Cult Falun Gong Breaking China's Criminal
Falun Gong followers have broken Chinese
law and the Falun Dafa Study Society is an unlawful
organization, a leading legal expert said Wednesday,
according to a China Daily report.
has the right to choose anything from the way of life to
religious beliefs, but this choice should not be based on
interference of other's freedom and rights and the smashing
of social order,'' said Sun Guohua, a professor in the
Beijing-based Renmin University of China.
"Personal choice is restricted by laws
which are the reflection of public interests,'' Sun said.
"Laws, once they are passed, must be
observed whether you agree with it or not,'' Sun said.
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.
The Falun Gong
is definitely a cult according to the law, Sun said.
It is reported that over 1,500 people have
died from practicing Falun Gong.
criminal code will certainly deal with crimes committed by
Falun Gong ringleaders, Sun said.
judicial explanations released by the Supreme People's Court
and the Supreme People's Procuratorate last October, cult
leaders may be prosecuted for murder, intentional bodily
harm, rape, fraud or endangering national security.
Sun said that since China has a traditional
continental law system, courts cannot change laws by their
"It is only the
plenary meeting of the National People's Congress that can
amend laws made by its standing committee,'' Sun said.
"The law must be observed before it is amended.''
(People's daily 2000/07/27)