Reporters in China urged to investigate atrocities


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Fri, 22 Aug 2008

The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China has sent an open letter to journalists currently in China to cover the Olympics to look deeper than the glamour and excitement of the sporting events. In an open letter CIPFG state:

�The Beijing Olympic Games are on and more than twenty thousand journalists from around the world are reporting on the games. At the same time, these journalists have an opportunity to depict the true face of the Chinese regime, a regime that continues to torture and kill its own people under the guise of denials and glitter.

The Chinese Communist regime continues to tirelessly exercise its power to cover up its true image. A small but telling example is the lip sync event at the opening ceremony, flawlessly innocent on the outside, but treacherously deceitful on the inside.

Prior to the opening ceremony, CIPFG (Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China) published a guide called, "Torture Outside the Olympic Village: A Guide to China's Labor Camps," which showcased seven labor camps that holds thousands of Falun Gong practitioners near the Olympic venues, some of which have been called Prisoners of Conscience by Amnesty International. After the Labor Camp Guide was published sources reported that the communist regime secretly relocated many of these listed practitioners to other camps in other provinces.

For nine years the Falun Gong spiritual group has suffered tremendously at the hands of the communist dictatorship. Documented reports detail how Falun Gong practitioners have been dehumanized, raped, tortured killed and also used for organ harvesting, a claim United Nations Special Rapporteurs once again requested the Chinese government to fully explain in 2007 after receiving categorical denials but no explanation on the short wait times and the over 40 000 organ transplants that were not accounted for.

The most important questions that must remain in any reporter's mind are: Why does the communist regime continue to refuse independent investigations into the claims of abuse if they are innocent? Why does the communist regime continue to deny reporters from investigating the so-called Falun Gong crimes if Falun Gong were so bad?

If reporters neglect to investigate the tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners who are currently being persecuted, the future will show that the Beijing Olympics will echo some of the darkest pages in Olympic history.

Out of the close to 300 Nazi-concentration-camp-like labor camps in China, we are announcing 51 here (List of Labor Camps and addresses in PDF format). These Chinese "Gulag Archipelago" have locked up tens and thousands of Falun Gong practitioners, including those who were massively arrested by the Chinese Communist regime, in the name of Olympics, months before the Games began.

All international media are urged to go visit the labor camps and investigate the urgent situations encountered by Falun Gong practitioners. However, when you are guided through the comfortable and beautiful setting of these labor camps, and when you are being told by healthy looking inmates that they are thankful for the opportunities to be 'reborn' in these camps, please do not forget the little girl's lip-sync story during the opening ceremony.

Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China

Contact: info@cipfg.org/

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