- 08 Oct 07
The Global Human Rights Torch Relay will be calling for an international boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games unless human rights abuses are stopped.
The Global Human Rights Torch Relay is coming to Dublin. The ‘Torch Relay’ is an international campaign that aims to bring an end to all human rights abuses against people in China. It seeks, in particular, to highlight the persecution of those who practice Falun Gong by the Chinese authorities. Falun Gong is a system of personal improvement, introduced to the public in 1992 by Li Honzhi, involving meditation, exercises and moral teachings akin to Buddhism and Taoism, but with its roots in science as well as spirituality.
The relay, which began in Athens in August, is scheduled to pass through most major EU cities and will arrive in Dublin on October 17. The campaign is being run by the ‘Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong’ (CIPFG). It aims not just to raise international awareness of the “despicable human rights situation” in China, and to end the “intolerable” organ harvesting of living Falun Gong practitioners, but also – in the event that no change is forthcoming in the short term – to promote a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.
For further information on the campaign, log onto CIPFG’s website at www.cipfg.com