In response to the Falun Gong letter, the Australian Foreign Minister pledged to protect freedom of belief


On February 15, the Standing committee on petitions released a written response from Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne to the submission of the Falun Gong group’s signature of the petition to appeal. call on the international community to stop persecuting Falun Gong, to stop the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from harvesting organs. Ms. Marise Payne expressed concern about the plight that the Falun Gong group has faced, and reports regarding the harvesting and sale of organs of prisoners of conscience are occurring in China. She also said that Australia will work to promote and protect freedom of religion and belief of all people.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. Photo taken August 1, 2019 (Photo: US Department of State / Flickr)

Falun Gong petition letter calling for an end to the persecution

The four Falun Gong petition letters were coded PN0451, PN0471, PN0475, and PN0480, in which Falun Gong was a meditation practice based on the principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance”. Since July 1999, millions of people who practice Falun Gong in China have been detained, tortured and murdered by the CCP authorities. It has been reported consecutively that systematic and state-approved organ harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience has occurred in China.

Four petition letters also said, the Independent Court of China chaired by HE Geoffrey Nice QC, concluded in its final ruling in 2019: “Over the years, in all parts of China there has been a practice of forced large-scale organ harvesting, Falun Gong practitioners have always been an organ source, and it is also likely that they are the main source.” The CCP has committed crimes against humanity in its treatment of Falun Gong, this has been proven “there is no doubt”.

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Four petition letters petitioned the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and the Australian Government to pass a resolution or issue a declaration, to publicly request that the CCP immediately stop the persecution of Falun Gong that has persisted for more than 20 years, and immediately release both Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience; urged the CCP to immediately stop the organ harvesting of all prisoners of conscience, fully implement community education, ensuring Australians in a situation where they do not know the incident will not participate in the practice. en Forced organ harvesting happened in China.

Petition Letter PN0451 to the President of the Australian Parliament and Parliamentary said that from July 1999 up to now, Falun Gong practitioners in China have always been the most severely persecuted by the CCP government. Investigation report Announced by human rights lawyer David Matas and former Director of the Asia-Pacific Department David Kilgour has demonstrated that a large number of detained Falun Gong practitioners lost their lives due to forced organ harvesting. to China’s organ transplant market.

Four petition letters received the support of more than 385,000 Australians, all of which petitioned the Australian government to refuse visa and ban entry to Australia for Chinese officials and police involved in persecuting Falun Gong. .

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Australia will strive to protect human rights and freedom of religious beliefs

In four written responses to the Standing Petition Committee Chairman Ken O’Dowd, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne expressed concern about the plight of the Falun Gong practitioner body and related reports. harvesting and selling profit-making organs in China.

She said Australia strives to promote and protect human rights, including freedom of religion and belief of all people. Australia will continue to pay attention to the religious groups in China, including the Falun Gong group, for its beliefs that continue to be the target of persecution by the CCP.

“We periodically raise concerns about this issue with China (CCP), including directly raising the issue in ministerial conferences and at international forums. In the event that a serious violation of human rights continues, we will continue to raise concerns ”.

In addition, Marise Payne said: “The Australian government is aware of the reports of China’s illegal organ harvesting. The Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Commerce are both monitoring the development of this issue in detail, and will periodically examine the existing evidence ”,“ Australia will work to stop trafficking in human organs. Since 2004, the Australian Government has developed a comprehensive strategy to combat such crimes, committed to ensuring that Australia deals with organ trafficking and transplant tourism in the most effective way. may.”

Regarding the petition to punish individuals involved in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, Ms. Marise Payne said that the Australian Government will prevent individuals involved in human rights violations from coming to Australia. Immigration Act. At the same time, will periodically review sanctions to ensure that the policy is still appropriate and effective.

Finally, Ms. Marise Payne stated in the letter that Australia “Will continue to pay attention to reports of repression and restrictions against religious groups in China, and look for opportunities to react strongly to these violations.”

According to Ton Man Thanh, Epoch Times

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