Fourteen years ago, Mr. Li Hongzhi made public Falun Gong from China on May 13, 1992. As a result over a hundred million people around the world obtained improvement in their bodies and minds. However, out of jealousy, on July 20, 1999, the CCP and Jiang Zemin launched the brutal and vicious persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Recently, the crimes of the CCP in harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners before cremating their bodies to destroy the evidence in the Sujiatun Concentration Camp have been further exposed.
After this exposure, the CCP did not respond to overseas queries for three weeks, but held urgent meetings, deployed manpower and took action to cover up its crimes at home. Three weeks later, on March 28, 2006, the spokesman for the CCP's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qin Gang, denied the Sujiatun incident at a press conference, and publicly invited the international media to pay an on-site visit. On April 4, the Falun Dafa Association and Minghui Website initiated the "Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG)" (shortened as "Coalition to Investigate the Persecution"). In order to end the brutal persecution that has lasted almost seven years as early as possible, they call on and invite all related international organizations, state agencies and media to join them in going to China to conduct an independent, direct, interference-free investigation to collect evidence, and completely search for the truth of the persecution of Falun Gong, including all the prisons, forced labor Camps, detention centers and secret concentration camps where Falun Gong practitioners have been illegally detained and persecuted.
Subsequently, investigators from Australia, Europe and United States applied to Chinese Embassies or Consulates in their respective areas for visas to enter China to investigate the persecution of Falun Gong, but all their applications were rejected. At present, there is every indication that the CCP is hastily destroying evidence. Then what is the next plan for the CIPFG? To end the persecution of Falun Gong as soon as possible, what should the righteous people inside and outside China do? With these questions in mind, the reporter interviewed a spokesperson of CIPFG, Dr. Sherry (Xuerong) Zhang.
Dr. Zhang stated that investigators of the CIPFG applied for visa three times and were denied, which exposes the lies of the CCP and enables people to see its scoundrel nature. However, this was just the beginning of the action of the CIPFG. During this period of time, the CIPFG is contacting those individuals both here and abroad who responded and expressed support for or were willing to join this coalition, and people from the international community, including government departments of some countries, offering the necessary help to anyone in need. CIPFG is making efforts together with its supporters to launch the investigation in the hope of preventing by completely probing the CCP's removing organs from live Falun Gong practitioners. She believes that international community will increasingly exert pressure on the CCP. The CIPFG will continually strive for the right to investigate in China, and in the meantime, keep collecting all the evidence of the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong.
Dr. Zhang called on all those who volunteer to help and join the investigation to collect all the evidence about the policemen, wardens, 610 Office personnel and other related officials who were involved in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners.
Dr. Zhang pointed out: "All perpetrators who have been participating in the persecution will be put on trial as soon as the truth is revealed to the world. We will bring all those perpetrators to justice."
Below is the interview.
Reporter: Dr. Zhang, what's the next step the CIPFG will take?
Dr. Zhang: First of all, the CIPGF investigators have applied for visas to China three times, and this was just a start. The fact that the CCP denied the visas revealed it was lying (about welcoming investigators to China), and helped people to see more clearly the CCP's unscrupulous nature. The Chinese people have the spirit of perseverance, and no one can stop us from finding out the truth of the persecution.
Reporter: Can you be more specific?
Dr. Zhang: Many people in and outside China, and the international community have responded to us, either to express their support or to join the investigation coalition. We have been contacting them, including some countries' government departments. We also are providing the necessary assistance to begin the investigation with joint efforts, to stop and to thoroughly investigate the atrocities of the CCP's harvesting live Falun Gong practitioners' organs. I believe the international community will exert more and more pressure on the CCP [on this issue]. The investigation coalition will continue to strive for the right to go to China for an investigation. Meanwhile, we will continue to collect all the evidence on how the CCP persecutes Falun Gong.
Specifically outside China, we will continue to contact the relevant international organizations, governments and officials, media, and individuals to participate in the joint efforts of the investigation coalition. Our investigators will continue to strive for the right to enter China. In addition, no matter when we will be able to go to China, we will waste no time. Both investigators in China and outside China will collect the information and evidence on how the CCP utilizes facilities including labor camps, prisons, detention centers, and concentration camps to persecute Falun Gong. This is to take measures to thoroughly change the situation, and to fundamentally stop the national crime of regarding Falun Gong practitioners as a source of organs.
Volunteers in China, on the other hand, will take advantage of the fact that they are in China, and collect information including lists of the policemen, guards in prisons, staff in 610 Offices and relevant personnel who participated in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners before the investigation team goes to China.
We will save and make good use of all the information and evidence collected, depending on the circumstances. In the future, when the whole truth has come out, all the people who participated in persecution of Falun Gong will be brought to justice and no one will escape justice.
I would like to especially point out that the CCP will include those medical staff who participated in the organ harvesting surgeries on its list of people to kill in order to cover up its crime, even though they have assisted the CCP to commit the crimes. So we hope they will contact us as soon as possible, expose the crimes and atone their crime with good deeds. We will warrant their safety. Otherwise, when the day comes that all the truth comes out, they will also be brought to trial.
Reporter: Dr. Zhang, could you talk about the responses from different people after the establishment of the CIPFG?
