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China Bans Falun Gong to Safeguard Human Rights: Official (2001-02-28)

    


  BEIJING, February 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Incomplete calculations  indicated that the heavily blasted Falun Gong organization has led to 1,660 deaths, announced an official Tuesday during a news  conference on China's handling of the cult.
  Liu Jing, person in charge of the Office for the Prevention and Handling of Cults (OPHC) under the State Council, said that before the organization was officially banned on July 22, 1999, 136 Falun Gong practitioners had committed suicide at the instigation of Li  Hongzhi, ringleader of the cult, who called for his followers to " go to the Heaven" and "achieve real completion."
  After the official ban, another 103 persons killed themselves  as a result of Li Hongzhi's heresies.
  Meanwhile, the cult has destroyed the harmony of many families, ridding many of love and happiness. It has misled a large number  of obsessive followers to refuse medical services, commit suicide  or even kill innocent people.
  "Facts show that Chinese Government's ban on Falun Gong is a  necessary move to maintain social stability and safeguard  fundamental human rights at the request of Chinese people. It   completely abides by the law," said Liu Jing.
  Liu also said that Chinese Government will try its best to  educate and help Falun Gong practitioners to get out of the  spiritual shackles of the cult. Legal punishments are only exerted on those cult followers who conduct crimes violating social  stability and endangering human rights of other individuals.
  "It is rather difficult to liberate obsessive cult followers  from the addiction. In this regard, we wish to strengthen ties and co-operation with foreign anti-cult institutions, and take  appropriate measures to protect Chinese people from the harm of  cults," Liu said.
  The OPHC head also said that China is not the only country that declared war against cults. It is a responsibility that every  responsible government should shoulder.
  However, some forces have turned a deaf ear to the misdeeds of  Falun Gong and used the issue as a pretext to interfere with China 's internal affairs. Such behaviors is absolutely unacceptable,  Liu stated.     Enditem  


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