Fresh judicial interpretations in China legitmize suppression of faith

China’s highest judicial bodies released a new legal interpretation on Jan. 25, in what appears to be directed at the long-persecuted Falun Gong spiritual practice.

The document gives a definition of the term “evil cult” and stipulates that citizens may be sentenced for activities such as distributing pamphlets.

Ever since July 1999, when China’s communist regime began its persecution of Falun Gong, the authorities have been hard-pressed to reconcile the brutal campaign with basic rights guaranteed by the Chinese constitution.

Adherents of Falun Gong are usually sentenced on the pretext of being part of an “evil cult” organization, despite the practice’s non-violent and apolitical teachings. The persecution was also accompanied by a heavy state-run propaganda campaign to vilify Falun Gong and strip it of public support.  

But over the years, a growing number of Chinese lawyers have risked their careers and personal safety to defend Falun Gong practitioners in court. These include the famed lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who was tortured and is now under house arrest.

Yiyang Xia, senior director of research and policy at the Washington D.C.-based Human Rights Law Foundation, told Epoch Times that the new Interpretation is “not the enforcing of laws, but the perpetuation of a suppressive political campaign.”

Human rights researchers estimate that millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been detained in jails, brainwashing centers, and labor camps. Mounting investigations suggest that they make up the largest group of Chinese prisoners murdered for the harvest and sale of their organs.

(NTD Television)

 
STORY OF CONVICTION

Falun Gong Persists After 17 Years of Chinese Communist Persecution: Rights Group

Falun Gong Persists After 17 Years of Chinese Communist Persecution: Rights Group
As part of a new report detailing the persecution of religious groups in China, Freedom House released a ...
READ MORE >
 
Top Hot
Guide dog ‘dressed in gown and sach’ receives law degree with his blind owner
Guide dog ‘dressed in gown and sach’ receives law degree with his blind owner
We have heard of dogs receiving medals for their service, but have you heard of dogs receiving degrees? ...
READ MORE >
Monkey shot in face miraculously survives after kind lady takes him to vet in time
Monkey shot in face miraculously survives after kind lady takes him to vet in time
A monkey was discovered with an arrow stuck into his face going all the way into his back. ...
READ MORE >
Swiss Village prohibits tourists from taking photos—because the landscape is too beautiful
Swiss Village prohibits tourists from taking photos—because the landscape is too beautiful
There is one place on earth where you are forced to leave the camera behind, and that's if you ...
READ MORE >
 
 
Truth Stories
Banned from school if you do this meditation in China!   Just because they decided to do a ...
READ MORE >
Since 1999, China has experienced the most concerted campaign of propaganda and disinformation that the world has ever ...
READ MORE >
 
RELATED