From November 24th to 26th, the “China and Hong Kong Human Rights Art Festival” will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, exhibiting more than 50 art works related to illegal organ transplantation and Hong Kong human rights issues. (Provided by Taiwan International Organ Transplant Care Association and Linlilang)
[TheEpochTimesNovember192023](Epoch Times reporter Zeng Lian reported) After leaving Hong Kong two years ago, Hong Kong husband-and-wife artist Linglang continues to speak out for Hong Kong people in the UK: “I used to watch it on the streets of Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. I went to the stalls and posters of Falun Gong practitioners, simulating organ harvesting. At the time, I felt strange, like a mysterious performance art. After 2019, so many people in Hong Kong disappeared and were arrested, and we began to understand what the mainland people have experienced. The pain came much earlier than us…
“We believe that ‘live harvesting’ is not purely about organs. The press freedom that Hong Kong people are now deprived of and the national security education that children receive are also ‘live harvesting’ and ‘transplantation’ on another level.”
In the near future, they will bring many paintings to participate in the “China and Hong Kong Human Rights Art Festival” to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and will share their views under the theme of “Living Thought Harvesting”.
Since 2012, the “Taiwan International Organ Transplantation Care Association” (Taicot) has launched a joint campaign to oppose the Chinese Communist Party’s live organ harvesting, and subsequently held the “Stop the Chinese Communist Party’s Organ Harvesting Poster Exhibition”, which was selected through a global solicitation and review. Hundreds of design works have been held in dozens of exhibitions in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
This year’s event will be exhibited in the UK for the first time. It will hold an artist joint exhibition in conjunction with “The Hong Kong Scots” and invite artist Lumli Lumlong to participate in the exhibition. More than 50 works will be displayed, focusing on organ transplantation and Hong Kong human rights-themed paintings are the focus, and some news clippings collected by the Banyan Tree Humanitarian Support Fund are on display, allowing visitors to understand the increasingly severe human rights situation in China and Hong Kong as well as the history and memory of persecution.
The controversial topic of organ transplantation
November 11 this year is Hong Kong’s “Organ Donation Day”. The Hospital Authority pointed out that the number of cadaver organ donors in Hong Kong is low. As of October 31 this year, the number of registered people in the Central Organ Donation Register was 363,104, per million people. Only 5 people are willing to donate organs.
At the beginning of this year, a large number of Hong Kong people canceled their registration on the “Central Organ Donation Register” because public opinion pointed out that China and Hong Kong planned to implement an “organ exchange” mechanism, which aroused concerns among Hong Kong people.
The topic of cross-border “shared organ transplantation” between Hong Kong and China has attracted much attention. In December 2022, the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital performed a heart transplant on a 4-month-old baby girl Zhixi. It was the first organ transplant from the mainland in Hong Kong. The heart came from the University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital. This case became a The typical case mentioned by the Director of Health, Mr. Lo Chung-moo, proposed accelerating the promotion of the “organ exchange” mechanism between China and Hong Kong.
The source of organ transplants in China has always been controversial. Over the past decade, Falun Gong practitioners have continuously presented evidence showing that the Chinese Communist Party harvests organs from living people (such as imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners and other political prisoners) in large numbers to make huge profits.
“Hong Kongers Scotland”, a group that pays attention to human rights issues in Hong Kong, learned that the “Central Organ Donation Registration Register” website cannot immediately check whether they have registered. When Hong Kong people canceled their registration, the Hong Kong police used the “National Security Law” to intimidate ordinary citizens. This has already poses a threat to Hong Kong people. The group hopes to hold events in Scotland through art to attract local people and draw more attention to human rights issues in Hong Kong and China, including the evils of illegal organ transplants.
When “living harvesting” extends from the body to the spirit
Ye Shangda, one of the curators of the “China and Hong Kong Human Rights Art Festival” and representative of the “Taiwan International Organ Transplantation Care Association”, said that the key exhibits of this exhibition include many award-winning posters of the “Stop Organ Harvesting in China Poster Award 2020” .
Among them, the three series of art design works “Red Scars” that won the gold medal show the sutures on human skin, which protect the blood and cruelty, making people look stinging while leaving room for thinking. The three symbols composed of sutures represent the yuan, the five-star flag, and prison respectively. Bahram Gharavi Manjili, a gold medal winner from Iran, wrote: “The combination of money, ideology, and oppression will definitely bring disastrous consequences.”
Ip Shang-tat said that this is Taicot’s first exhibition in the UK. “We cooperate with the Scottish Hong Kong people’s group to amplify our voices. Hong Kong people have suffered from various human rights violations in recent years (the Umbrella Movement, the anti-extradition movement). etc.) I believe that everyone can see it, and let the world see that the Chinese Communist Party’s violation of human rights is omnipresent, because the issue of organ harvesting is global, of course, including Hong Kong. The significance of this cooperation is to strengthen our international cooperation and jointly call for Stop the crime of organ harvesting, no matter where it occurs.”
The artist brought six related paintings to the exhibition, including “Blind Man”, “Conspiracy Man”, “Brainwash Man”, “White Washer”, “Apple Man” and “State Religion Man”. In addition to bringing up the issue of illegal organ transplantation, they The angle I want to share the most is “live harvesting thoughts”.
“The works we brought this time include “Brainwash Man” and “National Religion Man”. We hope that the audience can think about the current environment we are in, where our bodies and minds are threatened. Many Hong Kong people immigrate for the education of the next generation. “Apple Man” depicts the silence of Jimmy Lai, the founder of “Apple Daily”, and wants to express the threat to press freedom. We feel that the meaning of “live harvesting” is very suitable for the current situation of Hong Kong people. Who is depriving us of our freedom? , and then forcefully transplant the dictator’s ideas and education to us?”
Linlilang hopes that these works can bring some resonance to the audience. The expression of this issue is not a negative attitude, but a hope to expose the evil happening in Hong Kong, so that more people will recognize the threats of the CCP and stay away from this ” Big monster”.
Exploring China’s national conditions and network security beyond art
Kwok Tsz Kin, the founder of “Hong Kongers Scotland” mentioned that Hong Kong people, as the carrier of Hong Kong culture and stories, can tell more stories about Hong Kong to their neighbors in their daily chats, and do not let the Hong Kong government and the CCP monopolize “Hong Kong stories” “The right to speak, thus demonstrating the culture and pursuit of human rights, democracy and freedom of Hong Kong people and Hong Kong. Groups have held screenings in the past, but this is the first time they have held art exhibitions and poster exhibitions.
He believes that the creations of these artists from all over the world can give people another perspective to gaze at the scars and feel the pain, and use a more intuitive and vivid form to give the audience an understanding of the human rights issues faced by Hong Kong and China.
In addition to the art exhibition, “Scottish Hong Kongers” also invited guests to hold a “symposium on China’s national conditions” to discuss the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration into the world in recent years and the source of fear it has brought to people around the world. Another “Cyber Security Workshop” hopes to provide participants with practical information to avoid becoming victims of cyber crimes and prevent surveillance by state machinery. ◇
Date: November 24-26, 2023
Location: The Haberdashery, 545 Sauchiehall St, GLASGOW G3 7PQ
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