(Clearwisdom.net) The "Global Action Committee for Rescuing the Family Members of Falun Gong Practitioners" who are persecuted in China, which is comprised of more than fifty volunteers from ten countries, was founded on September 28, 2002.

Due to the Jiang dictatorship's escalation of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, there are already more than one hundred thousand Falun Gong practitioners illegally detained in jails and in forced labor camps across the country, where they are relentlessly persecuted and tortured. Even after some have been released and returned home, they are still placed under 24-hour surveillance. This large-scale persecution has even spread to countries overseas, where there are many families and friends who themselves were once severely persecuted for practicing Falun Gong in China.

Practitioners with family members who are imprisoned or under surveillance in China have actively joined together to establish this action committee. To date, the participants in this global action committee to rescue family members come from Canada, the United States, Brazil, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The action committee is planning a series of activities, including making appeals to the leaders of various countries, as well as to those who will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, to be held October 2002 in Mexico. The committee will encourage the international delegates to direct their attention and concern toward the persecution of Falun Gong, and urge the Jiang regime to not only cease the persecution of their family members immediately, but to completely end the campaign of persecution against Falun Gong.

The committee also hopes to garner support from the many kind-hearted people in the world, especially those whose own family members may be persecuted for practicing Falun Gong, to actively join their rescue efforts.