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

  • Fired Nine Years Ago for Practising Falun Gong, a Middle School Teacher Seeks to Have Her Job Reinstated

    Ms. Zhao Xianchang is a Falun Gong practitioner from Lianshan Town, Guanghan City, Sichuan Province. Shortly after her arrest in 2004, Guanghan City Education Bureau dismissed her from her job at Guangshan Third Middle School. Ms. Zhao has been requesting reinstatement since her release from the labour camp in 2007, yet the education bureau has turned a blind eye. Without a steady income, she is leading a very hard life by working odd jobs.
  • Detained for Exposing Torture in Forced Labour Camps, Ms. Lu Xueqin Denied Medical Care

    Ms. Lu Xueqin was arrested on May 2nd, 2013, for taking photographs that depicted various means of torture used on Falun Gong practitioners in Chinese prisons and forced labour camps. She has been detained ever since. Ms. Lu's health has drastically deteriorated while in detention. Her lawyer submitted a request to get her released on medical parole, but the Qingdao City Police Department has turned it down.
  • Practitioner Recalls Drug Torture and Other Traumas in Shandong Province Women's Prison

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Meng Lijun was released from the Shandong Province Women's Prison on July 11th, 2013, after being held there for nine years. During her nine-year prison term, Ms. Meng was brutally tortured with forced drug administration, along with other tortures. She had lost a great deal of memory by the time she was released. Her emotions went up and down and she was mentally unstable. After her release, Ms. Meng had to rely on her family to take care of her day to day needs.
  • Ms. Hao Qiujin Describes Torture at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Large-scale arrests of Falun Gong practitioners were conducted in Dalian City on July 6th, 2012. Ms. Hao Qiujin was one of the practitioners arrested and was sent to Masanjia Forced Labour Camp. She recounts: "Donggang was a place in Masanjia where practitioners were tortured in various ways using “stretching” torture, electric shocks, injections with unknown drugs, confinement, force-feeding, freezing, hanging, and beatings, etc. After being taken to Donggang, my hands were cuffed to a heating pipe. The handcuffs were so tight that they cut into my wrists, and my hands quickly turned purple. I had to squat down from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m."
  • Ms. Jian Chengrong, in Her 70s, Arrested and Tortured

    On September 9th, 2013, police broke into 74-year-old Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Jian Chengrong's home. They claimed that Ms. Jian's home was the headquarters for local Falun Gong practitioners, and sent about 20 officers to ransack the elderly woman's home. They took away all of her Falun Gong books, as well as Ms. Jian's computer, printer, mobile phones, and about three thousand yuan in cash. Around 9 p.m., the police brutally interrogated Mrs. Jian. They hit her lower abdomen violently until it bled. Later they slapped her face and beat her.
  • Sham “Public Trial” Held in Nong'an County Court, Jilin Province

    A Nong'an County Court in Jilin Province held an illegal hearing on the afternoon of October 11th, 2013, without notifying the defence lawyers and family members of eight Falun Gong practitioners. All of the eight practitioners pleaded not guilty. Mr. Liu and Ms. Zhang accused the Domestic Security Division of extorting their confession by torture and stated that evidence that was obtained by torture was invalid.
  • In Her Own Words: Ms. Mi Xiaozheng's Story of Enduring Fourteen Years of Torture and Abuse

    Ms. Mi Xiaozheng is a Falun Gong practitioner in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. Although she had the highest grades at her university, she was suspended just one year before graduation for practising Falun Gong. She was arrested and sent to brainwashing centres twice, where she was tortured and beaten. Even during her pregnancy she was still harassed constantly, which caused a miscarriage.
  • Mass Arrest of Fourteen Practitioners in Maoming--Five Facing Trial

    Fourteen Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in Maoming on November 2nd, 2013. Five are still being detained. Families of the arrested practitioners appealed to the authorities to release of their loved ones, but the authorities refused to see them. The police station deputy director claimed that the practitioners would be put on trial.
  • Trial Continues After Defence Lawyers Leave the Courtroom

    A second court trial for practitioners Ms. Liu Yanhua and Ms. Wu Wenjin commenced on October 22nd, 2013, without the presence of their three defence lawyers. Ms. Liu and Ms. Wu's relatives were very angry that the court officials acted in such an unfair manner. Defence lawyer Chu Yukun was unable to make it to the court on time, as his flight was delayed due to heavy fog. The two other lawyers then tried to contact Li Yongsheng, the presiding judge, to postpone the trial for a couple of days. However, he did not answer the calls.
  • Jilin City Party Secretary Launches Mass Arrests; An Inside Look at the Shahezi Brainwashing Centre

    More than 30 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested the night of October 17th, 2013. Some of the them were taken to the Shahezi Brainwashing Centre. Every day from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., propaganda that slanders Falun Gong is broadcast into the rooms. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., they focus on personally abusing practitioners in an effort to break their spirits and force them to renounce their belief. Since becoming the CCP secretary, Zhang Xiaopei has been mercilessly persecuting Falun Gong as a means of gaining political favour for further promotion.
  • Ai Hongwu, Hegang Brainwashing Centre Chief, Guilty of Many Crimes

    Ai Hongwu, 58, is the chief of Hegang Brainwashing Centre in Heilongjiang Province. He is responsible for the persecution of many people, but to outsiders he lies, saying he is "the principal of a law school." Publicly, he is known as the deputy director of the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) in Hegang City, located on the third floor of the Rural Bank of Heilongjiang Province. His wife is ill, and his son works in Shanghai.
  • Ms. Zhao Chunyan Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    After previously being arrested twice and sentenced to forced labour twice, Ms. Zhao Chunyan, in her 60s, was sentenced to five years in prison by Hengshan District Court on October 28th, 2013. She has already been through so much and her family is extremely worried about her. To protest the persecution Ms. Zhao went on a hunger strike while she was detained and was obviously very debilitated during the trial. This did not keep the court from sentencing her to five years in prison.
  • Award-Winning Music Teacher Arrested Again after Being Held in a Forced Labour Camp Four Times

    Award-winning music teacher Mr. Ding Fadong was arrested on September 15th, 2013, while visiting another Falun Gong practitioner. Both practitioners are now in the Zhongning County Detention Centre. Since the persecution of Falun Gong began 14 years ago, Mr. Ding has been brutally persecuted for not giving up his belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He was sentenced to forced labour four times, tortured, and fired from his job. His family has also suffered because of the persecution of Falun Gong.
  • Chongqing 610 Office Accelerates Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners in September-October 2013

    The 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) established by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accelerated the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in September and October 2013 in Chongqing. According to incomplete statistics, Chongqing authorities have arrested, harassed, and imprisoned 66 practitioners in September and October this year. Fifty-four practitioners were arrested, had homes ransacked, or were taken to a brainwashing centre. Five were sentenced to prison terms during four trials, six practitioners were harassed, and two were forced to leave home to avoid further persecution.
  • Mother and Daughter Arrested Again for Telling People How Falun Gong Helped Them Regain Their Health

    Ms. Zhao Fengxia and her mother Ms. Li Zhengying are both residents of Guanjian Town, Tongliang County in Chongqing City. Not long after they began to practise Falun Gong, a once blind Ms. Zhao was able to see again, and Ms. Li saw her numerous illnesses disappear. Having benefited tremendously from Falun Gong, both mother and daughter were determined to share their good news with everyone. However, they were detained on more than one occasion just for telling people about Falun Gong. Ms. Zhao and Ms. Li were recently arrested again on October 23rd, 2013 by police.