Restore the legal right to free circulation of the book "Zhuan Falun" in Russia
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The book "Zhuan Falun" is an international edition and translated into 38 languages. This book, wrote by Master Li Hongzhi, is about the spiritual and physical self-improvement practice. It reveals the essence of the teaching of Falun Dafa (Falun Gong), refers to improving human morality by following the universal principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. Currently, the book is freely distributed and is popular in more than 110 countries around the world.
The book "Zhuan Falun" was first published in Russian language in 1997. Falun Gong, a system of raising the moral qualities of a person, appreciated by society and marked by awards and diplomas in many countries including Russia. Its author, Mr. Li Hongzhi has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, and was a nominee for the Sakharov Prize "for freedom of thought." http://www.faluninfo.ru/news/awards/russia/.
On the 26 of August in 2008 according to decision made by the Pervomaisky district court in Krasnodar the book "Zhuan Falun" was wrongly attributed to extremist materials and put on the list of extremist literature of Russian Ministry of Justice. It is important to mention, that Falun Gong practitioners were not properly informed about the trial. They got known about the decision of the court only after its publication on the website of Ministry of Justice four months after its adoption.
On the 27 of October in 2011, Pervomaisky district court in Krasnodar re-admitted the book "Zhuan Falun"to being extremist after the return of the case to review and re-examination.
The court's decision was made with gross violations of procedural law and the law of substance. The Court satisfied all the petitions of the Office of Public Prosecutor and rejected the all the requests, the documents and evidence of the representatives of Falun Gong.
A comprehensive forensic psychological and linguistic religious expertise of 2011 (appointed by court), has not found in the text of "Zhuan Falun" any statements, inciting religious hatred or hostility, assertion of exclusivity or inferiority, calls for hostile or violent acts, but the court ignored it. The court did not take into consideration cultural and philology conclusions, the conclusion of the historian scientist and the answer of Heraldic Council under the President of the Russian Federation, which were presented in the case and contain unequivocal and unanimous conclusions about the absence of extremist ideas in the materials.
Read more about the lawsuit: http://www.sova-center.ru/misuse/publications/2011/11/d23014/.
Expert's reports on the book "Zhuan Falun»: http://faluninfo.ru/pressroom/documents/Expertnye-zaklushenija/.
Since then, the citizens of Russia has not been able to get acquainted easily with the basics of this ancient teaching, and Falun Gong practitioners have been suffering systematic limitation of their legitimate rights and freedoms and subjected to searches, seizures of books and fines. http://faluninfo.ru/news/persecutions/Zapret_na_knigi/163.html.
This petition supports a wish of Russian Falun Gong followers to restore justice and achieve elimination of the book "Zhuan Falun" from the list of extremist literature. This event will directly affect the interests of the vast numbers of people, both Russian citizens and the millions of citizens of other countries, involved in the spiritual and health practice of Falun Gong. These people are convinced that they have a legal right to free use of the book "Zhuan Falun" and they hope for a quick restoration of justice.
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