Taiwanese Vice President Condemns Organ Harvesting in China
By Sun Guoying
Epoch Times Staff Dec 18, 2007
Taiwanese Vice President Annette Lu at the "Taking Action to Safeguard Human Rights" forum. (Sun Guoying/The Epoch Times)
On December 10, International Human Rights Day, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) Asian Delegation organized an event in Tainan City, Taiwan, to celebrate its first anniversary.
Taiwanese Vice President Annette Lu attended the event and gave a speech to condemn organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners and other human rights abuses in communist China.
The event, titled "Taking Action to Safeguard Human Rights", aimed at raising awareness of the human rights violations in China and calling public attention to promote peace, freedom and justice. Many political figures were invited to speak at the event, among which are Tainan City Mayor Xu Tiancai, city councillors Qiu Lili, Cai Wangquan, andLi Wenzheng, and former Legislative Committee Member Lin Liankui.
In her speech, Vice President Lu pointed out that the human rights situation in China is worse than ever. She urged the international society to speak up against live organ harvesting and other brutal persecutions in China, and take effective actions to stop the CCP from committing more crimes. Failure to do this, she said, will be the biggest humiliation for humankind.
"We cannot just sit and watch the CCP harvesting Falun Gong practitioners' organs and abusing human rights," remarked Lu. "We must make sure the CCP sees and hears the world's protest."
President of CIPFG Asian Delegation Lai Qingde reminded people in his speech of the promise that the CCP made to the International Olympic Committee to improve human rights before 2008. However, he said, as the Olympic Games approach, China's human rights situation is only deteriorating even more.
Lai said, "Today in China, the CCP is still secretly detaining Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, Tibetan monks and Xinjiang people without any legal proceedings. Many of them are persecuted to death everyday. The CCP is still forcefully demolishing and seizing people's houses and lands in the name of hosting the Olympics, which is causing more and more conflicts. The Chinese communist regime is using the Olympics as a tool to suppress the people."
Mock demonstration of live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. (Sun Guoying/The Epoch Times)Vice director of the Korean CIPFG Zheng Qiuchen said that more than 60,000 people signed their names to support the "Global Human Rights Torch Relay" in Korea.
He announced that after collecting 100,000 signatures the Korean CIPFG will send the signatures to the International Olympic Committee and human rights organizations around the world to call for boycotting Beijing Olympic Games.
Wang Fenglan, chief executive of the CIPFG said that the purported restriction of 43 types of "unwanted" people within 11 categories who are not allowed to attend the Olympics is definitely real. She quoted one of the Olympic chairmen of the CCP who claimed that China allows all religious people to attend the Olympics Games, but not Falun Gong practitioners.
Wang Fenglan expressed CIPFG's strong condemnation of the restrictions, and hopes the International Olympic Committee can face up to this problem. She also pointed out that many media outlets are seriously monitored in China, which is a flagrant violation of the spirit of the Olympic Games.