Brainwashing, Illegal Detention and Imprisonment, Inside the Labour Camps, Individual Accounts, 6-10 Office

  • Human Rights Attorney Defends Falun Gong Practitioners on Trial in Xichang City

    The court in Xichang City, Sichuan Province held a trial of Falun Gong practitioners Ms. Lu Yuancui and Ms. Xia Huiqiong on April 28th, 2010. During the evidence stage of the trial, Jiang Hua and Jin Kebin from the City Procuratorate showed six CDs as "evidence" in order to frame Lu Yuancui and Xia Huiqiong. A policeman even took away the case files that the attorney was reading. The attorney pointed out that there was no witness and no signature on the confession, and according to the law, the witness testimony is void. The trial ended in a hurry after a strong defence from a human rights attorney.
  • Ms. Zhang Zhenmin Sent to Brainwashing Centre after Serving an Eight-year Sentence

    Ms. Zhang Zhenmin is a 47-year-old Falun Gong practitioner. She was sentenced to eight years of imprisonment and should have been released on May 2nd, 2010. Instead, she was sent to the Gongjiawan Brainwashing Centre in Lanzhou. In prison she was subjected to beatings, electric shocks, hanging up by the handcuffs, and other forms of torture. In July 2004, Ms. Zhang was beaten by police because she took down a board that defamed Falun Gong. The police hung her by her handcuffed wrists, and subjected her to electric shocks and other tortures in the toilet for seven to eight days.
  • The Torture I Experienced in Liaoning Province Women's Prison

    On April 12th, 2003, I was reported to the police as a Falun Gong practitioner and was arrested. I was detained in the Fuxing Detention Centre, Liaoning Province. In March 2004 I was sentenced to four years imprisonment and transferred in Liaoning Province Women's Prison. I experienced and witnessed many types of torture used to persecute Falun Gong practitioners: sleep deprivation, physical punishment, in winter pouring freezing cold water over the naked body, constant beatings, sleeping on a hard board, not being allowed to use the toilet, no toilet paper, confiscating food and everyday goods, confiscating money, being hung up, gagged, stuffed into a box, and the list goes on. Force-feedings with unknown drugs made several practitioners develop mental disorders. The torture caused numerous disabilities.
  • Medical Doctor and Her Mother Arrested, Their Homes Ransacked

    On May 5th, Ms. Li, Junying, a medical doctor from Handan City, Hebei Province, was reported to the police while she was explaining the facts about Falun Gong. She was arrested and her home was ransacked. On the same night at around midnight, Ms. Li's mother, Ms. Wang Xiumei, was also arrested and her home ransacked without cause. Both mother and daughter are now detained at the Wei County Police Bureau.
  • Ms. Wang Huilin from Tangshan City Persecuted and Put on Trial

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Huili persisted in her belief and explained the facts about Falun Gong and exposed the persecution to people. After sending her to one term of forced labour, the police arrested Ms. Wang once again in December 2009. She lost consciousness in the Fengnan Court during a trial on April 16th, 2010. Prior to this trial, Fengnan District Domestic Security Division agents tortured Ms. Wang. She was made to sit on a bench for extended periods, was placed in shackles, and brutally assaulted.
  • Mr. Yu Lianhe Persecuted in a Forced Labour Camp for the Third Time

    Before the persecution, our family of three practised Falun Gong. It brought enormous improvement in our health and mind. This was especially so for my wife, who completely regained her health after practising Falun Gong. However, everything collapsed after the Communist Party launched the persecution. My wife and I were both arrested. I was sent to a forced labour camp for a year. Following that, I was again apprehended and sent to a labour camp for two more years. Unable to bear the stress from the persecution and from supporting the family by herself, my wife gave up practising and filed for a divorce. Some locals who did not know the truth thought that it was my practice that destroyed my family.
  • Brutal Torture in the Judong Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Lu Yaqin was 56 years old in 2001. She was beaten and shocked by five or six male wardens with electric batons simultaneously for over two hours. The wardens kept asking her if she was a Falun Gong practitioner. She always answered "yes," and the wardens continued torturing her. At the end of the torture session, her left foot was paralysed and she was unable to stand under her own power. The beating caused a large blister full of blood on her forehead. When the blister broke, her face was covered with blood.
  • Ms. Xiao Peiying from Gaobeidian City Survives Repeated Persecution

