Canadian lawmakers speak to commemorate China’s biggest peaceful protest

Canadian parliamentarians have expressed their support for Falun Gong, a religious group, ahead of the anniversary of a peaceful protest in Beijing 22 years before the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a brutal persecution campaign against its supporters.

“I dream of a day when human rights advocates are no longer considered enemies of the Chinese state. The day when Chinese television no longer broadcasts confessions obtained from blackmail and torture. “The day it was no longer covered,” Conservative Rep. Peter Kent said in a statement.

“I also remembered the event on April 25, 1999, when 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated peacefully in Beijing, calling for freedom to practice philosophy in China,” said Kent. “I dream of a day when all Chinese people enjoy freedom of speech and assembly. All the democratic rights we often take for granted in Canada.

Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice based on the belief of “truth, compassion, and forgiveness,” according to a website that became popular in China in the early 1990s. Official estimates indicate that by the end of the decade there were approximately 70 to 100 million practitioners in China alone. Many practitioners were seen as a threat to the authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party, which soon launched a political movement to eradicate that practice.

On April 25, 1999, approximately 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered peacefully at CCP headquarters in Beijing’s Zhongnanhai to lift the ban on practices and fellow practitioners who were arbitrarily arrested a few days ago. Asked to be released.

Chinese officials declined their request and quickly exacerbated the persecution, exposing Falun Gong practitioners to detention, torture, forced labor, and even organ removal.

When Kent was appointed chairman of the Falun Gong Learners Friendship Group in 2011, the Chinese administration appeared to have eased with a decade of brutal crackdowns on Falun Gong learners, but since then CCP human rights. He said the infringement had revived.

Outside of China’s territory, Beijing has also used foreign embassies and other CCP-related organizations to disseminate false information about Falun Gong. Beijing-related groups have also harassed and assaulted Hong Kong Falun Gong practitioners.

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On April 3, 2021, the Falun Gong information booth was destroyed in Mongkok, Hong Kong. (Screenshot of video provided by the interviewee)

“The Chinese ambassador to Ottawa says Falun Gong is evil, but it is the Chinese government itself that acts maliciously,” Kent said.

Conservative Senator Tanhainugo said the Chinese Communist Party has an “established track record of crimes against humanity” targeting not only Falun Gong practitioners, but also prisoners of conscience and other religious and ethnic minorities. ..

Ngo is the world’s first court to conduct an independent legal analysis of criminal liability related to allegations of involvement of the Chinese state and its officials in forced organ removal. The Last Judgment In March 2020, the CCP declared that “crimes against humanity against Falun Gong practitioners and Uighur Muslims have been proved beyond reasonable doubt.”

The court also confirms that Falun Gong practitioners are likely to be the main source of China’s growing organ transplant industry.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons of Canada passed a motion proclaiming the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region as a genocide. Like Falun Gong practitioners, Uighurs and other Muslims in China have been treated inhumanely for their beliefs, including forced labor, forced abortion, and sterilization.

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Workers will walk by a border fence officially known as the Vocational Skills Education Center in Dabancheng, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, on September 4, 2018. (Thomas Peter / Reuters)

Kent also criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers, saying they were “not brave” to vote when Canadian MPs voted almost unanimously to admit the Uighur massacre.

Judy Sgro, a liberal MP who co-chairs the Falun Gong group of MPs in Canada, said he was “disappointed” by the ongoing persecution of faith during the difficult times of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“Canada was a consistent and strong voice for protecting human rights and increasing democratic value on the international arena,” Suguro said. “As Canadians, we must play our part in helping to make the changes needed to correct these terrible mistakes.”

However, Ngo said there is still much to do, despite Canada’s “growing international reputation as a human rights advocate.” He said Canada must continue to put pressure on China to ensure that the actions of this “rogue state” are in line with the promise of international human rights.

“Since the Chinese Communist Party continues to commit these vicious acts with absolute immunity, it is the Government of Canada’s duty to maintain and support international rule-based order with its democratic allies and the United Nations. It is curbing the tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party. The government, “said Go.

“We are a serious human rights violation, monopoly politics, communism, where Myanmar, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, and all other religious minorities are being persecuted for their beliefs. We must continue to confront all the victims of the. “