On May 14th, 2007, one day before the European Union and Chinese Communist Party opened their human rights dialog, European Falun Gong practitioners assembled at Pariser Platz, in front of Brandenburger Tor in Berlin to request that the dialog should involve everyone's human rights in China. They also appealed to the European Union to publicly condemn the Chinese Communist Party for trampling the Chinese people's human rights.
The practitioners were supported by human rights organizations such as Association for Threatened People, International Human Rights Organization, Human Rights Without Borders and the Chinese Free Culture Movement. The vice-president of the European parliament, Edward McMillan-Scott, gave a speech.
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Vice President of the European Parliament: "Every Country Should Support Falun Gong Practitioners"
Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott planned to participate in the human rights dialog on May 15 and 16 in Berlin. He said in his speech that he personally heard testimony about organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China, and he thought the Canadian report about organ harvesting was absolutely credible. Therefore he emphasized once more that the Chinese Communist Party, because of its violations of human rights, should be disqualified from conducting the 2008 Olympic Games. He said: "I'd like to tell everyone precisely that the Olympic Games in 2008 should not be hosted in China. At least the human rights special commissioners of the United Nations should be permitted to launch an independent investigation into the Chinese detention centers, the reeducation and labor camps, the jails and the police stations. Also, I propose this week's human rights dialog should be suspended."He called for all the governments of the world to stand up to support Falun Gong. He said: "China is controlled by a dictatorship, in which barbaric and cruel political power rules. The persecution of people because of their beliefs will very possibly cause the Chinese Communist Party's downfall, very much like religion caused the disintegration of communism in Eastern Europe. We now stand in front of the Berlin Wall, which used to represent the splitting of Europe. For tens of thousands of Chinese people, even millions of Chinese people who have been detained in labor camps, we hope the CCP regime will fall from power as soon as possible. In addition, other countries of the world should all support Falun Gong practitioners who have suffered the most torture from the CCP.
Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott also emphasized that he will make a special appeal for three Chinese people. He said: "Today as I am making this speech, Gao Zhisheng, Niu Jinping's wife Zhang Liangying and Cao Dong are being persecuted. I will continue to appeal to the highest organizations of the United Nations in New York, to the European Union authorities in Brussels, as well as to other governments. Among these people, Zhang Liangying and Cao Dong are Falun Gong practitioners. Gao Zhisheng is persecuted because he submitted written statements three times to the Chinese Communist Party high officials, thus he was illegally sentenced by the Chinese Communist Party and placed under surveillance in his home."
Vice President of the European Falun Gong Society Requests Public Human Rights Dialog
Wu Wenxi, the vice president of the European Falun Gong Society, said that practitioners would be conducting three day-long petition activities in the hope that the European Union could persuade the Chinese Communist Party to stop persecuting Falun Gong. Simultaneously, the human rights dialog should be carried out publicly in Europe, and they should invite Falun Gong practitioners who have been persecuted to attend and provide testimony.
President of International Human Rights Organization: The Human Rights Criminals Should be Delivered to the Court
Karl Hafen, the president of the International Human Rights Organization, believes that the death penalty, torture, forced labor camps, persecution and other serious human rights infringements are still happening in China. Therefore the human rights dialog with China must not be carried on privately. All the essential diplomatic channels should be used to make China's incumbent and future leaders acknowledge their mistakes and apologize publicly, guarantee human rights and deliver the human rights criminals to the court.
President of the Association of World Citizens: Stopping the Persecution is a Necessary Step to Show Respect for the Value of Human Rights
Rene Wadlow, the president of the Association of World Citizens, and a representative of the United Nation said in his letter to Falun Gong practitioners: "I can be with you only in the spirit of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, in your important efforts to protect the practitioners of Falun Gong. I stand together with you. Since 22nd July, 1999, when the persecution started, practitioners of Falun Gong have been arrested and tortured leading to cases of death. They lost their jobs, pension and were forced to give up their belief. The Falun Gong practitioners were often put into the labour camps without trial. The Laogai system of administrative detention is the weakest link in the Chinese legal system."Also, Member of the National Assembly in Switzerland, Oskar Freysinger, and the Chinese Free Culture Movement's public letters were announced at the assembly. They requested that the human rights dialogs since 1996 should be made public and the Chinese Communist Party should publicly apologize for its human rights infringements. Otherwise, the human rights dialog could become the Chinese Communist Party's accomplice because of our hypocrisy and timidity. It would be better to stop this kind of dialog by the European Union.
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