Falun Gong

On Thursday, January 12th, 2012 in Get Involved

Every person is entitled to the peaceful practice of his or her religion without fear of persecution. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) banned the practice of Falun Gong in 1999, using tactics employed against peaceful Falun practitioners including imprisonment, forced labour, torture, murder, Orwellian indoctrination and even allegations of live organ extraction.

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We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of the Crown for Foreign Affairs to impress the importance of universal human rights declarations as an international norm upon the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC). persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners, and we request that the Minister of the Crown for Citizenship and Immigration list the PRC as a refugee Source Country, thereby allowing swifter accommodation for those fleeing its persecution.

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  • Sandra K

    I totally agree that people shouldn’t be persecuted for any reason. But as an atheist, I will not support religion of any kind. Organized religion leads to indoctrination, killing, oppression of women, children, gay/lesbian/transgenderd people, and prevents children from receiving a proper education. Even in Canada.

    • http://twitter.com/Chrisx1987 Christina Larsson

      Um… you should look up Falun Gong on wikipedia. As far as religions go, it’s actually pretty good. Put it this way: my dad’s an atheist and I was raised as such. He didn’t mind when I practiced Wicca, but I broke his heart when I became Christian. He doesn’t oppose Falun Gong. He just wouldn’t practise it. I am Christian, but I support religious freedom so long as said religion does not hurt anyone, and Falun Gong is a very peaceful faith, based on moral principles and betterment of health.

    • Lynn Montague

      you don’t need to support religion, and you are free to have your opinions on religion, but can you agree that it is wrong to persecute a person or group because of their beliefs? In addition, Falun Gong is not really a religion in the strict sense of the word. Their tenets come from Buddhism.

  • Mike

    American officials from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. consulate in Shenyang visited the area as well as the hospital site on two occasions — the first time unannounced and the second with the cooperation of PRC officials — and after investigating the facility “found no evidence that the site is being used for any function other than as a normal public hospital.” US State Department Report May25, 2006.

    Elizabeth, Falun Gong is lying to you! They are however excellent lobbyist. Please take the time to research before support a group that is a known cult:

    • Mathew

      Sorry but there have been far more reports from credible people with the UN torture investigations that found plenty of evidence of organ theft on a massive scale, let alone the massive persecution and suppression of the practicers of Falun Gong. The Communist Party first allowed it because of its passive and peaceful nature, but then crimilnalized it because it did not promote loyalty to the Party. That’s when the persecution started. Now the words Falun Gong are banned on Chinese media just as the words Tiannamen Square. So one has to wonder – are you perhaps underestimating the reach and power of the Communist Party of China? Are you sure that is who you trust to provide information on this group? I personally recall the CBC documentary which was pulled from view only hours before showing because of intervention from the Communist state – in OUR media. You can look all this up. Please do.

    • sheila

      Mike…if you are going to call Elizabeth a liar, please get off this page. She certainly doesn’t deserve such an insult

      • Uda

        Where exactly did he call her a liar? He said she was being lied to. There’s a difference. You don’t have to believe him, but he’s hardly insulting anyone.

        • Marvin Gui

          The communist website fact.cn Mike provided are only lies. wikipedia editors commented – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard/Archive_128#facts.org.cn_and_Falun_Gong
          : ““facts.org.cn appears to be an unedited news-aggregator run by a political organisation. There are no named editors in the English version, and the site lacks an “About” page despite the site’s producers being broadly familiar with English language expectations (cf: “FAQ”). As an unedited aggregation, do not use. Original copies (ie: unaggregated material) may in itself be reliable, if found at the original source of the material, and if reliably published itself. Don’t use facts.org.cn—not because it is critical, but because it is unedited and thus can’t have a reputation of fact-checking.””

