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Falun Dafa (Falun Gong)


Self Description

September 2007: "Q: What is Falun Dafa, or Falun Gong?
A: Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is an ancient practice for mind and body, originating in pre-historic China. The practice involves some slow, gentle movements and a meditation. It is easy to learn, enjoyable to practice, and free of charge. A central component of Falun Gong practice is studying the universal principles of truthfulness, benevolence, and tolerance.

Q: Who is Mr. Li Hongzhi?
A: Mr. Li Hongzhi introduced the practice of Falun Dafa to the general public in China in 1992. He then taught the practice publicly for two years in China, after which the practice continued to grow primarily by word-of-mouth. In keeping with Chinese tradition, Mr. Li is sometimes respectfully referred to as "Master" or "Teacher." He is not accorded special treatment, nor does he accept money or donations from students of Falun Dafa. He has ensured that the practice be available to all people, and without any terms or conditions. Mr. Li has given occasional public lectures over the past few years in various countries, including Australia, Switzerland, Canada, and the USA."

http://www.falundafa.org/eng/faq.htm

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2011: "SAN FRANCISCO — An advocacy group that accuses Cisco Systems of aiding the Chinese government in monitoring and apprehending members of the banned Falun Gong organization said Friday that it had new evidence to suggest that Cisco specifically tailored its technology for that purpose."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/03/technology/group-says-it-has-new-evidence-of-ciscos-misdeeds-in-china.html

August 2008: "But prospects dimmed even before the opening ceremony, when overseas journalists arrived to discover that China’s promise to provide uncensored Internet access was riddled with caveats. The ensuing uproar did persuade the government to unblock some politically sensitive Web sites, but many others, including those that discuss Tibet and the banned spiritual group Falun Gong, remain inaccessible at the Olympic press center."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/21/sports/olympics/21protest.html

September 2007: '[Chinese Vice Information Industry Minister Lou Qinjian] listed foreign-based Web sites built by the Falun Gong, a spiritual movement banned as a harmful sect in China. More than 1,000 "negative reports" about the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics have been detected on those and other sites, he said.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/12/AR2007091200791.html

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Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Sep 02, 2011 Group Says It Has New Evidence of Cisco’s Misdeeds in China

QUOTE: An advocacy group that accuses Cisco Systems of aiding the Chinese government in monitoring and apprehending members of the banned Falun Gong organization said Friday that it had new evidence to suggest that Cisco specifically tailored its technology for that purpose.

New York Times
May 24, 2009 Spain's Judges Cross Borders in Human Rights Cases: U.S. Officials Among Targets

QUOTE: The judges have opened the cases by invoking a legal principle known as universal jurisdiction, which under Spanish law gives them the right to investigate serious human rights crimes anywhere in the world, even if there is no Spanish connection. International-law advocates have called the judges heroes for daring to hold the world's superpowers accountable.

Washington Post
Oct 06, 2008 China's Eye on Web Chatter

ABSTRACT: In China, you can't search for anything you want on popular search engines like Yahoo! or Google. The government has set filters on words that it's leaders think may jeopardize the political state of China. In addition to this search limitation movement, there has been a surveillance scheme employed. In fact, the United States has assisted in the scheme.

Technology Review
Oct 03, 2008 Skype: We didn't know about security issues

QUOTE: ...Josh Silverman, Skype's president, explained he did not realize that TOM-Skype, Skype's partner in China, was logging and storing users' instant messages that were deemed offensive by the Chinese government. He said the company knew that instant-messaging chats were monitored by the government...

CNET
Aug 20, 2008 Too Old and Frail to Re-educate? Not in Chinan’ in China

QUOTE: ...the two women, former neighbors, were seeking to draw attention to a government-backed real estate deal that promised to give them apartments in the new development that replaced their homes not far from Tiananmen Square.... the women were told they had been sentenced to one year at a labor camp for “disturbing public order.”

New York Times
Sep 12, 2007 Official: 'Massive' Damage to China From Hacking: Charge Seen as Response to Reports of Chinese Hacking in Western Countries

QUOTE: Striking a different tone, Lou said China should also consider computer-borne information in a larger sense as a threat to its security. He said the United States and other Western countries use advanced technology "to create an information hegemony" and relay unfavorable news from China, raising the risk of social instability.

Washington Post