TORONTO—The documentary “The China Hustle,” which premiered recently at the Toronto International Film Festival, shows how hundreds of Chinese companies listed on North American stock exchanges can cause billions of losses to investors due to lack of proper oversight.

These Chinese firms enter the U.S. stock market through reverse takeovers with American companies and report revenues and assets that have no base in reality, thus inflating the companies’ stock value.

Making a story about complex financial transactions for the everyday viewer was one of the biggest challenges faced by Jed Rothstein, director of “The China Hustle.”

“Financial crimes are by their nature very complex; their complexity is what enables the fraud,” said Rothstein, the producer/director behind “Before the Spring After the Fall” and “Killing in the Name.”

“We tried to make it as easy to understand as possible while still making sure it’s accurate. … So that’s the challenge,” the filmmaker said in an interview.

Jed Rothstein, the director of “The China Hustle”, sits down for an interview with The Epoch Times on Sept. 9, 2017 during the Toronto International Film Festival. (Becky Zhou/The Epoch Times)

Among the market players featured in the documentary is Carson Block, founder of the investment research firm Muddy Waters, which was instrumental in the collapse of TSE-listed Sino-Forest, a forestry firm with claims of massive operations in China.

Em julho, the Ontario Securities Commission ruled that Sino-Forest and several of its executives defrauded investors and misled investigators.

Block and other researchers featured in the documentary used research teams to set up cameras and even conduct undercover visits to the operations facilities of the Chinese firms listed in the NYSE, often at great risk to the team members.

One of the researchers, Chinese-Canadian Kun Huang, was imprisoned for two years in China after the firm he worked for questioned the production claims of Silvercorp Metals Inc., a Vancouver-based company with operations in China. Huang has now launched a lawsuit against Silvercorp, alleging that it colluded with local authorities in China to have him arrested.

“I think that there are a lot of opportunities to invest and make money all over the world, but when the rules of the markets can’t be translated across the same borders that money can, it creates opportunity for fraud, like we saw in the ‘China Hustle’ film,” Rothstein said.

With reporting by Becky Zhou

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In this file photo a Chinese ship makes its way toward the Lions Gate Bridge into the Port of Vancouver,  one of North America's most important gateways to Asia.(CP Photo/Chuck Stoody)In this file photo a Chinese ship makes its way toward the Lions Gate Bridge into the Port of Vancouver,  one of North America's most important gateways to Asia.(CP Photo/Chuck Stoody)

NEWS ANALYSIS

As NAFTA negotiations with the United States show slow progress, uma new survey shows that more Canadians want to increase trade relationships beyond the United States, with Europe and the U.K.—jurisdictions with similar democratic institutions as Canada—taking the top spots.

China takes the fourth spot as the trade partner of choice, a finding similar to periodic surveys in recent years showing a decline in Canadians’ interest in free trade with China.

The federal government is pushing ahead with free trade talks with China, Contudo, with a decision on the potential deal with the Asian giant expected this fall, according to The National Post.

The Epoch Times contacted Global Affairs Canada for an update on the Canada-China free trade talks, but answers to questions were not provided by press time. The government’s public consultation phase on the proposed deal closed in June.

As U.S. President Donald Trump plays hardball in NAFTA negotiations, Canada’s pursuit of a free trade deal with China has been cited by some as an attempt to send a signal to its southern neighbour that Canada isn’t limited in choice when it comes to trading partners.

But the Liberal government started negotiations on a potential free trade deal with China immediately after coming to power in the fall of 2015. That was long before Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, criticized NAFTA’s terms as being overly in Canada’s favour as president of the United States.

The Angus Reid poll published last week asked Canadians where their government should look to develop closer trade ties. Around 45 percent chose the EU, followed closely by the United States at around 40 por cento. The third spot with 30 percent went to the U.K., which is in the midst of exiting the EU and will be on its own in any trade talks. China, with close to 25 por cento, came in fourth.

Angus Reid notes that interest among Canadians for developing closer trade ties with China has been in decline since the research company first began its periodic polling on the subject in 2014.

Even among the Liberals’ own support base, i.e. those who voted Liberal in the 2015 federal election, support for a free trade deal is below two in five.

Rule of Law

The Liberals’ “human connection” initiatives and “people-to-people exchanges” between China and Canada over the last few years were cited as being intended to reverse the negative polling trends of Canadians’ views on China, but it seems they haven’t succeeded in making Canadians more receptive to closer trade ties.

Perhaps that’s because it is not the elected representatives of the Chinese people that oversee the affairs of their country, but a single non-elected entity that controls all branches of power, including the judiciary, in a one-party system.

The overt state control in China is something that worries Dean Allison, the Conservatives’ newly appointed international trade critic, should a Canada-China free trade agreement go ahead.

“We certainly don’t mind doing deals with the Chinese people. It’s when you have the state involved in such a large way that gives us some great concerns,” he said in an interview.

That’s the lesson Amy Chang hopes Canadians wanting to do business in China learn. Chang’s parents, John Chang and Allison Lu, Canadian citizens who own wineries in B.C. and Ontario, are currently being held by Chinese authorities in Shanghai over an alleged customs valuation dispute.

According to Chang, the Chinese authorities have criminalized a commercial dispute in her parents’ case.

“If this is an issue regarding undervaluation, then they can let me know and we can deal with this diplomatically. There’s no need to have Canadian citizens detained overseas and imprisoned,” Chang told The Canadian Press last spring when she visited Ottawa to plead with federal politicians for help in getting her parents released.

"[Pequim] really is a government that doesn’t play by the rules, it isn’t rule-based,” said Allison. "[Na China] we have clear violations of the rule of law as it would exist here in Canada.”

That means that when it comes to a free trade deal with China, there is no guarantee of a level playing field, ele disse.

“If you and I are making decisions in Canada based on business and personal interest and how the market economy works, that’s one thing, but we are competing with a systematically organized and controlled state-run operation. I think that skews the level playing field,” Allison said.

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Delivery workers sort parcels for their customers in Beijing, China on “Singles Day,” a holiday that has grown into the world’s busiest day for e-commerce, novembro. 11, 2016. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)Delivery workers sort parcels for their customers in Beijing, China on “Singles Day,” a holiday that has grown into the world’s busiest day for e-commerce, novembro. 11, 2016. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

NEWS ANALYSIS

China, the world’s largest e-commerce market, counts more than 400 million online shoppers even as half the country remains offline, but eager Canadian businesses face significant hurdles to gain market share.

Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com are making a big push in Canada trying to get more Canadian businesses to join their platforms and sell to the Chinese.

Alibaba’s billionaire chairman Jack Ma will be making his pitch to Canadian business—alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—at an event in Toronto called “Gateway 17” on Sept. 25.

The Toronto Region Board of Trade hosted JD.com in July for a business roundtable with more than 50 Canadian companies.

Canadian products have an excellent reputation in China. The growing Chinese middle class is leery of cheap Chinese goods and values the quality of Canada’s manufacturing and pristine environment for agro-food products.

More broadly, China is undergoing a lengthy transformation from an investment-oriented economy to a consumption-based one—away from heavy industry and toward the service sector. E-commerce has a vital role to play in the Chinese government’s strategy.

“E-commerce platforms are really helping to standardize market access in China to people of all income groups, which is an important priority in China,” said Jan De Silva, president and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, in a phone interview.

Reasons for Concern

E-commerce might simplify certain aspects of doing business in China, but pervasive challenges like lack of rule of law and intellectual property (IP) violations are but a couple of the difficulties foreign businesses face.

NOS. President Donald Trump initiated a probe into China’s IP theft, which is estimated to be responsible for between 50 e 80 percent of all IP violations that harm the U.S. economia, de acordo com IP Commission Report. Os EUA. Chamber of Commerce estimates 86 percent of all counterfeit goods come from China and Hong Kong.

Bottles of wine from Clear Lake Wineries, an export operation of Ontario wines to China. (Courtesy Mary Whittle)

Bottles of wine from Clear Lake Wineries, an export operation of Ontario wines to China. (Courtesy Mary Whittle)

“A lot of product on Alibaba is counterfeit. Consumers know that too,” said Mary Whittle in a phone interview. She is the CEO of Clear Lake Wineries, a family-run business that exports Ontario wines to China.

Contudo, China is cracking down on IP violations for good reason. It realizes that some of its companies can be global champions provided other companies don’t plunder their IP. So they must be protected. The number of settlements in the last few years is up roughly fourfold under the stronger judicial framework, says De Silva.

IP violations aren’t limited to fake goods. They can derail a business when an unscrupulous company learns of the legal name of a legitimate business and becomes the first to register or use that name in China. It then files a claim against the genuine business when it tries to register or use the name in China.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (CTCS) warns that patents and trademarks registered in Canada or other countries are not usually protected in China and that regulatory enforcement can still be unsatisfactory. The CTCS website even has an extensive section on business risks related to corruption in China.

A lot of product on Alibaba is counterfeit. Consumers know that too.

— Mary Whittle, CEO, Clear Lake Wineries

Another warning from the CTCS, in a section titled “An Introduction to E-Commerce in China,” states: “Government policies regulating the marketplace are dense, complicated, and prone to changes without notice.”

An extreme example of China’s opaque regulatory enforcement is the case of John Chang and Allison Lu, owners of Lulu Island Winery based in B.C., who are facing a minimum of 10 years—and possibly life—in prison for alleged wine smuggling into China. The winery said it believed it had followed all the applicable laws, yet Chang has already been serving jail time.

“The arrest of Mr. Chang and Ms. Lu for a fabricated customs violation is an assault on their basic rights, a breach of China’s international trade obligations, and China’s own customs laws,” Conservative international trade critic Gerry Ritz said, as reported by the CBC em maio.

In an email to The Epoch Times, Brianne Maxwell, spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said: "We are following the case of Mr. Chang and Ms. Lu closely. Canadian officials are in contact with the relevant Chinese authorities and are providing consular assistance to Mr. Chang, Ms. Lu and their family. Canadian representatives have raised the case with Chinese authorities at high levels. To protect the privacy of the individuals concerned, further details on this case cannot be released."

Rule of law is necessary for business to thrive in a legitimate manner. Clearly it still has a long way to go in China.

The Chinese e-commerce giants are basically facilitation and delivery mechanisms. But doing business in China is much more than filling an order. The Chinese consumer is bombarded with options and a variety of marketing schemes. The reality is that many countries are trying to sell to the Chinese, which makes marketing efforts to distinguish products costly. Competition is intense.

Whittle says she was told by JD.com that a business could spend $400,000 on a marketing campaign for a month and there’s no guarantee the message would register with consumers.

“It is a very difficult market to penetrate and you can do a lot of things right and it’s still hard, very difficult to break through the noise, competing against every other country and every other product,” Whittle said.

The e-commerce giants may be trying to put dollar signs in the heads of Canadian businesses, but there are many factors for success that are beyond their control.

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A man rests beside a house in Elishku in China’s western Xinjiang region. Elishku was the scene of a bloody clash in July 28, 2014 between villagers protesting against the Chinese regime’s restrictions during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the government troops. (Greg Baker / AFP / Getty Images)A man rests beside a house in Elishku in China’s western Xinjiang region. Elishku was the scene of a bloody clash in July 28, 2014 between villagers protesting against the Chinese regime’s restrictions during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the government troops. (Greg Baker / AFP / Getty Images)

Globe and Mail journalist Nathan VanderKlippe, who was briefly detained by Chinese police earlier this week, says he travelled to Elishku in China’s volatile Xinjiang region to find out more about a 2014 violent confrontation between Chinese authorities and the ethnic Uyghurs that exiled groups say resulted in 2,000 mortes.

VanderKlippe, the Globe’s Beijing correspondent, estava detained on Wednesday evening, Aug. 23, just as he arrived in Elishku. He had his laptop confiscated by the secret police and was released early Thursday morning.

Similar to Tibet, Xinjiang is a very sensitive region for the Chinese communist regime due to the minority group’s dissatisfaction and occasional protests over the Chinese regime’s suppression of their rights and customs.

The Chinese Communist Party stifles the minority Uyghur group’s Islamic religious activity. Instances include barring Muslims from observing Ramadan, requiring men to shave their beards, forcing women to remove their veils, e coercing them to raise pigs, considered unclean in Muslim culture.

Not much is known about what happened on July 28, 2014, at the end of Ramadan in Elishku. China’s official accounts claim that the violent confrontation was in response to knife- and axe-wielding Uyghurs on a rampage, and put the official death toll at close to 100.

Exiled Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer, Contudo, cited evidence from the ground that at least 2,000 Uyghurs had been killed in what she called a massacre. Kadeer told Radio Free Asia that this was the highest reported casualty count in the history of Xinjiang violence.

Kadeer said evidence includes “recorded voice messages from the people in the neighbourhood and written testimonies on exactly what had taken place in Elishku township of Yarkand County during this massacre.”

Suppression of independent reporting of events is all too common in China. There is still no clear account of the death toll of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre em Pequim, with the Chinese regime putting the death toll between 200 para 300 while other estimates put the toll at well over 1,000.

Deteriorating Conditions

De acordo com um survey report by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC), conditions for international press in China continue to deteriorate.

The FCCC’s 2016 survey indicates 98 percent of foreign journalists report that conditions rarely meet international standards and that they face growing cases of harassment, obstruction, and intimidation of sources and local staff.

Close to 60 percent of journalists reported that they had personally experienced some form of interference, assédio, or violence while reporting in China.

Throughout his encounter with the authorities, VanderKlippe said he reminded the police that Chinese law allows him to report and interview anyone who gives consent. But his captors told him that Chinese law doesn’t apply to secret police, and even less so does it apply to a sensitive region like Xinjiang.

VanderKlippe wrote in a report for the Globe that his ordeal offered “a window into the ways China’s laws are regularly reduced to guideposts that can be ignored in service of broader objectives, and the contortions authorities take to reconcile the two.”

“It also illuminated the measures Chinese officials take to suppress unauthorized accounts of a region where the harsh policies of an authoritarian state have limited a minority people’s ability to conduct life on their own terms.”

Last June, Canadians saw a glimpse on their own soil of how China treats journalists when Chinese minister of foreign affairs Wang Yi scolded a Canadian journalist for asking a question related to China’s human rights record during a joint conference with then-Canadian foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion in Ottawa.

In December 2015, China deported French reporter and veteran China journalist Ursula Gauthier for her reporting in which she denounced Chinese state-media coverage that equated the Uyghurs’ protests with the Nov. 15, 2015, Paris terrorist attacks.

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praticantes de Falun Gong marchar no centro de Vancouver em julho 16, 2017, para pedir o fim da perseguição de sua disciplina espiritual ordenado pelo regime chinês 18 anos atrás, em julho 20, 1999. Uma procissão de profissionais em branco grinaldas espera memorial para homenagear aqueles que foram perseguidos até a morte. (Tang Feng / The Epoch Times)praticantes de Falun Gong marchar no centro de Vancouver em julho 16, 2017, para pedir o fim da perseguição de sua disciplina espiritual ordenado pelo regime chinês 18 anos atrás, em julho 20, 1999. Uma procissão de profissionais em branco grinaldas espera memorial para homenagear aqueles que foram perseguidos até a morte. (Tang Feng / The Epoch Times)

Esta semana em todo o Canadá e em todo o mundo, milhares estão se reunindo na frente de embaixadas e consulados para marcar chineses 18 anos desde que o Partido Comunista chinês lançou uma campanha de violência e ódio “erradicar” a disciplina espiritual do Falun Gong, também chamado Falun Dafa.

“Perseguição ao Falun Gong do Partido Comunista Chinês ainda está em curso. tem 12 praticantes de Falun Gong com laços canadenses atualmente sendo detidas ilegalmente na China,”Disse Falun Dafa Associação de Vancouver porta-voz Sue Zhang em um comício fora da Galeria de Arte de Vancouver em julho 16.

Bem como dar discursos e segurando marchas e vigílias pedindo o fim da perseguição, adeptos do Falun Gong estão buscando ajuda do governo canadense para libertar seus companheiros praticantes da detenção e prisão na China. Entre eles está um cidadão canadense, Sun Qian, que está detido em Pequim desde fevereiro.

imagem cartão de identificação de Sun Qian. (O Epoch Times)

imagem cartão de identificação de Sun Qian. (O Epoch Times)

Prisioneiro canadense de Consciência Abusado na China

dom, um 51-year-old de negócios chinesa-canadense e residente Vancouver, está sendo realizada no Beijing Primeiro Centro de Detenção, onde ela foi algemada, algemado a uma cadeira de aço, pimenta continuamente pulverizada na cara, e agora pode ser indiciado por sua fé.

Apesar dos apelos para a sua libertação por vários altos funcionários canadenses, incluindo membros conservadores do Parlamento Peter Kent e Michael Cooper, ex-ministro da Justiça Liberal Irwin Cotler, e líder do Partido Verde Elizabeth May, Sun continua a ser detido.

Canadenses praticantes de Falun Gong continuar a ter esperança de que a Sun será lançado como resultado de uma voz forte de funcionários eleitos.

Sun Qian foi algemado, algemado a uma cadeira de aço, pimenta continuamente pulverizada na cara, e agora pode ser indiciado por sua fé

Quando o ex-líder chinês Jiang Zemin iniciou a perseguição de julho 20, 1999, O Canadá foi, de fato, o primeiro país a condenar publicamente a perseguição. “O Canadá apresentou um protesto oficial com o Ministério das Relações Exteriores da China depois 30,000 adeptos do Falun Gong foram detidos em 30 cidades em toda a China, disseram fontes,”Relatou The Globe and Mail de julho 26, 1999.

com sede em Ottawa Xun Li, presidente da Associação do Falun Dafa do Canadá, Também lembrou que foi a voz forte de funcionários eleitos, juntamente com a cobertura da mídia constante, que ajudou a garantir a libertação de Zhang Kunlun, que se acredita ser o primeiro canadense preso na China por praticar o Falun Gong.

Professor Kunlun Zhang com sua pintura

Professor Kunlun Zhang com sua pintura “Red Wall,”Que é baseado em sua experiência como prisioneiro de consciência na China, na arte de Zhen-Shan-Ren Exposição Internacional, em Washington, DC, em julho 18, 2013. (O Epoch Times)

Zhang é um ex-professor visitante na Universidade McGill de Montreal. Ele foi preso em 2000 e enviados para campos de trabalho forçado por três anos, mas foi liberado em janeiro 2001, pouco antes de missão comercial do então primeiro-ministro Jean Chrétien para a China.

Enquanto estava sob custódia na China, o professor foi submetido a abusar incluindo tortura com bastões elétricos. Ele também foi forçado a assistir a transmissões de propaganda de ódio difamando o Falun Gong.

“A China estava com medo de ser exposto [por suas violações dos direitos humanos], porque o professor Zhang é um cidadão canadense,”Li disse.

Killing em larga escala para órgãos dos prisioneiros

Falun Gong, também conhecido como Falun Dafa, é uma prática de meditação e exercícios transmitida de China antiga que inclui ensinamentos baseados nos princípios universais da Verdade, Compaixão, e Tolerância. Em julho 1999, o regime comunista chinês ordenou uma perseguição e uma ampla campanha de propaganda de ódio contra o Falun Gong devido à popularidade da prática que não estava sob o controle do Estado.

[O Partido Comunista iniciado] o pior exemplo de perseguição religiosa desde a Revolução Cultural, com a repressão contra Falun Gong.

- professor da Universidade de Ottawa André Laliberté

"[O Partido Comunista iniciado] o pior exemplo de perseguição religiosa desde a Revolução Cultural, com a repressão contra Falun Gong,”Escreveu professor da Universidade de Ottawa André Laliberté, um dos principais estudiosos da religião na China, em um papel na 2015.

A perseguição tem atraído condenação de grupos de direitos humanos, as Nações Unidas, e vários governos ao redor do mundo.

Sue Zhang citou uma fevereiro 2017 relatório de Freedom House que detalha como adeptos do Falun Gong continuar a ser submetido a abusos generalizados e graves dos direitos humanos. E o mais recente 2016 NOS. Executiva do Congresso relatório da Comissão afirma como extremo abuso físico e psicológico continua contra o Falun Gong.

[Nosso] revisão encontrou evidências críveis sugerindo que início no início de 2000, detentos do Falun Gong foram mortos por seus órgãos em grande escala.

- Freedom House 2017 relatório especial

Há também relatórios por investigadores incluindo dois pesquisadores canadenses estimando que 60,000 para 100,000 transplantes por ano são realizados na China, em oposição ao número oficial chinesa de 10,000 por ano, com a fonte primária sendo detidos Falun Gong com seus órgãos removidos à força, e ser morto no processo, para abastecer a indústria chinesa de transplante extremamente lucrativo.

Freedom House observou que havia revisado as evidências disponíveis compilado por estes investigadores e “encontrado provas credíveis sugerindo que início no início de 2000, detentos do Falun Gong foram mortos por seus órgãos em grande escala.”“Há razões para acreditar que tais abusos continuam,”Afirma o relatório.

Sobre 50 adeptos do Falun Gong participar de uma greve de fome de 36 horas no monte do parlamento em Ottawa em março 13, 2002, para apelar ao governo canadense para ajudar a parar fim do regime chinês para

Sobre 50 adeptos do Falun Gong participar de uma greve de fome de 36 horas no monte do parlamento em Ottawa em março 13, 2002, para apelar ao governo canadense para ajudar a parar fim do regime chinês de “matar [praticantes de Falun Gong] sem piedade,”Nesta foto de arquivo. A polícia recebeu ordens para “atirar à vista” se os praticantes do Falun Gong são vistos entregando ou postando folhetos Falun Gong na China. (Minghui.org)

Princípios morais

No comício Vancouver, Li Jianfeng, um ex-juiz na China continental, elogiou os princípios ensinados pelo Falun Gong e pediu maior apoio da prática espiritual no Canadá.

“Peço a todos os Vancouverites para apoiar Falun Gong,”Li disse. “O que se espalha é‘Veracidade, Compaixão, e Tolerância.’... Estes princípios morais de alto nível, se eles podem florescer no Canadá, nos trará bênçãos e um bom futuro “.

Após o rali de julho 16, praticantes e simpatizantes Vancouver realizou um centro de marcha. Eles também irá realizar uma vigília com velas em frente ao consulado chinês em julho 19. Eventos estão previstos em outras cidades canadenses ainda esta semana, incluindo em Otava, em julho 19 e em Toronto julho em 21.

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Falun Dafa Associação de presidente Canadá Li Xun fala durante uma manifestação em frente à embaixada chinesa em Ottawa em junho 26, 2017, pedindo a libertação do cidadão canadense Sun Qian, que está actualmente detido na China por praticar o Falun Gong. (Donna Ele / The Epoch Times)Falun Dafa Associação de presidente Canadá Li Xun fala durante uma manifestação em frente à embaixada chinesa em Ottawa em junho 26, 2017, pedindo a libertação do cidadão canadense Sun Qian, que está actualmente detido na China por praticar o Falun Gong. (Donna Ele / The Epoch Times)

começando junho 25 e continuando para os próximos dias, comícios atraentes para o resgate de um cidadão canadense detido na China estão sendo realizadas em várias cidades em todo o país.

praticantes e simpatizantes do Falun Gong estão encenando protestos em frente à Embaixada da China em Ottawa e os consulados chineses em Vancouver e outras cidades para condenar a prisão de Vancouver residente Sun Qian e para pedir sua libertação imediata.

Uma mulher de negócios chinês-canadense que se tornou cidadão em 2007, Sun foi detido pelas autoridades chinesas em fevereiro para a prática da disciplina espiritual tradicional Falun Gong, também chamado Falun Dafa.

Como o vice-presidente de Pequim Leadman Bioquímica, Sun viajou regularmente entre Vancouver e Pequim para o trabalho. Enquanto ela estava em sua residência Pequim em fevereiro. 19, mais que 20 agentes de segurança à paisana invadiu, saquearam sua casa, e levou embora.

Ela já foi preso em Pequim Primeiro Centro de Detenção de 414 Quarto prisão, uma instalação notório para o seu tratamento brutal de detidos.

“A prisão arbitrária e maus tratos violado seu direito à liberdade de crença garantida pela própria Constituição da China e do direito internacional,”, Diz um comunicado da Associação do Falun Dafa do Canadá (FDAC) por ocasião do apelo nacional para a liberação do Sun.

Depois de uma visita com seu advogado em Maio 5, Sun foi empurrado para o chão por quatro guardas masculinos, pulverizado na cara com um produto químico pungente, e algemado e acorrentado, de acordo com a irmã de Sun, Sun Zan. As algemas e correntes permaneceu em dia e noite a partir de maio 5 poder 18. Ela também foi forçado a usar as mesmas meias e cuecas para mais de dois meses.

imagem cartão de identificação de Sun Qian. (O Epoch Times)

imagem cartão de identificação de Sun Qian. (O Epoch Times)

“Minha filha não tiver cometido qualquer crime,”Escreveu a mãe de 78 anos de idade da Sun em um comunicado. "Pelo contrário, ela se tornou uma pessoa ainda melhor [através da prática do Falun Gong]. Mas sob a tirania do PCC, ela agora está detido em vez. Eu não tenho escolha, mas se preocupar com a minha filha.”

Em um discurso no comício em Ottawa em junho 26, Praticante do Falun Gong Hongyan Lu chamado para a liberação do Sol e também falou de sua mãe, Huixia Chen, que está detido na China uma segunda vez para suas crenças.

"Em Junho 3, 2016, ela foi novamente detido ilegalmente, duradoura brutal tortura e lavagem cerebral, mesmo em 60 anos de idade, incapaz de ter contato com os familiares,”Lu disse. “Em fevereiro deste ano, cidadão canadense Sun Qian foi seqüestrado de sua residência Pequim, ilegalmente detidos, e suportou a tortura, também porque ela pratica Falun Gong. Estes são apenas dois casos fora dos milhões de casos de praticantes de Falun Gong sendo cruelmente perseguidos na China “.

Uma vez que o regime chinês lançou sua campanha de perseguição contra a prática em julho 1999 devido ao medo sobre sua imensa popularidade, praticantes de Falun Gong foram sistematicamente submetidos a prendê, tortura, e matando. Estimou-se que centenas de milhares, se não milhões, permanecem ilegalmente preso.

“Eu convoco para o fim imediato da perseguição ao Falun Gong, a libertação imediata e incondicional de Sun Qian e minha mãe Huixia Chen, bem como todos os praticantes do Falun Gong presos ilegalmente. Que todos aqueles autores da perseguição ser levados à justiça,”Disse Lu.

Praticante do Falun Gong David Cordero fala durante um comício de junho 25, 2017, pedindo a libertação do cidadão canadense Sun Qian, que está actualmente detido na China por praticar o Falun Gong. (Feng Tang / The Epoch Times)

Praticante do Falun Gong David Cordero fala durante um comício de junho 25, 2017, pedindo a libertação do cidadão canadense Sun Qian, que está actualmente detido na China por praticar o Falun Gong. (Feng Tang / The Epoch Times)

Problemas de saúde Healed

Segundo o comunicado FDAC, Sun costumava sofrer de problemas de fígado e coração, bem como a depressão, mas logo depois ela começou a praticar o Falun Gong em 2014, todos os seus problemas de saúde desapareceram.

Alice Zhang, que falou no comício em Vancouver em junho 25, um dia antes do rali Ottawa, comparou a melhoria da saúde da Sun ao de sua mãe na China, que também está sendo realizada na China por praticar o Falun Gong.

"Como Sun Qian, minha mãe também tinha muitas doenças para as quais ela foi incapaz de encontrar uma cura, e depois de praticar o Falun Gong, ela tornou-se saudável e já não sofria de doença. Mas agora ela está sendo preso pelo regime comunista chinês," ela disse.

“Eu vim aqui não só para apelar para a liberdade de Sun Qian, mas também para o lançamento de minha mãe e todos os praticantes do Falun Gong presos. Minha esperança é que todos os cidadãos da China continental em breve terá o direito ea liberdade de praticar o Falun Gong.”

No comício Vancouver, David Cordero disse que acha “inconcebível que o regime chinês está construindo ativamente uma imagem internacional enquanto ainda perseguindo um grupo de bom coração de pessoas que acreditam na veracidade, compaixão, e tolerância,”Referindo-se aos princípios orientadores da prática.

“Isso vai contra os princípios da sociedade civil internacional," ele disse. “O regime chinês deve libertar imediatamente Sun Qian, e, ao mesmo tempo, o governo canadense deve fazer um maior esforço para exortar o regime chinês a libertar Sun Qian “.

MP Peter Kent fala em uma conferência de imprensa em apoio aos esforços para garantir a libertação de um cidadão canadense Qian Sun detidos na China por sua prática do Falun Gong, no monte do parlamento em Ottawa em Maio 9, 2017. (Jonathan Ren / NTDTV)

MP Peter Kent fala em uma conferência de imprensa em apoio aos esforços para garantir a libertação de um cidadão canadense Qian Sun detidos na China por sua prática do Falun Gong, no monte do parlamento em Ottawa em Maio 9, 2017. (Jonathan Ren / NTDTV)

Embora os membros da família da Sun não foram autorizados a visitá-la, ela recebeu duas visitas consulares desde que ela foi preso. Vários altos funcionários canadenses têm apelado para a sua libertação, incluindo membros conservadores do Parlamento Peter Kent e Michael Cooper, ex-ministro da Justiça Liberal Irwin Cotler, NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle, e líder Verde Elizabeth May.

“Somos gratos aos milhares de canadianos que assinaram petições pedindo a libertação de Ms. Sun e também estamos gratos para mais de uma dúzia de deputados de todos os partidos que têm chamado para Ms. libertação imediata da Sun e da intervenção do nosso governo,”A declaração FDAC disse.

“Condenamos a detenção ilegal do regime comunista chinês de Ms. dom, e instamos o governo canadense para intervir e solidificar Ms. liberação do Sun imediato ea libertação todos os presos praticantes de Falun Gong.”

praticantes de Falun Gong se reúnem em frente ao Consulado chinês em Calgary para apelar pela libertação de cidadão canadense Sun Qian, que está detido na China desde fevereiro. 19 por sua fé no Falun Gong. (O Epoch Times)

praticantes de Falun Gong se reúnem em frente ao Consulado chinês em Calgary para apelar pela libertação de cidadão canadense Sun Qian, que está detido na China desde fevereiro. 19 por sua fé no Falun Gong. (O Epoch Times)
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Conservative MP Tom Kmiec talks to NTD Televisions inside Parliament in Ottawa on May 2, 2017. Kmiec presented a petition in the House calling for the release of Canadian citizen Sun Qian, who was detained in Beijing in early February. (NTDTV)Conservative MP Tom Kmiec talks to NTD Televisions inside Parliament in Ottawa on May 2, 2017. Kmiec presented a petition in the House calling for the release of Canadian citizen Sun Qian, who was detained in Beijing in early February. (NTDTV)

OTTAWA—A Calgary MP has presented a petition in the House of Commons calling for the release of Canadian citizen Sun Qian, who was detained in Beijing in early February.

Em Junho 12, MP Tom Kmiec, the Conservative’s deputy foreign affairs critic, presented petitions he said were signed by over 200 of his constituents and others in Calgary.

“The petitioners remind the government of the illegal detention of Sun Qian,” Kmiec said, adding that there has been “no movement” on the part of the government to do more to secure Sun’s release.

dom, who has been mistreated in the detention centre and is being held in a small, crowded cell with 11 other inmates, has received one consular visit since she was detained on Feb. 19.

Na China, Sun’s 78-year-old mother, Li Yunxiu, is also trying to have her daughter freed from detention. Through the Falun Gong website Minghui.org, Li has called for Sun’s release and also urged the Canadian government to help her daughter. Li and other family members have not been allowed to visit Sun since her arrest.

Contudo, Sun’s lawyer, Glen Gao, has been able to visit her a few times at the Bejing No. 1 Detention Centre. During his most recent visit, on May 27, Gao told Sun’s sister, Sun Zan, that after his previous visit, four male guards pushed Sun to the floor and sprayed her in the face with a foul-smelling liquid.

Sun has been mistreated in the detention centre and is being held in a small, crowded cell with 11 other inmates.

Then the guards handcuffed her to a steel chair and continued spraying her in the face. When the odour from the spray was so strong that guards were unable to bear it, they opened a window. They then covered Sun’s face with a mask so the pepper spray could be completely absorbed into her face, Sun Zan said.

From then on, Sun was handcuffed and shackled day and night until the consular visit on May 18.

The handcuffs were the kind with no chain between the cuffs, so there was no room for any movement. Yet every night there was someone assigned to roughly jerk the handcuffs and shackles every 30 minutos, which caused Sun unbearable pain, Sun Zan said.

When Gao visited Sun on May 27, he said he could clearly see the bruises and cuts on her wrists from the handcuffs.

As vice president of Beijing Leadman Biochemistry Co., 51-year-old Sun often travelled between her home in Vancouver and Beijing. After her arrest on Feb 19 for practising Falun Gong, authorities refused to tell her family where she was being detained, so her mother and sister went from one police station to another in an effort to discover her whereabouts.

After two weeks of searching, they finally found out Sun was being detained at the No. 1 Beijing Centre.

enquanto isso, in the House of Commons, Green party Leader Elizabeth May and some other MPs recently presented petitions calling for an end to the campaign of persecution being waged against Falun Gong practitioners in China.

On June 13,Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette presented a petition in the House calling for the release of family members of Canadians detained in China for practising Falun Gong—11 in all—and for the end of the persecution.

“It has been 17 years since the Chinese communist regime launched the persecution to eradicate Falun Gong, a spiritual practice centred on the principles of truthfulness, compaixão, e tolerância. Millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been arbitrarily detained, including family members of Canadians,” Ouellette said.

“Mass extrajudicial imprisonment, forced labour, tortura, rape, e matando, along with hate propaganda, have all been reported by major human rights organizations,” he added, describing persecution launched by the Chinese regime against the traditional practice in 1999.

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MP Garnett Genuis on Parliament Hill on April 10, 2017. Genuis is urging the government to support his private member’s bill to combat organ trafficking. (NTDTV)MP Garnett Genuis on Parliament Hill on April 10, 2017. Genuis is urging the government to support his private member’s bill to combat organ trafficking. (NTDTV)

OTTAWA—Conservative MP Garnett Genuis raised forced organ harvesting in China this week in the House of Commons in the hopes of securing government support for his private member’s organ trafficking bill.

“Canada needs to be vocal in standing up for international human rights, and in particular for the rights of persecuted minorities. Even above that, Canada needs legislation which would define in Canadian law our opposition to involuntary organ harvesting in cases where it comes back to our shores,” Genuis said on May 17.

“This really is a no-brainer and it should be a non-partisan issue.”

Genuis pointed out that Bill C-350, which aims to counter forced organ harvesting, is the same as Bill C-561 put forward by former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler. That bill only made it to first reading in the last Parliament.

Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, who had previously put forward a similar bill that also failed to make it through the legislative process, seconded Bill C-350 when Genuis introduced it on April 10.

Bill C-350 would amend the Criminal Code to impose penal sanctions against those who, whether in Canada or abroad, knowingly acquire or trade in human organs that have been removed without donor consent or for financial gain. It would also amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to render inadmissible those non-Canadians who engage in the trafficking of human organs.

Genuis referred to the harvesting of organs from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China while they are still alive—an atrocity that was first exposed in a 2006 report by Canadian lawyers Davd Matas and David Kilgour.

“Sometimes these organs are cut out of a person while he or she is still living and without anaesthetics, screaming in pain as the person’s body is cut apart. In many cases, organ harvesting is a form of further abuse, targeting members of persecuted religious minorities," ele disse.

According to “Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update,” released last June by Kilgour, Matas, and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, other religious minorities besides Falun Gong practitioners being killed to supply China’s highly lucrative organ transplant industry are Uyghur Muslims, House Christians, and Tibetans.

The report estimated that “between 60,000 e 100,000 organs are being transplanted in Chinese hospitals every year, with the source for most of those organs being prisoners of conscience, primarily Falun Gong practitioners.”

Canada needs legislation which would define in Canadian law our opposition to involuntary organ harvesting in cases where it comes back to our shores.

— Conservative MP Garnett Genuis

“There is a real urgency to move forward with this kind of basic human rights legislation given escalating human rights problems around the world, and given the emphasis this government is putting on Canada’s relationship with China,”Genuis disse.

Complex Issues

In reply to Genuis, Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, said the bill “raises some complex legal and social policy issues.”

“There are a number of complex issues that are raised by this proposed legislation specifically related to the extraterritoriality provisions, which would capture Canadians travelling abroad," ele disse.

“In addition, there are other international implications, including under existing United Nations conventions as well as the Council of Europe, which has adopted its own convention against trafficking in human organs. These are all international treaties and conventions, which we will be looking at very closely as we approach the second reading vote.”

Mendicino noted some of the aspects of the bill: “It would require medical practitioners who examine a person who has had an organ transplanted to report the identity of that person as well as other health information to this proposed new entity. As part of this regulatory regime, the bill would impose a duty on the person who receives an organ to obtain a certificate establishing that it was donated and not purchased.”

