In the fall of 1999, with the first reports of deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in China just surfacing, the United States Congress passed what would be the first of three resolutions condemning the persecution of Falun Gong. Two other resolutions followed, including one expressing concern over attacks and harassment of Falun Gong adherents and their supporters by Chinese agents within the territory of the United States. During floor debates and annual rallies held in Washington D.C., Members of Congress have reiterated their opposition to the Chinese Communist Party’s policy of banning Falun Gong and particularly, at the brutal methods used to force Chinese citizens to renounce their peaceful spiritual beliefs.
In addition to Congressional attention, the Department of State’s annual human rights report has regularly detailed large scale arbitrary detention, sexual abuse, torture, and death of Falun Gong practitioners at the hands of Chinese security agencies. It has also closely followed threats to Falun Gong practitioners’ rights in Hong Kong and Macau, including instances of discrimination and restrictions on entry into the territories.
A close reading of the U.S. Department of State’s reports reveals consistent patterns of abuse meted out by the Chinese authorities against citizens who choose to continue to practice Falun Gong. Among the recurring themes cited in almost every report since 1999 are: