On September 28, dozens of human rights and religious groups rallied outside People rallied outside the United Nations urging the international
the United Nations Headquarters urging world leaders attending the 62nd
Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and all people of conscience,
to take joint action to end the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution
of Falun Gong and other religious groups. The rally also voiced its support
for the Human Rights Torch Relay initiated by the Coalition to Investigate the
Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) and urged the CCP to immediately release renowned
human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.
community to take action to stop the CCP from persecuting Falun Gong and other
On September 28, dozens of human rights and religious groups rallied outside
People rallied outside the United Nations urging the international
New York State Senator Ruben Diaz issued a proclamation for
the Human Rights Torch Relay
Dr. Zhiyuan Wang, director of the World Organization to Investigate
the Persecution of Falun Gong: “Stop the Chinese Communist regime's atrocities
of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.”
“When China was selected to host the Olympic Games in June 2001, one condition
was that the CCP improve human rights in China. However, after Beijing was selected,
the human rights situation in China continues to deteriorate,” Dr. Zhiyuan Wang,
director of the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong
(WOIPFG), said at the rally.
Dr. Wang said that WOIPFG released a report on July 25 which stated that the
appalling atrocities of organ harvesting from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners
is still happening in China. According to recordings of phone investigations
posted online, an organ broker for the No. 307 Military Hospital in Beijing
promised to provide kidneys within a week for a price of 200,000 yuan
plus a 50,000-yuan broker fee. In addition, the broker promised to provide personal
ID and health certificates of the Falun Gong practitioner “donors.”
“In the beginning of this year, the CCP launched a national roundup of Falun
Gong practitioners. Most recently, it arrested renowned human rights lawyer
Gao Zhisheng. In addition, it has been reported that during the Olympics the
CCP will deny entry to many people that have been classified into 13 ['undesirable']
“From all this, we can see that human rights in China have made no improvement
and the CCP continues to persecute Falun Gong practitioners and other innocent
people. We must stop the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners
and we must stop the organ harvesting atrocities,” Dr. Wang said.
At the rally, Ann Noonan, assistant to New York Senator Ruben Diaz, presented
a proclamation honoring the Human Rights Torch Relay on behalf of the senator.
In the proclamation, the senator commended the Falun Gong practitioners'
effort to safeguard their basic rights and urged the CCP to end the persecution
of Falun Gong and other religious groups.
Kirk Allison, director of the Program in Human Rights and Health at the University
of Minnesota, and Clive Ansley and David Matas, renowned Canadian human rights
lawyers, each wrote letters to the rally to condemn the organ harvesting atrocities
and request that the international community perform independent investigation
into these crimes. They also expressed their support for the Human Rights Torch
Many representatives from human rights groups, including Rolando Bini, director
of Parents in Action, Zaw Win, a Burmese Democracy activist, and Thong Boulom,
secretary of the Laos Democracy Union, spoke out at the rally urging the CCP
stop the persecution of Falun Gong.
“Why do things happening in China matter to us?” Susan Prager, director of
public relations for the Human Rights Torch Relay, challenged the audience.
“Is there any relation between the recalled toys and tainted food and the persecution
of human rights? They all originated from the same corrupted culture which pays
no respect to life.”
Reportedly, seven US House representatives have initiated Resolution 610 which
urges the US government to boycott the Beijing Olympics if the CCP does not
stop its human rights violations.
The rally received a good response from the public. Scott Dalby, a student
from the UK studying at New York University, said: “I believe that this event
will make a big impact.”
A Chinese-American police officer said: “The songs performed at the rally are
great. The event is very moving. We admire the efforts made by Falun Gong practitioners.”
Posting date: 30/Sep/2007
Original article date: 30/Sep/2007
Category: World News