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

  • Righteous Lawyers Overcome Obstacles and Defend Ms. Xie Chunlan, Who Pleads Not Guilty

    Xiangfang District Court in Harbin City opened its trial of Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Xie Chunlan on January 13th, 2010. The presiding judge had intended to hand down an immediate verdict, but failed to do so after Ms. Xie's lawyers convincingly argued for her defence. Before the trial, the local authorities in the Xiangfang District made numerous troubles for Ms. Xie's family, attempting to force them to drop her lawyers. As a result, her family had to change lawyers three times. The court also kept changing the trial location, eventually settling on a very small courthouse in the district. Moreover, they didn't notify the defence lawyers of the location until 30 minutes before the trial was to begin. Despite the court's despicable ploys, Ms. Xie's lawyers still made a rigourous defence on her behalf.
  • Mr. Liu Yuhe's Family Reveals How He Was Tortured in Prison

    Falun Gong practitioner Liu Yuhe from Jilin Province was sentenced and sent to Jilin Prison, where he was tortured. His family members' demands for justice have gone unanswered. To protest the persecution, Mr. Liu went on a hunger strike, but the prison guards tortured him with forced feeding. Mr. Liu suffered severe injuries in prison. He lost control of his bowels and bladder and was in critical condition. He was taken to a hospital for emergency treatment. His family authorised a lawyer to sue Jilin Prison officials for abusing him, but the prison authorities threatened the lawyer with retaliation. To rescue Mr. Liu, his family filed an accusation with the Jilin Province justice system, and demanded that he be released on medical parole. They have yet to receive a reply.
  • After Just Being Released from a Forced Labour Camp, Authorities Hold Ms. Huang Zhenglan Against Her Will in a Mental Hospital

    Ms. Huang Zhenglan, a 46-year-old practitioner, was held in a mental hospital by 610 Office agents right after she was released from a forced labour camp. In 2005, she was sentenced to two years of forced labour and tortured for upholding her belief in Falun Gong. 610 Office agents forced her husband to divorce her. In 2007, police sent her to a brainwashing centre and then held her in the Yanjia Mental Hospital. They subjected her to unknown drugs. In February 2009, Ms. Huang was arrested for distributing Falun Gong fliers and was imprisoned in the Chongqing Chabao Women's Forced Labour Camp.
  • Account of Torture Suffered by Ms. Xia Jinyu from Qinghuangdao City of Hebei Province

    Ms. Xia Jinyu is a fifty-seven year-old practitioner. Ms. Xia was held in detention for forty days after taking care of a Falun Gong practitioner on July 26th, 2001. She recounts her experience in detention: "An officer struck me, saying that what he did was good for me. I questioned them as to how that could possibly be good for me. Even though I was under arrest, I wouldn't have allowed others to suffer such torture. Then, that officer stood up and hit me again. The left side of my face was bleeding; the right side was stained with blood. After midnight, they took me to a room infested with mosquitoes and handcuffed me to a metal stool."
  • Ms. Li Yunfang from Wuhan City Persecuted Relentlessly

    In November, 2000, I went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practise Falun Gong. I was arrested and detained in the Erzhigou Detention Centre for 15 days and forced to perform labour for more than 14 hours daily. In December, 2001, I went to Beijing again with other practitioners. We hoped to petition and deliver letters for the right to practise Falun Gong to the Beijing Petition Office. Police took me to the Dongxihu Detention Centre for another 30 days and tortured me. Then they took me to a brainwashing centre. Three people that had renounced Falun Gong beat me and threw me on the ground. My back was injured and was sore for two weeks. They also burned my fingers with a cigarette butt.
  • A Child's Cry for Help: "Please Save My Mum!"

    On December 22nd, 2009, at 6:50 in the morning, I opened the door to go to school. A group of people rushed in, and without saying anything, they began to madly take all our Falun Gong materials. They took away many Falun Gong books, two computers (one of which was my dad's work computer), a printer, a cassette recorder, and some CDs and cassettes. After they made a huge mess in my home, they arrested my entire family and took us to Dadong Police Station. Later, they took my mum to Baifang Detention Centre in Dandong City, where she is to this day, still being tortured.
  • Ms. Li Yanchun Sentenced to Ten Years In Prison

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Li Yanchun was sentenced to ten years in prison by the Lianshan District Court in Huludao on November 18th, 2008. Ms. Li's family hired attorney Zhai Yihe to defend her, and Mr. Zhai entered a plea of not guilty. In a highly irregular move, the judge sentenced Ms. Li while the court was in recess. Ms. Li appealed to the Huludao Intermediate Court but the judge, under pressure from the local 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong), upheld the original sentence. This was not the first time that Ms. Li has been persecuted for her belief in Falun Gong.
  • Former Tsinghua University Student Ms. Liu Zhimei Sustains Nervous Breakdown From Injections of Unnecessary and Harmful Drugs

