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Why did China begin persecuting Falun Gong after tolerating the movement for nearly a decade?

Why did China begin persecuting Falun Gong after tolerating the movement for nearly a decade?

My Question:
Why did China begin persecution of Falun Gong midway through 1999 following nearly a decade of tolerating the movement?


Freedom House - The Battle for China's Spirit Falun Gong
The Communist Party initiated the worst instance of religious persecution since the Cultural Revolution, with the clampdown against Falun Gong. - André Laliberté, Ottawa University, leading scholar on religion in China, 2015

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter 1943 to a Polish diplomat in reaction to being told by Jan Karski about the Holocaust. Frankfurter said:

"I did not say that this young man was lying. I said that I was unable to believe what he told me. There is a difference."

Ethan Gutmann an investigative journalist who has written many articles and books on the topic estimated in 2014 from 2000 to 2014 on any given day 450,000 to 1 million Falun Gong members are in prison in China and that from 2000-2006 100,000 were murdered for their organs. More recent studies have demonstrated that this process is still continuing today.

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Falun Gong is a modern Chinese movement founded by Li Hongzhi who introduced it in the early 1990s. It experienced a period of viral growth in the 1990's and was even embraced by some members of China's Communist party at that time. By 1998 Chinese government sources estimated that as many as 70 million people had taken up the practice.

Falun Gong is a physical fitness movement which practices rhythmic motion and meditation.

In early 2000s state sponsored persecution of Falun Gong first began to be reported. Persecution included extra legal detention, torture, re-education camps, execution and large scale organ harvesting.

Evidence

Documentaries on China's Organ Harvesting of prisoners of conscience.

  • Human Harvest, a 2014 Peabody Award winning documentary
  • Hard to Believe, a 2018 PBS Award winning documentary

The European Parliament passed a resolution in December 2013 on organ harvesting in China. That resolution, amongst other provisions, called for a full and transparent investigation by the European Union into organ transplantpracticesinChina

Bloody Harvest(2007) and the update Bloody Harvest: The Slaughter(2017) by

  • David Matas, human rights lawyer and the Director of the International Centre for Human Rights & Democratic Development.
  • David Kilgour - former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific)

Bloody Harvest
We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and 'people's courts', since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries.

How many of the victims were first convicted of any offence, serious or otherwise, in legitimate courts, we are unable to estimate because such information appears to be unavailable both to Chinese nationals and foreigners. It appears to us that many human beings belonging to a peaceful voluntary organization made illegal eight years ago by President Jiang because he thought it might threaten the dominance of the Communist Party of China have been in effect executed by medical practitioners for their organs.

Our conclusion comes not from any one single item of evidence, but rather the piecing together of all the evidence we have considered. Each portion of the evidence we have considered is, in itself, verifiable and, in most cases, incontestable. Put together, they paint a damning whole picture. It is their combination that has convinced us.

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United States Congress 2016 : Organ Harvesting an Examination of a Brutal Practice Recently US Congress issued S.Res.220 expressing solidarity with Falun Gong over persecution including forced organ donations. Freedom House has issued a report finding the persecution is ongoing. The UK Parliament: Debated China's Forced Organ Removal in China

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Freedom House - The Battle for China's Spirit Falun Gong

  • Orders for arrests continue to come down from high-level authorities, but sometimes the Public Security Bureau agents will say no, they are only exercising to be healthy. - Chinese human rights lawyer, 2013
  • The Communist Party initiated the worst instance of religious persecution since the Cultural Revolution, with the clampdown against Falun Gong. - André Laliberté, Ottawa University, leading scholar on religion in China, 2015


My Question:
Why did China begin persecution of Falun Gong midway through 1999 following nearly a decade of tolerating the movement?

Per pouts comment

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from Wikipedia: Rational

Foreign observes have attempted to explain the party's rational as a variety of Falun Gong's attributes:

  • popularity
  • independence
  • refusal to toe party line
  • internal communist power politics
  • their moral and spiritual content, which amounts to try to do the right thing.
  • the mere fact that it's promoted as a religion

Given political protests are wide spread in China. Given the only protest generally attributed to Falun Gong involved about .0001% of their membership and given 100's of such protests are daily events in china I find the fear of their protesting unlikely. Most most of the given attributes are also valid against Christian groups operating in China I think most of these explanations can be dismissed.

Comments

JAsia
I am surprised that you think Beijing's reaction is "hollow", or any governments' perceived threat should be so dismissed, given that you're asking about political history. I don't see why Western states would have a monopoly on unreasonable fear (e.g. Japanese internment WW2, McCarthyism, Yellow Peril, etc). My suggestion was intended to help you frame your question. However, if you've already decided, it would be pointless to say otherwise. I had thought you missed the earlier news reports. I did not realise you discarded this point of view. Maybe show this in question? - J Asia

I did not suggest Beijing's actions with regards to Falun Gong were "hollow". I said the claim Beijing's crackdown is based upon a a single protest seemed to me as a hollow claim. I said last time I checked China tolerated a fairly extensive amount of protests and demonstrations, as I recalled from decades ago. I cited a U.S. State Dept survey. Searching just now, I found sources which corroborate scores of significant demonstrations are tolerated in china daily.

Protest and dissent in China
In 2006, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences estimated the number of annual mass incidents to exceed 90,000, and Chinese sociology professor Sun Liping estimated 180,000 incidents in 2010. Mass incidents are defined broadly as "planned or impromptu gathering that forms because of internal contradictions", and can include public speeches or demonstrations, physical clashes, public airings of grievances, and other group behaviors that are seen as disrupting social stability

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Why protests are so common in China
70,000 protests of 100 or more people over a three year period documented by a Chinese observer.

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JAsia
or any governments' perceived threat should be so dismissed, given that you're asking about political history. I don't see why Western states would have a monopoly on unreasonable fear (e.g. Japanese internment WW2, McCarthyism, Yellow Peril, etc).

What has occurred in China against the Falun Gong is closer to the scale of the Holocaust's six million jewish deaths rather than 100,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans detained during WWII after the Pearl Harbor attack. Not to suggest Japanese detentions or Anti American trials were reasonable, but they didn't rise to the level of genocide.

There are creditable estimates which place the number of Falun Gong forced killed for their organs at 100,000 over the first 6 year period, with millions detained. We are now in year 18 or 19 and the policy is still ongoing. I think that goes beyond a security policy based on 1 demonstration involving less than .0001% of the Falun Gong membership. But I could be wrong. Write it up.

JAsia
My suggestion was intended to help you frame your question. However, if you've already decided, it would be pointless to say otherwise. I had thought you missed the earlier news reports. I did not realise you discarded this point of view. Maybe show this in question?

Thank you for your suggestion and I think they make the question strongeer. I did revisit and reframe my question. I have not already decided, but I do present I believe significant evidence that the Falun Gong genocide goes way beyond security concerns based upon a single demonstration. I presented evidence that membership in the group was 70 million when a single demonstration took place involving a few thousand Falun Gong. I also presented sources which show demonstrations such at those are daily occasions in China and tolerated generally. 100's of such demonstrations occur daily and have for decades. So my question infers there is another reason for the crack down.


Sources:

  • Li Hongzhi
  • In Beijing: A Roar of Silent Protesters
  • 2018 US Congress S.Res.220 - Expressing solidarity with Falun Gong practitioners who have lost lives, freedoms, and rights for adhering to their beliefs and practices and condemning the practice of non-consenting organ harvesting
  • Freedom House - The Battle for China's Spirit Falun Gong
  • UK Parliament: Forced Organ Removal: China - Debate
  • July 16, 2018: Organ Transplant Abuse in China Continues Despite Claims of Reform

All the information you need is in your question; you just need to look at things from the perspective of a paranoid, totalitarian regime like the Chinese Communist Party.

Falun Gong is a physical fitness movement which practices rhythmic motion and meditation.

Initially Falun Gong was seen as a benign movement. However over a decade, it rapidly grew; becoming wary, the government attempted to control it through state-run organisations like the Qigong Association, however Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, chose to distance the movement from state control, and concurrently state-sponsored criticism of the movement appeared and grew. Why this happened is an interesting question but immaterial here.

By 1998 Chinese government sources estimated that as many as 70 million people had taken up the practice.

By comparison, there is upwards of 50 million Christians today in China, under tight control and partly driven underground.

A critical event occurred when "upwards of 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners" staged a protest, the largest of its kind since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, which involved hundreds of thousands at various stages.

From the CCP's perspective, there was a

  • rapidly-growing
  • organised mass movement
  • larger than any in China
  • outside state control
  • who were capable of mass protest on a scale rivalling the one that justified driving tanks down Chang'an Avenue

Furthermore, Falun Gong was seen as an easy target, as it was largely confined in China. Imagine the international backlash if the same persecution was carried out against Christians, or if they waited for Falun Gong to grow even more. Compare to the ongoing persecution of the Uyghurs, which is similar in scale.

Addressing a few more points:

Given political protests are wide spread in China… 100's of such protests are daily events

Most of these are small scale, localised, and deal with issues that do not threaten the regime. Many are dealt with just as harshly, for example jailing the ringleaders, you just don't hear about them as much.

Given the only protest generally attributed to Falun Gong involved about .0001% of their membership

This is more of a reason to be paranoid; given their size, the fear was that they could easily stage much larger protests.


RIELPOLITIK

‘…The Chinese regime under Jiang’s leadership made liberal use of extreme violence, constant propaganda, and inhuman brainwashing tactics in its bid to force Falun Gong practitioners to choose between their faith or their lives. Over the course of the persecution, millions of people have been imprisoned or held in labor camps, detention centers, insane asylums, drug rehabilitation facilities, or unofficial “black jails” for refusing to give up their belief. Human rights groups have documented over 100 methods of torture used by the Chinese authorities to persecute Falun Gong, as well as the use of toxic, nerve-damaging substances. Many practitioners died, were maimed, or went insane as a result of this abuse”

Falun Gong’s Peaceful Resistance to 20 Years of Persecution: A Testament to the Human Conscience

History finds itself in repetition. Two thousand years ago, the Roman tyrant Nero set a fire in his imperial capital, attempting to pass blame on the Christians and eradicate their faith. Twenty centuries later, on July 20 of 1999, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin launched a persecution of Falun Gong and its tens of millions of adherents. A wave of terror engulfed the entire country.
In the face of an unprecedented onslaught that applied every technique developed by the Communist Party throughout its long history of political repression, Falun Gong practitioners did not back down. Instead, they embarked on a historic journey of peaceful disobedience to the persecution, persevering through lies and torture with their faith in the universal values of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

Over the last 20 years, this millions-strong community of unarmed meditators has forged a remarkable path. As truth and justice came under vicious communist assault, Falun Gong practitioners offered their own flesh and blood in defense. Truth and justice prevailed.

Steadfast Faith

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa was introduced to the public on May 13, 1992 by founder Li Hongzhi. The teachings of Falun Gong are based on the principle of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Its five sets of meditation exercises spread rapidly throughout China by word of mouth, as people experienced miracles of health and moral improvement.

Falun Gong awakened the Chinese people’s deep-rooted spirituality and a longing for traditional values that had been lost under decades of communist rule. The practice and its teachings guided them towards refinement of their character, while uplifting the moral state of secular Chinese society.

Throughout the 1990s, Falun Gong practitioners doing their morning exercises to serene meditation music could be seen everywhere, from the biggest metropolises to towns in the countryside. In early 1999, a Chinese government estimate put the number of Falun Gong practitioners at 70 to 100 million people. An investigation conducted by a senior Chinese official concluded that Falun Gong had brought “countless benefits to the nation and the people, and not a single harm.”

However, the sheer number of people who had taken up Falun Gong, as well as the influence it was having on society became a thorn in Jiang’s side. Feeling threatened by the movement’s popularity, and perceiving his political power to be at risk, Jiang planned and launched a campaign to eradicate the practice as a threat to the atheist ideology of the Communist Party. The CCP had effectively declared war on millions of people, coming from all walks of life, who professed faith in truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

In the two decades that followed, the persecution of Falun Gong has proven to be among history’s most severe cases of crimes against humanity, and in some respects, unprecedented in the depths to which its perpetrators have sunk in carrying out their despicable acts. All of China has fallen victim to this catastrophe.

Policies of Genocide

On June 7, 1999, in anticipation of the anti-Falun Gong campaign, Jiang gave direct orders to establish an extra-legal Party organization for the purpose of coordinating and directing the coming repression via nationwide branches. Known as the 610 Office for the date of its creation on June 10, its structure and functions were comparable to that of the infamous Gestapo in Nazi Germany.
Jiang declared that he would eliminate Falun Gong within three months by targeting practitioners’ reputations, seizing their wealth, and attacking them physically. Practitioners murdered as a result of persecution were to be declared victims of suicide and cremated immediately, without identification. The Chinese regime mobilized all resources available to it—including the courts, propaganda departments, cultural and political institutions, and schools—in its effort to destroy Falun Gong.

State-run media—television, radio, newspapers, and later the internet—at all levels served the CCP to produce fake news slandering Falun Gong’s teachings, defaming its founder, and dehumanizing its adherents. The hate campaign manufactured many hoaxes, such as the “1400 deaths” supposedly caused by practicing Falun Gong, the staged self-immolation at Tiananmen, and claims that Falun Gong was a threat to the Party orchestrated by overseas “anti-China forces.”

The CCP also extended its propaganda overseas to demonize Falun Gong and politicize the issue. Many international media outlets repeated the pejoratives and narratives crafted by the CCP to frame Falun Gong, effectively pushing the persecution to the global stage by priming audiences to misunderstand or feel hostility towards the practice.

The Chinese regime under Jiang’s leadership made liberal use of extreme violence, constant propaganda, and inhuman brainwashing tactics in its bid to force Falun Gong practitioners to choose between their faith or their lives. Over the course of the persecution, millions of people have been imprisoned or held in labor camps, detention centers, insane asylums, drug rehabilitation facilities, or unofficial “black jails” for refusing to give up their belief. Human rights groups have documented over 100 methods of torture used by the Chinese authorities to persecute Falun Gong, as well as the use of toxic, nerve-damaging substances. Many practitioners died, were maimed, or went insane as a result of this abuse.

