Australia: CIPFG Writes to Chinese Consul General, Requesting Facilitation of Investigation in China


On November 23, 2006, Xiao Zhonghua (John), a representative of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) and Peter Westmore, president of the National Civic Council and the leader of CIPFG in Victoria, wrote to Liang Shugen, the Chinese Consul in Melbourne, asking the Chinese Communist Party to stop the persecution against Falun Gong and to stop the harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners. The representatives from CIPFG also requested assistance in organizing an investigation in China.

Below is a transcript of the letter:

Dear Mr. Liang,

Many Australians are extremely alarmed by the allegations that large numbers of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience have been, and we believe continue to be, killed in China to harvest their organs for the transplant trade (1).

Although denied by your government, there has been no serious investigation to support such denial and no sign of preventive measures, such as the new legislation, being effective (2). Both the international community and the Australian public believe that this is too serious a crime, if true, to be allowed to continue unabated.

For the Chinese government to be exonerated from these serious allegations, the only way is to allow unfettered inspections and investigations by independent investigators from the international community to detention facilities and hospitals of their own choosing, including those within the military system due to their alleged involvement (3).

The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) (4) is a global alliance of independent concerned parties who are committed to conduct serious investigations and to ensure that the alleged killings do not happen. The Australian CIPFG delegation has been formed and together with three other delegations, from Europe, Asia and North America, we are ready to begin the investigations.

The July 6th 2006 report into this allegation (5) by international human rights lawyer David Matas and former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia Pacific region David Kilgour (referred to as Matas-Kilgour Report hereafter) has made seventeen recommendations for the Chinese government and the global community to act to ensure the alleged crime is stopped or at the very least prevented. Most of these recommendations could be and should be implemented, whether the allegation is true or false.

The CIPFG delegations going to China is implementing recommendation 3 of the Matas-Kilgour Report, while the inspections and investigations conducted by the delegations will put into action recommendations 11, 12, 13 and 14.

The Australian CIPFG also urge the implementation of recommendations 10, 15, 16, and 17 of the Matas-Kilgour Report by the Chinese government - "the repression, imprisonment and severe treatment of Falun Gong practitioners must stop immediately", "organ harvesting from executed prisoner should cease immediately", and "organ transplants should not be for sale". The delegation, while in China, will also investigate and report on evidences of non-compliances of 10, 15, 16 and 17.

The Coalition's teams from the four continents will cover different regions of China; the targets of the Australian delegation include Hebei, Jilin and Hubei Provinces. We have lists of detention facilities and hospitals in these provinces that may be the starting points of our investigation, but we may go outside these three provinces if need arises in order to follow cases under investigation.

We would also like to ask for your government's assistance to locate Mr. Gao Zhisheng (Beijing based lawyer and CIPFG member) and Mr. Cao Dong, a Falun Gong practitioner who was detained after the Vice-President of the European Parliament visited him earlier this year, who we would like to visit. According to Amnesty International, Mr. Gao has been detained since August this year but his whereabouts are unknown. The international community strongly urges his immediate release.

The Australian delegation Victorian team consists of concerned parliamentarians, citizens and organizations. We seek to have a meeting with you to discuss and organize details for the delegation's travel to and inside China.

Your attention and assistance is highly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Westmore, President of John Xiao
National Civic Council Spokesperson of CIPFG
Team leader

Notes:

(1) Secret Chinese Concentration Camp Revealed http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-3-10/39083.html

(2) New laws came into effect from 1st July 2006 in China, but failed to prevent an "increase" in supply of organs in the lead up to the 2006 National Day (Oct 1st).

(3) Source Reveals Other Chinese Concentration Camps http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-3-31/39910.html

(4) Announcing the Establishment of "The Allied Group to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China" and Its Preliminary Investigations http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2006/4/30/72657.html

(5) Download the report at http://investigation.go.saveinter.net/

Nov 26,2006
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