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

  • Family of Three Falun Gong Practitioners from Changqing Township, Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province Arrested

    On February 17th, 2010, a dozen police went to the home of Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Shi Hongwei. The officers pounded on the door, attempting entry. Mr. Shi Hongwei, his wife, and his daughter were all asleep at the time, while Mr. Shi Fengling, the elderly father of Mr. Shi Hongwei, was awake. The officers climbed over the outside fence and broke into their yard. As soon as they entered the home, they beat the elderly man and then asked him whether his family practised Falun Gong. The officers claimed that they received a report that his family owned a computer and printer used to print Falun Gong materials. The police arrested all three and detained them at the Jiaxi Detention Centre.
  • A Farmer's Account of a Decade of Persecution

    Ms. Peng Wangqin a 46-year-old farmer, was arrested on January 13th, 2010, when speaking to people about Falun Gong and was taken to the Wuhan No. 1 Detention Centre on January 25th, 2010. Gross abuse under persecution nearly killed her. She vomited blood every night for more than a month, spanning from right before the Chinese New Year until March 25th. Forced feeding injured her stomach. Following her release, Ms. Peng vomited immediately after eating anything. Her throat and tongue were swollen, and her teeth were loose from the torture. A guard threatened to take her to the toilet and force-feed her there, at noon, on the day of her release.
  • Elderly Woman Faces Another Trial After Serving a Three-Year Prison Sentence

    Ms. He Suzhen, 70, was taken into police custody more than two months ago. She suffers from serious high blood pressure. She just returned home after serving a three-year prison sentence. Officials are planning to bring Ms. He to trial once again. Ms. He's 74-year-old husband has been to the local police department every day to demand his wife's release, but to no avail. He wholeheartedly respects his wife's belief, because he witnessed how she recovered completely from being almost blind because she practises Falun Gong. He also saw that, during the 14 years since his wife started the practice she has not needed any medicine, which means that she has saved a large sum of money for her employer, their family, and the country.
  • A Practitioner Recounts Psychiatric Abuse and Physical Torture at a Mental Hospital, Labour Camp and Prison

    I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong after July 20th, 1999 (when the persecution began), and I was arrested and held at the Harbin City No. 2 Detention Centre. Because I refused to write a guarantee statement to renounce practising Falun Gong I was taken to the Puning Hospital where I was forced to take psychotropic medication. I had to swallow three pills each time, and I became incontinent and fell asleep afterwards for two days and one night. I was arrested again after I went to Beijing for the second time and held at the Wanjia Labour Camp for one year. I held several hunger strikes in protest and was force-fed and given two injections of chlorpromazine. I was savagely beaten when I refused the drugs.
  • Escalation of the Persecution of Practitioners in Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Female Falun Gong practitioners held in Masanjia were pressured to write repentance statements giving up Falun Gong. Some of the guards wrote the statements themselves and then tried to force the practitioners to copy them and read them in front of other practitioners. They would count this as a real repentance statement written by the practitioners themselves. The women who refused to do that were tortured. One from Beijing was tortured so severely that she could no longer straighten up and had to remain so far bent over that she was almost touching the ground. Ms. Li Jinqiu was forced to keep her legs fully stretched out on either side for a very long time. She ended up crippled.
  • Mr. Yang Zhanjiu Arrested and His Wife Beaten to Death in Yushu City, Jilin Province

    On March 5th, 2010, Mr. Yang Zhanjiu and his father-in-law were arrested and then interrogated by the Yushu City's domestic security division. On the same day, the police, who waited inside Mr. Yang's home, also arrested two other practitioners who went to visit him. Mr. Yang's wife, Ms. Li Shuhua, was brutally tortured to death in a detention centre seven years ago. Those responsible are still at large.
  • Falun Gong Practitioners Tortured to the Point of Mental Collapse in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Wang Shuxia and I were in the same cell at Diaobing Detention Centre in 1999. She was a kind and beautiful young lady. After she was taken to Masanjia, she was mentally disoriented upon returning home. Officials from the Diaobing Police Station were well aware that she was mentally traumatised, but they still sentenced her again to Masanjia for two years. Within two days after arriving at Masanjia, she was tortured to death. Ms. Su Juzhen was mentally traumatised. I saw the scars on her body and heard her screaming as she was being beaten with electric batons. She could no longer recognise anyone. Masanjia caused her death as well.
  • Older Sister Persecuted to the Point of Mental Disorder--Younger Sister Arrested

    Ms. Li Chunlan, a Falun Gong practitioner in Tieling City, Liaoning Province, has been arrested and sent to a forced labour camp three times. She was persecuted to the point of a mental disorder at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp and has not been able to take care of herself since. Ms. Li Chunhong, her younger sister, was recently arrested and sent to Masanjia.
  • Ms. Zhu Qiuling Sentenced to Prison; Mr. Chen Yinru Awaiting Trial

