Members of Parliament, Senators, and political staffers packed a lunch forum on Parliament Hill to hear about seismic shifts taking place in China, where senior cadres have [...]
With this shift comes an opportunity and responsibility for Canada, said David Matas (panelist and human rights lawyer).
“However, a power struggle is always more than just that. There are
competing values at stake. The side of Bo Xilai is afraid and jealous of
a popular, moral, spiritual belief system. The side of Premier Wen
Jiabao appreciates the link of Falun Gong to ancient Chinese traditions
and values its morality.”
“While internal power struggles are normally matters only of
internal concern, the persecution of Falun Gong and organ transplant
abuse concern all humanity. They are crimes against humanity; crimes
against us,” he said.
“We should take advantage of the opportunity this power struggle
offers to support the side advocating an end to the persecution of Falun
Gong, and an end to organ transplant abuse. In the current Chinese
transition, Canada has an interest, for democracy, freedom, and human
rights, which it must pursue."