Art for Human Rights in Beijing’s Sister City, Cologn

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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.


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.


[Volker Dietz, Director, Ars Honesta]:
"The exhibition, the pictures of course have a deep effect, we notice this over and over again, every visitor has deep sympathy and a better understanding about Falun Dafa and the persecution of 100 million people in China."

This visitor is writing her doctoral dissertation on arts and human rights.

[Tessa Weinkauf, Art Historian]:
"Of course one can hope, that such exhibitions or just art in general can convey a message. Since Cologne and Beijing have exchanges, this also encourages change and sets a signal."

"The Art of Truth, Compassion, Tolerance" exhibit has been shown in more than 50 countries around the world.

NTD News, Cologne, Germany