The following speech was given by Hon. David Kilgour, a former Secretary of State of Canada, on the same day of a media conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Subsequently, a large majority of Members of the European Parliament voted on May 19 to ask the European Commission to investigate the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
The Shanghai World Expo will pay 300 million Japanese yen (approximately US$3.2 million) to Japanese singer Maya Okamoto for plagiarizing her song, according to a report published on Japanese news websites last week.
When tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners peacefully assembled
on April 25, 1999, in Beijing to ask the Chinese communist state to
stop its harassment of Falun Gong, they took the first steps in what
would become the largest and most sustained civil disobedience movement
in modern China. The practitioners also set in motion changes that are
shifting how Chinese society relates to the ruling Chinese Communist
Party (CCP), according to leading Chinese dissidents.
On April 25, 11 years ago, 10,000 Chinese citizens, all Falun Gong
practitioners, spontaneously gathered in front of the State Bureau of
Letters and Calls to peacefully appeal for the right to pursue their
practice of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. The event, now
known as the “Falun Gong 4.25 Peaceful Appeal,” brought awareness of
Falun Gong to the world. It was also the beginning of a peaceful
protest that would span the next 11 years, carried out by the largest
group of people to ever have been persecuted in China.
HONG KONG–Director Law Yuk Kai announced that the Hong Kong Human
Rights Monitor has requested the Hong Kong government to initiate an
investigation into the cancellation of Shen Yun Performing Arts in Hong
Kong and to submit a report to the United Nations.
During a meeting with Associated Press reporters in a Beijing teahouse
on April 7, human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng said he was giving up his
activism against the Chinese Communist Party in the hopes of being able
to contact, and possibly reunite with, his family in the future.
Shen Zhongyang, an authority in liver transplant in China, is the Executive Director of Tianjin First Center Hospital. He is also a committee member of the Eleventh CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference) National Committee. Apart from his titles as Director of “Tianjin Oriental Organ Transplant Center” and Director of “Liver Transplant Institute of Armed Police General Hospital,” he was also awarded for Excellent Expert and Technician of Tianjin Health Department, Tianjin Cross Century Young Talent, Excellent Individual of the Armed Force, Model Worker of Tianjin City, Top Ten Outstanding Youth of Tianjin, Tianjin Government Award, Outstanding Overseas Chinese Who Returned to China, National Outstanding Talent of Overseas Chinese Who Returned
Amnesty International challenged China on March 29 to disclose the
number of executions they carry out. The human rights group released
its annual Death Sentences and Executions report, where they claim that
the Chinese authorities executed “thousands” of people in 2009, more
than the rest of the world combined.
Google moved its search service out of China rather than continue to collaborate in offering the Chinese people misleading, partial information. Most people following this story may not realize the extent to which most Chinese people outside of China are receiving partial, misleading information about China—and not just Chinese people.