Individual Accounts

  • First-Hand Account of Persecution Suffered by a Practitioner from Chengdu City

    I have been arrested many times since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting Falun Gong practitioners in July 1999. When I went to Beijing to appeal with a few practitioners in October 1999, I was arrested and detained for over three months. The police confiscated 3,700 yuan, which was all I had on me, and forced my family to pay over 8,000 yuan for officers from the local Domestic Security Division to go to Beijing to collect me. I have been held in the Jintang County Detention Centre five times, the Xinjin Brainwashing Centre twice, and sentenced to the Nanmusi Forced Labour Camp for one year.
  • The Persecution Suffered by Retired Teacher Ms. Tian Sufang Before She Died

    Ms. Tian Sufang, a seventy-four-year old retired teacher, lived in Chifeng City in Inner Mongolia. She started practising Falun Gong in 1996 and after several months of practice, the illnesses she previously sought treatment for and that doctors could not cure, disappeared. After Falun Gong was suppressed by the Chinese Communist regime in July 1999, Ms. Tian was arrested and tortured countless times. Finally she was sentenced to five years in prison. She passed away on March 15th, 2011.
  • Ms. Cai Daofeng Repeatedly Detained and Beaten

    Ms. Cai Daofeng has been repeatedly detained, beaten, and suffered other forms of torture because she refuses to give up practising Falun Gong. She was detained in Zizhong City Women's Forced Labour Camp in 2000. She recounts: "A guard, shocked my face, nose, and mouth with electric batons until my nose and mouth bled. The guard instigated two criminals to beat me every day and used all sorts of torture on me. They tied me up with a rope and burned my forehead, face, and jaw with cigarettes. I had scars all over me."
  • My Experience of Having Abnormal Physical Reactions in Wuhan City Women’s Forced Labour Camp in Hubei Province

    When I arrived at Wuhan Women’s Forced Labour Camp on September 30th, 2009 guards demanded that I write a guarantee statement to renounce my belief. I refused. Shortly after lunch on my third day there, I suddenly felt severe pains in my head, as if it was about to explode. I shivered from head to toe, as if my internal organs were shaking and my heart was about to drop out. I couldn’t stop vomiting and had difficulty urinating. I was unable to stand, sit or walk steadily, and there was an immediate increase in my blood pressure. My hands and feet became stiff. My vision became blurred and my responses were very slow. Very often I didn’t know where I was, what time it was or even if I had eaten. I lost my hearing and my hair quickly turned white. My family members are very worried about my condition, and suspect that I was poisoned.
  • A Young Couple's Journey: Zhou Xiangyang's Fiancee Appeals Seven Years for His Release

    I submitted my love story to Zhiyin magazine for publication. Initially the magazine was interested in my story, but then quickly changed their mind after they learned why my fiance was being persecuted. I met with my fiance Zhou Xiangyang only three times before he was sentenced to nine years of imprisonment. Over that time I have waited and appealed for him for seven years amidst much pressure from both society and our families. Soon I too was arrested and sentenced to a forced labour camp for fifteen months for appealing for my husband. My fiance was tortured in many heinous ways over a period of four months. His feet were shackled to a metal ring, his hands were cuffed to shackles on the concrete floor, and he was shocked with electric batons continually for days.
  • A Mother's Cry for Justice

    My son Zhou Xiangyang was sentenced to nine years in prison because he believes in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and wants to be a good person. He is imprisoned at Gangbei Prison in Tianjin, where he was tortured with electric batons, beaten, had poured cold water over him, endured a torture method called “Solitary Room and Ground Anchor," and more. He was in critical condition several times. On July 28th, 2009, officials from Gangbei Prison told me to pick him up from prison, because he was released on medical parole. Before he could completely recover, they arrested him again at home and took him back to Gangbei Prison on March 5th, 2011. Currently, he is extremely weak, has lumps in his abdomen, chest pain, hematuria, and other ailments.
  • Persecution Suffered by Ms. Cui Zhanyun from Yushu City, Jilin Province

    Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting Falun Gong in 1999, my home has been repeatedly ransacked. I have been detained several times and sent to forced labour camps twice. I went to Beijing to appeal against the persecution of Falun Gong in October 2001. I was arrested at my hotel by police. At the police station I was handcuffed, hit in the face, forced to kneel down and was beaten until I fell unconscious. My nostrils were also burned with cigarette butts. When I was taken back to my hometown, I was detained for 15 days and forced to pay 3500 yuan. I was then sentenced to one year in Heizuizi Forced Labour Camp, but after being held there for 16 days, I was sent back to Yushu and held in a detention centre instead.
  • Ms. Hu Aiyun Recounts Years of Cruel Torture and Inhumane Treatment

