Ukraine: The Persecution of Falun Gong Receives Attention at an International Conference in Ukraine

On December 5th, 2006, an international conference on the topic “The Media Opposes Terrorism and Extremism” was jointly held at Donetsk city in Ukraine by the Kiev Diamatik Social Economy Research Centre, the Humanitarianism Policy Office of the Department of Defense of Ukraine, the European Atlantic Cooperation Department and the International Security Scientific Information centre in Donetsk Nationality University, the Politics Analysis and Society Research Institute subordinated to the Kiev NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) Information and Literature Centre.

The persecution of Falun Gong received attention at the international conference

During the conference three major topics were discussed: terrorism, extremism, and genocide. The conference also discussed how to prevent terrorism, as well as co-operation between government and the society to oppose terrorism together. The conference also discussed large scale state terrorism launched by the Chinese government against Falun Gong practitioners in China.

Many representatives gave speeches at the conference including Uriy Grebenchuk - the general manager of Kiev Diamatik social economy research center, Vladimir Kipen – the president of Donetsk politics analysis and society research institute, and An Sagaydak from the department of International Relations and Politics at Donetsk National University. The representatives from NATO headquarters to Ukraine and the Russian Political Relations and Security emphasised in their speech that “co-operation among countries is an important condition for eradicating terrorism.”

The speech given by Ms Rosina Milostnova, chief editor of The Epoch Times newspaper, which is registered in Ukraine, aroused the conference delegate’s attention. She said that terrorism can occur at the level of the state; today this kind of terrorism is happening in China. The CCP's persecution of Falun Gong is actually state-terrorism. The CCP controlls all state machinary including the army, the media, public security office, armed police, state security system, judicial system, the national people’s congress, diplomacy and so on. All of those are served to persecute Falun Gong. The CCP army and police directly involved in kidnapping and arresting Falun Gong practitioners, the media spread lies on behalf of the CCP. The CCP implemented the policy of “to destroy their reputation, bankrupt them financially and annihilate them physically” against Falun Gong practitioners who believe in “Truthfulness Compassion and Forbearance”, and the persecution has lasted for over seven years. Since July 1999, there have been at least 3000 documented cases of Falun Gong practitioners persecuted to death. At the conference she also exposed the CCP's crime of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

NTDTV reporter Vladimir Yasinskiy gave a brief speech, he also mentioned the CCP persecution of Falun Gong, then showed a video recording of an independent investigation of organ harvesting, the investigation was conducted by David Kilgour, former president of the Canadian Human Rights Committee and the former Secretary of State (Asia Pacific) of Canada, and David Matas, international human rights lawyer.

After seeing the video, delegates at the conference were shocked, many people asked questions such as, why such a matter like this was unknown to us until today. The organiser of the conference hoped that this report would still be presented at the next similar conference in Krim.

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