Persecution Spreads from China to Europe

  • Swedish Ambassador in Thailand Escorts Mrs. Pirjo Svensson to Bangkok Airport

    Before boarding the plane, Mrs. Svensson read out a statement that she had written earlier that day. The Swedish Ambassador then made a statement to Pirjo’s friends, the reporters and the Thai police. In his statement, the Ambassador recognised the innocence of Pirjo and expressed his regret for the Thai government's ignorance of Pirjo’s rights as well as their failure to maintain the promise of protecting human rights.
  • Pirjo Svensson’s Statement to the Media from Landvetter Airport in Sweden

    "I want to thank the Swedish Foreign Ministry, Ambassador and Embassy staff in Thailand for their help and for standing up strongly for human rights, I thank all kind hearted people in Sweden and the world who signed their name on a petition for me, thanks to the NGOs and politicians who supported me."
  • Hungary: Overcoming Interference from the Chinese Embassy to Spread the Fa

    Practitioners held a peaceful appeal in front of the Chinese embassy in Budapest. One Embassy official came and tried to drive us away and called the police. When the police arrived and heard his ridiculous demands, they laughed and did not take them seriously. One officer said, “They are just sitting here in meditation. How are these people disturbing you?”
  • Holland Theme Park Mangament Refuses to Bow Under Pressure from Jiang's Regime

    The People's Republic of China has urged the theme park Mondo Verde in Landgraaf, The Netherlands not to allow Falun Gong practitioners to take part in their 'Asian Week'. The Manager refused to do this and pointed out that the former Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs Van Aartsen has stood up for Falun Gong, as well as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
  • English Petition to release Ms. Pirjo Svennson from Detention in Thailand Available

    Mrs. Svensson from Sweden doing the Falun Gong exercises at Suan Pluh Immigration Detention Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. She has now been detained for more than three weeks, without being given a reason for her detention.
  • Swedish Government Shows Concern over Ms Pirjo Svensson and Negotiates with Thai authorities for her Release

    In an effort to obtain “an immediate explanation” for her arrested and the cancellation of her Visa, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sweden and the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok have formally contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand. TV, radio and some major newspapers in Sweden have also reported the incident, and have emphasized that Ms Svensson is innocent. At present, the Swedish government is actively negotiating with the Thai government to help Ms Svensson regain her freedom.
  • Statement of Detained Swedish Practitioner Pirjo Svensson

    It is not a coincidence that I was detained the same day that the Chinese Premier came to Thailand for a meeting. I have a very strong reason to believe that the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok is behind this matter. The Jiang Zemin regime in China has already pressurised many countries on the issue of Falun Gong.
  • Report from German Newspaper Pirmasens: “Petition for Xiong Wei”

    'Xiong Wei studied economics from 1993 to 1999 at Berlin Technical University...On 5 January 2002, while she was in Beijing distributing materials about the persecution of Falun Gong, the police arrested her. In March she was, without due process, sentenced to one and a half years of "Re-education through labour" in the Xinan Female forced labour camp in Beijing, which is well known for its cruel methods of torture.'
  • Report from German newspaper Rhen Neckar: "To Help Xiong Wei"

    'The aims of this appeal are not only to help Ms. Xiong Wei, but also for people to express their concerns for all Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted in China, as well as the conditions of human rights in China. All citizens in Weinheim can appeal to the German government by signing their names on a Falun Gong petition. The Mayor has also already signed his name.'
  • Swedish Embassy Issues Diplomatic Note to Demand Immediate Explanation about the Arrest of Swedish Falun Gong Practitioner

    Both the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Embassy in Thailand expressed serious concern over the detention and possible deportation of Mrs. Svensson and demanded an immediate explanation from the Thai Foreign Ministry. Shocked by news of Mrs. Svensson's arrest, Swedish media headlined the story in several newspapers.
  • Netherlands: Letter from Practitioner Denied a Passport by the Jiang Regime, Seeking Help from a Member of Parliament

    "My nationality is being taken away from me by the Chinese embassy. The reason for this is simply because of my belief in Falun Gong...However, the violations to my human rights are trivial when compared to what had happened in China. You may have heard already heard of how an eight-month-old baby was tortured to death together with his 30-year-old mother because his mother practised Falun Gong. Brutal persecution against this group of peaceful and kind-hearted people is happening every day, every hour and every minute. I also fear that I will be subjected to similar persecution should I be forced to return to China."
  • Swedish Practitioner Detained in Thailand Without Cause, Swedish Government Demands Immediate Explanation

    On April 29 2003, the Thai police searched the residence of Mrs. Pirjo Svensson, a Swedish citizen and Falun Gong practitioner. They arrested Mrs. Svensson and sent her to the Immigration Office, where she was told that she would be deported. Mrs. Svensson firmly refused. This is yet another example of the Jiang regime's extending its persecution of Falun Gong overseas.
  • German Practitioners Increase their Efforts to Rescue Xiong Wei

    Since Xiong Wei was illegally imprisoned, German practitioners have launched a series of appeals to rescue her, which have been widely reported by the media in Germany. The German government has also paid close attention to this matter. During Jiang’s visit to Germany in 2002, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer handed Jiang a letter urging the Chinese government to release several innocent people, including Xiong Wei.
  • Jiang’s Regime Persecutes a Dafa Practitioner in the Netherlands

    Today, in order to force me to give up practising Falun Gong, the Chinese Embassy confiscated my passport. The Embassy's actions are inhumane. Looking at it from another angle, Chinese citizens have the freedom of belief, which is guaranteed by the Chinese Basic Law. What is the Chinese Embassy’s excuse for interfering with citizens’ right to believe, particularly when they are outside of China?
  • Irish Practitioners Start Letter Writing Campaign to Rescue 2 Dublin Students Detained in China

    Irish Falun Dafa Practitioners are appealing to all kind-hearted people to help their fellow practitioners who have been detained in China, by asking them to sign a petition letter and send it to the Chinese Embassy and the Irish Government. Here are some background details on their cases, and the petition letter.