15 Years Too Long: Canadian Falun Gong Adherents Mark 15 Years of Persecution in China
15 Years Too Long: Canadian Falun Gong Adherents Mark 15 Years of Persecution in China
Practitioners rally across Canada and around the world
Falun Gong practitioner Paul Li speaks about his father, Li Xiaobo, who was imprisoned for eight years in China for practicing Falun Gong and was recently rearrested. Paul Li called on the Canadian government to help free his father in his speech at an event in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014, to mark 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began in China on July 20, 1999. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Falun Gong practitioner Paul Li speaks about his father, Li Xiaobo, who was imprisoned for eight years in China for practicing Falun Gong and was recently rearrested. Paul Li called on the Canadian government to help free his father in his speech at an event in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014, to mark 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began in China on July 20, 1999. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Falun Gong practitioners and supporters gather across the street from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa to mark 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began in China on July 20, 1999. (May Ning)

Falun Gong practitioners and supporters gather across the street from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa to mark 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began in China on July 20, 1999. (May Ning)

Speaking at an event organized by Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014, Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, said the event marks

Speaking at an event organized by Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014, Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, said the event marks "15 years of unrelenting human rights violations experienced by countless Falun Gong practitioners throughout China.” (Donna He/Epoch Times)

Former MP and Secretary of State David Kilgour condemns the practice of live organ harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China while speaking at a July 17, 2014, event in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa to mark 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began in China. (Donna He/Epoch Times)

Former MP and Secretary of State David Kilgour condemns the practice of live organ harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China while speaking at a July 17, 2014, event in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa to mark 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began in China. (Donna He/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Rally emcee Jared Pearman; Falun Gong practitioner Grace Dai; Falun Gong practitioner Paul Li; former Secretary of State David Kilgour; Amnesty International Canada Secretary General Alex Neve; and Li Xun, president of the Falun Dafa Association of Canada, pose for a photo across the street from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014, at an event to mark 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began in China. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

(L-R) Rally emcee Jared Pearman; Falun Gong practitioner Grace Dai; Falun Gong practitioner Paul Li; former Secretary of State David Kilgour; Amnesty International Canada Secretary General Alex Neve; and Li Xun, president of the Falun Dafa Association of Canada, pose for a photo across the street from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014, at an event to mark 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began in China. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Falun Gong practitioners hold pictures of fellow practitioners in China who were killed in the persecution launched by the Chinese Communist Party 15 years ago, at an event across the street from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Falun Gong practitioners hold pictures of fellow practitioners in China who were killed in the persecution launched by the Chinese Communist Party 15 years ago, at an event across the street from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

A Falun Gong practitioner meditates during a rally across the street from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

A Falun Gong practitioner meditates during a rally across the street from the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17, 2014. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

A Falun Gong practitioner distributes flyers to passersby near a bus stop in downtown Ottawa on July 16, 2014, as part of efforts by those who practice the spiritual discipline to inform the public about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, including reports that an estimated tens of thousands of practitioners have been killed to supply the illicit trade in human organs in China. This year marks 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20, 1999. (Epoch Times)

A Falun Gong practitioner distributes flyers to passersby near a bus stop in downtown Ottawa on July 16, 2014, as part of efforts by those who practice the spiritual discipline to inform the public about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, including reports that an estimated tens of thousands of practitioners have been killed to supply the illicit trade in human organs in China. This year marks 15 years since the persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20, 1999. (Epoch Times)

Montreal practitioners of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) held a protest in front of the Chinese consulate on July 17, 2014, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the spiritual discipline in China, which began on July 20, 1999. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Montreal practitioners of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) held a protest in front of the Chinese consulate on July 17, 2014, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the spiritual discipline in China, which began on July 20, 1999. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

A 5-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner gives flyers to passersby in a demonstration to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the spiritual practice in China, in front of the Chinese consulate in Montreal on July 17, 2014. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

