Numerous official websites from the past six months—in Beijing, Qingdao, Shandong, and Jiangsu among others—mention the 610 Office, an entity engaged in efforts to “carry out comprehensive investigations,” strengthen “transformation,” and prevent unwanted incidents (Pingyin.gov.cn, September 5; Jsrm.gov.cn, August 15; Laoshan.gov.cn, April 2011). A June 2011 article in a reputable Chinese magazine briefly referenced the 610 Office as a key component of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “stability-preservation work” (Caijing, June 6). What is the 610 Office? How and why did it come to exist? Why is it carrying out measures ostensibly under the purview of the Ministry of Public Security?
‘Why haven’t I heard about this?’ is a question Falun Gong practitioners and their supporters have heard people outside China ask again and again as they share with others the details of the scale and brutality of the campaign against the group. In this piece, Leeshai Lemish looks at the coverage of Falun Gong in international media and why it remains today one of the worst human rights crises you’ve never heard of.
Leeshai Lemish looks at the history and causes of the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign against Falun Gong
The excessive caution many people show with respect to Falun Gong has the same source as the non-appearance of politicians when the Dalai Lama visits. That source is fear of what the Chinese authorities may do to them. For an American like myself, probably the worst possible is a harassing phone call from the Chinese embassy or denial of a visa. Since my research is about China, I value the opportunity to go there. But I do not believe that a free person in a free country should act differently than they would be inclined to, out of fear of a foreign autocracy. But many do.
TWO WOMEN FROM HEILONGJIANG DEAD IN DOUBLE TORTURE CASE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE PUBLISHES ON FALUN GONG ORGAN HARVESTING FALUN GONG MAN IMPRISONED FOR MEETING WITH EUROPEAN OFFICIAL U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE REPORTS ON FALUN GONG ABUSES ELECTED OFFICIALS DISQUALIFIED IF FALUN GONG
Abuse of Falun Gong practitioners in Chinese mental institutions is widespread, ongoing, and state-sanctioned, say China Mental Health Watch (CHMHW) and the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong
The man who helped organize the historic 1985 summit in Geneva between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev had a message for the large rally that assembled on Capitol Hill yesterday: seemingly insurmountable odds are surmountable.