Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) is a traditional Chinese cultivation way, based on the principles truthfulness, compassion, forbearance. According to a survey performed by the Chinese Sports Committee in 1998, more than 70 million Chinese practised the Falun Gong exercises in parks every morning - more people than the number of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members. A few months later Falun Gong was banned by the CCP leader Jiang Zemin, and an unprecedented campaign of slander, propaganda and destruction was launched.

Since then, between 500,000 and a million Falun Gong practitioners have been arrested and sent to labour camps without any form of trial. Tens of thousands have been put in prisons and psychiatric institutions. More than 100,000 cases of abuse and torture in police custody have been reported. 4574 deaths caused by torture are documented (the actual number of deaths is estimated to be much higher). More than 65,000 healthy Falun Gong practitioners have been murdered by harvesting their essential organs.

Human Rights organisations, parliaments and doctors around the world have openly spoken out against this persecution (e.g. the EU resolution against organ harvesting in China). We call upon all individuals to help stop this persecution.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Edmund Burke



Part I: Historical setting of cultivation practice and qigong

This article describes the historical heritage that formed the climate for the growth of Falun Gong in China. China has a rich history of martial arts, acupuncture, and traditional medicine. There were many cultivation ways for mind and body that promoted the unity between man and heaven. A way of thinking and way of life that was brought to an abrupt end when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) came to power. READ MORE

01-01-2005 What is Falun Gong?

In Focus

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