Central News Agency: Torch Replay Calls Attention to Human Rights in China

On June 14th, Central News Agency (CNA) reported that the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) is launching a new effort to call for public attention to the human rights atrocities happening in China.

Lai Ching-Tai, director of CIPFG Asian Delegation, said that human rights violations and the Olympic Games which symbolise the spirit of world peace cannot take place in China at the same time. Lai said that the CIPFG is initiating a Global Relay of the Human Rights Torch in order to raise public awareness of the ongoing atrocities in China so that the Olympic Games will not be used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to cover up and justify its human rights violations.

According to CNA, at a press conference held in the Taiwan Legislature, Mr. Lai told the crowd that the human rights situation in China has not seen any improvement, though the CCP once promised the Olympic Committee to improve its human rights situation. However, the human rights situation in China has continued to deteriorate. For example, Falun Gong practitioners, Catholic Christians, Tibetans and activists from the New Territory are all subjected to arbitrary detention without due process and many have died while being persecuted.

Deputy Director of the CIPFG Asian Delegation Chiu Huang-chuan said that the spirit of the Olympic Games is to promote world peace and respect human rights. Since the CCP was granted the privilege to host the 2008 Games in Beijing, however, the human rights situation in China has deteriorated.

Chiu said that the CCP should have never been selected to host the Games and it will be a disgrace if the international community does not take actions to protest the CCP's brutal human rights record. Mr. Chiu said that Taiwan cannot turn a blind eye to the CCP's atrocities of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and its abuses of citizens' human rights. He said that Taiwan should make its contribution to fight for the Chinese people's human rights.

Legislative Council Member Ms. Tian Chiu-Jin said that the CCP's 2008 Olympic Games is similar to Hitler's 1936 Olympic Games. Their goals are similar: to cover up their unspeakable crimes.

Dozens of cities in the five continents will participate in the Torch Relay. For more information, please visit www.cipfg.org.

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