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United States : Sens. Moran, Menendez Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Falun Gong.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs joined U.S Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in introducing a bipartisan resolution expressing solidarity with Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual discipline based upon universal principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. The resolution condemns the Government of the Peoples Republic of China and the Communist Party of Chinas oppression of Falun Gong practitioners, including the practice of non-consenting organ harvesting.

Supporting religious freedom is fundamental to who we are as a nation, said Sen. Moran. Since introducing this resolution last Congress, matters relating to Falun Gongs persecution in China have only become more urgent and deserve scrutiny from the United States and the world. Through this resolution, the Senate recognizes and highlights the findings of the United Nations, the State Department and the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting and calls on the Peoples Republic of China to cease its oppression and torture of Falun Gong members.

For over 20 years, the Chinese governments mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners has been morally and fundamentally wrong. The continued jailing, torturing, and killing of Falun Gong practitioners, along with the illegal harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners organs, highlights the necessity of U.S. and international pressure on the Peoples Republic of China to end these human rights abuses, said Sen. Menendez. The Falun Gong practitioners, along with all Chinese people, deserve the freedom to worship in whatever manner they choose. I will continue to spearhead this important issue and work with my colleagues to ensure that the U.S. government is vocal about the need for these human rights abuses to end in China.

Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) is a Chinese spiritual discipline founded by Li Hongzhi in 1992 that consists of spiritual and moral teachings, meditation and exercise. Since 1999, hundreds of Falun Gong adherents have allegedly died in custody from torture, abuse and neglect. In 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Council recommended that China end its persecution of religious minorities, including Falun Gong practitioners.

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