Publications, Press Releases

  • The Asian Wall Street Journal: China's Turning Point

    'Commentators have praised China's new president and premier for finally taking decisive steps late last month to combat Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS. What is not said is that they acted only after Chinese doctors and nurses openly contradicted their government and made the continuation of the cover-up, which had lasted almost half a year, untenable. Leaders in the Chinese capital were, for the first time in a decade, left with no real choice but to tell the truth, since health care professionals were already telling all they knew to the foreign media and the World Health Organization.'
  • AP: WHO: Beijing's SARS Data Seriously Flawed

    'China's SARS data has serious flaws because the information does not show how half of the country's patients caught the highly contagious respiratory illness, a World Health Organization spokeswoman said Saturday."Right now the situation is that we have a whole load of people, and we don't know where they got the disease," WHO spokeswoman Mangai Balasegaram told The Associated Press. "The problem with the data is that there are holes in it."'
  • Report from Swedish Newspaper Goteborg Evening Daily: Pirjo from Gothenburg Arrested in Bangkok - No Reason Given

    The Swedish Embassy in Bangkok has demanded an immediate explanation, yet no accurate or reasonable explanation has been made available. Consul Stellan Berg of the Swedish Embassy waited until 3am in the morning, hoping to get an explanation. She told reporters that she hopes to talk with the Embassy again to get updated information.
  • UK Press Release: World Falun Dafa Day

    'In order to celebrate this joyous occasion, Falun Dafa practitioners from all over the world will be arranging special activities and festivities...We hope that this will be a good opportunity for more people to learn about and experience Falun Dafa for themselves...We invite all kind-hearted people from around the world to join us'
  • Open Magazine Publishes Inside Story on SARS in China - "Covering up the Epidemic".

    The article in Open Magazine said this was not the first time that the Chinese government concealed information of an epidemic and missed the chance to control the spread of the virus. A few years ago, when the first group of AIDS cases due to blood-transfusion were found in Henan Province, to secure Beijing's "stability" during the People's Congress, information was kept from the public. The information withholding lasted for a few years, which caused AIDS cases to spread to many provinces in mid-China and a number of "AIDS villages" appeared.
  • FDI: Justice Closes In On Former Chinese Leader

    On October 18, 2002, individual plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, against Jiang and the Falun Gong Control "610" Office (a nation-wide Gestapo-like agency created by Jiang specifically to persecute Falun Gong). Specific causes of action pleaded in the complaint include torture, genocide, and denial of the right to life.
  • Report from Swedish Newspaper The Expressen: Swede Pirjo Svensson Arrested in Bangkok Without Being Charged

    The arrest of Swedish Falun Gong practitioner Mrs Pirjo Svensson in Bangkok, headlined Sweden’s mainstream media which emphasised her innocence and the swift response of Thailand’s Swedish Embassy. The following report was translated on May 1st from The Expressen, the biggest evening daily in Sweden.
  • SCMP (South China Morning Post) Reports on Various Groups Voicing Their Fears Over Article 23

    'The head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong yesterday launched a harsh attack on the government and "disgusting" pro-government legislators, claiming they were using the atypical pneumonia outbreak to push through controversial anti-subversion laws...Legal and human rights heavyweights such as the Bar and Law Society, Amnesty International, the Article 23 Concern Group and the Asian Human Rights Commission all voiced their fears.'
  • AFP (Agence-france Presse): US has "serious reservations" about Proposed Hong Kong Sedition Law

    '"Serious reservations remain about provisions for the proscription of organizations endangering national security. As currently drafted, the law stands to blur the dividing lines between the Chinese and Hong Kong legal systems," Reeker said in a statement. Human rights and pro-democracy groups fear China could use the new law to suppress freedoms including those of media, speech and religion.'
  • Times of India: Falun Gong Wave Reaches Indian Shores

    '"The SARS issue will help focus the world's attention on the way the Chinese government lies," points out Jauhal. "Our newspaper, Falun Dafa Today, reported about the virus as far back as November. But the government made sure that the news did not spread." He feels that India's admiration for China and its economic might is misplaced as the Chinese government is merely inserting statistics to show its development.'
  • Time Asia Magazine Criticises Thai Decision to Ban Falun Gong Meeting: "I Thought Thailand Meant "Land of the Free"

    (March 2001) The article harshly criticised the decision as an act of persecution and pointed out that despite the countries pride in the fact that it has never been never colonised, its claims of independence in foreign policy, and its profession to be devoutly Buddhist, the government in Bangkok is allowing Beijing to dictate religious policy in Thailand.
  • FDI Press Release: Sweden Responds to China's Pressure on Thailand

    As part of its worldwide campaign to persecute Falun Gong, the Chinese regime is exerting pressure on the Thai government to deport a Swedish Falun Gong practitioner living in Thailand. The Swedish Embassy in Thailand quickly demanded "an immediate explanation" from the Thai Foreign Ministry for this blatant violation of the human rights of an innocent Swedish citizen.
  • The Scotsman: Painted Protest

    'A professional artist for many years, Zhang began to suffer from severe arthritis in 1996. Unable to paint and barely able to walk, there appeared to be little conventional doctors could do to help. But then Zhang decided to try using the five basic positions of Falun Gong to ease the pain in her joints. The results exceeded all her expectations and in just five weeks she was cured.'
  • Swedish Newspaper Reports on Falun Dafa Appeal

    The article stated that, ‘Besides the information about the persecution, a special flyer has been printed about the lung disease SARS,’ and continues by quoting a Swedish practitioner: “The fact that China kept the spreading of SARS secret from other countries for several months, is another example of how the regime lies to the people of China and the people of the world.”
  • Washington Post: China Feels Side Effects From SARS

    'Officials loyal to Jiang, who stepped down from the presidency in March, are believed to have backed the idea of underreporting the SARS epidemic and lying to the World Health Organization and foreign governments about its spread..."The Jiang clique has miscalculated the situation and is becoming rapidly irrelevant," said Yu, the specialist at the U.S. Naval Academy. Chinese Internet chat rooms are full of invective against Jiang and significantly are not being censored.'