Danielle Wang, a U.S. citizen, and her American husband returned from China Tuesday empty-handed and dismayed that the Chinese government did not allow her father Wang Zhiwen—one of the most well-known Falun Gong practitioners in the country—to leave China, despite having a valid passport and visa. Wang was released from prison in 2014 after serving a 15-year sentence simply for being known as a Falun Gong coordinator in Beijing.
Eight years after the Beijing Olympics and as the world prepares to watch the 2016 Games open today in Brazil, thousands of Falun Gong practitioners and their families in China are living with the aftermath of a Communist Party crackdown ahead of the 2008 sporting event. At least 150 people detained at the time are believed to still be imprisoned, according to a list compiled by the Falun Dafa Information Center.
On this day in 1999, the Chinese Communist Party turned the lives of tens of millions of Chinese people upside down, banning their peaceful spiritual practice and unleashing a campaign of persecution that has spawned horrific human rights atrocities and untold deaths.
The United States House of Representatives unanimously passed an unprecedented resolution Monday, condemning forced organ removal from Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China.
As Chinese Communist Party head Xi Jinping visits the United States this week, pressure is gaining at home for him to bring former leader Jiang Zemin to justice for launching the persecution campaign against Falun Gong.
The Falun Dafa Information Center applauds the recent decision of the Thai Justice system to allow Falun Gong to legally register in the country. Last week, Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court overturned a 2006 decision by a lower court that barred the establishment of a Falun Dafa association on the grounds that such an organization could harm Thailand’s relationship with the Chinese government.
Over 34,000 legal complaints have been filed with Chinese courts charging former Chinese leader, Jiang Zemin, with unlawful imprisonment, torture, corruption, abuse of power, and more than a dozen additional crimes.
The family of Ms. Anastasia Lin, the newly crowned Miss World Canada and avid campaigner for human rights in China, was recently harassed and threatened by Chinese security.
Three individuals with family connections in Canada were sentenced to prison in April for speaking out against the Chinese government’s persecution of Falun Gong.
As many as thirteen Falun Gong practitioners residing in Thailand under the protection of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have been detained by Thai police raising concerns Beijing is, again, pressuring southeast Asian countries into suppressing Falun Gong.