Woolsey Announces Resolution To Protect Falun Gong
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WOOLSEY ANNOUNCES RESOLUTION TO PROTECT FALUN GONG
Congresswoman Woolsey Website
July 23, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) Tuesday announced that she
will introduce a House Resolution to protect Falun Gong practitioners in
China and the United States, and to expose Chinese government intimidation
of local American officials to rescind their support of Falun Gong. Rep.
Woolsey spoke at the U.S. Capitol on the third anniversary celebration of
the Chinese government officially banning the Falun Gong and promoting
efforts to stop the religious movement. Rep. Woolsey will introduce the
House Resolution tomorrow.
The following is an excerpt from Rep. Woolsey's speech:
"Three years ago the Chinese government began its brutal crackdown against
Falun Gong practitioners. Since then, scores have been killed, thousands
have been imprisoned, and untold numbers have been silenced.
"Shockingly, China's campaign against the Falun Gong has extended here to
the United States. Chinese government officials have pressured American city
and county government leaders to rescind their support of the Falun Gong.
"In a democratic nation that values free speech and freedom of religion,
this action by the Chinese government is unacceptable, so I am introducing a
Congressional Resolution to put an end to it.
"The Resolution I will introduce will expose Chinese efforts to intimidate
local American officials. It will call for an end to the persecution of
Falun Gong members in China, the release of prisoners of conscience held in
Chinese prisons, and urge President Bush to take tough action to prevent the
Chinese government from continuing to strong-arm local officials that
support Falun Gong here in the U.S.
"The Resolution is about defending human rights and democracy. In America,
local officials have every right to support individuals and organizations
that contribute to their local community. I am outraged that a foreign
government would try to interfere with our democratic process.
"Many local leaders have an incentive to appease the Chinese government in
order to continue international trade relationships. But, we must not
abandon our values to fill our pocketbooks.
"We must make it clear that democracy and human rights are a priority in
America and that persecutionincluding Falun Gong practitioners and those
that support themis intolerable.
All people deserve the right to live without fear and in accord with their
The audience gave Congresswoman Woolsey a standing ovation.
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