Falun Gong practitioners ask support to stop organ pillaging in China

July 28, 2016   ·   0 Comments

A group of Chinese Falun Gong practitioners were in Orangeville Wednesday as part of a cross-Canada tour aimed at raising awareness and asking for support to stop killings of Falun Gong practitioners and organ pillaging in China. 

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient Chinese spiritual discipline in the Buddha School tradition. Founded by Li Hongzhi, who began public teaching in 1992, it consists of moral teachings, a meditation and four gentle exercises. The core teachings are the values of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.  Approximately 70 to 100 million people were practicing Falun Gong by 1999, when Jiang Zemin, who served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China from 1989 to 2002,  saw its popularity as a threat to the Party’s control, initiating a campaign to eradicate Falun Gong. 

The campaign consists of propaganda through television, radio, Internet and newspapers. There are reports of torture, illegal imprisonment, forced labour and organ harvesting.  Numbers range from thousands to a million practitioners imprisoned and executed to not only remove Falun Gong, but to harvest organs, at values ranging from $30,000 to $170,000 for heart, liver, kidney and lung. 

Several members and practitioners visited Orangeville Town Hall on Wednesday handing pamphlets to anyone and asking for a signed petition, calling for the Canadian Government to publicly call for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong. 

The Globe and Mail reported in June that a new report released by David Matas, Canadian human rights lawyer and David Kilgour, former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific, said that the killings are continuing, with estimates upwards of 1.5 million. 

An estimated 60,000 to 100,00 transplants in China have taken place annually since 2000, the main target being Falun Gong practitioners. In 2013, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning organ harvesting abuse and asking the Chinese government to end it immediately. Canada also adopted a motion in 2015, with the United States recently unanimously passing “US House Resolution 343”.

Nearly 200,000 Chinese nationals have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin, accusing him of genocide, torture and crimes against humanity. 

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