Violent suppression of 100 million people
Continues but finally lessens after 19 years

It’s one of the largest campaigns of religious persecution happening in the world today.
It began in the middle of the night, July 20, 1999.

Across China under the veil of darkness, police dragged ordinary people from their beds. Many would be taken to holding centers and jails, others beaten, and some would die from torture. What had they done? Nothing more than to practice Falun Gong.

Police were acting on directives from the top, from Communist Party head Jiang Zemin, who ordered the Falun Gong crushed. By most accounts, Jiang was resentful of the popular practice—its believers numbering 100 million, more than the Party itself—and wished to make a show of power.

Since then, millions of people who practice Falun Gong have been subject to wrongful imprisonment, “brainwashing” sessions, and torture, with thousands of deaths confirmed in custody. The campaign’s victims range from top judges, professors, and military officers to ordinary housewives, students, and farmers. No segment of Chinese society has been left untouched. Several experts estimate more than a million Falun Gong practitioners have been killed so their vital organs could be used to fuel a booming organ transplant business in China. For the tens of millions of people who practice Falun Gong today in China, each day they live at risk of being taken away by Chinese authorities to be jailed, tortured—or worse.

Such large-scale persecution has fueled a descent into extraordinary corruption and moral decay in China that impacts us all—from environmental pollution to tainted products arriving in our stores.

And with every Falun Gong practitioner that is detained—as the man in the photo above is about to be—the values of Truthfulness, compassion, and Forbearance printed on his banner come under attack.

Introduced to the world
Falun Gong was first publicly taugh in Changchun, China. Wide acclaim soon follows.

100 Million people practicing
Health benifits drive exponential growth by word of mouth. Falun Gong is seen everywhere in China.

Persecution officially begins
Fear and jealousy lead communist regime to pledge to "wipe out" Falun Gong in three months. Peaceful resistance begins.

Organ Harvesting Revealed
First evidence comes to light. Independent investigations soon comfirm wipdespread state-sanctioned atrocities.

Tide is slowly turning
Persecution continues but diminishing. As people awaken, more realize they have been deceived by Party propaganda.

Why haven't heard about this?

The Chinese Communist regime has gone to great lengths to hide the atrocities committed against Falun Gong practitioners. Human rights groups are barred from prison camps. Foreign journalists have been assaulted, their informants imprisoned, and their companies threatened, And the regime is trying everything to keep you from knowing. Thus, years can go by without a major news story on Falun Gong.

Why the Persecution?

Throughout the 1990s, Falun Gong garnered support from numerous Chinese government agencies as a meditation practice deemed to improve public health and morality.

But on July 20, 1999, a massive campaign of suppression was launched. What went wrong?

One basic explanation for the seemingly irrational campaign against Falun Gong is the nature of China’s atheist and dictatorial Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which fears all groups outside its control, particularly ones that subscribe to a different ideology. In 1998, a Chinese government survey showed that there were more people practicing Falun Gong than there were members of the Chinese Communist Party. With 70 to 100 million practitioners, Falun Gong was arguably the largest independent group in the history of the People’s Republic of China. Some in the Party felt their power threatened by Falun Gong’s popularity. The full persecution occurred following years of escalating harassment.

The decision to persecute Falun Gong was made almost unilaterally by Communist Party chairman Jiang Zemin. Other members of the leadership favored a more conciliatory approach, recognizing that Falun Gong was peaceful and did not have a political agenda.

Jiang Zemin’s opposition towards Falun Gong was deeply personal, stemming from his jealousy over the practice’s popularity. He also reportedly believed that by launching a Cultural Revolution-style campaign against Falun Gong, he could consolidate his power. Sources cited by the Washington Post state that, “Jiang Zemin alone decided that Falun Gong must be eliminated,” and “picked what he thought was an easy target.”