I’ve been reading lately about the increase in human rights violations by the Communist Government in China in this newspaper The Epioc Times
I did not known about Falun Gong or how bad life has become in China for anyone practicing any religion before reading this newspaper. I knew that they were really screwing over the people in Tiabet and that Burma was a pathetic mess, but mainstream news does not tell you much.
I can’t stand that China is our “most favored nation” for trade. We should stop trading with them until they shape up. I wish this would get more press. Learn for yourself.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|Falun Gong / Falun Dafa
Chinese: 法輪功 / 法輪大法
Falun Gong or Falun Dafa is a spiritual practice founded in China by Li Hongzhi （李洪志） in 1992. It has five sets of meditation exercises and seeks to develop practitioners’ hearts and character according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance (真，善，忍）, articulated in the main books Falun Gong （法輪功） and Zhuan Falun （轉法輪）. The teachings deal with issues such as “cultivation of virtue and character”, “moral standards for different levels”, and “salvation of all sentient beings.” The books, lectures, and exercise materials have been translated into over 40 languages and are available on the Internet free of charge.
According to Professor David Ownby, Falun Gong emerged at the end of China’s “qigong boom”, and understands itself in terms of a centuries-old tradition of “cultivation practice” (修煉 xiūliàn). Sinologist Barend ter Haar regards it as a distinctly new form of Chinese religious movement shaped by the Maoist revolution. Another sinologist, Benjamin Penny, says that while Falun Gong is a “qigong cultivation system,” the heavy emphasis on morality makes it appear to be a religion. Penny regards Falun Gong as one of the most important phenomena to emerge in China in the 1990s. The Encyclopedia Britannica characterises Falun Gong as “controversial.”
In April 1999 over ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners, at Chinese Communist Party headquarters, Zhongnanhai, silently protested beatings and arrests in Tianjin. Two months later the Chinese government, led by Jiang Zemin, banned the practice, began a crackdown, and started a “massive propaganda campaign.” Since 1999, reports of torture, illegal imprisonment, beatings, forced labor, and psychiatric abuses have been widespread. 66% of all reported torture cases in China concern Falun Gong practitioners, who are also estimated to comprise at least half of China’s labor camp population, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, and the US Department of State respectively. In 2006, human rights lawyer David Matas and ex-Canadian secretary of state David Kilgour published an investigative report concluding that a large number of Falun Gong practitioners have become victims of systematic organ harvesting in China and that the practice is still ongoing.
As Falun Gong has no membership or rosters, the number of practitioners is unknown. In 1998, the Chinese government published a figure of 70 million practitioners in China. Clearwisdom.net, a Falun Gong website, claims 100 million practitioners in more than 80 countries.