25th Anniversary

For 25 years, people who practice Falun Gong in China have been the victims of the Chinese regime’s campaign to eradicate the spiritual practice. They regularly face harassment by authorities, arbitrary detention, unthinkable forms of torture, and even death in custody. Moreover, the campaign is increasingly reaching beyond China’s borders, with practitioners around the world facing physical attacks, disinformation campaigns, and censorship of Falun Gong-related events.

Despite these abuses, tens of millions in China and hundreds of thousands worldwide continue to hold onto the practice’s principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance as they peacefully resist persecution. With loved ones lost and families separated, Falun Gong practitioners have demonstrated astounding courage and resilience.

A quarter century after the persecution’s onset, we reflect on these atrocities and ask: what more can we do to stop this?

Calendar of Events

April 21

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the April 25 Appeal

Location: New York City, New York

Parade: 12:00 pm - 38th Ave to Kissena Bld.
Rally: After parade to 3:00 pm - Queens Public Library at Flushing
Candlelight Vigil: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - 42nd street & 12 Ave. near Chinese Consulate

April 25

Webinar: Religious Dissent in China
and the Legacy of April 25

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Watch the replay

May 10

Falun Dafa Day Parade (NYC)

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Manhattan, New York City
Starting from UN Hammarskjold Park to Chinese Consulate

May 11

Falun Dafa Day Celebrations (DC)

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: 1500 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

May 13

Celebrations Worldwide

From Tokyo to Tel-Aviv, London to Los Angeles, Falun Gong practitioners and supporters hold festive celebrations to commemorate the Falun Gong was first introduced to the public back in 1992.

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July 11

25th Anniversary of
Persecution Rally and Parade

Washington, D.C.

Details to come.

July 20

Commemorations Worldwide

From candle-light vigils in parks to demonstrations in front of Chinese embassies and consulates, Falun Gong practitioners will mark this day across the globe.

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Calendar of Notable Dates from 1999

Feb 14

100 Million People

An official from China’s National Sports Commission, speaking with U.S. News & World Report, intimates that as many as 100 million may have taken up the practice. The official highlights the costs the practice is saving China’s national health care system, declaring that, “Premier Zhu Rongji is very happy about that.”

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April 25

Over 10,000 Appeal to Government

In response to the wrongful arrest of several Falun Gong practitioners in nearby Tianjin, over 10,000 go to Beijing's Appeals Office to request the government to step in and resolve the problem. What most don't know is that Falun Gong practitioners were told by government officials to go to Beijing to make their appeal...

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May 13

Celebrating Falun Dafa

While the cloud of April 25 still hung over the community of Falun Gong practitioners, many still marked this important day with gratitude to Falun Gong's founder.

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June 10

Formation of the 610 office

In preparation for the persecution, Jiang Zemin ordered the formation of an extralegal police force tasked with eradicated Falun Gong. The office is referred to as the 610 office as it was formed on June 10, 1999.

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July 20

CCP Launches Persecution

It began in the middle of the night. Across China under the veil of darkness, police dragged ordinary people from their beds. Many would be taken to holding centers and jails, others beaten, and some would die from torture. So began a nationwide crackdown....

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August 16

First death of Falun Gong practitioner

Chen Ying, a 17 year old girl from Heilongjiang Province, was arrested for appealing in Beijing for the right to practice her faith and died attempting to flee police custody on August 16, 1999.

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October 25

CCP Leader Deploys False 'cult' Label

After months of struggling to explain the crackdown on Falun Gong and with international pressure mounting, then-CCP leader Jiang Zemin initiated a propaganda offensive aimed at convincing the international community that Falun Gong was a 'cult' -- a label China experts say is false and used as a political tool.

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October 29

Underground Press Conference

On October 29, 1999, Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing held a secret
press conference for western media. Most who spoke out at the press conference later disappeared.
Ding Yang, who displayed for media
how she was treated it detention, was later tortured to death. Interpreter Cai Mingtao was killed too.

December 26

Lengthy Sentences of Practitioners

On December 26, 1999, a Chinese court sentenced four people who organized Falun Gong practice sites to long prison terms of up to 18.

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The following short videos highlight key aspects of the Falun Gong story that has emerged over the last 25 years.

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