July 20, 1999 has to be one of the darkest days in China’s history. On that day, the peaceful exercise and meditation practice known as Falun Gong was outlawed in China. Leading the efforts of this persecution was Jiang Zemin, the Communist party leader at the time. Falun Gong practitioners strive to live by the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. Why would any government want to criminalize people who wanted to follow high moral principles and become more physically fit?
One main reason was it was becoming too popular, and Jiang Zemin was jealous. There were more people practicing Falun Gong than there were members of the Communist party. He created the 610 Office, whose sole purpose was to carry out the persecution. Practitioners were arrested and their books were burned. They were hauled off to jails, detention centers, and forced labor camps where they were tortured in order to re-educate them.
In 2006, investigators found that besides torture, Falun Gong practitioners were being killed for their organs, which were sold for transplantation. This is what is still happening in China today. What can we do as citizens of the U.S. to help end these terrible crimes against humanity? We can talk to our congressmen.
At this time, there is House Resolution 281 that addresses organ harvesting of Falun Gong and other ethnic and religious groups in China. HR 281 is currently in the Foreign Affairs Committee, waiting to be voted
on. Go online and read the resolution, and then write your representatives and ask them to vote for the resolution.
At the very least, we should not be sending U.S. citizens to China for organ transplantation, where wait times are as little as two weeks. It is very likely a living person will be killed for the organ. Please play a role in helping to stop this vicious crime that is government-sanctioned in China.