Mr. Speaker, today is the 65th International Human Rights Day.
It is fitting that we remember how the Chinese Government has denied the human rights of so many of Falun Gong, their family members and their friends.
The most basic human right is the right to live free.
Today, there are more Falun Gong practitioners in prison in China than any other persecuted group.
The Chinese Government's top priority is not to take care of its people; it is to stay in power. It sees Falun Gong rise in popularity in the 1990s as a threat. In reality, Falun Gong just wanted to be left alone.
To silence this threat, the Chinese Government murders Falun Gong members, harvesting their organs to give to others deemed more worthy.
We know this because brave men and women have come forward and reported these crimes, refusing to be silent. Those who have spoken out include the wife of a doctor who was forced to perform surgeries to remove the organs. A security guard who was ordered to stand watch while the surgeries take place has also spoken out about these practices. The evidence is undeniable of this detestable, inhumane practice by the Chinese Government.
The practice is a billion dollar business for the Chinese Government. Organ harvesting is the number one source of revenue for Chinese medical centers. A medical center is supposed to save lives, not take lives. Apparently, in China, the lives of the Falun Gong do not matter. Reports indicate that more than 10,000 have been killed by these barbaric medical procedures; they have been murdered for their organs.
The Chinese Government makes a profit and silences any group it sees as threatening. But they can't silence the Falun Gong nor human rights advocates. We know what they are up to. We cannot let this continue.
The Chinese Government is an enemy of human rights. It is the enemy of its own people.
As a former judge in Texas, I know a thing or two about justice. And, justice has not been served to the Falun Gong community.
Over the years, Falun Gong followers have been imprisoned, tortured, and killed. But, despite Beijing's abuse, they continue to fight back.
Today, China must end its persecution of the Falun Gong.
The world leaders have been talking about climate change in Paris.
There needs to be a ``climate'' change in China. The air is polluted with the cries of the innocents murdered by the government.
The land is defiled by the acts of torture and organ harvesting.
The blood of the Falun Gong is on the hands of the Chinese officials.
I hope that one day soon all Chinese people will have the basic human right that the Creator endows to all creation: life.
The Falun Gong deserves to live free of oppression and murder.
They are courageous men and women.
The Chinese Government, in its zeal to keep power, kills its own people.
Power, not people, is the quest of the Chinese Government.
If the Chinese Government was put on trial before the world of free peoples and tried for its violations of human rights, it would be found guilty of terrorism. Its government officials would be in prison. They would be locked up. They would not see the light of the morning sun. They would be in the cold damp darkness of the jailhouse--the place reserved for the evil ones who harvest the organs of the Falun Gong.
And that's just the way it is.