U.S. seeks support to rap China’s repression of Falun Gong

U.S. seeks support to rap China’s repression of Falun Gong

GENEVA, March 24 Kyodo

The United States on Thursday called for support for its planned submission to the U.N. Human Rights Commission of a draft resolution denouncing China for its repression of the Falun Gong sect.

In her address at the commission, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said China’s human rights situation has drastically worsened over the past year, citing China’s detention of several thousands of Falun Gong members and tightened control over minority races such as Tibetans.

She criticized China for its alleged restrictions on the expression of political will by peaceful means.

China is expected to react strongly against her remarks since the country is now trying to win votes to prevent the U.N. resolution from being adopted, diplomatic sources said.

Albright, who has been accompanying President Bill Clinton on his South Asian tour, was in Geneva to attend the commission session.

China sees Falun Gong as a dangerous cult on par with Japan’s AUM Shinrikyo. It has been labeled an illegal organization and its meetings have been banned and its followers arrested.

Falun Gong is a mixture of Taoist, Buddhist and folk religions preaching the attainment of health and morality through special exercises.

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