Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa was introduced in 1992. The practice grew in popularity and people could benefit from it. Then in 1999 the wide spread of practitioners was overshadowing the legacy, which is why the traditional Chinese practice had to be eliminated. Until today the practitioners of Falun Gong are being detained, beaten, sentenced to prison or taken to labour camps. The Chinese government was convincing that they were helping practitioners by brainwashing them; there are a number of stories about the prosecution in China. However the prosecution did not work, it failed to stop people practicing Falun Gong, so the prosecution was intensified. For instance, the police were shocking practitioners with electric petards, burning and beating to death and using other forms of torture.
According to the article, China’s forced labour camps mainly produce low-cost and low-quality products. These camps violate a variety of China’s constitution as well as international conventions. Majority of the people who are held in these re-educating labour camps are Falun Gong practitioners. The state-controlled media spreads false accusations, based on real facts all practitioners and their families are involved in mental, physical and financial prosecution. The article, highlights two key reasons behind the China’s system of ‘re-education-through-labour’, the first reason is cheap labour force, and the second as I mentioned before is to brainwash prisoners. The labour camp system violates the basic human rights as well as prosecutes practitioners because of the huge profit can be made through forced labour. Based on statistics there are sixty-nine re-educating labour camps which caused the deaths of Falun Gong practitioners.
Australian case study has focused on one of the practitioners who was detained in Shanghai Qingsong Women’s Forced Labour Camp. According to Ms. Li Ying, the camp works to make different products for Chinese factories and products for exports. All the detainees have long hours of labour from 7 to 12 midnight and earn only 3 Yuan which is 0.35 US$. There is also a boarding fee of 75 Yuan (9 US$) that detainees have to pay every month.
There are many other stories have been reported even worse than this. These facts clearly show that Chinese Falun Gong practitioners are losers in the global political economy. There are two short videos which draw a clear picture of what is happening with Chinese Falun Gong practitioners.
Madina Orazakynova (Dubai Campus)