November 8, 2007, Li Zhanjun, News Director of the Beijing Olympics,
responded to western criticism of religious restrictions, saying that
the Chinese Communist government would allow athletes and tourists from
major religions to bring religious objects for self-use during the
Olympics. However, this policy would not apply to Falun Gong
practitioners: "Any Falun Gong-related text and activities are
prohibited in China".
Hereby, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong declares as follows:
The response made by Li Zhanjun, News Director of the Beijing Olympics
is in direct and obvious violation of the fifth article of the Olympic
Charter, "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a
person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is
incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement." This further
proves that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has and will not fulfill
its promise to the international community of bettering its human
rights, and that any wish of bringing improvement to Chinese human
rights through the Olympics is a one-sided wish.
Zhanjun's response demonstrates that the CCP regime's policy of
persecuting Falun Gong and its practitioners is still ongoing. The CCP
has overtly extended the regime's persecution of Falun Gong onto the
Olympics - a movement of the highest and most noble spirit in human
society. Such actions of outright abuse and international brutality are
not only a trampling of the Olympic Spirit, but also a challenge to
fundamental morality and ethics in international society. Having called
upon the world not to politicize the Olympics, this is clear evidence
that the CCP itself is doing so.
3. As the highest executive branch of the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) mission explicitly states:
The IOC's role is to act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement.
we call upon the IOC to face up to and stop Beijing's severe breach of
the Olympic Charter, re-consider the eligibility of the CCP regime for
its ever worsening human rights situation in China today, and discuss
the possibility of holding the Olympics in another nation.
call upon the international community and athletes from around the
world to: condemn the CCP's trampling on the Olympic spirit, call upon
the Chinese regime to respect freedom of belief, and call upon the
regime to halt the persecution of Falun Gong and all other Chinese
citizens. We also call upon the global community to begin discussions
on whether or not to participate in the CCP's "Genocide Olympics" - so
as to not repeat the 1936 Nazi Olympics tragedy.
5. The "Global
Human Rights Torch Relay" launched by the CIPFG aims to expose the
CCP's crimes, promoting peace, freedom, justice, and the Olympic
spirit. It has traversed across 18 countries in Europe since its
inception on August 9 in Athens, Greece. Currently in Australia, it has
received support from hundreds of politicians and Olympic athletes from
around the world as "Human Rights Torch Relay Ambassadors". To date,
tens of thousands of people have participated in the relay events.
invite everyone from around the world who values peace, freedom,
justice and the Olympic Spirit to step forward and participate in the
"Human Rights Torch Relay", and let the light of freedom illuminate
every dark corner of the world.
The Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot coexist in China.
Coalition to Investigation the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG)