Inside the Labour Camps

  • Dong'gang, the Torture Chamber at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Dong'gang is essentially a torture chamber specially created for Falun Gong practitioners who refuse to renounce their belief, have been recently incarcerated, or have started practising Falun Gong again after they initially renounced their belief under duress of torture. Practitioners taken to Dong'gang face an escalated level of torture and abuse than those held in the regular cells at Masanjia. Practitioners are forced to squat and wear a headset connected to a sound system that broadcasts hate propaganda against Falun Gong. The volume is set at the highest level and played for many hours.
  • Crimes Committed in Hebei Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Hebei Women’s Forced Labour Camp in Hebei Province has been aggressive in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. The guards, headed by deputy director Feng Kezhuang, under the direction of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), have devastated Falun Gong practitioners physically and mentally through humiliation, beatings, solitary confinement, electric shocks, and extended detentions.
  • Ms. Zhang Weidi Describes the Torture She Received in the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    In October 2008, in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp, all of the practitioners, without exception, were beaten and shocked with electric batons. Ms. Qi Zhenhong was beaten, shocked with electric batons, and hung up for many days and nights. She became mentally disoriented. Ms. Zhang Yinglin was beaten and shocked with electric batons. One of her arms along with her hand became paralysed from the beatings.
  • Despite a New "Mental Health Law," Falun Gong Practitioners Still Illegally Held in Mental Hospitals in China

    While the regime is touting the Mental Health Law, Falun Gong practitioners are still being persecuted in its mental hospitals. The new mental health law is thought by many to be a bluff by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to quell suspicion of wrongdoing. Throughout its history, the CCP has frequently made positive statements while actually committing outrageous crimes behind the scenes. This latest smokescreen is no exception.
  • Savage Acts of Torture at the Tiantanghe Women's Forced Labour Camp in Beijing

    I was detained at the helllike Tiantanghe Women's Forced Labour Camp in Beijing. Regardless of age, all prisoners had to do a required amount of farm work, shovel snow on cold winter days, remove grass on hot summer days, etc. Many didn't have the physical strength required and fainted while working. We were forced to pack green beans, tea leaves, children's clothes, sugar, stamps and books into boxes – each of which weighed over 50 kilograms (110 lb). The boxes of books were particularly heavy, so loading and unloading them onto trucks was especially difficult for elderly practitioners. A seventy-year-old woman didn't know how to put together a paper box. She was punished by having to sit on a bench for days until her legs turned purple.
  • Head Nurse: Atrocities in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp Cannot be Denied

    I was twice detained at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp and I subjected to cruel persecution there. Four of the people interviewed by the author of “Walking out of Masanjia” were detained in the same team with me. In truth, the brutal torture suffered by Falun Gong practitioners is far worse than was exposed in the report published in Lens Magazine, and the bloody atrocities committed by Masanjia Forced Labour Camp cannot be denied. I was subjected to severe persecution, including being deprived of sleep, beaten, stretched, hung by handcuffs, and forced to do hard labour.
  • Firsthand Account of Atrocities Taking Place in Division 3 of Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp

    A 63-year-old practitioner was forced to squat on a brick floor for long periods of time and her feet became numb. Division head Zhang Jun came over and violently kicked her feet. Shi Yu, head of the labour camp at the time, a male head, and a number of young officers rushed in and out of the cells where practitioners were detained every day, abusing and torturing them. Practitioner Ms. Yu Jie was tortured with “stretching.” Her hands were cuffed, and when Zhang Jun shouted, “Stretch,” the guards would pull the handcuffs hard sideways, until she was hanging suspended in the air and passed out from the pain.
  • The Horror of Masanjia Women’s Forced Labour Camp

