The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held the Health Ministers Conference on June 6th, 2007, in Sydney, Australia. Falun Gong practitioners from Australia held a press conference outside the conference hall and hosted an activity titled " Great Wall of Facts" to expose the CCP's harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and call upon the attendees of the conference to pay attention to the anti-human behaviours of the CCP.
Many media came to the press conference and reported the activity, including the 10 TV networks in Australia, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Australia Associated Press (AAP), NTDTV, and Sound of Hope Radio. A European reporter was shocked by the brutality of the CCP. He said that he would ask the Chinese Health Minister about it at the APEC press conference on Friday. Many local citizens signed their names on the petition to support Falun Gong practitioners.
|Clarifying the facts after the press conference|
|People signed their names to support Falun Gong practitioners|
|A practitioner introduced the "Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong" at the press conference|
Calling on the APEC conference attendees to pay attention to the organ harvesting
At 11 a.m., the press conference was held at Partin Place. Mr. John Deller, the spokesman of the Falun Dafa Association in New South Whales, spoke. He said that Falun Gong practitioners had already written to the Australia Health Minister, asking him to inform other health ministers about this news and to ask the Chinese health minister to investigate the allegation. Mr. Deller called upon the Australian and other government to help stop the organ harvesting.
|Mr. Deller gave a speech|
Mr. Deller said that the updated version of the investigation report about the organ harvesting in China has more evidence showing that the organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners does exist in China. In the report to the United Nations in March 2007, UN Rapporteur Mr. Manfred Nowak provided a list of Chinese hospitals, detention centers and courts that are suspected of being involved in the organ harvesting.
According to the Australian Associated Press, two major Australian organ transplant hospitals, Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra, have banned the training of Chinese surgeons due to concerns that China takes organs from executed prisoners. Mr. Deller hoped that more hospitals would follow suit. He urged the Chinese government to allow independent groups to conduct investigations in China. He also warned Australians who are planning to have organ transplants in China that the organ they rreceive might come from an innocent person.
Witness offers indirect evidence
Ms. Liu Jinghang, who was jailed for three year because of her belief in Falun Gong, offered indirect evidence of the organ harvesting at the press conference. Ms. Liu was a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Science. After 1999, she was arrested six times and sentenced to three years because she refused to renounce Falun Gong.
She said that from June to November 2000, when she was jailed in Xicheng Detention Centre in Beijing, she and other Falun Gong practitioners had comprehensive physical examinations. But other criminals in the same detention centre weren't examined. On July 18th, 2000, five policemen took Ms. Liu to Qinghe Emergency Care Centre in Beijing and tried to take a blood sample from her. Because she refused to cooperate, she was restrained and doctors injected her with unidentified drugs. Both practitioners and other criminals in the detention centre thought it strange that the CCP would torture practitioners, but was willing to spend money on physical examinations for them.
On November 29th, 2000, policemen forced Ms. Liu and five other practitioners to have comprehensive physical exams and took the blood samples from them.
Ms. Liu said: "A lot of practitioners were transferred elsewhere. Nobody knows what happened to them. I had heard the police saying that they had orders from above that they should shoot the Falun Gong practitioners. Now I realise that the CCP treats practitioners as death-row criminals and sources of organs. That is why they gave us free physical examinations." Ms. Liu called upon the international community to take actions to stop the CCP's brutality.
APEC conference attendees and local citizens were shocked by the CCP's brutality
Beginning on Monday, Falun Gong practitioners distributed materials, collected anti-persecution signatures, and held up "fact-clarifying" banners at Martin Place, outside of the APEC conference. Many local people accepted the materials and signed their names on the petition. Practitioners passed out thousands of materials everyday. On Wednesday, they passed out more than 8000 flyers.
|Jessica cried when she learned about the organ harvesting|
Jessica Porler of Sydney cried when she learned about the organ harvesting. She said that it is brutal and the whole world should condemn the CCP's sin.
Many attendees of the APEC conference also accepted the fact-clarifying materials. A Japanese attendee said that this information is very important, because a lot of Japanese go to China for organ transplants every year, and they needed to know about this.
Since the organ harvesting was exposed in March 2006, more and more governments and people have been concerned about it. Last year, Mr. David Kilgour and Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott, the vice-President of the European Parliament, visited Australia and gave a series of speeches. They helped the political parties in Australia to create an agreement, urging the Chinese government to allow the international community to conduct independent investigations of the allegation.
Ms. Kay Rubachek, the host of the press conference, told about the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), which has more than 70 members from different political parties, including parliament members, lawyers, doctors, and other professional people. The CIPFG has written to the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in Sydney and Melbourne, requesting an independent investigation of the allegation.
During the APEC Conference of Health Ministers, from Wednesday to Friday, Falun Gong practitioners held a series of fact-clarifying activities outside the Westin Hotel, where the conference took place, raising awareness of the organ harvesting.
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