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China Human Rights Forum Held at the U.N.

April 12, 2009

By Arleen Freeman
Epoch Times
April 9, 2009

On March 11, 2009, the Conscience Foundation
(www.consciencefoundation.org) held a forum at
the United Nations in Geneva to convene the
groups that are victim to the Chinese Communist
Party’s (CCP) persecution. Over 100 delegates and NGO representatives attended.

This year represents the 60th anniversary of the
CCP’s tyranny in China, the 50th year since the
suppression of the Tibetan uprising, the 30th
year since the suppression of the "XiDan
democratic wall," the 20th anniversary of the
June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre, and the 10th
anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong.
These anniversaries remind the world that the CCP
has not only committed the most severe violations
of human rights in history, but has also conducted the longest persecution.

The deterioration of human rights in China is the
result of the CCP’s rule. However, international
society has also played a role in that it has
ignored or even been complicit in China’s severe
human rights violations in the interest of
financial gain. On March 11, 2009, in order to
further expose the CCP’s violations of human
rights, to arouse the conscience of international
society and to integrate global action, the
Conscience Foundation, with the support of
Interfaith International, held a forum in Geneva
about China’s Human Rights, involving the many
human rights groups from around the world that
attended the 10th U.N. Human Rights Council session.

People Who Value Human Rights Condemn the CCP

The Conscience Foundation organized this forum
several months ago. By using manufacturing lies,
framing groups such as Tibetans who value
independence, identifying groups as "terrorists,"
etc., the CCP persecutes many groups and spreads
hatred at the same time. In order to escape
condemnation, the CCP uses such words as
"harmony," "legal governance," and "new policy” for the persecution it commits.

In its preparation for the forum, the Conscience
Foundation clearly recognized that no matter how
the CCP divides the issue of human rights into
"Tibetan independence," "Xinjiang independence,"
and "the issue of religion," there is only one
problem: the CCP’s tyranny. Only by solving this
problem can humankind peacefully resolve other issues.

Based on this, Mr. Jian Zhang, the student leader
of the security team for the June 4 democratic
movement; Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekzapa, the
representative of the Dalai Lama; Mr. Dolkum Isa,
secretary of the world Uyghur Congress; and Ms.
Haiyan Wang, a Falun Gong practitioner who lost
vision in her right eye because of the
persecution, attended the forum. Mr. Xiqiu Fu,
also known as Bob Fu, chairman of China Aid
Association was one of the speakers at the forum.
Mr. Fu, along with Falun Gong practitioners,
helped to rescue lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s family
members who had been kept under house arrest in
China. Mr. Jian Zhang, now a priest in France,
gave a speech about the persecution suffered by
Christians in mainland China. Mr. Willy Fautre,
chairman of International Human Rights Without
Frontiers, also spoke at the forum.

Mr. Jian Zhang (left) appeals to the world to
break down the last Berlin wall -- the Chinese
communist regime. (The Epoch Times)

Dr. Charles Graves, secretary of Interfaith
International, and Dr. Shizhong Chen, president
of the Conscience Foundation, co-chaired the
forum. In his opening remarks, Dr. Graves said,
"China has a 5,000-year civilization and has been
more advanced than other countries most of the
time. However, the current Chinese government
cannot tolerate different voices and opinions.
Internationally, the popular method used to
resolve conflict is dialogue. The Chinese
government uses all of its efforts to suppress
its own people, while, at the same time,
conducting dialogues internationally. That is the
reason we hold this forum, we want to see what
kinds of different opinions the Chinese government can not tolerate."

‘China can have harmony only by stopping its violations of human rights’

Mr. Jian Zhang, who was one of the student
leaders of the June 4 massacre in 1989, gave the
first speech. He briefly looked back at the June
4 massacre and the incident in which he was hit
by three bullets (details can be found in the
movie, "Bullet to the Heart," produced by the
Conscience Foundation and shown on NTDTV). Mr.
Zhang told the forum "Twenty years ago, the CCP
killed many Beijing residents and students with
tanks and guns. However, even today it still
denies what it did. On Tiananmen Square, I was
hit with three bullets. One of them was taken out
last year. A French TV station filmed the whole
operation and this program will be aired on June
third by all major TV stations in Europe. This
program will let people witness the bullet from
the June fourth massacre. Mr. Zheng Fang, my
school mate, just escaped from China. He lost his legs under a tank."

Mr. Zhang questioned why the CCP does not dare to
acknowledge the killings it committed. He also
mentioned that the human rights situation in
China became even worse after the June 4
Massacre, but the CCP keeps talking about
"harmony." The harmony of the CCP comes from
silencing the Chinese people. Finally, Mr. Zhang
pointed out, "China can have harmony only by
stopping its violations of human rights."

