(Minghui.org) On May 16, 2023, the British Minister of State sent a letter to the president of the British Falun Dafa Association, emphasizing that the British government is aware of credible evidence that Falun Gong practitioners in China have suffered serious abuse. She pledged that the UK government will watch closely and will continue to pressure China to end its gross human rights violations immediately. 

The Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State for Indo-Pacific

Letter from Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State for Indo-Pacific

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP stated in her letter, “We are aware of credible evidence to suggest that Falun Gong practitioners in China are subjected to serious mistreatment. We continue to urge China to respect all fundamental rights across the People’s Republic of China, in line with both its own constitution and the international frameworks to which it is a party. We have discussed the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners with the World Heath Organization (WHO), international partners, and international human rights NGOs.

“The UK Government also regularly raises the human rights situation in China directly with the Chinese authorities at the highest level. Most recently, on 20 February, the Foreign Secretary did so in a meeting his counterpart.

“Please be assured that we monitor this issue closely and will continue to impress upon China the need to immediately end serious violations of human rights.”

Background: What Is Falun Dafa and Why Is the CCP Persecuting It?

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings, which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, and have learned the five exercises, have experienced improved health and well-being.

Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, he issued an order to eradicate the practice.

Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.

Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 24 years, though due to the difficulty in getting information out of China, the actual number is believed to be much higher. Countless practitioners have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.

There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply China’s organ transplant industry.