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NZ residents file lawsuits against former Chinese leader

NZ residents file lawsuits against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin

New Zealand— On 1 May 2015, the Chinese Communist Party leadership announced that the relevant Chinese authorities needed to acknowledge and meaningfully respond to complaints. As a consequence 70 New Zealand residents have filed a lawsuit against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for his role in the persecution of Falun Gong (Falun Dafa).

Most of these people were subjected to cruel torture, including beatings, electric shocks, long term sleep deprivation, as well as slave labour. Many of these people had blood tests during their imprisonment, which they believe were pre-screenings for possible forced organ harvesting.

These courageous people are joining more than 60,000 Chinese and overseas plaintiffs who have recently filed lawsuits in China’s Supreme Court against Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese regime. This groundswell of legal action directly targeting the former leader has deep implications in China, particularly since Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption has not yet targeted Jiang Zemin.

Demand for organs outside of China has become prevalent; and the community needs to be aware of the health dangers of transplant tourism and the moral implications. Independent investigations indicate that tens of thousands of people are murdered-on-demand within China’s re-education-through-labour prison camps, with Falun Gong practitioners forming the biggest live organ bank. Other prisoners of conscience in China such as House Christians, Tibetans and Uyghur’s are also targeted for their organs.

Concerns in New Zealand

The persecution not only targets Falun Gong in China. It extends to other countries including New Zealand and affects the development of our society and principles we are willing to uphold.

• Chinese Embassies and Consulates impact all levels of government and business, including threats oftrade loss or withholding visas, if the Party line on Falun Gong is not followed.

• China’s Health Ministry and officials placate Western concerns of forced organ harvesting by face-saving regulations that are not enforced and diplomatic efforts with our doctors, while the hospitals andnetworks of the People’s Liberation Army continue to exploit the lives of Falun Gong practitioners andother prisoners of conscience for profit.

Respect for human rights transcends all differences of race, nationality, belief and trade interests.

We are holding a public rally to commemorate those people murdered by the Chinese Community Party, we are also calling for an end to this vile persecution.

When: Thursday 16 March
Where: Parliament grounds
Time: 1pm – 2pm

ENDS

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