Individual Accounts

  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Recounting My Hellish Experience in Heilongjiang Women's Prison

    I am a Falun Gong practitioner from Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China. I was imprisoned in the Heilongjiang Women's Prison for six years for persisting in practising Falun Gong. Prison guards locked me in a tiny cell for almost two months, handcuffed to a metal ring cemented to the floor. They also handcuffed my hands behind my back for a year and a half, hung me by the handcuffs, forced me to stand outside in the freezing cold, and beat me repeatedly.
  • Mr. Liu Xifeng Being Severely Tortured in Shenzhen Brainwashing Centre

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Liu Xifeng taught at the Nantou High School in Shenzhen. Mr. Liu has been tortured in prisons for ten years during the past 14 years of persecution of Falun Gong, and has become disabled as a result. He is currently incarcerated in Shenzhen Legal School, which is actually the Xili Brainwashing Centre. His food has been poisoned with nerve-damaging drugs and he is a facing mental collapse. Mr. Liu's wife, Ms. Wang Xiaodong, was also a Falun Gong practitioner. The couple was arrested in September 2002. Ms. Wang's legs sustained numerous needle punctures and she died in July 2003, due to the relentless torture.
  • Firsthand Account: Torture and Brainwashing in a Shanghai Prison

    I am from Shanghai, the largest and most prosperous city in China. I would like to give my personal account of being tortured in the Shanghai Women's Prison for three and half years, for distributing Falun Gong informational materials. The guards instigated the inmates to torture me. I was not allowed to sleep before midnight, but was the first to be woken up in the morning. The ongoing sleep deprivation and torture made me feel as if I was living in hell. I thought I was on the verge of a mental breakdown and even considered committing suicide several times.
  • Elementary School Teacher Recounts Drug Torture and Electric Shocks at Labour Camps

    “One guard yelled, ‘Torture him to death and report it as suicide!’ Several guards rushed at me, twisted my hands behind my back, tied me up with bed sheets, and hung me from the upper level of a bunk bed, leaving my feet off the floor.” This nightmare happened to Mr. Gao Ke in the Suihua Forced Labour Camp, after he was arrested for the 12th time because of his belief in Falun Gong. This was his fifth labour camp detention.
  • Detention Centre Guards Beat Falun Gong Practitioner Mr. Yang Naijian, from Qingdao City

    The Qingdao City Police Department in Shandong Province mobilized close to 100 officers to arrest several Falun Gong practitioners on May 2nd, 2013. Mr. Yang was repeatedly abused by police, to the point of being on the brink of death several times. The police tortured him to get him to confess to crimes he didn't commit. Recently at the Chengyang District Detention Centre, he was again beaten and tortured by guards.
  • "I Still Tremble When I Think About It - I Was Locked Up In a Men's Cell at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp” (Part 2)

    "I was sent to the Shenyang Prisoners’ Hospital after being tortured. After all the abuse, I looked so terrible that I frightened the prisoners. On the thirteenth day of my hunger strike, I was dragged into the force-feeding room by five people. I was held down, and could not move. I almost suffocated. A pair of hands held my head tightly, and a tube was inserted into my nose. I did not know what they were feeding me. My stomach was filled with dirty water, and I kept vomiting."
  • “I Still Tremble When I Think About It – I Was Locked Up In a Men's Cell at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp” (Part 1)

    Ms. Yin Liping was locked up for practising Falun Gong and she recounts her dreadful experience, "Whenever I think of the notorious Masanjia Forced Labour Camp, my heart trembles. I will never forget the day: April 19th, 2001. On that date, the guards at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp took nine of us – women who refused to give up our belief in Falun Gong, into nine separate rooms. I was put into the first room where four male inmates were waiting. I saw another big room holding more than 30 men when I went to the toilet."
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Mr. Han Jianping Brutally Beaten While Locked to the “Iron Chair”

    On June 3rd, 2013, Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Han Jianping was arrested by police. He was tortured and interrogated at Nongan Police Department. He recounts, "I was held in a dark room and locked onto an iron chair. The head of Domestic Security Division came in and asked, “Who made those banners in your home? Who moved those materials upstairs?” I refused to tell him anything. Then he slapped my face four or five times. Another officer tortured me. My hands were handcuffed behind my back. The young officer pushed my head to the ground and took off my trousers. They used a mop stick to hit my crotch so hard that it swelled as well. It was very painful."