    Ms. Liu Zhimei was admitted to the Chemical Engineering Department of Tsinghua University in 1997 and was expelled in March 2001 for practising Falun Gong. She was subsequently arrested in Beijing and sentenced to 12 years of incarceration and tortured at the Shandong Province Women's Prison. Right before she left the prison in November 2008, prison officials injected her with a harmful cocktail of narcotics and anti-psychotic drugs. The effect of the drugs began to show on the third day after her returning home. She suffered a sudden nervous breakdown, and the symptoms became worse and worse. She started talking nonsense and had involuntary body movements, along with memory loss. Though this happened more than a year ago, her condition has not improved.
  • Woman Describes Being Beaten and Abused for Practising Falun Gong

    My name is Pei Fei and I am a Falun Gong practitioner from Jilin City, Jilin Province. On April 29th, 2009, my mother, also a practitioner, and I went to the Sixth Team in Yongqing to distribute Falun Gong materials. We were reported to the authorities by a young woman and were arrested by several government officials dressed in black, some of whom were police officers. Our materials were confiscated, and I was savagely beaten. They also attempted to send me to Heizuizi Forced Labour Camp in Changchun City.
  • Dr. Huang Pingping Subjected to Forced Labour for Practising Falun Gong

    Dr. Huang Pingping, a 32-year-old Falun Gong practitioner, graduated from Jiamusi University in Heilongjiang Province. After graduation, she went to the hospital in Shan County, Shandong Province to work as an obstetrician in 2002. She was arrested by the police and sent to the Shandong Province No. 1 Women's Forced Labour Camp for two years of forced labour for practising Falun Gong.
  • Ms. Wang Lixiang of Huludao City, Liaoning Province, Arrested Again

    Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting Falun Gong on July 20th, 1999, Ms. Wang Lixiang has been subjected to much mistreatment at the hands of the communist authorities. She was detained several times for over 30 days, sent to brainwashing sessions twice for over 40 days, and held in the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp for three years. The local government officials extorted from her 3,000 yuan in cash. She has also been repeatedly harassed, tracked, placed under surveillance, and subjected to telephone monitoring. She and her family have also suffered great harm during the sensitive dates.
  • Dorbod County Court Framed Mr. Liu Fubin and Created Difficulties for His Defence Lawyers

    On January 28th, 2010, the Dorbod County Court in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province, held the first hearing in the "trial" of Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Liu Fubin. Two lawyers spoke in his defence. Mr. Liu was sentenced to three years of forced labour because he told people the facts about Falun Gong. Taikang Court officials and the procurator used illegal means to create difficulties for the defence lawyers to try to prevent them from getting involved. According to the law, the court has to notify the accused and his lawyers three days ahead of the court session. But Mr. Liu's family and his lawyers received the notice only one day prior. When the lawyers asked the court for the records of indictment, the court refused to provide them.
  • Disabled Falun Gong Practitioner Ai Qingfeng Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Ai Qingfeng, 54, from Liaoning Province was forced to leave home to avoid being persecuted. Over a period of eight years, his fingers were constantly frozen in the cold temperatures with the ensuing result that he lost eight of his fingers and his ability to work. In 2009, he was arrested and was unjustly sentenced to five years in prison. Currently, he is held in Kanjiashan Prison, Shenyang City.
  • Former Department Chair Ms. Zhang Yuhua of Nanjing Normal University Subjected to Forced Labour Again

    Ms. Zhang Yuhua is an associate professor, doctoral adviser, and former chairperson of the Russian Department at Nanjing Normal University. She had headed many academic projects and had received multiple awards for her excellence in teaching. For practising Falun Gong, she was sent to a forced labour camp in 2001 and detained there for one year. In 2003, Ms. Zhang was sentenced to four years in prison. She has been held in the Nantong Women's Prison, and the Nanjing Women's Prison, and was subject to brainwashing sessions and suffered from inhuman tortures. Unable to endure the persecution of their family, her husband divorced her.
  • Three Falun Gong Practitioners in Shenyang City Facing Unjust Trial

    Kangping County People's Court in Shenyang City, Jilin Province, have decided to put three Falun Gong practitioners on trial. On November 12th, 2009, several police broke into the homes of Ms. Wang Jinfeng, Mr. Wang Xuekun and Mr. Li Xiaoping. With out showing any identification, the police arrested these three Falun Gong practitioners, ransacked their homes, and took away their computers, printers and other personal property. Ten days passed since the three practitioners' arrest, and the policemen still did not send any detention statements to their families. Their families went to Kangping County Domestic Security Division asking for their whereabouts. Nevertheless, upon arrival, commander Jiang Lijun refused their request to see their loved ones.