The National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) passed a resolution on Oct. 9 urging state officials and Congress members to work to stop organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China, during a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The resolution was submitted by Norman Reece, president of the Solano Republican Assembly, calling for an immediate end to the persecution of Falun Gong and forced organ harvesting by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“I think it’s important to continue holding the Communist Party of China accountable for the atrocities that they’re doing. This is one of the worst [religious persecutions],” Reece told The Epoch Times.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is spiritual practice composed of meditative exercises and moral teachings based on the principles, truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
After the discipline was introduced in China in 1992, it surged in popularity, leading to 70 million to 100 million people practicing by the end of the decade, according to estimates at the time. Perceiving this popularity as a threat to its authoritarian rule, the Chinese regime in 1999 launched a sweeping campaign to eradicate the practice.
Since then, millions of adherents have been detained in labor camps, prisons, and other facilities, while hundreds of thousands have been tortured for refusing to give up their beliefs, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center. Detained practitioners have also been killed for their organs for sale on the transplant market.
The resolution states that the CCP has continuously denied harvesting organs without the consent of prisoners, yet it has prevented independent verification of its organ transplant system.
Reece condemned the CCP’s violation of the World Health Organization’s requirements of transparency and traceability in organ procurement pathways and its persecution aimed at the tens of millions of Falun Gong practitioners in China since 1999.
The resolution stated that Falun Gong practitioners make up the largest number of prisoners of conscience in China, and face the risk of the CCP’s forced organ harvesting industry.
Reece said that many media outlets are silent on the topic because they feel threatened by or have received funds from the CCP.
In 2019, an independent people’s tribunal concluded, after a yearlong investigation, that the Chinese regime has for years been harvesting organs from detained prisoners of conscience “on a significant scale,” with the main victim group being Falun Gong practitioners.
“The Tribunal has had no evidence that the significant infrastructure associated with China’s transplantation industry has been dismantled and absent a satisfactory explanation as to the source of readily available organs concludes that forced organ harvesting continues till today,” the judgment states.
The NFRA called on the U.S. State Department to conduct a more detailed analysis on state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the annual Human Rights Reports, and demand an immediate end to the 22-year persecution by the CCP of the Falun Gong spiritual practice.
Over the 22-year persecution, Falun Gong practitioners have continuously sought justice for their friends and family members who have been persecuted or whose organs have been forcibly harvested.
As of today, five congressional resolutions that call on the CCP to cease the persecution of Falun Gong have passed the House under the efforts of Falun Gong practitioners. All these resolutions are calling on the CCP to cease its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.