Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a press release on Thursday, Dec. 10 in which he sanctioned Huang Yuanxiong, an official of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), for being involved in the brutal persecution of the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong since 1999.

Following the State Department’s press release, it announced the “designation” of Huang and his immediate family, for their involvement in “grave human rights violations” against Falun Gong practitioners, using Section 7031 of the Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act.

Section 7031(c) provides that in cases where the secretary of state has credible information that foreign government officials have been involved in a serious human rights violation or significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members must be publicly or privately designated and are not eligible to enter the United States, among other penalties.

Huang serves as head of the Wucun Police Department in Xiamen City, Fujian Province. The restriction also applies to Huang’s wife.

With the sanction applied, the United States prohibits Huang from entering the country, in addition to blocking his financial assets and property under U.S. jurisdiction. 

According to Pompeo, “Huang is associated with particularly severe violations of religious freedom of Falun Gong practitioners, namely his involvement in the detention and interrogation of Falun Gong practitioners for practicing their beliefs.”

The sanction, applied on International Human Rights Day, marks the first time the United States has punished a CCP official for his role in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

In its message, the Trump administration, represented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said, “The world cannot stand idly by as the PRC government [the CCP] perpetrates horrific and systematic abuses against people in China, including violating the internationally recognized right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief.”

Persecution of Falun Dafa

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is n ancient Chinese spiritual discipline. Because of its effects on health and its spiritual responses, Falun Dafa became very popular during its public dissemination in China between 1992 and 1999. By early 1999, there were an estimated 70 million to 100 million practitioners in China.

On July 20, 1999, CCP leader Jiang Zemin ordered the regime to eradicate Falun Dafa within three months. From that day forward, a brutal persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners began, which continues to this day even outside of China. 

The persecution of Falun Gong is an atheistic campaign ordered by the Chinese Communist Party, and led by the 610 Office, a special extrajudicial task force created specifically to exterminate Falun Dafa practitioners.

The campaign focuses on the implementation of a system of atheistic propaganda and smear campaigns against Falun Dafa, a program of ideological conversion and forced re-education, and a variety of illegal coercive measures, including arbitrary detention, forced labor, physical torture, forced removal of organs, and death.

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