Publications, Press Releases

  • German Falun Gong Information Centre: Demanding an End to the Former Chinese Head of State's Escape From Punishment

    On September the 12th 2003, the District Court dismissed the suit against Jiang Zemin on the basis of his right to immunity as head of state. The public widely criticised this decision. The plaintiffs filed an appeal on January the 12th 2004 with the Appeals Court in Chicago. On Thursday May the 27th 2004, attorneys, plaintiffs and others functioning as amicus curiae will have an opportunity to verbally address the Appeals Court in Chicago and voice their views.
  • Article from The Epoch Times: The Chinese Party Secretary Sued While Visiting Boston

    On May 21st, Chinese Communist Party Secretary Wang Taihua was served with a class-action lawsuit charging him with torture, murder, and genocide. The complaint alleges that under Wang’s direction, the four plaintiffs were subjected to torture and abuse in the Female Labour Re-Education Camp and mental hospitals located in Anhui Province.
  • EFGIC: Torture Chambers on Chicago’s Federal Plaza

    LONDON (EFGIC) – A groundbreaking public exhibition in the streets of Chicago is re-creating the conditions of Chinese labour camps and torture chambers. As part of events to build public understanding of the extensive persecution against Falun Gong in China that lead to the lawsuit in Chicago federal court against former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, Falun Gong practitioners are enacting methods of torture in the exhibition “Persecution Meets Principle.”
  • Report from The Guardian: The Sadness of Chinese Journalism

    "The reason for this lack of originality in Chinese Journalism was the fact that almost every publication used the same supplier: the Xinhua News Agency. Many newspapers cannot afford a network of foreign correspondents, but the problem in China is one of censorship rather than resources. While many papers have access to other international news sources, such as Reuters or the Associated Press, they are only permitted to use these newswires for certain stories."
  • Bertie Ahern, the Irish Prime Minister, Tells the Chinese Premier of His Human Rights Concerns

    The Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) said that he raised the Chinese occupation of Tibet and the suppression of the Falun Gong spiritual movement during a two-hour meeting with Mr Wen, who is on a two-day state visit to Ireland. "For decades China refused to engage at all with the various human rights bodies," he said. "They have now agreed to do so, which is a considerable achievement and they were responding to a request, not a request that I thought up, but a request that human rights bodies have asked us to do.
  • Report from Swiss Newspaper La Liberte

    A victim of polyarthritis that left her hands stiff, Zhang Cuiying could no longer paint. She tried numerous medicines without success. She explains that, from 1997, the Falun Gong exercises purified her body and spirit and allowed her to recommence her work. “Since then, I have made it a part of my life. In 1999, everything changed radically. China, which had supported the traditional movement since 1992, now made it illegal and arrested and imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners."
  • EFGIC: Fifth Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebrations Held in 50 Cities Worldwide

    'The celebrations included traditional dancing, singing and public demonstrations of the Falun Gong exercises. Activities in most cities also carried a sobering message, as speeches and pictorial exhibitions revealed details of the violent, on-going persecution of Falun Gong in China.'
  • Olympic Watch Issues Press Release on World Falun Dafa Day

    Prague, March 19th 2004 – On the occasion of Falun Dafa Day, Olympic Watch (Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games in a Free and Democratic Country) has issued a statement today, condemning religious persecution in the People’s Republic of China. Olympic Watch was established in Prague in 2001. Its mission is to monitor the human rights situation in China in the run-up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and to campaign to achieve improvements in the lives of the people of China.
  • Report from Danish Newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad

    '"The western governments have a moral authority, which they have to use. They are about to make business relationships with China and invest in the country, but it must all the time be supplemented with a demand for better human rights", says Erping Zhang. Maybe it will be possible some day for him to again phone home to his mother in China. He has not done so since he was blacklisted, knowing full well that his mother would be punished for talking with a son that criticises the government.'
  • Article from the Irish Times: Chinese Falun Gong Practitioner tells of Rights Abuse

    'A Chinese Falun Gong practitioner (1) made a passionate appeal for an end to human rights abuses in his country at a meeting of a parliamentary committee in Leinster House yesterday. He claimed he was subjected to "brainwashing" to force him to renounce his beliefs. He further alleged that, on different occasions, he was deprived of sleep, forced to squat and had his hands pinned behind his back, all for long periods. Mr Zhao alleged he was beaten so hard that he "couldn't walk for two weeks" and that he was also subjected to electric shocks.'
  • Report from Spanish Newspaper La voz de Almera: Jiang Zemin Has Been Sued for the Crime of Genocide at the Spanish National Court

    'Last October, Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese President, was sued by eighteen Falun Gong practitioners from all over the world for crimes of genocide and torture at the Spanish National Court. Falun Gong is an ancient meditation practice and was warmly welcomed by people in China. However, nearly 100 million practitioners are under brutal persecution carried out by the Chinese Government.'
  • UK FGIC Press Release - Falun Gong Celebrations in Trafalgar Square as Visiting Chinese Minister is Accused of Human Rights Crimes

    In sharp contrast to the happy celebrations in Trafalgar Square, Bo Xilai, China’s Minister of Commerce, who visits London this weekend, will find that legal proceedings have been initiated against him by UK Falun Gong practitioners for his crimes of torture against fellow Falun Gong practitioners in China. The Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard accepted the formal allegation made against Bo Xilai for serious crimes and a request for his arrest upon arrival in the UK by issuing a Crime Number.
  • Report from Swiss Newspaper Aargauer: A Thorough Perspective of China

    'A secondary school in the city of Brugg held a week of activities with China as the theme. The activities gave students from the second year an opportunity to understand China from many perspectives. They saw the many bright sides of China as well as the bad side. A picture of a huge Buddha was hung with a couplet at the entrance to the hall where Zhang Cuiying’s art exhibition was held, making it very clear that the activity's theme was China. While displaying the brilliance and age of Chinese culture, it is unavoidable that China’s other side is also exposed.'
  • EFGIC: 31-year-old Woman Beaten to Death for Falun Gong Practice

    LONDON (EFGIC) – On April 1st, 2004, Chinese police ransacked the home of Ms. Huang Zhao and her husband, stealing valuables and detaining the couple who both practise Falun Gong. Two weeks later, Huang was dead. Witnesses say by the second day of her detention, Huang had been severely beaten and could no longer walk.
  • FGIC (UK): World Press Freedom Day Spotlights China as the World’s Leading Jailer of Journalists

    LONDON (FGIC-UK) – From the 139 countries observed for press freedom in 2002, China ranked second to last. The Independent Committee to Protect Journalists named Jiang Zemin in the Top Ten Worst Enemies of the Press for five years in a row for exercising the Communist Party's obsessive control over information. This has been partly enforced via harsh prison sentences that have now made China the world's leading jailer of journalists.