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

  • Excerpts from Beijing Lawyer Jin Guanghong's Defence of Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Jia Wenguang

    Police arrested Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Jia Wenguang on January 14th, 2010. The Hebei District Court tried her on April 27th. During the court session, Beijing lawyer Jin Guanghong presented a compelling two-hour defence on behalf of Ms. Jia: "My client Jia Wenguang and other practitioners of Falun Gong are all law-abiding citizens. Their practice of Falun Gong does not disrupt any implementation of the law or administrative regulations, or any public interest or the interest of others; on the contrary, they have gained physical and mental health and raised their moral standards through the practice. Their promotion of Falun Gong to others is also an indirect contribution to society. At the same time, they have become more kind-hearted and more willing to help others."
  • Ms. Wang Lan, 56, Tells Her Story -- Ten Years of Persecution

    Ms. Wang Lan was co-ordinator of the Yunan Province Falun Gong Volunteer Learning Centre before the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started the persecution. On July 20th, 1999, the day the persecution began, Ms. Wang experienced her first arrest and home search. Two days later, she was arrested again and detained for 100 days. On January 23rd, 2001, she was arrested and held for 15 days. The authorities attempted to forcibly "transform" [forcibly renounce Falun Gong] her. Her "transformation" story was altered to fit propaganda and reported in major news media. On July 28th, 2005, she was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison. Her pension, benefits, and insurance have been revoked.
  • Ms. Liu Xinru Held 9 Months on False Charges in Beijing's Fengtai District Detention Centre

    Ms. Liu Xinru, a Falun Gong practitioner from Beijing, has been held in the Fengtai District Detention Centre for more than nine months. On March 26th, 2010, the Fengtai District Court put her on trial and attempted to convict her of false charges. Two attorneys defended her with a plethora of evidence clearly showing that the authorities generated fake evidence to frame her. The attorneys asked for Ms. Liu's acquittal and release.
  • Shenyang Court Brings Falun Gong Practitioners to Trial

    Trials were held on April 19th - April 21st, 2010 in Shenhe District Court, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province for Mr. Wang Yuchun, Ms. Ma Guoqi, and Ms. Guo Hongyan respectively, Falun Gong practitioners from Shenyang City. On September 24th, 2009, police officers arrested Mr. Wang Yuchun at his workplace and later took him to the Shenhe District Detention Centre. On September 22nd, 2009, police took Ms. Ma to the Shenyang City Detention Centre, where she was detained for over seven months, and not allowed any visitation from her family.
  • I Suffered Severe Persecution at Jinan Women's Prison

    After I decided to become a Falun Gong practitioner and cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I was unjustly arrested on October 15th, 2006, and sentenced to twelve years in prison. I was jailed at the Jinan Women's Prison on April 23rd, 2007, and that same night, transferred to the group training team that specialised in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. Every day from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, prisoners controlled by the guards bombarded me with brainwashing attempts. Since I refused to accept the so-called "transforming" [forcibly renounce Falun Gong], they tried punishing me by forcing me to stand for long periods, depriving me of sleep, beating me, and cursing me, all to force me to give up being a Falun Gong practitioner.
  • A Handicapped Elderly Woman's Defence Arguments at her Trial in Kaifeng City

    Recently, the court in Kaifeng City, Henan Province, tried a handicapped elderly Falun Gong practitioner. The practitioner represented herself and requested that the court drop all charges and release her. Since July 20th, 1999, she has been arrested, jailed, sent to forced labour camp, imprisoned, and had money extorted from her. In July 2009, she was arrested by officers from the Longting District Police Station in Kaifeng City. Agents from the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) took her to the Tonxu County Detention Centre and have held her there ever since.
  • Police from Changsha City Torture Falun Gong Practitioners

    Five practitioners, including Liu Peilan and Li Zhigang, were arrested by officials from the Qiaoyi Police Station on the evening of April 17th, 2010. In order to coerce confessions from them, three male practitioners were tortured for several hours by police. The police severely beat the practitioners, squeezed their throats, twisted their hands, batted at the practitioners' faces and kicked their legs. One practitioner's leg was beaten so severely that it bled continuously and copiously and the blood even flowed out of his woollen long johns. One practitioner is still currently detained at Wangcheng County Detention Centre. Officials from the Domestic Security Division have forbidden his family members to visit him, and ransacked his home.
  • Mr. Dong Shaotai, Almost Seventy, Sentenced to Seven-Year Prison Term

