International Community Responds to Thirteen Year Persecution of Falun Gong (Images)
(Minghui.org) As the persecution of Falun Gong in China reached its thirteen-year mark in 2012, the international community issued another wave of calls for an end to the persecution. State and city governments in the U.S., Italy and Czech passed several resolutions condemning the persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The Municipal Council of Livingston, New Jersey, passed a resolution on July 2, 2012, condemning the “harsh brutal and repressive practice of the Chinese Government against Falun Gong followers” and urging the “federal government do everything in its power to help stop the atrocities in China.”
City Council of Carson City, California, passed Resolution 12-076 on July 17, 2012, opposing the persecution of Falun Gong.
The Provincial Council of Florence, Italy, unanimously passed a resolution on June 27, 2012, calling for the Chinese Communist Party to stop persecuting Falun Gong and investigate the crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. The Provincial Council of Florence, Italy unanimously passed a resolution on the protection of religious freedom in China on June 27, 2012. It calls for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong, and an investigation into the disturbing reports of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.
On May 23, 2012, the Czech Senate Committee on Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights, and Petitions discussed a proposal on ending the persecution of Falun Gong in China. The members present reached a unanimous agreement to call for a stop to the persecution, and passed a resolution. The resolution demanded that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) lift the ban on Falun Gong, dissolve the 610 Office, stop the persecution of Falun Gong, and release the detained practitioners and prisoners of conscience. According to the resolution's fifth point, the government and the President of the Czech Republic would be urged to hold talks with the CCP on the issue of ending the persecution of Falun Gong.
In the past thirteen years, the international community, including governments in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Taiwan, have passed dozens of resolutions calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong.
On July 24, 2002 the U.S. Congress unanimously passed Resolution 188, urging the Chinese government to stop persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. The 108th House of Representatives unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 304 on Oct. 4, 2004, condemning the Chinese government's oppression of Falun Gong in both the United States and China. The House passed Resolution 605 on March 16, 2010. The resolution called for an immediate end to the regime's campaign to persecute, intimidate, imprison, and torture Falun Gong practitioners, and to release all imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners.
On July 29, 2009, the City Council of Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, passed a resolution, which stated: "the United States should condemn the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong, and make all efforts to end immediately the persecution of Falun Gong in China." "It is also our responsibility as human beings to raise awareness necessary to stop horrific crimes against our fellow human beings no matter what the cost." The San Francisco City Council passed a resolution to condemn the persecution in January, 2006.
On October 24, 2002, the Canadian Parliament also passed a resolution supporting Falun Gong. On September 7, 2006, the European Parliament unanimously passed a resolution for a report of EU-China relations, calling on the Chinese regime to release Falun Gong practitioners. The resolution stated that the European Parliament “strongly condemns the detention and torture of Falun Gong practitioners in prisons, re-education through labor camps, psychiatric hospitals and legal education schools; is concerned about reports that organs of detained Falun Gong practitioners have been removed and sold to hospitals; urges the Chinese Government to end the detention and torture of Falun Gong practitioners and to release them immediately.” On June 24, 2008, the Australian Senate passed Resolution No. 127, urging the Chinese Communist regime to stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The resolution was adopted unanimously by all parties.
Upon launching the persecution, the former head of the CCP, Jiang Zemin, vainly attempted to eliminate Falun Gong within three months. Thirteen years have now passed, and Falun Gong is still standing fast but the persecution has been exposed. Countless people have been touched by Falun Gong's compassion and steadfastness. The above-mentioned support from the international community expresses the world's desire to end this shameful page of Chinese history.