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CECC2008 The CLGDF includes high-ranking members of the Communist Party’s propaganda department, including the minister of propaganda and deputy head of the Central Leading Group on Propaganda and Ideological Work. This, coupled with the 610 Office’s organizational position above the main news and propaganda organs, gives it sufficient influence to direct the anti-Falun Gong propaganda efforts at the central level. Tong notes that the first “propaganda assaults


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, and is intended to prevent "recidivism." The 610 Office’s intelligence collection efforts are bolstered through he cultivation of paid civilian informants. 610 Offices at local levels have been found to offer substantial monetary rewards for information leading to the capture of Falun Gong practitioners, and 24-hour hotlines have been created for civilians to report on Falun Gong-related activity. In some locales, ‘responsibility measures


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abuse in custody. Johnson, Ian (26 December 2000). "Death Trap: How One Chinese City Resorted to Atrocities to Control Falun Dafa". ''Wall Street Journal''. Retrieved 24 November 2012. Bryan Edelman and James T. Richardson. “Falun Gong and the Law: Development of Legal Social Control in China.” ''Nova Religio'' 6.2 (2003), 325. Expanded Functions thumb 180px Chen Guangcheng (File:Chen Guangcheng at US Embassy May 1, 2012.jpg), a human rights lawyer known for his opposition to the practice of forced abortion, was put under house arrest and monitored by 610 Office staff In 2003, the name of the Central Leading Group for Dealing with Falun Gong was changed to the ’’Central Leading Group on Dealing with Heretical Religions.” The same year, its mandate was expanded to include disposing of 28 other “heretical religions” and “harmful qigong practices.” Although Falun Gong continues to be the 610 Office’s primary concern, there is evidence of local offices targeting members of other groups, some of which identify as Buddhist or Protestant denominations. This include carrying out surveillance against members, engaging in propaganda efforts, and detaining and imprisoning members. In some cases, the 610 Office performs functions unrelated to the monitoring and suppression of unrecognized religions. For instance, the ''Economist'' reported that 610 officers were involved in enforcing the house arrest of Chen Guangcheng, a blind human rights lawyer best known for his opposition to forced abortions and compulsory sterilizations. Category:Human rights in China Category:Falun Gong Category:Government agencies established in 1999 Category:1999 establishments in China Category:Organizations based in Beijing Category:Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Category:Communist repression Category:Political repression in China Category:Leading groups of the Communist Party of China


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the officers selected to be seconded to the newly created 610 Office. According to Hao, few officers volunteered for a position in the 610 Office, so selections were made through a random draw. Hao, Fengjun (10 June 2005). "Hao Fengjun: Why I Escaped from China (Part II)", ''The Epoch Times''. Retrieved November 24, 2012. Some 610 Offices conduct their own recruiting efforts to bring in staff

, and is intended to prevent "recidivism." The 610 Office’s intelligence collection efforts are bolstered through he cultivation of paid civilian informants. 610 Offices at local levels have been found to offer substantial monetary rewards for information leading to the capture of Falun Gong practitioners, and 24-hour hotlines have been created for civilians to report on Falun Gong-related activity. In some locales, ‘responsibility measures

CECC2008 The CLGDF includes high-ranking members of the Communist Party’s propaganda department, including the minister of propaganda and deputy head of the Central Leading Group on Propaganda and Ideological Work. This, coupled with the 610 Office’s organizational position above the main news and propaganda organs, gives it sufficient influence to direct the anti-Falun Gong propaganda efforts at the central level. Tong notes that the first “propaganda assaults


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, no measures too excessive. Within days a wave of arrests swept China. By the end of 1999, Falun Gong adherents were dying in custody.” Structure The 610 Office is managed by top


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in the state-run press centered on charges that Falun Gong had misled followers and was dangerous to health. To make the propaganda more accessible to the masses, the government published comic books, some of which compared Falun Gong’s founder to Lin Biao and Adolf Hitler. Faison, Seth (17 August 1999). “If it’s a Comic Book, Why is Nobody Laughing?”. New York Times. The Central 610 Office also directs local 610 Offices to carry out propaganda work against Falun Gong. This includes working with local media, as well as conducting grassroots campaigns to “educate” target audiences in schools and universities, state-run enterprises, and social and commercial enterprises. In 2008, for instance, the central 610 Office issued a directive to engage in propaganda work intended to prevent Falun Gong from “interfering with” the Beijing Olympics. The campaign was referenced on government web sites in every Chinese province. Reeducation and Detention thumb Gao Rongrong, a Falun Gong (File:2004-7-6-gao rongrong3.jpg) practitioner from Liaoning province, was reported tortured to death in custody in 2005. http: www.amnesty.de umleitung 2006 deu03 031?lang de%26mimetype%3dtext%2fhtml 610 Offices work with local security agencies to monitor and capture Falun Gong adherents, many of whom are then sentenced administratively to reeducation-through-labor camps (RTL), or, if they continue to practice and advocate for Falun Gong, sentenced to prison. The number of Falun Gong adherents detained in China is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands; in some facilities, Falun Gong practitioners are in the majority. Category:Human rights in China Category:Falun Gong Category:Government agencies established in 1999 Category:1999 establishments in China Category:Organizations based in Beijing Category:Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Category:Communist repression Category:Political repression in China Category:Leading groups of the Communist Party of China


