Human Rights Day: European Leaders Call for Former Chinese Dictator to Be Brought to Justice
(Minghui.org) Five European leaders held up banners in their offices on World Human Rights Day, calling for Jiang Zemin to be brought to justice for his role in the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Supporting the recent wave of lawsuits filed against Jiang by nearly 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners, the European politicians called upon the Chinese legal system to investigate the crimes against humanity that the former Chinese Communist Party leader has committed during the 16-year-long persecution, especially the state-sanctioned, involuntary harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners.
Martin Patzelt, a member of the German Parliament, said on his personal website that if the Chinese government is incapable or unwilling to investigate the crimes that Jiang has committed, the International Court in the Hague will step in.
Early in April, Patzelt said on his website before a trip to China that he would ask the Chinese government why it persecutes Falun Gong, a group of people who have had only a positive impact on China.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Buchner, a member of the human rights committee of the European Parliament (EP) from Germany, has condemned the Chinese regime on his Facebook account for the persecution of Falun Gong lawyers in Heilongjiang Province. He has also written to the Chinese ambassador in Germany and the European Union, requesting the release of jailed practitioners in Heilongjiang.
Prof. Dr. Buchner issued a statement on July 15, 2015, criticizing human rights violations in China after well-known Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu was arrested.
Titled “The Human Rights Situation in China Intolerable,” he said in the statement: “one of the most well-known Falun Gong human rights cases where Ms. Wang and many other Chinese lawyers were persecuted during the defense of their clients, took place in the city of Jiansanjiang in Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China.”
“We see the commitment of the lawyers for the persecuted Falun Gong practitioners in China. That's why in February of this year, more than 20 MEPs from several European countries signed a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to Germany and local Chinese authorities, in support of the lawyers pursuing the release of their clients,” wrote Buchner.
Dr. Cornelia Ernst, a member of the EP from Germany, wrote to Chinese procurator-general Cao Jianming on July 20, 2015, urging Cao to investigate Jiang Zemin's crimes in the harvesting of organs. The letter was co-signed by several EP members and sent to the ambassadors in Germany and the European Union, the United Nations special rapporteurs on the issues of torture and freedom of belief, the procurator in the Hague International Court, and several European politicians.
In the letter, the EP members expressed the belief that Falun Gong practitioners' courage will encourage more people to help stop the persecution.
Cristian Dan Preda, a member of the human rights committee of the EP from Romania, admires Falun Gong practitioners' courage. Preda was one of the sponsors who proposed the EP resolution in December 2013 that condemns forced organ harvesting in China.
Stefan Eck, a member of the EP from Germany, believes that the persecution of Falun Gong is inhuman and is a threat to world peace. He also pointed out that the persecution policies have been extended to other countries via political and economic channels since 1999.