Inside the Labour Camps

  • Exposing the Forced Labour Situation at Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Forced labour is used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) labour camps to further punish, abuse, and torture Falun Gong practitioners and implement a long-term persecution of Falun Gong. People have to stand to pack mung beans. Some people do the weighing, some do the bagging, and others do the sealing and transportation. Since the mung bean bags are heavy, our arms are very sore at the end of the day with our waists and backs also in great pain. We are exhausted every day. For one batch of work, we may have to work from a few days to as long as two weeks. Packing dry tea is also a very tiring job. Prior to packing, several cartons of tealeaves are poured onto a large table. The dust from the tea gets onto people's clothes, skin, eyes, ears, mouths, and lungs, making one choke.
  • Products Made with Slave Labour at the Hebei Province Women's Forced Labour Camp

    There are nearly 300 women detained in the Hebei Province Woman's Forced Labour Camp. More than 100, almost half, are Falun Gong practitioners. The three “brigades” in the labour camp are known as the second, the third, and the fourth. The slave labour is labelled "practice labour.” In fact, the forced labour camp abuses its detainees to do cheap labour to make huge profits. The productivity of each brigade is directly linked to the officers' bonuses. Between 2008 and 2009, the detainees wrapped a huge number of disposable chopsticks in paper. They had also put handles on boxes for milk products. The boxes were transported in containers by large trucks. In the same period, the detainees made boxes for moon cakes, packaged toothpicks, and chopsticks.
  • Atrocities Behind the Products Made by Slave Labour in Inner Mongolia Women’s Prison

    The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Women's Prison, also known as the “Yinghua Garment Factory,” enslaves their detainees, which include criminal inmates and innocent Falun Gong practitioners. The prisoners make uniforms for the Public Security and the Industrial and Commercial agencies. They also adorn embroidery on sweaters, make fringe for scarfs, pick loose wool and small objects off sweaters, package disposable chopsticks and toothpicks, and sort buckwheat. The semi-finished products arrive at the prison, go through a finishing process and become end products with a “Made in China” label on them. Most of the products are exported through foreign trade, including the sorted buckwheat.
  • Mr. Song Tiemin Tortured in Suihua Forced Labour Camp, Two Teeth Knocked Out

    Mr. Song Tiemin was arrested two years ago for practising Falun Gong and served two years of forced labour in Suihua Forced Labour Camp. Two of his front teeth were knocked out when he was being tortured. Mr. Song finally returned home after suffering two years of detention. He recovered with his family's love and care, but the shadow of the physical and mental torture he endured in the labour camp has not gone away. He has woken up in the middle of the night with scenes from the labour camp in his head. There are still thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in China suffering like Mr. Song.
  • Chen Xuzhong from Jinchang City Gansu Province Arrested Again after Twice Being Persecuted in Forced Labour Camps

    Police arrested Falun Gong practitioner Chen Xuzhong at work on November 15th, 2011. This was the third time he has been arrested after serving five years of forced labour. In Gansu Provincial First Forced Labour Camp food was very poor and barely enough, while the workload was huge. There were no breaks during the day. After one day of slave labour, practitioners could hardly stand up up straight. In the harvest season they had to leave for work at 6:30 a.m. and didn't finish until 9:00 p.m., 13 or 14 hours.
  • The Forced Labour Persecution behind the “Jin-long-yu” (Gold Dragon Fish) Brand

    “Jin-Long-Yu” is a brand of cooking oil commonly seen in grocery stores and supermarkets in China. People barely notice the small tag hanging around the bottle's neck, and it's more unlikely that they would know that the knots were tied manually by inmates and Falun Gong practitioners in Shanghai Women’s Prison. Over the years, the target quota for each person went from tying 300 knots an hour to 650, which is equal to 5200 knots every day based on eight working hours a day. The strings are coarse, so the skin on the knot tier's fingers peels off after rubbing the strings repeatedly. This is especially true in winter time, when it’s cold and dry.
  • Recent Crimes Committed by Lu Yaqin and Other Guards in Hebei Province Women's Forced Labour Camp

