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IRF Summit 2024: Falun Dafa Information Center Recap

On January 30 and 31, 2024, the Falun Dafa Information Center team participated in the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit in DC, hosted at the Washington Hilton and the United States Institute of Peace. The inaugural convening of this summit was established for the first time in July 2021. This year’s conference marked the fourth…

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The Persecution of Falun Gong: Key Developments in 2023

Even after nearly a quarter century of persecution, Falun Gong practitioners continue to be a prime target of Chinese security forces and to face large-scale abuses, including arbitrary detention, imprisonment after sham trials, systematic torture, and death. Each year, there are emerging trends and evolving tactics in how this persecution is carried out, as well…

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CCP Launches Nationwide Anti-Falun Gong Petition Campaign, Deceiving Tens of Millions 

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is mobilizing institutions throughout Chinese society and the ubiquitous WeChat app to spread false propaganda demonizing Falun Gong and garner millions of signatures on a petition against the faith and other banned religious groups, according to new research by the Falun Dafa Information Center. The petition campaign, launched in early…

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30-year-old Falun Gong Practitioner Sentenced for Sharing Covid Information Held in Solitary Confinement

Within just ten days of being placed in solitary confinement, 30-year-old Mr. Li Zongze shed approximately 20 pounds while serving a five-year sentence for sharing photos of Beijing during Covid lockdowns in 2020, according to Minghui. Mr. Li and ten other Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing faced arrest on July 19, 2020, under suspicion of…

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New Report: Beijing Targets Shen Yun in Global Campaign to Silence and Malign

NEW YORK—The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is targeting Shen Yun Performing Arts, a U.S.-based non-profit, with the most aggressive global campaign of Beijing-driven artistic censorship documented to date, according to a policy brief published today by the Falun Dafa Information Center. The effort is central to the regime’s broader transnational repression aimed at Falun Gong practitioners, their…

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Parents Incarcerated for Advocating for Unjustly Convicted Daughter; Mother Sentenced to 2.5 Years

Ms. Xu Xiuzhen, a resident of Gaomi City in Shandong Province, was sentenced to 2.5 years shortly after her arrest on November 7, 2023 for her practice of Falun Gong according to Minghui and Weiquanwang. Presently, Ms. Xu is detained in the Weifang City Detention Center. Earlier in 2023, Ms. Xu’s older daughter, Ms. Qin…

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Falun Gong Practitioner Denied Medical Parole Dies in Custody

At around 12 noon on November 20, 2023, Mr. Wang Haiqian, resident of Dazhu County, Sichuan Province, passed away at the Dazhu County Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital at the age of 61. Late at night on October 10, 2023, he was taken to the Dazhu County Justice Bureau in an ambulance by the prison authorities,…

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The Latest Victims of China’s Surveillance State

Pervasive state surveillance has facilitated the detention of over 50 Falun Gong practitioners since November 2022 Last December, surveillance research firm IPVM discovered alarms in Chinese smart policing software by Hikvision that alerts security forces of Falun Gong practitioners, protestors, and other religious believers in a given area.  Such tech-enabled targeting of Falun Gong believers is not…

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Surveillance State Victims, Show Trials, Canada Apology

Dear Reader,China’s over 400 million surveillance cameras are zooming in on Falun Gong practitioners. Analysis of reported cases from across China shows that the cameras have played a significant role in detaining and sentencing dozens of practitioners over the past year—a trend that is likely to increase as the cameras proliferate and are paired with…

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Chinese Consulate-Backed Group Targets Falun Gong Appeal During APEC Summit in San Francisco

During this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which included a meeting between President Biden and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) general secretary Xi Jinping on November 15, 2023, pro-Beijing supporters obstructed and vandalized banners of multiple Falun Gong appeals. From November 15 to 17, an estimated 100-200 Falun Gong practitioners held peaceful demonstrations in multiple…

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Beijing Resident Who Garnered International Attention Sentenced to Third Term

Mr. Pang You, a Beijing resident in his 60s, was sentenced to one year and three months in July 2023, his third prison term for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong. Reports of his sentence were first documented by Minghui and Weiquanwang (Rights Protection Network). He has since been hospitalized due to declining health in…

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