Key individuals Seventeen ministerial-level officials who were actively involved in the persecution of Falun Gong have been indicted for corruption. A typical example is Li Dongsheng, former head of the 6-10 Office and Deputy Minister of Public Security.
Parliaments & politicians (Minghui.org) The Pingtung County Council unanimously passed a resolution on January 22nd in support of the lawsuits filed by Falun Gong practitioners against former communist head Jiang Zemin for his role in the devastating 16-year persecution. The resolution also condemns the Chinese regime's state-sanctioned organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.
Key individuals (Minghui.org) In China over the last 3 years, a large scale anti-corruption campaign, commonly known as “beating the tigers”, has weeded out hundreds of high-ranking communist party and government officials. Many of whom were involved in the persecution of Falun Gong.
Law violations (Minghui.org) Mr Xiong Huifeng, a 78-year-old retired space scientist, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years by the Nankai District Court in Tianjin, China on December 4th, 2015 for practising Falun gong.
Lawsuits This week, Chinese president and Communist Party head Xi Jinping will visit the United States. Much attention will focus on China’s poor human rights record under his leadership. But another trend in China deserves notice—a growing grassroots effort to hold former leader Jiang Zemin accountable for serious crimes.
Brainwashing (Minghui.org) An abandoned toll station was transformed by the government of Shulan City into a brainwashing facility in which the authorities try to coerce Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their faith.
Lawsuits (Minghui.org) Over 1,100 signatures were recently collected in Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province, from Chinese citizens willing to show their support for the more than 200,000 lawsuits filed against former leader Jiang Zemin. Jiang is being sued by Falun Gong practitioners for his role in orchestrating the brutal 16-year persecution.
Parliaments & politicians (Minghui.org) Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, who assumed office on November 4th, 2015, brought up the persecution of Falun Gong and other human rights issues in China as he met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Philippines last month.
Lawsuits (Minghui.org) A top secret mandate recently issued in Gansu Province ordered all levels of the government to curtail Falun Gong practitioners suing Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who launched the nationwide persecution of Falun Gong. This mandate is an outcome of a recent meeting called by Luo Xiaohu, who is chief of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the 6-10 Office of Gansu Province.
Personal support In 2004, a year after Anastasia Lin and her mother left their home in Changsha, China, to start new lives in Vancouver, Canada, the mother gave her daughter a small book. Lin, the reigning Miss World Canada, looks back to that moment to explain why she now chooses to stand up to the Chinese authorities who are trying to silence her.
Law violations (Minghui.org) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using the nationwide identity card (ID) system to target Falun Gong practitioners on its rail network. Many practitioners have been illegally arrested, searched, and had their personal belongings confiscated.
Organ harvesting A new report by the WOIPFG (World Organisation to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong) shows that organ harvesting is taking place on a large scale in China and is state-sanctioned, with involvement of military and armed police hospitals, as well as public security and judicial systems. The WOIPFG has determined the scale of this crime again on the basis of the total kidney transplants taking place between 2000 and 2014. This number is now estimated at 3 million, implicating millions of prisoners of conscience being victims.
Lawsuits (Minghui.org) More than 120,000 people have filed criminal complaints against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin since the end of May. They are charging him with initiating the brutal persecution of Falun Gong 16 years ago.
Lawsuits (Minghui.org) A total of 403 Falun Gong practitioners from Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin between May 24th and July 9th, 2015.
Lawsuits (Minghui.org), More and more Chinese have started to speak out against the persecution of Falun Gong, due to the persistent efforts of practitioners. The recent flood of lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the main culprit responsible for the persecution, has not only received massive support from the international community, but is also supported by many Chinese government officials in public and non-official ways. Here are two examples.
Lawsuits (Minghui.org) Nineteen Falun Gong practitioners and one non-practitioner from Tianjin were arrested between July 3rd and 14th for suing former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin for initiating the persecution of Falun Gong that caused them tremendous harm.
Many remain in detention. In particular, Ms Huang Fenglian was given three months of detention, while her non-practitioner husband was sentenced to 4 years in prison for trying to stop the police from taking his wife away from their home. The couple were also fined 20,000 Yuan (GBP £2,100).
Sexual assault (Minghui.org) Ms Han Zhongcui's three-year prison term ends in July 2015. Officials at the Gansu Women's Prison have threatened to take her to a brainwashing centre because she has refused to renounce her belief in Falun Gong.
