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Friday, March 16, 2007

US State Dept. Report shows persecution of Falun Gong in China still severe

Canada Falun Info Center – This month, the U.S. State Department released its congressionally-mandated 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights, naming China among the world's worst human rights offenders. In particular, the report cites information showing that Falun Gong remains the most severely and widely persecuted group in China. See excerpts below.

"UN Special Rapporteur Nowak reaffirmed earlier findings that torture remained widespread," the report says. "Nowak reported that beatings with fists, sticks, and electric batons continued to be the most common tortures. He also found that prisoners continued to suffer cigarette burns, prolonged periods of solitary confinement, and submersion in water or sewage…”.

Quotes from the report regarding the persecution of Falun Gong:

  • “UN Special Rapporteur Nowak reported in March that Falun Gong practitioners accounted for 66 percent of victims of alleged torture while in government custody”.

  • “Some foreign observers estimated that Falun Gong adherents constituted at least half of the 250,000 officially recorded inmates in reeducation-through-labor camps, while Falun Gong sources overseas placed the number even higher”.

  • “A special form of reeducation centers was used to detain Falun Gong practitioners who had completed terms in reeducation through labor but whom authorities decided to continue detaining”.

  • The government continued to wage a severe campaign against the Falun Gong movement. Falun Gong practitioners were subject to close scrutiny by local security personnel, and their personal mobility was tightly restricted, particularly at times when the government believed public protests were likely …”.
  • “Since the government banned the Falun Gong in 1999, the mere belief in the discipline (even without any public manifestation of its tenets) has been sufficient grounds for practitioners to receive punishments ranging from loss of employment to imprisonment. Although the vast majority of practitioners detained have been released, many were detained again after release”.
  • “Police continued to detain current and former Falun Gong practitioners and place them in reeducation camps. Police reportedly had quotas for Falun Gong arrests and targeted former practitioners, even if they were no longer practicing. The government continued its use of high-pressure tactics and mandatory anti-Falun Gong study sessions to force practitioners to renounce Falun Gong.”
Look at the full report here.

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