(October 30, 1999) The Standing Committee of
the National People's Congress (NPC) issued an anti-cult law
on October 30, 1999 to prevent and combat cults such as the
now banned Falun Gong sect.
The decision to
outlaw and punish Falun Gong and other cults is passed at
the 12 session of the 9th NPC Standing Committee, which
opened here today.
It calls on courts,
prosecutors, police and administrative judicial organs to be
on full alerts of cult activities and smash them rigorously
in accordance with the law.
that have destroyed normal social orders and stability
through illegal gathering, led to the deaths of
practitioners and rapes of women and swindled money should
be dealt with severely, the decision says.
also stresses that deceived followers and practitioners
should be differentiated from cult leaders. Local
governments are asked to take necessary measures to educate
those deceived while punishing a small number of cult
leaders and those who have committed crimes.
Religious cult is a problem faced by many
governments in the world. Over the past few years, a number
of cult organizations, such as Falun Gong and Zhu Shen Jiao
(or the principal god), appeared in China, damaging social
orders and stability.
China has made great
success in combating the Falun Gong cult in the past three