The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) had a series of meetings in Australia this year. After last month's meeting in Canberra, a minister-level meeting on minerals was held in Perth, Western Australia on February 12th-16th.
|Practitioners call attention to China's human rights persecution|
|Senator Louise Pratt from West Australia explains the persecution of Falun Gong to a reporter from The West Australian|
Beginning on the first day of the conference, Falun Gong practitioners held large banners in front of the entrance, calling on all APEC countries to join the investigation of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) atrocities of live organ removal.
Some conference participants said the allegations were inconceivable after accepting the flyers, but that the CCP could commit such deeds. A lady from Canada told a practitioner that she read the investigation report by Mr. Kilgour and Mr. Matas, and that the persecution of Falun Gong caught wide attention in Canada. She took more flyers for other meeting participants.
Ms. Louise Pratt, Senator from West Australia, and chairman of Standing Committee for Environment and Public Affairs, specially went to the petition venue to support the practitioners. She said that the continuous efforts of practitioners were admired. She called on other government officials to pay attention to CCP's trampling of human rights.
As of February 12th, 2007, the Coalition of the Investigation of the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) has completed primary organisation on four continents. Four delegations, Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, are established.
So far the total members of the investigation delegations are 301 people. They are figures from different circles who are concerned about Falun Gong human rights. They include political leaders at national and federal levels, government officials of provinces, religious and community leaders, experts and doctors on organ transplantation, international human rights lawyers and criminal case lawyers, leaders of non-governmental organisations, international media and human rights activists.
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