We Recall the Holocaust: We Should Recognize Genocide in China Today
We Recall the Holocaust: We Should Recognize Genocide in China Today

On Jan. 27 each year, the United Nations remembers the Holocaust that slaughtered people of Jewish origin during World War II. The day also commemorates the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland on Jan. 27, 1945.

Some 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis’ racist policies. In 1942, the young Pole, Jan Karski, tried to persuade Allied leaders about the Nazi death camps, which he had witnessed. U.S. Supreme Court Judge Felix Frankfurter—himself Jewish—said, “I did not say this young man is lying. I said I am unable to believe him. There is a difference.”

We know the truth today, but less remembered are at least 38 million Chinese people killed by Mao Zedong. And hardly recognized until recently by the international community has been the systematic persecution of Falun Gong—benign, Buddha-school qigong spiritual exercises, once practiced by 70 million–100 million in China—and subject to a genocidal persecution since 1999.

I quoted Judge Frankfurter in an article I wrote for my regional newspaper, the Yorkshire Post, on my return from a fact-finding visit to China in 2006. I have written many similar articles since.

As European Parliament Vice President for Democracy & Human Rights, I met former Falun Gong prisoners of conscience secretly in Beijing. One of them told me that his buddy had disappeared from their prison cell and the next time he saw his body in the prison hospital with holes where evidently body parts had been removed, for sale.

Governments Acknowledge the Facts

A resolution by the European Parliament on Dec. 12, which I sponsored, unequivocally condemned the Chinese regime’s organ harvesting, especially from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

The same week, a U.S. congressional committee adopted a parallel resolution, and a 1.5-million signature petition was presented to the United Nations.

This global response came on top of a series of similar resolutions by parliaments and professional associations in recent times.

These actions are ending the credibility gap about the genocidal crime of selecting and killing prisoners, especially Falun Gong practitioners, for body parts. They are the only prisoners in China to be blood- and urine-tested as part of the selection process, and thousands have been tissue-matched and then literally killed to order at 1 of the 169 transplant centers across China. Some 10,000 operations are carried out each year and the organs mostly come from prisoners, because organ donation hardly exists in China, for cultural reasons.

Since the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999, researchers David Kilgour and David Matas estimate that tens of thousands have lost their lives through organ harvesting.

Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

I have campaigned against this appalling crime against humanity since my visit to Beijing in 2006

There I also first made contact with Gao Zhisheng, the Christian human rights lawyer, whose 2005 report into the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners led to the closure of his Beijing law office.

After my visit, Gao and I kept in touch about reform in China but he was arrested on Aug. 15, 2006, and was later convicted of “subversion” and suffered a series of imprisonments, house arrests, and then—for a long period—disappearance.

This did not stop him from his activities in the early days, including writing open letters through me to the European Parliament and to the U.S. Congress. Eventually he was silenced through imprisonment in an unknown jail.

According to press reports, members of his family finally made contact with him in January 2013 at a prison in Xinjiang Province. Fortunately, his wife, whom I met in Washington in March 2013, son, and daughter were spirited to the United States.

On Dec. 2, 2012, I opened the latest in a series of hearings on human rights in China at the European Parliament in Brussels with a plea for the release of Gao, amplified by a video testament from his daughter Gege.

One of Gao’s “crimes” was a meeting he had with former U.N. torture rapporteur Dr. Manfred Nowak in early 2006. Nowak—my predecessor when I was awarded in 2013 the Medal of Honor from the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization—asserted that two-thirds of the prisoners undergoing “re-education through labor” across China were Falun Gong practitioners.

I have no doubt, after meeting hundreds of exiled former Falun Gong prisoners of conscience, that this is true, and further, that thousands of practitioners have lost their lives in the vile organ transplant business organized through and by the People’s Liberation Army.

This activity is contrary to Article 2 of the Genocide Convention. I am campaigning for an international register of those who torture and kill to be maintained for future prosecutions under the International Criminal Court. These can only be done once China is free.

Unlike China, the European Union is a democracy. On May 22–25 elections are held across the EU, including in my region, Yorkshire & Humber. I have changed parties (I became a Liberal Democrat in 2010 when the Conservative Party became too anti-European) but I hope to be re-elected to continue for another five years to spread the truth about the persecution and killing of Falun Gong practitioners from the European Parliament.

