915 China and Falun Gong

When I wrote blog 914 China and the Uighurs, I stumbled upon the treatment by China of the Falun Gong. Furthermore, this blog is about forced organ harvesting.

This is a truly awful story. Watch the video at the bottom.

Falun Gong


Falun Gong is a modern Chinese spiritual practice that combines meditation and qigong exercises with a moral philosophy centered on the tenets of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance (= tolerance, also moderation & stoicism). 

Through moral rectitude and the practice of meditation, practitioners of Falun Gong aspire to eliminate attachments, and ultimately to achieve spiritual enlightenment.

Falun Gong was first taught in Northeast China in 1992. The practice initially enjoyed support from Chinese officialdom, but by the mid to late 1990s, the Communist Party increasingly viewed Falun Gong as a potential threat due to its size, independence from the state, and spiritual teachings. By 1999, government estimates placed the number of Falun Gong practitioners at 70 million. During that time, negative coverage of Falun Gong began to appear.

The Communist Party initiated a nationwide crackdown and multifaceted propaganda campaign intended to eradicate the practice. It blocked Internet access to websites that mention Falun Gong, and in October 1999 it declared Falun Gong a "heretical organization" that threatened social stability.

Falun Gong practitioners in China are reportedly subject to a wide range of human rights abuses: hundreds of thousands are estimated to have been imprisoned extrajudicially, and practitioners in detention are subject to forced labor, psychiatric abuse, torture, and other coercive methods of thought reform at the hands of Chinese authorities.

As of 2009, human rights groups estimated that tens of thousands Falun Gong practitioners may have been killed to supply China's organ transplant industry.