Western media reports over the last several days have largely characterized the Communist Party's decision to close the widely-scorned Re-education Through Labor (RTL) system as progress in the area of human rights. However, a new campaign, which aims to brainwash millions of Falun Gong practitioners across China -- through psychological and physical torture -- demonstrates Beijing's mechanisms of suppression remain as functional and utilized as ever.
While reporting on the fire that erupted on Tiananmen Square earlier today and the self-immolations that have occurred there in recent years, several Western media outlets stationed in Beijing wrongfully stated as fact that Falun Gong practitioners had self-immolated on Tiananmen Square in January, 2001.
Several reports issued by the Minghui.org website show that the persecution of Falun Gong is on-going and that abductions and torture continue on a daily basis.
A 38 year-old man from Central China died in police custody four days after being abducted, the Falun Dafa Information Center recently learned. Mr. Yang Zhonggeng's corpse was covered in extensive bruises but the local Domestic Security Office claimed he committed suicide, his family reported.
Sparked by the harassment of a respected teacher who publicly supported Falun Gong, hundreds of protesters turned the tables on a Chinese Communist Party front organization employed to bully dissenting voices in Hong Kong.
Five new petitions for individual Falun Gong practitioners—some with over 10,000 signatures—have been reported over the past two months, continuing a growing trend across China.
Widely misunderstood as a provocative protest against the central government in Beijing, Falun Gong practitioners' large-scale appeal near Zhongnanhai on April 25, 1999 thrust the practice into headline news around the world. Most media identified the appeal as a primary catalyst for the persecution campaign that would be launched three months later and rage on to the present day.
As Chinese censors rush to delete mention of a daring 14-page exposé of torture, forced labor, and political persecution at Masanjia Labor camp published in a Chinese magazine last week, the Falun Dafa Information Center urges foreign media to dig deeper, for there is much more to this story.
An Australian lawmaker has proposed legislation that highlights injustices in global organ trade. Experts have lauded the proposal as a powerful step toward curbing the grizzly practice of forced organ harvesting – removing specimens from donors without consent and selling them on the black market, a practice that the Chinese government is believed to employ on Falun Gong practitioners.