Genuis said “there is a lot of detail” in the bill and explained the importance of that.

“The detail is important for ensuring that there is effective administration of the provisions that are in place, that we are actually not just saying that we are against organ harvesting, but we have a mechanism in place to address it concretely.”

He said he is open to amendments to the bill, and asked Mendicino whether he could count on the government’s support at second reading.

Mendicino replied that “the government is taking a hard look at this bill, without making any comment about what our position will be at second reading.”

Genuis noted that there is currently no law preventing Canadian citizens from going abroad, acquiring an organ which they know or which they should know has been taken without consent, and then returning to Canada for continuing medical treatment.

He noted that organ transplantation in China is a booming industry, with the regime investing large amounts of money into new buildings, staff, and research and training in transplantation.

“Given this massive capital establishment coupled with the high volume of transplants, the transplantation industry in China is built on not just the ready supply of available organs in the present, but also on an expectation of an indefinite supply of organs for the future, " ele disse.

“As such, we should greet claims by the regime that this practice has ended with severe skepticism.”

“Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter: An Update” found that China’s state-driven transplantation industry transplants far more organs—by an order of magnitude—than can be accounted for by officially acknowledged sources, which Beijing says are limited to executed death-row prisoners and voluntary donors.

Israel, Spain, Itália, and Taiwan have passed laws restricting their citizens from travelling to China to receive organ transplants from illicit sources.

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Conservative MP Peter Kent, co-chair of Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong, speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)Conservative MP Peter Kent, co-chair of Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong, speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

OTTAWA—More than a dozen parliamentarians from all parties joined over 600 Falun Gong practitioners on Parliament Hill on May 9 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the spiritual discipline also known as Falun Dafa.

The days’ festivities included a parade, dance and song, and performances by Falun Gong’s Tianguo Marching Band, along with large-scale demonstrations of the practice’s sitting meditation and slow-moving exercises.

Falun Gong’s recognition in Canada was clear from the speeches by 13 members of Parliament and 2 former MPs, who applauded the practitioners for their principles and peaceful resistance to the Chinese communist regime’s 18-year violent campaign of persecution.

“It’s an honour to be with people who understand the importance of truth and compassion and tolerance in our world today,” said NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle, referring to the practice’s three core principles, expressed in Chinese as “Zhen, Shan, Ren.”

“You are real champions of a better world,” added Hardcastle, who is vice-chair of the Subcommittee for International Human Rights. “We need to make sure that people in all countries have the courage to speak up for the same kind of beliefs, and your speaking up at this event is very important to advance that cause.”

“I want to congratulate you on this important anniversary, the recognition of the spiritual dimension, which is present in many faiths,” said Conservative MP Garnett Genuis. “That spiritual dimension is so important to every aspect of life and informs so much of the human experience.”

Mental, Physical, Moral Benefits

It was 25 years ago on May 13, 1992, that the first series of public lectures on Falun Gong was taught by founder Li Hongzhi in his hometown of Changchun. It had previously been passed down privately from one generation to the next, as is common among spiritual practices in the ancient Chinese tradition.

By 1999, Falun Gong had grown to some 70 million practitioners in China, as estimated by the country’s State Sports Administration, and today it is practised in over 100 países. It is spread mainly through word of mouth due to its benefits to physical and mental health and its teachings that uplift morality in society.

Liberal MP Judy Sgro, co-chair of Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong (PFOFG), an all-party group of senators and MPs lending focused support to Falun Gong, referred to these benefits in her speech.

Thank you for shining a light on this and making sure that we as politicians do not forget that in all those discussions around trade that we must always raise the issue of human rights.

— MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj

“You have been teaching Canadians how to be healthy … how we can go to doctors much less and how, through Falun Dafa, we’ll be much healthier Canadians, which helps, of course, to build a great Canada,” Sgro said.

Despite being a non-political practice devoted to personal improvement, Falun Gong’s popularity was not tolerated by the officially atheist Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Several top officials saw it as out of line with Marxist ideology and the CCP’s own rule and authority, as discussed in a 2017 Freedom House relatório.

In June and July 1999, then-CCP leader Jiang Zemin made an “arbitrary and arguably illegal decision to ban Falun Gong and asserted his will over other members of the Politburo Standing Committee,” according to the report.

‘Criminalization of innocence’

The persecution since then has seen the widespread arrest, detention, and torture of Falun Gong adherents throughout China reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution.

The recent arrest and detention of Canadian citizen and Falun Gong practitioner Qian Sun made headlines across Canada, and several of the speakers at the rally were also at a Parliament Hill press conference in the morning to lend their support to efforts seeking her release.

Among them was former Liberal MP and justice minister Irwin Cotler. Cotler recalled that one of his first acts after being elected in 1999 was to take up the case of Kunlun Zhang, a former visiting arts professor at Montreal’s McGill University.

“He had gone on a visit to China where he was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured for being nothing other than a Falun Gong practitioner, for being nothing other than a person who is espousing the fundamental principles of Truth and Compassion and Tolerance,” Cotler said.

Through sustained public advocacy and the efforts of Canadian parliamentarians like Cotler, Zhang was released in January 2001. On Sun’s case, Cotler said it was “a case study yet again of what I call the criminalization of innocence, where people are imprisoned not for what they do but for who they are.”

Liberal MP Judy Sgro, co-chair of Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong, speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Liberal MP Judy Sgro, co-chair of Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong, speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Conservative MP Garnett Genuis speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Conservative MP Garnett Genuis speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Cheryl Hardcastle, NDP MP and vice-chair of the Subcommittee for International Human Rights, speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Cheryl Hardcastle, NDP MP and vice-chair of the Subcommittee for International Human Rights, speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Former Liberal MP and justice minister Irwin Cotler speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Former Liberal MP and justice minister Irwin Cotler speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

David Kilgour, former Liberal MP and secretary of state (Asia-Pacific), speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

David Kilgour, former Liberal MP and secretary of state (Asia-Pacific), speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Green Party leader Elizabeth May speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Green Party leader Elizabeth May speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Conservative MP Michael Cooper speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Conservative MP Michael Cooper speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Liberal MP Ruby Sahota speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Liberal MP Ruby Sahota speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

NDP MP Daniel Blaikie speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

NDP MP Daniel Blaikie speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Conservative MP Ted Falk speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, May 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Conservative MP Ted Falk speaks at a celebration on Parliament Hill marking the 25th anniversary of Falun Gong, Pode 9, 2017. (Evan Ning/Epoch Times)

Prisoners Killed for their Organs

Conservative MP Ted Falk noted that “since 2006 we’ve been hearing of something so evil it is difficult to imagine: the systematic execution and harvesting of organs from Chinese Falun Gong prisoners.”

Independent investigations, most notably reports by Canadians David Matas and David Kilgour and American investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, have concluded that for over the last 15 anos, the Chinese regime has been killing Falun Gong prisoners of conscience on a large scale for their organs to supply a lucrative organ transplant industry.

Kilgour, a former secretary of state (Asia-Pacific), was on hand to address the rally. Speaking on behalf of the International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China, a group he founded along with Matas and Gutmann, Kilgour described a stark conclusion from their research.

I admire your courage, your bravery, and the peace that you have brought to this world.

— MP Ruby Sahota

“We conclude cautiously that 60,000–100,000 transplants per year are being done across China, not the approximately 10,000 its government claims," ele disse. “Even the lower figure means that on average 250 persons a day are being killed for their organs.”

Kilgour encouraged Canadians to urge their MPs to support Genuis’s private member’s bill C-561, which aims to combat this forced organ harvesting.

The bill was first introduced in 2013 by Cotler and recently reintroduced by Genuis. By making it a criminal offence to obtain an organ abroad for which no consent had been given, it would “at least ensure that Canadians, that Canada, is not complicit in this vile practice,”Genuis disse.

Education and Awareness

Conservative MP Michael Cooper commended the practitioners for their peaceful means of sharing information with government officials and the public about their practice and the rights violations against adherents in China.

“You have responded to that brutal campaign not through violence but through education, through awareness, by shining a light on these egregious human rights abuses and by promoting the principles of tolerance, compaixão, and benevolence," ele disse.

“For 25 anos, the Falun Gong has grown every single day. Millions upon millions of people have joined and it continues to grow notwithstanding a brutal 18-yearlong campaign of extermination perpetrated by the communist regime,” Cooper added.

“We recognize the practice of Falun Dafa, committed as it is to truth, compaixão, e tolerância, is a spiritual non-violent practice and it is absolutely mind-boggling that this practice has been outlawed within the People’s Republic of China,” said MP Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada.

It is absolutely mind-boggling that this practice has been outlawed within the People’s Republic of China.

— Green Party leader Elizabeth May

“Congratulations on all the work that you’ve done, and the awareness that you have brought to Canadians,” said Liberal MP Ruby Sahota. “I admire your courage, your bravery, and the peace that you have brought to this world.”

“I want to commend Falun Dafa for practising peace and compassion,” said NDP MP Daniel Blaikie, while fellow NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault noted the many petitions he has received from constituents calling on Canada to urge the Chinese regime to end the persecution.

“You can count on my support to table those petitions and make sure it is heard by the government,” Dusseault said.

“No one, regardless of faith and philosophy, should be persecuted for their faith and philosophy,” said Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith.

