Over the past decade, a wide range of international human rights groups, Chinese lawyers, former prisoners of conscience imprisoned with practitioners, United Nations Rapporteurs, and U.S. government reports have documented and recounted the systematic rights abuses – including torture and deaths in custody - suffered by those who practice Falun Gong in China. Below is a small sample of such statements for your reference with corresponding links to other pages on this site that include more extensive compilations.
On February 8, Amnesty International issued an urgent call for help on behalf of a Falun Gong practitioner being held at Tianjin prison who is feared to be near death. The practitioner, Zhou Xiangyang (周向阳) , was the subject of a petition signed by over 1,500 of his fellow villagers in August 2011 urging the Chinese to release him.
As Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits the United Nations in New York, the Falun Dafa Information Center urges President Obama to call upon Wen to free all Falun Gong prisoners of conscience, and end the systematic campaign of vilification, arbitrary detention and torture against them.
As the World Expo in Shanghai entered its second week, Amnesty International issued an urgent action on May 10 calling for the release of a Falun Gong practitioner abducted from Shanghai's International Airport in February whose precise whereabouts remain unknown.
In a landmark decision, an Argentine judge indicted and ordered the local Interpol department to seek the arrest of two high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials on Thursday for their role in crimes against humanity committed against Falun Gong practitioners. The ruling follows a similar decision in Spain last month, when the Spanish National Court indicted five top CCP leaders for their involvement in genocide and torture against Falun Gong.
* FDIC: Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Defending Falun Gong * Amnesty International Urgent Action: Lawyer jailed for defending human rights * Amnesty International: “Blog: My life inside a Chinese labor camp” by former prisoner of conscience Bu Dongwei * AFP: Chinese ex-president sought in Spanish probe: lawyer * Epoch Times: Recognition, and Ignorance, Around Spanish Court’s Genocide Indictment * Globe and Mail: Letter to the Editor: Canada and the Middle Kingdom * Washington Post Editorial: Twitter This
Excerpts from Amnesty International report published in September 2009 detailing growing intimidation, assault, jailing, and disbarment of numerous human rights lawyers, many of whom had defended Falun Gong practitioners. In several instances, authorities' linked the lawyers' harassment and punishment directly to their defense of Falun Gong.
FDIC Urgent Appeal: Celebrity Musician’s Widow Faces Prison for Practicing Falun Gong FDIC: Top 10 Things You Should Know about the Beijing Olympics and Falun Gong Amnesty International: 2008 Annual Report cites Falun Gong adherents at high risk of torture U.S. Senate Hearing on Global Internet Freedom: Testimony of Dr. Shiyu Zhou, Deputy Director, Global Internet Freedom Consortium