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Humans do matter. Really.

While the Australian media fawns over the arrival in Australia today of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao – after all, who cares about human rights when there is money to be made? – the Falun Gong Human Rights Group provides some much-needed perspective on China’s attitude towards its own people:

Since the persecution of Falun Gong started in 1999, the Chinese authorities have expanded China’s many jail facilities to hold practitioners. In Liaoning Province, near the Masanjia Labor Camp, Dabei Second Prison, and a brainwashing center located in the Huanggu District Police Station, there is another facility located in the Sujiatun District in Shenyang City, especially used to eradicate Falun Gong practitioners – the Sujiatun concentration camp

Currently, detained Falun Gong practitioners in the northeast part of China have been gradually transferred to the Sujiatun Concentration Camp. There are more than 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners detained there, including practitioners from the three Northeastern provinces and central China.

Most prisons and labour camps have detainees going in and coming out, so they will eventually bring out information about the camp. However no one has ever come out of the Sujiatun Concentration Camp. The Falun Gong practitioners are killed for their organs in this concentration camp, and their body cremated in the camp. Their organs are then sent to various medical facilities. Organ selling is a very profitable business in China.

It is known that human organs from the Sujiatun Concentration Camp are sold to various hospitals. Those hospitals purchase human organs for resale on the international market. In the past, many Falun Gong practitioners were tortured to death, and some of their organs have been harvested.

Murdoch’s Australian views Wen Jiabao as a benevolent, kindly dictator, a “pragmatic leadership” that Australia can do business with. The paper once issued similar declarations about Indonesia’s Suharto.

The Australian newspaper explained the priorities of Australia’s rulers in its editorial of 6-7 November, 1993:


…bilateral trade has reached $3 billion, and is growing fast. As the Indonesian middle class expands, so will demand for infrastructure, manufacturing inputs, value-added goods and services… Unfortunately, public attitudes are influenced by pressure group hostility to Indonesia… manifest in misconceived claims about human rights violations. Indonesia is not alone in being a country with rapidly growing population, poverty, a recent history of political turmoil and racial tension, and a difficult balance to strike between individual liberty and general welfare. Sometimes, as in East Timor, the balance is upset.”

The Australian believes in human rights…as long as it doesn’t disrupt Western multinationals making money in the process.

7 comments ↪
  • captain

    I can't believe that you have fallen for this Falun Gong crap.

    I have been to China many times and it completely obvious what they are doing. Whilst I do not applaud the actions of the PRC, the FG are a subversive group that are trying to the challenge the PRC in a propaganda war. They are openly provocative. They use their mistreatment as a rallying call. Like all politics in China, it has a big picture and it is not about the practice of meditation.

    The West are more concerned with the human rights of the chinese than the chinese people are themselves. This is almost entirely about trade and labour market regulation. Things that concern us here such as the one child policy are mostly embraced by the locals.

  • Addamo

    I do tend to agree with you Captian,

    Having spent time in china, my feelin gis that FG have a higher profile outside of China than they do there. And you are right on the money with the human rights issue. The West tends to find religion only when it comes to China.

    Haivng said that, I don;t see anything wrong with a "subversive group that are trying to the challenge the PRC in a propaganda war." After all, it comes down to one groups propaghanda against the other.

    Isn't that what policitcs is all about in the end?

  • boredinHK
  • Progressive_Atheist

    Whilst I do not applaud the actions of the Nazis, the Jews are a subversive group that are trying to the challenge the Nazis in a propaganda war. They are openly provocative. They use their mistreatment as a rallying call. Like all politics in Germany, it has a big picture and it is not about the practice of religion.

  • captain

    Why does everyone need to appropriate the Holocaust? palestinians and now Falun Gong. Progressive atheist is clearly ignorant and pathetic to suggest there is any parallel. FG are not being treated in China the way Jews were in Nazi Germany. I have seen many open FG demonstrations that receive no attention at all from the PRC. Despite what they claim, the FG are not subject to systematic genocide.

  • Progressive_Atheist: “Whilst I do not applaud the actions of the Nazis, the Jews are a subversive group that are trying to challenge the Nazis in a propaganda war. They are openly provocative. They use their mistreatment as a rallying call. Like all politics in Germany, it has a big picture … and it is not about the practice of religion”.

    Without any doubt Zion-Nazi parallels become very obvious as the bona-fide history scrutiny reveals diabolical deals emancipation between the Zionist connivers and Nazi executioners within the WWII perpetuated atrocities. Where instead of Zionism being the hope of the Jews … the collateral blood of Jew lesser brethren was the political salvation of the Zionism. No wonder, WZO official in Switzer Land was quoted to write at the time to his counterpart WZO operative in the Nazi Reich:

    “About the cries coming from your country … we should know that all the Allied nations are spilling much of their blood, and if we do not sacrifice any (Jew) blood … by what right shall we merit coming before the bargaining table, when they divide nations and lands at the war’s end? For only with (Jew lesser brethren) blood, shall we get the (promised) land”.

    So much for the scapegoated Jew lesser brethren sealed fate, as diabolical WZO officials colluded with a Nazi Jew Adolph Eichmann towards the limited exit for the exclusive Jewry elite. What endows with an eye opener into the crimes committed against the humanity, as intrigued Zionist hierarchy prevaricated and obstructed all the efforts to save Jew lesser brethren of Europe. Apparently who were worth more to them dead, than alive.

    So one must wonder, wasn’t in a way the holocaust spun tragedy to be a derivative of the bloody Zionist barter in the human merchandise? Where old and assimilationist, obstinate to the roots Jew folks of Europe were a burden. Weren’t thus Germany for its tenacious, so awesome people to be chosen precisely for the bloodbath, with its sons as executioners? Destined to be ravaged, debilitated and demoralised for generations to come!

    Yet aren’t currently right now in the 21st century being conditioned likewise so massively impenetrable the American people in turn? Are they destined to face the reality after the fact? Are we to revisit moreover of bloody calamities, just to suss it out? So uniquely typical kind of the hereditary endowed zionazi savagery on the planet earth!

  • Chris

    That was a joke, right?