A 5-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner gives flyers to passersby in a demonstration to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the spiritual practice in China, in front of the Chinese consulate in Montreal on July 17, 2014. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Montreal practitioners of Falun Dafa held a protest in front of the Chinese consulate to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the spiritual practice in China. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Montreal practitioners of Falun Dafa held a protest in front of the Chinese consulate to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the spiritual practice in China. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

A practitioner of Falun Dafa explains to a passerby the facts about the persecution that adherents of this spiritual practice endure in China, at a protest to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the practice in China, in front of the Chinese consulate in Montreal on July 17, 2014. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

A practitioner of Falun Dafa explains to a passerby the facts about the persecution that adherents of this spiritual practice endure in China, at a protest to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the practice in China, in front of the Chinese consulate in Montreal on July 17, 2014. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

A student originally from Afghanistan poses with a Falun Dafa practitioner at an event in front of the Chinese consulate in Montreal on July 17, 2014, to mark 15 years since the persecution of the Falun Dafa spiritual practice began in China. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

A student originally from Afghanistan poses with a Falun Dafa practitioner at an event in front of the Chinese consulate in Montreal on July 17, 2014, to mark 15 years since the persecution of the Falun Dafa spiritual practice began in China. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

A young practitioner of Falun Gong silently meditates in front of the Chinese consulate in Montreal on July 17, 2014, during a demonstration to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the practice in China. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

A young practitioner of Falun Gong silently meditates in front of the Chinese consulate in Montreal on July 17, 2014, during a demonstration to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the persecution of the practice in China. (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

Toronto Falun Gong practitioners gather in front of the Chinese consulate on Friday, July 18, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China. (Epoch Times)

Toronto Falun Gong practitioners gather in front of the Chinese consulate on Friday, July 18, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China. (Epoch Times)

A Falun Gong practitioner tells a young child about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, July 18, 2014, in front of the Chinese consulate in Toronto. (Jimmy Pizolinas)

A Falun Gong practitioner tells a young child about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, July 18, 2014, in front of the Chinese consulate in Toronto. (Jimmy Pizolinas)

Joel Chipkar, spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Association of Canada, calls for an end to the persecution of Falun Dafa in China, Friday, July 18, 2014, at a demonstration in front of the Chinese consulate in Toronto. (Jimmy Pizolinas)

Joel Chipkar, spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Association of Canada, calls for an end to the persecution of Falun Dafa in China, Friday, July 18, 2014, at a demonstration in front of the Chinese consulate in Toronto. (Jimmy Pizolinas)

Practitioners of Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, stand with banners in front of the Chinese consulate in Toronto on July 18, 2014, rallying to end the torture and suffering of their fellow practitioners at the hands of the Chinese regime. (Jimmy Pizolinas)

Practitioners of Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, stand with banners in front of the Chinese consulate in Toronto on July 18, 2014, rallying to end the torture and suffering of their fellow practitioners at the hands of the Chinese regime. (Jimmy Pizolinas)

