The national security law imposed by the Chinese Communist regime in Hong Kong is targeting a new group of victims, in this case, the practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline.

On Wednesday, July 7, pro-Beijing lawmakers accused Falun Gong of violating the national security law, an accusation that a local leader of the discipline emphatically denied, according to the South China Morning Post, a well-known Hong Kong-based newspaper.

Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung told lawmakers during a Legislative Council session: “National security is a top priority. There have been different accusations concerning whether the Falun Gong has violated the national security law.”

“We will look into it thoroughly, but we will not comment on individual cases now. If there is enough evidence, we will use our power to freeze the funds of illegal organisations,” he added.

One of the legislators who raised the debate was Elizabeth Quat of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Advancement of Hong Kong (DAB), who opined that “outside forces” were making use of ‘religious groups’ and pressed Tang to comment on whether the government had considered banning Falun Gong in the city.

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is a discipline of the Buddha School based on 3 universal principles: Truth, Benevolence, and Tolerance that raises moral standards and includes 4 exercises and a meditation that are done freely in parks. Its diffusion originated in China, and the parks were full of people practicing the discipline until it was banned in 1999.

From that moment on, a campaign of defamation and persecution of the discipline began, initiated by the former leader of the Chinese communist regime, Jiang Zemin. The persecution continues to this day, as Jiang’s faction still controls the repressive apparatus in China. This persecution also extends abroad, especially to Hong Kong, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is very influential.

For her part, Liang Zhen, president of the Hong Kong Falun Dafa Association, called on the government to respect religious freedom in the city, according to scmp.

She also called the lawmakers’ attacks against her group “completely unfair.”

“We are lawful citizens and believers, and we do not hope to see the suppression of our group spread from the mainland to the city,” she said, adding that the organisation had stopped all protests and gatherings in accordance with pandemic-related restrictions.

Falun Dafa practitioners in Hong Kong do the exercises together in 2018 (Minghui.org).

Persecution and genocide

Falun Dafa practitioners in China, who have an estimated 100 million supporters, have been the main victims of the crime of forced organ harvesting, according to the website Minghui.org.

Since 2000, despite having no organ donation system, the number of organ transplants has inexplicably skyrocketed in mainland China.

According to estimates by the authors of the “Bloody Harvest” report, the Chinese regime performed around 100,000 transplants of vital organs such as corneas, livers, hearts, lungs, kidneys, etc.

This crime has been condemned all over the world, even from the houses of representatives resolutions have been issued for the Chinese regime to immediately stop this practice.

National Security Law in Hong Kong

This law imposed by the CCP allows the authorities to apprehend suspects from Hong Kong and try them in Mainland China, where it is known to be a dictatorship and there are no transparent legal processes.

Moreover, this law, which came into force on June 30, 2020, provides for creating a kind of “secret police,” acting directly under the orders of the CCP, placing the territory under the same authoritarian rules as Mainland China.

The law defines as punishable offenses: “secession, subversion, organization and perpetration of terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security.”

After the former British colony came under the rule of the Chinese regime in 1997, in the so-called “one country, two systems,” pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have long-held numerous demonstrations, complaining about the loss of freedoms and warning of surveillance in the city by the Beijing authorities.

These complaints of encroachment on civil liberties have increased since the enactment of the National Security Law in 2020. Many pro-democracy activists have been arrested under that law, and they are now going after religious groups.