    On April 13th, 2010, Mr. Dong Shaotai, a 68-year-old practitioner who had been detained for more than six months, was tried in the Shuangliu County Court in Sichuan Province. Two human rights lawyers from Beijing overcame many difficulties to valiantly defend their client. In the end, the court followed the dictates of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and sentenced Mr. Dong, who had been persecuted almost to death, to seven years in prison. In reality the outcome of the trial had been decided long before the trial began.
  • Ms. Wang Sulan from Tangshan City Secretly Sentenced to Nine Years of Imprisonment in Beijing

    Ms. Wang Sulan, a 48-year-old Falun Gong practitioner from Tangshan City, Hebei Province was arrested in Beijing in 2009 by police officers, and then was secretly sentenced to nine years of imprisonment. Ms. Wang is currently detained at Hebei Women's Prison. Since 1999, Ms. Wang has been subjected to having her home ransacked, brainwashing and detention.
  • Retired Teacher from Jilin Province Suffers Years of Persecution

    Ms. Shao Lihong is a retired teacher from the Jiaohe City Experimental Elementary School of Jilin Province. After she began to practise Falun Gong in 1996, all her chronic illnesses were cured, and she became a healthy and happy person. As a steadfast practitioner, she appealed for Falun Gong after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a persecution campaign against it in 1999. She was arrested repeatedly, and sent to forced labour camps twice. Due to severe mistreatment and torture, her health sharply declined during her second labour camp term. All of her old diseases came back, leaving her in critical condition.
  • First-hand Account of Persecution Suffered in Wangcun Forced Labour Camp

    On July 31st, 2008, I was studying the Falun Gong teachings and sharing experiences with over a dozen fellow practitioners. When we opened the door, over a dozen plainclothes policemen rushed in and arrested us. On August 30th, seven of us were sent to Wangcun Forced Labour Camp. Because I would not renounce practising Falun Gong I was handcuffed to the window bars of a toilet, both of my arms forced straight. They threatened me with solitary confinement if I refused to listen to them. The next day, I could not lift my left arm, and my hands were painful and numb. They only opened one handcuff for me to eat or use the toilet. After about four days, I felt dizzy and both of my arms hurt a lot. Since May 2009, we have been forced to do hard labour for long hours, for 14 or 15 hours a day on average.
  • Ms. Ye Qiaoming and Her Son Threatened by the Fuzhou City 610 Office, Forcing Them to Dismiss Their Lawyers

    Police officials from the Fuzhou City 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) and the Domestic Security Division threatened Falun Gong practitioner Ye Qiaoming and her 18-year-old son, forcing them to dismiss the defence lawyers they had hired. Cangshan District Court cancelled the original hearing and rescheduled it for the morning of April 9th. Ms. Ye was not represented by a defence attorney.
  • Ms. Jiang Xinbo from the Jiansanjiang Area of Heilongjiang Province Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

    On September 10th, 2009, Ms. Jiang was distributing Falun Gong DVDs at the Qianjin Farmer's Market when she was arrested by police. She was taken to Jiansanjiang Detention Centre, where the deputy chief of the detention centre, Ji Qian, savagely beat her. In January 2010, the Jiansanjiang Area Court of Heilongjiang Province sentenced Ms. Jiang Xinbo, a Falun Gong practitioner, to four years in prison but didn't notify her family until March. Ms. Jiang was taken to the Harbin City Women's Prison in Heilongjiang Province.
  • Wife of Xu Zhi from Baiquan County, Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province, Recounts the Persecution of Her Husband Since 2000

    I had a happy family before the Chinese Communist regime started its suppression of Falun Gong in 1999. My husband, Xu Zhi, has been arrested, detained, sentenced to prison, and brutally tortured many times. The officers at Hulan Intensive Training Centre ordered prison inmates to torture Xu Zhi to try to get him to renounce Falun Gong in writing. They repeatedly beat my husband from head to toe with rubber hoses. Due to the excruciating pain in his head, he had to sleep at night without leaning his head on any surface. The pain in his legs made him limp. There is no longer joy or happiness in my home. My family has been destroyed as a result of China's persecution of Falun Gong.
  • Ms. Liu Chunyan Detained and in Critical Condition--Elderly Mother Publishes Open Letter Asking for Her Release

    The following is an open letter written by Ms. Liu's mother, demanding her daughter's release: As a previously critically ill patient, my daughter became healthy, both mentally and physically. It was Falun Gong that changed and saved her. She has no other intentions but to compassionately tell people about her own experience benefiting from Falun Gong. Her only hope is that people will understand the beauty of Falun Gong and learn about the brutal persecution that the government is carrying out against Falun Gong. What she said was all true from her personal experience, and it was done in a just and honourable way, she didn't violate the Constitution, and she no laws. Furthermore, you know as well as I that she didn't hurt anyone in doing so.