Statement on the 22nd Anniversary of the Persecution of the Falun Gong

Twenty-two years ago the Chinese Communist Party began a campaign of persecution against Falun Gong practitioners. We take this solemn anniversary to remember all ethnic and religious minorities persecuted by the Chinese government, including Tibetan Buddhists, Christians and the Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim Turkic groups. 

Hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been imprisoned over the past two decades, where many are subjected to the most severe forms of torture. Particularly concerning are reports of forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners of conscience in China. Analysis conducted by the independent China Tribunal concluded that such practices have been enacted on a widespread, state-sponsored, and systematic level. 

We once again call on our governments to stand up and speak out for an end to such repression. Democratic states must take actions to stop the trade and use of forcibly harvested organs globally. The Chinese government must be held accountable for upholding the human rights of all peoples in China.