          “Note that it appears to be an arm of the China Association of Cultic Studies, a government-affiliated organization set up after the crackdown against Falun Gong got underway in order to slander the practice and incite hatred towards its members inside China (NB: political slander in the context of a campaign of violent physical repression is different to simply “critical” content). A more detailed discussion of the state’s campaign is over at Persecution of Falun Gong, the above is just what I glean from a scan of the sources. “

    • Marvin Gui

      Continue to Mike’s quote, the same US government document http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/67820.pdf said “In April 2006, 81 U.S. Members of Congress reportedly co-signed
      a letter written by Representative Dana Rohrabacher to President Bush expressing
      serious concerns over organ harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners in China.”

      So those US officials did not see sufficient evidence in April 2006 – several week after the organ harvesting was disclosed. The document does not hint the allegation is a lie.

      In fact, by July 2014, 245 US congressmen and congresswomen cosponsored H.Res.281 https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-resolution/281, which says: “Expressing concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience, in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their religious beliefs, and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”

    • Dave

      If practioners are giving money or goods to a leader, then it is not a good thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.blanes.10 Alan Blanes

    There is a lot of good happening in China – and getting the CPC to take a civilized and understanding position on religions and Falun Gong would be a major sign of headway. This should be encouraged at all times.

  • http://twitter.com/bothandeach Johnalbert Eadie

    Yes, the CPC badly needs some criticism. Tibet also!

  • PatH

    Please show the world your humanity by allowing your citizens to practice whatever religion that causes no harm.

  • Andrew Daniels

    Falun Gong has been demonized by the Chinese government and Chinese media unfairly. The CPC feels threatened by such a big organization — more people are members of Falun Gong then members of the Communist Party. What they have done to Falun Gong is appalling.

  • http://twitter.com/CharmaineMillot Charmaine Millott

    I am a Falun Gong practitioner from Canada and was born in Canada. I have received threatening phone calls and interference with emails from the CCP. My friend was the first lawyer to defend Falun Gong in China and he is now in Canada on a political asylum and protected persons status. All of us are innocent peaceful people and we do not do any of those things that the CCP accuse us of. All we want to do is live peacefully and help others to do so too.

  • mdouble

    Basic human rights are critically important to the advancement of civilization. Suppression of individuals to follow the dictates of their won conscience is fundamental to our capacity to undertake important works which are essential to the survival of humans on the planet. Those who work for the betterment of themselves, as advocates of peace are not a threat to anyone. Any such activities which tend to strengthen communities and encourage moral behaviour should be rewarded, not punished.

  • Garry

    If civilian population in China is so poorly treated, please explain WHY practically everything you see in OUR stores have a “MADE IN CHINA” tag on it? It is as if Canada supports what is going on there!?

  • Don G

    I am an atheist. Many of my friends are religious. I vow to respect their freedoms with the understanding that they will respect mine. I feel the same about people I do not know personally, including practitioners of Falun Gong/Dafa. I also endorse the statements of another person I have never met but already respect, mdouble.

  • Marie

    A flight I operated from Taiwan to Canada about ten years ago as a crew member is one i will never forget. The majority of our passengers that day were Canadian and American Falun Gong followers. You can spot them easily with their yellow Tshirts. They had been at ceremonies in Taiwan where the religion is not persecuted. It was a most peaceful flight. They were the mosst lovely passengers ever. Most of them spent the long hours of the flight in meditation …
    I will never forget them ans will support them anyway i can.

  • Christina Roberts

    China doesn’t seem to have any respect for any religion, people, animals ( birds or insects included), the rivers, streams, lakes, oceans, the air, the mountains, the deserts or any part of the environment, including outer-space……what makes anyone think that the nations of the world can influence them about anything. They are subhumans, who think they are superior humans and can control the world .

  • Lyle Weis

    Does this government not see the irony of courting business with China, a country which condones this affront to human dignity? Mr. Harper, stand up for democracy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.rasmussen Nicole Rasmussen

    I first met the Falun Gong at our Multicultural Festival here in Kitchener Waterloo. I was drawn to them by the strains of their tranquil lilting music. They gave me a copy and I listen to it often. I used it for patients with dementia, and they found it calming, too. One of our Physicians heard it and thought that it would work well for calming and meditation for his patiients, who complain of stress. So this gentle and peaceful gift continued to give, and give. Such lovely and gentle people. I am glad to have you in our country. Nicole Rasmussen

  • Heather Erickson

    I am not a practicing member of any religion but eveyone should have the right to worship in their own way providing it does not encroach on the rights of others.

