628 lawmakers from 32 countries and across party lines have issued a joint statement calling on
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to immediately stop the “systematic and brutal campaign
to ‘eradicate’ the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong.”
“The persecution of Falun Gong in China has been one of the harshest campaigns against a
faith group in modern times,” says the joint statement. “We … urge the Chinese government to
respect international norms and … to immediately stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China,
and to unconditionally release all detained Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of
The joint statement is an unprecedented effort by parliamentarians who hail from across the
political spectrum to condemn injustices committed by the CCP against Falun Gong.
The joint international statement notes that Falun Gong is an ancient Chinese meditation
practice based on the three principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. It is
beneficial for both physical health and moral improvement.
But then leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Jiang Zemin, was afraid of Falun Gong, which
had hundreds of millions of practitioners. “Since July 1999, millions of Falun Gong practitioners
in China have been arbitrarily arrested and jailed without due process and many have been
tortured and even killed.”
Under the initiative of Peter Kent and Judy Sgro, the co-chairs of Friends of Falun Gong in the
Canadian Parliament, more than 60 federal members co-signed the joint statement.
The joint international statement notes past resolutions from the European Parliament, United
Nation, Human right organizations and U.S. Congress condemning the persecution of Falun
Gong, while referencing a 2019 Independent Tribunal in the United Kingdom, that found that
“forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale
and that Falun Gong practitioners have been one—and probably the main—source of organ
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