Vancouver practitioners of Falun Dafa gather in front of the Chinese consulate on July 18, 2014, to mark 15 years since the persecution of the spiritual practice was launched in China on July 20, 1999. The practitioners are calling on the Canadian government to urge the Chinese regime to end the persecution and release the Falun Dafa prisoners of conscience, including six Canadian family members. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Vancouver practitioners of Falun Dafa gather in front of the Chinese consulate on July 18, 2014, to mark 15 years since the persecution of the spiritual practice was launched in China on July 20, 1999. The practitioners are calling on the Canadian government to urge the Chinese regime to end the persecution and release the Falun Dafa prisoners of conscience, including six Canadian family members. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Mr. Wang, an immigrant from mainland China, displays a large sign that he made on which he wrote the words “Long Live Falun Gong,” at a demonstration in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong. “Falun Gong’s principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance are just and noble,” Mr. Wang said. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Mr. Wang, an immigrant from mainland China, displays a large sign that he made on which he wrote the words “Long Live Falun Gong,” at a demonstration in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong. “Falun Gong’s principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance are just and noble,” Mr. Wang said. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Lawyer and former Vancouver city councillor Tim Louis speaks at a demonstration organized by Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014. Not remaining silent but rather lending support to those who are being persecuted is not only for human rights, but it is also our obligation, Mr. Louis said. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Lawyer and former Vancouver city councillor Tim Louis speaks at a demonstration organized by Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014. Not remaining silent but rather lending support to those who are being persecuted is not only for human rights, but it is also our obligation, Mr. Louis said. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Human rights advocate and former Vancouver school trustee Sadie Kuehn speaks at an event organized by Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014. Understanding the facts is essential, Ms. Kuehn said, as she called on the Canadian government and all people to take a stand to urge the communist regime to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and release all the prisoners of conscience. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Human rights advocate and former Vancouver school trustee Sadie Kuehn speaks at an event organized by Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014. Understanding the facts is essential, Ms. Kuehn said, as she called on the Canadian government and all people to take a stand to urge the communist regime to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and release all the prisoners of conscience. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Vancouver practitioners of Falun Dafa hold a banner that states “Falun Dafa is Good,” in front of the Chinese consulate on July 18, 2014. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Vancouver practitioners of Falun Dafa hold a banner that states “Falun Dafa is Good,” in front of the Chinese consulate on July 18, 2014. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

A Falun Gong practitioner reads a statement at a demonostration in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong that was launched by the communist regime on July 20, 1999. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

A Falun Gong practitioner reads a statement at a demonostration in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong that was launched by the communist regime on July 20, 1999. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

A Falun Gong practitioner speaks to the media at an event in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong that was launched by the communist regime on July 20, 1999. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

A Falun Gong practitioner speaks to the media at an event in front of the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on July 18, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong that was launched by the communist regime on July 20, 1999. (Tian Yuan/Epoch Times)

Winnipeg Falun Gong practitioners hold banners in front of their poster display on July 19, 2014, at an awareness event at the site of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in downtown Winnipeg to mark 15 years since the persecution of their practice began in China on July 20, 1999. (Ben Wang)

Winnipeg Falun Gong practitioners hold banners in front of their poster display on July 19, 2014, at an awareness event at the site of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in downtown Winnipeg to mark 15 years since the persecution of their practice began in China on July 20, 1999. (Ben Wang)

A Falun Gong practitioner talks to passersby to raise awareness about the spiritual practice of Falun Gong and the persecution of its adherents in China, at an event near the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in downtown Winnipeg on July 19, 2014. (Ben Wang)

A Falun Gong practitioner talks to passersby to raise awareness about the spiritual practice of Falun Gong and the persecution of its adherents in China, at an event near the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in downtown Winnipeg on July 19, 2014. (Ben Wang)

A cyclist signs a petition calling on the Canadian government to urge the Chinese communist regime to stop its persecution of Falun Gong and the forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, at an event in downtown Winnipeg on July 19, 2014. (Ben Wang)

A cyclist signs a petition calling on the Canadian government to urge the Chinese communist regime to stop its persecution of Falun Gong and the forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, at an event in downtown Winnipeg on July 19, 2014. (Ben Wang)

A Falun Gong practitioner talks to a passerby in front of a poster display to raise awareness about the spiritual practice of Falun Gong and the persecution of its adherents in China, at an event in downtown Winnipeg on July 19, 2014. (Ben Wang)

A Falun Gong practitioner talks to a passerby in front of a poster display to raise awareness about the spiritual practice of Falun Gong and the persecution of its adherents in China, at an event in downtown Winnipeg on July 19, 2014. (Ben Wang)

A passerby signs a petition calling on the Canadian government to urge the Chinese communist regime to stop its persecution of Falun Gong and the forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, at an event in downtown Winnipeg on July 19, 2014. (Ben Wang)

