Friends of Falun Gong Europe

Tell the British Government to impose sanctions on China for their inhumane treatment of Falun Gong practitioners

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/578781

Falun Gong is a traditional practice teaching truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. Falun Gong practitioners continue to face human rights violations in China. We urge the UK Government to oppose these violations by any effective means (e.g. Global Human Rights or Magnitsky-style sanctions). In 1999, about 100 million people were practising Falun Gong in China so Communist leader Jiang Zemin gave the order to eradicate it. Millions have been detained or imprisoned. Over 100,000 have been tortured or abused in custody, and thousands have been killed merely because of their faith. In 2020 an Independent Tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, concluded that Falun Gong practitioners were being killed for their organs in China and that this practice continues today

About FOFG Europe

Friends of Falun Gong Europe is a non-profit organisation founded in the year 2000.  Our mission is to support the freedom of belief of persons who practice Falun Gong. FoFG Europe believes that people everywhere should have the right to practice Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa), a spiritual path that includes nonviolence. FoFG Europe is focused on preventing and ending violations of the right to practice Falun Gong openly, freely, and with dignity, worldwide.

What is Falun Gong

Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) is an ancient cultivation way for improving mind and body. The practice’s most visible aspects are its five gentle exercises, including a meditation. They are highly effective ways to improve health and energy. Falun Gong practitioners also study spiritual teachings, taking them as a guide for daily life. At the core of these teachings are the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Falun Gong teaches that these are the fundamental qualities of the universe and that by assimilating into them, a person can improve both physical health and wisdom.

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The post Voices Speak Out Against 22 Years of Persecution of Falun Gong appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

For 2020, we are honoring an organization of journalists, academics, and researchers who have dedicated their lives to unmasking the widespread but suppressed reality of religious persecution in China. Bitter Winter, based in Italy, is an online magazine dedicated to reporting on religious persecution in China. Its intrepid volunteer reporters risk their lives every day […] The post Bitter Winter Wins 2020 FoFG Human Rights Award appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Friends of Falun Gong has signed onto two open letters expressing concern about China’s nomination and selection to a place on the five-member-state United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) Consultative Group, granting it power to review applications and suggest recommendations to independent UN experts. China’s infiltration into United Nations organizations has been well documented, […] The post Friends of Falun Gong Co-Signs Two Letters Condemning China’s Place on UN Council appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

On April 20, the U.S. State Department called for the release of jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang. Wang was jailed as part of a sweep of approximately 300 human rights lawyers that began in 2015. Wang was sentenced in a closed hearing on Dec. 26, 2018 to four and a half years in […] The post FoFG Applauds U.S. State Dept’s Call to Release Chinese Lawyer Wang Quanzhang appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

During a special briefing on April 2, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback advocated that religious prisoners immediately be released during this time of coronavirus pandemic, citing the danger of disease spreading in close prison quarters. “In this time of pandemic, religious prisoners should be released,” he said. “We call on all […] The post Sam Brownback: ‘Release All Religious Prisoners’ appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Coming soon! Products from the FoFG Shop are a great way to join the effort to expose religious persecution in China. We will be launching soon. Please sign up for the email newsletter to stay informed. Friends of Falun Gong Newsletter The post FoFG Shop appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Coronavirus Doesn’t Slow Persecution of Falun Gong

The past three months have jolted the world out of complacency with regard to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s long record of poor governance and lack of consideration for humanity. While previously it may have been possible for many people across the world to ignore the seemingly “faraway threat” of the Chinese regime, that threat […] The post Coronavirus Doesn’t Slow Persecution of Falun Gong appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

  With the world’s focus now turned to containing the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic, let’s not forget that religious persecution continues unabated. While one would think that the Chinese communist regime’s attentions have become consumed by disease mitigation, that hasn’t been shown to be the case at all. If anything, the CCP has […] The post How the Coronavirus Outbreak Impacts Religious Freedom in China appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

