Brainwashing

  • Acts of Persecution in "Legal System Training Centre" at Qinglong Mountain in Heilongjiang Province

    At Qinglong Mountain in Heilongjiang Province there is a facility called the "Legal System Training Centre," which is in reality a brainwashing centre. If practitioners refuse to follow the guards' instructions, they are violently beaten and tortured. Yu Songjiang was handcuffed, beaten and shocked with electric batons. Li Jingfen, Pan Shurong and Yu Songjiang have recently been released after more than 100 days of detention. Ms. Song from Mudanjiang City was also detained at the brainwashing centre with these three practitioners.
  • Ms. Wu Shenghe Tortured at Gongjiawan Brainwashing Centre in Lanzhou City

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wu Shenghe, in her 40s, was arrested on February 11th, 2008 as she distributed informational materials about Falun Gong. Police took her to the Gongjiawan Brainwashing Centre and brutally beat her. After the beating, they handcuffed Ms. Wu behind her back and locked her onto a bunk-bed frame. This torture method has been often used on Falun Gong practitioners held in brainwashing centres. The practitioner can't move, and if she moves a little bit, the handcuffs automatically tighten, biting into the flesh of her wrists and causing unbearable pain. This torture method prevents the practitioner from either completely straightening her back or sitting; she can only half-squat or half-kneel on the cement floor.
  • Falun Gong Practitioners Sent to Brainwashing Centre in Jilin Province

    On June 29th, police went to Huanxi Town Central School under the guise of making an inspection. The officers put Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Li, who was a teacher at the school, into a van and took her to a brainwashing centre without telling the school headmaster. They said the reason for her arrest was that she had not written a statement renouncing or giving up her practice of Falun Gong. At the brainwashing centre practitioners were closely monitored at all times. The officers announced that the practitioners would be sent to a labour camp or mental hospital if they did not give up their practice of Falun Gong.
  • Police Officer Dismissed from His Position and Sent to a Brainwashing Centre for Learning Falun Gong

    Mr. Li Jianguo used to be a policeman at the Ningxiang County Police Station. While following orders to persecute Falun Gong, he met many kindhearted practitioners and came to see the greatness of Falun Gong. He then learned the practice at the end of 2007. In 2009, based on false accusations trumped up by the police, Mr. Li was arrested by the Ningxiang County Domestic Security Division, and taken to the Laodaohe Brainwashing Centre. On July 7th, 2010, Mr. Li Jianguo was arrested again and taken to the Laodaohe Brainwashing Centre.
  • Practitioners Tortured at Yushu City Brainwashing Centre in Jilin Province

    The "Legal Education and Training Centre," a brainwashing centre in Yushu City, Jilin Province, is a prison where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tortures and brainwashes Falun Gong practitioners until they renounce their belief in Falun Gong. Soft and harsh methods were used in efforts to break the will of the practitioners. First, people from the community and local police station were asked to talk to the practitioners, trying to change their minds in a polite manner, and practitioners were told to follow their suggestions. If practitioners continue to resist, they are threatened and beaten.
  • Ms. Zheng Xiuzhi Suffers Devastating Brainwashing at the Kaiping Detention Centre, Tangshan City

    Ms. Zheng Xiuzhi's work-related injury qualified her as being level-eight disabled, but she recovered soon after beginning Falun Gong practice and had a brand new life. With the onset of the Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong, Ms. Zheng suffered from the regime's cruelties, such as forcible brainwashing at the Kaiping Detention Centre in Tangshan City. She had a mental breakdown and almost died. The evildoers who mentally tormented and physically tortured her manipulated her into slandering Falun Gong when her mind was impaired.
  • After Seven Years of Imprisonment, Ms. Chen Shulan Taken to a Brainwashing Centre

    Ms. Chen Shulan was arrested by officers from the Changping District Police Department on September 16th, 2002, and was sentenced to seven and a half years. She was held at the Beijing Women's Prison until her release on March 17th, 2010, when she was picked up again and taken to the Changping District Brainwashing Centre.
  • Ms. Jiang Zongping Tortured in the Neijiang Brainwashing Centre in Sichuan Province

    On August 26th, 2009, Jiang Zongping, a Falun Gong practitioner from Neijiang, Sichuan Province, was sent to the Neijiang Brainwashing Centre by local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) personnel. Ms. Jiang recalled the torture she endured in the brainwashing centre: "I was detained in the brainwashing centre for more than forty days. During those days, I was forced to watch the videos that they produced to condemn our teacher and Falun Gong. They employed all kinds of lies and dirty words to defame Falun Gong and our teacher. I was forbidden to make a single movement."
  • Viciousness at the Qingpu Brainwashing Centre in Shanghai

