Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Teacher Ms. Han Yuheng Arrested In Beijing

    On February 20th, 2009, Ms. Han Yuheng, 40, and seven colleagues went to Beijing on business. They checked into a hotel. Because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government registers practitioners in a nationwide computer system, Ms. Han's residential ID number triggered a warning signal during check-in. The Domestic Security Section was alerted, and they informed the police station. On February 21st, police ordered a hotel worker to open the door of Ms. Han's room, and they proceeded to search her belongings. They seized Falun Gong related material. They arrested Ms. Han and took her to the police station. Ms. Han was transferred to a detention centre and is still in detention.
  • 162 Practitioners in Weifang City, Shandong Province Sentenced to Prison Terms or Sent to Forced Labour Camps in 2008

    Under the pretext of last year's Beijing Summer Olympics, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in Weifang had intensely persecuted Falun Gong practitioners. Mr. Lu Fan, around 55, was seized in the end of October 2007 and held at the Changle Detention Centre and was sentenced to four years in prison in March 2008. Lu Fan had previously been sent to three years of forced labour in 2001.
  • Practitioner Ms. Kuang Deying Persecuted in Forced Labour Camp for Six Years, Secretly Sentenced to Four-year Prison Term

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Kuang Deying is from Kunming City, Yunnan Province. After being persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for six years in a forced labour camp she was again arrested on July 16th, 2008, police. She was taken to the Qiaojia County, Zhaotong City Detention Centre that same night. In December 2008, the Qiaojia County Court secretly sentenced Ms. Kuang to a four-year prison term. Ms. Kuang did not accept the verdict and requested an appeal.
  • Police Arrest Mr. Chen Xinhong's Entire Family in Zibo City, Shandong Province, His Wife's Whereabouts Unknown

    Since the beginning of 2009, the 610 Office and the Domestic Security Section in Zhoucun District, Zibo City, Shandong Province, have arrested at least 8 practitioners. The practitioners' whereabouts and status are unknown. On February 9th, the police went to Mr. Chen Xinhong's home and arrested him without a warrant. The police said that he was reported for distributing Falun Gong DVDs. On February 14th, Mr. Chen's family went to the Zhoucun District 610 Office to ask about visiting him. Instead of telling the family his whereabouts, Ding Qingming of the 610 Office called the Domestic Security Section to arrest the other family members,
  • Ms. Zhao Huaichun Arrested Again in Beijing, Leaving No One to Care For Her Handicapped Daughter

    Ms. Zhao Huaichun's husband is 65 years old, is in poor health, and needs someone to take care of him. Their daughter is mentally challenged as a result of cerebritis she had while she was young, and cannot take care of herself either. She is over 30 years old, but cannot change her clothes or take a shower by herself, and does not know how to deal with menstruation. She has been entirely dependent on her mother. Now that Ms. Zhao has been arrested, her husband is unable to take care of their daughter and she is in a very difficult situation. Ms. Zhao has been rendered totally blind and unable to walk because of the persecution she suffered the last eight months in Haiding Prison.
  • Her Husband in Prison for Six Years, Ms. Liu Hong Arrested and Her Whereabouts Unknown

    Liu Hong is a Falun Gong practitioner and the owner of a restaurant in Wuchang District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province. As she was going to work on February 24th, 2009, she was arrested by police. About seven officers from Wuhan City Police Department were involved as well. The police took her key and ransacked her home. Ms. Liu was take away by the police. Currently, her whereabouts are unknown and her family members have not heard any information about her condition or whereabouts for more than 23 days. Her husband, Shi Lei, is also a Falun Gong practitioner. He was sentenced to eleven years in jail. He is now in Fanjiatai Prison in the Shayang District and has been for more than six years.
  • Ms. Kang Aimin Arrested by the Jiamusi Police

    On March 9th, 2009, police from the Heilongjiang Province Public Security Bureau and the Jianshe Police Station broke into the home of Ms. Kang Aimin's son and forcibly took Ms. Kang away. Under the direct order of the Heilongjiang Province Public Security Bureau, the Jiamusi Police Department arrested more than 20 practitioners with the excuse of searching for those who set up speakers to broadcast the facts about Falun Gong. They also listed the names of Ms. Kang Aimin and five other practitioners that were wanted. Since the persecution of Falun Gong began, Ms. Kang has been repeatedly harassed, arrested, detained, tortured, and financially persecuted by the local police.
  • Mr. Lu Yonghe Arrested in July, 2008 in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, His Whereabouts Still Unknown

    Mr. Lu Yonghe was sentenced to two years of forced labour in the Nanning City Forced Labour Camp in 2001. Because he would not give up his faith in Falun Gong, he was singled out and severely tortured by camp guards. After Mr. Lu was released, he was forced to leave home and become homeless in order to avoid further persecution and possible arrest. In 2008, he decided to go back to his home town to help fellow practitioners prepare leaflets exposing the persecution of Falun Gong. In July 2008, he was arrested again along with several other local practitioners. His whereabouts and the state of his health remain unknown.
  • Cangxian Procuratorate Puts Five Practitioners on Trial

