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UN rebuts China for its cult stigmatization of Falun Gong

Shen Yun Performing Arts, through dance and song, illustrates Chinas repression, Jan. 20-23
 

On October 21, 2010, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt drew the worlds attention to Chinas persecution of Falun Gong. He specifically denounced Chinas stigmatization of Falun Gong and some other small communities as cults, during his presentation at the 65th U.N. General Assembly, held in New York.

Shen Yun Performing Arts

 

Shen Yun Performing Arts will be at the Detroit Opera House Jan. 20-23, 2011, to present Chinese folkloric dance, opera, and other performances that also criticize Communist China for its oppression of Falun Gong and other groups.

 

Special Rapporteur Bielefeldt said, Small communities, such as Jehovahs Witnesses, Baha'is, Ahmadis, Falun Gong, and others are sometimes stigmatized as cults and frequently meet with societal prejudices which may escalate into fully fledged conspiracy theories.

 

This is Prof. Bielefeldts first report to the U.N. General Assembly since he took the position as Special Rapporteur in August 2010. Asma Jahangir previously held the position. In his 15-minute presentation to the 192 member states, he criticized the government of China for its systematic persecution of and attitude of intolerance towards belief groups, including Falun Gong.

 

His speech was reported to have irritated the delegation of China. The delegate responded with their usual demanding tone and repeated the Communist Partys position that the correct response is to eradicate Falun Gong.

 

The international media described China as being irritated yet again. This reaction accords with former reports of this kind. For example, after the U.N. Committee against Torture (CAT) published their China torture report on November 21, 2008, news media including the New York Times, BBC, VOA, and RFI unanimously described the government of China as being irritated. Through this, the raspy and aggressive nature of the Communist party has been well exposed to the international community.

 

The U.N. Special Rapporteurs reports are among the most highly regarded documents on the status of human rights in concerned countries. The annual reports are based on case investigations carried out over the years and the responses by the governments in question. They often generate heated debate during U.N. human rights sessions.

 

Bielefeldts findings might also be largely based on the mandates previous investigation on Falun Gong allegations, which China itself often declared that they are jailing its own citizens for practicing Falun Gong and view it as a crime that will threaten the nations stability.

 

Jahangir, former Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, has raised the concerns of the persecution of Falun Gong since 2001. She called on the government of China to comply with international law and U.N. conventions.

 

In Jahangir's 2010 report, While the circumstances under which the deaths occurred differ, all the victims were Falun Gong practitioners and they all died under the supervision of law enforcement officers or soon after their release from custody.

The former Special Rapporteur also noted, Human Rights Committee member Rosalyn Higgins resolutely opposed the idea that States could have complete latitude to decide what was and what was not a genuine religious belief. The contents of a religion should be defined by the worshippers themselves.

 

The German human rights and law professor, Special Rapporteur Bielefeldt, has done extensive studies on religions and was the director of the German Institute for Human Rights for a numbers of the years. His debut at the General Assembly notified the world that he has already begun his monitory on the countries such as China.

 

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