On June the 3rd, the Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Wu Bangguo paid a visit to the Norwegian Parliament. The Norwegian Falun Dafa practitioners wanted to appeal during Mr Wu's visit to help end the vicious persecution against practitioners in China, which has been directed by Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese leader. Jiang launched the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, and today, the verified number of Falun Gong practitioners who have died in police custody has almost reached 1000. However, we know that the real number is much higher.

Old and young, male and female, nobody is spared. Even an eight month old baby boy was tortured to death in front of his mother, simply because she was a Falun Gong practitioner that refused to give up her belief in Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. After that the mother was also tortured to death.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (December the 16th of 1966) states in article 7 that:

"No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation."

Even though China ratified this convention, the arrested practitioners face torture, brainwashing classes and forced labor camps. Many are beaten to the point of being unrecognizable, young women are raped and many practitioners have been sent to mental hospitals and given many times the normal dose of unknown drugs. These are some examples of the brutal persecution taking place in China today.

Because of these inhuman acts happening in China today, the Norwegian practitioners wanted to clarify the truth to Mr Wu to help end this vicious persecution of innocent people. At the same time we also wanted to show him that even in a small arctic country like Norway, people practice Falun Gong and value the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance.

To do that, we wrote a letter and asked our representatives in the parliament to hand it to Mr Wu. We also showed banners, demonstrated the five set of harmonious and peaceful exercises and handed out flyers to people passing by. Many people wondered what was happening, and gladly received information about Falun Gong and the persecution. They read it carefully. One woman asked us specifically if we had a petition that she could sign. She thought the persecution was absolutely unconscionable. Even the owner of the shopping center let us stand in front of his advertisement window when we told him about the persecution.

During the appeal we had a good dialogue with the police, who took into consideration our right to appeal. We even got a very nice spot to show our banners. At one point the Chinese welcome committee tried to make our banners invisible to the Chinese delegation by the use of umbrellas on this sunny day and by holding a big red banner in front of us. However, the Norwegian police made sure that we were able to express our view. The Police Chief later told us that he got really angry with the Chinese welcoming committee, since they did not follow the Norwegian laws and his orders. He said he was glad he lived in a peaceful democratic country, where the basic rights of the citizens are protected.

Source: http://www.clearharmony.net/articles/200406/20116.html

Category: Rallies & Protests