    I was arrested on June 21st, 2003 and taken to an unknown building. I was forced to sit in a metal chair with my hands cuffed behind the back of the chair. Police then started to torture me. They wrapped two copper wires around each big toe and connected the other end to an electric baton. I was shocked for more than half an hour at a time. They also poured mustard oil and horseradish up my nose. When they released me from the handcuffs, my hands were severely swollen and I had no feeling in my fingers. They then shocked the soles of my feet and the inside of my thighs. I was tortured from about 6:00 p.m. until after 3:00 a.m. the next day. I was later transferred to the Harbin Second Detention Centre.
  • Facts Regarding the Persecution of Ms. Zheng Guixiang and Mr. Wang Shuyu from Jiamusi City

    Ms. Zheng Guixiang and her husband, Mr. Wang Shuyu are both Falun Gong practitioners. Ever since the persecution of Falun Gong began, they have had their home ransacked many times. They were arrested and had money extorted from them. In April 2009, while hanging banners exposing the persecution of Falun Gong, the couple were arrested by police. They took them to the detention centre. The guard forced the couple to perform laborious work including picking potatoes and leeks. He also forced them to wash a lot of bedsheets and clothing. Wang Xunjie often came to the detention centre to pressure Ms. Zheng and Mr. Wang to sign a guarantee statement to renounce practising Falun Gong, but they both refused to comply.
  • I Was Brutally Tortured in Liaoning Province Women’s Prison

    I was detained in the Liaoning Province Women’s Prison on December 28th, 2007. While in the prison, I refused to read the articles slandering Falun Gong. As a result the guards began to assault me. To protest the violence, I began a hunger strike. Guards tried to force-feed me and I became so ill they took me to the hospital. The guards placed with a violent murderer, Jiang, in a cell to torture me. Jiang and others forced me to squat barefooted in the cold harsh wind on January 19th, 2008. They tied me up with rubber bands, taped my mouth, and threw me into an ice box full of ice, then poured water all over me. They stripped my clothes off, grabbed my hair, and dragged me on the floor. They whipped me with a belt, kicked me, and crushed my toes. I was tortured until they got tired or when I lost consciousness.
  • Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Tricks at a So-called “Law Education Centre” in Haidian District, Beijing

    The “Law Education Centre” in Haidian District, Beijing is a place the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) uses to brainwash practitioners. On July 7th, 2010, I was taken into custody by the director of the 610 Office in Haidian, a policeman, and someone from our community committee. I was taken to Beijing Haidian District Law Education Centre. I knew it was a place for brainwashing practitioners. Three women brainwashed me together, and used deceitful methods to fool me. Brainwashing methods included playing videos attacking Falun Gong. One person would talk with me, another constantly stared at me, and the third sat to the side, watching. Studying the Falun Gong teachings or doing the exercises was forbidden.
  • Ms. Xue Jingjing from Liaoning Province Speaks Out on the Arrests of Three Family Members within Three Hours

    On March 29th, 2011, my family was having dinner when three strangers suddenly broke into our home. They claimed that my mother was a "fugitive", and without presenting any legal documents, they attempted to arrest her. My father and I resisted them, and finally drove them out of our house. Later, the police broke down our door and forcibly took my mother away. My father and uncle argued with them, but they were also arrested. Within three hours, three members of my family were taken.
  • Li Zhiqin from Xingtai City, Hebei Province Beaten to Death Three Years Ago; Family Has Nowhere to Go to Appeal for Justice

    My husband Li Zhiqin practised Falun Gong and was brutally beaten by police. He died outside of our hometown three years ago. My family's financial situation has suffered as a result, and we can't even pay the 3,000 yuan temporary attorney fee. We appealed to the upper levels, but they all conspire with each other, and I have nowhere to go.
  • Eyewitness Account of Abuse and Mistreatment of Professor Zhang Fengqian at a Brainwashing Facility

    Professor Zhang Fengqian from the Department of Philosophy at Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University in Guangzhou City lost his ability to think coherently as a result of physical abuse and brainwashing at the Sanshui Brainwashing Centre. A practitioner who was incarcerated at the same facility between May and August 2010, witnessed how Professor Zhang was persecuted, including more than twenty people taking turns monitoring him, tying his limbs to the four corner of a bed for the entire night, and placing him under intensified brainwashing all day long.
  • Mr. Yang Jianpo Seriously Ill Due to Abuse at Jidong Prison--Wife Appeals for His Release

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Yang Jianpo was arrested on December 28th, 2010, by police. He was taken to the Jidong Prison that same day. He is extremely emaciated. His wife made an appeal for her husband's release: "My husband had been persecuted numerous times [for his belief in Falun Gong]. He was subjected to forced labour in the Wanzhuang Forced Labour Camp in Langfang City in September 1999. He was then arrested in Tangshan City on the evening of March 30th, 2003, by police. He was tortured to the point of near-death during 38 days of detention. The police eventually told us, his family members, to take him home. "