“Hopefully one day human rights will reign,” Liberal MP Robert Falcon-Ouellette said. “I’m here to support you all and you’re in my thoughts and you’re important and you matter.”

“We must continue to work for the day … when the tenets of Falun Dafa, of Falun Gong, can be spoken out loud in Tiananmen Square: Zhen Shan Ren, veracidade, Compaixão, Tolerance,” said Conservative MP Peter Kent, referring to the large public square in the centre of Beijing where many Falun Gong practitioners have been violently arrested for efforts to appeal for their right to practise their faith.

Kent is co-chair of PFOFG along with Liberal MP Judy Sgro.

“You are doing something that’s of such critical importance,” Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj told the crowd. “Thank you for shining a light on this and making sure that we as politicians do not forget that in all those discussions around trade that we must always raise the issue of human rights.”

“When we gather together to speak out for those with no voice, we help shine a light into the dark places. … And we do it by upholding, cherishing, and defending the truly Canadian values of religious freedom, liberdade de expressão, and freedom of conscience,” said Falk.

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MP Peter Kent fala em uma conferência de imprensa em apoio aos esforços para garantir a libertação de um cidadão canadense Qian Sun detidos na China por sua prática do Falun Gong, no monte do parlamento em Ottawa em Maio 9, 2017. (Jonathan Ren / NTDTV)MP Peter Kent fala em uma conferência de imprensa em apoio aos esforços para garantir a libertação de um cidadão canadense Qian Sun detidos na China por sua prática do Falun Gong, no monte do parlamento em Ottawa em Maio 9, 2017. (Jonathan Ren / NTDTV)

OTTAWA—A group of MPs from three parties along with a former justice minister is calling for the release of a Canadian citizen who was arrested on Feb. 19 during a visit to China and has since been held without charge.

As vice-president of Beijing Leadman Biochemistry Co., Ltd., Qian Sun often travelled between Vancouver and Beijing. But in February, sobre 20 police officers arrested her at her residence in Beijing and confiscated her Falun Gong books and other personal belongings.

Dentro 2014 Sun had started practising Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline also known as Falun Dafa that has been subjected to a wide-ranging campaign of persecution since 1999.

“We call on the Chinese authorities to adhere to the rule of law, which they proclaim they are doing but violating consistently in the matters of Falun Gong practitioners,” said former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler at a May 9 press conference on Parliament Hill.

Other speakers were Conservative MP Peter Kent, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, NDP MP Cheryl Hardcastle, and Conservative MP Michael Cooper.

We urge the Chinese authorities and the People’s Republic of China to restore a Canadian citizen her Canadian passport and let her return home.

— Green Party leader Elizabeth May

“Qian Sun is only the most recent Canadian citizen, along with many millions of Chinese citizens, to be persecuted for their belief in Falun Gong, a philosophical regime which espouses belief in peace and truthfulness and tolerance,” said Kent.

“I think everyone who has spoken here today sees a necessity for a strong message to the government of China to release Qian Sun, but at the same time we expect, and will call on the government, to speak up more forcefully in public.”

Contudo, Kent said he was concerned because when he raised the issue of Sun’s detention at a foreign affairs committee hearing on May 2, the answer he got from Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, told him that “perhaps there is an agreement to remain silent.”

McCallum has declined to comment publicly on Sun’s case, saying only that she has access to “regular consular visits,” as in all such cases.

“That doesn’t always help, for the person in detention, if we broadcast their situation in public, so I think for those cases, almost all the time, it is better to proceed in a low-profile way,” he said on May 2.

“That’s simply unacceptable,” Kent said at the press conference, adding that Sun’s case “is something that the Canadian government must speak publicly about.”

“It can speak respectfully, but it should no longer continue to mute its expression of concern about human rights abuse in China, or anywhere in the world, simply in the interest of trade agreements or an eventual chance at a seat on the Security Council.”

I think everyone who has spoken here today sees a necessity for a strong message to the government of China to release Qian Sun.

— Conservative MP Peter Kent

Cotler compared Sun’s case to that of professor Kunlun Zhang, a former colleague of his at McGill University who was detained during a visit to China because he practised Falun Gong.

Zhang was arrested in 2000 and sent to a forced labour camp for three years. His case was widely publicized in Canada, and due to a strong voice from elected officials and steady media coverage, he was released in January 2001, shortly before a trade mission to China by then-prime minister Jean Chrétien.

Cotler spearheaded the effort to have Zhang released and acted as his pro-bono legal counsel.

“It ended successfully. But it ended up successfully because of a sustained public advocacy campaign. I would say that it was the combination of both effective public advocacy and effective diplomacy,” Cotler said.

Former MP and justice minister Irwin Cotler speaks at a press conference in support of efforts to secure the release of Canadian citizen Qian Sun detained in China for her practice of Falun Gong, no monte do parlamento em Ottawa em Maio 9, 2017. (Jonathan Ren / NTDTV)

Former MP and justice minister Irwin Cotler speaks at a press conference in support of efforts to secure the release of Canadian citizen Qian Sun detained in China for her practice of Falun Gong, no monte do parlamento em Ottawa em Maio 9, 2017. (Jonathan Ren / NTDTV)

“So it takes parliamentarians, it takes civil society leaders, to engage in that public advocacy and have that merge, with the hopeful effectiveness of that private diplomacy to bring about the release.”

Pode, Cooper, and Hardcastle also called on the Chinese regime to immediately release Sun, with Hardcastle urging Beijing to “reconsider its stance on Falun Dafa.”

May noted that the only offence Sun could be charged with—practising Falun Gong—”is an offence that shouldn’t exist.”

“The notion that practising Falun Dafa, which is a non-violent spiritual practice, should put someone in the crosshairs of the authorities in the People’s Republic of China remains a deep concern to every Canadian concerned about human rights," ela disse.

“We urge the Chinese authorities and the People’s Republic of China to restore a Canadian citizen her Canadian passport and let her return home. And on the other hand, we underscore once again that the larger issue of persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners must stop.”

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The identification card of Chinese-Canadian Falun Gong practitioner Sun Qian. (O Epoch Times)The identification card of Chinese-Canadian Falun Gong practitioner Sun Qian. (O Epoch Times)

A Chinese-Canadian businesswoman who practices Falun Gong has been held against her will by the Beijing security apparatus since February.

Sun Qian, 51, is the vice president of Beijing Leadman Biochemistry Co., Ltd., a company she co-founded with her husband Shen Guangqian in 1997. Sun and Shen were worth about $500 million in 2016, de acordo com Hurun Report, an annual survey of China’s richest.

Sun was at her residence in Beijing’s Chaoyang district on Feb. 19 when she was suddenly visited by a squad of over 20 policemen. The policemen spent the next eight hours ransacking Sun’s home, and confiscated her computer, cellphone, and Falun Gong literature. Sun and her housekeeper were handcuffed and led away.

Em março 28, the Beijing First Procuratorate Branch accused Sun of “using a heretical religious organization to undermine the law,” a common charge used by the Chinese regime’s legal apparatus against Falun Gong practitioners.

Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline that involves slow exercises and an adherence to the teachings of truthfulness, compaixão, e tolerância. Em julho 20, 1999, former Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin launched a persecution campaign against Falun Gong. Hundreds of thousands of practitioners have since been arrested and held in some form of detention, where they face torture, abuse, and even death.

When Sun was being detained, she tried to explain to the guards how Falun Gong has benefited her, and sometimes shouted out defenses of Falun Gong’s principles. As punishment for mentioning Falun Gong, Sun was locked up in a small, darkened room. The punishment was stopped after the Canadian embassy got involved, according to Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.

The Epoch Times has learned that Sun is currently being held in Beijing First Detention Center’s 414 Quarto prisão, a facility notorious for having particularly fierce prison guards.

Sun Qian, who is born in China, became a Canadian citizen in 2007. Peter Kent, a Canadian Conservative MP, raised Sun’s detention to John McCallum, the new Canadian ambassador to China, at a May 2 Commons foreign affairs committee meeting.

McCallum said that he was briefed on Sun’s case, but declined to make a public comment. Kent disagreed with McCallum’s stance.

“While I understand that in some situations silence may be the right course, I believe that in the case of Falun Gong practitioners, given the Chinese communist government’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners, that Canada should, de fato, raise its voice before Qian Sun is done harm,” Kent said in an interview with New Tang Dynasty Television.

“Because we know that in detention in situations like this, the Chinese authorities sometimes resort to torture and to abuse of prisoners.”

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File photo from Interol showing Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching. (Interpol)File photo from Interol showing Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching. (Interpol)

A Vancouver property developer and contributor to Justin Trudeau’s campaign for Canadian prime minister is wanted for corruption by the Chinese regime.

Em abril 27, the regime’s anti-corruption agency released the names, identification details, and alleged addresses of 22 former officials who are currently economic fugitives abroad, including one Cheng Muyang.

Cheng had business interests in Beijing and Hong Kong, and is accused of embezzlement and “concealment of illegal gains,” according to state mouthpiece China Daily. He is listed as having fled China for New Zealand in 2000, and is now supposedly residing in Vancouver. China and Interpol have been calling for the arrest of Cheng since 2015.

Corruption suspect Cheng was found in recent years to be involved in Canadian federal politics, having donated to Canada’s Conservative Party, as well as the Liberal Party and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Cheng is also the son of Cheng Weigao, a disgraced provincial leader. The elder Cheng is a good friend of Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese Communist Party leader who allowed malfeasance to flourish during his nearly two decade-long grip on power.

