President Joe Biden’s administration has called on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to “immediately cease” its satanic campaign to persecute Falun Gong, a peaceful meditation practice starting in China and now becoming popular worldwide, including in the United States.
The call was made by U.S. State Department on eve of the 22nd anniversary of the start of the CCP’s oppression against Falun Gong.
“Tomorrow, we recognize 22 years since the People’s Republic of China launched a campaign of repression against the Falun Gong movement and its millions of practitioners, advocates, and the human rights defenders working to protect their rights,” the department’s Spokesperson Ned Price said in a daily press briefing on Monday, July 19.
“Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners face detention, harassment and reported torture and abuse each year for simply refusing” their beliefs.
“We call on the PRC to immediately cease its campaign against Falun Gong practitioners and released those imprisoned due to their beliefs,” Price added.
The Biden administration continued to follow the Trump administration in denouncing the CCP’s vicious treatments toward the faiths. Round one year ago, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also urged the CCP-led government “to immediately end its depraved abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners.”
“Twenty-one years of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is far too long, and it must end,” Pompeo said at that time.
The persecution of Falun Gong has been one of the harshest campaigns against a faith group in modern times. Since July 1999, millions of Falun Gong practitioners in China have been arbitrarily arrested and jailed without due process and many have been tortured and even killed.
Since the beginning of 2021, the CCP sentenced to prison 667 Falun Gong principles who practice based on principles of truth, compassion, and tolerance, according to the New York-based Falun Dafa Information Center.
Before the persecution, Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, attracted around 100 million practitioners in China alone. The then-CCP Secretary General Jiang Zemin, a Marxist atheist, started the campaign to repress the Falun Gong practitioners on July 20, 1999. It has continued up until today.