The Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners in Hebei Province Women's Forced Labour Camp

Hebei Province Women's Forced Labour Camp authorities detained about 160 Falun Gong practitioners and tried to force them to write the so-called "four statements1" as soon as they arrived. If they refused to write the statements they were deprived of sleep and subjected to all sorts of cruel treatment and torture. Those who refused to write the statements were detained on the first floor, a completely enclosed area, with each practitioner detained in a separate room. They are monitored by regular inmates and are deprived of seeing daylight all year long.

Ms. Liu Qiaozhen previously lived in Xijia Village, Wangdu County. She held a hunger strike to protest the persecution after she first arrived at the forced labour camp. She is currently unconscious due to her extended hunger strike. Nevertheless, the labour camp refuses to release her and still continues to torture her by brutally force-feeding her through a feeding tube.

People over 60 years old previously were not made to serve forced labour terms. Yet there are at least five practitioners in the labour camp who are over 60 years old. Having to do forced hard labour on a long term basis has taken a toll on many older practitioners. Some have developed symptoms of high blood pressure, heart disease, etc., making them ineligible to serve a forced labour term. Nonetheless, the forced labour camp turns a blind eye and deaf ear to them. What's even worse is that because three older practitioners were not eligible to serve the forced labour term because of their severe illnesses, in order to meet the quota for labour camp inmates, Chinese Communist Party personnel arrested the older practitioners' daughters and put the daughters in the labour camp in place of their mothers. Some practitioners persisted in doing the exercises in order to quickly recover from their illnesses. As a result, they were put under tight surveillance and were forced to sleep on the floor in cold weather.

On dark and quiet nights inside Hebei Province Women's Forced Labour Camp, the screams of those being brutally beaten and the clanking sounds of chains and shackles are often heard, making one's hair stand on end and chilling one to the bone.

In addition to persecuting practitioners physically, the labour camp officials subject them to insidious mental tortures. They also made special efforts to recruit collaborators2, including Zhang Junzhe (male), Shi Yuhui (female), and Xu Jie (gender unknown) from Hengshui City, and Wu Yuxia (female) from Shijiazhuang, to try to "transform3" practitioners by using wicked and twisted theories along with brutal violence. Wu Yuxia actually used an alias, "Danlin," to concoct a book in which she used extremely vicious language to slander Falun Gong.


1. "Four Statements": Practitioners are coerced under brainwashing and torture to write the "four statements" as proof that they have given up their belief. Created by the 610 Office, they consist of "a letter of repentance," "a guarantee" to never again practise Falun Gong, a "Dissociation Statement" to declare a dissociation with Falun Gong and promise not go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and a list of names and addresses of all family members, friends and acquaintances who are practitioners.

2. "Collaborators": former practitioners who have turned against Falun Gong under brainwashing and torture. They are then made to assist in brainwashing and torturing practitioners.

3. "Reform or Transform" Implementation of brainwashing and torture in order to force a practitioner to renounce Falun Gong. (Variations: "reform", "transform", "reformed", "reforming", "transformed", "transforming", and "transformation")

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