Taipei Times (Taiwan): Group established to probe into abuse of Falun Gong

More than 100 legislators, lawyers, doctors, human rights activists and non-governmental organisation heads from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau yesterday established an Asian branch of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator William Lai, who is also the president of the branch, faxed a letter during the press conference in Taipei to the offices of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Luo Gan, the member of the Politburo Standing Committee who oversees police and judicial matters for the Chinese Communist Party.

Urgent need

The letter demanded that the Chinese government allow the group to conduct field investigations into allegations of government persecution against Falun Gong members in China.

"There is a very urgent need to investigate the situation in China as persecution is happening every day," Lai said.


"Establishing this branch means we are going to take action to defend justice and human rights on an international scope," Lai said.

Selling organs

A report by independent Canadian investigators David Kilgour, formerly director of the Asia-Pacific Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and human rights attorney David Matas says that the Chinese government has profited from selling organs taken from living Falun Gong practitioners.

The group did not say what it would do in the event that the Chinese government did not allow it to proceed with a probe.

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