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

  • Persevering Through Torture and Humiliation—Excerpts from a Young Woman's Diary Written While in Detention

    “How I wanted to paint again, everything I have gone through: the feeding tube, the handcuffs, the iron window, the logo on the uniform! I saw clearly the bruises on my hands, the dried blood on my lips, my bare feet, the filth in my hair....tears run down my cheeks again....” This is an excerpt from a young woman's diary written while in custody at a detention centre in China. Simply for telling people how to break through the Internet blockade, Ms. He Wenting was arrested for a second time on December 18th, 2013 and has been detained since.
  • Well-Respected Property Manager Twice Sentenced to Forced Labour for His Belief in Falun Gong

    A well-respected property manager, Mr. Li Zhongwei, from Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, has been twice sentenced to forced labour for his belief in Falun Gong. Mr. Li needed medical treatment several times as a result of the brutal torture he suffered in the labour camps. After Mr. Li was assigned as the property manager of Guanjing Village in June 2003, he quickly solved many of the town's practical problems with his resourcefulness and high moral character. The residents of Guanjing Village were outraged when Mr. Li was arrested in June 2006. Many members of the community tried in earnest for several days to come up with a way to obtain his release.
  • Torture in Fenjin Forced Labour Camp “Hell on Earth”

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Cui Hongjun was admitted to Fenjin Forced Labour Camp on August 29th, 2011. Guards shocked him with electric batons, made him sit on a small stool, tied him up on a small stool, stabbed bamboo under his fingernails, and beat him. Mr. Cui was tortured until he almost passed out. Since returning home, he often wakes with nightmares in the middle of night. He still has vivid images of being tortured, has splitting headaches, and can no longer can speak clearly. After the persecution of Falun Gong started in on July 20th, 1999, Mr. Cui was persecuted, harassed, incarcerated, and taken to forced labour camps.
  • Ms. Zhang Chunhe Recounts Abuses at Guangdong Women's Prison: “I Was in a State of Horror Every Day”

    Ms. Zhang Chunhe was arrested by police from the local 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) on July 23rd, 2008. Despite the fact that she suffered from a large fibroid tumour, she was sentenced to three years in prison for her belief in Falun Gong. Ms. Zhang said:"During the days when I was detained at the 4th division, I was living in a state of horror every second."
  • The Top Three Brainwashing Centres Involved in the Torture Deaths of Falun Gong Practitioners

    In the summary report, “ The Role of China's Brainwashing Centres in the Torture Deaths of Falun Gong Practitioners ,” we analyzed 3653 confirmed death cases of Falun Gong practitioners over the past 15 years of persecution. We found that 746 (11%) experienced torture in brainwashing centres, and 367 deaths took place in the brainwashing centres.
  • Healthy Falun Gong Practitioner Forced to Take Four Blood Pressure Medications Every Day for Over Two Years

    The Yunnan Province First Prison forced healthy Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Peng Pingguo to take four different kinds of blood pressure medications three times a day for two and a half years straight. According to medical professionals, these four drugs, Metoprolol, Nitrendipine, Compound Hypotensive Tablets, and Enalapril, are intended for patients with severe symptoms of high blood pressure, and should never be casually taken together. Long-term use of the four-drug cocktail, especially by people with no blood pressure problems, will cause dire consequences to their health. In one physician’s words, “Such use would be like suicide in slow-motion.”
  • Ms. Zhang Chengjun, 75, Sentenced to Three Years' Imprisonment

    Ms. Zhang Chengjun, 75, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment, and is being held at the Yaojia Detention Centre. Ms. Zhang has been arrested and persecuted many times because she practises Falun Gong. Officials from the Dalian Procuratorate have had her sentenced to forced labour twice over the past 13 years.
  • Arrested a Year Ago for Exercising in the Park, Thirteen Practitioners Face Unjust Trial in Shenyang City

