July 20, 2020—On the 21st anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, over 600 lawmakers, including U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, have signed onto a joint statement to support practitioners’ rights to religious freedom.
The Epoch Times reports:
The lawmakers “urge the Chinese government to respect international norms … and to immediately stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China, and to unconditionally release all detained Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience,” reads the statement signed by 606 lawmakers from nations in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Some submitted their own statements, collected and published by FalunInfo.net, condemning the Chinese Communist Party for its brutality towards the practitioners.
Falun Gong is a spiritual practice of self-cultivation based on traditional principals of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Since 1999, the Chinese regime has used false narratives and police force to impress practitioners into labor camps and reeducation centers, where they later became victims of forced organ harvesting. While the number dead is unknown, at the beginning of the persecution, the number of practitioners was estimated at 100 million people. Falun Gong originates in China, but is only persecuted in China. Millions of people practice it freely worldwide.
Friends of Falun Gong thanks all those who call for the end of the persecution, and hope that more people will join their voices.