France: Human Rights Groups Discuss Organ Harvesting

The Chinese Communist regime’s atrocities of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for sale have been incessantly condemned by the international community. Through partnership with the Working Together for Human Rights Association since last year, Amnesty International has kept a close eye on various anti human atrocities perpetrated by the Chinese Communist regime to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. On various formal occasions, it also appealed for Falun Gong practitioners’ human rights and strongly condemned the Chinese regime’s persecution against Falun Gong practitioners.

In October 2006, when French president Jacques Chirac visited China, Ms. Marie-Françoise Lamperti, chairwoman of Working Together for Human Rights Association, met with Mr. Laurent Billi, the Foreign Affairs Advisor for President Chirac. During the meeting, Ms. Lamperti presented a letter calling on the president to keep an eye on the atrocities of harvesting organ from living Falun Gong practitioners, along with a report on the investigation into the organ harvesting atrocities. In November, 2006, as a human right observer, Ms. Lamperti attended a hearing held in the office building of French Prime Minister, along with Canadian independent human right investigators David Kilgour and David Matas. In the hearing, she condemned the Chinese Communist regime’s atrocities of harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners and called for an end to the persecution against Falun Gong. In February 2007, when the 3rd World Congress against the Death Penalty was held in Paris, many photos and various other materials about the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners were displayed at the booth established by the Working Together for Human Rights Association. Recently, French Falun Gong practitioners were invited to give speeches at the seminar held by the Association at the French Senate.

When interviewed by the Epoch Times the other day, Ms. Lamperti expressed her concern about China’s human right issue and condemnation of the Chinese Communist regime’s persecution against Falun Gong. When asked about her understanding of Falun Gong, she said: “Falun Gong has been acknowledged and accepted in many countries around the world. In France, some organisations have understood Falun Gong, but many people and media have yet to really understand Falun Gong at present. We don’t know why the Chinese regime would regard this absolutely harmless spiritual movement based on the universal principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance” as a threat to the nation and perpetrate the cruel persecution against it. We are against all the atrocities of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Gong practitioners are innocent prisoners of conscience who are subject to arrest, persecution and killing by the Chinese Communist regime. It is unreasonable for the Chinese regime to arrest Falun Gong practitioners and sent them to forced labour camps for persecution.”

As to China’s human right status, Ms. Lamperti said: “Human rights are trampled on by the authorities in China. China’s human right abuse is the most serious one in the world as it doesn’t respect any human right: A great number of criminals are deprived of their lives arbitrarily through cruel torture and persecution; the right to organise unions are ignored; the rights of demonstration and petition are not respected; people are deprived of press freedom; prisoners of conscience are deprived of life right; freedom of belief is trampled, and even the environment is damaged. In particular, a large number of Falun Gong practitioners have been murdered after being cruelly persecuted. Nowadays, many international organisations are aware of the Chinese Communist regime’s heinous atrocities of harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners for sale and oppose them.”

When asked how to improve China’s human rights situation, Ms. Lamperti stated: “When it comes to the Chinese Communist regime’s atrocities of human rights abuse, we need to let the international community and people know the real situation as well as call on all the governments around the world to pay attention to it. In the meantime, we should cooperate with the general public and parliamentarians to oppose the Chinese regime’s atrocities of human rights persecution.”

Ms. Lamperti added, “The Olympic Games are peaceful international sports activities. How can we allow such peaceful sports activities to be held in a country that violates and tramples on human rights? In this regard, we cannot accept it. When China was vying for hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, it promised the International Olympic Committee that it would improve its human rights and in particular, China is a signatory to the International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The Chinese Communist regime should submit a report with the United Nations on its implementation of anti-torture measures in recent years as soon as possible. We will pay close attention to the report. At present not only does China not improve its human rights, but it has escalated its persecution against its people as time goes on. Among others, it is absolutely intolerable that the Chinese regime harvested organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and sold them worldwide. The Chinese Communist regime has employed such deceptive approaches to deceive the international community.”

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