(Minghui.org) On the occasion of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners’ 22-year peaceful resistance to communist China’s persecution, dignitaries from various countries, human rights activists, leaders of non-governmental organizations and associations, as well as experts and scholars from all walks of life spoke out to condemn the Chinese Communist Party in carrying on the persecution.
They also expressed their admiration for Falun Gong practitioners in their conviction and perseverance. They thanked practitioners for sharing the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance with their communities and bringing hope to the world.
Chris Newman, general secretary of the New Zealand Direct Democracy Party, noted that Falun Gong practitioners are the greatest hope for mankind to transcend the historical crisis of moral depravity.
Frank Gaffney, executive chairman of the Center for Security Policy and vice chairman of the Committee on the Present Danger: China, said during a rally in Washington D.C. that “I want you to know, on behalf of millions of Americans who have probably never heard of the Falun Gong, how much we who love freedom appreciate what you do to try to protect it, to try to practice it, to try to make sure that the rest of us can continue to enjoy it and practice it, not least, by helping the rest of us understand the mortal threat that is posed to all of us, all of us who love freedom, the free world, by the Chinese Communist Party.”
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a letter of solidarity, “I am grateful for all the tireless work each of you here today do to bring awareness to the Chinese regime’s ongoing systematic human rights abuses. I will continue to advance policies in Congress that will hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable and work to bring about a better future for the Chinese people.”
Congressman Sean Maloney issued a proclamation, honoring Falun Dafa as a peaceful practice. He said that Falun Dafa “is a way to improve physical and mental wellness through a series of gentle exercises and meditation. This cultivation practice is guided by the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance; universal human values that bridge culture, nationalities, race, gender, and age. The practice and the principles of Falun Dafa transcend cultural boundaries and contribute to a healthier and more harmonious society.”
Congressman Dean Phillips said, “Falun Gong values the principles of truth, compassion, and forbearance. Our world would surely be a more peaceful one if we centered those values in our daily lives.”
Australian Senator Eric Abetz praised the courage of Falun Gong practitioners as a “beacon of hope” that inspires others who are fighting for freedom and justice.
Abetz called on people who can still enjoy the freedom to never be silent or turn a blind eye to the persecution. He said that we must defy the odds and expose the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, and ultimately the truth will prevail and freedom will prevail.
Professor Feng Chongyi, a Chinese scholar of the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, said that Falun Gong practitioners’ unwavering resistance to the Chinese Communist Party’s atrocities has won them great respect and support from the international community. The unyielding will of Falun Gong practitioners is bound to win, and the evil regime of the Chinese Communist Party is bound to perish.
Drew Pavlou, an Australian human rights activist and student leader in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Queensland, said that “It is so, so inspiring to see that this group continues to maintain its principles and speak up peacefully against the CCP. They never have given in to the CCP’s terrible, terrible persecution even when they have taken their family members, tortured people on a tremendous scale, executed simply for their religious beliefs. The Falun Dafa practitioners have maintained their peaceful composure, principles, religious practice freely. The CCP has not been successful in destroying Falun Dafa and, for that, the world should be very thankful.”
Hinepawhero Afeaki is the manager of a law firm in New Zealand. “The values of ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance’ are extremely important,” she said. “It is what we should follow every day. It is the key to self-awakening.”
She said: “The truth can awaken people’s conscience and give one power physically and mentally. More importantly, it brings substantive change. To me, ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance’ is very powerful. We need this to improve our spirituality and wake up our true selves. All of us have been given the ability to seek the universal truth.”
She added that “Falun Gong practitioners are very brave and have high enlightenment. They will bring positive changes to our society. I believe they will be the most powerful leaders in our future. They work hard, are not afraid to sacrifice and can see wider as well as further. Nothing can stop them. What they are doing today is not just for us, it is for our future generations.”
Adam Nuttall, a social media personality in New Zealand, first read about Falun Gong and its persecution by the Chinese Communist Party on the Minghui website. He felt that the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are remarkable and also aligns with his outlook on life. He exclaimed, “Falun Dafa is good!”
Nuttall believes that as long as Falun Gong practitioners persevere in clarifying the truth, more and more people will recognize the evil nature of the CCP. Once people come together, it will become irresistible and justice will prevail.
Michael Zhuang is from China and is an advocate for democracy in China. “As someone from China, I understood what the regime was doing to people who disagreed with them,” he said. “I was impressed and encouraged by their [Falun Gong practitioners'] bravery to stand up and speak up against the CCP, but I also felt sorry for all the people that were tortured and killed for practicing their faith.
“The CCP is evil and it’s the CCP that’s been terrorizing Falun Gong practitioners, ripping apart their families, torturing them in their black prisons, and eventually killing them for their organs.
“For 22 years, Falun Gong practitioners never stopped protesting peacefully against the authoritarian regime of the CCP. No matter where you go around the world, they peacefully stand or sit in public squares and parks. They continue to follow the Falun Dafa teachings of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, while the CCP carries out their cruel genocide. It [Falun Gong] is indeed admirable.”
Consiglio Di Nino, former Canadian Senator, has supported Falun Dafa practitioners in their peaceful resistance to the persecution for more than 20 years. He said in his speech that he did not know how to properly describe the long journey Falun Dafa practitioners have traveled. He said, “They have the strength, commitment, and courage to continue in the darkest moments.”
He pointed out that Falun Gong promotes a way of life and conveys the precious spirit that the world needs today. Falun Gong practitioners are making their unique contribution to society and make people’s life better.
Taiwan legislator Liu Chien-Kuo said, “Not only in Taiwan, but also in many other countries, we have seen these practitioners, on more occasions and activities, truly displaying the supreme qualities of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, and showing their perseverance and persistence with their actions. I would like to express my highest admiration for Falun Dafa practitioners.”
Guo Ying-yi, deputy chief executive officer of the Eastern Joint Service Center of the Executive Yuan, expressed admiration for the perseverance of Falun Gong practitioners over the years, which has successfully exposed the brutal nature of the Chinese communist regime to the world. “On this eve of the 22nd anniversary, we also pay our highest respect to Falun Gong practitioners around the world, especially those who are in China.”
Su Chih-fen, member of Taiwan Legislative Council, said that the Falun Gong practitioners she knows are a very peaceful group. Most of them are intellectuals and they are very humble and peaceful. Over the past two decades, they have been walking a very arduous path. In such a long time, people have seen Falun Gong practitioners march and meditate in the most peaceful way. The power of kindness is undoubtedly revealed from them. She said that for many years their demand for peace in resisting the persecution has allowed the world to see the evil nature of the CCP.
Chen Li-Na, a member of Kaohsiung City Council, said that Falun Gong practitioners bring positive and well-intended guidance in society. She said that if the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance could be applied to our daily lives, many problems in the society would be solved, including conflicts between people and many economic problems.
Patrick Dimier, a member of the Grand Council of Geneva, said, “I support all non-violent movements, especially Falun Dafa, because its practitioners are purely victims of the brutal persecution.
“This is a disgrace to humanity in the 21st century. No matter what country, large or small, they can’t act this way and can’t attack the integrity of good people just because they have different thinking. For me, this (persecution) is simply intolerable.”
Gabriela Heinrich, a German Member of Parliament and Vice President for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights of the Social Democratic Party, thanked Falun Gong practitioners for their efforts. She said: “Especially when Falun Gong has been persecuted for 22 years, thank you for your hard work. This is extremely important. Even if there are difficulties, I ask you to persevere. Even if it is only a small achievement, it is very important. Thank you.”