One of the largest civil rights movements is currently taking place around the world, with the goal of putting former Chinese regime head\u00a0Jiang Zemin\u00a0on trial for his brutal crimes against humanity. As of Dec. 8, over 2.6 million people from 31 countries have signed a\u00a0petition\u00a0calling on China\u2019s judicial bodies to prosecute Jiang.\r\n\r\nAccording to Minghui.org, a website dedicated to the reporting of first-hand information about the persecution of\u00a0Falun Gong, over 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners, mostly living in China, have since mid-2015 filed criminal complaints with the regime\u2019s highest court, the Supreme People\u2019s Court, and highest prosecuting body, the Supreme People\u2019s Procuratorate. They accuse Jiang of crimes against humanity and genocide.\r\n\r\nOn Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day, Theresa Chu, a Taiwanese human rights lawyer and coordinator of the\u00a0petition\u00a0drive in the Asia-Pacific region, announced the total tally of people around the world who supported bringing Jiang to justice.\r\n\r\nAccording to Chu, the petition drive started in July 2015. Signatures have been collected from 31 countries and regions, including France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Belgium, Israel, Ireland, Latvia, Bulgaria, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.\r\n\r\nThe overwhelming majority of the signatures were collected in Asia, with 926,286 from Taiwan, 671,422 from South Korea and 483,360 from Japan. Of the 24 countries in Europe where signatures were collected, Ukraine, Israel, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, and Russia had the most signatures, with at least 10,000 collected in\u00a0each.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe\u00a0genocide-like\u00a0persecution of\u00a0Falun Gong\u00a0in China is still ongoing. The persecution continues to be severe and has not ended,\u201d said Chu in an interview with the Asia-Pacific branch of New York-based Chinese-language broadcaster New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD).\r\n\r\n\u201cI believe this is the most\u00a0ironic, most painful, and most brutal chapter in the history of human rights,\u201d added Chu.\r\n\r\nChu also put the entire CCP apparatus on notice. \u201cIn the last 18 years, during which three different Chinese leaders have ruled China, countless people have been involved in planning, implementing, and executing the persecution policy. Their hands are tainted with blood,\u201d Chu said. \u201cThey will never be able to avoid their responsibility in committing crimes against humanity, torture, and genocide under international criminal law.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe World Organization to Investigate the\u00a0Persecution of Falun Gong(WOIPFG), a New York-based\u00a0nonprofit,\u00a0has compiled a long list of CCP officials for their involvement in the persecution, including former security czar\u00a0Zhou Yongkang; former Party secretary of Chongqing\u00a0Bo Xilai; and\u00a0Li Changchun, the former party secretary of Guangdong Province and the regime\u2019s propaganda chief from 2002-2012.\r\n\r\nHu Ping, chief editor of Beijing Spring, a pro-democracy publication run from New York, said he supported the petition drive\u00a0because\u00a0it would awaken people\u2019s awareness of the crimes committed by the Chinese regime and put pressure on them, in an interview with The Epoch Times.\r\nBackground\r\nJiang, who ruled as head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1989 to 2002 and pulled the levers of power behind the scenes from 2002 to 2012, \u00a0started persecuting Falun Gong practitioners on July 20, 1999.\r\n\r\nFalun Gong, also known as\u00a0Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual discipline that was introduced to the public in China in 1992. The discipline consists of slow meditative exercises and moral teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Jiang believed that the popularity of Falun Gong\u2014a state survey in 1999 estimated that there were more than 70 million adherents, and Falun Gong practitioners say that number topped 100 million\u2014was a threat to the Party\u2019s atheist ideology.\r\n\r\nJiang launched a bloody repression, establishing a Gestapo-like office created for the sole purpose of eradicating Falun Gong.\u00a0The official press office for Falun Gong estimates that\u00a0millions\u00a0of\u00a0practitioners have become\u00a0victims of\u00a0harassment, imprisonment, torture, brainwashing, forced labor, and other abuses. In addition, independent\u00a0researchers report\u00a0that Falun Gong practitioners are the principal source of organs for China\u2019s extensive organ transplantation industry, killing the practitioners in the process.\r\n\r\nRead the original article on The Epoch Times here.