    Ms. Xiao Peiying from Gaobeidian City, Hebei Province, has been persecuted repeatedly because she will not give up her right to practise Falun Gong. On June 26th, 2008, four or five policemen broke into Ms. Xiao's home. They broke two doors and searched the house. They confiscated mobile phones and Falun Gong items. She was taken to the police station. Police forced her to sign a declaration that she was not a Falun Gong practitioner and took her fingerprints for the police records. When they were torturing Ms. Xiao, they smashed her face, grabbed her hair, and broke her arms by hitting them against tables. They pressed her hands into the ink for her fingerprints. She was held in the detention centre for nine days and then was sent to the Shijiazhuang Women's Forced Labour Camp. On the way she had ten kilo shackles on her.
  • A Physician's Narrative of Her Persecution

    Ms. Tan Wei, a 35-year-old doctor from Chenzhou City, Hunan Province, started practising Falun Gong in 1996. At that time, she had a tumour in her ovaries and had become infertile. After two months of practice her tumour disappeared, and she even gave birth to a baby boy in 2002. In 2005 she was arrested by police and detained for 23 days. She was not allowed to sleep for long periods of time, denied the right to use the toilet, and injected with unknown drugs. To avoid persecution, she was forced to leave her hometown in November 2009.
  • Sufferings of a Teacher Couple Who Devoted Themselves to Education

    Two students reported Mr. Xiao Sixian and his wife to the police as Falun Gong practitioners. On July 12th, 2008, when the couple was informing people about the true nature of Falun Gong in Erlang Township, the local police arrested them. Their motorcycle, valued at more than 5,000 yuan, was confiscated. They were held at the Xishui Detention Centre. Five days later, the pregnant Ms. Wu was allowed to go home under house arrest. Many people from the county government, the police department, and the town government stayed at her home to watch her closely. She was forced to abort her eight-month-old foetus and was sentenced to six years in prison. Now Mr. Xiao is sentenced to six and a half years in prison and is being held in Dujun Prison, Guizhou Province.
  • Mr. Yu Shaoqi from Hunan Province Arrested at Hangzhou Train Station

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Yu Shaoq was detained at least eight times for practising Falun Gong. In November 2005, he was sentenced to a forced labour camp. He was once confined in a mental hospital for about three months and in a brainwashing centre for about two months. He was hung up, beaten, smothered, force fed, injected with poisons, and humiliated sexually. His ears were beaten until broken, his nose and mouth bled, and his internal organs were injured. Because of the ransacking, threatens, extortion, and many arrests, Mr. Yu's wife divorced him. In May 2010, he was searched by police at a train station. They found several Falun Gong brochures on him and arrested him.
  • My Experience in the Qinghe Detention Centre

    Although I was released from the Beijing Qinghe Detention Centre about two years ago, I can't shake the memory of my experience there. The living conditions at Qinghe Detention Centre are the worst. The cell held between twenty-seven and thirty-two people and only twenty could lie down to rest at any one time. The latrine pit was covered with a piece of cardboard to increase the sleeping space. Those not sleeping had to stand for two hours at a time. This meant that sleeping was arranged by shifts, with four shifts a night for everyone. We were short of food and what we received was watered down vegetables which we called "cabbage swimming."
  • Crimes Witnessed at Nanmusi Women's Forced Labour Camp

    I was first detained at the Nanmusi Women's Labour Camp from 2000 to 2002. Many practitioners were also detained there at the time. Some practitioners who were deceived by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) agreed to give up practising Falun Gong. Practitioners who remained steadfast in their belief were subject to all kinds of torture.
  • The Persecution of Qi Lizhen at Jiamusi Forced Labour Camp

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Qi Lizhen is a very kind lady, yet she was fired from her job after being sentenced to a forced labour camp because she practised Falun Gong. After Ms. Qi appealed for justice for Falun Gong outside the Beijing Appeals Office, she was arrested and sentenced to a one-year term at Jiamusi Forced Labour Camp. Because she also lost her job, Ms. Qi had no source of income. Her husband was forced to divorce her. In 2004, she was sentenced to a three-year forced labour term.
  • Practitioners Tortured with Electric Shocks at Tiefeng Police Division and Tailai Prison

    I was arrested on March 29th, 2006. Police drove me to the Tiefeng District Police Department in Qiqihar City, where they bound me to a metal chair and tortured me for about 40 minutes. They forced my hands through two holes at the back of the chair and handcuffed me. My body was stretched forward with my feet on the ground, which forced the majority of my body off the chair. I was essentially suspended in the air. They tortured me like this three times. The next day they hung me onto a wall by my hands. Then the police connected electrical wires to my thumbs and genitals. These wires were connected to a high-voltage generator. They repeatedly sent electric shocks through me. I couldn't withstand the suffering. It was so painful that I would have rather died. They then handcuffed me to a chair and connected electric wires from my fingers to the generator, in order to shock me again.