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U.S. Congressional resolution criticizes China's persecution of Falun Gong
WASHINGTON DC (FDI) -- Last week, a concurrent resolution was introduced to Congress calling on the Chinese government to end its brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China and stop all activities against Falun Gong practitioners inside the United States.
House Concurrent Resolution 304 (full text), co-authored by Representatives Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Lynn Woolsey of California, references China’s own constitution and international human rights accords in calling for China to uphold freedom of belief, assembly, and speech for the millions of Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China.
Resolution 304 also specifically mentioned section 401(a)(1)(B) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6401(a)(1)(B)): “Whereas the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of religion, the right to assemble, and the right to speak freely, and the people of the United States strongly value protecting the ability of all people to live without fear and in accordance with their personal beliefs...”
Harassment, libel, and imprisonment have been widespread in Jiang Zemin’s four-year campaign to eradicate Falun Gong. Torture and abuse in custody have led to thousands of wrongful deaths.
Agents of China’s Communist Party Operating in the US
In addition, Resolution 304 calls on China’s agents in the United States to halt all operations being carried out against practitioners of Falun Gong on United States soil.
The resolution makes reference to China’s agents carrying out acts of violence and assault, property theft and destruction, illegal wire-tapping, harassment, intimidation, and persecution against practitioners of Falun Gong in the United States.
Chinese Consular officials have attempted to pressure government officials across the U.S. to recant support for Falun Gong’s rights and Falun Gong activities in the United States. In fact, earlier this year, 38 members of Congress filed an Amended Brief of Amicus Curiae in support of the Falun Gong lawsuit against former head of state Jiang Zemin for his lead role in instigating the persecution (news).
The resolution also cites the case of Dr. Charles Lee, an American citizen illegally detained in China since the beginning of 2003 for his association with Falun Gong (in-depth). Dr. Lee had traveled to China to broadcast T.V. programs over the state-run television networks exposing the human rights violations against Falun Gong. While in custody, Dr. Lee has been subjected to mental and physical torture by Chinese authorities.
Resolution 304 requests four main courses of action:
1) That the Government of the People’s Republic of China cease all persecutory activities of Falun Gong practitioner on US soil, as well as in China, including releasing prisoners of conscience.
2) That the President of the United States issue a statement condemning these illegal acts, and work to bring the perpetrators to justice.
3) That the Attorney General of the US investigate the incidents of harassment and violence against Falun Gong practitioners in the US by agents of the Chinese consulate and follow up with legal action.
4) That local government bodies in the US report further illegal acts and continue to recognize and support the rights of Falun Gong practitioners.
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