Frederick County, Virginia, unanimously passed a resolution on Jan. 27 condemning the persecution and forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China, particularly practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual group.

According to the recent resolution, dozens of residents have come out to express their concerns about the persecution and killing of millions of practitioners of the Falun Gong or Falun Dafa.

The resolution, introduced by District Supervisor L. Graber, is meant to ensure that county residents are “fully informed of the organ source in China before they make the decision to engage in organ tourism in China,” lest they “unwittingly become accomplices in state-sponsored forced organ harvesting,” the resolution stated.

“We strongly condemn the illegal and immoral organ harvesting being conducted at the direction of and under the protection of the Government of the communist People’s Republic of China [CCP],” the official added. 

It was also reported that copies of the resolution will be sent to the county’s representative in the Virginia General Assembly and the Virginia delegation to the Congress.

About 220 Frederick County residents signed a petition requesting that the resolution be published, which was eventually passed unanimously by the local council. 

Falun Gong practitioners have been the target of persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since 1999. According to the Falun Dafa Information Center, millions have been illegally detained in prisons, labor camps, and other facilities of the CCP, where they have been tortured, drugged, forced to renounce their faith, and killed. In recent years, allegations of forced organ removal from practitioners have surfaced.

In December 2020, the Trump administration, always committed to stopping the persecution of minorities, issued a press release in which it sanctioned Huang Yuanxiong, an official belonging to the CCP accused of being involved in the brutal persecution that the Falun Gong spiritual discipline has suffered since 1999.

According to the press release issued by the State Department, the “public designation” of Huang Yuanxiong and his immediate family members for their involvement in “serious human rights violations” against Falun Gong practitioners, used Section 7031 of the Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act.

The sanction, which falls 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.

Persecution of Falun Dafa

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is an ancient Chinese spiritual discipline. Because of its health benefits 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 million to 100 million practitioners in China.

A demonstration in front of the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Nov. 28, 2012, simulating the CCP’s torture and persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and organ harvesting from living practitioners. (minghui.org)

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-judicial task force created specifically to exterminate Falun Dafa practitioners.

The campaign focuses on the implementation of a system of atheist 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.