Inside the Labour Camps

  • Ms. Sun Fudi Repeatedly Arrested and Tortured Since July 20th, 1999

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Sun Fudi, 57, was arrested by village Communist Party officials and police in June 2009. The officers searched her home and took away valuables. She was sentenced to two years of forced labour and taken to the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang City. In the labour camp, Ms. Sun refused to be “transformed” [forcibly renounce Falun Gong]. They forced her to squat down and bend over for extended hours. She was also handcuffed and hit in the face. The guards also used an MP3 player to blast slanderous propaganda into her ears with ear buds. In March 2010, Ms. Sun suffered from ascites resulting from a bladder expansion due to torture she endured in the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp. She was released and returned home on April 20th, 2010.
  • Jiangsu Province Women's Forced Labour Camp Virulently Persecutes Falun Gong Practitioners

    Falun Gong practitioners have suffered persecution at the Jiangsu Province Women's Forced Labour Camp's Third Division for a long time. They have been physically abused by having to stand for long periods of time, not being allowed to rest, being beaten, or being subjected to other abuse. They were also limited in the amount of drinking water they could consume or forbidden to drink water at all. Ms. Xie Lihua was sentenced to one and a half years of forced labour. The inmates who monitored Ms. Xie grossly abused her. Sometimes several of them would lift her up and throw her to the floor. They would beat and scold her constantly. Ms. Xie's term was extended for refusing to give up her belief.
  • Teacher Ms. Liu Xia Persecuted in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Liu Xia is a good teacher, and her students and their parents like her very much. She has been persecuted for 11 years for practising Falun Gong. Now she is being held in Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp in Liaoning Province. When the division heads realized that their wrongdoing had been regularly exposed on the Minghui/Clearwisdom Falun Gong websites, they were infuriated. On August 3rd, they ordered Ms. Liu to come to their office. They punched and kicked her; hit her with their shoes; pinched her face, temples, and ears; and pulled her hair. They beat her so savagely that she was unconscious for five days. Her face was black and blue, and afterward her vision was impaired and her reactions were slow. They also extended her term by 50 days without going through any legal procedures.
  • 147 Practitioners Currently Incarcerated at Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Police arrested Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Caiyun, 59, on October 21st, 2008 and took her to the Nangou Detention Centre, where she held a week-long hunger strike to protest the detention. She was sent to the Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp on October 29th. The next day she was taken to a dark room where the guards slapped her face and shocked her with an electric baton, because her voice was too soft during roll call. She was subjected to another beating in November for refusing to recite the prison rules. Ms. Wang was subjected to a severe "body-stretching" torture method between November 30th and December 3rd, 2009.
  • Guizhou Women's Forced Labour Camp Uses Prisoners to Persecute Falun Gong Practitioners

    Six prisoners called "collaborators" monitor and torture practitioners around the clock. They force practitioners to stand like soldiers, with both hands tightly touching the trousers, the body straight, and heels touching each other. Practitioners can only look forward and they are not allowed to talk or move any part of their body. If practitioners even look in another direction once, they are denigrated by the collaborators. These collaborators continuously slander Falun Gong. Some practitioners pass out during this torture. Collaborators forced practitioners to read books that slandered Falun Gong. The practitioners who refused to read the books were not allowed to use the toilet. With excrement in their trousers, they were not allowed to change clothes.
  • Ms. Yang Yufan and Others Tortured at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Guards in the No. 3 Division of Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, recently tortured Ms. Yang Yufan and other Falun Gong practitioners, only because they refused to give up their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Guards suspended Ms. Yang by her handcuffed wrists. The hanging lasted for one and a half days, followed by brutal beatings for a long period of time. On July 12th, guards Zhang Huan, Wang Danfeng and others shocked Ms. Yang's breasts with electric batons, which caused damage to an old wound and was extremely painful.
  • Lengthy Litany of Mistreatment, Torture, and Brainwashing Offences at Shaanxi Women's Forced Labour Camp

    In the forced labour camp, the officials persecute Falun Gong practitioners for only one purpose, that is, to "transform" [forcibly renounce Falun Gong] them. Because Ms. Li Cuifang practised the Falun Gong exercises she was repeatedly tortured, such as being beaten, hung up in the air, and handcuffed and hung up on the upper level of the shelf. She fainted and collapsed after such torture. When she was hung up the handcuffs bit into her flesh and she bled profusely. Meanwhile, a policewoman beat her violently with electric shock batons. Her hips were beaten black and blue, which caused her to walk with great difficulty. They also used force-feeding as a means to torture her. They handcuffed Ms. Li behind her back and tied her to a steel shelf, then they used a tool to pry open her mouth.
  • Brutal Torture at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    In an attempt to have Ms. Ni Fengzhen renounce Falun Gong, she was brainwashed for three months and tortured brutally in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp. They swore at her, beat her brutally, made her squat and stand for long periods of time, kicked her in the leg, and struck her in the face with a rubber ruler for three days. Ms. Ni Fengzhen is being forced to do hard labour and still suffers from physical and mental torture.
  • Ms. Chang Shuxia, 52, Imprisoned Three Times at the Heizuizi Women's Forced Labour Camp in Jilin Province

