The State Department unveiled sanctions against a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official for his involvement in the brutal persecution of practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline for more than 20 years. The sanctions are a product of the 2020 annual report on International Religious Freedom produced during President Donald Trump’s administration. 

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued a press release announcing the sanctions against Chinese national Yu Hui, who served as director of the office of the so-called “Central Leadership Group for the Prevention and Treatment of Heretical Religions” in Chengdu, China. 

According to the press release, “Yu Hui is designated for his involvement in gross violations of human rights, namely the arbitrary detention of Falun Gong practitioners for their spiritual beliefs.  Yu Hui and his immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.”

In addition, Blinken announces a commitment that the State Department will continue to consider all appropriate tools to promote accountability for all those responsible for human rights violations and abuses in China and elsewhere.

Such a commitment is still being questioned by human rights advocates in China, knowing that the Biden administration has not yet spoken out with determination, much less taken concrete action against the aberrations carried out by the perverse communist regime. It should be noted that the action mentioned above against Yu Hui is a product of the report presented during the Trump administration.

President Trump has worked tirelessly in defense of religious freedom both in the United States and in the rest of the world, especially in China where the CCP persecutes, imprisons, tortures, and murders millions of believers of different religions and disciplines, such as Catholics, Uighur Muslims, and Falun Gong practitioners.

Incidentally, the sanction against Yu becomes the second Chinese official Washington has punished for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. In December 2020, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sanctioned Huang Yuanxiong, a police chief in Fujian province, for “particularly serious violations of the religious freedom of Falun Gong practitioners.” This designation was made on International Human Rights Day.

Persecution of Falun Dafa

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a spiritual discipline of the Buddha school. Because of its health effects and 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 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 on, a brutal persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners began, which continues to this day even outside of China. 

The persecution of Falun Gong is an atheist campaign ordered by the Chinese Communist Party and led by the 610 Office, a special extra-constitutional task force explicitly created to exterminate Falun Dafa practitioners.

The campaign focuses on implementing 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 organ removal, and death.

The State Department’s recent sanction came just one day before World Falun Dafa Day, May 13, which marks the anniversary of the practice’s introduction to the public 29 years ago and the 70th birthday of Li Hongzhi, its founder.