Falun Gong (Simplified: 法轮功; Traditional: 法輪功; Hanyu pinyin: Fălúngōng), also known as Falun Dafa (Simplified: 法轮大法; Traditional: 法輪大法; pinyin: Fǎlún Dàfǎ) is a modern Chinese "system of mind and body cultivation", founded in 1992 by Li Hongzhi. The teachings of Li stress high moral standards, respect for human life, and spiritual development specifically focusing on Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance (真，善，忍).
Since 1999, the communist government of the People's Republic of China has taken a harsh stance towards followers of Li, imprisoning many. Allegations of torture have been made by former prisoners.
- ↑ Hongzi, L. Falun Gong (English Version, 5th Translation edition); Falun Dafa Association; (July 2006)
- ↑ United Nations Information Service. CHAIRPERSON OF WOMEN’S ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMITTEE ADDRESSES HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION; Press Release HR/CN/1073; (2nd April, 2004)
- Epoch Times Commentaries on the Communist Party - Part 5, On the Collusion of Jiang Zemin and the Chinese Communist Party to Persecute Falun Gong, The Epoch Times, Dec 18, 2004.