    Ms. Chang Shuxia, 52, has been imprisoned three times because she practises Falun Gong. She recounts her experience in a labour camp: "Guards pushed me to the ground and handcuffed my hands behind my back, with one hand pulled over my shoulder to meet the other hand twisted up from the back. A tall and sturdy man then stomped on the handcuffs with his leather shoes. They also shocked me with three electric batons simultaneously. The handcuffs cut deep into my flesh, and I was bleeding badly. My hands became very swollen. Even after I returned home the scars were still visible on my hands. I couldn't do any physical work for more than a year."
  • Mr. Miao Xinglong Endures Ten Days of Brutal Torture at the Suihua Forced Labour Camp

    Mr. Miao Xinglong was arrested by the police from the local 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) and police station on July 19th, 2002. In August 2002, Mr. Miao was sent to Fuyu Forced Labour Camp in Qiqihar. In April 2003, without notifying his family, Mr. Miao was transferred to the Suihua Forced Labour Camp, where he endured brutal torture. Guards forced him to watch fabricated video about Falun Gong. Fan Xiaodong then asked Mr. Miao for his thoughts about the video. Mr. Miao replied that the videos were all fabricated to frame Falun Gong's founder and damage Falun Gong. Fan Xiaodong started to madly beat Mr. Miao all over his body. Fan stopped when Mr. Miao's teeth fell out and there was blood dripping from his nose.
  • Before and after the Beijing Olympics, Over a Hundred Falun Gong Practitioners Were Transferred to Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Lianying was brainwashed and tortured with the "hanging bed" torture. She was not able to walk normally for a month. She was beaten many times with electric batons on the inner parts of her thighs and on her abdomen. Her prison term was extended by four months because she said, "Falun Gong is good." Ms. Zhang was chained to the frame of her bed because she refused to wear prison clothes.
  • Ms. Zhang Lianying Tortured at Masanjia Labour Camp

    After Ms. Zhang arrived in Masanjia, she was tortured continuously. Since she believed that it was not wrong to practise Falun Gong and be a good person, she did not co-operate with the demands of the Labour Camp. She endured almost every torture method at Masanjia, including being stretched, tortured with an electric baton, and beaten with a baton hung up,. Pus could be seen on her wrists because the handcuffs were too tight. She went on a hunger strike, and a female guard supervisor used a metal spoon to pry open her mouth, leaving a scar. Under her arms and between her legs, there were dense black burn marks from the electric baton.
  • Shandong Provincial First Women's Forced Labour Camp Exploiting and Abusing Falun Gong Practitioners

    Since the Chinese Communist Party began the persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999, countless Falun Gong practitioners have been arrested and taken to detention centres, brainwashing centres, forced labour camps, or prisons. When they refuse to be "transformed," [forcibly renounce Falun Gong] they are often deprived of sleep, assaulted, forced to stand, made to stand in a confined space, and so on. As a result, many of them suffer swollen feet and lightheadedness due to prolonged standing, and they still have to do forced labour around the clock without drinking water or access to a toilet. What they hear is: "Work quickly!"
  • Masanjia Forced Labour Camp Torturing Practitioners with Appalling Cruelty

    Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, has been torturing Falun Gong practitioners for over ten years, attempting to brainwash them and force them to give up their practice of Falun Gong. Many instances in which practitioners were tortured to death, disability, and mental disorder have been made public. The extent of the cruelty taking place in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp is really shocking. One such torture is called "Stretching Bed": The practitioner's hands are fixed between two beds (the beds all have two levels), sometimes one hand up, the other down. Then one or two people pull the two beds apart so that the victim's limbs are stretched. Every stretch causes sharp pain. The handcuffs cut into the flesh on the wrists, which become swollen and numb.
  • Falun Gong Practitioner Liu Yuehong from Beijing Persecuted in Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Falun Gong practitioner Liu Yuehong was arrested in April 2008. She was sent to Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp in Liaoning Province for a two-year term in July, 2008. In the forced labour camp, they attempted to force Ms. Liu to "transform" (give up her beliefs) and brutally tortured her,including being forced to stand for a long period of time, kneeling, remaining handcuffed in a painful position for extended periods of time, and being denied drink, food, and toilet use. They taped her legs to force her to sit with her legs double-crossed. The police tried to force Ms. Liu to write statements to renounce practising Falun Gong.