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December2012

US medical doctors launch petition to secure White House response to organ harvesting atrocities in China 28/12/2012

Doctors NEW YORK – A trio of medical doctors initiated a petition yesterday calling upon the Obama administration to investigate and help stop forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong believers in China. The petition is posted within the “We the People” section of the White House website, whose regulations state that the White House guarantees a response to any petition that secures 25,000 signatures within 30 days.


Chinese villagers may be tortured for trying to rescue friend, Amnesty warns 28/12/2012

Personal support Half a dozen villagers from a small town in a Chinese province surrounding Beijing have been rounded up, detained, and tortured by local police, after they attempted to secure the release of another villager and friend who was persecuted for his belief in the Falun Gong spiritual practice.


Arrests at colleges and universities in Beijing 22/12/2012

Work and school (Minghui.org) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is arresting people in preparation for the Eighteenth Party Congress. Ms Zhuang Yanhong, a Falun Gong practitioner who was a professor at Beijing University of Technology, was arrested at her office on the morning of October 18th, 2012, by Chaoyang District police officers.


New York City woman's family abducted in China 22/12/2012

Family and children NEW YORK – A young woman living in New York is working to secure the release of her relatives in northeastern China, even as she struggles to know more about their condition and even precise whereabouts.

22-year-old Ms Liu Junchun’s mother, father, aunt and uncle were all abducted from their two respective homes in Jilin City on the evening of July 1st, 2012.  Earlier on the same day, Jilin City police travelled 60 miles away to Changchun City, where they abducted Ms Liu’s 17-year-old cousin and six other Falun Gong practitioners.


Taiwanese doctors join efforts to stop organ harvesting 09/12/2012

Organ harvesting TAIPEI – An organisation committed to exposing the practice of forced organ harvesting is teaming up with doctors in Taiwan, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) begins its 18th Party Congress.


Abductions, long prison sentences for Falun Gong ahead of Party congress 09/12/2012

6-10 Office NEW YORK – Throughout China, citizens who practise Falun Gong have faced a new round of intensified persecution in recent months as the Communist Party prepares for its 18th Party Congress on November 8th. Practitioners and human rights lawyers in China have reported increased abductions to brainwashing centres, torture, long prison terms, and greater pressure on those in detention to "transform".

November2012

Documentaries expose persecution of Falun Gong and live organ harvesting: screened in US Capitol and UN Palace of Nations 11/11/2012

Organ harvesting (Minghui.org) Award-winning documentaries Free China: The Courage to Believe and Between Life and Death were screened at the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva and at the US Capitol in Washington DC in September 2012. The films exposed the persecution of Falun Gong and the crime of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners currently taking place in China.

October2012

Members of the medical community condemn Chinese Communist Party’s live organ harvesting 07/10/2012

Organ harvesting On August 17th, in a press conference at the National Press Club, Dr Crystal Fang, a representative of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), made an urgent appeal to the international community, governments of all countries and media outlets, calling for investigation into the Chinese Communist regime’s atrocities of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.


Hong Kong residents protest CCP education reforms aimed at brainwashing children 07/10/2012

Propaganda (Minghui.org) Over thirty organisations in Hong Kong took part in a parade on July 29th, 2012, to show their strong objection to a proposed addition to the curriculum in schools, which they fear will lead to brainwashing of students. Many parents brought their children to the parade. Hong Kong residents do not want their children to be subjected to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brainwashing style education.

September2012

Taiwanese businessman returns home after China abduction 09/09/2012

Witness accounts NEW YORK – A Taiwanese businessman who practises Falun Gong and was abducted by Chinese security forces in June returned home safely this week after over 50 days in detention. Mr Chung Ting-Pang's release was an encouraging victory for human rights advocates. His family along with Taiwanese media, legislators, and citizens had rallied for weeks calling for his return. Amnesty International had issued an urgent action on his behalf.


San Francisco: Judge places injunction on attacker of Falun Gong practitioners 09/09/2012

Success stories (Minghui.org) The San Francisco Superior Court placed a restraining order against San Francisco resident Jingjun Chin on Wednesday (August 1st) after the court was presented with video evidence that he physically attacked and harassed San Francisco residents who practise Falun Gong.

August2012

Jailed Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng wins award 10/08/2012

Persecuted lawyers Renowned Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was conferred the “Ten Best Human Rights Defence Lawyers Award” by the Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Association (CHRLA) on July 24th. As Gao remains imprisoned in China, his wife Geng He accepted the award on Gao’s behalf at Capitol Hill.



After 13 years of brutal suppression, a turning of the tide? 06/08/2012

Deaths NEW YORK – On May 29th, Mr Yu Xuezhong left home to go to his friend’s house. Little did he know it would be his last time. That evening, police burst in, abducting the two men in a sweep that pulled in at least 20 others who practise Falun Gong in Northeast China’s Jilin City. They were taken to a nearby police station, handcuffed, and beaten. The next day, Mr Yu’s family received a phone call. The 53-year-old was dead.


With leadership transition looming, Falun Gong persecution intensifies 06/08/2012

6-10 Office China’s powerful security apparatus has intensified its persecution of Falun Gong ahead of a key Chinese Communist Party leadership change later this year. Local authorities in Guangzhou have distributed leaflets to houses, forcing residents to sign a family promise to reject Falun Gong; in Beijing similar initiatives have been organised. In Chongqing internal meetings have been held to plan the suppression and detention of Falun Gong practitioners before the CCP’s 18th National Congress, when paramount leader Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao will step down to make way for other officials.

Jule2012

Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioner abducted in China 28/07/2012

Family and children NEW YORK – Chinese security agents abducted a Taiwanese businessman who practises Falun Gong from an airport in southern China last week, placing him at risk of torture and imprisonment. As thousands in Taiwan have offered support to his family, the Falun Dafa Information Centre calls for his immediate and unconditional release.



June2012

Gaining freedom after being rescued by Canada 20/06/2012

Witness accounts (Clearwisdom.net) Editor's Note: Mr Lin Mingli obtained a visa from the Canada Immigration Department after he walked out of the Tilanqiao Prison in Shanghai in October 2011. On the first day of 2012, he finally arrived in that free country. In China, Mr Lin was arrested three times, did hard labour in a forced labour camp for two years, and was imprisoned for six years. In an attempt to force him into renouncing Falun Gong, the guards instigated the inmates to torture him, beat him with bamboo whips, refuse him access to the toilet, deprive him of sleep, and to strip off his clothes before pouring cold water on him during winter. However, years of persecution could not change Mr Lin's belief, and now the evil deeds will be exposed to the international society. The following is Mr Lin's account of his experiences over the last ten plus years:

March2012

Chinese regime influence cited in Russian ban on Falun Gong books, human rights watchdog reports 10/03/2012

Persecution abroad By Stephen Gregory & Helena Zhu. The main text of the spiritual practice Falun Gong is studied in 114 countries around the world, has been translated into 30 languages, and was a runaway best seller in Beijing, but last week a regional appeals court in Russia banned it. Human rights activists and Falun Gong practitioners say the ban is due to pressure on Russia from the Chinese regime.

February2012

Twitter post claims Gao Zhisheng is dead 19/02/2012

Persecuted lawyers An unconfirmed report of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s death has been posted on China’s Internet. On November 17th, a netizen with the screen name GuaDai posted a message on Twitter saying “It is believed that Gao Zhisheng passed away on November 15th in Inner Mongolia where he was detained. Man will die eventually, and to die for the sake of freedom, although dead, he is still with us in spirit.”


A Chinese village stands up for Falun Gong 09/02/2012

Witness accounts Matthew Robertson, 
Epoch Times. Villagers in China have defied communist authorities by calling for the release from jail of their friend, Zhou Xiangyang. And the guards and inmates who applied the “floor anchor” torture to him in Gangbei Prison should be investigated and dealt with according to the law, they wrote.