(Minghui.org) May 13, 2021 is the 22nd World Falun Dafa Day and the 29th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction. State Senators Sharif Street, Dianne Herrin and John I. Kane sent congratulatory letters to mark the occasion.
Senator Sharif Street stated, “In China, Falun Dafa practitioners have been denied their basic rights granted under the Chinese constitution for the last 22 years. They have been illegally imprisoned and severely mistreated, and their humanity subverted.”
“The PA House unanimously passed House Resolution 27, the Commonwealth’s second resolution calling for an end to imprisonment and persecution of prisoners of conscience including practitioners of Falun Dafa, and the inhumane instances of human organ harvesting. In June of 2016, the US House of Representatives passed a similar resolution.”
Representative Dianne Herrin stated in her letter, “No one should be persecuted or imprisoned because their beliefs differ from those of their government, and the actions of the Chinese government are antithetical to a healthy democracy.”
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 have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance as well as five gentle exercises—and experienced uplifted 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, issued an order to ban the practice.
The Minghui.org website has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. More 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 the organ transplant industry.
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.