Political Donor

Cheng Muyang, 47, owns a real estate company in Canada under the name Michael Ching Mo Yeung, de acordo com um 2015 exposé of the connections between Cheng and the Liberal Party of Canada by South China Morning Post (SCMP), a daily newspaper in Hong Kong.

Cheng had in recent years donated thousands of dollars to the Liberal Party and to the leadership campaign of prime minister Justin Trudeau, a transaction acknowledged by the Liberal Party in 2015.

But Cheng also appears to have made financial and political contributions beyond personal donations, which are capped at CA$1,550 (sobre $1,100) per year.

Cheng’s real estate office is the headquarters for the Tru-Youths United Association, a pro-Trudeau organization that counted among its directors Cheng’s wife and teenage daughter Linda Ching, according to SCMP. The Association helped to organize Liberal Party events where Trudeau was the guest of honor, and these events have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Some Liberal Party executives had in 2013 received an anonymous tip that Cheng Muyang was wanted by the Chinese regime for corruption, but the Liberals and Trudeau continued to accept Cheng’s donations and support, SCMP relatado.

The Liberal Party has said in media reports that all contributions have been in accordance with the Canada Elections Act. Cheng, the Liberal Party said, never held an official role. Linda Cheng, Cheng’s daughter, was President of the Liberal Party’s youth wing in British Columbia from November 2013 poder 2015, and currently has no official position with the Liberal Party.

Dentro 2015, Cheng Muyang lost his bid for refugee status in Canada because he is accused of defrauding the provincial government of Hebei in a land deal in the 1990s, de acordo com CBC News.

A Family Affair

Cheng Weiguo, the late father of Cheng Muyang, was chief of Hebei Province in the 1990s when the younger Cheng’s embezzlement allegedly took place.

Cheng the elder was himself charged with corruption in 2003 while serving as chairman of Hebei’s legislature, and expelled from the Communist Party. Contudo, the leadership of then Party chief Hu Jintao wasn’t able to prosecute Cheng Weiguo for criminal activity, and Cheng enjoyed the retirement benefits of a sub-provincial level official until his death in 2010.

Cheng Weiguo had likely escaped legal punishment for his corruption crimes because he was a good friend of former Party boss Jiang Zemin.

Cheng and Jiang got acquainted in the mid-1980s when Cheng was Party boss of Nanjing and Jiang was mayor of nearby Shanghai. Their ties were helped by the fact that both were natives of Jiangsu Province, Sul da china, according to Boxun, an overseas Chinese language media that trades in political information.

Jiang Zemin’s tenure as Party leader (1989-2002) and powerful backroom operator (2003-2012) was marked by rampant corruption, kleptocracy, and persecution.

When Jiang became Party leader, he elevated Cheng to acting Party secretary of Hebei Province in the autumn of 1990.

Incumbent Chinese leader Xi Jinping has sought to reverse the policies of Jiang through an anti-corruption campaign, which he launched shortly after taking office. Many of Jiang’s allies and supporters have since been charged with corruption and prosecuted.

The Party’s anti-corruption agency started seeking corrupt Chinese officials hiding abroad in 2014, but has been unable to secure the repatriation of fugitives from countries where China doesn’t have an extradition agreement.

Because Canada doesn’t have an extradition treaty with China, the fate of Vancouver developer Cheng Muyang is unclear. The Chinese regime is currently seeking an extradition deal with Canada.

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John McCallum, Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, at a meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development in Ottawa on May 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)John McCallum, Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, at a meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development in Ottawa on May 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA—MPs say the Trudeau government should raise its voice and intervene at high levels about a Canadian arrested in China in order to prevent her from being abused by the Chinese authorities.

Conservative foreign affairs critic Peter Kent on May 2 raised the case of Qian Sun, a Falun Gong practitioner seized in Beijing in February who now faces indictment for her faith. Kent was speaking at the parliamentary foreign affairs committee hearing following a speech by new Canadian ambassador to China John McCallum touting more trade with China.

Qian Sun.

Qian Sun.

In his remarks, McCallum acknowledged that “the consular side of my job is critical” and noted that Canada and China “disagree on the death penalty, we disagree on some aspects of rule of law, and privately and publicly on how the Chinese government treats human rights advocates.”

Contudo, McCallum declined to comment publicly on Sun’s case, and would only say she had access to “regular consular visits” as in all such cases.

“That doesn’t always help, for the person in detention, if we broadcast their situation in public, so I think for those cases, almost all the time, it is better to proceed in a low-profile way," ele disse.

Torture and abuse of prisoners

Kent, Contudo, disagrees and in particular is concerned about this situation involving an adherent of Falun Gong. Also called Falun Dafa, the meditation and spiritual discipline, which emphasizes the principles of truthfulness, compaixão, e tolerância, has been the target of a state-sponsored persecution in China since 1999, launched by former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin and reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution.

Given the Chinese communist government’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners, Canada should, de fato, raise its voice before Qian Sun is done harm.

— MP Peter Kent

“While I understand that in some situations silence may be the right course, I believe that in the case of Falun Gong practitioners, given the Chinese communist government’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners, that Canada should, de fato, raise its voice before Qian Sun is done harm,” Kent said in an interview with New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television.

“Because we know that in detention in situations like this, the Chinese authorities sometimes resort to torture and to abuse of prisoners,” he added.

Kent has reason to be concerned. De acordo com um 2017 relatório de Freedom House, Falun Gong adherents in China have been subjected to arbitrary detention, imprisonment, and torture, and are at a high risk of extrajudicial execution.

Freedom House also notes evidence suggesting that the regime has been engaged in the large-scale killing of religious prisoners, particularly Falun Gong practitioners, to provide organs for China’s booming organ transplant industry.

dom, 51, is vice president of Beijing Leadman Biochemistry Co., Ltd., and began practising Falun Gong in 2014, de acordo com Minghui, a website dedicated to reporting on the Falun Gong community worldwide.

More than two dozen police broke into Sun’s home and arrested her on Feb. 19, and it took her family several weeks to find out where she was being detained, said the Minghui report.

Conservative MP Peter Kent asks a question in the House of Commons on April 11, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Conservative MP Peter Kent asks a question in the House of Commons on April 11, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Canada should be ‘far more forceful’

“We think that the Canadian government should be far more forceful in representing this Canadian citizen,” Kent said.

NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière agreed. “It is really important for the Canadian government to be very active on that file,” she told NTD.

“International standards of basic human rights include freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and Canada must stand up to defend those principles and those rights,” Laverdière said.

“Often they have to work with the host government and put a lot of pressure, sometimes phone calls from high-level people to make sure that you know the fundamental rights of these Canadian people are fully respected.”

Committee member Tom Kmiec, the Conservative deputy foreign affairs critic, told NTD he was disappointed the committee got no answer as to the kind of consular assistance being provided to Sun.

“When the ambassador is asked a question, they should explain to us what types of consular services they provided to Canadians, whether it is just formal interviews, [whether they were] provided with a lawyer, whether they were able to have someone who is a medical doctor or nurse visit them,” Kmiec said.

Raising human rights

McCallum told the committee he had been in China for five weeks and was invited to present his credentials to President Xi Jinping “within 24 hours of arriving in China.”

“I conveyed to him a message from our prime minister that can be summarized in three words: more, more, more,” McCallum said. “We want in both directions more trade, more investment, more tourists, more students, more co-operation in every conceivable area.”

Asked during the committee hearing if he raised human rights issue when he met with Xi, McCallum said no, because the meeting “was less than five minutes and it was largely scripted.”

It is part of Canada’s foreign policy to raise the issue of human rights overseas, especially when it comes to Canadians.

— Committee member Tom Kmiec

Kmiec saw it as a lost opportunity for Sun. The fact that McCallum “wasn’t able to raise the issue of human rights concerns me,” said Kmiec.

“It is part of Canada’s foreign policy to raise the issue of human rights overseas, especially when it comes to Canadians," ele disse.

“That is the number one thing we raise, and I know using an individual’s name with the leader of another country, and raising the issue personally with them, sometimes helps to secure their release or at least a better treatment while they went through their judicial process.”

This has been true for other Falun Gong cases, including that of Canadian citizen Kunlun Zhang, a former visiting professor at Montreal’s McGill University, who is believed to be the first Canadian to be arrested in China for practising Falun Gong.

Zhang was arrested in China in 2000 and sent to forced labour camp for three years. He might have languished there if his daughter Lingdi Zhang had not broadly publicized his plight starting in November that year.

The strong voice from elected officials and steady media coverage helped to grow public outcry over the elder Zhang’s imprisonment, and he was released in January 2001, pouco antes de missão comercial do então primeiro-ministro Jean Chrétien para a China.

“Canada should pursue trade talks but we should also have a balanced approach and we should speak openly and publicly and forcefully about the defence of human rights whenever this sort of case occurs,” said Kent.

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Conservative MP Garnett Genuis speaking at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on April 4, 2017, with Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin on the left. (NTDTV)Conservative MP Garnett Genuis speaking at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on April 4, 2017, with Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin on the left. (NTDTV)

OTTAWA—Conservative MP Garnett Genuis is reviving former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s private member’s bill that makes it a criminal offence for Canadians to receive organs harvested by force. The bill also bars foreigners who have participated in this activity from entering Canada.

The bill was inspired by the over 10 years of research done by two Canadian lawyers, David Matas and David Kilgour, on state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China, which kills the victim in the process.