Dr. Zhang: After the establishment of the CIPFG, we received many leads from telephone calls. At the same time, more people who uphold justice in every realm participated in the activities against the persecution.
In Mainland China, when the evil people and evil policemen heard about the establishment of the CIPFG, they started to find local Falun Gong practitioners to sound them out and talk, hoping the practitioners will not point them out.
Some other evil people and evil policemen started to think: Falun Gong practitioners will never change their minds before their goal is reached. This time, their goal is very clear. Once the investigation group enters China, what could we do?
Two lawyers and congressmen in Canada have already declared the beginning of the investigation. Other governments and congressmen continually ask the CIPFG about its plans and progress.
Reporter: Could you tell us, until now, what people directly support, or participate in, or suggest helping CIPFG?
Dr. Zhang: In addition to Falun Gong practitioners, there are state agencies, organizations, media and governmental officials from Asia, Australia, America, Canada and so on. There are also people from China, including renowned human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Professor Jiao Guobiao, lawyer Yang Zaixin, Professor Sun Wenguang, and so on. Lawyer Gao has already carried out some investigations aiming at the persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP.
In response to the call from the CIPFG, on May 8, the former chairman of the Canadian Congress Human Rights Committee, former Chief of the Asian and Pacific Section David Kilgour, and famous international human rights lawyer David Matas declared their intention to lead the investigation in Canada regarding the CCP's harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners. Seven members of Parliament from three main parties in Canada came in person to offer support. Chair of the Conservative Party caucus, MP Rahim Jaffer expressed his support for the investigation.
Reporter: The CCP started to persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, and it has lasted about seven years up to the present. Why have we just established the CIPFG now?
Dr. Zhang: As you know, the secret death camps set up by the CCP were revealed recently. Later, evidence from many channels showed that in order to destroy the evidence of the crime, the CCP is slaughtering the victims and witnesses. This emergency led the Falun Dafa Institute and Minghui website to establish the CIPFG to stop the slaughter of more Falun Gong practitioners.
At the same time, this is our response to the invitation of the spokesman Qin Gang from China's Diplomatic Department. As we know, after the exposure of the Sujiatun Death Camp, the CCP kept silent for three weeks. On March 28, 2006, CCP spokesman Qin Gang at the Diplomatic Department denied the existence of the death camps at a press conference and publicly invited the international media to investigate in Mainland China.
Reporter: The CCP denied the existence of Sujiatun concentration camp. Some American officials visited there and did not find any evidence of the concentration camp. How do you view this issue?
Dr. Zhang: First of all, not until after three weeks' silence did the CCP officially respond to the claims of live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in the Sujiatun concentration camp. This was an offer made by the CCP only after it destroyed all the evidence. The visit by the U.S. officials was a guided tour by CCP officials. Such a guided tour could never lead to evidence.
In fact, shortly after the exposure of the Sujiatun concentration camp, there was a witness who stated that the CCP was capable of using military trains to completely transfer 5000 victims in one day.
The CCP has consistently been lying and deceiving the world, so its denial has been something we expected. The CCP has never admitted the crimes it has committed in history. Over the past seven years, the CCP has been persecuting Falun Gong and it has made every effort to conceal the facts about the persecution.
When SARS emerged in China and the international community went to China to conduct an investigation, the CCP put the SARS patients in vehicles and drove them around on the streets. As a result, the investigators did not see any SARS patients in the hospitals.
In addition, under international pressure, the CCP once invited the international media to visit the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, which is notorious for persecuting Falun Gong. Some foreign media wrote skeptically that they saw newly painted walls and prisoners wearing clothes that looked brand new.
History is repeating itself. As is well-known to all, the Nazi's killed millions of Jews in concentration camps. However, in June 1944, after the Nazi concentration camps were exposed, the Nazi's also invited the international Red Cross to visit the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Germany. The investigation of the Red Cross concluded that the concentration camps were very beautiful, with flowers everywhere, gardens and newly painted buildings.
Reporter: For quite a few years, Falun Gong practitioners have been appealing to the international community for help in stopping the persecution. However, this time, CIPFG is led by the Falun Dafa Association and Minghui website. Could you comment on why this is so?
Dr. Zhang: This is because Falun Gong practitioners and the Minghui website hold a large amount of materials and evidence regarding the persecution. Also, we know where the places are that the persecution takes place. The CCP cannot conceal its atrocities from us.
As you know, in World War II, if a group that went to investigate the charge of Nazi's killing Jews had been Jewish, what would the result have been? It would have been difficult for the Nazis to conceal their crimes. Consequently, the number of people killed could have been reduced.
Moreover, I would like to give an example. When somebody is murdered or raped, who would be the most motivated people to file the case with the police for an investigation? Is it the police? Detectives? Lawyers? Or witnesses or the local governments? No. It is certainly the family members of the victims, because they are the people who are the most eager to investigate the case completely from the inside out and punish the perpetrators as they deserve.
Therefore, the Falun Dafa Association and the Minghui website formed CIPFG and invited related international organizations, state agencies, media and individuals to join or assist the CIPFG in various ways, so that an independent, direct and uninterrupted investigation can be conducted and the truth about the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong can be exposed to the public, which would put an early end to the 7-year-long brutal persecution.