(Minghui.org) On December 7, three days before Human Rights Day, Falun Dafa practitioners in Toronto gathered on Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto’s City Hall to urge the Canadian government to bring up the persecution of Falun Dafa during the Summit for Democracy, December 9 – 10. Practitioners called for stopping the 22-year-long suppression in China and releasing Canadian citizens’ family members detained in China.

Several Canadian officials and representatives of human rights organisations spoke at the event, including Consiglio Di Nino (former Senator), Wladyslaw Lizon (former Member of Parliament), Michael Stainton (President of the Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada), and Sheng Xue (Vice President of the Federation for a Democratic China).

According to the Canadian Falun Dafa Association, a list of 150 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials and nearly 300 pages of supporting documents were submitted to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, describing the human rights violations carried out by these officials against Falun Dafa practitioners.

Twelve family members of Canadian residents are currently held in Chinese prisons and other detention facilities. Among them is Ms. Liu Yan, who was arrested in Yunnan Province in late September.