Expert denounces Falun Gong
Falun Gong followers have broken Chinese law
and the Falun Dafa Study Society is an unlawful
organization, a leading legal expert said yesterday.
"Man has the right to choose anything
from the way of life to religious beliefs, but this choice
should not be based on interference of others' freedom and
rights and the smashing of social order," said Sun
Guohua, a professor at Beijing-based Renmin University of
"Personal choice is restricted by
laws which are the reflection of public interests," Sun
"Laws, once they are passed, must
be observed whether you agree with them or not," Sun
China's top legislative body, the
Standing Committee of the National People's Congress,
adopted a resolution concerning the banning and punishment
of cults like Falun Gong last October.
Gong is definitely a cult according to the law, Sun said.
It has been reported that more than 1,500
people have died from practicing Falun Gong.
The country's criminal code will deal with
crimes committed by Falun Gong ringleaders, Sun said.
According to legal opinions released by the
Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's
Procuratorate in October, cult leaders may be prosecuted for
murder, intentional bodily harm, rape, fraud or endangering
Sun said since China has a
traditional continental law system, courts cannot change
laws by their own interpretation.