NBC and Rachel Maddow recently attempted to discredit their media rival, The Epoch Times, with misleading and biased claims about the Falun Gong practice. In doing so, NBC has essentially joined with genocidal criminals and furthered the same lies used to justify violence against religious believers. The post Friends of Falun Gong’s Response to NBC’s Dishonest Reporting appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Representative James P. McGovern, the chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, issued a press release on the 20th anniversary of the crackdown on Falun Gong. The statement is as follows: For the past twenty years, Falun Gong practitioners have experienced appalling and unacceptable human rights abuses in China.  Banned by the Chinese government in […] The post Congressional-Executive Commission on China Marks 20th Anniversary of Falun Gong Persecution appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Stephane Meyer, known as the "Druid of Paris," translates his respect of nature to ingredients for the finest kitchens of Europe. The post Meet Stephane: Bringing Wild Plants to Haute Cuisine appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Ryan is currently working in exports and living in Los Angeles. This is his story. I am from Xi’an city in Shaanxi province. When I was 6 years old, I entered first grade in elementary school. My mother, just like many other moms, took me to Trimathalon-style math training. I went there 3 to 5 […] The post An International Student Recalls China’s Education Machine appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Photo caption: Minghui Wang (center) with her parents at a candlelight vigil commemorating Falun Dafa’s 20 years of peaceful resistance to the Chinese communist regime’s persecution, July 20, 2019, La Jolla, California. Minghui Wang is a student at a San Diego High School and will start attending college in the fall. This is her story. A […] The post A Falun Gong Family’s Daring Escape From China appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Vivian is an elementary school teacher living in Minnesota. Her experience shows how students and teachers alike are forced to participate in the persecution of Falun Gong in an education system structured to reinforce communist party control in China. Here is her story. I was in middle school during the beginning of the persecution. All […] The post Resisting Indoctrination: A Teacher’s Account of China’s Education System appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Lori, who currently lives in Minnesota, recalls her experiences in China’s school system. As a young Falun Gong practitioner, she had to choose between excelling in China’s Party-controlled society and holding true to her values. This is her story. When I was in high school, my head teacher suggested that I join the Chinese Communist […] The post Lori’s Story: Brainwashing in China’s Schools appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Dear Congressmen / Congresswomen, My name is Zhang Yi. I am from Shengli Oilfield, Shangdong Province, China. Before fleeing to the United States in July 2016, I was persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party in China because of my belief in the spiritual practice of Falun Gong. I currently reside in Flushing, Queens, New York. […] The post A New Yorker’s SOS Letter for His Mother appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Mothering Based on Falun Dafa’s Principles

This year World Falun Dafa Day and Mother’s Day are both on May 13th, so we’ve decided to celebrate both! We asked some mothers who practice Falun Dafa how they approach motherhood based on Falun Dafa’s principle tenets: Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance. Meiling L., Mother of 3 Q: What do you do? I’ve “retired” from […] The post Mothering Based on Falun Dafa’s Principles appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Blue Valentine: How The Persecution Affects Couples in China

One often overlooked aspect of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong (aka Falun Dafa) is its effect on the family – especially how it interferes in marriages. In some cases Chinese officials coerce spouses of Falun Gong practitioners to divorce them; other cases involve employers pressuring employees to divorce those who refuse […] The post Blue Valentine: How The Persecution Affects Couples in China appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

I was 13 years old when I started practicing Falun Gong. My mom started practicing in 1998. She became kinder and more patient. My dad and I saw a difference in her and the improvement in her health, so in early 1999 we started practicing too. Before the persecution, I was very happy. My family […] The post Vivian’s Story: The Persecution Turned My Friends into Bullies appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

I was six years old when my mom started to practice Falun Dafa meditation (also known as Falun Gong). She is a doctor, but she had some genetic disease and had to take medicine. After practicing Falun Gong, she didn’t have to take any medicine anymore. When she introduced Falun Dafa to me, I didn’t […] The post Serena’s Story: The Chinese Regime Labeled Me ‘anti-government’ in 3rd Grade appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

The following speech was given by Friends of Falun Gong Executive Director Alan Adler on on the occasion of the April 25th anniversary in 2021. On April 25, 1999, the Chinese regime used the peaceful appeal of 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing as an excuse to launch a smear campaign which lead to and […] The post The Chinese Communist Party Thrives on Our Apathy appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Honoring the Victims of Communism

Here at FoFG, we work to support the freedom of belief of Falun Gong practitioners, the largest persecuted group in China. Once a year we join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. to bear witness to the history of violence that is the Communist party, wherever in the world it exists, or […] The post Honoring the Victims of Communism appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

On July 20, 2017, members of the public gathered on the West Lawn of the Capitol building to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong. Falun Gong is an ancient meditation exercise centered on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. In 1999, the Chinese Communist Party mobilized to eradicate the practitioners of Falun Gong. […] The post China Needs to ‘Reckon With its Crimes’: Friends of Falun Gong appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Falun Gong practitioners joined the Victims of Communism Foundation in commemorating lives lost under communism. The post FoFG Lays Wreath at ‘Victims of Communism’ Memorial appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Friends of Falun Gong Support Chinese Citizens at 2016 Celebration

[Photo Caption: Friends of Falun Gong Executive Director Alan Adler speaks at New York City celebration of World Falun Dafa Day] Millions of people around the world support Falun Gong practitioners’ freedom of belief. We, Friends of Falun Gong, recognize every person’s right to uphold Falun Gong’s cherished principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, because […] The post Friends of Falun Gong Support Chinese Citizens at 2016 Celebration appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Flushing Billboard Brightens NY Streets for Chinese New Year

Friends of Falun Gong is sponsoring a billboard display in the heart of Flushing, New York, letting people know that Americans support Falun Gong and freedom of belief. Since 2008, Falun Gong practitioners in Flushing have been the subject of attacks by pro-communist mobs. Despite the attacks and repeated death threats from hoodlums in league […] The post Flushing Billboard Brightens NY Streets for Chinese New Year appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

