Attendees of the APEC’s Health Ministers Conference in Sydney Are Concerned about the CCP’s Organ Harvesting (Photos)

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held the Health Ministers Conference
on June 6, 2007, in Sydney, Australia. Falun Gong practitioners from Australia
held a press conference outside the conference hall and hosted an activity titled
” Great Wall of Facts” to expose the CCP's harvesting of organs from living
Falun Gong practitioners and call upon the attendees of the conference to pay
attention to the anti-human behaviors of the CCP.

Many media came to the press conference and reported the activity, including
the 10 TV networks in Australia, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Australia
Associated Press (AAP), NTDTV, and Sound of Hope Radio. A European reporter was
shocked by the brutality of the CCP. He said that he would ask the Chinese
Health Minister about it at the APEC press conference on Friday. Many local
citizens signed their names on the petition to support Falun Gong practitioners.

Clarifying the facts after the press conference

People signed their names to support Falun Gong practitioners

A practitioner introduced the “Coalition to Investigate
the Persecution of Falun Gong” at the press conference

Calling on the APEC conference attendees to pay attention to the organ

At 11 a.m., the press conference was held at Partin Place. Mr. John Deller,
the spokesman of the Falun Dafa Association in New South Whales, spoke. He said
that Falun Gong practitioners had already written to the Australia Health
Minister, asking him to inform other health ministers about this news and to ask
the Chinese health minister to investigate the allegation. Mr. Deller called
upon the Australian and other government to help stop the organ harvesting.

Mr. Deller gave a speech

Mr. Deller said that the updated version of the investigation report about
the organ harvesting in China has more evidence showing that the organ
harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners does exist in China. In the
report to the United Nations in March 2007, UN Rapporteur Mr. Manfred Nowak
provided a list of Chinese hospitals, detention centers and courts that are
suspected of being involved in the organ harvesting.

According to the Australian Associated Press, two major Australian organ
transplant hospitals, Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra, have banned the
training of Chinese surgeons due to concerns that China takes organs from
executed prisoners. Mr. Deller hoped that more hospitals would follow suit. He
urged the Chinese government to allow independent groups to conduct
investigations in China. He also warned Australians who are planning to have
organ transplants in China that the organ they rreceive might come from an
innocent person.

Witness offers indirect evidence

Ms. Liu Jinghang, who was jailed for three year because of her belief in
Falun Gong, offered indirect evidence of the organ harvesting at the press
conference. Ms. Liu was a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Science. After
1999, she was arrested six times and sentenced to three years because she
refused to renounce Falun Gong.

She said that from June to November 2000, when she was jailed in Xicheng
Detention Center in Beijing, she and other Falun Gong practitioners had
comprehensive physical examinations. But other criminals in the same detention
center weren't examined. On July 18, 2000, five policemen took Ms. Liu to Qinghe
Emergency Care Center in Beijing and tried to take a blood sample from her.
Because she refused to cooperate, she was restrained and doctors injected her
with unidentified drugs. Both practitioners and other criminals in the detention
center thought it strange that the CCP would torture practitioners, but was
willing to spend money on physical examinations for them.

On November 29, 2000, policemen forced Ms. Liu and five other practitioners
to have comprehensive physical exams and took the blood samples from them.

Ms. Liu said: “A lot of practitioners were transferred elsewhere. Nobody
knows what happened to them. I had heard the police saying that they had orders
from above that they should shoot the Falun Gong practitioners. Now I realize
that the CCP treats practitioners as death-row criminals and sources of organs.
That is why they gave us free physical examinations.” Ms. Liu called upon
the international community to take actions to stop the CCP's brutality.

APEC conference attendees and local citizens were shocked by the CCP's

Beginning on Monday, Falun Gong practitioners distributed materials,
collected anti-persecution signatures, and held up “fact-clarifying”
banners at Martin Place, outside of the APEC conference. Many local people
accepted the materials and signed their names on the petition. Practitioners
passed out thousands of materials everyday. On Wednesday, they passed out more
than 8000 flyers.

Jessica cried when she learned about the organ harvesting

Jessica Porler of Sydney cried when she learned about the organ harvesting.
She said that it is brutal and the whole world should condemn the CCP's sin.

Many attendees of the APEC conference also accepted the fact-clarifying
materials. A Japanese attendee said that this information is very important,
because a lot of Japanese go to China for organ transplants every year, and they
needed to know about this.

Since the organ harvesting was exposed in March 2006, more and more
governments and people have been concerned about it. Last year, Mr. David
Kilgour and Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott, the vice-President of the European
Parliament, visited Australia and gave a series of speeches. They helped the
political parties in Australia to create an agreement, urging the Chinese
government to allow the international community to conduct independent
investigations of the allegation.

Ms. Kay Rubachek, the host of the press conference, told about the Coalition
to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), which has more than 70
members from different political parties, including parliament members, lawyers,
doctors, and other professional people. The CIPFG has written to the Chinese
Embassy and Consulates in Sydney and Melbourne, requesting an independent
investigation of the allegation.

During the APEC Conference of Health Ministers, from Wednesday to Friday,
Falun Gong practitioners held a series of fact-clarifying activities outside the
Westin Hotel, where the conference took place, raising awareness of the organ

Posting date: 9/June/2007
Original article date: 9/June/2007
Category: Australian News


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