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Falun Gong practitioners in Heilongjiang noted that the presiding judge in the case was seen meeting with 610 Office agents. Other lawyers, including Gao Zhisheng, Guo Guoting and Wang Yajun have alleged that the 610 Office interfered with their ability to meet with Falun Gong clients or defend them in court. 838 “China: Lawyer Barred from Representing Client by ‘6-10’ Agents”. ''Human


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as a grave threat to Communist Party authority—“something unprecedented in the country since its founding 50 years ago” —and ordered the creation of a special leading group within the party’s Central Committee (Central Committee of the Communist Party of China) to “get fully prepared for the work of disintegrating Falun Gong .” On 10 June, the 610 Office was formed to handle day-to-day coordination of the anti-Falun Gong campaign. Luo Gan


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. By the mid-1990s, however, Chinese authorities sought to rein in the influence of qigong practices, enacting more stringent requirements on the country’s various qigong denominations. In 1996, possibly in response to the escalating pressure to formalize ties with the party-state, Falun Gong filed to withdraw from the state-run qigong association. Following this severance of ties to the state, the group came under increasing criticism and surveillance from

;Röbel, Sven; Stark, Holger (30 June 2010)."A Chapter from the Cold War Reopens: Espionage Probe Casts Shadow on Ties with China", ''Speigel International''. Retrieved 24 November 2012. The agent reportedly arranged a meeting for Sun with two men who purported to be scholars of Chinese medicine interested in researching Falun Gong, and Sun agreed to pass information to them, ostensibly hoping to further


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in the state-run press centered on charges that Falun Gong had misled followers and was dangerous to health. To make the propaganda more accessible to the masses, the government published comic books, some of which compared Falun Gong’s founder to Lin Biao and Adolf Hitler. Faison, Seth (17 August 1999). “If it’s a Comic Book, Why is Nobody Laughing?”. New York Times. The Central 610 Office also directs local 610 Offices to carry out propaganda work against Falun Gong. This includes working with local media, as well as conducting grassroots campaigns to “educate” target audiences in schools and universities, state-run enterprises, and social and commercial enterprises. In 2008, for instance, the central 610 Office issued a directive to engage in propaganda work intended to prevent Falun Gong from “interfering with” the Beijing Olympics. The campaign was referenced on government web sites in every Chinese province. Reeducation and Detention thumb Gao Rongrong, a Falun Gong (File:2004-7-6-gao rongrong3.jpg) practitioner from Liaoning province, was reported tortured to death in custody in 2005. http: www.amnesty.de umleitung 2006 deu03 031?lang de%26mimetype%3dtext%2fhtml 610 Offices work with local security agencies to monitor and capture Falun Gong adherents, many of whom are then sentenced administratively to reeducation-through-labor camps (RTL), or, if they continue to practice and advocate for Falun Gong, sentenced to prison. The number of Falun Gong adherents detained in China is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands; in some facilities, Falun Gong practitioners are in the majority. Category:Human rights in China Category:Falun Gong Category:Government agencies established in 1999 Category:1999 establishments in China Category:Organizations based in Beijing Category:Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Category:Communist repression Category:Political repression in China Category:Leading groups of the Communist Party of China

610 Office

The '''610 Office''' is a security agency in the People's Republic of China. Named for the date of its creation on June 10, 1999, it was established for the purpose of coordinating and executing the persecution of Falun Gong. Because it is a Communist Party (Communist Party of China)-led office with no formal legal mandate, it is sometimes described as an extralegal organisation. The 610 Office is the implementation arm of the '''Central Leading Group on Dealing with the Falun Gong''' (CLGDF), also known as the '''Central Leading Group on Dealing with Heretical Religions.'''

The central 610 Office has traditionally been headed by a high-ranking member of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee (Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China), and it frequently directs other state and party organs in the anti-Falun Gong campaign. It is closely associated with the powerful Political and Legislative Affairs Committee of the Communist Party of China. Local 610 Offices are also established at provincial, district, municipal and neighborhood levels, and are estimated to number approximately 1,000 across the country.

The main functions of the 610 Offices include coordinating anti-Falun Gong propaganda, surveillance and intelligence collection, and the punishment and “reeducation” of Falun Gong adherents. The office is reportedly involved in the extrajudicial sentencing, coercive reeducation, torture, and sometimes death of Falun Gong practitioners.

Since 2003, the 610 Office’s mission has been expanded to include targeting other religious and qigong groups deemed heretical or harmful by the Communist Party (CCP), though Falun Gong remains its main priority.

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