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A Senate Committee at the Czech Parliament deliberates on a resolution calling for an end to repression against followers of the Falun Gong spiritual practice in China.
A Senate Committee at the Parliament of the Czech Republic has met to discuss a draft parliamentary resolution calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong adherents in China.
The Committee on Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights and Petitions invited representatives of the Falun Gong movement, Amnesty International and the daughter of a Falun Gong practitioner currently jailed for his beliefs in China to take part in the meeting.
The resolution calls for the People's Republic of China to lift the ban on the Falun Gong spiritual discipline and stop politically-motivated repression -- including torture -- against its members. It also identifies jailed Falun Gong adherents as prisoners of conscience and demands their release.
The committee is also calling on the Czech government -- and the President -- to raise the issue of repression against Falun Gong directly with the Chinese authorities.
[Jaromir Jermar, Committee Chairman]:
"The Czech government and President [should] use all appropriate opportunities in dealing with government officials to press the People's Republic of China to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and to release all Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners of conscience."
The Committee will now take the resolution to top Czech officials and call for action.
It also plans to get the message directly to the Ambassador of China -- and let him know the Committee would like to see positive change in the human rights arena in China.
NTD News, Prague