A Message from the Editors
For the last several years in China, participants in one of the largest grassroots campaigns of civil disobedience the world has ever known have quietly educated fellow citizens about the genocide unfolding in their own backyards.
At great risk to themselves, Falun Gong practitioners in China have also continued to provide the outside world with another first: Daily, eyewitness reports from inside China's forced labor camp system, prisons, and detention centers. These reports also illustrate how Jiang Zemin has tied the Falun Gong issue into virtually every aspect of society, from job applications to college examinations, from promotions in the military to elementary school "anti-Falun Gong" sessions. Throughout society, all must "show the correct attitude" towards Falun Gong before securing a job, getting a promotion, or advancing in school.
Such information provides an in-depth look at how the persecution of Falun Gong affects the Chinese people, the Chinese nation, and the international community. Although Jiang has allocated significant resources to control the flow of such information, particularly outside China ( in 2002, Reporters Without Borders ranked China second to last - edged out only by North Korea for the bottom spot - on its press freedom index), these reports give accounts of what is actually happening to Falun Gong practitioners.
Utilizing emails, websites, faxes, payphones, and other means, individuals throughout China have courageously reported on a wide range of stories. They've collected facts on large-scale police actions, on secret government orders, on police who have tortured and killed, and even on local authorities in some regions who have come to understand Falun Gong and no longer carry out persecution orders.
The Falun Dafa InfoCenter (FDI) endeavors to compile, cross-check, and publish these reports. They are provided to government officials, international media, human rights organizations, and the general public. We accomplish this through email alerts, weekly newsletters, press briefings, and print publications such as this one. Reports from FDI then feed into the international media and human rights bodies, who are frequently able to verify the factual details independently.
FDI's operations are carried out entirely by volunteers. FDI's publications are available at cost to individuals who feel the need to expose the well-hidden truth of the persecution in China. These individuals contribute their time and their resources to make it possible. It is likely that whoever handed you this edition of Compassion paid for it him or herself.
The editorial team, also consisting entirely of volunteers, includes professionals, students, business owners, and scientists. The work is done in a collaborative manner spanning multiple countries, with a close watch on adhering to the main goal: to expose, as accurately as possible, the persecution of Falun Gong and those responsible for it.
In this edition of Compassion you will learn about the international efforts to bring Jiang Zemin and his cohorts to justice in courts of law around the world We provide details and insights into the inner workings of Jiang's regime, how he has commandeered the government apparatus to carry out genocide against Falun Gong ("Jiang's Personal Campaign"), and how he has largely managed to hide the true extent of the atrocities not only from the outside world, but even from his own people ("Why Didn't I know this?").
Many in China have undertaken great risks to provide this information to the world. We hope that we have organized and presented this information in a way that does justice to their courageous efforts. We also encourage you, our readers, to send us your suggestions or questions. Please contact us at email@example.com, or see the mailing address on the index page.
- Editor Team, Compassion