US “deep concern” due to crackdown on Falun Gong in Russia: State Department

The State Department said on July 9 that the United States was “deeply concerned” with the recent decision of a Russian court to suppress the regional branch of Falun Gong, a religious group, by naming it “extremists.”

The court ruling was ” [the group’s] “Spiritual beliefs,” he added.

“Russian authorities have harassed, fined and imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners for simple acts such as meditation and possession of scriptures,” said a spokesperson for the Ned Price Bureau. .. statementThe day after a Russian court upheld a ban on the Khakassia regional branch of Falun Gong.

“We urge the Kremlin to stop the practice of abusing the designation of’extremists’as a way to limit human rights and fundamental freedoms,” he said, and the court’s decision “broke peace groups.” It was another example of the Russian authorities labeling it as. ” ,’Terrorists’, or’undesirable’, are simply to blame their supporters, justify their abuse, and limit their peaceful religious and civil activities. “

He noted last month that a Moscow court moved to classify three groups associated with imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny as “extremists,” and added that “Russia’s arbitrary and widespread label. “Applicable” was shown.

In China, the field of meditation, Falun Gong, has faced oppression by the Chinese Communist Party since 1999, and believers face prisons, slave labor, mental torture, and even organ removal to maintain beliefs. doing.

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Falun Gong learners will hold a rally on July 19, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada, to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong. (DaYu / The Epoch Times)

Over the years, more than a dozen Falun Gong practitioners have been forced to leave Russia despite being given UN refugee status. 2007, Russian Immigration Officer Forcibly put Falun Gong practitioner Ma Hui and her 8-year-old daughter are both designated refugees and have been deported to China by plane. The whereabouts of the two remain unknown.

so report In 2018, the U.S. International Religious Freedom Commission, entitled “Extremist Inventions,” gave the Russian authorities broad authority to persecute religious believers by “the vague and problematic definition of’extremism’.” I paid attention to.

Between 2011 and 2017, there were at least three indictments related to the distribution or possession of Falun Gong-related materials.

In 2013, the prosecutor caveat After using Falun Gong’s book “Zhuan Falun” in a group lesson, he went to Vladimir Sheremetiev, a local civil servant of the United Russia Party, the country’s largest political party. The book was banned in the country in 2011.

The European Parliament in 2012 accused Russia of “improperly banning” the literature of this practice in a resolution.

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