    Most people who witness scenes of solitary confinement, hanging by cuffs, electric shock, forced-feeding, beating, tiger bench torture, death bed torture, prolonged hard labour, or the many other horrifying tortures used against Falun Gong practitioners in China, will definitely feel disturbed. Even the bloodiest scenes in movies or novels cannot compare to such an experience. But all these things are real-life occurrences, and they exist all around us.
  • Ms. Li Xintong in Critical Condition from Torture--Still Being Held in Changchun Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Li Xintong, from Jilin City, Jilin Province, has been detained in the Heizuizi Women's Forced Labour Camp of Changchun. Four months into her forced labour camp term, she was subjected to forced injections and drug administration, which caused severe heart disease symptoms, including marginal lung function resulting in restricted oxygen intake, heart palpitation, heavy breathing, and stiffness in the chest. Camp authorities refused to acknowledge her critical condition and refused to release her for medical treatment. Ms. Li's husband Yu Hong, her father Li Zhijun, and mother Guo Hongqin were also arrested at the same time as Ms. Li.
  • Products Made by Detainees at Jilin Province Women’s Labour Camp

    After July 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Gong, the number of Jilin detainees increased dramatically. From 2000 to 2001, it reached a peak of 3,000. The arts and crafts products were exported to Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, and other countries. Falun Gong practitioners were forced to work 15 -18 hours daily in Jilin Province Labour Camp. The work area was on the same floor as our cell. The conditions were terrible. Feathers filled the air,and stuck to clothing, bed sheets, and dishes. The air was filled with a strong odour from the feathers, dyes, and adhesives.
  • Exposing the Torture of Falun Gong Practitioners in Heilongjiang Province Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Falun Gong practitioners sent to the labour camp are immediately given brainwashing. Every morning, inmates had to get up at 5 a.m., and they were only allowed to go to bed late between 10 – 12 midnight. There were no breaks in between, and they were not allowed to use the toilet for extended periods of time. Practitioners were made to sit on small stools less than one foot high and watch programmes slandering Falun Gong. They had to write guarantee statements renouncing their belief. If they refused to watch the programs or shut their eyes, guards would physically punish them. And if they refused to write statements, their prison sentence would be extended.
  • Eyewitness Accounts: Forced Labour Inside China's Labour Camps and Prisons

    I was sentenced to Suihua Forced Labour Camp in Suihua City, Heilongjiang Province, in the spring of 2007 for practising Falun Gong. In June 2007, all the inmates were forced sort and package a large quantity of toothpicks that had been accidentally soaked in sewage. The contaminated toothpicks mixed with faeces and dirty toilet paper were already dried. We could hardly breathe with the stench of urine and faeces. We were not even given any masks or gloves for protection. There were about 80 of us, but it took us nearly two weeks to finish the work.
  • The Chinese Communist Party's Hidden Crimes in the Forced Labour Camp System

    In 2012, a few days before Halloween, Julie Keith from Oregon pulled out a box of Chinese-made Halloween decorations from her storage, intending to decorate. Astonishingly, when she opened the box she found a letter calling for help from Unit 8, Department 2 of Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Liaoning Province, China. The letter stated: “If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persicution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever...
  • Practitioners Tortured and Made to Do Hard Labour at Fenjin Forced Labour Camp in Changchun City

    Officials at Fenjin Forced Labour Camp in Changchun try to brainwash Falun Gong practitioners in an attempt to get them to renounce their belief and force them to do hard labour, so that the officials there can make huge amounts of money from it. Practitioners at the camp are made to work in a factory that produces bird craft products, which are then exported to Japan. The place is filthy and very dusty. The air is filled with a pungent odour from coloured dyes and the smell emitted from the glue is suffocating. There is no ventilation, which causes extreme pain to the eyes and throat.
  • Ms. Wang Ling, 65, Mentally Incapacitated after Being Tortured in Labour Camps for Eight Years

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Ling was arrested by officers from the Public Security Bureau of Tieling City for her faith in Falun Gong. She was sent to the notorious Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang City three times for a total of eight years and tortured with stretching, hanging, freezing, bundling, beating, etc. All of her teeth were knocked out. At present, she is mentally incapacitated and very feeble, and can only walk slowly. She can't stand for very long.