Inside the Labour Camps

  • Crimes Observed at the Fangqiang Forced Labour Camp in Jiangsu Province

    Local 610 Office agents arrested me without a warrant and took me to a detention centre. They held a covert trial on June 16th, 2000 and charged me with "sabotaging the administration of state law." I declined the services of the court-appointed lawyer and defended myself. I stated, "I am a good person, living simply according to Falun Gong principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance. I have broken no law." The verdict was issued on September 28th, 2000, but the court officials waited until December 12th, 2000 to announce it. First, the judge said no criminal conviction would be filed against me, but then the police declared I had been sentenced to two years of forced labour.
  • Reports of Persecution at the Second Women's Forced Labour Camp in Shandong Province

    The Second Women's Forced Labour Camp in Shandong Province uses brutal and inhumane methods to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. One of them is the use of psychotropic drugs in order to make practitioners suffer mental collapses and force them to renounce Falun Gong. Another inhumane method used at the labour camp is adding poison to practitioners' food so that they are unable to sleep, have difficulty with bowel movement/urination, and have swelling in their feet, making them unable to walk.
  • Policewoman Tortures Practitioners at Kaiping Forced Labour Camp in Tangshan City

    Yan Hongli is a squadron leader in Kaiping Forced Labour Camp in Tangshan City. Since 1999 she has been torturing Falun Gong practitioners detained there. She spared no effort and was awarded for her fierceness and cruelty; her "excellence" in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. She was very cruel and well known for beating practitioners' faces. She didn't even try to hide it. In October 2004, practitioner Liu Sujun managed to walk free from the forced labour camp. When she was caught and sent back to the forced labour camp that night, Yan Hongli and other police shocked her with electronic batons and locked her in a secret cell near the Education Department in the forced labour camp.
  • Falun Gong Practitioners Forced to Perform Slave Labour in Beijing Women's Prison

    In the Daxing Women's Prison in Beijing over the past few years, prison police have utilized all forms of brutal, inhumane methods to "transform" [brainwash] Falun Gong practitioners. They have coerced practitioners into performing harsh slave labour to reap higher profits from their products. In the section dedicated to persecuting Falun Gong practitioners, the authorities have forced practitioners to knit clothing and make bags, pencil cases, table cloths, flip-flops and socks. Many times practitioners' hands bled from the labour or they suffered from deteriorating eyesight. Practitioners have also been forced to manufacture products using toxic glue to seal boxes, and many practitioners developed dizziness very soon after doing such work.
  • The Gansu Province First Forced Labour Camp Still Ruthlessly Tortures Falun Gong Practitioners

    In January 2008, practitioner Mr. Gu Zeyuan was grossly abused. Guard Li Wenhui beat him ruthlessly, then placed him in confinement for seven days with his limbs stretched in the shape of an "X" and tied between two beds. He developed severe illness symptoms and was first hospitalized and then transferred to the Dashaping Labour Camp Hospital. In June 2008, practitioner Mr. Kang Shangwen refused to be "reformed" [brainwashed]. Division head Han Ximing used the electrical baton to shock Mr. Kang's face, lips, cheeks, and neck while reviling him for nearly 20 minutes.
  • Suihua Forced Labour Camp Guards Intensified Their Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners During the Olympics

    The forced labour camp used the slogans such as "Stabilize the environment" and "Create harmony" to incite the increased brutality. They didn't allow the practitioners to drink boiled hot water, make phone calls, purchase goods, or allow them to meet with family members. All practitioners were separated, tied-up, and forced to sing the so-called "transformation" songs, study the camp regulations and orders, and read the "Reporting Lyrics" the guards drew up. If practitioners didn't read or sing, they would face physical brutality or be forced to stand for a few hours, regardless of age. The guards used electric batons and rubber clubs to hit the practitioners. They used ropes to tie them up, burned them with cigarettes, and used fire to burn their fingers and toes.
  • Crimes Committed in the Jinzhou Forced Labour Camp

    The Jinzhou Forced Labour Camp in Liaoning Province is one of many sites that have been used to barbarically torture practitioners, both mentally and physically. They have used lies and other despicable means to force the practitioners to renounce Falun Gong. Many practitioners were injured or crippled, suffered mental breakdown, or even died as a result of the brutal persecution there over the last nine years. Mr. Liu Cheng suffered from the corporal punishment; in addition to the beatings, he was forced to sit on a small stool for a long period of time. Sometimes the guards would hang him up and others forced him to stand still in many different postures.
  • Crimes Committed Inside the Huhhot Women's Narcotic Rehabilitation Centre

