Germany: Falun Gong was a Topic of Discussion During the Annual Meeting of the International Human Rights Association

Between 5th and 6th April 2003, the International Human Rights Association held their 31st annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. The topic of this annual meeting was “Eliminating Brutal Punishment”. China became the focal point during this meeting, and the persecution of Falun Gong was the major topic of human rights abuses that was discussed.

A German Falun Gong practitioner gives a speech to the International Human Rights Association press conference
The meeting voted unanimously to adopt a resolution condemning the persecution of Falun Gong in China
Yuzhi Wang is talks about the horrific persecution she suffered in China
The audience was completely engrossed in Yuzhi Wang’s speech
The audience watches a Video-CD about
the truth behind the self-immolation
on Tiananmen Square

The International Human Rights Association was established in 1972, and its head office is located in Frankfurt. There are 25 branches established worldwide. This association has devoted itself to improving the human rights situation of every country and offering them support. The association also holds an observer seat in the European Parliament.

At the press conference held during the annual meeting, a German Falun Gong practitioner talked about the severe persecution of Falun Gong happening in China today, and announced that Falun Gong practitioners have filed a lawsuit against the actions of the German Police during Jiang’s visit to Germany last year.

During a discussion about China, the attendees talked about the Article 23 legislation in Hong Kong and how it has caused negative affects on Hong Kong’s democracy and freedom. Yuzhi Wang, a practitioner from Canadian, talked about her own personal experience of being persecuted for practising Falun Gong in China. She has been sent to a labour camp three times, and was even beaten and tortured in Wanjia Labour Camp for 100 days.

On the morning of 6th April, the resolution condemning the general human rights abuses and persecution of Falun Gong in China was adopted by a unanimous vote. The resolution also asked the German government to raise a motion condemning the human rights situation in China to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. This resolution will be formally handed over by the German government to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

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