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KMT blocks call to investigate Falun Gong persecution

BOYCOTT The party shot down a resolution to have international rights groups probe charges that concentration camps have been set up in China

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday blocked a legislative resolution that would have asked the UN and international human-rights groups to investigate China's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Legislative caucuses yesterday presented a draft resolution that would have issued official letters requesting human-rights organizations investigate China's alleged persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. But the KMT caucus opposed the resolution, demanding that it be submitted for preliminary review.

The resolution had been initiated by 84 legislators from the pan-green camp and the People First Party and would have asked the WHO, the UN and international human rights groups to dispatch investigators to Chinese hospitals and prison camps to investigate the allegations.

According to the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association, China has stepped up persecution of Falun Gong members, imprisoning them in concentration camps -- including one in Liaoning Province where some are said to have had organs removed for transplant.

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