Individual Accounts

  • 15,235 Falun Gong Practitioners Targeted for Their Faith in 2020

    While China was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, its ruling party, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has continued its persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline also known as Falun Dafa that is based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
  • UK Parliament Members Express Concern About Arbitrary Arrest of Falun Gong Practitioner in China

    UK Parliament member Jim Shannon said he was shocked to hear about Ms. Wang’s arrest. He said Ms. Wang’s ordeal and what her family has gone through offers a glimpse into the brutal persecution campaign against Falun Gong practitioners in China in the past two decades.
  • Over Two Thousand Falun Gong Practitioners Targeted for Their Faith in November 2020

    In November 2020, at least 754 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested and 1,284 harassed for their faith, bringing the year-to-date arrest and harassment cases to 5,933 and 7,192, respectively.
  • 245 Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested in March 2019

    According to information collected by Minghui.org, the month of March 2019 recorded 245 cases of Falun Gong practitioners arrested and another 162 harassed in China for refusing to renounce their faith.
  • Father Tortured to Death: Daughter Demands Investigation by National People's Congress

    Yang Yuyong, my father, died in the Wuqing Detention Centre in Tianjin on July 11, 2017. Large bruises were found on his neck and body and blood was in his eyes and ears. Large wounds were in and around his ears. In addition, his toes showed injuries as if they had been pricked with fine bamboo sticks.
  • Torture That Pushed Me to the Verge of Death Multiple Times

    I am Sun Shuying, 64, an ordinary woman who worked at a car factory in Northeast China. Due to my belief in Falun Dafa, the authorities arrested me seven times and imprisoned me for ten years. Their beatings and severe torture nearly killed me several times.
  • Ms. Chen Loses Eyesight After Being Poisoned in Labour Camp

    Ms. Chen Guizhen, a Falun Gong practitioner from Xuyong County, lost sight in her left eye as a result of being poisoned in Nanmusi Women's Forced Labour Camp more than a decade ago. She was given soya milk to drink by the guards. She describes her reaction: "My heart began beating so fast that it felt like it would explode out of my chest. I started having convulsions and was unable to move. They took me to a hospital where I was injected with unknown drugs. I then lost my memory. The inmates grabbed my hands and forced me to sign the three statements to renounce Falun Gong. I gradually began losing sight in that eye and eventually it became completely blind."
  • Woman Cured of Leukemia by Falun Gong, Arrested for Her Beliefs

    Ms. Mu remains at Beipiao City Detention Centre following her arrest on August 24 of this year. Mr. Shuang Yawen, another Falun Gong practitioner arrested with her, is also being kept captive there.
  • I Regained My Health After Practising Falun Gong, But Was Sent to Prison and Tortured for It

    “A serious disease pushed me to the edge of despair when I was 19. I had a strong desire to survive, and this drove me to practice Falun Gong. I soon regained my health and a rekindled hope in life,” said Mr. Zhang Guoliang when he began to practise Falun Gong. When the persecution of Falun Gong started in July 1999, Mr. Zhang was arrested and sentenced to three and a half years in prison, where he suffered horrific torture. His chest was seriously damaged, and he developed hydrocephalus.
  • Torture in Jilin Province Women's Prison

    "I am a Falun Gong practitioner from Changchun City. I was arrested on September 2nd, 2011, and sentenced to seven years in prison for practising Falun Gong. I have been beaten and tortured in many ways, such as “Tying with Ropes” and “Flying an Airplane.” After I went on a hunger strike to protest the inhuman treatment, I was brutally force-fed. It choked me once, and I almost died. They force-fed me twice per day for six months, which damaged the membranes of my nasal cavities and stomach. It resulted in a gastrointestinal disorder, organ failure, and constipation."
  • Older Ms. Ji Shouling Arrested and Beaten for Suing Jiang Zemin

    My name is Ji Shouling, and I am a Falun Gong practitioner in my 60s from Shandong Province. I was arrested on September 26th because I filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin with the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the Supreme People's Court. The police chief dragged me by my hair and threw me to the ground. He kicked and beat me.
  • Survivors of Liaoning Women's Prison Recount Their Torture

    Ms. Wu Yuping was tortured with electric batons in 2003 and 2004 at the Liaoning Women's Prison. In the Spring of 2003, police used electric batons to shock her mouth, which quickly became badly swollen. Ms. Liu Zhi, 51, was taken to the Liaoning Women's Prison in July 2011. There she was laid out on the “death bed.” Her arms and legs were stretched and secured to the four corners of a metal bed frame. She was kept in this position 24 hours a day for days at a time.
  • I Was Tortured at Jinzhou City Forced Labour Camp

    I'm 60 years old. I was arrested for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong in July 2000 and I was tortured for three years at Jinzhou City Forced Labour Camp for my belief in Falun Gong. I was subjected to brainwashing and tortured to force me to denounce my belief. I was tortured both day and night, until I couldn't think straight. My legs became swollen and I could not walk. They didn't stop until I was on the brink of death. As soon as I recovered a bit, they resumed the torture.
  • Man Recounts 12 Years of Torture for Broadcasting TV Programme Exposing Persecution of Falun Gong

    A group of seven practitioners in Lanzhou, Gansu Province tapped into a local TV station to broadcast programs exposing the persecution in August 2002. Two months later, they were all given heavy sentences ranging from 10 to 19 years in prison. Mr. Qiang Xiaoyi was among the sentenced. He managed to survive brutal torture in three different prisons during his twelve years of imprisonment.
  • Survivor of Yinchuan Prison Violence: “They Want to Turn Good People into Bad and Make Bad People Even Worse”

    Ma Zhiwu, a 42-year-old man was imprisoned in Yinchuan Prison for three and half years for practising Falun Gong. To weaken Mr. Ma's willpower, guards at Yinchuan Prison tried everything they could think of to make him suffer. Prior to his latest arrest in September 2010 that landed him in Yinchuan Prison, Mr. Ma already spent eight years being tortured in prison for his belief in Falun Gong from late 1999 to mid-2008, during which time his daughter was born and had to be raised along by his wife.