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Human rights

My name is Vivian Sun and I teach at a Chinese immersion school.  My husband Frank and I are from China.  We feel fortunate to live in Minnesota where we have the freedoms of expression and belief.  We grew up in an environment of fear and persecution.

Last session in the Minnesota legislature there were resolutions introduced regarding a serious human rights issue in China.  HF 168 in the House and SF 1969 In the Senate. These resolutions recognize and condemn the crime of forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other non-consenting prisoners of  conscience in China.

Many members of my family and I practice Falun Gong, a Chinese meditation practice rooted in traditional Chinese culture that is focused on truth, compassion and tolerance.  This spiritual practice was initially embraced by the Chinese government for its health benefits, but as the popularity of the practice increased and the numbers of people practicing grew to as many as 100 million, the communist party banned the practice and started a persecution in July of 1999.

Many of my family and friends were persecuted including my mother and my grammar school teacher. The persecution in China is still happening.  My mother was just released after spending 15 days in detention after being arrested for her belief.

Although this situation is happening on the other side of the world, awareness and exposure of this terrible crime in the state of Minnesota is meaningful and important.

I want to thank Senator Andrew R. Lang and Representative Tim Miller, both from the Montevideo area, for their support as co-authors of these resolutions.

—Vivian Sun

Minneapolis