United States: CIPFG Third Visa Application Rejected - International Community Must be Alerted that the CCP is Destroying Evidence

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Six days ago, investigators Zhang Fen and Xu Zhen from the "Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China" (CIPFG) went to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) Consulate General in San Francisco to apply for a visa each to enter China, for the purpose of investigating the persecution of Falun Gong. On the afternoon of May 2nd, 2006, Zhang Fen received a phone call from the Chinese Consulate official informing her that their applications were rejected. Given that the CCP had already offered to open up labour camps in China for investigation by the international community, Zhang Fen said that the refusal shows that the CCP has once again lied to the international community.

Spokesperson for the CIPFG, Ms. Sherry Zhang, stated that the international community must be vigilant, and that the CCP is thought to be hastily destroying evidence. Nevertheless, the mighty force of exposing the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong is unstoppable. More and more people from all walks of life have asked to join the CIPFG, in hopes of ending this inhuman persecution as soon as possible.

After it was revealed that organs from living Falun Gong practitioners were removed and practitioner's bodies subsequently cremated to destroy the evidence at the Sujiatun Concentration Camp, the CCP did not not react until three weeks later, when a spokesman for the CCP's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qin Gang, denied that such atrocities took place. Qin Gang also publicly invited international media to China to investigate the situation for themselves. Responding to his invitation, independent investigators from Australia, Europe and the United States went to Chinese Embassy and Consulates in their respective areas to apply for a visa to go to China with the intention of investigating the persecution of Falun Gong. The investigators from Australia and Europe have had their visa applications immediately rejected by the Chinese Consulate.

US investigators Zhang Fen and Xu Zhen submitted their visa applications on April 25th. The official in charge of issuing visa said that it was beyond his power, and he could not made a decision, and would ask for instructions from Beijing. In the following two days, Zhang Fen called the consulate inquiring about the status of their visa applications. On May 2nd, the official from the consulate called Zhang Fen to tell her that both visa applications were rejected.

Zhang Fen said that when she asked a reason for the rejection, the official did not answer her, but only said one more time, "Your visa applications were not approved," and then hung up the phone.

Rejection of the Investigators' Visa Applications Indicates that the CCP's Invitation was a Lie

Xu Zhen said that he was not surprised that his visa application was rejected, because the CCP has been relying on lies to sustain this persecution of Falun Gong. It is very afraid of having its atrocities exposed.

Zhang Fen commented that the CCP's invitation to the international media to go to China for an investigation is a lie.

Zhang Fen continued to say that he believes that the CCP has spent three weeks destroying any evidence of crime at Sujiatun as well as relocating those detained there. They then arranged for the international community to go there to "investigate." Now, what we want to investigate is the persecution of Falun Gong nationwide. To eliminate all evidence of crimes and relocate those at other concentration camps throughout China would take far more time so the regime does not dare to allow outsiders to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into their organ harvesting crimes, an allegation which has been claimed by several witnesses.

"What is Done Cannot be Undone"

Xu Zhen said that though investigators are temporarily unable to enter China for investigation, many witnesses have accused the CCP of organ harvesting from different angles. Recently, a military doctor revealed that the CCP crimes have been controlled by the military.

Xu Zhen pointed out that since the military is involved, even if investigators are able to enter China, the CCP would still find all kinds of reasons to prevent investigators from collecting evidence. It even dares not to issue our visas. Why is it so afraid? But, looking at it conversely, it is not difficult to see that the CCP feels guilty for the monstrous crimes it has committed.

The Mighty Force of Revealing the Truth is Unstoppable

Sherry Zhang said that since more and more cases of the CCP's brutal persecution and murder of Falun Gong practitioners have been exposed to the public it has led to more and more witnesses testifying against the CCP's atrocities of live organ harvesting. More and more people have been outraged.

Ms. Zhang said that representatives of the CIPFG from Australia, Europe and the United States have tried three times to apply for visas to enter China for investigation. This is only a start! The mighty force of revealing the truth is unstoppable. Many righteous people have now requested to join the CIPFG, including renowned human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Professor Jiao Guobiao, lawyer Yang Zaixin, Professor Sun Wenguang and others. We will reveal the truth to the world, and end the persecution soon.

International Community must be Alert to the CCP Hastily Destroying Evidence

Sherry Zhang said that according to reports from Mainland China, since the exposure of the Sujiatun Concentration Camp, the CCP authorities have hurriedly put through an "Interim Human Organ Transplant Regulations" to regulate organ transplant in China. However the date for the regulation to come into effect is July 1st. It is suspected that this will give the CCP enough time to destroy the criminal evidence.

Ms. Zhang continued to say that investigations in some areas have uncovered information that hospitals and organ transplantation centres in 16 provinces, cities and autonomous regions are operating overtime to perform batches of organ transplants. These places include Heilongjiang Province, Liaoning Province, Jilin Province, Beijing, Tianjin, Henan Province, Hebei Province, Hubei Province and Wuhan City, Hunan Province, Shanghai, Zhejiang Province, Yunnan Province, Anhui Province, Shaanxi Province, and Xinjiang Autonomous Region. An independent investigator was told by hospital staff that if they want an organ transplant then they need to act quickly, and that finding a suitable organ could be done in one to two days. They also said that after this batch of organs was used up then obtaining a transplant would be difficult.

Ms. Zhang also pointed out that the CCP has rejected three requests from CIPFG investigators to go to China. At the same time, mass evidence from investigations has indicated that the CCP is urgently destroying the evidence. She called upon the international community to be vigilant, and treat the CCP's deception seriously.

Perpetrators Must be Held Accountable

Sherry Zhang said that the related personnel who have been directly or indirectly involved in this atrocity are at risk right now. They are all within the CCP's scope and it is possible that they will be eliminated just like other evidence of these crimes. She hopes these people can stop participating in this atrocity out of consideration for human nature and their conscience, and also collect as well as save evidence to cooperate with the investigators' work.

At the same time, she also said that the CIPFG will cooperate with all government organisations, human rights organisations, the media and individuals with conscience and justice to continue making efforts to enter China to conduct a thorough and independent investigation.

Finally, Ms. Zhang emphasized that all perpetrators who have been participating in the persecution will be put on trial as soon as the truth is revealed to the world.

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