  • Myrna Reid

    PLEASE!!All we are asking is “Give Peace a Chance”John Lennon and Yoko Ono asked this same thing a few years back.The World unfortunately,did not listen! It seems they are much too busy fighting for control which is the beginning of all wars.Our forefathers fought long and hard for the freedoms which we enjoy today.All of humanity should have these same freedoms.This planet will not be here forever,we are just a “Pale Blue Dot”in one small galaxy in the vast expanse of the universe.Please lets treat each other more kindly while we are living on it together.No one should have the right to control another one.

  • Gasper Jack

    When something is feared and persecuted it is singled out to be put to death. We all are free and any religion should be given the same respect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/garry.macleod Garry MacLeod

    The fact that we now have a federal government that prefers to overlook crucial issues such as human rights and environmental protection proves just how un-Canadian this government is!

  • karent

    Human right issues affect us all. We the people on this planet suffer when anyoneof us suffer. EEnvironmental issues are also human Rights issues as every man, women and child deserve the right to clean, safe water and organic safe food to eat!

  • Gail

    How can the individuals in the Chinese government regime be so uncaring toward humanity? What justification can there be?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Deacon/100001044704313 John Deacon

    In appealing for the respect of universal human rights in China, it reinforces the imperative to apply pressure on our own government to respect universal human rights here in Canada as they pertain to First Nations people, refugees to Canada and those without housing.

  • RCrandall

    Abusing the basic human rights of a peaceful group of people whose religion teaches against the infantilizing drives instilled in us by abject materialism. And we’ve just accepted a trade treaty that encourages this. This is appalling and disgusting.

  • gaia

    whatever , Freedom is a basic liberty that must be upheld…

  • Stuart Meade, Vernon, B.C.

    Even without a ‘trade deal’, the Chinese have threatened trade in an attempt to influence our policies and practices with respect to the Falun Gong, the Dalai Lama, and Tibet.
    Threaten Canadian trade and the Canadian business community is mobilized to advocate on behalf of the country making the threat. The Americans have artfully exploited this little Canadianism, at the very least, since the Free Trade deal. And as events noted above illustrate, this has not been lost on the Chinese.
    The U.S. has successsfully used this tactic to influence our policy on marijuana, employment requirements for Canadians working in Canada, the ability of Canadians to fly internationally, and our entry in a border security Pact that subjugates Canadian sovereignty and imposes U.S. control on matters formerly decided by the people of Canada, to name but a few.
    Arguably the most egregious example is the imposition of the Transportation Security Clearance (T.S.C.) on Canadian workers by the previous minority Conservative government, with Liberal assistance. To whom it will apply is something of a discretionary work in progress at this point. Fully implemented, it will apply to well over a million transportation and warehouse workers in this country.
    Labour law, human rights law, and privacy law, as well as Charter guarantees are rendered moot by secret regulations. These secret regulations prevent court access by restricting a worker’s ability to demonstrate to a court that they have been wronged, and by whom, much in the same manner that the American ‘no fly’ list succeeds.
    Where a T.S.C. is deemed to be required, a current worker or a job applicant must authorize an ill-defined joint American/Canadian police unit to conduct an unlimited investigation into themselves, family, friends, and associates. This is not optional!! Those failing the secret requirements are deemed a ‘security threat’. The details of the circumstances founding said threat are secret also.
    What is quite clear though is that the requirements are dictated by the U.S. We know that, at the very minimum, they mirror the requirements for a Fast Card. (Note that a Fast Card is limited to use as a tool primarily for commercial drivers to gain entry to the U.S.) The information gathered on Canadians during the investigation process is in the possession of the U.S. through the joint participation portal. Under these circumstances it would be extremely naive to ever think that the U.S. would not enter anyone deemed a ‘security threat” onto its various lists. You can bet the rent on it actually.
    To be clear, it’s the Americans that are calling the shots on this, right down to deeming someone to be a security threat. –And rightly so some might say. The war on terror and all that! However the requirements, for the little that we know of them, are about drugs, criminality, police involvement, and also included are the general requirements to enter the U.S. It difficult to find legitimate terrorist concerns underlying such requirements. Expansionist U.S law enforcement agendas are much more suspect in this regard.
    These trade deals and the collateral issues that they provoke such as detailed in this post are a serious threat to our country and the rights of every one of us, including the right to equality within our democratic process; …Ever more so trade deals with a brutal communist dictatorship. The Chinese are every bit and more the focused and self interested state that the Americans are.
    We need to fully air the requirements of these trade deals and the attendant collateral issues, and then put them to public referendum. Business and their shills in government are all too ready to bargain away our rights and freedoms. Canada belongs to all of us, not just the “movers and shakers”.

