Those sentenced come from 32 cities in 17 provinces, and most were arrested for talking to people about Falun Gong or for suing former leader Jiang Zemin, who initiated the persecution. Two sisters were detained for 14 months before they were sentenced, three who said they would appeal were threatened with longer sentences if they did, and a judge threatened to keep two practitioners incarcerated if they refused to admit their alleged wrongdoing.
During the holiday season that covered both New Year's Day and Chinese New Year, 412 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested and 113 were harassed by Chinese authorities. In addition to being separated from their families, many of the arrested practitioners were assaulted or tortured in police custody. Most were arrested for talking to the public about the Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong and refusing to renounce their spiritual beliefs.
As the persecution of Falun Gong in China enters its 18th year, practitioners outside of China work tirelessly to raise awareness of the continuing atrocities. Recent activities in Sweden, Romania, Germany and Finland drew a great deal of public support for bringing an end to the brutalities in China.
“Although in China bribes are common, as a practitioner I cannot take any. My company has laid off many workers several times, but I have never been let go.”
“You should follow the example of those Falun Dafa practitioners. If every one in our village were as truthful and responsible as they are, not only would it make my job easier, our village would be a better place, and we would all live in harmony with one another.”
A Falun Gong practitioner from Hefei City returned home on February 9, 2017, after being detained for eight months. The local Procuratorate, which had twice returned the case to the police department for lack of evidence, withdrew the charges against her soon after they were formally made.
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Death Toll Reaches Genocidal Proportions
Estimates put the number who have perished as a result of persecution at over one million.
Organ Harvesting Atrocities
Evidence suggests over 60,000 killed for their organs in an illicit state-sanctioned organ trade.
A Fundamental Misconception
Chinese state media reports falsely claim that practicing Falun Gong has led to 1,400 deaths.
Self-Immolation: An Elaborate Hoax
A 2001 TV broadcast of people setting themselves on fire was actually a propaganda ploy.
April 25 Peaceful Appeal
The most peaceful protest in history is called a 'siege' by top party brass
Prosecuting Jiang Zemin
Bringing the prime culprit in the persecution to justice
More Basic Truths
A primer on the web of lies upon which the persecution was built
Learn About Falun Dafa
An advanced practice of self-cultivation freely available to all