Yesterday, the Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR) came to Malaysia, from Canada. It’s next stop is in Taiwan. It’s aim was to highlight the Chinese regime’s worsening human rights abuses prior to the Beijing Olympics.
More information on the human rights torch can be found on their website. This is definitely an alternative torch that rivals the one that is going around the world to finally arrive in Beijing for this year’s Olympics.
Very strong messages could be found here. How would the Chinese government or its supporters response to this?
NGOs, democracy and human rights activists, persecuted groups and concerned supporters rallied on Tasik Perdana (Lake Garden) to receive the ceremonial arrival of the Global Torch.
“I feel very proud to join the HRTR event today. I think it is a very sacred activity with a sacred objective, which is to save the lives who are persecuted by the Chinese regime,” said Mr. N. Surendran (photo, carrying the torch), representative of group and ambassador of the HRTR event.
“It is not just for Falun Gong, but also other persecuted and dissident groups, like Tibetan people and so on. I am very happy that this event can be successfully held. I believe this event will focus world attention on what the Chinese government is doing.
“The Communist regime is putting pressure to the world to stop democratic expression of protests against the Olympic torch. I think it is a shameful act by the International Olympic Committee to have ever awarded the Olympic to the Chinese regime.
“I think all countries should boycott the Beijing Olympic. I think its absolute nonsense to say that sport should not be mixed up with politics. This kind of statement is addressed by people who are sitting comfortably in their air-conditioned offices, and who are not being murdered and oppressed by the Chinese regime. This is not about politics or sport; this is about stopping people from being murdered,” concluded N. Surendran.
Initiated by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG), the Torch is a global grassroots campaign to press for an end to human rights atrocities in China before the Olympics in August.
In it’s website, the HRTR says that it:
“…strongly condemns the arrest of 1878 Falun Gong followers since January 1st 2008; Chinese regime’s ruthless crackdown in Tibet; support of corrupt regimes in Burma and Darfur; and persecution of Christians, lawyers, reporters and all who have effectively become “prisoners of the Olympics” as a consequence of China’s pre-Olympics whitewash”.
Mr. Roger Chan, representative of the Human Rights Committee of Bar Council, was one of the invited speakers of the event.
“This morning I come here to support the torch of humanity. The purpose of this torch run is to raise awareness on various problems. The serious problem here is the allegation of living organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners. Once we come to allegations about human lives, we got to be very serious about it. We need to ensure all these problems are looked into,” said Roger.
“Today we are not here for just a simple gathering, or to against China. We are here to support humanity and to expose the problem of live organ harvesting,
“I would say that this is a very good event to create awareness. We believe the Olympic cannot go hand in hand with the atrocity committed against humanity. The Chinese regime should stop all form of organ harvesting immediately and should open the organ transplant records for survey by the independent human rights organization, like United Nation or Amnesty International,” said Roger.
*Images by participants of the torch relay in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.