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Record #: R2016-547   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/20/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Human Relations
Final action:
Title: Expression of support for peaceful practice of Falun Gong in People's Republic of China
Sponsors: Willie B. Cochran
Topic: CITY COUNCIL - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. R2016-547.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Resolution calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners

WHEREAS, Falun Gong is a traditional, peaceful and nonviolent form of personal belief that includes exercise and meditation; and

WHEREAS, Falun Gong has tens of millions of adherents in China, the United States, and over 55 countries around the world; and

WHEREAS, with the goal of self-improvement, people who engage in Falun Gong practice meditative exercises while striving to live in accordance with the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance; and

WHEREAS, Falun Gong is considered to be a form of spiritual exercise that draws energy to the body in order to maintain health and a peaceful approach to life; and

WHEREAS, Since its introduction in China in 1992 by its founder, Li Hongzhi, Falun Gong has grown in popularity and is now followed by people of all social backgrounds, races, religions, and age groups; and

WHEREAS, ln July 1999, China's former president launched a campaign to eradicate Falun Gong, leading to the detention and torture of hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners because of their beliefs; and

WHEREAS, Some of the detained Falun Gong members have been inappropriately charged with political offenses, such as violations of China's vague "Official State Secrets" law, and under the new legislation Falun Gong adherents are chargeable with such offenses as murder, fraud, endangering national security for no reason other than their personal beliefs; and

WHERE AS, the number of organ transplant operations in China has increased by more than 500 percent within 5 years after 1999, directly corresponding with the launch of the campaign to eradicate Falun Gong and the increase in imprisonment; and

WHEREAS, this increase in organ transplants is not attributable to an overall public organ donation system or other publicly-recognized organ donation source. The People's Republic of China has not offered any explanation for the sudden increase in donor orga...

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