Inside the Labour Camps

  • Recounting the Persecution at No. 2 Women's Forced Labour Camp in Shandong Province

    The guards at Shandong Province No. 2 Women's Forced Labour Camp used different methods to persecute practitioners. Some were physically punished by being forced to stand facing a wall from day to night. They were not allowed to move or sleep in order to overtire their minds and bodies. Some guards took advantage of practitioners' kindness to lie to them. Because the practitioners were frightened, they mistook the guards' words and persecutory acts as beneficial to them. Some guards used family, social relations, the threat of divorce or getting fired from a job, and other means to pressure practitioners to make the wrong decision. The guards also used people who had been "transformed" to deceive practitioners with deviated logic.
  • Cruel Torture in Wangcun Forced Labour Camp: Brainwashing with "Stew the Eagle" and Electric Shocking in Water Dungeon

    Mr. Zou Songtao was tortured to death in Wangcun Labour Camp through shocking him with a dozen high voltage electric batons. In the beginning of 2001, guards in Shandong Province labour camps deprived practitioners their right to sleep unless they accepted the brainwashing. They call the method "Stew the Eagles". Under such cruel brainwashing, some practitioners could not bear the sleepiness, turned away from Falun Gong, became collaborators, and in turn, started brainwashing other firm practitioners. Guards also locked practitioners in a water dungeon around the clock and ran a low electricity current in the water to shock them.
  • Practitioners Resolutely Resist the Persecution in Wangcun Forced Labour Camp

    The guards at Wangcun Forced Labour Camp committed huge crimes against practitioners, and the methods they used were extremely cruel. They carried out atrocities of unparalleled savagery. Ms. Zhu Huizhen and Yang Shuping were blinded as a result of inhuman torture. When Ms. Zhu's son went to visit his mother and found she was blind he choked up with tears. The guards claimed that Ms. Zhu was pretending to be blind, but a hospital examination confirmed that she was blind. Ms. Zhang Min, Ms. Wang Xumei were locked up in a small room, where they were subjected to inhuman torture beyond the imagination of people.
  • Accounts of Forced-feeding at Jiutai Forced Labour Camp and Jilin City Detention Centre

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Wenjun held a hunger strike to protest his persection and was tied to an iron chair commonly known as a tiger bench. Mr. Li was then fed through a rigid naso-gastric tube with a concoction of corn flour gruel mixed with salt and unknown drugs. He was force-fed once or twice per day, depending on the decisions made by the Section Chief, Yu, the prison doctor, or the prison manager, Lei. Mr. Li Wenjun experienced great pain and once told his mother, "My body is in a overwhelming amount of pain!"
  • Shandong Province Women's Forced Labour Camp Brutally Persecutes Falun Gong Practitioners

    If a practitioner refuses to give up his belief in Falun Gong, he is not allowed to use the toilet, brush his teeth, wash, sleep, or even talk. Ms. Li Xiumei is currently imprisoned at this Shandong forced labour camp. One day the guards shackled Ms. Li's arms to a prison cell window for seven days and nights, with her feet barely touching the ground. Suddenly the shackles became loose and sprung open. Ms. Li immediately collapsed on the floor from pain, hunger, and exhaustion. When the guards saw her lying there, they rushed over and started beating her. Fearing that their actions would be leaked to the outside during the Olympic Games, they secretly transferred her to another forced labour camp on September 20th, 2008.
  • Young Mother Detained at the Sanshui Forced Labour Camp, Now Reduced to Skin and Bones

    The 610 Office in Lechang City ransacked 30-year-old practitioner Ms. Gong Xuejun's house and forcibly took her to Lechang Detention Centre on August 19th, 2008. Later, Ms. Gong Xuejun was taken to the Sanshui Women's Forced Labour Camp. When her relatives visited Ms. Gong in the camp they could hardly recognize her. Because Gong Xuejun had been tortured, her weight had dropped from 49kg to 30kg (approximately 108 lbs to 66 lbs) within one month. She was nothing but skin and bones. Her eyes were sunken and her hair had been cut short and was in disarray. Upon seeing her shocking condition, Ms. Gong's relatives were in tears.
  • Weining Forced Labour Camp in Benxi City, Liaoning Province Uses the "Stretching Bed" to Torture Falun Gong Practitioners

    Weining Forced Labour Camp uses "stretching beds" to force practitioners into giving up their beliefs. First, the guards take off the practitioner's clothes, and then they tie their limbs onto a specially-designed double bed using strips of cloth, with the legs split to the extreme, and both arms stretched out on either side. In this way, the whole body is immobilized, with only the head and neck being able to move a little. The practitioners are also not allowed to get up to relieve themselves. All urination and defecation occur on the bed. The practitioners are bound onto this bed around the clock for more than a month at a time, causing severe damage to their tendons and muscles. The unbearable pain sometimes brings about mental collapse.
  • Practitioners Suffer Continual Abuse and Torture at the Heizuizi Women's Forced Labour Camp in Changchun City, Jilin Province

