Torture

  • 15,235 Falun Gong Practitioners Targeted for Their Faith in 2020

    While China was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, its ruling party, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has continued its persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline also known as Falun Dafa that is based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
  • Over Two Thousand Falun Gong Practitioners Targeted for Their Faith in November 2020

    In November 2020, at least 754 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested and 1,284 harassed for their faith, bringing the year-to-date arrest and harassment cases to 5,933 and 7,192, respectively.
  • Martial Arts Champion Tortured in Prison for 13 Years, Dies Five Years Later

    By the time Mr. Zhang Hongwei was released from a 13-year prison term in 2014 for not renouncing his faith in Falun Gong, the once-energetic martial arts champion had completely lost his physical strength. He was emaciated, weak and almost blind.
  • 245 Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested in March 2019

    According to information collected by Minghui.org, the month of March 2019 recorded 245 cases of Falun Gong practitioners arrested and another 162 harassed in China for refusing to renounce their faith.
  • Father Tortured to Death: Daughter Demands Investigation by National People's Congress

    Yang Yuyong, my father, died in the Wuqing Detention Centre in Tianjin on July 11, 2017. Large bruises were found on his neck and body and blood was in his eyes and ears. Large wounds were in and around his ears. In addition, his toes showed injuries as if they had been pricked with fine bamboo sticks.
  • Healthy Man Dies Two Days after Hospitalisation for Hunger Strike

    Mr. Gao Yixi, from Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang Province, died under suspicious circumstances two days after he was sent to the hospital for being on a hunger strike. Mr. Gao, who practised Falun Gong, was protesting his and his wife’s unlawful arrest and detention for their faith. His death occurred on April 30, only ten days after he was arrested. He was 45.
  • Torture Methods Used on Falun Gong Practitioners in Dandong City

    According to data compiled by Minghui.org, in 2016, a total of 218 Falun Gong practitioners in Dandong City, Liaoning Province were sentenced to prison; there were also 428 incidents of practitioners being sent to forced labour camps and 596 detainments. Torture methods used to persecute practitioners since 1999 include: practitioners being beaten, often with belts, bamboo boards, and other objects. Some were punched in the face by police officers.
  • Torture That Pushed Me to the Verge of Death Multiple Times

    I am Sun Shuying, 64, an ordinary woman who worked at a car factory in Northeast China. Due to my belief in Falun Dafa, the authorities arrested me seven times and imprisoned me for ten years. Their beatings and severe torture nearly killed me several times.
  • 80 Falun Gong Practitioners Confirmed to Have Died in 2016 As a Result of Arrests and Torture

    According to information compiled by Minghui.org, 80 Chinese citizens, 44 of whom are female, are confirmed to have died in 2016 for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. Ms. Wang Xiuyun, in her 70s, lived in Henan Province. She was arrested on May 13th, 2016, for filing a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin. She died within hours of her arrest, and the police did not give any explanation to her family for her death.
  • Jilin Woman Dies in Custody, Family Suspects Foul Play

    A Da’an City resident died of respiratory failure while detained for her belief in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. Her family suspects that it was brutal force-feeding by the guards that damaged her lungs. Ms. Han Hongxia, 57, was arrested and had her home ransacked on October 18th, 2016. The guards at Baicheng City Detention Centre subjected Ms. Han to various forms of torture, including force-feeding, because she refused to renounce Falun Gong.
  • Mr. Zheng Huiwang Brutally Tortured in Baoding Prison

    Mr. Zheng Huiwang has been incarcerated in Baoding Prison, Hebei Province since March 2008 for practicing Falun Gong. He has been brutally tortured and is now on a hunger strike to protest the horrific abuse. His wife tried to visit him on February 10th, but the prison refused to let her see him. Mr. Zheng is currently being subjected to brutal, punitive forced-feeding, which is intensifying his suffering.
  • Henan Teacher Dies While Serving 7 Years for Her Faith

    A 53-year-old teacher in Shenqiu County, Henan Province died while serving a 7-year prison term for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. Ms. Wang had developed severe health problems during her nearly year-long detention at Shenqiu County Detention Centre, where she was forced to do hard labour every day while awaiting trial. Despite her poor health, the police forced Xinxiang Women’s Prison to admit Ms. Wang on July 29th, 2013. Not long afterward, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The prison authorities, however, refused to release her on medical parole. Ms. Wang died on December 21st, 2016. The authorities ordered her body cremated shortly afterwards, disregarding her family’s wishes to take her body back to their hometown.
  • Elderly Heilongjiang Woman Persecuted to Death

    Ms. Li Yulan, a Falun Dafa practitioner from Daqing, passed away on January 1st, 2017 at the age of 71. She was arrested on December 26th, 2016, for distributing Falun Dafa calendars. After she was arrested, Ms. Li was handcuffed to a chair in the police department and questioned about the source of the calendars. She refused to divulge any information. Before her death, Ms. Li filed a criminal complaint against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin. In her lawsuit she also requested that people be allowed to practise Falun Dafa legally.
  • Mr. Zhang Bingwu Persecuted to Death

    Falun Gong practitioner, Mr. Zhang Bingwu of Jingyuan county, Gansu province, died eight months after he was arrested. Mr. Zhang had been held for six months at the Jingyuan detention centre. Mr. Zhang passed away on January 26th, 2017 with a brain tumour. He was arrested for putting up posters carrying information about Falun Gong on May 13th, 2016. After his death, the judge still harassed the family on February 6th, 2017 via phone calls.
  • 1,162 Falun Gong Practitioners Sentenced for Their Belief by Chinese Communist Regime in 2016

    More than a thousand Falun Gong practitioners were sentenced for speaking out against the persecution of their belief by the Chinese Communist Party in 2016. Those sentenced represent 29 provinces and centrally-controlled municipalities in China. They come from all walks of life, including teachers, engineers, doctors, company managers, and business people, as well as retired military and police officers. The longest term—13 years in prison—was handed down to Mr. Wang Desheng, a practitioner from Ningxia Province. His wife, Ms. Shan Jining, was sentenced to three years.