2009 marked the 10th anniversary of the government’s formal ban on Falun Gong, a spiritual movement based on the teachings of its founder, Li Hongzhi,and Chinese meditative exercises called qigong. Viewing the 10th anniversary as sensitive, the central government held fast in 2009
with its 2008 pre-Olympics efforts to ferret out and punish Falun Gong practitioners. Authorities conducted propaganda campaigns that deride Falun Gong, carried out strict surveillance of practitioners, detained and imprisoned large numbers of practitioners, and subjected some who refuse to disavow Falun Gong to torture and other abuses in reeducation through labor facilities.
On January 31, 2007, two Canadian investigators released the revised version of their investigation report in which more direct evidence was added, showing that victims of live organ harvesting are Falun Gong practitioners. Such operations involving harvesting organs from living individuals have been undertaken in hospitals across China.Read More
Falun Gong practitioners continued to face arrest, detention, and imprisonment, and there have been credible reports of deaths due to torture and abuse. Practitioners who refuse to recant their beliefs are sometimes subjected to harsh treatment in prisons, reeducation through labor camps, and extra-judicial “legal education” centers, while some who recanted returned from detention.Read More
Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group recently uploaded several UN reports on human rights violation against the practice in China. The persecution of Falun Gong in China is still widespread and brutal.Read More