    Officials from Wuzhong District Court sentenced Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhu Qiuling to five years in prison in the afternoon on April 2nd, 2010. Two defence attorneys and their bags were searched before they could enter the courtroom. They were not allowed to touch upon certain issues, which were pre-determined by the Chinese Communist Party. Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Chen Yinru is currently being held at Suzhou City No.1 Detention Centre, awaiting trial in the Huqiu District Court.
  • Mr. Lei Jingxiong, Who Was Almost Cremated Alive, Is Arrested Again

    On June 28th, 2009, Falun Gong practitioner Lei Jingxiong was arrested by a policeman at the airport when he was on his way to a new job. Later, he was sent to the Xishui County Detention Centre. In 2010, Mr. Lei's family received a notice from Douyun Prison indicating that Mr. Lei had been sentenced to 8 years in prison. During the past ten years of persecution, Mr. Lei Jingxiong has been constantly harassed and tortured by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In 2004, police had seemingly beaten Mr. Lei to death. As his body was about to be cremated in a funeral home, an officer discovered he was still alive and stopped the cremation. Mr. Lei was taken to a hospital, where he was again beaten. All the beatings caused his face to become disfigured.
  • Ms. Teng Weiqiang Has Been Imprisoned for Eight Years for Hanging Up a Banner

    Mr. Teng Weiqiang, 33, was arrested for displaying a Falun Gong banner in February 2002 and then sentenced to ten years in prison. During his detention at the Baishan City Police Department, officers hung him up and covered his head with several plastic bags to choke him. He is currently imprisoned in Gongzhuling Prison. As a result of many years of torture, he looks like skin and bones. Guards repeatedly denied requests from his family to visit him and it has been four years since his mother has seen him.
  • I Suffered Brutal Torture in Hulan City Prison

    After the persecution of Falun Gong started in July 20th, 1999, like thousands of practitioners, I distributed leaflets exposing the persecution of Falun Gong, telling people about the beauty of Falun Gong and exposing the persecution. I also suffered from brutal persecution. On August 23rd, 2002, police arrested me. I was sentenced to four years in prison. Since I refused to renounce Falun Gong, guards ordered inmates to brutally torture me. Once, the inmates tied up my arms and legs and beat me. My ribs were broken, the muscles on my thigh were torn and the soles of my feet were all black. I was not even able to climb onto my bed. Another time, they burned my nose with lighters and beat my face; my face was distorted afterward. I was compelled to do forced labour, deprived of sleep and made to stand continuously for over eight hours.
  • Ms. Huang Songdong from Pingxiang City, Jiangxi Province Arrested and Her Family Blackmailed

    Ms. Huang Songdong, over 60, was sent to Nanchang Women's Forced Labour Camp for talking to people about Falun Gong. On March 5th, 2010, Ms. Huang was arrested, and she was only released after her son was blackmailed for 20,000 yuan. Ms. Huang was subjected to one and a half years of forced labour on March 11th, and was sent to Nanchang Forced Labour Camp. However, she was rejected for health reasons.
  • Woman Suspended By Handcuffs For Seven Days at Forced Labour Camp

    In 2008, Ms. Liu Hong was imprisoned for practising Falun Gong. While incarcerated at Wangcun Women's Prison, she was brutally tortured and hung up by handcuffs, with only her toes touching the ground for seven days and nights. As a result, she almost lost the use of her hands. She recounts: "Guards intensified the persecution because I refused to be "transformed." They tightened the handcuffs on my wrists. In a few moments, my fingers swelled and felt like they were about to burst open. It felt as if tens of thousands of needles were pressing into them. It was extremely painful. Cui Hongwen released one handcuff so that I could write the statements to renounce practising Falun Gong. They finally let me down on September 12th, after seven days and nights."
  • Eyewitness Account: Police Shoot at and Violently Arrest Older Practitioner Guo Yumin

    I am a good friend of Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Guo Yumin. On July 9th, 2009, I personally witnessed Mr. Guo Yumin being arrested and shot at by officers from the Tiefeng District Police Department. They forced open the door of Guo's home and beat him savagely. They also beat his wife. Guo escaped the grasp of the police. One officer aimed his gun at him. Guo's daughter jumped on this policeman, disregarding the danger, and cried, "Don't shoot! Don't shoot!" The gunshot was fired but missed the target. Everyone considers Guo a good person. But because of his belief in Falun Gong, he was arrested, shot at, savagely beaten, cruelly tortured, and detained by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials.