The following sections provide the key topics surrounding Falun Gong and the persecution in China.
From ancient roots extending back thousands of years, to a house-hold name in China during the Qigong boom in the 1990s, to the largest group of prisoners of conscience in the world, this is the complete story of Falun Gong.
The persecution campaign against Falun Gong in China has devastated the lives of tens of millions of people. The following are a few key indicators assembled from Western journalists and overseas human rights workers.
Over the past two decades, a wide range of international human rights groups have independently documented and recounted the systematic rights abuses – including torture and deaths in custody – suffered by those who practice Falun Gong in China.
The U.S. Department of State has highlighted the persecution of Falun Gong in its annual reports, as have other countries. Two resolutions condemning the persecution have been passed in the U.S. Congress and others have been passed in European parliaments.
While the Chinese regime has made covering Falun Gong inside China nearly impossible, mainstream media reports from the first few years of the persecution in addition to a few recent reports spear-headed by heroic journalists do paint a vivid picture of Falun Gong inside China.
The relentless drum of Chinese communist propaganda against Falun Gong has, on occasion, made its way into western media reports, making it sometimes difficult to distinguish truth from fiction. Here, we explore some of the more common misconceptions.
As the primary publication of the Falun Dafa Information Center, Compassion magazine recaps the 20th anniversary of the persecution in China, taking a closer look at the Falun Gong issue, methods of persecution, and the personal stories from around the world affected by the human rights crisis in China.