With the Human Rights Torch Relay we hope to raise awareness of the escalation of China’s human rights violations in advance of the Olympic games, and the breadth and scope of its campaign worldwide. Through a variety of grassroots events, the torch will bring with it facts including:
- An estimated 100 million Falun Gong practitioners and their families are enduring ever more stringent persecution; tens of thousands of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience have had their organs forcibly extracted and sold.
- Hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens are held as political prisoners without charge or trial, including democracy activists, lawyers, human rights defenders, religious leaders, journalists, trade unionists, Tibetan Buddhists, Uighurs, ‘unofficial’ church members, Falun Gong practitioners, environmental activists, health and reproductive rights activists, and political dissidents
- People have been evicted from their homes to make way for commercial construction, and beaten or killed if they protest; any meager payment offered to them is usually stolen by corrupt local officials
- Millions of Chinese are sent without trial to slave labor camps, where they are tortured and forced to work long days producing consumer goods. Recent product recalls highlight the dangers of these goods to the public, which, for higher profits, often use toxic ingredients instead of safe ones
- China continues to impose forced abortion and sterilization to enforce its gruesome ‘One Child’ policy, as per-family population control measures
- China imprisons more reporters, and executes more prisoners, than any other country in the world
- The military junta in Burma, controlled by the CCP, has has enforced 19 years of brutal oppression on the Burmese people, and most recently violently cracked down on monks, sympathizers and reporters
- The Chinese regime funds and arms the Sudanese-government-supported Janjaweed militia, which is committing genocide in Darfur. Hundreds of thousands have been murdered and nearly two million displaced from their homes. Article: The China Connection
- Stringent Internet censorship and public surveillance, with technology supplied by western companies, enables close monitoring and suppression of free speech.