Local Government, Government Statements

  • German Politicians Send Greetings for World Falun Dafa Day

    A Member of European Parliament, a Member of German Parliament, and a Member of State Parliament each sent greeting letters to the Falun Dafa Association in Germany for the upcoming 24th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction and World Falun Dafa Day.
  • United Kingdom: Manchester City Councillor Joins Falun Gong Protest During Xi Jinping's Visit

    Falun Gong practitioners held a peaceful protest outside Manchester Town Hall while China's President Xi Jinping had lunch inside. Manchester Councillor Kevin Peel joined the Falun Gong protest to express his support.
  • United Kingdom: Leeds City Council Hears the Facts about Falun Gong

    On July 11, 2012, at a General Assembly of the Leeds City Government, UK Falun Gong practitioners recounted the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong to the Mayor of Leeds, nearly 100 councilors, and a dozen senior officials of the municipal government. They asked the Leeds Council to make a public statement calling for an end to the CCP persecution of Falun Gong.
  • Italy: Florence Provincial Council Adopts Resolution Calling for an End to the Persecution of Falun Gong

    The Provincial Council of Florence, Italy unanimously passed a resolution on the protection of religious freedom in China on June 27, 2012. It calls for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong, and an investigation into the disturbing reports of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. The resolution was drafted by Massimo Lensi, member of the People of Freedom Party.
  • Iceland: Foreign Affairs Minister Apologises to Falun Gong Practitioners

    Ossur Skarphedinsson, Minister of Foreign Affairs, recently apologised on behalf of the Icelandic Government for the treatment that Falun Gong practitioners endured in relation with the Chinese president's visit to Iceland in the summer of 2002.
  • Germany: Mayor of Offenbach am Main Pledges Support to Daughter of Falun Gong Practitioner Imprisoned in China

    On July 18, 2009, 62-year-old Ji Guizhen, a Falun Gong practitioner from Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, was arrested for her beliefs. Her daughter, Xu Anlan, and other family members haven't seen her since. After being illegally imprisoned for a year, Ji Guizhen was handed a two-year labour camp sentence for possessing Falun Gong informational materials calling for the end of the persecution.
  • Spanish Foreign Ministry: Administration Does not Interfere with Judiciary

    The Spanish National Court recently indicted five high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials on charges of genocide and torture of Falun Gong practitioners. Spokeswoman María Salcedo of Spain's General Department of Foreign Policy for Asia and the Pacific, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, said on November 27, 2009 that Spain is a democratic country and the administration does not interfere with the judiciary.
  • Falun Gong Practitioners Win Right to Protest at Paris Chinese Embassy

    On July 18, 2009, the Paris Administrative Court issued an ordinance to rescind a Paris police ban forbidding the Falun Dafa Association of France from holding protests in front of the Chinese Embassy on July 20. The ordinance was sent to the French Ministry of Interior Affairs. Since the persecution of Falun Gong started on July 20, 1999, this is the very first time that the association has received permission to rally outside the embassy.
  • Czech Minister Dzamila Stehlikova Expresses Support for Falun Gong Practitioners' Appea Before the Olympics

    The Czech Minister for Human Rights and National Minorities, Mrs. Dzamila Stehlikova, sent a statement to support the peaceful 24 hour gathering of Falun Gong practitioners in front of the Chinese embassy in Prague, which they held from 7th to 8th August, on the eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
  • Belgian MP Demands Unconditional Release of Xu Na

    Xu Na, a Falun Gong practitioner from Beijing and a quite reputable painter, was persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under the guise of the “Beijing Olympic Games”. Her husband Yu Zhou, a musician in the famous folk band “Xiaojuan & Co - Residents in the Valley”, was persecuted to death on February 6th, 2008, only eleven days after he and Xu Na were illegally arrested on their way home from a music concert.
  • UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Publishes 2007 Human Rights Annual Report

    Regarding the human rights situations in China, the report stated that the UK Government has “ongoing concerns” about “the scope of the death penalty and lack of transparency in its use; torture; the lack of an independent judiciary; obstacles to fair trials; arbitrary detention, including reeducation through labour (RTL); unsatisfactory prison conditions and ill treatment of prisoners; failure to protect human rights defenders; harassment of religious practitioners; restrictive regimes in Xinjiang and Tibet; and limitations on freedom of expression and association.”
  • Over 30 UK Parliamentarians Sign a Petition Calling for the Freedom of Wenjian Liang

    A total of 34 UK MPs, Lords, and MEPs have signed a petition calling for the freedom of Wenjian Liang, who together with her husband Zhiyong Lin, have been sent to labour camps in Guangzhou in March 2007 for “illegal gathering” with six other Falun Gong adherents in her own home. Among the parliamentarians signing the petition are the Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy MP, who was the former leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Rt. Hon. Lord Steel, who was the first Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and a former leader of the Liberal Party.
  • MP's Statement During Activities in London to Commemorate April 25th: “I share your concerns about the persecution of Falun Gong”

    This statement by David Marshall, Member of Parliament for Glasgow East, was read at a press conference opposite the Chinese Embassy in London on Saturday April 28th 2007. The press conference was the start of a day of activities to commemorate April 25th 1999 when Falun Gong practitioners in China appealed to the government to release fellow practitioners who were wrongfully imprisoned. This appeal was used by members of the Chinese Communist Party as an excuse to publicly launch the persecution against Falun Gong, which had previously been happening clandestinely.
  • MP Statement from London Activities to Commemorate April 25th: “The suffering which Falun Gong practitioners have experienced is not conceivable in the 21st Century”

    This statement by UK MP Mark Lancaster was read at a press conference opposite the Chinese Embassy in London on Saturday April 28th 2007. The press conference was the start of a day of activities to commemorate April 25th 1999 when Falun Gong practitioners in China appealed to the government to release fellow practitioners who were wrongfully imprisoned. This appeal was used by members of the Chinese Communist Party as an excuse to publicly launch the persecution against Falun Gong, which had previously been happening clandestinely.
  • France: A French MP Appeals to the Foreign Minister to Rescue Falun Gong Practitioner Ma Jian

    Falun Gong practitioner Ma Jian, general manager of a French PCM Pump Company for China and the north Asian region, was arrested in his Beijing office by Chinese police in February. On March 23rd, Mr. Jacques Pelissard, MP for the Province of Jura, Mayor of Lons le Saunier and Chairman of the French Mayor’s Association that represents over thirty five thousand and five hundred Mayors across France, wrote a letter to the French Foreign Minister.