On the night of March 29th, 2007, the seminar hall inside the Victims of Stalinism Memorial Library in Berlin was fully seated, and some attendees even went to find chairs elsewhere. The topic which kindled so much interest from the German attendees is "The Chinese Communist Party's Organ Harvesting from Living Falun Gong Practitioners". By invitation of the International Society for Human Rights, which is based in Frankfurt, and of the German Epoch Times, Canada's famous international human rights lawyer David Matas and Canada's former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour attended the seminar as the authors of an independent report into this issue.
|Canada's famous international human rights lawyer David Matas (Right) and Canada's former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour (Left)|
Liu Wei, a Falun Gong practitioner in Germany, attended the seminar as a witness. She told everyone about her experiences and what she underwent between September 2001 and January 2003 at Beijing Women's Labour Camp. At that time all the Falun Gong practitioners there had to have detailed body checks, but none of the other detainees were treated in the same way. Liu Wei concluded that this could not be because the labour camp cared especially about Falun Gong practitioners' health, because the Falun Gong practitioners were brutally beaten, forced to stand for long periods of time, not allowed to sleep, forced to watch propaganda videos slandering Falun Gong and made to do long hours of slave labour. As a result they were injured physically as well as psychologically.
During an interview after the seminar, Ms Popiolek, a librarian in the Victims of Stalinism Memorial Library, said, "The two Canadian investigators' report was very shocking, and their words were very persuasive. From what I saw most of the audience were very astonished by their words. They really touched everyone."
Mr. Steudel, a retired physician, said during a telephone interview the next day, "After the seminar I could not stop thinking about it all. In the past I have seen some materials about the CCP's taking organs, but I never thought that this is happening on such a large scale. After the seminar, I went home and read the report about the CCP's harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. I think that this report's arguments are very sufficiently backed up by evidence. But of course, like it was said on the seminar - right now there are still no ways to seek legally-authentic evidence. However, we went through the same thing in Nazi Germany. At that time people of other countries heard about the things that were happening in Germany, they could say 'I don't believe it, it's impossible', and I think it's the same case here. I have already downloaded this report from the internet, and sent it to several friends, asking them to read it and then pass it on to others."
Film producer Jungnickel was very familiar with Communism's totalitarian system, and has made many documentaries in the past about Communist tyranny in East Germany. He said, "This subject leaves deep impressions in people's minds, because there is very little information disclosed from inside China, so to many of us, it's all very new. The only thing that has made it possible is the inhumane nature of the CCP's dictatorship. This case has already been established, and even though the economy has developed, the political system is still narrow-minded and autocratic."
One of the biggest newspapers in Germany �" "Die Welt", published a very long and accurate report two days after the seminar. Aiming to explain the CCP's law passed on July 1, 2006 to ban the organ trade, the article quotes independent investigator Kilgour's words, "In China, there is always a huge gap between making a law and putting it into action." The article reveals that last November, Belgian MP Patrik Vankrukelsven phoned two hospitals in Beijing saying that he desperately needed an urgent kidney transplant. Both hospitals immediately expressed that they could provide a kidney for 50,000 Euros. However this law banning the organ trade was passed last July, and should have been implemented fully in China 4 months ago.
|Liu Wei, a Falun Gong practitioner in Germany, gives testimony||Ms Popiolek, a librarian in Victims of Stalinism Memorial Library, said that the words of the two Canadian investigators are very persuasive|
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