Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, spoke to hundreds at a Falun Dafa Month Rally on Parliament Hill.
Thank you very much for that generous welcome.
It’s true that I have a petition on my website (elizabethmaymp.ca). It’s available for everyone. It’s very important because it raises awareness for other MPs.
Every time I stand in the House of Commons with a petition to call for respecting human rights in China, I’m speaking to the People’s Republic of China, their embassy here certainly notices, but I’m also speaking to my friends, who are other Members of Parliament.
We must not forget what’s happening on a daily basis in China.
It’s an assault on the very notion of humanity. The inhumanity of treating some people as lesser creatures, as susceptible to incarceration, and to organ harvest, which is an intolerable term and an intolerable practice. We need to stand strong, as brothers and sisters together, who share one common reality. We are human beings on the same planet.
Human rights that are not respected in one country is an assault on human rights in every country.
That’s why I am so grateful to you, as practitioners of something that is about love, compassion, tolerance, patience, and truth. With this, it’s amazing that we always have to get everyone’s attention in China to promote human rights.
It’s a difficult issue, as Canada increases its trade ties with China. Increases with things that are as dangerous as the Canada-China Investment Treaty. We must stand up against these things. We must be friends with China, but friends who can tell the truth. When a friend is afraid to tell the truth, they are not friends, they are subjugated by a larger power.
That’s not friendship. That’s losing our sovereignty.
I stand with you. I’m grateful to you. Continue your struggle. It’s important for everyone to continue against the violations of human rights.
Thank you very much.
Every person is entitled to the peaceful practice of his or her religion without fear of persecution. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) banned the practice of Falun Gong in 1999, using tactics employed against peaceful Falun practitioners including imprisonment, forced labour, torture, murder, Orwellian indoctrination and even allegations of live organ extraction.
Help Elizabeth push the Canadian government to tell the Chinese government to stop their persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Sign or download her petition, get as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.
1868 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.
We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of the Crown for Foreign Affairs to impress the importance of universal human rights declarations as an international norm upon the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC). persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners, and we request that the Minister of the Crown for Citizenship and Immigration list the PRC as a refugee Source Country, thereby allowing swifter accommodation for those fleeing its persecution.