    In early March 2009, the Cangxian Procuratorate in Hebei Province put practitioners Mr. Pu Jinfeng, Ms. Zhao Junfeng, Mr. Zhang Kanzhong, Mr. Li Bin'an and Mr. Liu Rujun on trial. It was learned that there was an organization specifically set up for persecuting Falun Gong within the Cangzhou City Intermediate Court. It was stipulated that the County Court must report all cases to the city's Intermediate Court within three days. All the appeals lodged by the practitioners, who had been sentenced by the lower court, were all rejected by the city's Intermediate Court.
  • Hunan Province Practitioner Ms. Luo Hong Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

    During a trial on March 3rd, 2009, the Shigu District Court of Hengyang City, Hunan Province and the Hunan Province Court sentenced Ms. Luo Hong to four years in prison. Ms. Luo plans to appeal to a higher court. During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Hengyang City Domestic Security Section, the Hengyang City 610 Office, and the Renming Road Police Station arrested Ms. Luo Hong at her home for practising Falun Gong and possessing Falun Gong books. They searched her home, seized her computer, printer, printer paper, Falun Gong books, and other personal belongings, and also froze her bank accounts. Ms. Luo remains imprisoned at the Hengyang City No. 1 Detention Centre.
  • Ms. Cui Yuezhi and Mr. Wang Hongchao from Guan County Sentenced to Eight Years Imprisonment

    On July 26th, 2008, Falun Gong practitioners Ms. Cui Yuezhi and Mr. Wang Hongchao were arrested. On February 18th, 2009, Mr. Wang was brought to trial in the Guan County Court. Mr. Wang's family members had hired a lawyer and asked the lawyer to plead 'not-guilty.' Using current Chinese laws, the lawyer was able to prove that Mr. Wang was innocent. The defence had no response and had to wrap up the trial in a hurry. On March 4th, 2009, the court, with complete disregard for the law, sentenced both Mr. Wang and Ms. Cui to eight years of imprisonment.
  • Ms. Lin Lihua Taken to Court after Seven Months in Detention

    The Chinese Communist officials in the Chaoyang District forced the court to hold an open hearing on Ms. Lin Lihua. On February 19th, 2009, the Wenyuhe Court in the Chaoyang District in Beijing conducted a hearing on Ms. Lin Lihua. However, her family was not allowed to enter the courtroom and were told that all seating was taken. In fact, there were plenty of empty seats. Five police officers were in attendance. Before the hearing, Lin Lihua had been detained for over seven months.
  • Ms. Zhao Qiuying Arrested by Four Policemen

    On February 29th, 2009, 58-year-old Ms. Zhao Qiuying from Beijing was taken away from her own clothing booth by four policemen from the Dongsheng Police Station in the Haidian District. When the police arrived at the booth, they surrounded it, intending to take her away. Ms. Zhao did not cooperate with them, but they started a search and found two brochures that explained the facts about Falun Gong. Afterwards, they dragged her into a police vehicle. At around 4 p.m., the police vehicle arrived at Ms. Zhao's home. The police searched her home and took away a Falun Gong book, two brochures, and five or six CD's. That night, Ms. Zhao's family learned that she had been taken to the Qinghe Detention Centre.
  • Police Arrest Supermarket Owners Mr. Qi Wanchuan and His Wife, Ms. Liu Bing'e, and Steal Their Money

    Mr. Qi Wanchuan and Ms. Liu Bing'e, husband and wife, are practitioners in Kongjiazhuang, Wanquan County, Hebei Province. They were arrested at their supermarket by officers led by chief Li Fenglou from the Wanquan Police Department. Valuables from their home and the cash in the register, totalling more than 10,000 yuan, were stolen. The family was traumatized by the incident. Mr. Qi is currently detained in Wanquan County Jail. Ms. Liu is detained in Shisanli Jail in Zhangjiakou City. Ms. Liu is on a hunger strike to protest the persecution, and she is very weak.
  • The Arrest of Ms. Liang Yuzhen from Heshan City, Guangdong Province

    On February 25th, 2009, Ms. Liang Yuzhen was arrested by police officers from Heshan City. She was reported to the police while she distributed Falun Gong informational materials in the countryside. At 9:00 p.m., her home was ransacked. The police took Ms. Liang, whose hands were handcuffed behind her back, to her home. Only her 89-year-old grandmother was there. The police didn't show any search warrant but searched her home anyway, leaving her apartment in a mess. They also confiscated what cash she had at home and took some of the informational materials, as well as Falun Gong books, her brother's computer, and other items. The police didn't have any legal documents for her arrest, to search the home, or for her detention.