
it is indisputable that the CCP government is completely against the values we
respect in the 21st century. There is no such thing as safeguarding
human rights in China, and the more serious accusation is that they tortured Falun
Gong practitioners to death when the practitioners were detained. The worrying
facts have been verified by credible human rights organizations.

Dr. Lawrence
further added that he international community should put pressure on the CCP government
prior to the Olympic Games. She said that it is even more worrying regarding the
accusation of harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners. CCP government
officials have enhanced the reliability of the accusation against it, because
they have admitted to trading in organs of executed prisoners for profit. Though
they have denied the crimes committed against Falun Gong, there has been sufficient
evidence to evoke people's deep concerns and desire for further, urgent investigation.
Whether the CCP government acknowledges it or not, the international community
should take this accusation seriously. They should put pressure on the CCP government
prior to the Olympic Games, and ensure there will be an independent investigation
on this serious allegation prior their inauguration.

As for what Australia
should do, Dr. Lawrence said that there should be a human rights standard when
endorsing trade agreements. She said, “I think we should point out to the Chinese
government and that Chinese people that the Australian people are deeply disturbed
by this incident. We will continue do what we should do.”

date: 28/Oct/2006

Original article date: 26/Oct/2006
Category: Australian


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