Czech Republic: During the Chinese Prime Minister’s Visit, Falun Gong Practitioners Call for an Immediate End to the Persecution

On December 7th, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao arrived in Prague for a two day visit. On Thursday, practitioners started a twenty hour appeal outside the Chinese Embassy, calling for action to end the persecution of Falun Gong. They hope that the public will pay closer attention to the on-going persecution of Falun Gong during Wen’s visit.

“They want to call on Wen Jiabao to help end the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The Czech Falun Gong Association has also asked Czech politicians not to forget the abuse of human rights in their talks with Wen Jiabao,” said the Prague Daily Monitor on December 6th.

The Czech Falun Gong association stated on Tuesday: "During the inhuman campaign, over 2780 Falun Gong practitioners have been beaten or tortured to death, while Chinese sources say that the figure may be nine times higher. Tens of thousands of women, men and children are being imprisoned in labour camps, where they are daily tortured and humiliated,"

During Hu’s visit to the Czech Republic, Amnesty international and Olympic Watch also called on people to pay attention to the on-going human rights violations in China.

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