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

  • Court Secretly Sentences Nurse to Eight Years; Distraught Family Members Have Appealed

    In January, family members of Song Yingjie, 43, learned that she had been arrested by the police nine months earlier, and last September, a court secretly sentenced her to eight years of imprisonment. Her family members became angry and hired a lawyer to appeal the case. In the meantime, Ms. Song went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution.
  • Detention and Imprisonment Suffered by Mr. Xu Xudong from Hubei Province

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Xu Xudong was arrested on February 26th, 2013 and detained in Hubei Province Law Enforcement Education Centre (aka Banqiao Brainwashing Centre). Upon arrival at the brainwashing centre, guards injected Mr. Xu with an unknown substance. He was later assaulted by several people. In an attempt to get him to renounce his belief, guards forced Mr. Xu to watch videos slandering Falun Gong every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Police also verbally abused his elderly father and teenager daughter in front of him.
  • Previously Beaten and Locked in Iron Cage, Ms. Zhang Li Arrested Again

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Li, from Mudanjiang City, was arrested by police on May 13th, 2013. She is currently incarcerated at the Mudanjiang No. 2 Detention Centre. This is the fourth time she has been arrested and detained for her faith. Ms. Zhang has been subjected to relentless persecution since 1999, when the communist regime launched a brutal campaign to eradicate Falun Gong. She was detained in a forced labour camp twice and later sent to the Heilongjiang Prison, where she was brutally tortured and locked in an iron cage.
  • Ms. Zhang Weidi Describes the Torture She Received in the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    In October 2008, in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp, all of the practitioners, without exception, were beaten and shocked with electric batons. Ms. Qi Zhenhong was beaten, shocked with electric batons, and hung up for many days and nights. She became mentally disoriented. Ms. Zhang Yinglin was beaten and shocked with electric batons. One of her arms along with her hand became paralysed from the beatings.
  • Excellent Teacher Tells of Being Tortured During Nine Years of Imprisonment

    Ms. Lu Jinyu, 49, was an excellent teacher. She was arrested for distributing Falun Gong materials and sentenced to nine years in prison. During her nine years of imprisonment she was tortured physically and mentally, including being kicked, punched, stepped on, slapped, having her mouth stuffed, being hung up, beaten with spiked batons, confined in steel cages, handcuffed, shackled, tied up, forced to sit on a "tiger bench", deprived of sleep, force-fed, injected with unknown drugs, solitary confinement, and being shocked with electric batons.
  • Despite a New "Mental Health Law," Falun Gong Practitioners Still Illegally Held in Mental Hospitals in China

    While the regime is touting the Mental Health Law, Falun Gong practitioners are still being persecuted in its mental hospitals. The new mental health law is thought by many to be a bluff by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to quell suspicion of wrongdoing. Throughout its history, the CCP has frequently made positive statements while actually committing outrageous crimes behind the scenes. This latest smokescreen is no exception.
  • Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Chen Kaiyu Tried in Court

    Ms. Chen Kaiyu is a Falun Gong practitioner in her 50s from Huaihua City, Hunan. After having been detained for six months, she was put on trial at the Hecheng District Court on April 11th, 2013. Her lawyer made a plea of innocence and asked for her acquittal. The process of the trial was heavily watched by police and 610 Office personnel (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong), as well as surveillance cameras. Ms. Chen was arrested by officers from the Hutian Police Station, a branch of the Hecheng Police Station on October 20th, 2012 and then detained at the Huaihua Detention Centre.
  • Recent Mass Arrest of Practitioners from Heilongjiang Province Spotlights the Chinese Communist Party’s Ruthlessness

    Banners reading “Falun Gong is Good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good” appeared on the road from Yilan County to Fangzheng County on the morning of January 1st, 2013. Governor Wang Xiankui of Heilongjiang Province happened to be travelling through the area that day, and he was furious upon seeing the banners in his province. Fearing for the security of his position, he ordered an investigation to find out the source of the banners. Within three months, more than 50 practitioners had either been arrested or gone missing.
  • Savage Acts of Torture at the Tiantanghe Women's Forced Labour Camp in Beijing

