U.S. coverage of China has been weak and our policies inconsistent. Terribly so. But it doesn’t render us incapable of doing the right thing. Falun Gong has been getting little press in the torch relay fracas. That’s not surprising. As an indigenous Chinese movement, rather than a separatist one, Falun Gong has taken a neutral position on boycotting the Chinese Olympics, sensing correctly that it has become a matter of Chinese “face” that the Olympics continue.
Statement on behalf of the Falun Dafa Associations of NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Falun Gong practitioners will not be protesting on the Olympic Torch route in Canberra on 24 April.
In order for the Chinese people to see a world with the same human rights, the Forum announced the launching of a plan to promote the Human Rights Torch Relay into China by the end of March, 2008 in response to the Chinese people’s call for human rights and against the Olympic Games.
On February 18, 2008, the “Human Rights Torch Relay” initiated by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) arrived in Israel, and a torch relay ceremony was held in downtown Tel Aviv.
Global Human Rights Torch Relay will travel through 100 cities around the world. Its purpose is to call on the international community to focus on brutal violations of human rights and the Olympics spirit by the Chinese Communist regime, in order to stop such crimes and not let the 2008 Olympic Games that symbolizes peace and freedom of humanity become the “Bloody Harvest Games.”
A Global Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR), inspired by the Olympic torch, is to be lit in Greece on Thursday August 9 and will travel around the world to put human rights on the agenda in the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.