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Pingrui, 21, was arrested along with her mother in May 2008. She was sentenced to two years of forced labour at Heizuizi Women's Forced Labour Camp, where she was tortured beyond her physical and emotional endurance. Because Ms. Wang did the Falun Gong meditation guards hung her up on a bunk bed with her feet not touching the floor and was then beaten. She was beaten frequently. She periodically suffered blackouts due to this torture.
  • Ms. Liu Zhenxia Tortured at Labour Camp in Zibo City, Shandong Province

    Ms. Liu Zhenxia, a Falun Gong practitioner, was held at the Shandong Province No. 2 Women's Forced Labour Camp. She was not allowed to sleep and was forced to stand for long periods of time consecutively. Because she refused to cooperate with the guards, Ms. Liu Zhenxia was forced to stay in the toilet. She was not allowed to have warm clothes, even during the cold winter. Guards ordered prisoners to pour cold water on the floor and forced her to sit on the wet floor wearing only light weight clothing. They swore at her and beat her until her face was swollen. She suffered inhumane torture constantly and became emaciated as a result of the abuse. Standing constantly for 24 hours without sleeping, being hung up on iron window frames and being tied to a bed using a special straight jacket are all very common ways to torture Falun Gong practitioners.
  • On the Eve of the Olympics, an Unbreakable Will

    In an image that so rarely escapes from China, Zhang Lianying is telling her story of horror. In Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp Zhang was slapped, kicked, beaten, strangled, abused, deprived of sleep, had her private parts attacked. She was beaten or strangled into a coma 14 times. She says all parts of her body were violated and injured. Because she refused to renounce Falun Gong she recounted: “They tied up my hands and feet, lifted my feet and tied them to a chair, and used a rope from strips of bed-sheets to tie my neck to the back of the chair—so tight that I could not move."
  • Viciousness at Hebei Province Women's Forced Labour Camp During the Olympic Games

    There were relatively fewer beatings in Hebei Province Women's Forced Labour Camp prior to the Olympic Games. But as soon as the Olympics started on August 9th, 2008, the situation began intensifying and practitioners were severely persecuted, the worst point being around August 20th. Practitioners were physically abused, beaten, cursed at, and humiliated--all of which are prohibited according to policy. In order to force determined practitioners to wear the uniforms, they ripped the clothes from female practitioners, cut apart their underwear with scissors, and chained them to a wooden board bed. These practitioners were then beaten, electrically-shocked, tied up, and tortured by other means.
  • Over Seventy Falun Gong Practitioners Detained in Brainwashing Centre at the Zhangjiakou City Forced Labour Camp During the Beijing Olympic Games

    During the Beijing Olympic Games, officials from the National Security Ministry and the Hebei Provincial 610 Office came to Zhangjiakou City in person to check on how the persecution of Falun Gong was going. Brainwashing centres were set up in Zhangjiakou City Forced Labour Camp. They arrested more than seventy Falun Gong practitioners from eleven districts and counties throughout the city. They sent the practitioners to the brainwashing centres and persecuted them for over two months. Those that resisted the brainwashing were beaten.
  • Masanjia Labour Camp Guards Torture Practitioners to Get Them to Sign a Labour Evaluation Sheet

    On October 6th, 2008, guards at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang tried to force Falun Gong practitioners confined in the First Division to sign a Labour Evaluation Sheet. When practitioners refused to sign, they were severely tortured. They were no longer able to walk upright afterwards. The guards pushed practitioners' heads under a bed and handcuffed them. Ms. Wang Chunying and Ms. Wang Haiying were handcuffed like that for three days and nights. Another practitioner was handcuffed for five days. She is now absent-minded and doesn't remember anything.
  • Accounts of Persecution Taking Place in Jiutai Forced Labour Camp of Jilin Province

    Mr. Xie Xue, 60, was transfered to the Jiutai Forced Labour Camp on August 29th because he refused to write statements renouncing Falun Gong. He was tortured in the strict discipline division. This practitioner has had a stroke and one side of his body doesn't function well. Practitioners are forced to get up at 4:00 a.m. and sit on the floor facing a wall, with their backs straight and hands behind their backs. They sit in the same position until midnight except when they are in the toilet or having a meal. During the disciplinary period, practitioners are only given half a steamed bun, half of a bowl of rice or vegetable soup for each meal. They are held at the strict discipline division until they write statements renouncing Falun Gong.
  • I Was Imprisoned and Persecuted Three Times at Baimalong Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zhuzhou City, Hunan Province

    In 2000 I went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. Because I stated the truth-- "Falun Gong is truly good"--I was sentenced to one year of forced labour and taken to Baimalong Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zhuzhou City. Because we did not capitulate or cooperate with the authorities, we were severely tortured. Some of us were deprived of sleep for the whole night; some were handcuffed and forced to stand on their tip-toes, causing their hands to bleed; some passed out from being handcuffed; some were put in solitary confinement, and some were forbidden to use the toilet. Some practitioners went on hunger strikes to protest. The police got four to five people to hold one practitioner down and force food into her mouth with a thick bamboo tube while pinching her nose shut.