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To protest the Chinese Communist Regime's anti-peace and anti-Olympic Spirit crimes, of organ harvesting crimes against Falun Gong and increased deterioration in human rights persecutions, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution on Falun Gong (CIPFG) has formally announced to the international community, the request that "Anti-Humanity Crimes and Olympic Games cannot co-exist in China". The CIPFG is introducing plans for a Global Human Rights Torch Relay, with the aim of symbolising protection of humanity and respect for life through a global relay. It is a call for the international community to prevent the Olympic Games -- a symbol of world peace – from turning into the "Bloody Harvest Games".

Statement from The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong

When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded Beijing the 2008 Olympic Games in 2001, it did so with an expectation that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) would fix its appalling human rights record.

The 2008 Olympics is now only 12 months away, and instead the communist regime has stepped up measures to further silence anyone suffering repression under their rule.

The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) is an organization consisting of international individuals, organizations and delegations from Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. CIPFG was established in 2006 to investigate the mass human rights abuses waged against Falun Gong -- a spiritual discipline targeted for brutal persecution by the communist regime since 1999 -- due to its popularity and its belief in traditional values.

Today Falun Gong remains the number one human rights violation in China. It also remains the number one mandate of cover-up for the communist regime to conceal their crimes.

In March 2006 The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture reported that 66% of all alleged torture victims in China were Falun Gong practitioners. The UN states: "The cruelty and brutality of these alleged acts of torture defy description."

The US State Department’s 2006 annual report states that "Falun Gong adherents constituted at least half of the 250,000 officially recorded inmates in reeducation-through-labor camps", while the real number could be much higher.

Former Canadian Member of Parliament, David Kilgour and renown human rights lawyer Mr. David Matas recently published in-depth investigation reports that conclude, "There has been and continues today to be large scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners by the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country…"

Their investigations found more than 40,000 organs "unaccounted for" in the six years since the persecution of Falun Gong started. The authors coin this unprecedented practice as "a new form of evil on this planet."

Now the CIPFG is lighting The Global Human Rights Torch that will be relayed through over 35 countries and more than 100 cities around the world from now until August next year.

Like the IOC, the CIPFG gave the communist regime opportunity to protect human dignity and to abide by the Olympic Charter and International standards. On June 8th we sent a letter to the communist leaders asking them to stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters and to allow CIPFG entry into China to investigate the persecution and the issue of mass organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.

However, the communist regime has ignored our requests. It is evident that not only the regime has not stopped the persecution, it has also used the excuses of hosting Olympics to escalate its wide arrest of Falun Gong practitioners and granted permissions of illegal detention for more than 3 years without a warrant. Through their action they have stated that they are unwilling to be transparent and through their action that have stated they are unwilling to respect human dignity.

In contrast, through the past few years we have come to know Falun Gong practitioners and our respect has grown. For eight years Falun Gong has remained peaceful and non-violent in the face of unparalleled hatred and abuse waged upon them by the communist regime. Falun Gong practitioners' continuous stand to protect their rights, to believe in their chosen faith, and to protect the rights and dignity of all Chinese people has been seen as nothing less than admirable.

We are very proud to have been joined by international government officials, past Olympic medalists and hundreds of like-minded supporters and organizations around the world to help bring an end to all human rights abuses against the Chinese people by exposing and ending the largest human rights violation happening in China today, that of Falun Gong.

Time and time again the world has witnessed the destructive attack on humanity and world safety by the communist regime. The CIPFG is shocked that such a regime could have ever been awarded the hosting rights of the 2008 Olympics. We can only hope that our efforts will right this terrible wrong before August 2008, for the protection of the Chinese people, for the integrity of the Olympic spirit and for the championing of human dignity.

