Because of the persistent efforts by Falun Gong practitioners to inform people about the true nature of Falun Gong and expose the persecution during the last 10 years, in spite of the cruellest persecution in human history, more and more people have been moved by the tremendous sacrifices made by practitioners, and they have learned about the crimes that have been taking place against Falun Gong in China.
On July 20th, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started to use the nation's resources to persecute more than 100 million practitioners in China, kind-hearted people who simply wanted to improve themselves physically and mentally through following the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The CCP carried out a massive number of arrests all over China. Following its policy of "destroy their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and physically eradicate them," the Communist regime led by Jiang Zemin attempted to completely annihilate Falun Gong within three months. Over the next several years, as Falun Gong practitioners maintained a rational and tranquil state, they steadfastly held onto their righteous beliefs and refused to be cowed by the extreme physical violence and torture. The regime continued to escalate the persecution against Falun Gong. It enforced such policies as, "It is not a crime to beat a Falun Gong practitioner to death. If a Falun Gong practitioner is beaten to death, it is counted as a suicide." Another enforced policy is, "There is no need to carry out an investigation into the death of any Falun Gong practitioner. Cremate the body immediately." The persecution was pushed to the extremes.
Over the last ten years, practitioners in China have made tremendous personal sacrifices in their efforts to break through the information blockade imposed by the regime, and they have regularly submitted reports about the CCP's heartless crimes to the Minghui website [Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net]. The website has gathered an astounding number of first-hand reports of persecution cases over the last 10 years. The extent of the persecution is truly shocking. The Minghui Data Centre has started the massive task of organizing and categorizing the reported cases of persecution.
This article provides a few statistics on the reported cases of persecution that the Minghui website received from June 1st, 2002, to July 15th, 2009. Behind the numbers, one can see that the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners that was initiated, carried out, and enforced by the Communist regime is unprecedented in terms of the amount of area that it covered, the number of people who have been victimized, and the cruel extent of the persecution.
Tens of Thousand Reported Cases of Persecution Took Place in More than 31 Provinces and Autonomous Regions in Mainland China
The total number of reported cases of persecution collected by the Minghui Data Centre were 48,085 (from June 1st, 2002 to July 15th, 2009)
|A chart that shows an increase in the total number of reported cases of persecution over the years||A chart that shows the number of reported cases of persecution each year|
From the chart that shows the number of reported cases of persecution each year, one can see that because of the persistent, stoic, peaceful, and rational efforts that Falun Gong practitioners have made to combat the persecution, the righteous force has been strengthening continuously, and the evil has been continuously eliminated. Even though it still persecutes practitioners, it is no longer as audacious as it used to be several years ago.
The following table shows the number of reported cases of persecution in each Chinese province:
Name of Province Total Number of Reported Cases of Persecution
Inner Mongolia 825
3,294 Confirmed Deaths of Falun Gong Practitioners as a Direct Result of the Persecution
As of July 15th, 2009, a total of 3,294 Falun Gong practitioners are confirmed to have died as a direct result of the persecution. These death cases are spread out over 31 provinces and autonomous regions in China. Of these deaths, 53.46 per cent or 1,716 of the victims were women, and 43.05 per cent or 1,418 of the victims were men. In 115 death cases or 3.49 per cent the gender of the victim is unknown. On average, 27 practitioners have died each month.
A High Number of Death Cases Resulted from Harvesting Organs from Practitioners Who Were Still Alive
In their independent investigation report entitled Bloody Harvest - A Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China, two prominent Canadian lawyers, David Matas and David Kilgour, pointed out that, according to the official statistics from the Chinese government, after the persecution against Falun Gong started, the total number of organ transplants in China performed during the five years from 2000 to 2005 reached 60,000. This reflected a sharp increase over the previous five years. In 41,500 of those cases, the Communist regime couldn't explain the origins of those organs.
In China there is a massive underground market for harvested organs for transplant. The actual number of organ transplants that have taken place in China is several times the official figure. For example, if the official figure of the number of organ transplants is 30,000 per year, the actual number could easily be 110,000 per year. Because of the huge availability of organs--meaning, from the huge number of illegally detained Falun Gong--many hospitals' officially reported numbers of organ transplants cannot be relied on, because the hospitals perform many transplants independently. This means the actual number of transplants is much higher than the official figure. Exact figures are difficult to obtain. Based on the most conservative estimate, over the last 10 years, the number of Falun Gong practitioners who have been killed for their organs has exceeded 15,000. The actual number could be more than 100,000.
