CO. Legislature Condemns China's Organ Harvesting Camps




Colorado State Representative Joshua Penry (R) urging his fellow legislators to pass the Senate Joint Resolution 06-027, Concerning condemnation of the Chinese government's persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong. The resolution passed unanimously and will be sent to President Bush ahead of the Chinese leader Hu Jintao's visit to Washington this week.

DENVER—The Colorado State legislature unanimously passed a resolution on April 12 and 13, 2006 condemning the persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Gong on U.S. soil, and the concentration camps in China known to harvest organs from live Falun Gong practitioners and others.

Senator Lewis Entz (R) and Representative Joshua Penry (R) sponsored the resolution with 75 of the 100 legislators co-sponsoring. Senate Joint Resolution 06-027 will be sent to President Bush ahead of the Chinese leader Hu Jintao's visit to Washington this week.

"China is an important trade partner, but that does not mean we should turn our back on its citizens that they persecute everyday," said Rep. Penry while addressing his colleagues on the senate floor before the vote on the resolution. "This country needs to stand up and make a strong statement that we will not accept that."

Representative Berens, a co-sponsor of the resolution, had been harassed by the Chinese Consulate for carrying a similar proclamation as Mayor of Broomfield, Colorado. "They continue to not only persecute their own citizens, they try to intimidate Americans who stand up for freedoms of others," Berens testified before the House.


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