The number of deaths caused by the persecution is difficult to estimate, due to the difficulty of transmitting information out of mainland China. Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website founded by Falun Gong practitioners to document the persecution, has confirmed and verified the deaths of 4,322 people at the hands of the authorities for refusing to abandon their faith in Falun Gong.
However, this incomplete statistic is just a fragment of a much more distressing reality, as many deaths have gone unreported, or due to the victims having been murdered under conditions of utmost secrecy—such as for the harvesting of their organs.

Besides physical and psychological torture, the Communist Party also imposed measures to shut Falun Gong out of public life. Adherents were fired from their jobs, expelled from school or college, or deprived of pensions and other welfare benefits. Relatives of practitioners have also endured great suffering, with the repression having broken up countless families.

Chinese human rights lawyers have urged the international community to recognize the persecution of Falun Gong as the world’s most severe abuse of human rights, which in its scale and viciousness is comparable to, and in respects has far exceeded that of a war.

Forced Organ Harvesting

An increasing number of reports and studies show that the CCP has been murdering Falun Gong practitioners and other victims in an unprecedented act of evil: forced organ harvesting.

Since 1999, the number of Chinese organ transplants performed annually has increased dramatically. Many doctors in Chinese hospitals have admitted to investigators posing as prospective transplant tourists that the organs they provide come from Falun Gong practitioners.

In March 2006, a woman from northeast China living in the United States became the first witness to speak out about organ harvesting, when she testified that her ex-husband had removed the corneas of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners since the early 2000s.

In the years since, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) and other independent organizations have conducted extensive investigations and verified the organ harvesting allegations. One investigator called it a crime “never before seen on this planet.”

On December 12, 2013, the European Parliament passed an urgent resolution demanding the Chinese authorities bring an immediate end to the practice of forced organ harvesting and release all prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong practitioners.

On May 19, 2016, WOIPFG published a comprehensive report that provided investigative phone recordings as well as other forms of evidence to show that organ harvesting was taking place with state support, and had been ordered personally by Jiang.

On June 13, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 343 to condemn the forced organ harvesting practice in China.

On June 22, 2016, investigators David Kilgour, David Matas, and Ethan Gutmann jointly published a 700-page report on forced organ harvesting in China. They estimated that Chinese hospitals performed 60,000 to 100,000 transplant surgeries on an annual basis, and that the chief source of donors were Falun Gong practitioners.

On June 17 this year, an independent people’s tribunal consisting of a panel of lawyers and experts ruled, “Forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and that Falun Gong practitioners have been one – and probably the main – source of organ supply.”

Economic Devastation

The persecution of innocent Falun Gong practitioners over the past two decades has consumed an enormous amount of financial, human, and societal resources, while costing the Chinese state and people an incalculable fortune.

According to investigations by the WOIPFG, China spent an average of nearly one-quarter of its annual revenue to suppress Falun Gong during the peak years of the persecution. Another source indicated that the CCP mobilized resources equal to three-quarters of China’s GDP to maintain the persecution of Falun Gong. An official from China’s Ministry of Finance admitted that “the policy of suppressing Falun Gong was sustained by a generous amount of funding. Without this money, it would be impossible to sustain the crackdown.”

The Jiang clique mobilized millions of personnel to carry out the persecution. The salaries, bonus wages, overtime pay, and other benefits alloted to this group exceeded 100 billion yuan in annual expenditure.

Examples of other costs associated with suppressing Falun Gong include the use of financial rewards encouraging ordinary citizens to report practitioners to the authorities, the hiring of overseas agents and thugs to stalk and harass Falun Gong communities abroad, purchases of overseas Chinese-language media to defame Falun Gong, and foreign aid offered to developing countries in exchange for supporting China’s human rights record at the United Nations.

Abusing the Law

Freedom of belief is guaranteed by the Chinese constitution, and no law bans Falun Gong. However, benign exercises of this freedom, such as possessing a copy of Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Gong, downloading Falun Gong materials from the internet, doing the meditation exercises of Falun Gong, or talking to others about the practice are all activities that carry the risk of severe punishment.

On Oct. 30, 1999, Jiang hastily ordered the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp legislature, to pass a law banning “evil cults” so as to lend the persecution a veneer of legitimacy.

Chinese human rights lawyers consider the anti-Falun Gong campaign to be illegal, as it both violates the Chinese constitution and stems from the personal will of Jiang Zemin. The use of Article 300 in the Criminal Law to charge and sentence Falun Gong practitioners is a misapplication of the law, while the 610 Office established on Jiang’s orders itself was an organization that, until its purported dissolution this year, operated outside legal boundaries.

The 610 office is led by the CCP’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC) which oversees the entire public security, procuratorate, and judicial system. This gave the 610 office the ability to manipulate China’s legal system and make it a potent force in the persecution. Meanwhile, by turning judicial staff and law enforcement personnel into violators of the law, the CCP wrought widespread and lasting damage to the Chinese legal system.

The massive legal violations required to carry out the persecution of Falun Gong has impacted various other groups, such as dissidents, other religious prisoners, human rights lawyers, and ordinary Chinese citizens. The PLAC’s misuse of the law also created opportunities for corruption, which have been exploited by members of the Jiang faction and other officials in the CCP’s system of unchecked power.

China in Moral Crisis

The Communist Party’s onslaught against the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance has dragged China and the Chinese people into a moral abyss. In this sense, the true victims of the CCP’s persecution are the ordinary Chinese who have been poisoned by its lies and propaganda.

In order to fuel the persecution of Falun Gong, Jiang resorted to corruption to govern China. He and his allies secured officials’ loyalty with opportunities for promotion, as well as opportunities for illicit profit. Party officials who were the most active and vicious in persecuting Falun Gong were promoted to high ranks, while the informants, hired thugs, and prison inmates who beat and abused Falun Gong practitioners were given rewards for carrying out their crimes. Some police officers, when arresting practitioners, admitted openly that vices like prostitution and gambling were of no concern to them, but truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance could no be permitted.

Countless people have become the CCP’s accomplices during the course of the persecution, from law enforcement personnel, media workers, and medical staff who participate in organ harvesting. Many of them have lost their conscience in following the Party’s monstrous crimes against humanity.

Internationally, the Jiang clique exported hatred while bribing and threatening governments, media and foreign enterprises into turning a blind eye to or even aiding the persecution. Tying economic relations and profit to the issue of human rights, the CCP trained foreign countries and businesses to remain silent on the Party’s genocidal behavior. In some cases, the Jiang faction has even sold out China’s sovereignty in exchange for foreign support.

Punishing good and promoting evil, the CCP has thrown open the gates of hell. In today’s China, corruption and amorality plague society, contributing to the pollution and fake or poisoned products that scour the physical environment. The entire country suffers from a dearth of trust that has only worsened as the CCP’s misrule drags on.

The Significance of Peaceful Resistance

Over the past two decades, Falun Gong practitioners in and outside of mainland China have used every means available to them to raise awareness about the CCP’s persecution. Despite the severity of the persecution, millions of Falun Gong practitioners remain active in mainland China, and in the 20 years of repression have proven an unbreakable resilience.

These unyielding efforts have inspired others to stand up for their rights and beliefs in the face of the Communist Party’s tyranny. Meanwhile, in revealing the nature of the Party itself, Falun Gong practitioners have shown the world a way to peacefully disintegrate the CCP and return to a culture of tradition and righteousness, making a selfless and enduring contribution to human conscience and morality.

Courage to Speak Out for the Truth

From the start of the persecution 1999, more than 100,000 Falun Gong practitioners, sometimes together with their entire families, have travelled to Beijing’s Tiananmen square, risking their lives and freedom to tell the authorities “Falun Dafa hao”—“Falun Dafa is good.”

Other practitioners hosted press conferences, jammed television signals in mainland China to broadcast programs that rebuke the CCPs’ lies, hung up posters and banners on the streets, or printed out books and other materials to raise awareness about Falun Gong and the persecution by clarifying the facts face-to-face.

Abroad, Falun Gong practitioners visit governments and human rights organizations, established media companies, organize rallies and demonstrations, developed software to break through Chinese internet censorship, and reached ordinary Chinese via phone and fax. In many countries, Falun Gong practitioners can be seen holding up banners and practicing meditation outside the Chinese consulates and embassies. They have clarified the facts to at tourist sites, focusing their efforts on Chinese citizens travelling abroad in free societies.

A decade ago, an American report predicted that the software developed by the Falun Gong practitioners would tear down what it termed the Berlin Wall of the 21st century.

Indeed, the seemingly impenetrable red wall of deception is about to crumble.

Falun Gong practitioners’ courage has inspired many Chinese to stand up for human rights, helping prepare Chinese society to deal with the moral crisis of communist rule. Many Chinese, upon becoming aware of the facts, have changed their perceptions of Falun Gong, and started to express sympathy, support, and admiration Falun Gong. Many more started practicing Falun Gong themselves.

For over 10 years, over 100 righteous Chinese lawyers have risked their own safety to defend Falun Gong practitioners in court. Many Chinese have participated in the rescue of Falun Gong practitioners arrested by the authorities. Even some police officers, Party officials, and members of the judicial system have chosen to stand on the side of justice, following their conscience rather than participate in the persecution of Falun Gong.

One media professional in mainland China commented that Falun Gong practitioners were fighting for the freedom of belief on behalf of all humanity. During important Chinese holidays, many people who don’t practice Falun Gong have expressed their gratitude and greetings to its founder Li Hongzhi, expressing their appreciation for the contributions of Falun Dafa, as well as wishes for the day that Chinese can once again practice it freely.

Recently, governments and officials around the world, including those of the United States, Canada, European Union, and Taiwan have publicly condemned the CCP for its abuse of religious freedom. They have urged it to immediately stop the persecution and organ harvesting, and to release all Falun Gong practitioners currently in detention.

Falun Gong has spread beyond China to over 100 countries and regions, finding millions of adherents from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Many have discovered in Falun Gong the answers to their lifelong spiritual needs, while Chinese tourists often express surprise that Falun Gong is being practiced all over the world. Some have told Falun Gong practitioners: “you are angels sent by God, and are the hope for China.”

Dissolving Communism

In the course of persecuting Falun Gong, the CCP has committed acts of heinous violence and spread enormous lies. The methods and nature of the repression was prefaced in campaign after campaign of the Communist Party’s 70-year-long rule over China.
In November 2004, to expose the CCP’s totalitarian regime, the destruction it has brought to the Chinese nation, and how it undermines the international order, Falun Gong practitioners began distributing the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” in China and beyond. They also started the nonviolent “Tuidang” (Withdraw from the Communist Party) movement encouraging Chinese to renounce their affiliations with the CCP and its two youth organizations.

The “Nine Commentaries” and the Tuidang movement are dissolving the CCP and changing China.

An ideological struggle between the free world and the global communist movement raged throughout last century, triggering wars and conflict that shaped our modern world. Simultaneously, this struggle has served as a test for the strength of human conscience and morality.

The “Nine Commentaries” published by The Epoch Times, expressed clearly for the first time the nature of communism as an evil specter that opposes Heaven, Earth, and mankind. The “Nine Commentaries” told the inside story of how the CCP and Jiang Zemin acted out of mutual interest to persecute Falun Gong, and how the CCP’s repression of the Buddha school teaching and its practitioners would lead to its own ultimate collapse.

In November 2017, the authors of the “Nine Commentaries” published a new book, “The Ultimate Goal of Communism,” followed the next year by “How the Specter of Communism Is Ruling Our World.” These works describe in detail the nature of communism as an evil specter, as well as its final aim of destroying humankind through the eradication of its traditional culture and faith in the divine.

Falun Gong practitioners’ resistance in the face of the CCP’s persecution, their dissemination of the “Nine Commentaries,” and promotion of the Tuidang movement to withdraw from the CCP encourages people to draw a line between themselves and the Party. This is nothing less than rescuing the souls claimed by the specter of communism, defeating the communist assault on morality and faith, and delivering humanity from destruction.

Reviving Tradition and Passing On Hope

In traditional culture, faith in God is the foundation of civilization and morality. Traditional values ​​provide people with codes of conduct, ensuring the stable development of society. However, the CCP’s opposition to heaven, earth, and humanity, and its destruction of tradition and faith threatens human harmony.

While exposing the CCP, Falun Gong practitioners have at the same time committed themselves to restoring traditional culture, rebuilding morality, and bringing humanity out from the traps of atheism, the theory of evolution, and spiritual decline to return to the righteous path.

Since 2006, Shen Yun Performing Arts have toured the world each year, and can be said to be the significant cultural event of our time. This last season, lasting from December 12, 2018 to May 12, 2019, Shen Yun’s six companies held nearly 670 performances in 150 cities, reaching an audience of millions. Most venues were sold out, and the show garnered an overwhelmingly positive reception.

Shen Yun revives the traditional art forms of human culture and promotes traditional values. It brings patrons an upright and beautiful artistic experience permeated with a pure message: to return to the right path and maintain hearts of compassion.

The CCP Is Headed for Collapse

The Communist Party persecuted Falun Gong for exactly 20 years, and in doing so, has sealed its own fate.

Since 2000, Falun Gong practitioners have taken a series of legal actions against the Party’s worst abusers, including filing criminal complaints in nearly 20 countries. Those sued include Jiang himself for his chief role in launching the persecution, as well as affiliated officials Luo Gan, Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai, Zeng Qinghong and other main offenders. Practitioners have also filed criminal complaints and civil suits against officials serving in Chinese embassies and consulates.

According to Minghui, since May 2015, at least 209,900 Falun Gong practitioners and their family members have filed lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, submitting their cases to the highest judicial organs of the Chinese state. The crimes include “crime against humanity”, “crime of torture” and “genocide”.

Up until the beginning of December 2018, a total of 34 countries and more than 3.03 million people across the world have reported Jiang Zemin’s anti-human crimes of persecuting Falun Gong to the CCP’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Supreme People’s Court, while demanding that Jiang be brought to justice.

Good is rewarded and evil is met with retribution. Minghui and other media have documented tens of thousands of cases of CCP officials who persecuted Falun Gong. Many of them have come to grief, including being purged and imprisoned, suffered serious illness, or other forms of retribution.

On May 31 this year, Minghui published a notice saying the U.S. government would be applying more stringent review of applications for travel visas. Those responsible for severe religious religious may be denied visas, and those who have already been issued visas could be denied entry. According to the notice, U.S. State Department officials told Falun Gong practitioners in the United States that they may submit lists of those involved in the persecution of Falun Gong.

