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It's not every day that a person has an opportunity to help turn back the tides of human rights abuses with a stroke of a pen.

Minnesota’s senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith have that chance if they cosponsor S. Res. 220, a U.S. Senate resolution that is “Expressing solidarity with Falun Gong practitioners who have lost lives, freedoms, and rights for adhering to their beliefs and practices and condemning the practice of non-consenting organ harvesting.”

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a meditative, spiritual practice with a goal to improve oneself according to the principles of truth, compassion and forbearance. It was publicly introduced in 1992 and quickly began the most popular form of “Qigong” in China, with estimates of 70 million practitioners in the late 1990s.

The spiritual nature and popularity of Falun Gong led to a state policy of persecution which was implemented on July 20, 1999. Even though Falun Gong has no political motive or affiliation, the Chinese Communist Party has targeted the practice for eradication.

A 2017 Freedom House report, The Battle for China’s Spirit, Falun Gong, states, “Available evidence suggests that forced extraction of organs from Falun Gong detainees for sale in transplant operations has occurred on a large scale and may be continuing.”

Cold Genocide: Falun Gong in China, a recent article appearing in Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal concludes, “The genocide against the Falun Gong, on account of its scale, cruelty and sophistication, is a preeminent human rights disaster of the 21st century.”

The CCP’s violent campaign against Falun Gong is not widely understood or even known about generally. There are Minnesota residents who have been persecuted directly or have witnessed the persecution of family and friends. For these reasons I hoping that my fellow Shakopee residents will contact Senators Klobuchar and Smith an encourage their support for S. Res. 220.

James Battaglini

Shakopee

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