Swiss Government Officials Support Ending the CCP’s Persecution of Falun Gong
People from all around the world who practice Falun Dafa (a.k.a. Falun Gong) have been informing the public about the spiritual practice and raising awareness about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ongoing persecution against adherents since 1999.
In Geneva’s Old Town in Switzerland, Falun Dafa practitioners held activities in the lower arcade hall of a seventeenth-century building, opposite the Cantonal Parliament and Chancellery of Geneva on April 28, 2023.
Members of the Council of State of Geneva gave speeches of support. Some signed the petition to call for an end to the persecution. All of them praised the practitioners for their efforts in raising awareness about this human rights atrocity.
President of the Council of State of Geneva: “What you are doing is righteous”
Mauro Poggia, president of the Council of State of Geneva said, “What you are doing is righteous, your actions are positive. We know what is happening in China. Fortunately, the world has opened its eyes now, but this is not enough. After opening their eyes, they should speak out for you now and bring about more changes.”
He added, “Thank you for bringing this to the world’s attention and helping the world move out of inertia. We shall help all these unfortunate victims (Falun Dafa practitioners in China), get them out of prison, and return their freedom and dignity. This is a group of people who will not harm anyone.” Before leaving, Mr. Poggia pressed his palms together in front of his chest in a gesture of respect.
Member of the Council of State of Geneva: “Falun Dafa Is Great!”
Patrick Dimier, a member of the Council of State of Geneva has been supporting Falun Dafa practitioners in their efforts for many years. He said in Chinese, “Falun Dafa is great!” and he signed the petition to call for an end to the atrocities. He said, “Thank you for your actions. Nothing can help people understand one another better than kindness and friendship. You are amazing!”
Organ Transplant Doctor: “We should respect moral principles”
Phillipe Morel, a member of the State Council of Geneva and an organ transplant doctor told practitioners, “I spend most of my time performing organ transplants at the university hospital in Geneva. I did many organ transplants in Switzerland in the past as well. Obviously, I performed such transplants abiding by acceptable moral standards, including respecting organ donors, abiding by international rules, and in particular rules set by the European parliament, which must be respected in every country. These rules benefit organ transplants and fall within the framework of protecting organ donors, of course.”
In regard to forced organ harvesting from detained Falun Gong practitioners, he said, “I fervently hope that such acts that are contrary to recommendations by the European Council will end at once. We previously thought such acts were given up but perhaps they were not. It is obvious that these things should be stopped at once. We should respect moral principles and the rules for international organ transplants and organ donations.”
Support from Members of the State Council of Geneva
Mr. Chevallier, a former member of the State Council of Geneva was moved after hearing of the persecution suffered by practitioners in China. He said, “You are doing an absolutely righteous thing.” He also asked for two petition forms and said he would take them home so that his friends and relatives could sign them.
Francois Canonica, former president of the Geneva Lawyers Association has supported practitioners for many years. He condemned the CCP for organ harvesting and said, “I applaud you one hundred percent for your fight!”
Jean Charles Rielle, a member of the State Council of Geneva told practitioners, “I support you in your fight for justice!”