Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
2300 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
November 27, 2012
Dear Congressman Rohrabacher,
I am writing to express my concern regarding your stance on the Falun Gong organ harvesting issue and the dismissal of Mr. Ngapo Jigme from his position at Radio Free Asia. I have always appreciated your political stance towards the Chinese Communist Party. However, I feel morally obligated to share my views with you on these two particular issues.
First of all, I fully support the right of the Falun Gong followers to practice their religion, express their political views, and strongly condemn the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal persecutions against them. However, after more than a decade of close observations, I have found that the Falun Gong is problematic in many instances, including on the issue of organ harvesting.
Before 2000, Falun Gong had never talked about organ harvesting, even though China had begun to harvest organs from prisoners in the early 1980s. During Falun Gong’s booming years in 1990s in China, it enjoyed the support and cooperation of the Chinese government. In fact, its founder, Mr. Hongzhi Li, had received an award from China’s State Security Department. Even in the early 2000s, Falun Gong had seldom mentioned the issue of organ harvesting because they had only opposed then Chinese Communist Party’s General Secretary, Zemin Jiang, but not the Chinese Communist Party itself.
Things took a dramatic turn in 2006, when the Falun Gong claimed that approximately 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners had been held at a medical hospital at Sujiatun, Liaoning Province and that 4,000 of them had their organs harvested. However, even now, the Falun Gong has never been able to come up with solid evidence to vindicate their claims. No medical doctor or family member of the victims supposedly involved in the Sujiatun organ harvesting has come forward to substantiate the claims. While there is no doubt that the Chinese government has consistently engaged in illegal and immoral organ harvesting from prisoners, the evidence presented by the Falun Gong is far from convincing. I once pointed this out in a confidential letter to you and your colleagues in Congress, but to my shock, one of your assistants divulged the contents of this confidential letter to the Falun Gong.
I was surprised to learn that you had openly criticized the Central Tibetan Administration and Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay due to their alleged involvement in the dismissal of Mr Ngapo Jigme from Radio Free Asia. It is true that Mr. Ngapo Jigme has had a complicated social and political background. Through my interactions with him for more than a dozen years, I have become fully aware of his “murky” relationship with the Chinese government. I also understand that because of this, the personnel at the Central Tibetan Administration and the International Campaign for Tibet as well as the honorable Dalai Lama himself have never accepted interviews by Radio Free Asia. I believe that the management at Radio Free Asia must have solid evidence to force him out. For the reasons stated above, it does not seem appropriate to lodge a public complaint against the Central Tibetan Administration.
This letter has been written out of my deep respect towards your persistent efforts to confront the Chinese dictatorship. I am personally appreciative of the enormous support that you have given to the Laogai Research Foundation and myself. Given the importance of your positions on these issues, I feel obligated to share my opinions with you. I hope that my perspectives would be helpful for you to form a more balanced view on these important issues. It is also my wish that when you form an opinion or take action in this regard, you would heed outside advice, on top of the advice offered by your assistants or staff members.
I would be happy to further discuss the aforementioned issues and concerns with you, and would be available to meet you at your convenience. Meanwhile, you may reach me through email at email@example.com or call me at 202-408-8300 ext. 100.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Founder and Executive Director
Laogai Research Foundation
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