(Clearwisdom.net) On the 11th and 12th of April, 2006, Falun Gong practitioners from France, Germany and Switzerland, went to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to raise awareness of the atrocity of harvesting and selling organs from living Falun Gong practitioners in labor camps, and the subsequent cremation of their bodies to eliminate the evidence. They called upon the Council of Europe to pass a resolution to condemn and stop the 7-year persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and to facilitate an investigation of the persecution and the secret concentration camps. Lastly, they called on the Council to expose the CCP's atrocities and its repeated attempts to cover up its crimes to the whole world.

Practitioners read the evidence collected by the International Committee to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong and testimonies of several witnesses of the CCP's atrocities of harvesting organs. They also displayed many banners and posters and distributed truth-clarifying materials to expose the atrocities. Many people were shocked and indignant upon learning of the crimes of the CCP. They could not imagine that such crimes could have happened at this modern civilized age. Many people said that the international community must not remain silent and must try its best to stop these crimes against humanity.

Members of the Council of Europe and NGO Representatives Condemn the CCP's Crimes and Call for Investigation

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Council member Tadeusz Wita from Poland interviewed by a reporter

Council member Tadeusz Wita from Poland told reporters that the Auschwitz concentration camp was in Poland, and the Polish people will never forget this painful memory. He said that he cannot tolerate such a crime happening in today's world and said he would push the Council of Europe to take part in the investigation of the CCP's concentration camps and harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. He stated that he would lobby his colleagues extensively to stop such a cruel persecution.

French council member Michel Hunaul supported the broadcast by New Tang Dynasty TV Station in China. After reading the exhibition boards, he repeatedly said that he would help Falun Gong practitioners.

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A member of the Council of Europe reads the Falun Gong display attentively

When interviewed by reporters, a representative of the Intentional Alliance for Abolishing Slavery, an NGO of the Council of Europe, said, "We must expose this conduct and support people who expose this conduct. We cannot be unmoved by conduct that harms personal integrity and human dignity. I am very sad to learn about these intolerable things. NGOs must stop these atrocities before the world is turned into an inhuman place. I will spread the news everywhere I go. I will tell them, 'People will have a future only if they fight for human rights.' "

Last December, MEP Alessandra Mussolini issued a written statement suggesting that the European Parliament pass a resolution to condemn the labor camp system in China. The statement said, "Labor camps in China are in fact concentration camps, where violence and violation of human rights take place every day."

French People Call for an End to the persecution

After learning about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the CCP and the secret concentration camps, French citizens one after another told the reporter:

"This is too terrible! Removing organs from living people! We must stop this kind of crime! The concentration camps must be eradicated."

"Everybody has human rights; they (the CCP) have no right to ban the practice of Falun Gong, this kind of crime must be stopped."

"The French government and the Council of Europe should make an effort to safeguard human rights."

"I thought the Nazi concentration camps in World War II were a thing of the last century. I never expected that there were concentration camps in today's China. Such a tragedy shall not be allowed to happen again." A French policeman who was responsible for the security of the European Council said, "I will tell the news of the persecution of Falun Gong to my friends and colleagues and hope the crimes can be stopped as soon as possible." He also requested extra materials to distribute to people he knew.

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A French student signed the petition to support Falun Gong practitioners

A lot of French people signed their names to express their support for Falun Gong practitioners and urged the international community to make an effort to stop the cruel persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the CCP.

European Falun Gong Association Holds a Press Conference in the Council of Europe Building

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Press Conference

With assistance from Polish Council Member Tadeusz Wita, the European Falun Gong Association held a press conference inside the building of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on April 12th. At the press conference, the association announced the establishment of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China and openly invited related international organizations, state agencies and the media to form a joint investigation group to go to China to perform a comprehensive investigation of the truth of the persecution of Falun Gong and the secret concentration camps.

Mr. Wita told the reporters at the press conference that he would try his best to push the Council of Europe to pass a resolution to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong. He indicated that this procedure was already under way. Attendees of the conference included representatives from the European Falun Gong Association, members of Coalition to Investigate the Persecution, members of the "World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong," and representatives from the Epoch Times and "Sound of Hope" international radio station.

Background information: The Council of Europe has forty-six member states. It was established on the 5th of May 1949 and headquartered in Strasbourg, France. Its purpose is to promote economic and social progress in Europe; safeguard democracy and human rights; seek solutions to major social issues. The supreme decision-making and executive body of the Council of Europe is the ministerial commission composed of the foreign ministers of the member states. A committee composed by the representative of minister stationed in the Council is in charge of daily affairs. The European Human Rights Court is an organization of the Council of Europe.

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