There Has Been No Improvement of Human Rights in China

Mr. Fautre, chairman of International Human
Rights Without Frontiers, from Belgium, addressed
the CCP’s persecution of belief and religion. He
said that all religious groups’ "legal
activities" are under the control of the CCP.
They must be registered as religious associate
organizations sanctioned by the CCP. The CCP has
only approved five religious associations and
does not acknowledge those groups that are
reluctant to be controlled by the CCP. Falun Gong
practitioners are still being persecuted. Mr.
Fautre also gave examples of the persecution of freedom of religion and belief.

In December 2008, International Human Rights
Without Frontiers organized committees from the
European Parliament’s Human Rights Council to go
to China to investigate. This group included some
members of the European Parliament and some NGOs.
"We investigated the situation of human rights in
China. In 2001, when the CCP won the hosting of
the Olympics, it pledged that this was its chance
to improve human rights in China. We conducted
our investigation before and after the Beijing
Olympics. Unfortunately, no improvements ever
took place.” The CCP never fulfilled its pledge
to improve human rights by hosting the Olympics.

During his speech, Mr. Fautre also stated, "The
CCP has not made any improvements in human rights
and it doesn’t want to make any improvements.
This is just like the dialogue between the CCP
and the EU and the CCP and the Dalai Lama, which
have had no effect. In China, the CCP refuses to
hold dialogues with human rights groups, human
rights defenders and lawyers, etc.”

Tibet Sacrificed Independence to Preserve Culture

Mr. Tseten Samdup Choekyapa, the representative
of the Dalai Lama, addressed how the Tibetan
people always treat the Han people as siblings.
"However, the CCP fabricates all kinds of lies.
Before, Tibet was an independent country, but the
Dalai Lama gave up its claim to independence in
order to protect Tibetan culture." He thought
that the culture would be completely destroyed if
Tibetans continued to appeal for independence.
"Therefore we asked to keep our own culture and
traditions and we wish to protect Tibetan
traditional culture before the CCP destroys it.
Whether or not Tibet is independent is not an
issue; the importance is to protect the culture.

"However, the CCP deceives the Han people by
spreading lies about Tibetan independence, while
destroying Tibetan culture at the same time. It
doesn’t allow teaching with the Tibetan language;
it destroys religious temples and destroys the
Tibetan environment. Furthermore, the highway now
brings thousands of people into Tibet every day.
These are all the final solutions the CCP is
using to completely destroy the Tibetan living
environment and culture, just like what it did to Xingjian and Mongolia."

Mr. Choekyapa said that the persecution during
the Beijing Olympics was even worse. Many
Tibetans lost their family members. Tibetans
didn’t celebrate the New Year this year. Instead
they memorialized those family members who lost
their lives. At that time, the CCP sent its army
to Tibet and also drove out foreign reporters.
Therefore, nobody knew what really happened in Tibet.

‘Racial genocide’ in Xinjiang

Mr. Dolkum Isa, secretary of the world Uyghur
Congress, said that eastern Turkey has been
controlled by the CCP since 1949. It has been 60
years of CCP persecution. As a result of the
CCP’s destruction, Uyghurs have become a minority
on their own land. In the beginning, the CCP
promised to protect Xingjiang culture; however,
since 2003, the Uyghur language has not been
allowed to be taught. Since 2006, only Mandarin
is allowed, even in kindergarten. All Uyghur
teachers have been forced to leave their
positions. In the meantime, the CCP has “Hanized”
the Uyghurs by fostering immigration, forcing
Uyghur women to undergo sterilization operations
and forcing Uyghur women who have reached the
legal age of marriage to go to the mainland. He called this "racial genocide."

Mr. Isa pointed out that the CCP violates
Uyghurs’ rights and doesn’t allow Uyghurs to
express different opinions. He told of his own
experience, "Some university students were
arrested just because they distributed several
fliers on campus. The CCP calls any peaceful
activities ‘terrorism.’ Since 2003, I have been
ranked in 3rd place on the blacklist; however I
never saw any gun or bullet in my life.

"It is such severe, unfair treatment. By taking
advantage of this opportunity, the CCP labels all
Uyghurs as ‘terrorists.’" Representing the World
Uyghur Congress, Mr. Isa said that they still
propose to solve the issue peacefully and they
call for dialogue. Even in this situation, they
still hope international society can help the political dialogue with the CCP.

Falun Gong Practitioner Tortured and Lost Sight in Her Right Eye

Ms. Haiyan Wang, a Falun Gong practitioner,
exposed the brutal persecution by telling of her
own experience of losing the sight in her right
eye as a result of torture. According to Ms.
Wang, “I used to be an excellent fashion designer
and had a very happy family. Since 1999, the
start of the persecution of Falun Gong, I have
been illegally detained six times, put into labor
camps twice, had my home searched twice, and had
money extorted from my family members twice.