Lawsuits (Minghui.org) Over 80,000 people had filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin by July 16th, 2015. In some cities, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) agents responded by arresting and harassing practitioners. The following includes recent reports from a few cities in China.
Witness accounts Anastasia Lin campaigned for title on human rights platform, now faces direct threat against her family
Forced labour (Minghui.org) Four more female Falun Gong practitioners were illegally arrested on April 7th, 2015, in Rushan City, Shandong Province, following the arrest of their friend Ms Yu Jingtao six months earlier on October 6th, 2014. The four were detained for 17 days in the same detention centre.
On the day of their arrest, the police searched and ransacked their homes, taking personal belongings, such as computers, printers, and other items.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) Two police officers followed three Falun Gong practitioners to a KFC restaurant, and then called for reinforcements to come arrest them and take them away. Even though one of the practitioners had symptoms of tuberculosis, all three were admitted to a detention centre and ill-treated.
Law violations (Minghui.org) Authorities arrested Ms Zhang Linyue after she attempted to see a classical Chinese dance performance that is banned by the communist regime in China.
Organ harvesting (Minghui.org) An “Organ Harvesting in China” workshop was held in the European Parliament in Brussels on April 21st, 2015, casting a spotlight onto the atrocities taking place in China.
Deaths Chinese regime authorities continue to arrest and torture, sometimes to death, practitioners of the traditional meditation practice Falun Gong over the first three months of the new year. Incomplete statistics reveal hundreds of illegal detentions and dozens of deaths as a result of abuse in custody.
Propaganda (Minghui.org) A remarkable thing happened on the streets of Beijing 16 years ago this week. It was the beginning of a monumental chain of events whose significance is still playing out across China today.
Witness accounts (Minghui.org) My name is Tong Yueying. I was a professor at Jilin University, in the College of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, for 32 years. Due to my belief in Falun Gong, I lost my job, my happy family, and suffered humiliation and torture in a forced labour camp.
Organ harvesting (Minghui.org) Human Harvest: China's Organ Trafficking, a 25-minute documentary on China's practice of killing prisoners of conscience for their organs, was aired during primetime on April 7th on SBS One's “Dateline,” the longest-running international current affairs programme in Australia.
The award-winning documentary put a harsh spotlight on the practice of killing on demand, something that Party officials go to great lengths to cover up and deny. Multiple Australian media agencies published follow-up stories the next day.
Law violations (Minghui.org) A district court in Shanxi Province attempted to try a Falun Gong practitioner earlier this month for distributing informational materials. The hearing was adjourned when the defence lawyer called into question one of many violations of legal procedure. From the practitioner's arrest to the trial, the authorities repeatedly broke the law.
Organ harvesting (Minghui.org) Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), the medical watchdog organisation monitoring abuses in organ transplantation surgery, said that the international community should be wary of China’s recent promise to end the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners.
The Chinese government has a longstanding record of secrecy, misleading numbers and contradictory statements, and despite mounting evidence and international demands to stop organ harvesting abuses, Beijing has refused to acknowledge the illegal harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience.
Family and children (Minghui.org) Police in Liangzhou District, Wuwei City attempted to force nine Falun Gong practitioners' families to dismiss their lawyers. Officers repeatedly threatened and detained the family members, and tried to pressure a school principal to expel an exemplary student.
Law violations (Minghui.org) Ms Wang Chuanju, a retired primary teacher and a Falun Gong practitioner, was illegally sentenced to four years in prison by a Junan County Court judge. Her lawyer submitted her appeal to a higher court on November 21st, 2014, but has been given the runaround by the legal system. It was recently learned that her case was closed and the original sentence was upheld.
Physical torture (Minghui.org) Mr Cheng Guanghui was playing with his 15-month-old grandson on the morning of March 11th when three cars pulled up in front of his house. His wife was cleaning the backyard, but couldn't stop them from breaking in.
Persecution abroad (Minghui.org) “Falun Gong is legal in our country. The Chinese consulate in Sydney does not represent the Chinese Australian community.” This was Parramatta City Councillor John Hugh's response to the Chinese consulate's accusation that “Mr Hugh is not welcomed by Chinese communities.”