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Monday, 18 August 2003
Page: 18669

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens and residents of Australia draws to the attention of the House the persecution of Falun Dafa in China.

Falun Dafa is a peaceful spiritual practice with over 100 million adherents in over 40 countries. In July 1999 the Chinese Central Government launched a propaganda campaign against Falun Dafa and declared the movement to be illegal. Tens of thousands of practitioners have been imprisoned without trial, while 150 have been tortured to death. As most of those arrested are women, it is particularly disturbing that these women are routinely sexually abused and even gang-raped. At Masanjia prison, 18 female practitioners were stripped naked and thrown into the cells of hardened male criminals to be abused at will. This crackdown is clearly a breach of fundamental human rights.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House urge China's leadership to immediately:

(1) Lift the ban on Falun Dafa and restore its legal status.

(2) Withdraw the warrant of arrest for Mr Li Hongzhi, founder of Falun Dafa.

(3) Cease the torture of all detained Falun Dafa practitioners and release them forthwith.

(4) Guarantee the full civil rights of released practitioners and their relatives.

(5) Rectify all false propaganda used to defame Falun Dafa.

We further request that the Australian government issue a clear statement supporting the right of Falun Dafa practitioners to freely exercise their beliefs, and condemning the aforementioned abuses of human rights.

by Mr Albanese (from 88 citizens)