Why the Persecution?
Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) became incredibly popular in Mainland China by the late 1990s, having spread rapidly by word of mouth. At its peak, the Chinese government estimated that between 70-100 million were practicing, outnumbering 60 million Communist Party members.
The dictatorial Chinese Communist Party fears all groups outside of its control, particularly ones that subscribe to a different ideology. Starting from the mid-1990s, some in the Party felt that their power was threatened by Falun Gong’s popularity. Despite the practice's peaceful and apolitical nature, Communist Party head Jiang Zemin launched a brutal and sweeping political campaign starting in July 1999 in an attempt to eliminate Falun Gong from China.
Scale of Persecution
• More than 4000 deaths from persecution of Falun Gong practitioners have been documented as of July 2016.
• Millions of people have suffered arbitrary incarceration, almost all in inhumane conditions.
• Hundreds of thousands of practitioners have been put into forced labor camps; thousands have been detained and severely tortured with nerve-damaging drugs in mental hospitals.
• There is extensive evidence suggesting that hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed for their organs in China. These crimes are still ongoing in the present day.
“Overseas and domestic media and advocacy groups continued to report instances of organ harvesting, particularly from Falun Gong practitioners and Uighurs.” —U.S. State Department 2011 Human Rights Report
To learn more on forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, please visit www.StopOrganHarvesting.org.
You can also learn more about what’s happening in China by visiting www.faluninfo.net.