"On June 13, 2004, when I distributed material
clarifying the truth about Falun Gong in a
shopping center, ‘610 officers’ [an
extrajudiciary office created by the CCP for the
persecution of Falun Gong] brutally beat me and
pushed me to the floor. The right side of my head
hit the floor first, which induced damage to my
right eye and my brain and I lost consciousness.
The policemen took me back to the detention
center to continue the persecution. That night I
lost consciousness again and was sent to the
hospital. When the doctor brought me back to life
and prepared to let me stay in the hospital, the
policemen instead took me away.” In the next 9
months, Ms. Wang was detained in a labor camp for
2 years. Finally her family members found her and
applied for medical parole. However she already
missed the best time for healing. Her left eye
went blind and her right eye completely lost
function. After she started to practice Falun
Gong again, her left eye partially recovered.

During her illegal detention, the police also
kept harassing her mother, who is a Falun Gong
practitioner. Her husband was forced to divorce
her because he could not bear the CCP’s continual harassment and coercion.

Ms. Wang knows that there are many Falun Gong
practitioners experiencing the same severe
persecution that she did. Two of her fellow
practitioners were tortured to death. When Ms.
Wang told the delegates about her and her fellow
practitioner’s experiences, many of them were moved to tears.

'The CCP is against God'

For those witnesses of the persecution, Dr.
Charles Graves asked the question again: "Why
can’t the CCP tolerate those different groups and
why can’t the CCP hear different voices?"

Dr. Shizhong Chen, co-chair of the forum,
answered the question raised by Dr. Graves and
pointed out that no regime in history has
persecuted so many religious groups such as Falun
Gong, Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, and Uyghur
Muslims. The reason is that the CCP is atheist
and is against God. All human civilizations and
every nation’s culture come from a belief in God.
The CCP persecutes all groups because of its
atheism, which is bringing disaster to the whole world.

Finally Dr. Chen addressed that the CCP violates
human rights in the name of the "legal system."
Recently, human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng wrote
a letter to the international community, in which
he exposed the torture he experienced at the
hands of the CCP. Dr. Chen described how many
other human rights lawyers have been persecuted
severely. Dr. Chen asked, “How can a true ‘legal
system’ persecute defenders of the law? This
should enable Western democratic countries to
perceive the lies of the CCP’s legal system.
Certainly, the CCP always denies its torture, and
violations of freedom of belief and freedom of
speech, etc., which the whole world knows. Given
that this is not a well-established government,
why do Western countries believe the false
appearance of economic development and put their
hope on China for solving the world’s financial
crisis? Aren’t they blinded by a lust for gain?”

The Hope of Human Rights in China Is That the People Wake Up

During the Q&A section, many audience members
asked questions. One asked what hope there is for
the improvement of human rights in China. One
speaker told that there are over 50 million
Chinese people who have withdrawn from the CCP.
This activity reflects that people are waking up
and that, in the near future, the whole world
will see the truth about what is happening. It
will arouse their sense of righteousness and
their conscience. It is not just the hope of
China, but it also helps people find their true human nature.

Condemnation From Citizens Inside China

Last year, when the Conscience Foundation and
Interfaith International held a forum in the U.N.
regarding the Sichuan earthquake, the CCP
interfered. Just hours before the forum began,
the CCP influenced the staff of the U.N.
secretary’s office to change the conference room
in the name of the Germany delegates. Therefore,
some audience members could not find the location.

At that time there were more than 700 netizens
from China, who attended the forum online. They
all condemned the CCP when they heard the news.
Later when the organizer inquired, the Germany
delegates said they did not ask for the room
change. Instead, the staff from the secretary’s
office notified them of the room change. Further
investigation showed that the CCP arranged the room change.

The same thing happened this year. The staff from
the secretary’s office asked for the room to be
changed in the name of the chairman of the U.N.
Human Rights Council. However, the conference
room remained empty the whole time. In the
temporary room for the forum, someone had removed
the electronic card for the Internet. As a
result, 3,000 netizens from China, who were to
participate, could not connect to the forum. When
Mr. Jian Zhang sent this news to the netizens in
China, those 3,000 people were angry and held
their meeting voluntarily. It lasted more than 10
hours. When he understood what happened, Dr.
Graves sent a formal protest letter to the
chairmen of the Human Rights Council.

Several false NGOs supported by the CCP also
attended the forum. They had a special name,
"Government Organized NGOs," or "GONGOs" in short
form. During the Q&A section, several GONGOs
continually attacked the speakers and defended
the CCP. One of them attacked the Tibetan culture
and the Tibetan system and said only the CCP’s
democratic reforms could bring progress to Tibet.
He also said that he knows the democratic reforms
quite well because he used to be the deputy
section chief for the democratic reform in an
area of Tibet. One delegate asked right away how
a governmental deputy section chief could become
the speaker for an NGO, saying it was easy to
judge what kind of NGO it really was.

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