From: The Honorable Dennis A. Ross
Sent By:
melissa.robel@mail.house.gov

Date: 9/15/2016

Dear Colleague,

 

I know you share my commitment to upholding the human right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. A constituent of Florida District 15 sought help from my office to rescue her mom and fellow practitioners being persecuted in China, due to their
belief in Falun Gong. Falun Gong is a spiritual practice involving meditative “qigong” exercises and is centered on the values of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

 

Since 1999, hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been detained illegally in reeducation-through-labor camps, detention centers, and prisons, where torture and abuse are routine. Congress has passed several resolutions expressing solidarity
with Falun Gong practitioners. However, the persecution by the Chinese government is still running rampant. My constituent’s mother and fellow practitioners were arrested by the China’s National Security Bureau while distributing materials about the persecution
facts to Chinese people.

 

I am inviting you to join me in sending a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping calling upon the him to look into the case of detained practitioners and demand immediate release of those detained solely for their beliefs.

 

This letter to the President of China is an opportunity to show our shared concerns regarding the human rights status in China and to demonstrate our continued support for freedom of conscience for all members of the human family. To have your name added
to this letter, please contact Melissa Robel in Rep. Dennis Ross’ office at 5-1252 or
melissa.robel@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dennis A. Ross (FL-15)

Member of Congress

 

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Dear President Xi,

We, the undersigned Members of the United States Congress, are concerned about the wellbeing of prisoners of conscience in China, particularly Falun Gong practitioners serving time in jails and detention centers for refusing to renounce their belief in Falun
Gong. A Florida State resident has implored us to address her concern for her mother and friends who are currently detained in her hometown.

It is our understanding that the following Falun Gong practitioners have been arrested by the National Security Bureau in the City of Yuxi, Yunan Province for refusing to recant their belief. We would like to express our concerns for these practitioners
as well their families.

Deng Cuiping was arrested on July 24, 2016, and is currently detained in the detention center of Hongta District, city of Yuxi, Yunan Province. According to information that was shared with us, she was arrested for passing out materials regarding the persecution
of Falun Gong to Chinese people. Deng was detained for one month in 2001, and imprisoned from 2006 to 2009 for involvement in Falun Gong. She was mentally and physically tortured in the prison. Her family is concerned that she would suffer even more serious
torture since this is the third time she is detained.

Pu Zhiming was arrested on July 24, 2016, and is currently detained in the detention center of Eshan Town, city of Yuxi, Yunan Province. Pu was also arrested after handing out materials regarding the persecution of Falun Gong. He was sentenced to a two-year
prison term in 2001, and later a four-year term in 2005. He was brutally beaten while in custody and his two ribs were broken as a result. Pu’s wife, also a Falun Gong practitioner, was tortured to death in prison in 2009.

Li Li was arrested on July 24, 2016, and is currently detained in the detention center of Hongta District, city of Yuxi, Yunan Province. She was arrested for passing out materials regarding the persecution of Falun Gong. Her husband Gao Xingdong, who is
also a practitioner, is still jailed in the First Prison of Yunnan Province today. Their 7-year-old son witnessed his mom being taken away by the National Security Bureau. He has lost contact with both parents.

Sisters Qu Shuxian and Qu Shuqiong were both arrested on August 3, 2016 due to their practice of Falun Gong. They are currently detained in the detention center of Hongta District, city of Yuxi, Yunan Province. In 2006, they were arrested while distributing
materials regarding persecution of Falun Gong, and later were detained in a forced labor camp for two years.

Li Qiongzhen and Qin Liyuan were arrested on July 24, 2016, and are currently detained in the detention center of Hongta District, city of Yuxi, Yunan Province. They were arrested for passing out materials regarding the persecution of Falun Gong.

Mu Shaoqiong was arrested on September 1, 2016 for her belief in Falun Gong and is currently detained in the detention center of Hongta District, city of Yuxi, Yunan Province. The National Security Bureau told her family that they had been following and
monitoring her for four months before arresting her.

We understand that the families of the above Falun Gong practitioners were harassed and threatened by the police and local Politics and Law Committee staff. We humbly call upon your government to consider the concerns we have shared on behalf of the families
of these practitioners. We respectfully ask that you kindly stop the persecution of all Falun Gong practitioners as well as all prisoners of conscience. We ask you to respect their rights of freedom of their chosen belief and allow them to reunite with their
families as soon as possible. We thank you in advance for your consideration of our concerns and please know that we will continue to monitor this situation.

 

Sincerely,