On June 3, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing posted an introduction to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Law on its Weibo social media account. The law stipulates that all officials and their accomplices who commit human rights persecution are potentially subject to American sanctions, including visa restrictions and freezing of U.S.-based offshore assets.
On June 5, WOIPFG issued the notice titled “A Comprehensive Collection of a List of Criminals and Crimes Committed in the CCP’s Persecution of Falun Gong.”

The notice “calls all righteous people around the world to take immediate action” in helping compile the list “in order to provide evidence for the upcoming major trial that will systematically track and bring to justice the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Jiang Zemin faction.”

The CCP is currently beset with turmoil at home and abroad. Civil grievances are boiling over in incessant “mass incidents” of demonstration, protest, and rioting that are proving impossible to suppress fully.

Meanwhile, the CCP has hit a wall in numerous arenas, from the U.S.-China trade war, technological theft, diplomacy, military issues, culture, and media. From the mainland to Hong Kong, and then to Taiwan and beyond, the forces of justice are rallying. The surging wave of resistance to the CCP is bringing on the collapse of communist tyranny in China.

History Is in the Making

Nero committed arson and framed the Christians, yet he could not stop the spread of a righteous faith. In modern times, at the turn of the last century, the Communist Party’s launching of its persecution of Falun Gong created a great battle between good and evil.
This is no accident. Today, history has shown that where the CCP wreaks tragedy and destruction, Falun Gong offers hope and redemption.

Let this July 20, the 20th anniversary of a day filled with darkness beyond compare, serve as a reminder not to ignore the sins of tyranny, and not to neglect the calls of our conscience. Millions of people have yet to awaken to the nature of communism and the CCP they do not know the consequences of shaking hands with the devil.

At this moment, large numbers of innocent Falun Gong practitioners are still suffering in the cells of prisons and labor camps, where they face the threat of torture and even organ harvesting. The persecution must end, and every day it continues is a day that communism continues to triumph over the human conscience.

We commemorate all the Falun Gong practitioners who have given their lives for the sake of freedom and truth. We hope that more people can cherish the precious truths that those spiritual cultivators validated through their selfless sacrifice that they may choose goodness, reject evil, and stand on the side of justice.

It has been 20 years since the practitioners of Falun Gong began their peaceful appeal against the brutal violence meted out by a totalitarian regime. They have held up the torch of hope to break through the darkness of persecution. Their will to persevere are the legends of our generation, to be etched in eternal record and retold for ages to come.


"China involved in harvesting organs: Cdn report"

("CTV," July 04, 2006)

Ottawa, Canada - A Canadian report, set for release Thursday, will support accusations that China is harvesting the vital organs of imprisoned Falun Gong dissidents, CTV News has learned.
Siding with critics of the Chinese government, former Liberal MP David Kilgour is now convinced that controversial allegations of organ harvesting are true.
"They take both kidneys, then the heart and the skin and the corneas and the liver, and your body is then thrown in the incinerator," Kilgour said.
Falun Gong, a quasi-religious movement that's outlawed in China, claims thousands of their imprisoned members have been murdered with their vital organs taken out to supply a booming trade in transplants.
Backed by MPs from all parties, Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas agreed to investigate the allegations in May.
"I don't think anyone can have any doubt that this unbelievable practice is continuing," Kilgour said of his findings.
As evidence, the former MP points to transcripts of phone calls to Chinese doctors, with Falun Gong supporters posing as rich foreigners looking for a transplant.
One transcript reads:
"Do you have Falun Gong organ suppliers?"
"We used to have, yes."
"What about now?"
"Yes."
Kilgour outlined how much the organs can fetch on the black market.
"$62,000 for a kidney, $98,000 to $130,000 for a liver," he said.
The Chinese deny the allegations, insisting that Kilgour has been duped by Falun Gong.
"These allegations are based on lies," Chinese diplomat Zhang Weidong said.
The UN and Amnesty International are also investigating but neither has come up with enough solid evidence to reach the same conclusion as Kilgour.
"Right now, it's insufficient (the evidence) for us to confirm or deny these allegations," said Amnesty International's Alain Roy.
At the launch of the investigation last May, Matas said the plan was to "interview personally whatever witnesses are available in North America," and to ask the Chinese government to grant Kilgour and him visas so that they could investigate in China.
It is unclear if they actually visited China as their initial request did not garner a response by the Chinese embassy.
Kilgour and Matas plan to hand their report to the government on Thursday along with recommendations for diplomatic pressure and sanctions on China.


Policies of Genocide

On June 7, 1999, in anticipation of the anti-Falun Gong campaign, Jiang gave direct orders to establish an extra-legal Party organization for the purpose of coordinating and directing the coming repression via nationwide branches. Known as the 610 Office for the date of its creation on June 10, its structure and functions were comparable to that of the infamous Gestapo in Nazi Germany.

Jiang declared that he would eliminate Falun Gong within three months by targeting practitioners’ reputations, seizing their wealth, and attacking them physically. Practitioners murdered as a result of persecution were to be declared victims of suicide and cremated immediately, without identification. The Chinese regime mobilized all resources available to it—including the courts, propaganda departments, cultural and political institutions, and schools—in its effort to destroy Falun Gong.

State-run media—television, radio, newspapers, and later the internet—at all levels served the CCP to produce fake news slandering Falun Gong’s teachings, defaming its founder, and dehumanizing its adherents. The hate campaign manufactured many hoaxes, such as the “1400 deaths” supposedly caused by practicing Falun Gong, the staged self-immolation at Tiananmen, and claims that Falun Gong was a threat to the Party orchestrated by overseas “anti-China forces.”

The CCP also extended its propaganda overseas to demonize Falun Gong and politicize the issue. Many international media outlets repeated the pejoratives and narratives crafted by the CCP to frame Falun Gong, effectively pushing the persecution to the global stage by priming audiences to misunderstand or feel hostility towards the practice.

The Chinese regime under Jiang’s leadership made liberal use of extreme violence, constant propaganda, and inhuman brainwashing tactics in its bid to force Falun Gong practitioners to choose between their faith or their lives. Over the course of the persecution, millions of people have been imprisoned or held in labor camps, detention centers, insane asylums, drug rehabilitation facilities, or unofficial “black jails” for refusing to give up their belief. Human rights groups have documented over 100 methods of torture used by the Chinese authorities to persecute Falun Gong, as well as the use of toxic, nerve-damaging substances. Many practitioners died, were maimed, or went insane as a result of this abuse.

The number of deaths caused by the persecution is difficult to estimate, due to the difficulty of transmitting information out of mainland China. Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website founded by Falun Gong practitioners to document the persecution, has confirmed and verified the deaths of 4,322 people at the hands of the authorities for refusing to abandon their faith in Falun Gong.

However, this incomplete statistic is just a fragment of a much more distressing reality, as many deaths have gone unreported, or due to the victims having been murdered under conditions of utmost secrecy—such as for the harvesting of their organs.

Besides physical and psychological torture, the Communist Party also imposed measures to shut Falun Gong out of public life. Adherents were fired from their jobs, expelled from school or college, or deprived of pensions and other welfare benefits. Relatives of practitioners have also endured great suffering, with the repression having broken up countless families.

Chinese human rights lawyers have urged the international community to recognize the persecution of Falun Gong as the world’s most severe abuse of human rights, which in its scale and viciousness is comparable to, and in respects has far exceeded that of a war.


王立军事件的警思

Wang Lijun Suspected in Falun Gong Organ Harvest, Group Says

By Matthew Robertson
Epoch Times Staff

Dr. Tsuwei Huang of the Falun Dafa Association in Washington, D.C., asks the U.S. government on Feb. 13 to release information about forced organ harvesting, reportedly received from Wang Lijun. (The Epoch Times)
Wang Lijun, the former police chief and deputy mayor of Chongqing, may have participated in or directed the harvesting of organs from Chinese prisoners of conscience, according to a new report by a Falun Gong-affiliated organization.

The World Organization to Investigate the persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) in a report on Feb. 15, connects Wang Lijun to the harvesting of organs from prisoners—something reported earlier in The Epoch Times—and also links him to the persecution of Falun Gong. And it suggests that these two sets of activities of Wang’s likely converged.

Research and Execution

From May 2003 to June 2008 Wang Lijun was the chief and Party Secretary of the Public Security Bureau in Jinzhou City, and from 2004 onwards he was also the Vice-Mayor. He evidently spent some of his time engaged in non-official duties, however.

Wang was also the director of the “On-Site Psychology Research Center” (OSPRC) of the Public Security Bureau of Jinzhou, with which it shared a building.

The first report available on the Chinese Internet about this organization was from 2005, when the Liaoshen Evening News gave an in-depth presentation of the OSPRC in action. The Center had been charged with carrying out an execution of two criminals, which was witnessed by the reporter and a group of experts. The set-up was like a scientific research lab, according to the report.

The “research center,” according to that report (archived), became an execution site where researchers and experts were able to witness “the entire process of executing a death penalty criminal by injection method.’”

Data collected from these executions would “contribute greatly to the research on subjects like the dying process of the criminal, the physiological changes before and after the injection into a healthy person, the residual toxin in different organs after the injection of the toxin, psychological changes of a person facing death, organ transplant after the injection,” etc., according to WOIPFG’s translation of the Liaoshen Evening News article.

In 2006, when Wang received an award for his organ harvesting efforts, he described his “on-site research center” as “the transplant scene, the very spot of anatomization, the very spot of organ transplantation into the organ recipient,” according to an article published on the website of the Dragon Design Foundation. The award Wang was given was presented by the Guanghua Science and Technology Foundation, a non-profit with which the Dragon Design Foundation used to be affiliated, according to staff from the latter. When contacted by telephone, staff at neither organization could explain much more about the award, and only said that it had been discontinued.

WOIPFG claims that, according to its own investigation, Wang also supervised a project titled “Organ Transplantation from Donors Who Have Been Subjected to Drug Injection,” which involved several universities and a military hospital. A photograph is provided of a poster or marketing material, with OSPRC in the title and details about organ transplant from donors given an injection.

In a previous interview with The Epoch Times David Matas, a Canadian human rights lawyer who co-authored a report on organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners, said that “It used to be that China would shoot for execution, then they shifted from shooting to using injections. In effect they’re not killing by injection, but paralyzing by injection, and taking the organs out while the body is still alive.”

Wang Lijun’s research may have played a role in precipitating this change. According to a vitae online, he was the project leader for the “Key Research Project of Trauma-Free Anatomy in the Asia-Pacific Region.” This project included researchers from the Institute of Forensic Medicine at University of Bern, Switzerland, Medical University of Graz, Austria, China Medical University, Jinzhou Medical University and the 205 Hospital of the People’s Liberation Army, according to WOIPFG.

Wang became head of the Chongqing Public Security Bureau after his political patron, Bo Xilai, was shunted there in 2008. According to an article in Global Times, an outlet affiliated with Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, in December 2008 Chongqing began gradually eliminating execution by firing squad, and phasing in execution by injection.

“The whole point of drugging in this context is to keep the organ alive while it’s removed, so the organ would be healthier. If they weren’t going to do that they might as well shoot the person,” said David Matas in a previous telephone interview.

“The disadvantage medically is that the drug taints the organ to an extent, but the organ is kept alive. In China there has been a movement to kill by drugs because you get more organs out of that because there’s a longer time in which to harvest,” Matas said. “That’s what they’re talking about.”

WOIPFG believes that these technical advances in organ harvesting were concurrently applied to the population of Falun Gong practitioners in Chinese labor camps and prisons.

WOIPFG points to the math: the large number of transplantation operations compared to the much smaller number of death penalty cases and the very few instances of organ donation.

David Kilgour a former crown attorney and Canadian Secretary of State (Asia/Pacific),and the international human rights lawyer David Matas, in their seminal study in 2006 and their 2009 book, “Bloody Harvest” cite Chinese official statements in concluding there were 60,000 transplants carried out between 2000 and 2005. They take the number of transplants done in the five-year period prior to the persecution of Falun Gong󈟢,500—as a baseline, assuming the organs in these operations came from executed criminals.

The difference in the number of transplantation operations done in the five years before and after the persecution—a total of roughly 41,500 transplants—most likely came from the Falun Gong population, according to Kilgour and Matas.

Wang referred to “thousands” of on-site transplants conducted at his “research center” in the city of Jinzhou when he received the Guanghua award, during what is thought to have been the height of organ harvesting activity.

Other circumstantial evidence that WOIPFG presents implicating Wang Lijun in the harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners includes transcripts of phone calls made in 2006 to detention centers and courts in Jinzhou.

In the phone calls researchers posing as potential organ recipients or brokers ask leading questions about the availability of organs from Falun Gong practitioners. An operator at a People’s Court says “Now we have divided the tasks among us. Death cases… Falun Gong, our court also assigned their cases to the First Division of Criminal Law.”

WOIPFG also provides a transcript of an interview with a policeman who was a subordinate to Wang Lijun at Jinzhou. He said his job was to stand guard in military hospitals and other buildings where Falun Gong practitioners were tortured or had their organs removed in his transcript he recounts witnessing the organ harvesting from a Falun Gong practitioner.

At one point, the transcript says, “Question: Did you torture them once in the interrogation process to extract information, or many times? Witness: Many times. At that time, Wang Lijun, nowadays the chief of the Chongqing Public Security Bureau, ordered that we ‘must eradicate them all.’”


Zeng Qinghong

Willy Lam, an Adjunct Professor of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a regular CNN contributor on China affairs, wrote in a 2004 article that, after the mass protests in Hong Kong against the Article 23 National Security Bill in 2003, the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee set up a Coordinating Leading Group on Hong Kong Affairs to deal with Special Administrative Region matters. The Leading Group was headed by then Vice State President Zeng Qinghong.

Lam said that Zeng was a key advisor to Jiang Zemin, who had also picked Tung Chee-hwa as Hong Kong’s Chief Executive around that time, and that another role of Zeng’s was to preserve Jiang Zemin’s legacy.

The Epoch Times also learned that Leung Chun-ying was handpicked by Zeng as the present Chief Executive of Hong Kong to carry on Jiang’s “legacy,” or in other words, to extend the persecution of Falun Gong from China to Hong Kong.

Although Jiang Zemin began persecuting Falun Gong 13 years ago, the Hong Kong government never opposed the spiritual practice, until Leung took office in July 2012.


