MPs in Finland Condemn Organ Harvesting Atrocities in China (Photos)
(Minghui.org) The Finnish Parliament held its last session before recess on June 19. Local Falun Gong practitioners in Helsinki took the opportunity to petition Members of Parliament to expose the atrocities of live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
The persecution of Falun Gong has been going on for 14 years in China. Over the years, many details of torture and forced labor have been brought to light, including the harvesting of organs from healthy Falun Gong practitioners. Horrifically, this practice has been carried out while the victims are still alive.
Practitioners in Helsinki spoke to MPs and passersby in front of Parliament House about the persecution and asked them to sign a petition to end the persecution and the organ harvesting. They explained that the Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for its human rights abuses.
Members of Parliament show support
MP Aila Paloniemi listened to what practitioners had to say about the organ harvesting in China and signed the petition on her way into the Parliament House session.
During the break, she returned to show her support.
“I heard about such atrocities a few years ago and was shocked by the way the Chinese government treats its people. I cannot understand such organized persecution and I'm very concerned about it. I will make a strong point about the issue at Parliament House and exert influence in the European Union over this matter,” she said.
MP Astrid Thors also expressed her support, “I believe it is very important that the international community know about the live organ harvesting, and that international organizations call for it to stop and understand the efforts that have been put in.
“If people from our county do not go to China for organ transplants, it will also help stop the live organ harvesting.”
Many MPs said they'd read about the organ harvesting in the media and strongly condemned it. They said the persecution of Falun Gong was horrendous.
One MP, who is also chairman of a human rights organization, said that she would not keep silent on the matter.
The former Premier of Finland also asked for a flyer when he walked past Parliament House.
Doctor and City Councillor: “You have my absolute support”
A representative from the city council and a doctor by profession said to the Falun Gong practitioners, “You are doing something very important. You have my absolute support on this issue.”
He also suggested that practitioners contact local hospitals and doctors participating in organ transplant surgery so that they can “voice their opinions on various medical issues, as this is in fact part of their job as doctors working in universities in Finland. You need to get support from influential professionals.” He said that he hoped more people would pay attention to the issue.
Citizens and tourists shocked by organ harvesting
Parliament House is a popular tourist attraction. A senior member of a Chinese tourist group from the USA said that she'd read about the live organ harvesting in the Epoch Times newspaper, and believed it was true.
Another lady from a Chinese tourist group looked carefully at the display boards and listened to practitioners speak about the persecution for a long time. She learned for the first time, that the self-immolation that had taken place at Tiananmen Square was in fact an enormous deception fabricated by the Communist Party to produce false evidence against Falun Gong and turn the people against the popular practice.
Before leaving, she expressed her good wishes to Falun Gong practitioners in Finland who had been persecuted in China.
A new immigrant to Finland had a long chat with a practitioner. He said that it was not just up to the Chinese people to stop the organ harvesting, but the responsibility of all people around the world.
“We need more people to speak up to stop such atrocities.”
Mr. Olli, Vice President of the Falun Dafa Association of Finland, said, “We have made a special flyer to inform people about the atrocities of live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners by the CCP. Substantial evidence has enabled people to have a broader understanding of the issue.”
He said that the main purpose of the petition was to ask the Finnish government to take measures to investigate such crimes.