Matas and Kilgour, along with investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, released a report in June 2016 which estimated, based on evidence such as hospital data and doctors’ statements, that Chinese hospitals have performed some 60,000 para 100,000 transplants a year since 2000, with the source for most of the organs coming from prisoners of conscience, primarily Falun Gong practitioners.

Genuis made the announcement at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on April 4, joined by David Kilgour and the reigning Miss World Canada, Anastasia Lin. His reintroduction of Cotler’s bill allows it to go through the legislative process and have a chance to potentially become law.

“There is a real urgency to moving forward with this kind of basic human rights legislation,”Genuis disse.

“I am reintroducing his [Cotler’s] legislation to address these issues in two ways: One is to make it an offence for Canadians to receive organs that they know, or they ought to know, have been harvested in this way, and there is an associated mechanism that confronts that. The other part is to address Chinese officials or officials from other countries. It doesn’t name any specific country, but obviously it is a major issue in China.”

There is a real urgency to moving forward with this kind of basic human rights legislation.

— Conservative MP Garnett Genuis

Kilgour noted that there’s no need to name China specifically because that’s the only country engaging in organ harvesting on such a large scale.

“There’s only one country out of almost 200 countries in the world now that does this on an industrial, state-sponsored level, and that’s China," ele disse.

He added that “Falun Gong [practitioners] don’t smoke or drink, they exercise, and they are much preferred as donors of organs,” referring to the health benefits of the traditional Chinese meditation and spiritual discipline whose teachings centre on the principles of “Truthfulness, Compaixão, and Tolerance.”

Lin described the stark reality of the procedure of extracting organs from prisoners of conscience in China: “The practice is carried out live," ela disse. “The victims typically die in the process when the vital organs such as the heart or liver are removed.”

Genuis said he’s “hopeful that the government will support this important initiative—even perhaps taking it up as government legislation in the future.”

“Notwithstanding some of the potential sensitivities, I hope that we will be able to work together across party lines to finally get this done. This is an issue of fundamental human rights.”

This is the fourth attempt to pass a bill aimed at combating the trade in human organs. Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj tried twice and Cotler once.

Kilgour said four countries have already passed such legislation: Spain, Taiwan, Itália, and Israel.

(G-R)  Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin, former cabinet minister David Kilgour, and Conservative MP Garnett Genuis at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on April 4. (Jonathan Ren/Epoch Times)

(G-R) Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin, former cabinet minister David Kilgour, and Conservative MP Garnett Genuis at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on April 4, 2017. (Jonathan Ren/Epoch Times)

‘The Bleeding Edge’

That evening, Genuis and Cotler co-hosted a screening of the award-winning film “The Bleeding Edge,” in which Lin plays a jailed and tortured Falun Gong practitioner who eventually dies as a victim of forced organ harvesting.

“Powerful, powerful film,”Genuis disse. “Every component of the film, in terms of the experience of [Falun Gong] perseguição, relates to real events taken from the lives of real people who shared that information. So it is a powerful form of testimony about the evil of this organ harvesting that is happening in China.”

“I think everybody leaves here with a strong sense of resolve and responsibility, for us to take actions as Canadians to address these human rights abuses,” he added.

Cotler, who had seen “The Bleeding Edge” previously at a screening in Prague, Czech Republic, last October, said he was again very moved by the film this time.

The victims typically die in the process when the vital organs such as the heart or liver are removed.

— Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin

“This is a very powerful film. I don’t want to use the word ‘perform.’ Anastasia internalized the pain and plight of victims of organ harvesting in such an authentic and overpowering way. She conveys not only that pain and plight but the moral compellability and urgency of doing something about it," ele disse.

“This is crime against humanity. It is horrific enough. Those engaged in it will have to be held accountable, and we as a country, as a government, as a parliament, have to ensure we are not in any way facilitating it … indulging it. We will hold them accountable—that is what this legislation is all about.”

Former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler and Conservative MP Garnett Genuis speak after the screening of

Former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler and Conservative MP Garnett Genuis speak after the screening of “The Bleeding Edge” in Ottawa on April 4, 2017. (epoch Times)

The former Liberal justice minister said he supports engaging with China, but “engaging on behalf of the people of China, on behalf of the Falun Gong, and holding those committing these crimes accountable.”

Holding to account those engaged in this activity “is the best way to engage with the Chinese people," ele disse.

Everyone who sees “The Bleeding Edge,” Cotler added, will and should be shocked and outraged, knowing that it is based on fact. “So I think it’s the responsibility of Parliament, the government, the people, to ensure this kind of criminality is ended.”

“This is an assault on fundamental Chinese values … that find expression in the Falun Gong Truth-Compassion-Tolerance. Those are the things we have to work for and strive for.”

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Hongyan Lu fala em uma reunião em frente à embaixada chinesa em abril de 25, 2017, para marcar o 18º aniversário de recurso em larga escala dos praticantes do Falun Gong para a liberdade de crença na China em abril de 25, 1999, e para pedir o fim da perseguição ao Falun Gong. À sua direita é praticante do Falun Gong Joanna Qiao segurando uma placa em busca de ajuda para pedir a libertação da mãe de Lu, Huixia Chen, da detenção na China e de frente para três anos à prisão perpétua por sua crença. (Donna Ele / The Epoch Times)Hongyan Lu fala em uma reunião em frente à embaixada chinesa em abril de 25, 2017, para marcar o 18º aniversário de recurso em larga escala dos praticantes do Falun Gong para a liberdade de crença na China em abril de 25, 1999, e para pedir o fim da perseguição ao Falun Gong. À sua direita é praticante do Falun Gong Joanna Qiao segurando uma placa em busca de ajuda para pedir a libertação da mãe de Lu, Huixia Chen, da detenção na China e de frente para três anos à prisão perpétua por sua crença. (Donna Ele / The Epoch Times)

OTTAWA-O maior apelo para a liberdade de crença na história chinesa foi comemorado em frente à Embaixada da China em Ottawa de abril 25, 2017.

Em abril 25, 1999, mais que 10,000 pessoas se reuniram pacificamente em Pequim para pedir sua liberdade de praticar o Falun Gong ea liberação dos praticantes companheiros presos. Quarenta e cinco ou mais praticantes havia sido espancado e detido na cidade vizinha de Tianjin.

o 45 praticantes foram liberados naquela noite, por isso aqueles que se reuniram para apelação deixou em silêncio e foi para casa.

Contudo, apenas três meses após o apelo sem precedentes, então chinesa líder do Partido Comunista Jiang Zemin lançou uma campanha nacional de perseguição “erradicar” o Falun Gong que continua até hoje.

“Estamos honrando o espírito de paz, justiça, e compaixão com a qual esse recurso foi realizada 18 anos atrás,"Disse Xun Li, presidente da Associação do Falun Dafa do Canadá.

“Estou aqui para honrar a abril 25º apelação pacífica. Entretanto Espero também chamar a atenção para o caso de minha mãe,"Disse Hongyan Lu, um praticante do Falun Gong vivendo em Ottawa.

Hongyan contou como seu 60 anos mãe Huixia Chen sofria de hepatite B, cirrose, Problemas de estômago, e endometriose em 1998 quando ela começou a praticar o Falun Gong, também chamado Falun Dafa.

“Apenas alguns meses para praticar o Falun Gong naquele ano, todas as suas doenças milagrosamente foi embora e ela ficou boa-temperado,"Disse Hongyan.

Contudo, Huixia foi preso em junho 2016, juntamente com outros profissionais companheiros.

Em primeiro 20 dias após a detenção, Huixia “foi torturado e bloqueado em uma cadeira feito de barras de metal e não pode mover-se,"Disse Hongyan. “Isso destruiu sua saúde e tornou difícil para ela andar ou levantar-se. Ela é muito fraco. Ela também foi forçado a suportar sessões de lavagem cerebral “.

Huixia é detido em Shijiazhuang Segundo Centro de Detenção.

“Meus parentes na China ainda estão lutando para obter quaisquer atualizações sobre minha mãe e, infelizmente, têm feito pouco progresso,”Hangyan disse. “Nós não temos idéia do que está acontecendo ou o que pode acontecer com a minha mãe sob um regime sem um sistema jurídico independente e eficaz.”

Hongyan observou que a experiência de sua mãe é típico das dezenas de milhões de praticantes do Falun Gong na China.

“Eu chamo para o fim da perseguição e da libertação de meu outro e todos os outros praticantes de Falun Gong encarcerados," ela disse.

“É hora de acabar com este crime o mal.”

Falun Gong é uma disciplina espiritual tradicional da escola budista. Ele consiste de meditação, exercícios de qigong, e os ensinamentos morais com base nos princípios da verdade, compaixão, e tolerância. A prática se espalhou rapidamente, devido aos benefícios profundas experimentadas pelos praticantes em sua saúde física e bem-estar mental e moral.

Ao final de 1990 pesquisas do governo chinês estimou que 70-100 milhões de pessoas tinham tomado a prática. Devido a paranóia sobre a imensa popularidade da prática, que não estava sob o controlo do estado, Partido líder Jiang lançou oficialmente a perseguição brutal em julho 1999.

Dentro 2006 Nações Unidas afirmou que 66 por cento das vítimas de tortura relatados eram praticantes de Falun Gong. o U.N. e outros grupos também relataram crescente evidência de estupro, tortura, propaganda de ódio generalizado, mortes, e colheita de órgãos forçado mesmo orquestrada pelo estado de praticantes de Falun Gong para abastecer o comércio transplante em expansão da China.

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