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Foreign Politicians To Visit NZ For Falun Gong

Foreign Politicians To Visit NZ For Falun Gong

Media Release:
Distinguished foreign politicians to visit New Zealand 24-25 August 2006:
Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament and David Kilgour, Former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia Pacific)

Visit concerning organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners in China
On invitation by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia Pacific) and Crown Prosecutor and Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament, will visit New Zealand on August 24-25, 2006 to present and discuss the recent findings of independent investigations of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China. The pair will be available for interviews to discuss their findings in detail, and what the Western world can do to help these inhumanities stop.

“We believe that there has been and continues today to be large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners… The allegations, if true, would represent a grotesque form of evil which, despite all the depravations humanity has seen, would be new to this planet."
“Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China”, Co-authored by David Kilgour and David Matas, international human rights lawyer. Full report can be viewed at: http://investigation.go.saveinter.net/

Press Conference – Wellington
Thursday 24 August
10:30am – 11:30am
Room RHG01
Rutherford House (opposite Parliament Buildings)

MP Hearing at Parliament (media welcome) – Wellington
Thursday 24 August
4pm - 6pm
Select Committee Room (room number 3)
Parliament Buildings

Public Forum – Wellington
Thursday 24 August
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Hosted by President NZ Council for Civil Liberties Tony Ellis
Old Government Building, Room GBLT3

Public Forum – Auckland
Friday 25 August – David Kilgour only
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Hosted by Mr Heval Hylan - Barrister & Solicitor- International Lawyer specializing in Human rights & Genocide.
AUT University, WA Building room 220, 55 Wellesley St East, Auckland

Background


David Kilgour, a former Crown Prosecutor, served as a Member of Canadian Parliament for 26 years. He was one of the two longest-serving MPs in the House of Commons for the 38th Parliament. From January 2002 until December 2003, David served as Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific). Prior to that time, David served as Secretary of State for Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America (1997-2002). “Silence in the face of evil is not David Kilgour’s way. Sadly, there are few like him in seats of power.” A man of principles by Peter Worthington, Toronto Sun,
Canada (16/07/06) http://www.david-kilgour.com/bio.htm

Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament and designated rapporteur for the EU's New Democracy and Human Rights Instrument, is the longest serving member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and has largely spent his career promoting democracy and civil society worldwide, especially in the ex-Soviet bloc and Islamic world. In 1996, Edward was assigned as a special investigator into the strategic relationship of the European Parliament and the Chinese Communist Party and became the first Western politician to go to Tibet, after a three-year Beijing ban on outsiders. He is also the first official to meet with Falun Gong practitioners inside mainland China. http://emcmillanscott.com/

CIPFG (Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong), is an international coalition of organizations and individuals with a common interest to investigate and stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China through various forms, channels and initiatives. www.cipfg.org

ENDS


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