Note: IGFM (Internationale Gesellschaft fuer Menschenrechte/International Association for Human Rights) has an advisory status in the European Union. (Original text in German)




People's Republic of China: Systematic Human Rights Abuses against Falun Gong Practitioners

The Jiang Zemin regime has escalated its persecution of Falun Gong, with systematic abuses of human rights coordinated by the "6-10 Office" [an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems].

December 6, 2001

Vienna: Since China became a member of the International Alliance Against Terrorism, the intensity of its human rights abuses has escalated. Its abusive treatment of the peaceful, non-violent Falun Gong movement, also known as Falun Dafa, has been especially harsh.

Using the excuse of "social stability," the Jiang Zemin regime systematically terrorizes its own citizens, especially the followers of Falun Gong and their families. This terrorism takes the form of intimidation, pressure, force, propaganda, brainwashing, and also the confiscation of material goods and cash.

The "6-10 Office" is the primary enforcer of this systematic persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in the PRC.

The "6-10 Office" was founded on the direct orders of President Jiang Zemin for the purpose of persecuting Falun Gong in China. It was established approximately one month prior to the banning of the spiritual practice. As stated above, this organization has offices at all levels of government. Its administration is completely independent of all legal institutions and it possesses all-pervasive power. Jiang Zemin demanded that all government agencies at all levels "work in close coordination with the "6-10 Office."

The only mandate given this office was "to solve the Falun Gong problem in China," and the methods used in this effort do not matter to the Chinese President. The brutal persecution of Falun Gong, which has lasted over two-years, has already cost more than 320 people their lives and subjected 10,000 citizens to arrest. Torture, sexual and psychological abuse have become commonplace.

It has been demonstrated that the "6-10 Office" has become the strongest and most vicious vehicle for carrying out this state-sanctioned terrorism against Falun Gong in China. According to reports from hundreds of eyewitnesses, the "6-10 Office" has been given free reign "from above" to use any imaginable means against the non-violent, innocent Falun Gong practitioners. Thus, murder is portrayed as suicide or heart attack, and the victim's remains are usually cremated immediately, before the family members have a chance to view the body one last time. Torture, sexual abuse and murder have become the means for "re-education" in the detention centers, regardless of age or gender. The goal is to break the will of Falun Gong practitioners and to force them to sign the so-called "repentance statements." [Statements acknowledging remorse for practicing Falun Gong, to give up Falun Gong, and to never again associate with those who practice, or go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong.]

The escalating death count among incarcerated Falun Gong practitioners correlates with orders issued by the "6-10 Office."

The "6-10 Office" not only terrorizes Falun Gong, but practically China's whole population. Agents from that office apply pressure on everyone, not just Falun Gong practitioners. There are reports, for instance, of school children in many areas of the country having to sign statements against Falun Gong or risk being expelled from school. This also happens in companies and in police departments, where those who do not speak out against Falun Gong risk losing their jobs.

The actions of those who carry out the orders of the "6-10 Office" put the lives of millions of people in jeopardy. We must do everything in our power to stop the threat to people brought about by this inhumane organization.