News Release -- -- Thursday, May 24, 2007, 2:55PM

Government of Canada Urged to Cancel Invitation to Chinese Minister Alleged to have Committed Crimes against Humanity


Falun Dafa Association of Canada and the Canadian Coalition for Democracies, joined by Hon. David Kilgour, former Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific), and victims of torture, will hold a press conference to call on the Government of Canada to withdraw the invitation and bar the entry of China's Minister of Commerce, Bo Xilai, who is scheduled to visit Canada this Monday and is alleged to have overseen the torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners when he was Governor for Liaoning Province.

They are also calling for his arrest and a criminal investigation into his alleged crimes if he sets foot in Canada.

Bo Xilai is scheduled to visit Canada on Monday May 28th at the invitation of the Canadian government.



Bo Xilai is on the list of 45 perpetrators of crimes against humanity accepted for consideration by the Interdepartmental Operations Group of Canada's Crimes Against Humanity & War Crimes Program in 2003, which allows for mechanisms that may lead to barring from entry, denial of visa, deportation, or prosecution of perpetrators of crime.

In 2005, Bo Xilai's visit to Canada was aborted supposedly after attention was brought to his role in the torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners.

In 2006 it was disclosed that large-scale organ seizures from Falun Gong practitioners occurred in Liaoning province since 2001 while Bo Xilai was the governor.

Bo Xilai is a defendant in a number of lawsuits (both criminal and civil) in ten countries for torture, crimes against humanity and genocide, including the USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Poland, Peru, Chile, Spain, and South Korea. On July 28, 2004, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declared defendant Bo Xilai in default in a lawsuit in which Bo was accused of torture and crimes against humanity. (website for the lawsuits:

Bo is among a group of government officials who in concert with others have implemented and sustained a campaign of suppression and persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, and in particular, in Liaoning Province.