THE 20-YEAR PERSECUTION OF FALUN GONG IN CHINA
by the Minghui Report
Minghui Publishing Center
Hardcover: 437 pages
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Reviewed by Peter Westmore
For those concerned about the misuse of Chinese power around the world, this book is an essential source of information. It offers over 430 pages of the most exhaustive documentation of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, and should be in every library and parliamentary office in Australia.
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a traditional Chinese spiritual movement that encourages the virtues of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance, as the foundations of personal life. It also encourages practitioners to engage in prescribed gentle meditational exercises, often in public, to develop these virtues.
It claims to have 100 million practitioners around the world in over 100 countries. It aroused the ferocious hostility of Chinese President Jiang Zemin, in 1999, after holding peaceful protests in the Chinese capital, Beijing.
The Minghui Group was established by Falun Dafa practitioners to document the persecution of practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which began in 1999.
This detailed and meticulously documented book describes the persecution of Falun Gong, and the appalling abuses of human rights that have been perpetrated in China against Falun Gong practitioners since that time.
The abuses against Falun Gong have been the subject of a number of independent reports by human rights organisations, but this book brings together this documentation, and also explains the beliefs of Falun Gong practitioners in a simple, well-organised way.
The demonisation of Falun Gong by the CCP is, in part, the result of the envy that Jiang Zemin and his successors have for an entirely voluntary association that commanded greater respect than the Communist Party, and therefore had to be eliminated.
It is also a perfect illustration of what French writer Francois de la Rochefoucauld described as “the homage that vice pays to virtue”.
The first part of the book deals with the full range of resources the state uses to persecute Falun Gong in China. It documents the detention facilities, ranging from prisons, brainwashing centres, forced labour camps and mental hospitals, indicating the participation of the police, judicial system, the penal system and China’s hospitals in the persecution.
Additionally, practitioners and their families are discriminated against in the education system, in employment, in housing and in denial of pension entitlements. Children are turned against their parents, and parents are turned against their children.
The CCP conducts campaigns in schools to demonise Falun Gong and its practitioners, and to isolate children whose parents are involved.
Within the prison system, practitioners are subject to a variety of methods of torture, including beatings, force-feeding, isolation, electric shocks, solitary confinement, waterboarding, suffocation and sexual assault. The result of all this is that many people have been persecuted to death, while the survivors often suffer permanent physical and mental injuries.
All this has laid the ground for the most appalling element of the Chinese regime’s campaign to destroy Falun Gong: the murder of practitioners to supply the unmet demand for organ transplantation.
I became aware of this many years ago, when I googled the words “China” and “transplant”. Immediately, Chinese hospital websites came up, inviting people to travel to China for organs, and some even offered replacement organs within weeks if the first did not take. This could obviously be done only by killing people for their hearts, livers, kidneys, corneas and other organs.
The persecution extends beyond China, with overseas Chinese subject to constant surveillance, and those who denounce the persecution subject to relentless attack.
It is a matter of record that Falun Gong practitioners outside China have fought back, and today comprise the most effective opponents of the Beijing regime in the world, holding the regime to account for its crimes.
This book deserves to be found in libraries around the world, and in the offices of parliamentarians, so that the truth may be told.