Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (20 July) on the 20th anniversary of the start of persecution of Falun Gong:
The Chinese Government has been conducting a brutal campaign against the spiritual meditation movement Falun Gong for the past 20 years. Falun Gong practitioners are persecuted and detained without trial. There are many reports of torture and even of people not surviving prison. On the 20th anniversary of the start of the campaign against Falun Gong, I am very concerned about its followers’ situation, which remains perilous.
I call on the Chinese Government to respect the human rights of Falun Gong practitioners in accordance with international standards and Chinese law. I also appeal to the Chinese Government to comment on the serious and long-standing allegation that the organs of detained Falun Gong followers are systematically harvested. The Chinese Government should urgently increase transparency on the procurement of organs and grant independent observers free access to prisons and internment centres in order to counter these allegations.