A passerby signs a petition calling on the Canadian government to urge the Chinese communist regime to stop its persecution of Falun Gong and the forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, at an event in downtown Winnipeg on July 19, 2014. (Ben Wang)

Clive Ansley, chair of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, speaks at a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. He criticized Western media for failing to do more to report on and expose the forced harvesting of organs from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China. (Epoch Times)

Clive Ansley, chair of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, speaks at a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. He criticized Western media for failing to do more to report on and expose the forced harvesting of organs from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China. (Epoch Times)

Judy Tethong, president of the Victoria chapter of the Canada Tibet Committee, speaks at a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. She said the Chinese regime's destructive policies have been devastating for Tibetans and Falun Gong practitioners. (Epoch Times)

Judy Tethong, president of the Victoria chapter of the Canada Tibet Committee, speaks at a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. She said the Chinese regime's destructive policies have been devastating for Tibetans and Falun Gong practitioners. (Epoch Times)

Guo Guoting speaks at a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. He said the Chinese Communist Party controls the media in China and use it to demonize Falun Gong. (Shaobing Gu/Epoch Times)

Guo Guoting speaks at a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. He said the Chinese Communist Party controls the media in China and use it to demonize Falun Gong. (Shaobing Gu/Epoch Times)

Yingyi Chen, a resident of Nanaimo, B.C., speaks at a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. Chen’s mother and sister were repeatedly imprisoned and tortured for practicing Falun Gong. His mother was able to come to Canada in 2008, but his sister is currently illegally incarcerated in China. (Epoch Times)

Yingyi Chen, a resident of Nanaimo, B.C., speaks at a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. Chen’s mother and sister were repeatedly imprisoned and tortured for practicing Falun Gong. His mother was able to come to Canada in 2008, but his sister is currently illegally incarcerated in China. (Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners hold banners during a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. (Epoch Times)

Falun Gong practitioners hold banners during a rally outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria on July 20, 2014, to mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of the persecution against Falun Gong in China on July 20, 1999. (Epoch Times)

OTTAWA—Fifteen years ago on July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party launched a genocidal campaign against some 70 to 100 million adherents of the Falun Gong spiritual faith in China—a campaign that continues unabated today.

To mark this tragic anniversary, practitioners of Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, and their supporters gathered in front of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on July 17. 

A similar event occurred on the same day in Montreal, and other gatherings will occur over the next few days across Canada and around the globe.

Appealing for a Father’s Release

Paul Li, a Canadian citizen and Toronto resident who is a practitioner of Falun Gong, spoke at the event to tell a personal story about his father’s firsthand experience of the benefits of practicing Falun Gong as well as the brutality and injustice of the persecution.

It was part of his efforts to seek help from the Canadian government to free his father, Li Xiaobo, who is currently being held in a detention centre in China.

Li told of how his father’s temper and overall health improved after he started to practice Falun Gong in 1996. Guided by the practice’s teachings of Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance, his father gave up smoking and other bad habits and endeavoured to put others’ interest above his own. 

One of Li’s father’s colleagues once told him, “Your father is the most virtuous man I have ever met,” he said.

After the persecution began in 1999, amid a massive propaganda campaign to incite hatred against Falun Gong in mainland China, Li Xiaobo began to write articles to clarify the facts to the public.

He was arrested, and in a secret trial in 2005 that lasted less than half an hour, he was sentenced to eight years in prison. Due to the harsh conditions and severe torture he suffered in custody, by the time he was released in the spring of 2012, he had lost most of his teeth and was almost blind in one eye.

“The guards do not allow practitioners to cry out while being beaten, so they brutally hit the practitioners’ throat, stomach, or belly,” Li said. 

“Many times the walls were splattered with blood, and the guards, in order to cover up their crimes, would force the Falun Gong practitioners to lick their own blood off the walls.”

