|April 17, 2006|
NEW YORK (Falun Dafa Information Center) – A newly-formed international coalition of organizations announced today that investigators from North America, Europe, and Australia will begin applying for visas today as part of a plan to enter China and conduct a “broad and rigorous” investigation of China’s concentration and labor camps.
The coalition also plans to investigate medical facilities throughout China that conduct organ transplants in light of mounting evidence that thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are being killed for their organs there.
Led by the Falun Dafa Association and MingHui website researchers, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) includes media, non-profit organizations, and legal professionals that have expertise in uncovering details of human rights abuses in China.
“We have very specific and extensive information on labor and concentration camps throughout China,” says Coalition spokesperson Dr. Sherry Zhang. “We know where the atrocities are taking place, and in many cases we have detailed eyewitness accounts.”
“If the Chinese regime is serious about allowing investigation of these matters, it must open the doors to all transplant hospitals, concentration camps, and labor camps, and do so immediately,” says Zhang. “Anything short of that would indicate, without a doubt, a cover-up.”
The MingHui website receives daily over 500 communications from throughout China detailing human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners. This is more than any other organization in the world. Since it first went online in 1999, MingHui has built a vast communication network in China. It therefore has an unparalleled ability to collect eyewitness accounts from China, verify their contents and even safely arrange meetings in China between Falun Gong practitioners and human rights workers.
Zhang says the Coalition plans on putting the knowledge and techniques developed by MingHui and other Coalition members to work on the ground in China. “If the leadership of the Chinese communist regime is at all sincere about investigating these atrocities,” adds Zhang, “it will allow us into the country and guarantee our safety. The situation right now could not be more urgent.”