During Human Rights Dialogue, U.S. Must Address the Largest Population of Prisoners of Conscience in China
24 Apr 2011
In China today, between 500,000 and over 1 million Falun Gong practitioners are incarcerated at any given time making them thelargest group of prisoners of conscience in China, if not the world.
In China today, a Falun Gong practitioner dies from torture and abuse incustody every three days (and those are only the cases we know about).
In China today, tens of millions of Falun Gong practitioners face lawlessness and brutality.
In China today, the regime continues to spend billions to wipe out Falun Gong.
In China today, millions of Falun Gong practitioners and supporters operate the largest grassroots underground media in the world, printing(mostly out of private homes) and distributing newsletters about theongoing persecution with the hope that fellow citizens will realize theextent of the atrocities and not be complicit.
The State Department’s Michael Posner, who will lead the U.S. side of theupcoming human rights dialogue with China, acknowledged at a recentpress conference that China’s labor camps were “full of people thathave affiliation with Falungong" (news).The Congressional-Executive Commission on China published last month adetailed analysis outlining a nationwide campaign to intensify"tranformation" of Falun Gong practitioners (analysis).
As U.S. diplomats prepare to sit down with their Chinese counterparts in Beijing, the Falun Dafa Information Center urges them to have a directand meaningful discussion about the 12-year-old campaign of suppressionand violence of Falun Gong practitioners in China.