    Every practitioner is detained in one room, monitored by a drug addict inmate. One or several former practitioners who were "transformed" and had renounced Falun Gong would attempt to change the Falun Gong practitioner's mind. Police uses threats, criticisms, sarcastic greetings, and "chatting" to attempt to force practitioners to "transform". Former practitioners who were "transformed" and had renounced Falun Gong are in charge of slave labour production, which reduces their jail term. They choose the person who works most quickly as a standard to measure others. Practitioners who cannot finish the work are forced to work longer. Even the sixty or seventy year olds are not excluded from punishment. The intense workload has given them blisters and boils on their hands.
  • Intensified Persecution at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp During the Olympics

    During the Beijing Olympics in July and August of 2008, Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, escalated the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Guards tortured steadfast practitioners with electric batons, placed them on the "Stretching Bed," This method of torture involves placing a practitioner in the middle of two beds with his or her arms and legs tied to the beds. The beds are then pulled apart. Practitioners have screamed out in unbearable pain from this torture. Guards also forced them to stand in the hot sun for long periods of time, slapped their faces, and beat them.
  • Torture Methods Used to Force Practitioners to Renounce Falun Gong at the Shandong Province Number Two Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Practitioners have to endure daily long hours of slave labour, in addition to brainwashing. They worked from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., sometimes till midnight. Aside from going to the toilet, taking half an hour to eat lunch, or doing stand up work, everyone sits on a small bench the entire day. Guards forbid them to talk or to walk freely. Many practitioners who have been detained here, too numerous to mention, have died as a result of torture, suffered a mental collapse, were injured, disabled or came down with various illnesses in recent years.
  • Ms. Xin Shuhua Tortured and Force-fed Poison at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    In March 2008, practitioner Xin Shuhua was detained at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Liaoning Province. The guards used all kinds of methods to torture her in attempt to make her give up Falun Gong. Xin Shuhua had been once before been detained at Masanjia for three years. She was imprisoned for explaining the facts about Falun Gong to the public. Because she did not give up her belief, refused to work and went on hunger strike, the guards beat her with electric batons. Then they hung her up, bound her on to a "dead person's bed", and locked her in a dark cell, where she had to squat. The guards used an iron support to hold her mouth open and poured in poison, making her jaw disjointed four times. They injected poison into her and forced her to sit on a "tiger bench".
  • Cases of Persecution in Guangdong Provincial Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Wang Xiaoyuan, 50, is a practitioner from Zhuhai City. She had been in very good health, but when she was released after 19 months in the forced labour camp, she needed to be carried out by three people. It was reported that the guards tortured her brutally, including beating her and forcing her to stand in a fixed position for long periods of time, which led to her being unable to walk or take care of herself. However, the camp authorities still did not release her on medical parole. Instead, two criminals were designated to monitor her.
  • Ms. Wang Jinfeng Suffers Cruel Torture and Abuse at the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Practitioner Ms. Wang Jinfeng was arrested and incarcerated at the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Liaoning Province on March 5th, 2008. This time she was sentenced to two years of forced labour. On her fifth day she refused to be "reformed". Team leaders handcuffed her and hung her up. They handcuffed Ms. Wang to a metal torture device and stretched her arms. They gagged her and tied her legs to benches and then pulled the benches apart. Wang Jinfeng was in a great pain. Her cries echoed through the building. She could not move her arms, and the handcuffs injured her wrists, cutting into the flesh and exposing the bones.
  • Formal Complaints Filed From Practitioners at the Sichuan Women's Forced Labour Camp

    On March 10th, 2008, I was arrested by police. Police woman Gou Yongqiong was violent to wards me, and began slapping me on both sides of my face. She also kicked both of my legs with the boots that she was wearing. She insulted me at the same time, "You , I just want to beat you up." I demanded her name, in the name of justice. Her eyes were filled with anger and she yelled at me, "You listen to this carefully. My name is Gou Yongqiong. You ." Then she left the room, possibly due to being tired from beating and swearing at me. After a while, I heard Li Xia crying loudly, "They are assaulting me. The police are assaulting me. They are beating me to death. You are police for the people. How can you take the people's money and in return beat us up?"
  • Practitioners Transferred to Masanjia Forced Labour Camp from Beijing

    Chen Yan persisted in practising Falun Gong exercises at Masanjia Labour Camp and refused to do slave labour. In retaliation she was tortured and chained to her bed for an extended period of time. Since the end of June 2008, on numerous occasions, the vicious guards instigated common criminals to brutally beat Chen Yan. On one occasion, Chen Yan's head was seriously injured and required over 40 stitches. On July 17th and 18th, Chen Yan suffered numerous beatings and her head was injured again and was bleeding.