Li said that in the winter his father was forced to stand naked with his bare feet immersed in cold water, and in the summer he was forced to stand still in a dark and damp space full of bugs, flies, and mosquitoes. “If he scratched a mosquito bite, he would be beaten,” he said.

In April this year, Li Xiaobo was rearrested, and his son fears for his safety.

“My father is still being held at a local detention centre and his health is declining,” Li said. 

He noted that the local authorities are planning to put his father on trial soon, but that there is no possibility of a fair hearing.

“If the trial goes forward, I am very concerned that my father will almost certainly face a long prison sentence.” 

Crime Against Humanity

“Today, we gather in front of the Chinese embassy to protest and condemn the senseless brutality against Falun Gong practitioners by the communist regime, which remains a crime against humanity,” said Li Xun, president of the Falun Dafa Association of Canada, in his speech at the event.

“We are here to commemorate all of the brave and selfless practitioners who have died from the persecution while standing peacefully to protect the universal principles of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance.”

Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, who also spoke at the gathering, noted that the occasion was indeed a sombre one.

“Anniversaries can be celebratory triumphant moments and anniversaries can be very sombre sorrowful moments. If only we could be gathering today for the former,” he said. 

“We’ve gathered because this is a sorrowful and sombre time, because this has now become 15 years of unrelenting human rights violations experienced by countless Falun Gong practitioners throughout China.”

On the day Party leader Jiang Zemin began his campaign to eradicate the spiritual practice 15 years ago, huge numbers of Falun Gong practitioners were rounded up across the country and held in detention centres. 

In the intervening 15 years, hundreds of thousands of practitioners have been imprisoned, tortured, brainwashed, and subjected to physical and mental torture. Families have been broken up, and millions have lost jobs, homes, and loved ones.

“Falun Gong practitioners are the single largest group of prisoners of conscience in China, and perhaps the world,” according to the U.S.-based Falun Dafa Information Center.

Illegal Organ Harvesting

To add insult to injury, Falun Gong prisoners of conscience have been used as a living donor bank to supply China’s lucrative transplant industry. In other words, they are killed for their organs and their bodies cremated to hide the evidence. 

According to the book “State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China,” an estimated 65,000 Falun Gong prisoners of conscience have been killed for their organs in an illegal practice that is sanctioned by the regime.

“Forced organ procurement in China is unprecedented across the world because organs are sourced from prisoners whose lives are actively terminated to obtain their vital organs for commerce,” said David Kilgour, former MP and Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, who also spoke at the event.

After researching allegations of forced harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners in China, Kilgour and Winnipeg-based international human rights lawyer David Matas published their findings in the book “Bloody Harvest” in 2006. 

Matas said at the time that the state-sanctioned killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs was “a new form of evil on the planet.”

Peaceful Resistance

But despite the climate of fear in China, Falun Gong’s resistance has been notable. 

In 1999 the group was not expected to last more than a few months with the full weight of the state and Party apparatus bearing down on it. Yet 15 years on, Falun Gong survives in mainland China, and its practitioners have mustered a sustained and peaceful resistance, said Li Xun. 

Outside China, practitioners in the 114 countries around the world where Falun Gong is practiced have been working tirelessly to raise awareness about the persecution in the hopes of bringing it to an end. 

“July 20 marks the 15th anniversary of the illegal persecution of Falun Gong in China and also marks 15 years of anti-persecution perseverance by practitioners and supporters around the world,” Li Xun said. 

“Millions of people around the world have signed petitions to demand an end to these crimes.”

Li Xun also appealed to the Canadian government to urge the regime to end the persecution and release the Falun Gong prisoners of conscience, six of whom have family members living in Canada.

“At this critical historical time, we urge all of the world’s people to continue upright actions on human rights,” he said. 

“In particular, we ask our government to use every appropriate means to express its opposition to the persecution of Falun Gong, to urge Chinese regime to end the persecution of Falun Gong and to release this largest group of prisoners of conscience in the world, including six Canadian family members.”

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