The Journey of Falun Dafa: A Bright but Arduous Path

  • May 13, 1992, Mr. Li Hongzhi first introduced Falun Gong to the public in Changchun City, Jilin Province.
  • September 1992, Falun Gong was officially accepted as a direct branch of the China Qigong Research Association, and received a nationwide permit to teach Falun Dafa in China.
  • July 30, 1993, under the approval of the Chinese Qigong Research Association, the Chinese Falun Gong Research Association was established.
  • August 31, 1993, The Valor Foundation at the Public Security Ministry in China wrote a thank-you letter to the Chinese Qigong Scientific Research Institute, expressing its heartfelt gratitude towards Mr. Li Hongzhi, who voluntarily treated and healed the awarded representatives for no charge at the Third National Valor Awards.
  • September 21, 1993, The People's Public Security Daily published by the Public Security Ministry in China, published a news report entitled, "Falun Gong Healed Valor Award Winners," reporting that people who had received the Valor Award but were afflicted with illnesses or injuries "have seen their health greatly improved after [Mr. Li Hongzhi's] treatment."
  • December 11 - 20, 1993, Mr. Li Hongzhi and some of his students attended the 1993 Oriental Health Expo in Beijing. The expo was held at the Sanyuanqiao International Exhibition Center in Beijing. Mr. Li Hongzhi attended the expo as a member of the Expo Organizing Committee and gave Fa lectures on December 15, 17 and 20. At the end of the expo, Mr. Li was awarded the top prize of the expo, "Greatest Contributor to the Progress Being Made in Cutting Edge Science." He also received the "Special Gold Prize" of the expo and was named the "Most Popular Qigong Master."
  • December 27, 1993, Mr. Li Hongzhi was awarded an Honors Proclamation by the Valor Foundation at the Public Security Ministry in China.
  • May 14 - 15, 1994, Mr. Li Hongzhi gave Fa lectures and taught the Falun Gong exercises at the auditorium of the Policemen's College in Beijing. Sponsoring Organization: The Chinese Valor Foundation
  • Beginning in April 1996, the members of the former Chinese Falun Gong Research Association filed applications to the Ethnic Group Affairs Committee at the China National People's Congress, China Buddhism Association, and the United Front Bureau of the Chinese Central Government to establish a non-religious Falun Gong Academic Research Association. The United Front Bureau of the Chinese Central Government issued an official document stating that the application was denied and the agency didn't support the establishment of the Falun Gong association. The bureau also ordered the management of the six original applicants to relay the message in person to the applicants.
  • June 17, 1996, Guangming Daily, one of Chinese Communist government's official newspapers, published an editorial article entitled, "A Loud and Long Alarm Must Be Sounded Against Pseudo-Science," which claimed that Falun Gong promoted superstition, and was "Pseudo-Science." This is the first time the Jiang regime attacked Falun Gong in public.
  • July 24, 1996, The Chinese News Publishing Bureau, which is under the Propaganda Bureau of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist government, issued an internal order to all cities and provinces, prohibiting the publishing of Zhuan Falun and China Falun Gong, and other Falun Gong books due to their nature of "promoting superstition."
  • In the beginning of 1997, The Chinese Public Security Ministry carried out an investigation throughout China trying to collect criminal evidence that Falun Gong was "an evil cult." But the police at all levels in China came back with the same report: "Haven't found any problem," so the investigation was stopped.
  • November and December of 1997: Members of the former Falun Gong Research Association filed a report to the Chinese Ministry of Civil Administration and the Chinese Public Security Ministry. The report indicated that they had agreed to abide by the decision made by the government and would not continue to pursue their application to form a formal Falun Dafa Association.
  • May 1998: The Chinese National General Athletic Bureau conducted an overall investigation of Falun Gong. In September 1998, a group of medical experts did a statistical sampling survey of the 12,553 Falun Gong practitioners in Guangdong Province. The results showed that the healing effect of practicing Falun Gong was as high as 97.9%.
  • May 1998: Beijing TV's "Fast Forward" program aired an interview with He Zuoxiu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Science, who attacked Falun Gong as being superstitious in the same segment in which a reporter from the station interviewed practitioners at an exercise site in Beijing's Yu Yuantan Park and had practitioners describe the benefits of Falun Gong. After the show aired, hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners from Beijing and Hebei province either wrote letters or directly visited the TV station to point out that He Zuoxiu's attack on Falun Gong was inaccurate.
  • June 2, 1998: After performing an internal investigation, Beijing TV acknowledged that its previous negative program on Falun Gong was the biggest mistake that the station had ever made since its establishment. Beijing TV later broadcast another TV program with a Falun Gong practitioner's interview in order to correct the mistake. The producer of the previous program was dismissed.
  • June 20 - 22, 1998: After Qilu Evening News published an article slandering Falun Dafa, over 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners in Jinan went to the newspaper to clarify the truth about Falun Gong.
  • July 21, 1998: The 1st Bureau of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security issued Document [1998] No. 555, "Notice of the Investigation of Falun Gong," which claimed that Falun Gong was an "evil cult." The Ministry of Public Security carried out a series of investigations on Falun Gong that were known as "finding [Falun Gong] guilty first and then collecting evidence." These actions included, but were not limited to, tapping Falun Gong assistants' phones, tailing Falun Gong assistants, closing down Falun Gong practice sites, forcefully dispersing the practitioners during group exercise practice, ransacking practitioners' houses, confiscating their personal property, and other tactics.
  • On October 20, 1998, The Chinese National Sports Bureau sent a team to Changchun and Harbin to investigate Falun Gong. After the investigation, the leader of the team confirmed Falun Gong's effects on good health and its positive role in improving social stability and spiritual civilization.
  • March 4, 1999: the main Falun Dafa Assistant Center in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province was named "An Organization Outstanding for Returning Lost Items."
  • At the end of March, 1999, the "falundafa.org" website established by North American Falun Dafa volunteer practitioners, where Falun Dafa Books are currently available in more than 30 languages.
  • April 11, 1999: He Zuoxiu published an article entitled "Teenagers Should Not Practice Qigong" in a Teenager Expo, quoting cases that had been included in a previously broadcast Beijing TV program that had already been found to be false.
  • April 23 - 24, 1999: The Tianjin Public Security Bureau sent in 300 S.W.A.T. team members, who used violence and excessive force to disperse Falun Gong practitioners who had gone to the Tianjin Teacher's College to clarify the truth about Falun Gong. The police arrested 45 practitioners. Some practitioners were injured by the police.
  • April 25, 1999, Over ten thousand Dafa practitioners from Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and other areas went to the National Appeal Bureau near Zhongnanhai, the Chinese leadership compound. Zhu Rongji, the Premier at the time, met with Falun Gong representatives. The Falun Gong representatives made three requests: 1) release the detained practitioners in Tianjin 2) provide Falun Gong practitioners with an environment to practice Falun Gong freely 3) allow the publishing of Falun Gong books. The detained Tianjin practitioners were released on the same day. All the Falun Gong practitioners who had gone to the National Appeal Bureau left around 9 PM without any incident.
  • On the evening of April 25, 1999, Jiang Zemin, the then General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, wrote a letter to the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, claiming, "If the Chinese Communist Party cannot defeat Falun Gong, it will be the biggest joke on earth." This letter was passed on internally from the highest level of the Chinese Communist government all the way to the bottom units.
  • April 27, 1999: Over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in Dalian City gathered at the practice site at the Huabei Road in Dalian and held a group practice as a peaceful way to support fellow Falun Gong practitioners' appeal to the National Appeal Bureau in Beijing on April 25, 1999.
  • June 6, 1999: The Jiang regime interrogated over 100 Falun Dafa practitioners who had attended the group appeal at the National Appeal Bureau on April 25, 1999.
  • June 7, 1999: Jiang Zemin gave a speech at the conference of the Political Committee of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee claiming "The issue of Falun Gong has deep social and complex international implications" and "is the most serious political conflict since 1989's Student Movement at Tiananmen Square." This speech was secretly transmitted within the Chinese Communist Party on June 13, 1999.
  • June 10, 1999: "The 610 Office" was established to plan and execute a large-scale oppression against Falun Gong. After the persecution was launched, "the "610 Office"" became a permanent organization at the ministerial level in the Chinese Communist government. There are over ten thousand local "610 Offices" at all levels all over China, which employ nearly one million people to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. These local ""610 Office"s" are heavily funded, and their authority overrides those of ordinary government agencies such as the public security offices, prosecutor's offices and people's courts. The local ""610 Office"s" only report to the local Chinese Communist Party Committee, and answer directly to their superior "610 Office." The duties of all ""610 Office"s" are to "instruct and coordinate public security, prosecuting, law, judicature, investigation, and security organizations to investigate, arrest and try Falun Gong practitioners in court."
  • June 14, 1999: The head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Affair's Office and the National Appeal Bureau issues statements that said people had the right to believe or not to believe in a Qigong practice, and said it was a false rumor that the government was about to oppress Falun Gong.
  • June 18, 1999: In order to resist the covert persecution and safeguard the basic right to practice, over one thousand Falun Gong practitioners left Benxi City, Liaoning Province, for Beijing to clarify the truth about Falun Gong to the National Appeals Bureau. The Benxi police set up layers and layers of roadblocks to stop them from entering Beijing. As a result of the blockade, the No. 28 train to Beijing was stuck in Shenyang for over an hour. The police conducted an extremely thorough search, but more than 500 Falun Gong practitioners managed to break through the blockade and arrive in Beijing on June 19. The 500 Falun Gong practitioners went to the National Appeals Bureau. Their action shocked the authorities in the Chinese Central Government. This incident was later called "The 6.19 Incident."
  • June 18, 1999: "Clearwisdom.net" website (both in Chinese and English) was established. It was up and running one week later on June 25, 1999. Run by volunteer North American Falun Dafa practitioners, the website was called "Falun Dafa in North America, Clearwisdom.net." The name was changed to "Falun Dafa Clearwisdom.net" at the end of 2000.
  • July 14, 1999: Practitioners from Weifang made a peaceful appeal at Weifang's Appeal Bureau. On the morning of July 15, 1999, the municipal government in Weifang gave an official reply with the official seal, which stated that the Weifang government would refrain from publicly attacking Falun Gong in the newspaper, allow people to practice Falun Gong in public, allow Falun Gong practitioners to circulate Falun Gong-related information amongst themselves, and would not attack or retaliate against those practitioners who went to appeal.
  • May 1992 - July 1999: According to the Public Security Ministry in China's internal survey, the total number of Falun Gong practitioners had increased from 7,000 to 100,000,000.
  • July 19, 1999: At a secret high-level government meeting, Jiang Zemin made an official announcement that he wanted to comprehensively eradicate Falun Gong.
  • July 20, 1999: The Chinese Communist Party started to arrest Falun Gong practitioners, ransack their homes, and confiscate their property nationwide, starting with Falun Gong volunteer assistants. On the same day, tens of thousands Falun Gong practitioners who had heard the news went to the National Appeals Bureau to appeal for Falun Gong, but were arrested and temporary detained in Beijing's Fengtai Stadium, Shijingshan Stadium, and some other stadiums in the area.
  • July 22, 1999: The persecution of Falun Gong officially began. The Chinese Communist Party newspaper, People's Daily published a long article entitled, "The Truth about Li Hongzhi" that slandered the founder of Falun Gong. The Ministry of Civil Administration made an official announcement to ban the Falun Dafa Research Association. The Ministry of Public Security announced "Six Prohibitions," including "prohibiting anyone, in any location to hang or post Falun Dafa banners, emblems, pictures and other types of Falun Gong signs prohibiting anyone from distributing or promoting Falun Gong books, video and audio materials and other types of materials prohibiting people from gathering to practice Falun Gong, promote Falun Gong, or engage in any other type of Falun Gong activities on any occasion prohibiting the use of meditation, appeal, and other methods to protect or promote Falun Gong in gatherings, marches, or demonstrations prohibiting anyone from making up or distorting facts, deliberately spreading rumors, or using other methods to stir up and damage the social order prohibiting anyone from organizing, connecting with, or leading activities that are against the government's decisions." The Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee officially announced that, "The Communist Party members are forbidden to practice Falun Dafa." The Chinese Police nationwide continued to arrest Falun Gong practitioners, or abduct Falun Gong practitioners to local police stations, where they were made to watch brainwashing TV programs. The police also continued to ransack Falun Gong practitioners' homes, confiscate their Falun Gong books, burn Falun Gong books, videotapes, audio materials, etc. In the meantime, millions of Falun Gong practitioners began to walk towards Beijing and local government offices to peacefully appeal for Falun Gong. They ended up being either dispersed or arrested.
  • July 22, 1999: Mr. Li Hongzhi published "A Statement", calling on governments all over the world, international organizations, and kind hearted people to help resolve the crisis that Falun Gong practitioners were experiencing. On the same day, Mr. Li Hongzhi was interviewed by the BBC.
  • July 24, 1999: Falun Gong practitioners held a press conference in Washington, DC near the Chinese Embassy, with many Chinese and Western reporters attending. Meanwhile, over 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered at the National Mall between the National Gallery of Art and the Space Museum, and were interviewed by Chinese and English media.
  • July 25, 1999: Mr. Li Hongzhi was interviewed in New York by the French International Radio Broadcasting Corporation.
  • July 27, 1999: Mr. Li Hongzhi sent a signed letter to the Chinese Embassy in the United States and asked the Embassy to forward the letter to the Jiang regime. The letter urged the Chinese government to immediately stop the persecution of Falun Gong and resolve the issue with peaceful talks.
  • July 27, 1999: The U.S. State Department made a statement, urging the Jiang regime to restrain its attitude toward Falun Gong.
  • July 27 - August 1, 1999: More than 200 Falun Gong practitioners from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut gathered at the public square in front of the United Nation's building in New York City, calling for the immediate end of the persecution against Falun Gong.
  • July 28, 1999: Under the directions of Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan, the Chinese Public Security Bureau issued an international arrest warrant for Mr. Li Hongzhi, accusing him of usurping the Chinese Communist regime. INTERPOL refused to cooperate with the Chinese government. More than 5,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered in front of the Dalian City Government, calling for an end of the persecution against Falun Gong.
  • July 29, 1999: Falun Gong practitioners in the U.S. gathered in Washington, DC to hold a press conference and call on the Jiang regime to end the persecution of Falun Gong.
  • July 29 - August 6, 1999: Falun Gong practitioners in Vancouver, Canada gathered in front of the Vancouver Art Museum for nine consecutive days, calling for the world to learn the truth about Falun Gong. More than ten news media organizations came to interview practitioners and provided positive coverage for the event.
  • July 31, 1999: Mr. Li Hongzhi published a statement expressing his grave regret that the Chinese Government had issued an arrest warrant for him through the International Operative Organization.
  • July 31, August 7 - 8, 1999: Falun Gong practitioners in France gathered at the Human Rights Square across from the Eiffel Tower, calling on the world to support and help Falun Gong. French Television, French Radio, International Radio Broadcast and RFA came to cover the story.
  • August 4, 1999: The United Citizens' Association of the United Nations condemned the Jiang regime's violations of human rights and fundamental freedom.
  • August 6, 1999: 25 Congressmen in the United States co-signed a letter to Jiang Zemin, demanding that he stop persecuting Falun Gong.
  • August 7, 1999: The first Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference using English as the primary language was held in New Hampshire, United States. Approximately 60 Falun Gong practitioners attended the conference.
  • August 8, 1999: 138 Falun Gong practitioners practiced the exercises together at Wanlu Park in Haiko City, Hainan Province. Under siege by the Chinese police, they insisted on finishing their practice. This was later known as the "August 8th Incident in Haiko."
  • August 8, 1999: The Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, USA became the first mayor in the world to proclaim "Mr. Li Hongzhi Day" since Jiang Zemin started to persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999.
  • August 16, 1999: Chen Ying, a 17-year-old female student at Shuren High School, Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province, was arrested by the police on her way to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa. Due to pressure from the police's verbal abuse, battering and threats, Chen Ying was forced to jump out of the train and died. This news and a photo of Chen Ying and her mother were published on Minghui.org on October 25, 1999. "Chen Ying became the first name on Minghui.org's list of Falun Gong practitioners who died as a result of the persecution.
  • October 9, 1999: The first Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference using English as the primary language in the Metropolitan New York to Philadelphia area was held at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Over 100 Falun Gong practitioners attended the conference.
  • October 16, 1999, Minghui.org (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net) published the first case in which a perfectly sane Falun Gong practitioner was thrown into a psychiatric institution as a form of persecution. Cheng Zhong, a Falun Gong practitioner from Jiangsu Province, was abducted to the Third People's Hospital (a psychiatric hospital) in Wujin City, where he was subjected to injection of neurotoxic drugs and electric shock.
  • October 25, 1999: Chinese Central Television's News Network program broadcast a French reporter's interview with Jiang Zemin, who claimed that, "Falun Gong is an evil cult." After the interview was broadcast on TV, hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners went to Tiananmen Square and the People's Congress Hall to appeal for Falun Gong and were arrested by Chinese police.
  • October 26, 1999: All major Chinese government media published Jiang Zemin's speech on October 25, 1999 under the title of "Falun Gong is an Evil Cult." It is regarded as the official announcement of the Jiang regime against Falun Gong. Nearly 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners went to Tiananmen Square at the National Appeal's Bureau and were arrested.
  • October 27, 1999: People's Daily published the article "Falun Gong Is an Evil Cult" by a "special" commentator. About 600 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested when they displayed banners which said "Falun Dafa is good" on Tiananmen Square. Seventeen Falun Gong practitioners went up to the front gate of Tiananmen Square to hang Falun Gong banners. Fifteen of them were Falun Gong practitioners from Beijing. They were sentenced to four months to two years in prison. The other two practitioners were sent to the prisons in the cities of their residence.
  • October 28, 1999: About 30 Falun Gong practitioners held a secret press conference in Beijing where they identified themselves with their real names. They were photographed and interviewed by Western media outlets such as the AP, Reuters, RFA, and The New York Times. On the same day AP and Reuters published news articles about the interview. The New York Times, South China Morning News and several European newspapers published the interviews with large photos on the following day. Many of the Falun Gong practitioners who appeared at the secret press conference were later arrested. Ms. Ding Yan and Mr. Cai Mintao were tortured to death in year 2000. Ms. Gu Lina was sentenced to four years in prison. Mr. Jiang Chaohui and Ms. Zhang Ke were sentenced to three years in prison. Ms. Liu Dongmei was sentenced to three years in a forced labor camp. Ms. Lei Xiaoting was sentenced to two years in prison. The whereabouts of the other practitioners who attended the news conference is currently unknown.
  • October 30, 1999: The Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Congress passed legislation, "Banning Evil Cults, as well as Preventing and Punishing the Activities of Evil Cults." All the major media outlets in China published the Supreme Court and the Supreme People's Legislative Court's "An Explanation on How to Prosecute Criminal Activities of the Evil Cults with Existing Law." Although Falun Gong was not mentioned in the explanation, the general public was given the impression that the explanation would be used as a basis to oppress Falun Gong.
  • November 1, 1999: The legislative organizations in China made an announcement through the media that four members of the former Falun Dafa Research Association, including Li Chang, Wang Zhiwen, Ji Liewu, and Yao Jie, who had been in detention for several months were formally arrested.
  • November 6 - 7, 1999: The first Australian Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference using English as the primary language was held in the Gold Coast. More than 250 Falun Gong practitioners from Australia, Guangzhou (China), Hong Kong, Canada, and New Zealand attended.
  • November 13, 1999: Jiang and his followers for the first time publicly sentenced Falun Gong practitioners to prison. Four Falun Gong practitioners from Hainan Province were given two to twelve years in prison during trials at Haikou City Mid-level People's Court. Mr. Song Yuesheng was sentenced 12 years prison, Mr. Cheng Yuan 7 years, Mr. Jiang Shilong 3 years, Ms. Liang Yulin 2 years, and hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners were sentenced to three years in forced labor camps. The AP reported this trial on the same day.

The Haikou City Mid-level People's Court Judge Chen Yuanchao (male, 52 years old) took the initiative to be the judge for this case. Because he fabricated "criminal offences" to be used in sentencing Falun Dafa practitioners, Jiang and his regime awarded him second level National Merit Award, first level National Merit Award, and the title of "Model Judge."

  • November 18 - 19, 1999: The United States House and Senate passed Resolutions 217 and 218, respectively, urging the Chinese government to end the persecution of Falun Gong.
  • December 3, 1999: Falun Gong practitioners learned that the Mid-Level People's Court in Beijing would try Li Chang, Wang Zhiwen, Ji Liewu, Yao Jie in court. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners went to the courthouse asking to be allowed to listen to the trial proceedings and were arrested.
  • December 6, 1999: 52 Falun Gong practitioners in Fangshan District, Beijing were thrown into to the Zhoukoudian Psychiatric Institution in Beijing.
  • December 26, 1999: While western society and media were all concentrating on Christmas holiday activities, the First Mid-Level People's Court declared the members of the former Falun Dafa Research Association, including Li Chang, Wang Zhiwen, Ji Liewu, and Yao Jie, guilty of "Obstructing Justice with an Evil Cult Practice" and sentenced them to 18, 16, 12 and 7 years in prison respectively. On the same day, thousands of Falun Gong practitioners went to the courthouse asking to be allowed to listen to the trial proceedings and were arrested.
  • January 19, 2000: Mr. Li Hongzhi published his photo for the first time through Minghui.org. The annotation read: "Master Li quietly watching students and the world's people from amidst the mountains after leaving New York following July 20th, 1999." Mr. Li Hongzhi also, for the first time, publicly published an important message to disciples after the persecution comprehensively began on July 20, 1999. This marked the beginning of all New Articles/Lectures being published on Minghui.org during this special time period. This photo was later included in Essentials for Further Advancement II, and the annotation was changed to, "Master Li quietly watching the world from amidst the mountains after leaving New York following July 20th, 1999."
  • March 23, 2000: Amnesty International in Hong Kong strongly condemned China's oppression of spiritual movements in China, including Falun Gong.
  • April 25, 2000: Minghui.org published the translation of The Wall Street Journal: "Practicing Falun Gong Was a Right, Ms. Chen Said, up to Her Last Day." The original article was published on April 20, 2000 in The Wall Street Journal by Ian Johnson, a Staff Reporter. Both AP and Reuters reported that Ian Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Falun Gong cases.
  • On February 17 2000, 59 year old Falun Dafa practitioner, Ms. Chen Zixiu, of Xujiaxiaozhuang, Beiguan, Weicheng District, Weifang City, Shandong Province was arrested to the temporary "Falun Gong Transformation/Detention Center" -- Chengguan Neighborhood Administration Branch, established by Weicheng District Government. Police tortured her in an attempt to make her give up her practice.
  • On the morning of February 21 st 2000 Ms. Chen Zixiu was beaten to death by police at the Falun Gong Transformation/Detention Center". Her body was sent to the City Hospital by the Chengguan Neighborhood Administration.
  • February 29, 2000 Ms. Chen Zixiu's case was exposed on Minghui.org and The Wall Street Journal. This article cause widespread concern over her death in the international community.
  • On April 16, 2001, Ian Johnson won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. The Wall Street Journal's managing editor, Paul E. Steiger, commented that Johnson's reports were "a tremendous example of courage and determination, to get a story in the face of strong police force's pressures against the reporting, combined with very sensitive and powerful writing." AP
  • May 2000: Falun Gong practitioners launched a new web site, XinSheng.net, previously named Buhuo.net.
  • May 22, 2000: Mr. Li Hongzhi published his first poem since the persecution began, "The Knowing Heart," written on October 12, 1999, which moved practitioners around the world.
  • June 15, 2000: Clearwisdom.net published the Editorial Article "A Second Authentic New Article of Master Li Since July 22, 1999 Will Be Published in a Few Days" to discuss the fabricated articles that were circulating at that time. This was the first time the publishing of a new article was announced in advance. The website also posted Mr. Li Hongzhi's teaching, "practitioners must pay attention to the attitude of Minghui Net on all important matters." The original words are, "It is not that Minghui Net does not make mistakes, however, on important matters, practitioners must pay attention to the attitude of Minghui Net. The purpose of posting my photo and the article 'The Knowing Heart' on Minghui Net was to build a trustworthy website for practitioners."
  • June 16, 2000: Mr. Li Hongzhi published "Towards Consummation" on Chinese Minghui.org, emphasizing that cultivators should let go of their "fundamental attachments."
  • June 26, 2000: The first solemn declaration that "all signed statements written under the extreme pressure of persecution agreeing to give up cultivation of Falun Gong are null and void" is published on Minghui.org.
  • June 29, 2000: Mr. Li Hongzhi published "In Reference to a Prophecy" on Minghui.org.
  • July 2, 2000: Mr. Li Hongzhi published "Using at Will" on Minghui.org.
  • July 5, 2000: Mr. Li Hongzhi published "Drive Out Interference" on Minghui.org.
  • July 2000: Adrienne Clarkson, the Governor General of Canada, wrote a letter in support of Falun Dafa Week.
  • July 14, 2000: Falun Dafa Bulletin Board published the article "On Important Matters, Practitioners Must Pay Attention to the Attitude of Minghui Net," which called for all Falun Dafa practitioners to immediately understand and largely spread the materials on Minghui Net.
  • July 18, 2000: Minghui Editors published the article "Our Compassionate and Venerable Master," revealing the profound truth behind how practitioners and the world's people are walking through the catastrophes in 2000, and encouraging practitioners to diligently advance during this historical battle between good and evil, and in Fa-rectification period cultivation.
  • August 2000: Herb Gray, the Deputy Prime Minister, Sheila Copps, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, A. Anne McLellan, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and many other Canadian government officials wrote a total of 70 letters of congratulations for Falun Dafa Week in Canada.
  • August 2000: The Falun Dafa Information Center (English) was established in the USA, run by Falun Dafa volunteers.
  • August 29, 2000: Falun Gong practitioner Zhu Keming from Hong Kong and Falun Gong practitioner Wang Jie from Beijing filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court in China against Jiang Zemin, Zeng Qinghong, and Luo Gan for violating the Chinese Constitution and persecuting Falun Gong. In the lawsuit, they also made six demands, including withdrawing the arrest warrant against Mr. Li Hongzhi, withdrawing Ministry of Public Security's "Six Prohibitions," releasing illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners, and bringing Jiang, Zen and Luo to justice.
  • September 26, 2000: Minghui Editors published "Serious Teachings - Recorded from a Recent Talk by Master." Mr. Li Hongzhi gave serious guidance to His disciples on consummation during the Fa-rectification period cultivation, including how to upgrade understandings based on the Fa, many situations among practitioners, and more.
  • October 8, 2000: World Falun Dafa Radio, a radio station created by volunteer Falun Gong practitioners, began broadcasting from San Francisco, USA.
  • October, 2000: In order to force detained Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their faith in Falun Gong, The Masanjia Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang, Liaoning Province stripped female Falun Gong practitioners naked and threw them into male criminal inmates' cells.
  • October, 2000: More than thirty congressmen and college professors in the US and UK nominated Mr. Li Hongzhi and his Dafa disciples as the candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • October 21, 2000: More than 800 Falun Gong practitioners held an experience-sharing conference in San Francisco, USA. Mr. Li Hongzhi appeared at the conference for the first time since the persecution started and gave a Fa lecture. His lecture was subsequently published in Guiding the Voyage.
  • November 2, 2000, The People's Court in China sentenced Liang Jiantian to life in prison and Liu Jinsong to 20 years in prison for printing and selling Falun Gong books.
  • November 19, 2000, Falun Dafa practitioners outside of China founded Zhengjian.org website. The website was formally established by practitioners from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Washington DC. Its purpose is to collect materials on prehistoric civilizations and science.
  • November 24, 2000, Minghui editors published "About Psychotropics," publicizing Mr. Li Hongzhi's teaching on the issue. He "disbelieve[s] that psychotropics could play this kind of role. Out of their own fears, some of our students used this as an excuse for not passing the tests they should pass. If psychotropics could really play such a role and if [the students] have done seriously wrong things under the influence of the drugs, they should work even harder to inform people of the truth so as to make up for what's been lost ."
  • November 2000: Friends of Falun Gong, also known as, "American Citizens In Support of Falun Gong Practitioners' Freedom of Belief," was established.
  • November 19, 2000: "Australian Citizens In Support of Falun Dafa Practitioners' Freedom of Belief", a.k.a. "Friends of Falun Gong" was established.
  • December 1, 2000: Minghui.org published Master Li's article "Eliminate Evil," in which he stated: "Don't believe the rumor about my going to Beijing. If I do something publicly or publish scriptures1, they're sure to be published on the ClearWisdom (Minghui) website. "Scriptures" that aren't published on the ClearWisdom website are definitely fake. All those who are circulating those types of "scriptures" should look into where the fake scriptures originated from and expose the evil."
  • December 19, 2000: The North America Great Lakes Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference was held in Ann Harbor, Michigan. Mr. Li Hongzhi appeared at the conference and gave a Fa lecture. His speech was collected in Guiding the Voyage.
  • December 23, 2000: 3,000 Falun Gong practitioners from 18 countries and regions held an experience sharing conference in Taipei, Taiwan. It was the first time that an international cultivation experience sharing conference was held in Taiwan. Vice-president Lu Xianlian of Taiwan addressed the conference.
  • January 1, 2001: Mr. Li Hongzhi's article "Beyond the Limits of Forbearance" was published on Minghui.org.
  • January 1, 2001: At least 700 Falun Dafa practitioners in China went to Tiananmen Square to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. The police rounded up one practitioner every two minutes.
  • January 10, 2001, professor Zhang Kunlun was sentenced to three years imprisonment. Through intervention by the Canadian government, professor Zhang was released. It was the first successful rescue case by the international community.
  • January 2001: "Friends of Falun Gong, Canada" was established
  • January 4, 2001: fawanghuihui.org was established to collect and compile cases of persecution against Falun Gong and the names of the perpetrators.
  • January 6, 2001: The first Minghui School was established in Washington D.C. Subsequently, Minghui schools have been established in many cities around the world, including: Sidney, Australia, Melbourne, Australia, Toronto, Canada, Vancouver, Ottawa, many cities in Taiwan and Thailand Tokyo, Japan Seoul, South Korea New York City, New Jersey, Atlanta, Houston, Minnesota, Colorado, Chicago, and others in the USA.
  • January 23, 2001: The staged Tiananmen Square Self-immolation Incident occurred. The Xinhua News Agency, the official media of the Jiang regime, broadcast the news one hour after the event occurred, claiming that five Falun Gong practitioners had set themselves on fire. Later they changed the number of people who had set themselves on fire from five to seven. On the same day, Minghui.org published the press release by the Falun Dafa Information Center: "China Stages Self-Immolation Act Xinhua News Frames Falun Gong with Slanderous Lies," calling for a third-party independent investigation to uncover the truth.
  • On February 4, 2001, The Washington Post published an article entitled "Human Fire Ignites Chinese Mystery, Motive for Public Burning Intensifies Fight Over Falun Gong." In the article it was noted that no one had ever seen one of the victims, Liu Chunling, practicing Falun Gong.
  • On February 15, 2001, The European Council passed a resolution to support the freedom of belief and religion in China. The resolution pointed out that, due to the Chinese government's persecution of Falun Gong during the previous two years, over 50,000 Falun Gong practitioners had been arrested and more than 25,000 had been imprisoned, sent to labor camps, or committed to psychiatric hospitals and at least 137 had been tortured to death. The resolution called on the Chinese government to release all innocent people that had been detained for peacefully exercising internationally recognized rights of freedom of belief and religion.
  • March 14, 2001: Mr. Li Hongzhi won the International Religious Freedom Award issued by US Freedom House human rights organization.
  • April 27, 2001: Falun Dafa books were featured in the annual international book fair in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • May 19, 2001: Mr. Li Hongzhi published "The Disciples' Magnificence" on Minghui.org. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners held a Falun Dafa experience sharing Fa conference in Ottawa, Canada. Mr. Li Hongzhi appeared at the Fa conference and gave a Fa lecture, which was later published in Guiding the Voyage. This was the first time that Mr. Li Hongzhi taught his students about "sending forth righteous thoughts."
  • On May 24, 2001, Asia Week ranked Mr. Li Hongzhi as number one among the 50 most influential people in Asia.
  • May 27, 2001: Minghui Editors for the first time issued an announcement for all practitioners around the world to send forth righteous thoughts on a unified schedule.
  • May 30, 2001: Amnesty International named Jiang Zemin one of its "human rights scoundrels" of 2000.
  • On June 4, 2001, the Highest Chinese Court and the Highest Chinese Procurator published "Explanations of Legal Problems in the Application of Law Concerning Crimes of Organization and Making Use of Sects" because practitioners gave out Falun Gong truth clarifying materials to the general public in large quantities. In the article, it stated that anyone who distributes flyers, DVD, VCD, or CD can be considered committing the crime of "Instigating Disruption of the Country" or "Overthrowing the Government".
  • On June 10, 2001, the Editorial Group of Clearwisdom.net (the English version of Minghui.net) issued a notice for all Falun Gong practitioners of the three set times during the day to send forth righteous thoughts together.
  • On June 15, 2001, over 600 Falun Gong practitioners from around 23 countries gathered in Gothenburg during the European Union Summit Period. They organized a walk-around-the-city parade and held press conferences. They initiated the "SOS Global Rescue Plan" to appeal to the international community for help in stopping the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
  • On June 20, 2001, the "Wanjia Forced Labor Camp Atrocity" occurred. The Wanjia Forced Labor Camp is located in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China. The tragedy involved Falun Gong practitioners Li Xiuqing, Zhang Yulan, and Zhao Yayun who died from persecution, 8 practitioners who were secretly sent to the hospital in a comatose state, and four female practitioners transferred to the men's group to be isolated. Due to tight control of information by the forced labor camp, outsiders thought all 15 Falun Gong practitioners had been tortured to death.
  • Beginning July 2001, Falun Gong practitioners in America, Europe, Australia, and several Asian countries began the "SOS, Rescue the Falun Gong Practitioners Persecuted in China" activities by traveling through countries on foot, by bicycle or by car.
  • On July 5, 2001, the US State Council published a "Falun Gong in China" bulletin. It urged China to release detained Falun Gong practitioners.
  • On July 17, 2001, Falun Gong Practitioner Peng Liang from Wuhan City sued Zhao Zhifei in a US court. Peng's brother Peng Ming and mother Li Xiuying were tortured to death in China. Zhao Zhifei is the head of the Public Security Department of Hubei Province, and the major head of the "610 Office" in Hubei Province. In late August 2001, many practitioners who helped Peng Liang were arrested. Peng Liang' s situation is currently unknown,
  • On July 20, 2001, the international Human Rights Society issued an announcement in which it appealed for an end to the persecution and killing of Falun Gong practitioners.
  • On July 21, 2001, about 4000 Falun Gong practitioners from around 30 countries gathered at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for an experience sharing conference. Mr. Li Hongzhi lectured at the conference. His lecture was later published in the book Guiding the Voyage..
  • In the end of July 2001, more than 130 Falun Gong practitioners detained at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp went on a group hunger strike to protest the illegal extension of detained practitioners whose terms had ended.
  • In August 2001, to support fellow practitioners detained in the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, Falun Gong practitioners around the world held a sit in or went on hunger strikes in front of Chinese embassies or consulates in various countries. Among them, practitioners in Vancouver, Canada went on a prolonged protest of 24 hours a day for 21 months that did not end until May 2003.
  • In August 2001, The Golden Lotus (Jin-Lian-Hua) Press published "Heaven and Earth Both Turn to Falun Dafa" which was edited by the North America Falun Dafa Association. The book collected over 600 proclamations to Falun Dafa by government officials and non-governmental organizations in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Russia, Japan and other areas.
  • On August 14, 2001, at the 53 rd Meeting of the associated committee of UN Human Rights Promotion and Protection, the UN Educational Organization made a statement to point out that the "Tiananman Self-Immolation Event" was directed by the Chinese government for the sole purpose of slandering Falun Gong. The UN Educational Organization condemned Jiang Zemin's regime's "National Terrorism" in the persecution of Falun Gong.
  • On September 9, 2001, the Yuanming.net website, which changed its name to European Yuanming.net, was up and running after more than a year of no operation.
  • On September 13, 2001, Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, was nominated for the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
  • At the end of October 2001, Canadian Premier Jean Chrietien raised the issue of Falun Gong directly to Jiang Zemin at APEC held in Shanghai.
  • On September 27, 2001, according to a Clearwisdom.net (www.minghui.ca) report, in four months (from May to August 2001), incomplete statistics showed that more than 120 government officials and police officers suddenly died and 325 of them suffered accidental injuries or car accidents that is believed to be karmic retribution for their persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. .