The Large Numbers of Persecution Cases
According to an incomplete analysis of the data available on the Minghui website, close to 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been sentenced to prisons, and more than 100,000 have been sent to forced labour camps. Several thousand practitioners have been locked up in mental hospitals where they were forcefully injected with drugs that damaged their central nervous systems. Tens of thousands of practitioners have simply been seized by authorities and hauled off to brainwashing centres, where they endured mental anguish. Even more practitioners have been beaten, otherwise tortured, or had money extorted from them by government officials.
The Minghui Data Centred performed an analysis on the reported cases of persecution and provided a breakdown of the various types of persecution used against Falun Gong practitioners as well as the number of victims in each category.
The analysis shows a disturbingly high number of cases in which practitioners have been physically abused. The cases by specific means of persecution methods include the following:
Beaten: 12,553 cases
Physically punished: 5,766 cases
Handcuffed for long periods of time: 4,976 cases
Shocked with electric batons: 4,300 cases
Devastating Force-feedings: 3,123 cases
Locked in small cages: 3,040 cases
Hoisted off the ground and left hanging for long periods of time: 2,123 cases
Left outdoors in the winter and exposed to cold climates: 1,757 cases
Forced to sit on narrow stools for long periods of time: 1,614 cases
Bound with ropes for long periods of time: 1,311 cases
Injected with unknown drugs: 999 cases
Burned with fire or scalded with boiling water: 790 cases
Penetrating victims' hands with screwdrivers or sharp objects: 414 cases
Sexually assaulted: 300 cases
Bend body parts, roll and ground on victim's legs, hands and feet with heavy objects: 235 cases
Nearly suffocated repeatedly: 180 cases
Bitten by poisonous bugs, mosquitoes, or police dogs: 89 cases
Other forms of cruel tortures: 2473 cases
Cases in which practitioners have been mentally tortured include the following:
Tortured mentally (forced to curse Falun Gong, forced to deface Teacher Li Hongzhi's portraits, the founder of Falun Gong, etc): 9,216 cases
Mentally abused in forced brainwashing centres (forced to read, watch, and listen to material against Falun Gong; monitored by people who stayed right next to the practitioners 24 hours a day; or deprived of sleep for long periods of time): 8,194 cases
Abused in mental hospitals (injected with chemical agents, forced to take unknown drugs, forced to live with mental patients): 432 cases
The data about cases where practitioners experienced human rights abuses include the following:
Arrested without any legal procedures being followed: 56,274 cases
Summoned, tried and judged without any legal procedures being followed: 25,979 cases
Had homes ransacked: 8,420 cases
Deprived of access to basic living necessities: 7,895 cases
Harassed and threatened verbally: 5,298 cases
Illegally watched and followed: 2,884 cases
Humiliated and degraded: 2,490 cases
Fired from jobs or expelled from schools: 1,474 cases
Other human rights abuses not included above: 2,232 cases
The cases where practitioners suffered financial losses include:
Suffered financial losses: 6,458 cases (including 1,279 cases where they had funds extorted from them, 169 cases where their wages or benefits were suspended, and 38 cases where their own businesses suffered financially)
Had their valuables confiscated: 4,577 cases
Fined (including practitioners and their employers): 3,358 cases
Had their property taken away: 39 cases
Other cases of persecution include:
Persecuting relatives, friends, classmates, and customers of Falun Gong practitioners: 3,070 cases
Instigating, encouraging, and condoning common criminals at prisons and labour camps to abuse Falun Gong practitioners: 1,860 cases
Defaming and slandering Falun Gong practitioners: 916 cases
Other types of persecution: 2,274 cases
Falun Gong practitioners have made it through 10 years of their grand journey in their efforts against the persecution. In this extraordinary and unique period of time, they have maintained their calm rationality, steadfast belief, and selfless sacrifice to provide the world's people the opportunity to learn the truth. As a result, people have learned how Falun Gong has spread throughout the human world and felt the benevolence of Falun Gong. Furthermore, they have come to understand how the practitioners have transcended their own pain and suffering to spread the light, and recognized the cruelty of the Chinese Communist Party and how it is doomed to fail.
Chinese version available at http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2009/7/19/204818.html
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