Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Government of the People"s Republic of China should stop its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
Whereas Falun Gong is a peaceful and nonviolent form of religious belief and practice with millions of adherents in China andelsewhere;
Whereas the Government of the People"s Republic of China has forbidden Falun Gong practitioners to practice their faith;
Whereas this prohibition violates China"s own Constitution as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rightsand the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
Whereas there are many credible reports of torture and other cruel degrading and inhuman treatment of detained Falun Gongpractitioners, including a report that a 42-year-old woman, Zhao Jinhua, was tortured to death by Chinese government officials;
Whereas the People"s Republic of China has enacted new criminal legislation that the government"s official newspaper hailed asa "powerful new weapon to smash evil cultist organizations, especially Falun Gong";
Whereas some of the detained Falun Gong members have been charged with political offenses, such as violations of China"s vague "official state secrets" law, and under the new legislation Falun Gong practitioners will be chargeable with such offensesas murder, fraud, and endangering national security;
Whereas other Falun Gong members have been sentenced to labor camps, apparently under administrative proceduresallowing such sentences without trail;
Whereas Chinese authorities in recent months have reportedly confiscated, burned, or otherwise destroyed millions of FalunGong books and tapes;
Whereas thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in China have lost their jobs and students have been expelled from schools forrefusing to give up their beliefs;
Whereas the brutal crackdown by the Chinese government on Falun Gong is in direct violation of the fundamental human rightsto freedom of religious belief and practice, expression, and assembly: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Representatives(the Senates Concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that --
(1) the Government of the People"s Republic of China should stop persecuting Falun Gong practitioners and other religiousbelievers;
(2) the Government of the United States should use every appropriate public and private forum, including but not limited to theUnited Nations Human Rights Commission, to urge the Government of the People"s Republic of China --
(a) to release from detention all Falun Gong practitioners and put an immediate end to the practices of torture and other cruel,inhuman and degrading treatment against them and other prisoners of conscience;
(b) to allow Falun Gong practitioners to pursue their religious beliefs in accordance with Article 36 of the Constitution of the People"s Republic of China; and
(c) to abide by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.