    Although its name suggests that it is a school, the Qingpu Law Education Centre is in fact a specially designated prison. Despite its beautiful surroundings, it is filled with vicious persecution. Falun Gong practitioners from Shanghai have been arrested and then detained there. The officials at the brainwashing sessions sometimes tell practitioners' family members to pressure them to give up their practice. In addition, they play with words and distort Falun Gong's teachings to confuse people. These are common strategies exploited to defame Falun Gong and "transform" [forcibly renounce Falun Gong] practitioners. To force practitioners to give up their belief, officials threaten them with term extensions, labour camp detention, and imprisonment.
  • Brainwashing Centres - the Most Cruel of China's "Black Jails"

    On April 29th, 2009, Mr. Xie Deqing, a retired engineer, was arrested outside of the Gapxin District Court and detained at Xinjin Brainwashing Centre. He was tortured so severely that within a month he became emaciated, was urinary incontinent, could barely swallow water, and developed heart disease. On the evening of May 27th, Mr. Xie passed away just four days after returning home. In order to destroy the evidence of abuse in custody, on May 29th, a large number of officers crashed Mr. Xie's funeral ceremony. They beat his eldest son Xie Weidong and injured him. Then they took away Mr. Xie's body and had it cremated.
  • Married Couple Arrested and Brainwashed

    On September 9th, 2009, policemen from the National Security Group of Haikou City Police Department arrested Falun Gong practitioners Wang Juan and Huang Ande. The couple was sent to a brainwashing centre and they have been detained ever since. The guards of the brainwashing centre use all kinds of methods to torture determined Falun Gong practitioners, including harassment, cursing, humiliation, beating-up, hanging-up and deprivation of sleep. Their relatives tried to find out where they were, but the police claimed that they did not know anything about them.
  • Liang Shaolin Taken to Brainwashing Centre After Five-Year Detention

    Ms. Liang Shaolin, 58, has suffered repeated persecution because she practises Falun Gong. On September 24th, 2009, 17 policemen from the Maoxi Police Department broke into her house by breaking down her double doors with an electric saw. She was then taken to the Maoming City Brainwashing Centre. Prior to this event, Liang Shaolin was severely tortured in the Shanshui Forced Labour Camp in Guangdong Province. In 1999, she was sentenced to a forced labour camp for two years because she went to appeal for justice for Falun Gong in Beijing. Because Ms. Liang refused to give up her practice of Falun Gong, she was not released until March 2005.
  • The Brainwashing Techniques Used at Hebei Women's Prison

    Falun Gong practitioners who were sentenced to Hebei Women's Prison were sent to a brainwashing centre on the first day. They were not allowed to speak with each other, and were forced to watch videos denouncing Falun Gong and sing the songs of the communist party. Practitioners who protested by going on hunger strike were dragged away for forced feeding. Some were intentionally dropped on the ground after being dragged several steps. Then the perpetrators would hang up a plastic bottle with a rubber tube attached, and this would be inserted into the practitioner's stomach. When they pulled the tube out, they pulled it hard and it would always have blood on it.
  • My Experiences in the Haikou Brainwashing Centre, Hainan Province

    On June 25th, 2008, I was abducted by two policemen who forced me into a squad car and then took me to the Haikou Brainwashing Centre. Collaborators, former practitioners who have turned against Falun Gong under brainwashing and torture and assist in brainwashing and torturing practitioners, relentlessly badmouthed Falun Gong, and my practising Falun Gong. To try and force me to give up my cultivation, they yelled in my ear through a megaphone, and they hit my head with Falun Gong books. One person said that I would not be able to get out if I did not give up my belief, and that they would beat me to death and I had no chance of winning the fight.
  • Crimes Committed by the Deyang City Brainwashing Centre in Sichuan Province

    In the centre, two personal monitors are assigned to each practitioner around the clock. They report to the centre authorities every word and action the practitioner says or takes. The centre brainwashes these personal monitors as soon as they enter the centre and teaches them how to maintain a close relationship with the practitioners, and how to find out the sources of Falun Gong materials. They also learn how to determine practitioners' weaknesses so that they can be reported. The personal monitors listen to the practitioners, first observing their behaviour to find out who is more steadfast and knows more. They even claim, "We understand that after practising for so long, it is difficult to stop right away. That's why we allow you to practise a little. However, gradually you will stop practising."