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SJR-10 Falun Gong.(2017-2018)

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Amended  IN  Senate  September 01, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Joint Resolution No. 10


Introduced by Senator Anderson
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Cristina Garcia, Lackey, Nazarian, and Voepel)

July 20, 2017


Relative to Falun Gong.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SJR 10, as amended, Anderson. Falun Gong.
This measure would express the Legislature’s support for for, and condemn any government-sanctioned persecution of, Falun Gong practitioners in China, practitioners, as specified. The measure would also urge the government of the People’s Republic of China to immediately end the persecution of, and forced organ harvesting from, Falun Gong practitioners, and urge the President of the United States to undertake an investigation into organ transplant practices in the People’s Republic of China. urge the President and the Congress of the United States to condemn any government-sanctioned persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice involving meditative “qigong” exercises and is centered on the values of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance; and
WHEREAS, Falun Gong became immensely popular in China in the 1990s, and by early 1999, according to the New York Times, the Chinese government estimated that more than 70 million Chinese practiced Falun Gong; and
WHEREAS, Falun Gong is now practiced around the world, including many practitioners in California, and practitioners have been steadfast in demanding the safeguarding of their human rights and dignity through nonviolent means; and
WHEREAS, The United States House of Representatives passed House Resolution 343 in June 2016, expressing concern regarding reports of nonconsenting organ removal from prisoners of conscience; and
WHEREAS, Between 3,000 and 4,000 practitioners of Falun Gong marched on Market Street in San Francisco on October 25, 2016, to raise awareness of the alleged mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned in China; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and the Assembly of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature expresses support for Falun Gong practitioners’ 18-year nonviolent resistance against persecution, which exemplifies uncompromising courage and human spirit; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature condemns any government-sanctioned persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in the People’s Republic of China or elsewhere; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature urges the President and the Congress of the United States to condemn any government-sanctioned persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in the People’s Republic of China or elsewhere; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.