On September 28, as China’s President Xi Jinping addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Friends of Falun Gong placed an open letter in The New York Times. Responding to our open letter to President Xi Jinping, many regular readers of The New York Times voiced their support. Additionally, several media outlets, […] The post Open Letter to President Xi Jinping: Followup appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

An Open Letter to President Xi Jinping

Allow Falun Dafa to be practiced freely once again, and you will find a force for good in building a better future for China… The post An Open Letter to President Xi Jinping appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

[Photo caption: Alan Adler, executive director of Friends of Falun Gong, speaks at a Falun Gong rally on Capitol Hill.] Sixteen years ago, the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Jiang Zemin, launched a persecutory campaign at a peaceful group of citizens simply because they practiced a popular form of qigong called Falun Gong […] The post Speech by the Excutive Director of Friends of Falun Gong in Washington, D.C. appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

[Photo Caption: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) speaks at a rally supporting Falun Gong and pushing for Congress to take action to help end the Chinese regime’s persecution of the practice, at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, on July 17, 2014. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)] By Fae Price A rally was held at the United States Capitol in […] The post Members of Congress and NGOs United Against Persecution of Falun Gong appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

The post Sev Ozdowski: 2021 FoFG Human Rights Award Honoree appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

On April 23, 2021, Texas Senate lawmakers unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the Chinese regime’s “vile practice of forcibly removing human organs for transplant” while urging the United States to take a more aggressive stance on the issue. “We want to go on record as saying: ‘No, this is happening, and we condemn it,’” said state Sen. […] The post Texas Senate Passes Resolution to Curb China’s Forced Organ Harvesting appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

July 20, 2020—On the 21st anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, over 600 lawmakers, including U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, have signed onto a joint statement to support practitioners’ rights to religious freedom. The Epoch Times reports: The lawmakers “urge the Chinese government to respect international norms … and […] The post Over 600 Lawmakers Voice Their Support of Falun Gong appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

The Chinese Communist Party has persecuted religion and people of faith since its inception, yet Western media and the general public have not given the issue of Chinese religious freedom its due attention. Bitter Winter, an online journal focusing exclusively on the problem, is a marked exception. Friends of Falun Gong creative director Christine Lin […] The post Bitter Winter: Reporting on Religious Persecution in China appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

We would like to express our sincere thanks to President Trump on his clear message delivered on the National Day for the Victims of Communism. The President delivered an important and direct message highlighting the human cost of the communist ideology. Thank you, President Trump, for honoring the memory of those who have been persecuted […] The post Thanks to White House for Acknowledging Victims of Communism appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Dr. Kirk C. Allison, M.S., Ph.D. directed the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Rights and Health from 2006-2016. He was on the 2006 panel of experts to testify before the U.S. Congressional House Committee on Foreign Relations regarding forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China, and he continues to do research on […] The post A Voluntary Donation System the Solution to China’s Forced Organ Harvesting appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

This year is the inaugural occasion, and to mark it the group has called on the U.N. to take action on the abuse. The post Doctors Announce First ‘International Day Against Forced Organ Harvesting’ appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

Faith J. H. McDonnell of the The Institute on Religion & Democracy spoke in Washington D.C. on July 14, 2016 The post Speaking Out for Freedom in China appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

The Minnesota State Senate voted on a number of issues as their most recent session came to a close. One bill, SF2090, "a resolution expressing concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned, forced organ harvesting from nonconsenting prisoners of conscience, primarily from Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their spiritual beliefs, and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups in the People's Republic of China," was unanimously passed on May 20, 2016. The post Minnesota State Senators Condemn Forced Organ Harvesting appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>

In recognition of World Falun Dafa Day, May 13th, local elected officials across the United States issued proclamations. The post Elected Officials Send Greetings for Falun Dafa Day 2016 appeared first on Friends of Falun Gong. .. >>


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Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Shared Faith

Based on an original report from Minghui.org Ms. Cai Yuying and her daughter Ms. Yu Jiaoru were arrested at 6 a.m. on July 15, 2020. The police broke into their home, ransacked it, and confiscated their Falun Gong related items. Cai’s husband, who does not practice Falun Gong, was also taken to the local police […] The post Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Shared Faith appeared first on Falun Dafa Information Center. [...]

Studio Owner Sentenced for Owning Calendar On Falun Gong

Based on an original report from Minghui.org Ms. Sun Jinhui, 47, was first arrested on June 12, 2018, after the police saw a calendar with information about Falun Gong in her photography studio. They took away the calendar, searched her studio, and confiscated four printers, cameras, two cellphones, a computer that she used for her […] The post Studio Owner Sentenced for Owning Calendar On Falun Gong appeared first on Falun Dafa Information Center. [...]

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