Text: H.Con.Res.188 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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[Congressional Bills 107th Congress]
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[H. Con. Res. 188 Referred in Senate (RFS)]

  2d Session
H. CON. RES. 188


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             July 25, 2002

      Received and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

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                         CONCURRENT RESOLUTION


 
 Expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of the People's 
     Republic of China should cease its persecution of Falun Gong 
                             practitioners.

Whereas Falun Gong is a peaceful and nonviolent form of personal belief and 
        practice with millions of adherents in the People's Republic of China 
        and elsewhere;
Whereas the Government of the People's Republic of China has forbidden Falun 
        Gong practitioners to practice their beliefs, and has systematically 
        attempted to eradicate the practice and those who follow it;
Whereas this policy violates the Constitution of the People's Republic of China 
        as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and 
        the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
Whereas Jiang Zemin's regime has created notorious government ``610'' offices 
        throughout the People's Republic of China with the special task of 
        overseeing the persecution of Falun Gong members through organized 
        brainwashing, torture, and murder;
Whereas propaganda from state-controlled media in the People's Republic of China 
        has inundated the public in an attempt to breed hatred and 
        discrimination;
Whereas the number of known deaths from torture has reached 422 so far, tens of 
        thousands have been tortured while confined in labor camps, prisons, and 
        mental hospitals, and hundreds of thousands have been forced to attend 
        brainwashing classes;
Whereas official measures have been taken to conceal all atrocities, such as the 
        immediate cremation of victims, the blocking of autopsies, and the false 
        labeling of deaths as from suicide or natural causes;
Whereas women in particular have been the target of numerous forms of sexual 
        violence, including rape, sexual assault, and forced abortion;
Whereas the campaign of persecution has been generated by the Government of the 
        People's Republic of China, is carried out by government officials and 
        police at all levels, and has permeated every segment of society and 
        every level of government in the People's Republic of China; and
Whereas several United States citizens and permanent resident aliens have been 
        subjected to arbitrary detention, imprisoned, and tortured in the 
        People's Republic of China: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), 
That it is the sense of Congress that--
            (1) the Government of the People's Republic of China should 
        cease its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, and its 
        representatives in the United States should cease their 
        harassment of citizens and residents of the United States who 
        practice Falun Gong and cease their attempts to put pressure on 
        officials of State and local governments in the United States 
        to refuse or withdraw support for the Falun Gong and its 
        practitioners;
            (2) the United States Government should use every 
        appropriate public and private forum to urge the Government of 
        the People's Republic of China--
                    (A) to release from detention all Falun Gong 
                practitioners and put an end to the practices of 
                torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading 
                treatment against them and other prisoners of 
                conscience; and
                    (B) to abide by the International Covenant on Civil 
                and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of 
                Human Rights by allowing Falun Gong practitioners to 
                pursue their personal beliefs; and
            (3) the United States Government should investigate 
        allegations of illegal activities in the United States of the 
        Government of the People's Republic of China and its 
        representatives and agents, including allegations of unlawful 
        harassment of United States citizens and residents who practice 
        Falun Gong and of officials of State and local governments in 
        the United States who support Falun Gong, and should take 
        appropriate action, including but not limited to enforcement of 
        the immigration laws, against any such representatives or 
        agents who engage in such illegal activities.

            Passed the House of Representatives July 24, 2002.

            Attest:

                                                 JEFF TRANDAHL,

                                                                 Clerk.