    In Hebei Province Women's Forced Labor Camp, seven practitioners who appealed to the government were shocked with electric batons by guard Lu Yaqin on August 15th, 2011. Later, Ms. Ye was beaten by the head of Division 3, Liu Ziwei, with a large electric baton. That day, Ms. Ye's right hand became severely swollen, and afterward she had difficulty walking and going up or down stairs. Due to the damage to the radial nerve of her right arm, her thumb's muscle became atrophied and she couldn't hold chopsticks in her right hand while eating. For a long time, she requested to go to the hospital for medical treatment but she was always rejected.
  • The Tortures Used at Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp in the Daxing District has been a place where Falun Gong practitioners are detained and tortured. The practitioners detained there have been tortured by means such as being detained in a solitary compartment, forced-feedings, and sitting on a small stool for long periods of time. One practitioner was tied up to remain sitting on the small stool for months. The flesh on her bottom was raw and festering, and the bone was exposed. Such physical torture is hard to tolerate, especially for older people. One would feel pain in the back and waist shortly after sitting in this position. Many people had swollen feet or legs after sitting on the child's stool.
  • Various Torture Methods Used in Wuhan City Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Wuhan Women's Forced Labour Camp has used many torture methods on female Falun Gong practitioners. They removed the clothes from female practitioners in public, shocked them with electric batons, forced them to stand for long periods of time, deprived them of sleep, hung them up by handcuffs for several days, deprived them of toilet use, refused to let them meet with their family members, force-administered unknown drugs, and applied force-feeding techniques, just to name a few.
  • Guards in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp Attack Practitioners Who Protest the Persecution

    Guard Yu Jiang from Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang City, about 37 years old, is now the team lead of the No. 3 Team of the No. 1 Jail. He is recognized as one of the most evil, most ruthless “hatchet men” in Masanjia. In order to force Falun Gong practitioners to give up their beliefs, he personally implemented torture methods, including hanging practitioners up in an “airplane style” position, tying them on a death bed, the “stretching” torture, shocking them with 800,000-volt electric batons, smoking their noses with burning newspaper, depriving them of sleep for many days, etc. He has also unscrupulously extorted money from detainees and their families in amounts ranging from several thousand to tens of thousands of yuan, and then claimed the money was his.
  • Recent Abuse in Hebei Province Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Guards abused Falun Gong practitioners last month in the Third Ward of the Hebei Province Women's Forced Labour Camp. The Third Ward is the major money-making unit in the prison. Most of the imprisoned are Falun Gong practitioners. The rest are those who appealed to the central government about local issues. The guards use beating and electric shocks to force all of the imprisoned to work as slave labourers. Their work is demanding. They start at 7:30 a.m., have lunch break at noon, and work again from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Occasionally, they have to work one to two hours overtime.
  • Cruel Conditions in the Shaanxi Province Women's Forced Labour Camp

    In the past, most of the detainees at the Shaanxi Province Women's Forced Labour Camp were drug addicts. As of July 1999, however, many Falun Gong practitioners, who had committed no crime, were incarcerated there. There is a saying in the labour camp, “[a detainee] works harder than a cow, gets up earlier than a rooster, eats worse than a pig, and sleeps less than a watchdog.” Most of the detainees had injuries upon release. In the early days, the labour camp produced rubber mats, and many detainees' arm muscles were damaged after extended exposure to high temperatures in the work area. When they got up in the morning, many of them had difficulty putting on their clothes due to severely swollen wrists. Beating often happens at the labour camp.
  • Forced Labour and Mistreatment in Division No. 2 of the Hohhot Women's Labour Camp

    Hohhot Women's Forced Labour Camp's Division No.2 forces Falun Gong practitioners and other inmates to do hard labour. They work ten hours a day to seal polywoven bags for Xinde Plastic Co., Ltd. Beginning on March 16th, 2011, they got up to begin work at 6:30 a.m. and worked non-stop until 8:00 p.m. This schedule lasted until May 29th, when they switched to getting up at 6:00 a.m. and worked until 6:00 p.m. The high decibel noise in the workshop, together with the overload of hard labour and carrying heavy items, completely exhausts them.
  • Atrocities at the Wanjia Forced Labour Camp in Harbin

    In 2001, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Ma Bingjuan was detained at Wanjia Forced Labour Camp in Harbin. She both witnessed and experienced the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) shockingly brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Ma Bingyuan stated that at that time, 800 detained Falun Gong practitioners had scabies on their bodies as a result of the persecution conditions. Prison doctors would take off practitioners' clothes and use a dull knife to scrap the scabies sores. That tragic condition and the pain from it is hard to describe using words.
  • Tortures that Older Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Sheng Lianying Was Subjected to at the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Sheng Lianying, 56, was detained numerous times since the Communist regime began to persecute Falun Gong. She was detained twice at the Masanjia Labour Camp. She was tortured in many ways including force-feeding with suffocation, forcibly given nerve-damaging drugs, Death Bed, “Big hang-up”, force-feeding with hot pepper or mustard powder, force-feeding dirty water, mouth stuffed with faeces, shocking with electric batons and more. As a result of the torture, she is physically weak with atrophied legs and deformed teeth.