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Now we take you to Beijing’s sister city in Germany, Cologne. An art exhibition there showed human rights violations happening in China today.
Since 1987 the German city of Cologne has been Beijing’s sister city. The two cities keep up an active exchange in business, the arts, and culture.
Over the holiday season people in Cologne had a chance to learn about some of the Chinese regime’s human rights violations through an art exhibit.
"The Art of Truth, Compassion, Tolerance" exhibit aims to raise awareness of the Chinese Communist Party's ongoing persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice.
Also called Falun Dafa, Falun Gong became widely practiced in China in the nineties. In 1999 the Chinese regime launched a brutal crackdown to eradicate the practice.
Gallery Director Christoph Muelln believes the city of Cologne could help further human rights in China.
[Christoph Muelln, Director, Galerie Graf Adolf]:
“We found the works and the motivation of the exhibition very good, and could also support it with the goals of our association. Humanity and compassion are big subjects, important subjects and that’s why it’s a great joy for us to host this exhibition.”
The persecution continues to this day, leaving thousands dead and many children orphaned.
This painting by Chinese artist Xiqiang Dong shows a girl, whose parents were killed by the Chinese Regime because they practiced Falun Gong.
In Germany the exhibition is organized by the association for arts and human rights, Ars Honesta. For the Director of the organization it was important to bring this artwork to Cologne, as it’s one of Germany’s main Chinese business hubs.
"The Art of Truth, Compassion, Tolerance" exhibit has been shown in more than 50 countries around the world.
NTD News, Cologne, Germany