Falun Gong practitioners will stop in Braidwood as part of a car tour calling for help to stop organ harvesting in China. The start of the Falun Dafa Association tour coincided with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s trip to Hangzhou, China for the 11th G20 Summit.
The aim of the car tour is to raise awareness among Australians about the ongoing 17-year persecution in China. In particular, Falun Gong practitioners will draw attention to the recently confirmed allegations of forced organ harvesting in China.
"We realise that most Australians know little about Falun Gong and the tragic situation in China. We hope that the car tour, which will drive through over 100 cities, will help fellow Australians know more about what is going on in China today," said Falun Dafa Association president, Dr Lucy Zhao.
Falun Dafa practitioners across Australia are holding a series of nation-wide media events asking the PM to call on the Chinese leader Xi Jinping to immediately stop the forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience and end the persecution of Falun Gong. Recently, a postcard campaign across Australia drew the attention of Mr Turnbull to human rights abuses against the spiritual group. About 20,000 postcards were delivered to the PM's office in Canberra before the G20 Summit.
Organ harvesting in China has received widespread media attention since the release of a new groundbreaking report by independent investigators. This is the first time a detailed analysis of over 700 hospitals in China was conducted. A team of independent international researchers examined transplantation volumes, bed utilisation, surgical rates, personnel and state funding.
The report concluded that the: transplantation volumes in China were far greater than reported by official numbers and stand in the hundreds of thousands; and non-consenting prisoners of conscience remained the primary source of unethical organ procurement.
The car tour will stop at Braidwood Visitor Information Centre (National Theatre, Wallace St), 8.30am, Wednesday, September 28.
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