Washington - Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Coburn (R-OK) introduced a resolution yesterday condemning the Chinese Communist Party's brutal repression and comprehensive campaign against Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.

The bipartisan resolution calls upon the Chinese Communist Party to immediately cease and desist from its campaign to persecute Falun Gong practitioners and promptly release all Falun Gong practitioners who have been confined, detained, or imprisoned in retaliation for pursuing their right to hold and exercise spiritual beliefs.

"I find it deplorable that the government of the People's Republic of China only protects citizens' freedom of religion and spiritual practice if they submit to the authority of the Communist Party-and if they do not, as in the case of Falun Gong, orders an intensive and unforgiving campaign against them that includes abduction, detention and torture for refusing to recant their practice." said Menendez

S.Res.232 expresses solidarity with Falun Gong practitioners and their families for the lives, freedoms, and rights they lost for adhering to their beliefs and practices. It also expresses support for volunteers and participants of the Tuidang movement for their peaceful pursuit of a fair and open government, a free people, and a society rooted in the practice of virtue.

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