Hearing in the Czech Senate

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In the forenoon of 19th November, 2018, we took part in the hearing of the senate of Czech Republic, where several invitees spoke before its committee on human rights, culture and education.

The whole meeting did happen as a result of a petition sent with more then 10.000 signatures – a petition aiming to end the genocide of Falun Gong practitioners in China. 

Among the speakers were Juraj Skovajsa, from the Association of Falun Gong, who initiated the petition; Milan Kajinek from Czech branch of Epoch Times; Liu Yumei who gave a testimony on being tortured as a Falun Gong practitioner; Ethan Gutmann, investigative journalist and expert on illegal organ harvesting in China; and Haiyan Wang from WOIPFG, an organization investigating this human rights abuse and having the largest database of possible suspects up to this date.

The hearing was also attended by Vaclav Chaloupek, who initiated this occasion on behalf of the senate of Czech Republic; Marek Hilsler, member of the senate who decided to take relevant steps in support of this; Olga Richterova, member of the Parliament and Pirates party, as well as Frantisek Kopriva and Mikulas Peksa.

And lastly also by former minister of culture and vice-president of KDU-CSL Daniel Herman, along with the representatives of the Helsinki committee. 

As human-rights-only as the topic may sound, it affects in fact a lot of areas as well, and brings to light a very interesting question – could the, some say ‘meddling’, of European countries into Chinese human rights issues affect the ‘good’ business relationships between those countries?

Lukas Kudlacek (right), IRCC;
photo credit – senat.cz

So we asked this one ourselves, and Lukas Kudlacek, our expert on economy, gave a concise presentation in the senate.

He got to know it is in fact the other way around – the more a given country takes concrete actions regarding human rights in China, the more Chinese investments are being poured into it the next year.

Surprising, isn’t it? But that’s not all – the amount in the next years sometimes reaches ten times the previous one.

See our answer on more than 20 pages, quoting a rather credible data in a clear manner and arrive to your own conclusion:

Read the complete report (Czech version)