U.S. Federal Legislators Support Falun Gong on the 15th Anniversary of the Persecution
(Minghui.org) On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, many American congressmen and senators stood in solidarity with practitioners and condemned the persecution.
They expressed in support letters, their admiration of practitioners, for 15 years of persistent peaceful resistance to the persecution, and acknowledged their contributions to local communities.
Congressman Adam Smith, Aaron Schock, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Robert Pittenger mentioned in particular their concerns about the crimes of organ harvesting in China, and said they looked forward to passing the pending congressional resolution, which awaits the markup by the full House Committee on Foreign Affairs. It passed the Asia Subcommittee markup last December.
“As a long-time member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, I am a strong advocate of the need to protect these fundamental rights and freedoms. No person should be persecuted for their spirituality or should be deprived from other rights due to their peaceful religious practices.
“I remain concerned about reports about the abusive treatment of the Falun Gong. As such, I am a cosponsor of H. Res. 281, a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that raises concerns about the persistent and credible reports of systematic horrific abuses in China. I look forward to further discussion and legislative debate about this resolution as it advances through the legislative process,” Congressman Adam Smith of Washington writes in his letter.
Below is a collection of the support letters.