Canada: Chair of Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong Urges New Canadian Government to Convey Human Rights Concerns to China
(Minghui.org) Member of Parliament and Chair of Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong Mr. Peter Kent urged the Chinese government to stop using corruption charges to cover up the 16-year-long persecution of Falun Gong. At the same time, he urged the new Canadian government to more strongly convey human rights concerns with the government of China. Mr. Kent spoke at a press conference inside Canada's Parliament Buildings on December 9, 2015.
Mr. Kent noted that the current Chinese government has allowed some 200,000 criminal complaints against former Party leader Jiang Zemin to be registered in recent months. Official response to the criminal complaints has been slow, however, and Mr. Kent expressed his hope that China would follow through with the legal process to bring justice to all concerned.
Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong will invite newly elected Members of Parliament to join the organization and to press China government on human rights concerns.
Two goals have been set for the coming year. One, to ensure that the criminal complaint process (in China) continues to its logical end. And, two, the Canadian government should strongly encourage, even demand that the Chinese government end the continuing persecution, illegal extrajudicial detention and torture of Falun Gong practitioners.
On behalf of 10 Canadian families who have family members who have been tortured and continue to be held in China, he urged the Canadian government to continue to convey concerns about human rights with the government of China.
A representative of Canadian new Prime Minister, senior MP and former minister Ms. Judy Sgro, spoke at a Falun Gong rally on Parliament Hill that same day.
She confirmed that the Prime Minister has raised concerns of human rights violations, including those involving Falun Gong practitioners, with the president of China.
She encouraged more Chinese people to file criminal complaints against Jiang. “I believe it is very important to speak up the truth. We must speak up against human rights violations more.” She said the world should not allow the persecution to continue.