According to news reports that Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America published, the voting on a California Senate resolution was cancelled and withdrawn after the members of the Senate received a letter from the Chinese consulate in San Francisco. According to the reports, SJR10 is a joint Senate resolution that Senator Joel Anderson introduced. It praises Falun Dafa adherents for their peaceful resistance to the persecution and torture over the past 18 years. The resolution also expresses support for U.S. Congressional Resolution 343, passed in 2016, which condemns the Chinese government for conducting live organ harvesting on Falun Dafa adherents in China. SJR10 passed unanimously in the California State Senate judiciary committee on August 30 and was expected to be up for a vote on the Senate floor on September 1. On that day, the members received an email from the Chinese consulate in San Francisco. The email denied the harvesting of Falun Dafa adherents organs in China and stated that the resolution would “seriously damage the relationship between China and California in the economy, trade, tourism and in other areas.” The news report quoted comments from Senator Anderson who said he was shocked that the Chinese consulate was able to have such a huge influence on a California State resolution and that the California state Senate has never failed to pass a resolution that condemns genocide in the past. A representative from the Falun Dafa organization in California said at a rally that while Falun Dafa adherents in China have lost the freedom to exercise their rights, the persecution of Falun Dafa has now extended overseas and that countless people are being deceived by the lies that the Chinese authorities spread.
Radio Free Asia, September 9, 2017
Voice of America, September 8, 2017