To the Editor:
On June 13, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H. Res. 343, which is a resolution that condemns the forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China.
The Minnesota Senate also unanimously passed S.F. 2090, a similar resolution, May 20.
Congressman Rick Nolan, D-District 8, and Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, cosponsored these resolutions.
Falun Gong — a meditation practice based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance — was extremely popular in China during the 1990s. When a survey found that 70-100 million people were practicing, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) perceived it as a threat. The CCP started arresting practitioners on July 20, 1999, and the persecution continues to this day.
Although the majority of organs are sourced from Falun Gong practitioners, other prisoners of conscience, including house Christians and ethnic minorities, are also being targeted.
This issue is important to me because many of my Chinese friends now living in Minnesota have either been directly persecuted or have friends and family members in China who have been persecuted for their beliefs.
I hope that these resolutions will raise more awareness and put pressure on the CCP to end this human rights abuse. — Jessica McQueen, Detroit Lakes