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that doing so would violate the “one China policy”.

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IV

108TH CONGRESS

IST SESSION

H. CON. RES. 304

Expressing the sense of Congress regarding oppression by the Government

of the People's Republic of China of Falun Gong in the United States and in China.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OCTOBER 16, 2003 Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN (for herself and Ms. WOOLSEY) submitted the following

concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of Congress regarding oppression by

the Government of the People's Republic of China of Falun Gong in the United States and in China.

Whereas Falun Gong is a peaceful spiritual movement that

originated in the People's Republic of China but has grown in popularity worldwide and is now accepted and practiced by thousands in the United States;

Whereas demonstrations by Falun Gong practitioners in the

People's Republic of China and the United States have been peaceful, meditative sessions;

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Whereas the Constitution of the People's Republic of China

provides to the citizens of that country freedom of speech, assembly, association, and religious belief;

Whereas members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement,

members of Chinese pro-democracy groups, and advocates of human rights reform in the People's Republic of China have been harassed, libeled, imprisoned, and beat

en for demonstrating peacefully inside that country; Whereas the Chinese Government has also attempted to si

lence the Falun Gong movement and Chinese prodemoc

racy groups inside the United States; Whereas on June 12, 2003, 38 Members of Congress filed an

Amended Brief of Amicus Curiae in support of the Falun
Gong at the United States District Court, Northeastern

District of Illinois, Eastern Division;
Whereas Chinese consular officials have pressured local elect-

ed officials in the United States to refuse or withdraw

support for the Falun Gong spiritual group; Whereas Dr. Charles Lee, a United States citizen, has report

edly been mentally and physically tortured since being de

tained by Chinese authorities in early 2003; Whereas the apartment of Ms. Gail Rachlin, the Falun Gong

spokeswoman in the United States, has been broken into 5 times by agents of the Chinese regime since the regime

banned Falun Gong in 1999 in China; Whereas over the past 5 years China's diplomatic corps has

been actively involved in harassing and persecuting Falun Gong practitioners in the United States;

Whereas on June 23, 2003, Falun Gong practitioners were

attacked outside a Chinese restaurant in New York City

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by local United States-based individuals with reported ties to the Chinese Government;

Whereas 5 Falun Gong practitioners were assaulted outside

of the Chinese Consulate in Chicago on September 7, 2001, while exercising their constitutionally protected rights to free speech, leading to battery convictions in Cook County Criminal Court of Jiming Zheng on November 13, 2002, and Yujun Weng on December 5, 2002, both assailants being members of a Chinese-American organization in Chicago, the Mid-USA Fujian Township Association, which maintains close ties with the Chinese Consulate;

Whereas individuals that physically harassed Falun Gong

practitioners in San Francisco on October 22, 2000, were later seen at anti-Falun Gong meetings and the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco;

Whereas San Francisco City Supervisor Chris Daly, after re

ceiving complaints that Chinese officials were intimidating his constituents, authored a resolution condemning human rights violations and persecution of Falun Gong members by the Chinese Government;

Whereas Mr. Daly and the other members of the San Fran

cisco City Council subsequently received a letter from the Chinese Consul General in San Francisco, claiming that Falun Gong was an “evil cult” that was undermining the “normal social order” in the People's Republic of China, and that Mr. Daly's resolution should therefore be re

jected, which it subsequently was; Whereas in November 2000, the former Mayor of Saratoga,

California, Stan Bogosian, issued a proclamation honoring the contributions of Falun Gong practitioners to

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the Saratoga community, which prompted the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco to write to Mr. Bogosian urging him to retract his support for local Falun Gong activities;

Whereas many local and national media organizations have

reported that other local officials across the United States, including the mayors of several major cities, have been pressured by Chinese consular officials to recant statements of support for the Falun Gong;

Whereas journalists have cited fear of hurting trade relation

ships as the motivation for some local United States officials to recant their support for Falun Gong after receiving pressure from Chinese consular officials; and

Whereas the Constitution of the United States guarantees

freedom of religion, the right to assemble, and the right to speak freely, and the people of the United States strongly value protecting the ability of all people to live without fear and in accordance with their personal beliefs: Now, therefore, be it

1 Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate 2 concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that

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(1) the Government of the People's Republic of

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the United States, such as the right to practice

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Falun Gong, that are guaranteed by the United

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States Constitution;

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