Edward McMillan-Scott, Member of the European Parliament (UK Liberal Democrat), is vice president of the European Parliament for Democracy and Human Rights.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Epoch Times.

  • ExpatEUTherapist

    What the Chinese government has done to Tibet is unforgivable. Yet no one does anything. Some governments are even too afraid of alienating the Chinese that they do not allow the Dalai Lama to visit and speak.

    I guess we need those cheap electronics too much.

    The Chinese government is actually more afraid of losing the approval of world governments than those governments are afraid of losing the approval of the Chinese. If the Chinese want to be the #1 world economic power they are going to have to become a part of the modern international community.

    Call their bluff.

  • RockyFjord

    what hypocrisy. The US and UK have been involved in so many bloody coups and genocides,
    it’s are to name them all. In Quatemala, they massacred 100,000 placid Mayan Indians, killing every last man, woman, and child, so there would be no witnesses, and no guilt they so figured. Indonesia, Phillipines, Chile, Honduras, Dominican Republic, on and on. Try reading The Untold History of the United States, by Stone and Kuznick. What hypocrisy for Albright to be on this panel, read about in Untold History. The old American imperialism machine still cranking out its realpolitik lies.

    • chenelope

      And they got away with it, because nobody was around to complain. By that logic, you’re effectively saying that the Jews had no basis for complaint while they were being gassed in the 1940’s, since after all they had caused genocidal deaths of Christians around 2000 years ago. Where do you want the line to be drawn? If someone is dying, and someone wants to speak up about it, should they first check all through the last 5000 years of history, told and untold, before deciding if they are suitable candidates to address wrongdoing? There are very few nations on the planet who haven’t been involved in awful things. This is the current era of history, and universal standards of human rights have been agreed upon and promoted throughout the world for around 100 years. Anyone who is taking the responsibility to draw attention to a gross injustice, and attempting to end genocide, should be applauded, regardless of what their distant ancestors may have been involved in.

      • RockyFjord

        No need to go back 5000 years I would think. But the 1970’s and 1980’s and
        1991 and 2001/2003 is recent enough, and egregious enough that those representing that political criminal nation, ought not be the ones to point the finger, or so I think. Let some innocent nation bring it up. Israel supplied arms to Quatemala for the CIA as there was a Congressional prohibition against it.
        Then the CIA directed 100,000 placid Mayan Indians to be massacred, with the directive to kill every last man, woman, and child, so no witnesses, no guilt.
        They killed the children by grasping their ankles and smashing skulls against stone walls. Iraq twice, Libya, now Syria and Ukraine, Vietnam — the US is far more culpable than the Nazis by magnitudes, and millions were genocided in this current era. Whenever the US wants to preach human rights, I want to vomit. For the complete picture, read Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s The Untold History of the United States.

        • chenelope

          Wow, I must say that I’m completely ignorant of this relatively recent history. I do see some legitimacy in what you’re saying, in that America is certainly no angel. And of course there are a lot of countries with a colonial history. I may well read that book you recommended, especially if someone has verified that the content is accurate (of course I understand that it’s almost impossible to verify so many pages of history, but would at least hope that film director Oliver Stone isn’t indulging his flair for the theatric and sensationalising history).
          In this case, as I understand it, an English politician, who has a prominent position in a Parliament for human rights, is doing his job and speaking up for Chinese people who are being unreasonably oppressed by their own government. Whether we like it or not, there are certain nations in the world with authority. In this case, as this representative of a globally-respected organisation which was established to protect human rights, draws attention to a blatant injustice, he’s surely just fulfilling his responsibilities. I can’t find any fault with what he’s doing, since it doesn’t seem that too many are willing to speak up about this, and if nobody does, the situation will continue unchecked.
          As far as I’m aware, a few disperse politicians and organisations have spoken out against the persecution, but no country has come out too strongly against it yet. Without meaning to single out one government leader too much, I don’t think Obama has publicly criticised the CCP, for example. He advocated on behalf of Trayvon Martin, but not for the millions in another country, and there must be a reason behind that. He’s certainly aware of what’s going on. It will be interesting to see if an innocent nation calls the CCP to order, but, so far, not many seem to have had the courage to, even though the persecution has gone on for 15 years. They’re all too afraid of China, and the financial/trade sanctions they’re threatened with if they sully China’s international image by daring to say ‘hey, that’s not right’.

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