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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 647

Falun Gong

Dear Mr Vasta

Thank you for your recent letter regarding a petition calling for an immediate end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

The Australian Government has long held concerns about the treatment of Falun Gong practitioners in China. While the Government takes no position on Falun Gong's beliefs, it considers China's ban on Falun Gong and treatment of practitioners to be in breach of international human rights standards.

The Government raises its concerns about human rights, including the treatment of Falun Gong practitioners, with China on a regular basis.

Yours sincerely

from The Minster for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop