Article overview: Parliaments & politicians
Parliaments & politicians (Minghui.org) The Pingtung County Council unanimously passed a resolution on January 22nd in support of the lawsuits filed by Falun Gong practitioners against former communist head Jiang Zemin for his role in the devastating 16-year persecution. The resolution also condemns the Chinese regime's state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.
Parliaments & politicians (Minghui.org) Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, who assumed office on November 4th, 2015, brought up the persecution of Falun Gong and other human rights issues in China as he met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Philippines last month.
Organ harvesting (Minghui.org) An “Organ Harvesting in China” workshop was held in the European Parliament in Brussels on April 21st, 2015, casting a spotlight onto the atrocities taking place in China.
Persecution abroad (Minghui.org) “Falun Gong is legal in our country. The Chinese consulate in Sydney does not represent the Chinese Australian community.” This was Parramatta City Councillor John Hugh's response to the Chinese consulate's accusation that “Mr Hugh is not welcomed by Chinese communities.”
Parliaments & politicians (Epoch Times) WASHINGTON – Traditional Chinese medicine says that the tooth is the strongest bone in the human body. But in the case of Gao Zhisheng, the renowned Chinese rights lawyer, even the strongest bone could not resist the immense pressure and punishment inflicted by the secret police of the Chinese Communist Party.
Parliaments & politicians NEW YORK – On July 29th, 2014, the US Department of State (DOS) released its International Religious Freedom Report for 2013. The Falun Dafa Information Centre (FDI) welcomes the report and assistant secretary Tom Malinowski’s remarks regarding China’s persecution of Falun Gong at the press event.
Propaganda (Minghui.org) A Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario, Mr Jack MacLaren, had an unexpected and disturbing encounter with representatives of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) recently.
He received an unsigned letter from the Jiangsu branch of CPAFFC (Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries), a CCP organisation, on January 13th, 2014. The letter demanded that he withdraw his support for Falun Gong and urged him to ask his colleagues to do the same.
Mr MacLaren stated that the demands of CCP organisations have no influence over his decisions. On the contrary, he said, the letter has prompted him to step up his efforts to support Falun Gong practitioners.
Organ harvesting The European Parliament passed a resolution on December 12th, 2013, condemning "systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from...prisoners of conscience in the People's Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners." The resolution calls upon member states to publicly condemn the gruesome practice, and ensure that all of those involved are prosecuted.
Organ harvesting (Minghui.org) Learning about and helping end crimes of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China has become a focus again in southern Taiwan. At recent forums attended by public health decision makers and medical professionals, leaders in various medical associations proposed plans to increase awareness of the issue among professionals.
Organ harvesting (Minghui.org) Award-winning documentaries Free China: The Courage to Believe and Between Life and Death were screened at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva and at the US Capitol in Washington DC in September 2012. The films exposed the persecution of Falun Gong and the crime of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners currently taking place in China.
Witness accounts NEW YORK – A Taiwanese businessman who practises Falun Gong and was abducted by Chinese security forces in June returned home safely this week after over 50 days in detention. Mr Chung Ting-Pang's release was an encouraging victory for human rights advocates. His family along with Taiwanese media, legislators, and citizens had rallied for weeks calling for his return. Amnesty International had issued an urgent action on his behalf.