Minghui website published an article entitled, "Make the Best Use of Time to Clarify the Truth to the Precious Chinese People," which stated, "The present state of today's humankind is formed by countless tragic but magnificent historic stories that are little known to humankind. In an era a long time ago, in the immense colossal firmament, the lords and kings of cosmic systems at different levels -- out of compassion for sentient beings and in order to attain the Fa at this moment in time when the Fa rectifies the cosmos and thereby save the beings that they represent -- fully experienced the hardships of history and endured disgrace and dishonor by coming down to the human world. Upon entering the three realms they became lost in the mortal world, and exhaustively suffered the mistreatment of low-level beings in the three realms, and in order to survive, they also created innumerable quantities of karma. Many were high lords, divine and holy Fa kings that confronted danger in the three realms and the human world, hoping to attain the Fa."

The article urged all Dafa practitioners to, "make the best use of time, and through every channel at various levels, use every effective method to deeply and meticulously clarify the truth to Chinese people and help Chinese people come to understand Dafa in a positive way." "At the same time, it is extremely important to do all of this well by rationally and wisely using methods that can be easily understood and accepted by others."

  • On November 20, 2001, 36 Falun Gong practitioners (all westerners) from 12 countries gathered at Tiananmen Square to protest the persecution of Falun Gong by holding up a banner that read "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance." They were deported the next day and prohibited from entering China for five years.
  • In early 2002, the "Taiwan Fang Guang Ming" website was set up. On February 2, 2002, it published the first TV program entitled, "Falun Dafa in Taiwan (revised edition)".
  • Minghui website reported on March 7, 2002 that two Falun Gong TV programs, including "Falun Dafa Worldwide" and "Self-Immolation or Staged Act," were broadcasted on eight cable channels in Changchun City, Jilin Province. The broadcast lasted 40 to 50 minutes without intermission. The report said that at around 8 p.m. on March 5, several hundred thousand subscribers of the cable channels in Changchun City were watching TV programs, and then suddenly eight channels changed into documentaries showing the truth of Falun Gong. The founder of Falun Gong and scenes of practitioners collectively practicing exercises worldwide emerged to numerous television audiences in China.
  • On March 8, 2002 Mr. Li Hongzhi published the article "Look at Things with Righteous Thoughts" on Minghui.org. He said: "Right now, the Dafa disciples of Mainland China using television to let people know the truth is exposing the evil's persecution, is saving sentient beings whose minds have been poisoned by the evil's deceit, and is a magnificent act of mercy."

Minghui.org reported on March 30 that the police of Jilin Province were conducting massive raids under direct orders from Jiang Zemin. It reported that during the period of the 5 th to the 24 th of March, police arrested more than 5,000 Falun Gong practitioners in Changchun. At least 8 people were tortured to death, and most were secretly cremated by the police. The ones we know are: (1). Ms. Shen Jianli, a 34-year-old teacher of Math Application and also a teacher in Jilin University. She was arrested on March 6, and tortured to death by the local police at the end of April 2002 her husband Zheng Weidong is also a Falun Gong practitioner and is still being held. Their 4 year old daughter is looked after by a friend. (2). On the night of March 11, 34 year old Liu Haibo was taken from his home by the Kuancheng District Public Security Sub-bureau of Changchun City. The police tortured and interrogated him for one whole night, until they found that he was in critical condition after 1 a.m. the next morning. Liu Haibo was sent to an Emergency Center, but still passed away. (3). On March 16, another male Falun Gong practitioner (over 30, an employee of the Merchant's Bank) was tortured to death by a Criminal Brigade of Jincheng Public Security Sub-bureau in Changchun City. (4). On March 18, Liu Yi (male, 34, lived on Qingnian Road, Luyuan District of Changchun City) was also beaten to death in the office of Criminal Brigade in Luyuan Public Security Sub-bureau, because he resisted the evil persecution. The police monitored his family members 24 hours a day, and strictly blocked the information. (5). On March 20, 54-year-old Ms. Li Shuqin was abducted by Changjiu local police officers, and tortured to death in Changchun No. 3 Detention Center. (6). Hou Mingkai was raided by the "610 Office" for a reward of 50,000 yuan and a promotion of two levels in government position. He was arrested on August 21, and beaten to death within two days. His body was secretly cremated on August 23. (7). Ms. Li Rong was persecuted to death within a very short period between the end of March and beginning of early April. (8) In September of 2002, another 15 practitioners participating in the March 5 Video Broadcast in Changchun City were sentenced from 4 to 20 years in prison. Mr. Liu Chengjun, one of the main persons participating in the video broadcast died on December 26, 2003 after suffering torture in prison for a year and nine months.

