Testimony by the United Nations Association – San Diego to the 13th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Mr. Shizhong Chen, March 15, 2010

Thank you Mr. President, United Nations Association – San Diego reiterates its support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, in doing so, urges the Council to take action to end China’s continuing violation of Falun Gong practitioners’ freedom of belief.

We are particularly concerned about the Chinese government’s intensifying use of nerve-damaging chemicals to torture Falun Gong practitioners. A recent report submitted to our attention has documented over 1,000 cases of such harmful medication. Volumes and volumes of reports from the Council’s own Special Rapporteurs have documented thousands of cases of severe torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese authorities. Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir stated in her annual report that:”The cruelty and brutality of these alleged acts of torture defy description.”

Failing to break the will of Falun Gong practitioners with physical torture, the Chinese authorities have escalated the use of nerve-damaging chemicals to destroy their capacity to hold thoughts and consciousness. This horrifying mind-killing medical torture has caused hundreds to become insane and has killed many. Due to China’s blockade of information flow, the atrocities are feared to be more extensive. The report has also cited over two hundred hospitals that have taken part in the administration of harmful chemicals.

In addition, medical professionals also advise and assist torture in detention centers and labor camps. This highlights the widespread of medical torture in China. Moreover, Special Rapporteurs Jahangir and Nowak have repeatedly requested China to explain the allegation of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. All this raises the question of roles of medical professionals in human rights violations.

In conclusion, UNA-SD appeals to the international community to speak up against China’s mind-killing medication. To remain silent to such killing of mind is a suicide of our collective conscience and humanity.”

For a summary of the testimony in the official UN notice, see: http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=9908&LangID=E.