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LETTER: Lawmakers called out China for human rights abuses

LETTER: Lawmakers called out China for human rights abuses

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Virginia lawmakers called out China for

human rights abuses

It was a rare and welcome occasion in late July when 49 Democrat and Republican lawmakers from Virginia came together to speak in unison. Their letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked for “forceful and sustained action by the United States” to help end the 21-year-long persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party.

This ruthless campaign has included not only horrific torture, but also the non-consensual organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.

Falun Gong is a spiritual discipline whose main tenet is the practice of virtue. The CCP, however, has never trusted anything it could not control, particularly if it did not require unquestioned loyalty to the party.

The CCP has brutally persecuted Falun Gong practitioners since 1999, and details can be found in numerous issues of the Annual Report of the U.S, Commission on International Religious Freedom.

A number of survivors of the persecution reside in the commonwealth, and Falun Gong practitioners have reported being surveilled and harassed by the CCP right here in Virginia.

Special thanks to the legislators from Fredericksburg and surrounding areas who signed the letter: Senator Scott Surovell and Delegates Mark Cole, Hyland “Buddy” Fowler, Nick Freitas, John McGuire, and Michael Webert.

I applaud the 49 Virginia legislators for supporting human rights and religious freedom and for calling out the CCP for its atrocities. I hope that a recognition of our common humanity will be the basis for further unity among our elected officials as well as all people on our planet.

Jim Giragosian

Catharpin

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