Chinese organ-harvesting protest hits Wimmera
By SARAH SCULLY
A group of Falun Gong practitioners has visited the Wimmera to make residents aware of the forced harvesting of prisoners’ organs in China.
An SOS National Car Tour started in September and ended in the Wimmera on Thursday.
While in the Wimmera, the tour visited St Arnaud, Warracknabeal, Hopetoun, Horsham and Stawell.
In 1999, the Chinese government initiated a nationwide crackdown on Falun Gong – or Falun Dafa – a Chinese spiritual practice combining meditation and ‘qigong’ exercises with a moral philosophy centered on truthfulness, compassion and forbearance.
Group spokeswoman Trinity Cui said millions of Falun Gong prisoners had been subjected to crimes against humanity during the past 17 years of persecution.
She said a team of independent researchers recently reported transplantation volumes in China were far greater than official numbers, between 60,000 and 100,000 a year compared with 10,000 a year.
“In June, the US House of Representatives called on the Chinese government and Communist Party of China to immediately end the practice of organ harvesting from all prisoners of conscience,” Miss Cui said.
“The European Parliament has also expressed deep concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong practitioners in China.
“We hope that by doing the tour more people will know what is happening and take the issue to their Member of Parliament to try to make a difference.”
Miss Cui said the group had been meeting with regional Members of Parliament as well as councils.
“Many Australians go to China for organ transplants because of the short waiting time. You can get a new organ in China in two weeks. If the organs were by voluntary donation that wouldn’t be possible.
“Because the Chinese government controls the media and the hospitals, people there can’t speak out. That is why we have done the tour in Australia and also across Canada.”
Miss Cui said the tour also aimed to bring architect of the persecution of Falun Gong, former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin, to justice.
“More than 200,000 practitioners have files criminal complaints against him to China’s Supreme Court,” she said.
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Posted on Nov 23 2016