  • March 30, 2002: "Guangzhou Daily", the Guangzhou City Party Committee's official newspaper, published two poems by Mr. Li Hongzhi. Afterwards the editor in charge was taken into custody.
  • May 8, 2002, Minghui editors sent out a notice asking practitioners around the world to start sending forth righteous thoughts four times every day at 6 and 12 in the morning and evening Beijing time.
  • May 12, 2002, the local television station "All Villages Satellite Broadcast Television", that covers more than ten provinces including Inner Mongolia, Yunnan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Chongqing, Henan, Hunan, Qinghai, Shanxi, and Gansu, was retransmitting the CCTV "News Broadcast". During the program, that attacked Falun Gong, it suddenly stopped for 3 minutes until it finished.
  • May 14, 2002, Pope John Paul II met with a Falun Gong practitioner, and offered a blessing for Falun Dafa around the world.
  • June 2002: Jiang Zemin visited Iceland. Over 70 Falun Gong practitioners, who had planned to protest the persecution against Falun Gong in Iceland were stopped at the Icelandic border, because their names were on a blacklist that was provided by Jiang's regime. Morgunbladid, Iceland's largest daily newspaper, ran a full-page ad in Chinese, English and Icelandic apologizing to members of Falun Gong and foreign visitors of Asian descent. More than 450 Icelandic people from all walks of life--from Congressmen to poets, from blue-collar workers to students-- signed the declaration. Nearly 3,000 Icelandic people initiated a parade, protesting China's persecution against Falun Gong and Icelandic government's ban of Falun Gong practitioners from entering Iceland.
  • July 17, 2002: Australian Falun Gong practitioners launched another Falun Dafa web site, Guang Ming, at http://www.xinguangming.org.
  • August 16, 2002, Talentvision, a Chinese-language TV station, had been airing news program from Mainland China that slander Falun Gong. After receiving complaints, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) found that the news item relating to murders committed in Mainland China was unfair and improper in its method of linking the murderer to Falun Gong. The CBSC decision stated that Talentvision breached four articles of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Code of Ethics and Violence Code and the Radio and Television News Directors Association Code of (Journalistic) Ethics. Mo Ruoxiang, the president of Talentvision, said that he would accept this ruling.
  • Around August 17, 2002, the Falun Gong truth-clarification program, "Historical Trial" was inserted on cable TV stations in Xining City, Minhe County, and other areas in Qinghai Province.
  • In August 2002, a cable TV station in the Fangshan area of Beijing was intercepted twice by a Falun Gong truth-clarification program. It happened three times in the eastern area of Baoding City. Each interception lasted more than 70 minutes.
  • On August 23 and 27, 2002 Falun Gong practitioners successfully broadcasted the Falun Gong truth-clarification TV programs "Witness" and "Falun Dafa Worldwide", during the peak hours of 7 and 8 p.m. in northern Baoding, Laishui, Yixian, Zhuozhou, Gaobeidian, and Xushui of Hebei Province. Each broadcast lasted over 70 minutes.
  • On August 27, 2002, the police in Xushui County, Baoding City, Hebei Province, sent many police cars and armed police officers to apprehend Falun Gong practitioners who had broadcasted Falun Dafa truth-clarification TV programs in surrounding areas. The police shot at the Falun Gong practitioners and smashed their van. The public security officers arrested six Falun Gong practitioners.
  • On August 27, 2002, The World Psychology Association decided to send a team to China to investigate the Jiang regime's abusive use of psychiatric treatment to persecute dissidents.
  • On September 6, 2002, Falun Gong practitioners successfully broadcast a truth-clarification TV program onto a cable TV network in Baiyin County, Baiyin City, Gansu Province. The program lasted 15 minutes.
  • On December 29, 2002, the 2002 Taiwan Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference was held at the National Taiwan University stadium in Taipei, Taiwan. 5000 practitioners attended the conference. Vice Interior Minister Mr. Hsu, Ying-Shen the Mayor of Taipei, Mr. Ma Ying-Jeou and the President of Taiwan National University, Mr. Chen Wei-Jao all came in person to give speeches to show their respect and support for Falun Gong practitioners. Later, the Vice President of Taiwan, Ms. Lu Hsiu-Lien, sent a congratulatory telegram and best regards to Falun Gong practitioners.
  • On February 15, 2003, over 1,500 Falun Gong practitioners held a Falun Dafa Experience Sharing conference in Los Angeles. Mr. Li Hongzhi graced the Fa conference with his presence and answered questions about cultivation at a large-scale Fa conference for the first time since the persecution against Falun Gong began.
  • On June 5, 2003, Iceland's Data Protection Authority announced that the Icelandic Ministry of Justice's use of a blacklist to stop Falun Gong practitioners from entering Iceland was illegal.
  • On August 1, 2003, according to a Minghui.org news announcement: Falun Gong practitioners in a rural area in Hunan successfully broadcasted the Falun Gong truth-clarification TV programs "Witness" and "Falun Dafa Worldwide", with a timed high-power transmitter for several minutes. Tens of thousands of Chinese people watched these truth-clarification TV programs. All Falun Gong practitioners who helped with the broadcast withdrew from the area safely prior to the broadcast. According to the news, Falun Gong practitioners in China have designed and produced a large quantity of TV transmitters and FM broadcasting transmitters. They have internal timers and a large emissive power for more Falun Gong practitioners in China to broadcast Falun Dafa truth-clarification TV programs.
  • On September 30, 2003, the "Global Coalition to Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice" formally announced its establishment at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Coalition is committed to embodying all righteous forces and exposing all the crimes of Jiang Zemin. The Coalition will ensure that Jiang is brought to justice in the Court of Conscience, the Court of Morality and the Court of Law. To date, over 100 organizations and individuals have joined in to support the Coalition.
  • October 15, 2003: Clearwisdom reported that all provinces in China changed the name of the "Falun Dafa "610 Office"" to the "Purge the Evil Cult Office" throughout China, and claimed that the ""610 Office"s" had been disbanded.
  • November 3, 2003: Clearwisdom reported, In Nahe City, Heilongjiang Province that Dafa practitioners successfully aired truth clarification videos using the local cable TV system. About 600 households viewed the program, which included the truth about the persecution of Dafa and Dafa practitioners.
  • November 3, 2003: Clearwisdom reported that a Quebec Court of Appeals reinstated Falun Gong practitioners' Motion for Contempt of Court against the Montreal Chinese Newspaper La Presses Chinoise and the author Ms. He Bing. The court's decision will be reported in the prestigious law journal Dominion Law Reports.
  • November 8, 2003: New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV), a non-profit, privately owned Chinese TV station, won an Honorable Mention at the 51 st Columbus International Film & Video Festival for the movie "False Fire: China's Tragic New Standard in State Deception" in which the Tiananmen Square "Self-immolation Incident" that occurred in 2001 is analyzed.
  • November 14, 2003: the Clearwisdom.net Committee for Collecting Evidence of the Persecution published an article entitled How to Wisely Collect Physical Evidence. It suggested that practitioners in China begin collecting evidence of the media-created and distributed defamation of Falun Gong in China, and other evidence of the persecution. The article also suggested that the collected evidence be sent to the Evidence Collection Committee overseas as soon as it was safe to do so.
  • November 29, 2003: About 1,500 Falun Dafa practitioners from North America and other countries gathered at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to attend the 2003 Southeast US Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference. The founder of Falun Dafa, Mr. Li Hongzhi gave a Fa lecture and answered questions from Falun Gong practitioners regarding cultivation practice.
  • January 20, 2004: Representatives of the Canadian Falun Dafa Association, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), Ottawa Branch, and international human rights lawyer David Matas held a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. During the press conference it was announced that the group had presented the names of 15 Chinese officials, including the former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and evidence of their crimes while persecuting Falun Gong in China to Canadian Government officials. The Hate Crimes section of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) put the information on record. When anyone on the list attempts to enter Canada, a prompt investigation could take place. By the end of the month the number of people on the list had increased to 45.
  • By the end of February 2004

Falun Gong had spread to more than 60 countries and regions all over the world, and people in other countries began to cultivate Falun Dafa.

The main book of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun, had been translated into 25 languages and published all over the world. The book China Falun Gong had been translated into 30 languages and published all over the world. Translation of the books into other languages is now underway.

There were about 110 Falun Dafa websites in the world.

By mid-February, 2004, Falun Dafa had received 1223 proclamations and commendations as well as letters of thanks: 1051 were from the USA, 135 from Canada, 12 from Australia, 9 from Taiwan, 6 from Europe, 1 each from New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia and Peru, and 6 from China (before 1999).

The number of Falun Gong practitioners confirmed to have been tortured to death by the Chinese Communist government had reached 935.

According to the Chinese Communist Party's internal statistics, at the end of October 2001 the number of Falun Gong practitioners that had died in detention was 1,600.

The number of Falun Gong practitioners tried and found guilty by the Jiang regime had exceeded 6,000 [Note: The trials were not legal as the Chinese Constitution warrants the freedom of personal belief and assembly.]

The number of Falun Gong practitioners detained in forced labor camps without trial had exceeded 100,000

The deputy head of a forced labor camp in China revealed that in 2001 there were 210,000 imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners.

The number of arrests of Falun Gong practitioners had exceeded several hundred thousand.

According to internal information from the Public Security Bureau in Beijing, by the end of April 2001 there had been a total of 830,000 arrests of Falun Gong practitioners for appealing in Beijing for the right to practice Falun Dafa. This number does not include those who refused to give their names or were not recorded by the police at the time of arrest.

The number of Falun Gong practitioners sent to psychiatric institutions and subjected to injections of drugs that damage the central nervous system had reached several thousand.

Countless Falun Gong practitioners were forced to attend brainwashing classes.

Countless Falun Gong practitioners were forced to leave their homes to escape further persecution.

Hundreds of millions of Falun Gong practitioners' friends, families, and colleagues were subjected to different degrees of persecution and brainwashing.

1/4 of China's national revenues were used to persecute Falun Gong in the following ways (not a complete list):

  • The Chinese police that work exclusively to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, as well as the staff of the ""610 Office"s," a Gestapo-like agency in China, totaling several millions, using hundreds of billions of yuan from Chinese peoples' taxes to pay salaries.
  • In February 27, 2001, the Jiang regime approved a budget of 4 billion yuan to install surveillance devices to spy on and watch Falun Gong practitioners.
  • In December 2001, the Jiang regime approved a budget of 4.2 billion yuan to build additional brainwashing centers.
  • According to information from the Public Security Bureau in China, the cost of patrolling Tiananmen Square and arresting Falun Gong practitioners in 2001was between 1.7 and 2.5 million yuan a day, totaling 620 to 910 million yuan.
  • According to internal documents from Beijing's Treasury, a budget of 32 million yuan was approved to "handle Falun Gong" from January to October of 2001.
  • Haidin District in Beijing approved a budget of 3.6 million yuan in June 2001 to run forced brainwashing classes.
  • The Treasury of the Shapingba District of Chongqing City spent 2.02 million yuan to "handle Falun Gong."
  • To prevent Falun Gong truth-clarification videos from being aired on CCTV, the Jiang regime spent one billion yuan to replace its satellite broadcast system with fiber cable transmission networks.
  • From March to June 2002, Changchun City put a large number of government organizations into action and hired an additional 800 people to watch the telephone poles 24 hours a day, spending more than one million yuan to prevent Falun Gong's truth-clarification TV programs from airing on cable TV channels in Changchun.
  • A forced labor camp in Shanxi Province spent 19.37 million yuan moving from one location to another.
  • The Jiang regime encouraged the Chinese people to help persecute Falun Gong practitioners by offering monetary incentives. For example, the Head of the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp received 50,000 yuan for his efforts and the Deputy Head received 30,000 yuan.
  • Everyone who reports a Falun Gong practitioner will receive several thousand to tens of thousands of yuan reward.
  • The number of policemen watching and controlling the Internet communications and information reached several hundred thousand.
  • The Jiang regime sent a large number of special agents overseas to spy on Falun Gong practitioners in other countries. In Southern California alone, there are several hundred special agents.
  • The Jiang regime offered developing countries a large amount of zero-interest economic aid and trade for voting against any motions to investigate human rights abuses in China at the assembly of the United Nation's Human Rights Committee.
  • The Jiang regime used monetary incentives to directly control or influence independent media that do business in China to purchase airtime. Government officials were hired to work inside independent media companies as secret agents and used other means to influence or control the Chinese-language media in developed Western countries.
  • On July 9, 2004 the total number of deaths published on Clearwisdom.net reached 1000 when details of the torture death of Ms. Wang Xiaodong a 34-year-old teacher from Nantou High School, Shenzhen City, were published.

For more information, please refer to other classified reports collected in our database:

The positive reports on Falun Dafa by the Chinese media before China began an all-out persecution of Falun Gong in 1999

The names of Falun Gong practitioners who have been tortured to death, the descriptions of their cases, statistics on their sex, age and the localities, as well as statistics on the number of deaths in each province in China

The support and encouragement from governments and organizations all over the world

A list of published Falun Dafa books

A list of Falun Dafa experience sharing conferences in different parts of the world

A list of lawsuits against: Chinese former President Jiang Zemin by Falun Dafa practitioners all over the world, other Chinese officials who have persecuted Falun Gong practitioners, and the "610 Office."


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Election candidates unanimously oppose Chinese influence against Falun Dafa activities in Queensland

On May 6, 2019 Falun Dafa practitioners invited Queensland candidates running for public office in Australia’s general election to an evening forum at Southport Community Centre on the Gold Coast.

A wide range of candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives who came were affiliated with different political parties and some were standing as independents.

They were each given the opportunity to see highlights from Falun Dafa’s 20-year history in the city through a selection of images from the Peaceful Journey of Falun Dafa Photo Exhibition hanging on the venue wall and also introduced in a folder by local practitioners.

The proceedings were conducted very much like a typical candidate forum, with time allocated for each speaker to introduce themselves, why they are running for election and what their policies are. If a speaker went off topic or took too long, practitioners would ring a bell to ask them to finish up their remarks.

Each speaker was then presented with a prepared question addressed to all candidates for them to respond to:

“Since the Chinese regime began persecuting Falun Dafa almost 20 years ago we have faced foreign influence from Beijing. When we organise, or even join a public event, we often hear feedback the regime’s diplomatic or Confucius Institute staff have warned elected representatives, venues and even festival organisers not to support Falun Dafa, otherwise it could damage relations with China,” the question read. “If you are elected on May 18, how will you resist foreign influence and help stand-up for community groups like ours?”

19-Year-Long Persecution Unanimously Opposed

The candidates unanimously opposed the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) 19-year-long arbitrary detention, torture, organ harvesting and killing of Falun Dafa practitioners.

Australian Greens candidate for Fadden Scott Turner said he saw Falun Dafa practitioners counter China’s information blockade many times by showing Mainland Chinese tourists the beauty of Falun Dafa and the evilness of the CCP’s persecution of the peaceful practice in Brisbane’s China Town district.

“Falun Dafa people were always there with the banners and signs, and I thought that is a great way to circumvent the restrictions in China against the protests, you can actually reach your own Chinese people to let them know [the truth about the persecution],” Turner said.

He was also impressed by the good behavior of practitioners.

“Their protests were always so dignified and respectful, and they always did not leave any rubbish behind afterwards,” he said. “I thought there might have been the old Chinese proverb that it is the beautiful bird which gets caged, and an army can defeat the general but they can never take away your spirit and ambition.”

‘Big Supporter’ of Falun Dafa Writes to UN

Independent candidate for McPherson Michael Kaff, who considers himself proud to be a “big supporter” of Falun Dafa practitioners, said he had written to a number of influential people in the past three years to raise awareness of the ongoing persecution in Mainland China.

“I have written to people who I know are associated with the United Nations in relation to China’s treatment of Falun Gong/Falun Dafa practitioners. I have been pretty active in putting that message out there,”

Kaff said. “I wrote to somebody who was working with the United Nations to do with human rights abuses in North Korea and, when I talked to him about Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, he was [saying] ‘Oh, I haven’t heard much about that.’”

