“Justice and human rights will become reality in China in the end,” said Stephen Sim, a human rights advocate and senior radio host for FM 99.3 in Sydney, addressing a September 4 rally on Queens Square in front of the Federal Court of Australia.
The rally raised awareness of the 16-year persecution of Falun Gong in China and was also a show of support for the thousands of lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party, for his abuse of power in orchestrating the persecution.
John Deller, spokesperson for the Australian Falun Dafa Association, was the rally's emcee. He announced that more than 160,000 people have filed criminal complaints against Jiang within the past three months.
Speakers at the rally includes Dr. Lucy Zhao, Chair of the Australian Falun Dafa Association, Huiqiang Pan, Chair of the Victoria Falun Dafa Association, David Shoebridge, a Greens Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, Stephen Sim, human rights advocate and senior radio host for FM 99.3, Andrew Bush, a senior member of the Liberal Party, and three Falun Gong practitioners who suffered persecution in China and have filed complaints against Jiang.
The Divine Land Marching Band, composed entirely of Falun Gong practitioners, performed prior to the start of the rally.
“Bring Jiang to Justice!”
“Since 1999, Jiang Zemin started a persecution against innocent people in China – millions of citizens,” said Dr. Lucy Zhao in her speech. “Many families were broken up and children lost their parents. The abuses include forced organ harvesting from living people in labor campus, prison and hospitals. This is a form of evil we've never seen on this planet – taking organs from living people for profit. This is a result of Jiang Zemin's decision to perpetrate the persecution. That's why now hundreds of thousands practitioners have filed criminal complaints against him. And this number will increase.”
|Dr. Lucy Zhao, Chair of the Australian Falun Dafa Association|
Dr. Zhao continued, “And in Australia, more than one hundred people have filed complaints. Thousands of people have signed the petition to support the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin. This is a very important moment in history. It will be remembered by the people of the future.
“The crime conducted by Jiang Zemin is a serious one, against Chinese law. It's a serious violation of international human rights conventions. It's also a big challenge to conscience and justice, to all human beings, to all of us.
“When history turns this page, that crime will be ended. When future generations, our children, our grandchildren look back, they will ask us: what have our parents and grandparents done to stop these horrible crimes? That's why everyone can do something to help, to stop this crime.”
Dr. Zhao exhorted the audience, “Don't underestimate what you can do! Every little effort contributes. Those courageous people who filed the complains need your support. Bring Jiang Zemin to justice!”
“All Parties Should Support the Effort of Falun Gong Practitioners against the Persecution”
David Shoebridge, a Greens member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, submitted a bill, the New South Wales Human Tissue Amendment（Trafficking in Human Organs）Bill 2015, to the Provincial Parliament. The purpose is to pass a code to charge those involved in unlawful organ trafficking.
|David Shoebridge, Greens member of the New South Wales Legislative Council|
“I have seen you in sunshine, in rain, in hail, and in wind, making a pretty simple statement in support for dignity, which I fully endorse,” said Mr. Shoebridge in his speech. “No matter which country you live in, you should be entitled to the basic human rights, to be able to have your own spiritual, personal and religious beliefs, free from interference from your government. And to be free from the very clear criminal persecution that practitioners of Falun Gong suffer in China.
“Leaders in this country who put their hand up and say they believe in a legal democracy, that every political leader, regardless of their political colours should be here supporting you in your cause.
“The basic humanity is denied to practitioners of Falun Gong when they’re imprisoned because of their beliefs. They are singled out to be the source of forced organ harvesting that are then used for a full-profit within China. People from Australia, from the US, wealthy members of the Chinese community then have access to organs.
“When will we join together as a globe and say enough’s enough? When will enough political leaders have the courage to stand up to the Chinese government and simply say 'you must respect universal human rights'.
Mr. Shoebridge concluded, “China doesn’t trade with us because they think we are nice. They don’t buy our coal or our iron ore because we are craven. They buy because we price them right on an international market. There is no respect from any country to political leaders of another country that are too craven to stand up for their principles. Our principles are clear – your rights should be respected. On behalf of the New South Wales Greens, I give you my ongoing support.”
“The Perpetrators Will Be Held Accountable”
Andrew Bush, a senior member of the Liberal Party, said in his speech that he was speaking out as an ordinary Australian against the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
|Andrew Bush, senior member of the Liberal Party|
Mr. Bush said, “Genocide occurred in the 1930s and 1940s. In my view we are seeing it again in China, with the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The persecution occurs simply because the Chinese government wants control over what everyone says or does or even thinks, which is impossible anyway. It is wrong in the most evil sense of the word.”
He continued, “If the same thing was happening to a penguin in Antarctica, the whole would be up in arms. Because this is happening in China to ordinary human beings, the world turns its back. That means there are two wrongs going on: we who turn our back as citizens are wrong, when people need our support, and what’s going on in China is wrong.
“I hope that ordinary Australians can no longer be ignorant but stand up to what is going on, so that the Chinese Government gets the message that what they are doing is wrong, and can never be justified. They need to be held accountable for the wrong that they have done, without reservation.
“I know there is a lawsuit against Jiang going on in China. What I have suggested and what I hope will happen is that the same case will be run through the international court. It will put huge extra pressure on China.
“I hope and I trust that ordinary Australians see what is going on and will get behind the Falun Gong practitioners in Australia, who are standing totally behind the Falun Gong practitioners in China. So we can stop this new holocaust. The people that started it and perpetuated it will be held to account as soon as is practicable.”
“Justice and Human Rights Will Become Reality in China”
Stephen Sim recalled the collapse of the Eastern communist bloc in his speech. He condemned the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Mr. Sim said, “This is the truth of what’s happening in China today. I say that to know what’s going on and do nothing about it, according to me, is guilty. I will be talking about the persecution as I always do in the radio program this afternoon.”
|Stephen Sim, human rights advocate and senior radio host for FM 99.3 in Sydney|
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