Sunday, April 09, 2006

Sujiatun: Action now...

My post on Sujiatun seems to be receiving much more attention that I had hoped for. There is call for concern about the accuracy of the details provided about the events taking place. Some have gone so far as to exclaim that nothings going on because some western agency said so.

What seems to be forgotten however is that in the midst of these arguments of the accuracy of numbers lie numerous eyewitness accounts of torture, abuse, murder, and brutal killings involving the Chinese government and the said Hospital. These events have been related to a group of people who practice an alternate form of exercise called “Falun Gong”

There was this imminent feeling that some keep missing this very point. Regardless of how the message was formed, framed, and presented there IS an important message. And this message is that there is something going wrong in Sujiatun.

“The Sunday service” person seems to assume that the worlds issue can be solved only with rationalization, and accurate debates. However, debating for the definitional accuracy does nothing to rectify the issue at hand. Research to find the truth is more important. Without accurate information, you have nothing. Our primary concern as citizens of this world should be protecting each other. And when you hear muffled cries from you neighbour, we MUST investigate. If we do not know what the sounds is, we still investigate. We still want to know the truth. We do NOT alter our cognitions by telling ourselves, “oh.. its just my neighbours tv”. “Sunday Service” prefers to think nothing of it, choosing instead not to investigate the truth.
Don’t get me wrong. I have not been to the said hospital in Sujiatun. But, when I hear of eye witness account of torture, I know that humanity is not doing something right.

It is relatively easy to hide under a “system” of policies, procedures, arguments, and prefer to rationalise the world outside the US by means of rhetoric. Empty rhetoric is what Sujiatun does not need. Empty rhetoric is what happened when the heads of states from the world argued about what defines ‘genocide’ not so long ago. The result of that was the massacre of a million or more Rwanadan people. Lets not forget other places in the world where definitions, arguments, and empty rhetoric caused the deaths of innocent people. People who could have been saved if the world had reacted sooner.

What more do we need to hear? Do we need to see a million more dead Chinese nationals before a though investigation is justified? What in the name of humanity are some of us thinking when we agree to that question. We need to write to our parliamentarians, write to our papers, speak out in public, tell our friends UNTILL a recognised and credible organization such as the United Nations investigate the incidences.

We MUST NOT deny a fair trial just because the presenting evidence is unclear. We have a duty to investigate and find the that truth now.

-------- Amended information: what can you do ---------

steph raised a very important question: what can we do?
keeping in mind the limited nature of information and its questionable accuracy:

1. Spread the news to your friends.

2. Contact your governments to demand that they conduct an international investigation on the Sujiatun events;

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
+1 (202) 647-4000
+1 (202) 647-6803 (China Desk)

Finding U.S. government representatives, please go to below website:

3. Contact the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan and High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Louise Arbour, and demand an urgent intervention from their offices:

Hon. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Press Office: (509) 510-2563 ext.: 6343

Louise Arbour
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland
Spokesperson: +41 (22) 917-9375
Press Relations: +41 (22) 917-3309
External Relations: +41 (22) 917-3965
Fax:+41 (22) 917-0092

4. Contact delegations of the International Committee of the Red Cross in your area and ask for their intervention:

5. Visit China. Visit Sujiatun. Visit the hospital. Talk to the people there. Get a feel of whats going on your self. Investigate. And share your findings with the world.


Steph said...

So what do you suggest lay people like us can help to support our neighbours?

Steph said...

Thanks for the swift reply... i'm sure the information will be useful:)

mythsn_legends said...

Let's not fall prey to the bystander effect....if those in power do not want to listen...we WILL and CAN make them listen....we just need to find creative ways to MAKE them listen! ;)