US Falun Gong “immediate stop” crackdown tells Beijing on the eve of persecution anniversary


On July 19, the United States called on the Chinese Communist Party administration to “immediately stop” the long-term persecution of Falun Gong and release all supporters imprisoned for their beliefs.

The call, made by State Department spokesperson Ned Price at a regular press conference, came the day before the 22nd anniversary of the campaign to eradicate religious groups in Beijing.

“Tomorrow, 22 years have passed since the People’s Republic of China launched a crackdown on the Falun Gong movement, and millions of practitioners, advocates and human rights advocates have been working to protect their rights. We are aware that we are, “Price said.

“Every year, thousands of Falun Gong practitioners face detention, harassment, and report torture and ill-treatment,” he added. They simply refused to abandon the peaceful practice of their beliefs.

Falun Gong, the practice of meditation first introduced in China in the 1990s, has skyrocketed in popularity in China due to slow-moving exercises and moral teaching centered on the principles of truth, compassion and tolerance. Official estimates indicate that by the end of the decade, this practice had about 70 to 100 million supporters. Considering this popularity as a threat, the administration on July 20, 1999 launched a national campaign for its supporters. Since then, countless practitioners have suffered from mental and physical torture, financial pressure, forced labor, imprisonment, and organ removal. All of these are deployed to eradicate faith.

Survivors of the abuse are said to have been threatened with toxic drug injections, hard labor, electric shocks to the genitals, and forced abortion of pregnant babies.

Twenty-two years of oppression have resulted in countless deaths. Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website that acts as an information center for persecution, Thousands of deathsHowever, it is very difficult to collect information from China, so it is highly likely that this number is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Falun Gong learners will participate in a parade in Brooklyn, NY on July 18, 2021, celebrating the 22nd year since Falun Gong was persecuted in China. (ChungI Ho / The Epoch Times)

Ongoing abuse is becoming more and more concerned on the international arena. In May, the State Department sanctioned Chinese Communist Party officials who played a role in persecuting believers in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in southwestern China. It did the same last year to a local Chinese police officer in Fujian Province, southeastern China, about his role in suppressing practitioners.

More than 12 counties in Texas and Virginia have passed resolutions warning residents to travel to China for organ transplants. This measure is intended to prevent Americans from unknowingly becoming accomplices in the administration’s state-sanctioned organ procurement, primarily targeting Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience. It was. Parliamentary bipartisan lawmakers, as well as British and Canadian officials, are also trying to hold the administration accountable for this horrific practice.

At a rally in Washington on July 16, religious freedom expert Nina Shay called on the United States to recognize the administration’s persecution of Falun Gong as a form of genocide.

“Genocide is, for example, a destruction in part of the religious community aimed at eradicating it,” said Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.

“I think there is no doubt that what happened to Falun Gong in the last few decades meets that standard.”

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