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Falun Gong

Volume 506: debated on Friday 26 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Falun Gong movement in the UK. (318462)

UK representatives of the Falun Gong movement were invited to meetings with non-governmental organisations, held by my predecessor the hon. Member for Harlow (Bill Rammell), as part of a wider discussion on Human Rights in China.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials regularly meet with the UK representatives of the Falun Gong movement. Also at the end of last year they met with international Falun Gong researchers.

We have serious concerns about the mistreatment of Falun Gong adherents and regularly raise this issue with the Chinese Government. We did so most recently at the UK/China Human Rights Dialogue, which was held in London in January 2009. We asked how many re-education through labour detainees there were and what proportion were Falun Gong. The Chinese responded saying that reforms of the system of re-education through labour were taking place. We will raise this issue again at the next available opportunity.