Once again, we reiterate our request to Chinese government;

1. Stop the persecution of Falun Gong immediately and release all practitioners incarcerated for their faith
2. Stop the persecution of friends and supporters and defense lawyers of Falun Gong practitioners (e.g. Gao Zhisheng, Li Hong)
3. Hold discussions with CIPFG to arrange details on the opening up of labour camps, prisons, hospitals and related secretive facilities for inspection by CIPFG independent investigators

Global Human Rights Torch Relay Actions Plan

1. Objectives and Principles

The Global Human Rights Torch Relay is proposed collectively by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) with the goal of ceasing the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. CIPFG is an organization consisting of over three hundred international individuals, with delegations from Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

Following the joint announcement of "Olympics and Crimes against Humanity Cannot Coexist in China" released by the delegations on May 30, On June 8th, the Coalition sent an open letter to the heads of Chinese regime Hun Jintao and Wen Jiabao, clearly indicated that if the Chinese Communist government does not cease to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, and does not cease to commit crimes against humanity by making profits out of harvesting organs and engaging in other serious activities that violate human rights, CIPFG will unite with all the righteous individuals and organizations around the world to shine a light on China's dismal human rights abuses.

The Global Human Rights Torch Relay will be one of the series of plan launched by CIPFG. Through the human rights torch relay activity, human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by the Chinese regime will be exposed from one nation to another. The international community is urged not to let the 2008 Olympic Games turn into the "Bloody Harvest Games."

In order to gain the post of hosting the 2008 Olympics games, the Chinese communist regime promised to improve its human rights record. However, as pointed out by reports prepared by United Nations and Amnesty International, human rights violations in China persist and in some areas have worsened. More and more voices of boycotting the 2008 Olympics games in Beijing from the international community are heard everywhere. Righteous actions must be united and taken immediately. Therefore, CIPFG initiated the Global Human Rights Torch Relay, emphasizing the central theme that the Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot coexist in China. The torch is a symbolic protection over human rights and respect of human life. It will be passed on from one city to another in all the nations around the world that respect and value human rights. Through the relay, the torch helps peoples see more clearly crimes committed by the Chinese communist regime. When people come to understand that Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot coexist in China, they will take every possible action to let China hear the message, see the warning and feel the impact: the Chinese regime must stop its human rights violations and harvesting organs of Falun Gong practitioners.

Through the Olympics games, CIPFG hopes to bring to an end peacefully the most systematic and brutal persecution in the Chinese community in the 21st century.


2. Host and participants

CIPFG will be united with all individuals and international organizations that support Falun Gong human rights and other China human rights groups to proceed with the Global Human Rights Torch Relay plan. The four delegations of the CIPFG in different regions around the world will be the core members of the relay. CIPFG welcomes all individuals and organizations that are concerned about China human rights and support the perception of "Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot coexist in China" to join the effort. All relay activities will be jointly organized by local human rights groups and individuals, and CIPFG delegations.

As of June 14, 2007, participants of the Global Human Rights Torch Relay come from five continents and regions. CIPFG is now officially launching the torch relay campaign and extending the invitation to all individuals and organizations that support the effort to participate. Any individuals or organizations that recognize the values and support the aspiration are encouraged to join. To register in English, please send an email to torch@cipfg.net. Please visit website www.cipfg.org for information and activities about the CIPFG.


3. The Torch Relay Plan

A. Torch Relay Route

The Global Human Rights Torch Relay will begin in Europe and end in Asia, covering five continents across several tens of cities and lasting numerous months. As there are constant changes to reflect the newly joined countries and regions, CIPFG will announce the torch relay route and schedule when the first relay marks the debut.

B. Torch Relay Ambassadors and Relay Activities

Athletes that have participated in past Olympics games and won Olympics medals will be the torch relay ambassadors. They will pass on the torch from one country to another, and individuals and organizations that participate in the Global Human Rights Torch Relay will be responsible for holding a torch-receiving ceremony and organizing related activities. CIPFG encourages all participants to proceed with plans that best fit the customs and traditions in the host countries and regions.

CIPFG will announce its Global Human Rights Torch Relay Ambassadors in the near future.

C. Torch Relay proceedings

Any concrete plans and proceedings related to the Global Human Rights Torch Relay will be released by the four delegations of CIPFG. The official website of CIPFG www.cipfg.com will have frequent updates.



Jun 29,2007
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