Recently introduced in the U.S. Senate is resolution S. Res. 274. It states: “Expressing solidarity with Falun Gong practitioners who have lost lives, freedoms, and other rights for adhering to their beliefs and practices, and condemning the practice of non-consenting organ harvesting, and for other purposes”. I am writing in hopes that Minnesota’s Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith will co-sponsor this resolution.

Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), is a peaceful qigong practice that focuses on self-improvement or “self-cultivation”; becoming a better person by cultivating both mind and body. Its foundation is based on the core principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. The practice emphasizes the improvement of moral character along with five gentle exercises that improve health and wellbeing.

Falun Gong was publicly introduced in China in 1992 and quickly grew in popularity. By the late 1990’s there were an estimated 70-100 million people practicing. It became the most popular practice of its kind, being spread mostly by word of mouth. Due to its rapid growth and popularity along with its spiritual nature, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders viewed Falun Gong as a threat to their power.

On July 20, 1999 the CCP launched a violent campaign to eradicate Falun Gong. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been arrested, illegally detained, tortured, and sent to slave labor camps and detention centers.

A 2017 Freedom House report, The Battle for China’s Spirit: Falun Gong states: “Available evidence suggests that forced extraction of organs from Falun Gong detainees for sale in transplant operations has occurred on a large scale and may be continuing.”

In recent months Sir Geoffrey Nice, former lead the prosecutor of Slobodan Milošević, chaired an independent tribunal investigating forced organ harvesting in China. The “China Tribunal” concluded on June 17 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 supply.”

While the persecution of Christians and Tibetans in China is widely known about, the gross human rights violations against Falun Gong, which have persisted for 20 years, remain largely unknown. Gaining support for S. Res. 274 will create greater awareness of this situation and will hopefully bring the persecution one step closer to its end. I am hoping that readers will contact our Senators and urge them to cosign S. Res. 274. For more information, please visit https://endtransplantabuse.org/ or Faluninfo.net

Kari Ellefsen

Deer River

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