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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Religious Freedom Still Languishes in China, Worldwide: US State Dept

Photos of Falun Gong practitioners tortured and killed for their belief in China

The Chinese communist regime's crackdown on religious activity has "remained severe" for the report's period of documentation between July and December 2010, especially in Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Region during the Shanghai World Expo and the Asian Games held in Guangzhou.

The largest religious persecution in China and the world is that of Falun Gong. In early 1999, before the persecution began, Chinese officials indicated that 100 million people in China had taken up the practice.

The report notes various aspects of the persecution, although the numbers it provides are very conservative. For instance, the report says that since 1999 100,000 practitioners have been held in China's reform through labor camps. The independent journalist Ethan Gutmann, who is studying the persecution, claims that between 15 and 20 percent of all those held in China's labor camps are Falun Gong, with a minimum of 450,000 practitioners held at any one time. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfed Nowak reported that two-thirds of all cases of torture in China filed with his office were Falun Gong.

The suppression of Falun Gong has intensified as the communist regime presses forward with its campaign to "transform" adherents, the report said. Transformation involves forcing practitioners to give up their beliefs, by brainwashing or torture. In October 2010, the Chinese regime rolled out a new campaign aiming at transforming three-fourths of all known Falun Gong adherents.

The report does not discuss the most serious abuse suffered by Falun Gong practitioner—the practice of live organ harvesting. David Kilgour and David Matas in their report and book Bloody Harvest state that Falun Gong practitioners are the most likely source for the organs for 41,500 transplantation operations done between 2000 and 2007.

More at the Epoch Times

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