  • Mathew

    On the day the new Office of Religious Freedom opened I wrote a letter to my Conservative MP Mr.Lunney concerning Falun Dafa/Falun Gong practitioners and was assured by him that his party takes the issue of their persecution very seriously. However no mention has been made by their party in parliament as far as I am aware, and certainly no movement towards tying trade with human rights. Access to our resources surely should only be given to countries with good human rights records and a commitment to global health, not to these monsters.
    Thank you Ms May for your continued support for these issues.

  • http://www.chantallunardi.ca/ Chantal Lunardi

    I wouldn’t do business with a country who is at war with everything I believe in: human rights for all (women, men, indigenous people, children…), respect of minorities and peaceful expressions of their beliefs, environment and food safety/security/sustainability…

  • Nadine C. Erickson

    Article 3 of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS states that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
    Article 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

  • Robin Chen

    I am a Falun Gong practitioner from China. Falun Gong benifets people with practicing 5 set of graceful and gentle excercises, additionally guides people with the principle of Truth, Compansion, Tolorance. I have been benifeted from Falun Gong so much.

    I used to had sever epylepsi disease for many years, after practiced Falun Gong for half year, I was cured completedly, till today 15 years without any code, fever and other problems with me. Also I became mercy, peaceful and helpful to anybody I meet. My body and mind have been purefied completed by practicing of Falun Gong, I am so proud to say I became another person than before.

    In Dec of 2000, I was detained for 16 days by Chinese Government due to telling the truth of Falun Gong by distruibuting truth flyers to brain-washed Chinse people. Also in 2002 and 2003 I was fired twice by my companies for telling truth colleague the truth of Falun Gong.

    Moreover, arround me, two of my aunts were detained for one time of over one month or more times due to distributing Falun Gong truth in China. Another aunt and my mother-in-law were detained for about one month just due to reading Falun Gong book at a Falun Gong practitioner’s home.

    One name-unknown Falun Gong practitioner who was living in the town of my mother-in-law, was shot to death by policemen when he tried to escape from police’s kidnap.

    The persecution of Falun Gong must stop now with everyone’s help!

    Thank you.

    Robin Chen

  • lin Chen

    Thanks so much, some party member in Alberta bring this to the public! you know what? I experienced some crazy things in Calgary, in Canada. I work for Epoch Times, just because this Canadian newspaper releases some true stories about what happen about Falungong Group in China. One of my clients who advising in our newspaper even got some threaten from Chinese website BBS locally. He is so scared! And he dare not to continue the ad contract. Could you image it happened in Canada?! Like there is a big gang in Calgary whose name is Chinese Communism Party. We must stop it. I feel the CCP even want to control Calgary Chinatown. If we ignore Falun Gong issue now, maybe next time it is you be persecuted.

  • Wally Speckert

    I wish we could also get the Canadian Government to speak out against persecution of Christians in middle eastern / North African countries too.

  • Brian Boru

    It’s unfortunate a huge counrty like China can be intimidated by afew Falun Gong sympathizers & practioners….it just goes to show the reality of the David & Goliath situations…i suppose….what other reason would cause such misery to the real TRUTH SEEKERS & Foolowers of The Eternal Pathways to Heaven Above…..?

  • fakeasfuck

    falun gong an hateful anti-china government lying cults

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