An executive department that advises the president on foreign affairs will punish anyone who infringes on the civil liberties of vulnerable Americans.
The U.S. Department of State will penalize the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the decades-long persecution of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) adherents and other sickening human rights violations.
The department will work with global allies to economically isolate the CCP and force it to stop arbitrarily arresting, torturing, and removing organs resulting in death.
“The United States is committed to working with its allies and partners to hold the perpetrators of these abhorrent acts accountable,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center website.
U.S. officials also want Chinese communist leaders to stop confiscating and destroying Falun Gong books and immediately cease pedaling state propaganda that defames the peaceful practice.
“One way to do that is by working with the U.S. Congress, which has passed laws providing new authorities to sanction human rights violators, things like the Global Magnitsky Act, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, other pieces of important legislation, and continues to demonstrate a bipartisan commitment to promoting human rights,” Blinken said.
The department recently released a 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices that details many forms of human rights abuse directed towards Falun Gong practitioners, lawyers, and other sympathizers who have suffered in the past 21 years.
Acclaimed Kailuan No. 10 High School teacher Bian Lichao received a 12-year jail sentence in 2012 and was sent to Shijiazhuang Prison. His only crime was doing standing and sitting meditation exercises and behaving honestly, kindly, and patiently in daily life.
“Activists and some organizations continued to accuse the government of forcibly harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience, including religious and spiritual adherents such as Falun Gong practitioners and Muslim detainees in Xinjiang,” the report said.
Victims have also reported an authoritarian style of intimidation to prevent public demonstrations and free speech even though these are guaranteed in the country’s constitution.
“Forms of administrative detention included compulsory drug rehabilitation treatment (for drug users,) ‘custody and training’ (for minor criminal offenders,) and ‘legal education’ centers for political activists and religious adherents, particularly Falun Gong practitioners,” the report said.
Lawyers who speak on behalf of Falun Gong adherents face losing their license to practice law at the hands of the CCP-controlled All China Lawyers Association. High-profile Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng has been tortured, kidnapped, and even reported missing since 2017.
“In May , Nanning authorities tried Qin Yongpei behind closed doors, not allowing his lawyer to attend; as of December there was no update on the trial’s outcome,” the report said. “[This was because] Qin had worked on several human rights cases, including … Falun Gong practitioners.”
The report was released ahead of the 22nd anniversary of Falun Gong’s peaceful appeal outside of the Zhongnanhai CCP central headquarters in Beijing, China.
On April 25, 1999, more than 10,000 Falun Gong supporters stood quietly outside the State Council’s appeals office to ask authorities to release Falun Gong adherents who Tianjin public security officers had arrested earlier. Then Premier Zhu Rongji was so moved by the solemn gathering that he quickly met with some volunteers and resolved the matter.
The group requested the following:
- release the Falun Gong practitioners who were arrested in Tianjin
- give Falun Gong practitioners a loose and relaxed cultivation environment
- allow Falun Gong books to be published.
However, Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin seized on this so-called “April 25th Incident” to wrongly accuse Falun Gong of conspiring with foreign forces and senior CCP insiders. According to the Falun Dafa Information Center website, Jiang provided no corroborating evidence before launching the persecution of Falun Gong about three months after.
The two-decade human rights crisis has caused at least 4,363 known Falun Gong adherents to be persecuted to death, with “tens of thousands more [cases] to be confirmed,” according to the latest data collected by the Minghui website. The CCP’s policy to cremate the dead bodies of victims without asking permission from family members has only added to the difficulty in ascertaining exactly how many Falun Gong adherents have been persecuted to death since 1999.