Minghui Publishes New Report – Court Cases Brought Against Falun Gong Practitioners in China (Jan-Jun 2015)
(Minghui.org) This report is the first in a series of many to present statistical summaries of data compiled from Minghui’s vast storehouse of firsthand accounts about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. The report addresses court cases brought against Falun Gong practitioners that were reported on the Minghui website from January through June, 2015.
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Overview of Report Findings
Those who practice Falun Gong in China are persecuted because they refuse to give up their beliefs and because they dare to speak out publicly against the oppression they face. Governments, NGOs and concerned citizens the world over have condemned the persecution, but it has continued for over sixteen years nevertheless.
From January through June 2015, Minghui published reports of 393 Falun Gong practitioners “tried” in Chinese courts. The vast majority of the court appearances were show trials with trumped up charges and guilty verdicts a foregone conclusion.
Of the 393, 110 Falun Gong practitioners were reportedly tortured in custody. At least 206 had their homes ransacked by police or Party officials. At least 98 endured forced labor.
Of the 393, the length of sentence was reported for 383 cases. Sentences ranged from 4 months to 9 years in length, with an average of 4.0 years. Most were sentenced to prison.
Gender was reported in 94% of cases, with women far outnumbering men (72% to 28%). The age was reported in 193 of the cases (roughly half), and ranged from 30 to 84, with an average age of 56.
China’s communist regime maintains a strict Internet blockade that aggressively filters out information about Falun Gong. Thus the true scope of the persecution is likely much greater than that evidenced by reports on Minghui.