Mr. Speaker, 2018 marks the 19th year since the Communist government in Beijing banned the practice of Falun Gong. We must remember how the Chinese government has purposefully denied the human rights of so many over the last 20 years.
The Falun Gong movement stands for some of mankind’s most respected virtues: truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The Chinese government saw this peaceful movement growing, and rather than embrace it, they have taken every possible step to destroy it.
So the Communists took away Falun Gong’s most basic human right: the right to live and worship freely. The Chinese government’s top priority is not its citizens, but staying in power at all costs, even if it means persecuting the most peaceful among them.
Beijing’s evil knows no limits. We know they murder many Falun Gong practitioners and harvested their organs for profit. We know this shameful practice is going on, because brave men and women have come forward, including family members, practitioners, and even victims themselves.
The evidence is undeniable. This practice is a billion dollar business for the Chinese government. Organ harvesting is the number one source of revenue for Chinese medical centers.
The Chinese government makes a profit while silencing a group it sees as threatening. They think they cannot lose.
But they can’t silent us. We know what is going on behind closed doors.
And we will not remain silent. Recent reports suggest that tens of thousands of transplants annually are funding the construction of new hospital wings devoted solely to these illicit procedures.
The Chinese government recognizes only a fraction of these transplants, they claim most of their transplant organs come from prisoners on death row. The report verified that 712 medical institutions perform transplants in China, but estimates from the Executive Chairman of the China Organ Transplant Alliance are well over 1,000, many of which are undocumented.
According to their own staff, some of these hospitals perform thousands of transplants every year. Obviously, the Chinese Communist Party is lying. Dishonesty is standard practice for the CCP. And yet, we will keep fighting back.
This fight has not been easy. Many have loved ones in jail right now. Others have been tortured.
Others have simply disappeared. I applaud all who continue to stand up for what is right.
Their presence is a testament that no matter how hard Beijing tries to eliminate the Falun Gong, they will fail. I am proud to stand with them after all they have endured.
As a former judge from Texas, justice is of the utmost importance to me. I feel a duty to speak out against the most egregious wrongs committed against innocent people.
The world must recognize China as an enemy of human rights. The Falun Gong practice peace.
We must protect the rights given to all of us by our Creator.
And that’s just the way it is.