Publications, Press Releases

  • Article from Silicon.com: Microsoft, Sun 'contribute to Chinese human-rights abuses'

    'Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and Cisco are among major IT vendors slammed by Amnesty International for contributing to human-rights abuses by selling technology to the Chinese government that is used to censor the internet...The report cites cases of students, political dissidents, Falun Gong followers, writers, lawyers and teachers who have been jailed or tortured after being accused of offences ranging from signing online petitions to publishing 'rumors' about the SARS virus.'
  • France: Media Coverage of Jiang's Persecution Exported from China to Paris

    On January 22nd 2004, a journalist working for Yahoo France conducted a long interview with two French Falun Gong practitioners about the pressure exerted by the Chinese regime on French authorities, forcing them to exclude Falun Gong from the Chinese New Year Parade in Paris. The journalist took the opportunity to say that Falun Gong is a peaceful method, and that the main person responsible for the persecution in China is former leader Jiang Zemin, who is now being sued for genocide in several European countries.
  • French National Paper Liberation Reports on Lawsuit Filed Against Chinese Minister

    On January the 28th 2004, the French national newspaper Libération reported on Falun Gong practitioners' legal actions against Chinese Culture Minister Sun Jiazheng. The lawsuit filed by practitioners in France accuses him of the crime of Torture in his involvement in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. Mr. Sun was accompanying President Hu Jintao on a state visit to France when the case was filed.
  • Article Published in Three Belgian Newspapers: “Thanks to Falun Gong I am a different person!”

    '“When your boss wrongfully scolds you, it is already quite a skill to remain calm. It’s even stronger if you really are calm inside. And that is something I can achieve since I started practising Falun Gong," says Matthias Slaats, who is a fervent adherent of this Chinese teaching.'
  • AFP: Taiwanese Falun Gong [Practitioners] Protest Police Harassment in France

    'The group [...] demanded Taiwan's foreign ministry relay a strong protest to Paris over what it called an "unreasonable and unlawful" act infringing on the basic rights and freedom of its members. "They were checked by French police on the streets just because they were wearing yellow scarves. The police could not give them any proper reasons, except (for) saying 'yellow scarves are illegal in France today'," Chang Chin-Hwa, a spokeswoman for Taiwan Falun Dafa, or Falun Gong, told AFP.'
  • Norwegian Newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad: The Chinese have Committed Genocide Against Falun Gong

    The persecution of Falun Gong has been going on for several years now. The Chinese authorities fear that it will develop and become a strong grass root movement, which could be hard to control. Practitioners say that they have no political agenda, and that they just want to help people become better human beings with this method. There are several examples where western governments have kowtowed to the Chinese leaders, and prohibited demonstrations, says Giertsen. This has happened both in Iceland, Denmark and Germany.
  • EFGIC: French Police Arrest American, UK, Danish, French Citizens for Wearing Yellow During Chinese State Visit

    LONDON (EFGIC) Citizens of the U.S., U.K., Denmark and France were among at least 11 arrested in Paris this past Saturday for wearing clothing with the words Falun Gong on it. These arrests appear to have been an attempt to keep the presence of Falun Gong invisible from the many Chinese groups that took part in a Chinese New Years Day parade.
  • The Epoch Times: Today, the Color Yellow is Illegal in France

    'This weekend local Paris police, under intense pressure from the Chinese government, initiated a new trend in Parisian fashion with an unusual directive- “Yellow is illegal.” Or to be more specific, yellow worn by Falun Gong practitioners is illegal. The thinly veiled attempt by Chinese officials to target Falun Gong practitioners from around the world, in town to mark the Chinese New Year, was swiftly enforced by Paris police. A group of practitioners on their way to a New Year’s celebration were detained for wearing yellow clothing on the city streets.'
  • EFGIC: The Colour Yellow is Illegal in France!

    'During the Chinese New Year celebrations over the last weekend in France, 20 Chinese and Western practitioners were arrested, simply because they wore yellow scarves or yellow sweaters with the words of "Falun Gong" or "Zhen Shan Ren" (meaning Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance). The French police told them that they were arrested because “Yellow was illegal in France”. Even people not wearing yellow, but just wearing blue scarves with the words “Falun Dafa” were arrested.'
  • BBC: Falun Gong Sues China Minister

    'Four members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement have filed a lawsuit in Paris against visiting Chinese Culture Minister Sun Jiazheng. The members said Mr Sun was responsible for "crimes of torture" against the group, which is banned in China.'
  • The Epoch Times: Chinese New Year in Paris is Eventful and The Chinese Embassy Challenges the French Spirit

    'There will be thousands of Chinese attending the parade on the Avenue des Champs Elysees in downtown Paris on the 3rd of January in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. As a registered group, the Falun Dafa Association also handed in an application for participation in the spring festival parade. However, it was blocked by the Chinese Embassy in France for “the Chinese governments attitude toward Falun Gong", which has been brought to the attention of the members of the European Parliament and human rights groups.'
  • Radio France Internationale Interviews Falun Gong Practitioners

    According to out understanding, the situation is that the Paris city authorities proposed to hold the Spring festival parade on the Champs Elysees. This is an event related to Chinese culture, and is open to the general public. Since the French Falun Dafa Association is an organisation officially registered in France, and has received support from government circles, as well as human rights associations, we deem it to be our right to participate in the parade.
  • NTDTV Press Release: Summary of the Exclusive Interview with Mr. Li Hongzhi, Founder of Falun Gong

    An exclusive interview with Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, aired globally at 9:00 p.m. EST January 20, 2004 on New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV). This is the first interview that Mr. Li has granted to media since 1999.
  • Radio Free Asia: Chinese Diplomats are Blocking Falun Gong's Application to Participate in the Chinese New Year Parade in Paris

    Mr. Zhang Jianping said, “The Paris city authority organised a Chinese New Year parade for Chinese residents on Avenue des Champs Elysees. It is a public and Chinese-culture-related activity. Falun Gong is a group legally registered in France and has the right to participate. We then made an application. However, the application was illegally interfered with by the Chinese Embassy. There only excuse was illegal suppression by the Chinese government"
  • Radio Free Asia Report on Falun Gong Practitioners Press Conference

    The press conference was originally to be held for an hour, however it lasted beyond this as there were two Falun Gong practitioners who were directly persecuted in China and gave their testimony on the spot. One was Dai Zhizhen, whose husband was persecuted to death because he said “Falun Dafa is good.” The other Falun Gong practitioner, whose husband worked in the Chinese Embassy in France, was locked up and experienced various cruel torture and brainwashing for more than a year when she went back to her hometown to tell people about how China persecutes Falun Gong. Both were interviewed because the reporters were interested in their stories.