    Dadong District Court in Shenyang City scheduled a trial for 13 detained Falun Gong practitioners on March 18th, 2014. These practitioners, ranging in age from 48 to 73 years old, were arrested for participating in morning exercises almost a year ago. They were severely tortured while in police custody. The police shocked Ms. Fu Hui's thighs and private areas with electric batons. Several practitioners were disfigured from beatings.
  • Blood Washed Away in the Rain - Tortured for My Belief

    Because of his firm belief of Falun Gong, Mr. Li Yufu was arrested in July 2008 and sentenced to five years in prison. He recounts: "As soon as I entered the prison cell, several prisoners forced me to the ground. They punched and kicked me. My face became so swollen that I could hardly open my eyes. The guards wanted me to put something in writing to renounce my belief, but I refused. Incited by the guards, the prisoners brutally beat me. My teeth became loose and two of my front teeth fell out shortly afterward."
  • Ms. Sun Xiuhua's Personal Account of Torture at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Sun Xiuhua was arrested for clarifying the facts about Falun Gong on April 14th, 2012. She was taken to the Dandong Detention Centre and later sentenced to 18 months in the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp on May 13th, 2012. She recounts: "I was severely tortured and exhibited symptoms of high blood pressure. When the guards ordered me to take some of what they called “medicine”, I refused. Guard Zhang Lei then took me to the “Donggang” torture chamber. As soon as I entered the room, my hands and feet were tied to the four corners of a metal bed frame. They then used a tool to pry open my mouth."
  • Ms. Liu Rangying Recounts “Stretching” Torture and Other Abuses at Qinglongshan Brainwashing Centre

    Ms. Liu Rangying was arrested in October 2011 while seeking the release of her sister, who had been detained for raising awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong. She recounts: "On November 14th, police officer Tao Hua tried to force me to write the “three statements” to renounce practising Falun Gong. I refused. I went on a hunger strike to protest the unjust detention. Police officer Jin Yanpeng hit and kicked me hard. He threatened me and said that people were “transformed” by force, not “education” at the centre. They took turns trying to brainwash me with slanderous propaganda materials all day long."
  • Persecution Continues in Brainwashing Centres in Jiangjin District, Chongqing

    The persecution of Falun Gong is ongoing, despite the much-touted dismantling of the forced labour camp system in China. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues its brutal repression by ordering police, prosecutors, judicial system staff, and local officials to continue with the same policies of arbitrary arrest, detention, and brainwashing. The same physical and spiritual torture methods, designed to force practitioners to renounce their beliefs, continue to be employed in brainwashing centres in Jiangjin District of Chongqing.
  • Tortured to the End: Personal Account of the Last Person to Leave the Qianjin Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Zuo Xianfeng was the last Falun Gong practitioner detained in Qianjin Forced Labour Camp in Harbin City before it was shut down. She walked out of the camp on the morning of August 29th, 2013. Ms. Zuo was reported to the police by a villager while she was distributing informational materials about Falun Gong and was arrested on November 4th, 2012. She was detained there for two years and two months. On her day of release, officials still tried to make her write the “three statements” to renounce Falun Gong before releasing her and tried unsuccessfully to forcibly transfer Ms. Zuo to another detention facility.
  • Ms. Bao Wenju Recounts the Torture She Suffered

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Bao Wenju was arrested by police in October 2013, and taken a brainwashing centre. She has since been subjected to torture, including being force-fed with chilli water and mustard oil through her nose, and having cigarettes inserted into her nostrils. The police have even threatened to remove her corneas.
  • Slave Labour Behind Festive Strings of Lights Made in Taiyuan Detention Centre

    People around the world often like to use colourful strings of lights to enhance the festive atmosphere when celebrating the New Year and other special occasions. However, most people are probably not aware of how these jolly items are produced: Many of them are handmade by the detainees of the Taiyuan Detention Centre in Shanxi Province, where Falun Gong practitioners and others are subjected to daily slave labour.