Persecution is an Example of CCP Putting Power Before Freedom

Liberal Democrats candidate for Fadden Jake Welch described the Chinese regime’s persecution as a typical example of government repressing citizens to appear powerful.

“It is really an example of how people put power over the top of their own policies and principles of personal human rights and freedom,” Welch said. “[There should be] policies that put people first, our own human rights, social freedom and freedom of speech and freedom of religion before any ideas with the power of the nation.”

Jake Welch

Candidate Recounts His Terrifying Detention in China

Fellow Liberal Democrats Senate candidate Gabe Buckley revealed he had personally experienced detention in Mainland China many years ago because he was carrying a Hardy Boys adventure series novel at Guangzhou Railway Station.

“This particular title was called the ‘Pentagon Spy,’ which is probably not the wisest title to be dragging around Mainland China, so some security guards at the railway station noticed I was carrying around a book that had the words ‘Pentagon Spy’ written on it and I ended up bailed up by armed guards, separated from my family and interrogated,” Buckley said. “I was a 10-year-old boy, I was terrified … that affected me and made me really wary of governments or anyone who says I have power over [others].”

He does not believe anyone including the Chinese regime has the right to bully others.

“I don’t think any person has a right to hold [that kind of] power over another person,” Buckley said. “If you want to go work for somebody, your boss has the power over you while you are working for them. That is voluntary, you decide to go and take instructions that is fine.”

Gabe Buckley

Prosecutor and Qigong Practitioner Hopes to Bring Change

Pirate Party Lead Senate Candidate Brandon Selic said he has worked as a lawyer for nearly 12 years at Southport Courthouse, criminal defense lawyer and prosecutor, and kept up-to-date with developments in the persecution of Falun Dafa.

“I am well aware of the human rights issues that some of you may be more concerned about back home, particularly about Falun Dafa,” Selic said. “I have [also] been a practitioner of [another form of] qigong for quite some time, which I found quite beneficial for my health.”

He said he hoped his party, which started as a copyright movement in South Australia, will be able to change what he called a “poor rhetoric” in Canberra for at least the past few years

“Particularly the last decade and for the last 20 years in human rights and how they treat refugees,” Selic said. “We are hoping to bring a better class of politician back to Canberra and to other parts of Australia.”

Brandon Selic

Candidate Devotes His Life to Upholding Human Rights

Independent Senate Candidate Ghulam Hassan revealed he had also faced a form of spiritual persecution in his home land of Afghanistan, and now devotes his time to advocating for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

“Every principle and every faith has the right to exist and has also the right to interact,” Ghulam said. “[The Chinese regime] should find a better solution, a peaceful solution with Uighur and everyone else with Buddhists, Dalai Lama and Falun Dafa. I am not supporting that harsh treatment [by the CCP].”

Hassan Ghulam

Candidates Oppose CCP’s Influence in Australia

Candidates also opposed the Chinese regime’s attempts to influence Australian politics and the broader community to refrain from supporting Falun Dafa activities.

Turner believes the Australian Government should limit foreign influence as much as possible.

“The activities of the Tourism Confucius Institute are trying to spread the propaganda and spread the control and tell people don’t be involved in Falun Dafa or we will cut you off, that is unacceptable,” he said. “I think we need to really keep a lid on that on foreign influence. We need to resist that in any way we can … [to] maintain freedom of expression of critical views but to make sure there is no undue influence. No country should unilaterally influence another country or the citizens of that country.”

Independent candidate for the Senate Hetty Johnston voiced her complete opposition to Australian democracy being “for sale or foreign manipulation.”

“I totally object to any foreign power’s (including China) or international movement or business influence in Australian politics, or to any of our political parties accepting donations from them, or making covert deals to inject funding into Australian politics in order to have influence in Australian policy,” she said in an email to practitioners, encouraging them to keep trying to end to the persecution in China. “This is a large part of the reason I am running in this election.”

Australian Conservatives Senate candidate Lyle Shelton expressed concern about the persecution, organ harvesting of Falun Dafa practitioners, and China’s influence in Australia. Fellow Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi said he had seen practitioners hold a vigil outside Parliament House in Canberra, and introduced legislation in the Senate during 2018 to counter foreign influence from the Confucius Institute.

Kaff believes no foreign influence should be tolerated in Australian politics and all confirmed cases of foreign agents corrupting elected representatives should be listed on a public register.

“It should be open to the public so we can all make submissions to this commission against corruption and make sure that people aren’t being influenced by China,” he said. We need to look after the Australian people and those minorities or those individuals and associations that are for peace and you guys are. We have to make sure you are looked after.”

Lyle Shelton (C) with Falun Dafa practitioners.

We Should Not Be Doing CCP Any Favors Says Candidate

Kaff also said he would not hesitate to raise the persecution of Falun Dafa in federal parliament if elected, and push for Australia to diversify its trade away from China and back to former major trading partners like Japan and other Asian countries.

“I am happy to stand up in Parliament and say it as it is on your behalf and make sure that the Federal Government and the world and the press know what is going on,” Kaff said. “They have passed resolution after resolution in the Senate but have they really done anything about it? Not really. Has it affected our trade with China? Not really. Perhaps we should be looking at getting our trade elsewhere … they are not doing you guys any favors, so we really should not be doing them any favors.”

Threat of Damaging China Relations Is a ‘Terrible Idea’

Welch described the Chinese regime’s threat that engaging with Falun Dafa practitioners would damage Australia’s relationship with China as a “terrible idea.”

“Restricting people in Australia who are practicing their own freedom, based on the relationships we have with someone overseas is a terrible idea to me. The government and a lot of politicians these days they really focus power over policy over their own principles and that is something I really believe the Liberal Democrats can really counter,” he said. “We will never violate human rights and the economic social principles that we have put in place.”

Candidate Will ‘Hit Back’ at CCP’s Bullying

Buckley described Beijing’s treatment of Falun Dafa practitioners as a classic example of bullying and behavior he would fully oppose, even if the Chinese regime threatened to cancel trade deals with Australia.

“I will put myself between you and the Chinese Government, I don’t care, I’ll hit back,” he said. “I won’t even listen to the Australian Government when it tells me what to do let alone the Chinese Government, so they have got no hope … if we are not hurting anyone, who has the right to tell us to stop. Who has the right to tell you to stop? No one.”

Selic echoed this view and believes any trade threat from Beijing would only make him support Falun Dafa more vocally.

“If we received a letter like that we [at the party] would go. I would consider that an invitation from them to us,” he said.

Foreign Influence is Real Says Candidate

Great Australian Party Senate candidate Arjay Martin said as a current law student at Bond University, he is convinced foreign governments do “interfere with people’s rights.”

“There were politicians who were going to meet with Falun Gong practitioners and leaders until they were told ‘you cannot meet with these people otherwise you will be dis-endorsed for the next election’ – that is completely ridiculous,” he said. “Even when it is a small country relatively, we need to stand up for our own people, rights, privileges, right to speak [and] right to have expression.”

Arjay Martin

CCP’s Days Are Numbered According to Candidate

Ghulam believes the current Chinese regime’s days are numbered and change has to happen.

“A mix of old socialism and modern capitalism, a so-called blended in the Chinese culture – is this correct, is this right, is this going to exist for decades to come or is it going to change?” he said. “I think it is going to change.”


2/24/2011

Overview of Persecution

While Falun Gong is practiced openly in the 70-plus countries where it is found, today in its homeland of China it is subject to well-documented egregious human rights violations. The scale and scope of abuses taking place make this possibly the largest religious persecution in the world today.

Falun Gong practitioners raise banners reading “Truth, Compassion, Forbearance” as police approach on Tiananmen Square
Suppression officially began on July 22, 1999 following years of escalating state abuses

One basic explanation for the seemingly irrational campaign is the proclivities of China’s atheist Communist Party (the CCP), which fears all groups outside its control – particularly ones that subscribe to a different ideology.
The Party has tried several times to eradicate all expressions of religion from China (a country traditionally referred to as "the land of the divine"). To this day Roman Catholics, many Protestants, and Tibetan Buddhists cannot worship freely in China and are at constant risk of detention and torture. By 1999, Falun Gong became a natural target as it was the largest - and fastest growing - spiritual group in China with 100 million practitioners nation-wide, according to Chinese Government reports at the time.


Others have noted that the decision to launch the campaign is linked to former-Party head Jiang Zemin’s "fear" and "jealousy" of Falun Gong. According to analyst Willy Lam, Jiang has been seen as "using the mass movement to promote allegiance to himself." Sources cited by the Washington Post, state that, "Jiang Zemin alone decided that Falun Gong must be eliminated," and "picked what he thought was an easy target."

Perhaps the most prominent feature of the campaign has been its prevalent use of extreme torture. Torture of Falun Gong adherents has been documented in each of China’s provinces, in jails, labor camps, brainwashing centers, and schools in China’s big cities, small towns, and villages.
Popular torture techniques include shocking with electric batons, burning with irons, tying the body in painful positions for days, force-feeding saline solutions through a plastic tube inserted up the nose, and prying out fingernails with bamboo shoots, to name a few rape and sexual torture of the Falun Gong in detention are prevalent as well.
To date over 3,000 deaths have been documented, as well as over 63,000 accounts of torture. An estimate of the real figure puts the actual death toll in the tens of thousands


When the persecution was launched in 1999, tens of millions of Chinese who practiced the meditation discipline were faced with a choice. One option was to again surrender to the Communist Party and abandon a practice that had brought them better health, spiritual guidance, and, invariably, newfound hope. A second option seemed to be to continue practicing quietly at home – but as raids quickly showed, this was impossible even if one were able to turn a blind eye to the persecution of family and friends. A final option was to openly resist the persecution in spite of knowing full well what the painful consequences might be.
Indeed, those who chose the latter have most commonly faced forms of oppression that do not make headlines – dismissal from work, expulsion from universities, deprivation of health care and pensions, divorce, homelessness, and a range of other forms of discrimination


For hundreds of thousands, the most basic reality of the campaign has been long periods of detention in "reform through labor" camps – China’s Gulag system. There they are forced to work up to 20 hours per day, producing – without pay – toys, Christmas tree lights, chopsticks, and soccer balls for export. Those who refuse are tortured


Be it in labor camps, jails, or in special reeducation centers, all detained Falun Gong practitioners have been forced to undergo what can only be described as brainwashing. The Communist Party’s goal is to force these people to renounce their spiritual beliefs and come to view Falun Gong as dangerous, as well as to turn in others who are active in exposing the persecution.
The key ingredients of the brainwashing process, or what the Party calls "transformation," is sleep deprivation, hours on end of staring at videos vilifying Falun Gong, threats, and Cultural Revolution-style "struggle sessions". Some particularly "stubborn" individuals who refuse to transform are injected with psychotropic drugs in asylums as treatment for the mental disorder of incorrect political thinking


The Party’s ultimate solution for the vast number of incarcerated Falun Gong adherents, however, is much more terrifying. According to current and former hospital employees, the Falun Gong have been used in reverse organ-matching – they have been killed by the thousands so that their organs can be used for on-demand transplants.
Livers, kidneys, hearts, and cornea are removed from the living, anesthetized Falun Gong adherents with matching blood-types and sold to Party officials and other desperate-yet-wealthy individuals from China and abroad. Undercover investigators’ phone calls to Chinese hospitals have caught doctors boasting about this practice on tape


But, as in every genocide of the twentieth century, extreme violence first required dehumanization of "the other" through propaganda. Indeed, one key measure in the Party’s suppression has been to limit, and distort, information about Falun Gong—both in China and elsewhere.
From day one of the suppression, the regime banned all books and informational media produced discussing Falun Gong positively. All websites relating to the practice were immediately blocked. Millions of Falun Gong books were forcibly seized and burned publicly. The regime feared people might learn, if they knew not already, that Falun Gong was a healthy, normal, and positive way of life embraced by millions


These censorship efforts have, of course, extended to cyberspace, thanks in no small part to Western companies who have enthusiastically sold Internet surveillance technology to the Party’s security apparatuses. As a result, Chinese people are now in jail for posting evidence of torture online or even downloading articles about Falun Gong


Alongside censorship, the Party has sought to scandalize Falun Gong through an aggressive propaganda blitz. The regime has been determined to paint Falun Gong as dangerous, deviant, and abnormal.
Former Party Chairman Jiang Zemin led the way, attaching onto Falun Gong the label of "cult" three months after his ban as means to further bend public opinion. The Ministry of Propaganda thus launched numerous publications, radio and TV shows, and even plays, comic books, and exhibitions meant to criminalize Falun Gong


Government officials around the world, meanwhile, report receiving defamatory materials from Party emissaries. These are often accompanied by attempts to pressure the elected officials to stay silent about abuses perpetrated against the Falun Gong, to rescind proclamations in recognition of Falun Gong’s contributions to the community, and to block local Falun Gong activities such as parades or conferences.
Business owners, journalists, and scholars have also been subjected to similar pressure tactics and threats, leading to a sometimes eerie silence in Western press and academia


Beyond mere threats, Falun Gong adherents overseas have been physically assaulted and spied on by agents directly connected to the Chinese Communist regime


The Falun Gong have responded to all of this with markedly peaceful means. Throughout nearly a decade of persecution, they have refused to adopt violence. Instead, adherents first tried to reason with Communist Party rulers through letters and petitions. When these fell on deaf ears, the Falun Gong turned to Tiananmen Square where – through quietly meditating or displaying banners before being arrested - they sought to call upon the conscience of the Chinese people as well as world leaders. As the persecution continued, the Falun Gong began countering state propaganda by distributing information exposing the persecution through leaflets, VCDs, emails, and phone calls.
Collectively, this resistance movement - composed of bold individual acts in spite of great personal risks – constitutes what is probably today’s largest non-violent movement in the world


Outside of China, Falun Gong practitioners and supporters have also engaged in a range of activities aimed at exposing the persecution on the mainland. Since the Falun Gong in China are denied any legal rights there, a group of leading rights lawyers are carrying out one of history’s broadest international campaigns legal campaigns with the aim of bringing CCP officials to justice for what these attorneys are calling the genocide of Falun Gong.

In this website you will find information about different facets of this nearly decade-long persecution campaign – including its history, its horror stories, its tragedies, its international implications, the courageous resistance it has encountered, as well as evidence, third-party reports and basic information about the practice of Falun Gong and the Chinese Communist Party that is still persecuting it.
We very much welcome your feedback about what further information you would find helpful.