Date: May 23, 2018
ChinaAid reports that lawyers of Falun Gong practitioner Sun Qian, a Canadian citizen jailed in China for her religious practices, issued a petition appealing to Canadian officials and citizens to pay closer attention to the crimes committed against this religious group, calling it “China’s biggest human rights crisis.”
Beijing law enforcement seized Sun in February 2017 and charged her with “using a cult organization to undermine the law” as part of a 19-year campaign to eliminate Falun Gong devotees. The persecution began in 1999 under the direction of then-President Jiang Zemin. Over the past two decades, people who practice Falun Gong have been systematically rounded up and imprisoned.