    I was detained at the helllike Tiantanghe Women's Forced Labour Camp in Beijing. Regardless of age, all prisoners had to do a required amount of farm work, shovel snow on cold winter days, remove grass on hot summer days, etc. Many didn't have the physical strength required and fainted while working. We were forced to pack green beans, tea leaves, children's clothes, sugar, stamps and books into boxes – each of which weighed over 50 kilograms (110 lb). The boxes of books were particularly heavy, so loading and unloading them onto trucks was especially difficult for elderly practitioners. A seventy-year-old woman didn't know how to put together a paper box. She was punished by having to sit on a bench for days until her legs turned purple.
  • Head Nurse: Atrocities in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp Cannot be Denied

    I was twice detained at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp and I subjected to cruel persecution there. Four of the people interviewed by the author of “Walking out of Masanjia” were detained in the same team with me. In truth, the brutal torture suffered by Falun Gong practitioners is far worse than was exposed in the report published in Lens Magazine, and the bloody atrocities committed by Masanjia Forced Labour Camp cannot be denied. I was subjected to severe persecution, including being deprived of sleep, beaten, stretched, hung by handcuffs, and forced to do hard labour.
  • Firsthand Account of Atrocities Taking Place in Division 3 of Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp

    A 63-year-old practitioner was forced to squat on a brick floor for long periods of time and her feet became numb. Division head Zhang Jun came over and violently kicked her feet. Shi Yu, head of the labour camp at the time, a male head, and a number of young officers rushed in and out of the cells where practitioners were detained every day, abusing and torturing them. Practitioner Ms. Yu Jie was tortured with “stretching.” Her hands were cuffed, and when Zhang Jun shouted, “Stretch,” the guards would pull the handcuffs hard sideways, until she was hanging suspended in the air and passed out from the pain.
  • The Horror of Masanjia Women’s Forced Labour Camp

    Most people who witness scenes of solitary confinement, hanging by cuffs, electric shock, forced-feeding, beating, tiger bench torture, death bed torture, prolonged hard labour, or the many other horrifying tortures used against Falun Gong practitioners in China, will definitely feel disturbed. Even the bloodiest scenes in movies or novels cannot compare to such an experience. But all these things are real-life occurrences, and they exist all around us.
  • Ms. Li Xintong in Critical Condition from Torture--Still Being Held in Changchun Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Li Xintong, from Jilin City, Jilin Province, has been detained in the Heizuizi Women's Forced Labour Camp of Changchun. Four months into her forced labour camp term, she was subjected to forced injections and drug administration, which caused severe heart disease symptoms, including marginal lung function resulting in restricted oxygen intake, heart palpitation, heavy breathing, and stiffness in the chest. Camp authorities refused to acknowledge her critical condition and refused to release her for medical treatment. Ms. Li's husband Yu Hong, her father Li Zhijun, and mother Guo Hongqin were also arrested at the same time as Ms. Li.
  • Detained 14 Times in 14 Years – Farmer Ms. Wang Xingmei Recalls the Persecution She Suffered

    Since the persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20th , 1999, because I remained faithful to my belief, I have been sentenced to one year of forced labour, subjected to brainwashing twice, detained four times, and I've been incarcerated 14 times. My house has been ransacked numerous times, my personal freedom has been violated, and I have been threatened, had funds extorted from me, and my family’s phone has been tapped. I hope that after reading what my family and I have gone through, people will better understand the evil nature of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
  • Products Made by Detainees at Jilin Province Women’s Labour Camp

    After July 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Gong, the number of Jilin detainees increased dramatically. From 2000 to 2001, it reached a peak of 3,000. The arts and crafts products were exported to Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, and other countries. Falun Gong practitioners were forced to work 15 -18 hours daily in Jilin Province Labour Camp. The work area was on the same floor as our cell. The conditions were terrible. Feathers filled the air,and stuck to clothing, bed sheets, and dishes. The air was filled with a strong odour from the feathers, dyes, and adhesives.