Publications, Press Releases

  • EFGIC: Worldwide Appeals Identify Four Chinese Officials Who Lead the Atrocities against Falun Gong

    'In more than 20 countries during the past few months, Falun Gong practitioners have been holding appeals and press conferences to highlight four Chinese officials who lead the campaign to “eradicate Falun Gong” in China. Two of the four, former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin and Politburo Standing Committee Member Luo Gan, have already been the target of several lawsuits and their names are frequently cited in documents detailing the persecution of Falun Gong. The other two, Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang and “6-10 Office” Chief Liu Jing, have –until the recent appeals – not been widely named in connection with the atrocities against Falun Gong.'
  • EFGIC: 30 Torture and Severe Abuse-related Deaths of Falun Gong Practitioners Reported in February

    LONDON (EFGIC) – During the month of February 2004, details of 30 deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in China were uncovered despite a continued black-out maintained by Chinese authorities on information about Falun Gong-related cases. Many of the deaths occurred in the past few months, while some were deaths from 2002 and 2001 that have only recently been uncovered.
  • Report from Swiss Newspaper Le Nouvelliste: From Sitting in Meditation to Action

    'Lee Kye Ya listed litigation against the former Chinese state chairman, Jiang Zemin, and his accomplices to confirm what she said. Her face became serious, and then became bright, as she believes the atrocities will end some day. “The prosecutor in Paris just accepted a criminal lawsuit against the Chinese Culture Minister, who is accused of cruel sentences and stirring up hatred through the media.”'
  • EFGIC: An Open Letter from Women in China Who Practise Falun Gong

    "We follow the teachings of Falun Dafa [Falun Gong], (website) which expound upon the universal characteristics of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance, and practise gentle exercises and meditation to maintain our health. On July 20th, 1999, the former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin launched a campaign to eliminate Falun Dafa. We have been deprived of our basic human rights ever since, and have been physically and mentally tortured in many ways."
  • Radio Free Asia: Falun Gong practitioners Appeal for More Effective Action to Immediately Stop the Persecution

    'Last weekend, Falun Gong practitioners and other citizens around the world who are aware of the situation of human rights came to the Geneva UN building and took part in different activities around the city. Mrs. Zheng Zhihong from Berlin was interviewed and gave some details about Falun gong practitioners from around the world as well as Germany’s thoughts on Falun gong practitioners and the human rights situation.'
  • Report from Geneva Newspaper Le Courrier: The Falun Gong Association Appeal in Geneva Regarding Persecution in China

    'Over 50,000 Falun Gong practitioners are still being held in labour camps. However, Amnesty International does not emphasise these figures because they do not have detailed data about these victims. It is necessary to point out that as one of the twenty-five members of the U.N. Human Rights Committee, China has not yet ratified the U.N. Human Rights Charter.'
  • Amnesty International Press Release: "Pleasant words are insufficient; they must be accompanied by substantive actions."

    Amnesty International observed that in fulfilling its responsibilities towards international human rights, China’s record is still appalling. The article also pointed out the misfortune encountered by Hua Huiqi in Beijing Fengtai region’s police station and requested that China allow respective workgroups in the UN to conduct investigations into this matter.
  • EFGIC: A Call for Decisive Action to End the Genocide in China

    As the United Nation's Commission on Human Rights convenes in Geneva this week, the European Falun Gong Information Centre (EFGIC) joins the growing chorus of voices urging the Commission to censure China for the horrific and widespread abuses of human rights against Falun Gong practitioners throughout China. As the U.S. State Department “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2003” says, the situation in China has been “backsliding” in the past year, and the persecution against Falun Gong has been “particularly harsh.”
  • Danish Newspaper MetroXpress: Falun Gong Protests at UN in Geneva

  • Article from The Epoch Times: Enslaved Falun Gong Practitioners Make Wigs Sold Worldwide

    Labour camps such as Shibalihe and Xuchang buy Falun Gong practitioners from other labour camps for 800 RMB each (almost $100 US), and force them to work day and night. Many have been tortured to death as part of a "reeducation" program that aims to crush their spiritual beliefs. The labour camps are located in Henan Province, where hair products are the number one export. Henan Rebecca describes itself as "the largest hair product company in China and one of the biggest in the world," including the U.S.
  • Article from Voice of America: Powell - US Likely To Criticize China Human Rights At UN Meeting

    'Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed China's human rights record in a telephone talk Friday with his Chinese counterpart foreign minister Li Zhaoxing. U.S. officials say Mr. Powell told him the United States is all but certain to sponsor a resolution critical of China at next week's meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva.'
  • Media Article from Germany: Activity Held for Human Rights - Collecting Signatures in Downtown Uelzen

    'B.G. and other supporters hope to raise the public’s attention to the human rights violations occurring in China. The facts of the persecution in China are unimaginable; people are persecuted because of their beliefs. Petition signatures were collected in this activity, which will be passed onto the Human Rights Committee of the German Parliament.'
  • EFGIC: U.S. House of Reps. Passes Resolution Urging Censure of China for Human Rights Abuses

    'LONDON (EFGIC) – The House of Representatives passed resolution H. Res. 530 urging the international community to rebuke the People’s Republic of China for a litany of human rights abuses. Yesterday’s vote on the resolution was 402-2. H. Res. 530 urges the Bush Administration to sponsor and aggressively pursue a resolution condemning China for its human rights abuses at the annual meeting of the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights, which will meet later this month in Geneva.'
  • EFGIC: Despite Cosmetic Reforms, U.S. Department of State Says Human Rights in China Backsliding

    'The 2003 US Department of State Annual Human Rights Report issued last week, points to China’s degenerating rights practices, some cosmetic beautification not withstanding. “Although legal reforms continued, there was backsliding on key human rights issues during the year,” says the report. One of these key issues is Falun Gong. As in previous years, the severe persecution of the practice is a central concern throughout much of the report, with extensive citing of torture, arbitrary detention, and unlawful killing, as well as denial of freedom of religion, speech, assembly, and association.'
  • Article from Website “Journalism.co.uk”: Dungeons and Dragons

    'Last month saw five more Falun Gong followers imprisoned for posting news to an internet site on the torture of a student practitioner. Commenting on this case, international press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said: "The five internet users were convicted for posting online what is already very well-known to human rights organisations, that [practitioners] of Falun Gong are systematically tortured in prison".'