Dear Mrs (name omitted).

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for Falun Gong. I appreciate hearing form you.

I am concerned about human rights in China and particularly disturbed by the Chinese government's persecution of the Falun Gong. As you know, the PRC's crackdown of Falun Gong began in July 1999 and continues today. Some Falun Gong practitioners have been imprisoned and tortured by PRC authorities, and others are forced to practice secretly in their homes. I am deeply troubled that this persecution and harassment of Falun Gong takes place outside of China as well.

As you know, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a concurrent resolution (H.Con.Res.188) on July 18, 2001 that would call on the Chinese government to end its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. This resolution would authorize the Administration to demand that the Chinese government to release Falun Gong practitioners from prisons pursuant to international treaties and to investigate allegations of PRC harassment of U.S. citizens who practice Falun Gong. The House of Representatives passed this resolution on July 24, 2002. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is currently reviewing H.Con.Res. 188. If this resolution should come to the Senate floor, I will remain mindful of your support as I discuss it with my colleagues.

Again, thank you for taking time to share your thoughts with me. For more information about my work for Nevada, my role in the United States Senate Leadership, or to subscribe to regular e-mail updates on the issue that interest you, please visit my Web site at (omitted). I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

My best wishes to you.


Harry Reid

United States Senator