I would like to thank Rep. Denny Rehberg for voting for House Resolution 605, which passed with a landslide vote of 412–1 last week and calls for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. This resolution calls upon the Chinese regime “to immediately cease and desist from its campaign to persecute, intimidate, imprison, and torture Falun Gong practitioners, to immediately abolish the 6-10 office, an extrajudicial security apparatus given the mandate to ‘eradicate’ Falun Gong.” It also expresses sympathy to Falun Gong practitioners and their family members who have suffered persecution, intimidation, imprisonment, torture and even death for the past decade solely because of adherence to their personal beliefs.
Levi Browde, executive director of the Falun Dafa Information Center stated, “It is important not to underestimate the real- world impact that this resolution will have. First, by articulating the official position of the U.S. Congress, a leader in the free world, it sets an example for policymakers around the globe to follow. Second, it will bring meaningful hope to millions suffering persecution and encourage further nonviolent efforts to end abuses. Moreover, its exposure of Communist Party fabrications and assertion of solidarity with the victims will give pause to would-be persecutors.”