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

  • An Open Letter to 610 Offices, Chinese Police, Procurators and Legal Systems

    My name is Mei Xuan, and I am an Erhu player (traditional Chinese musical instrument) in the Shen Yun Performing Arts Company. I am writing this open letter as the wife of a detained Falun Gong practitioner. On February 18th, 2010, I was waiting for my husband, Jiang Feng, at Newark Airport, New York. After all the passengers had left, I still didn't see him. I had been longing for this reunion for a long time, ever since he obtained a visa to visit the U.S. But suddenly, he had disappeared, which made me so sad. I found out that State Security agents arrested him before he could board the airplane. He is now detained in the Luyang District Brainwashing Centre in Hefei City, Anhui Province. I cannot express the pain in my heart upon learning of this.
  • Lawyers for Qitaihe City Practitioners Defend Their Innocence During Trial

    A dozen police officers arrested six practitioners on September 22nd, 2009. Among them, Li Fengbo suffered late stage lung cancer as a result of the persecution and was released. On April 1st-2nd, 2010, the Qitaihe City Xinxing District Court tried the practitioners. Two attorneys defended two of the practitioners. When Qitaihe City authorities learned that the practitioners' families had hired attorneys to defend them in court, they immediately reported it to the Beijing Law Enforcement Bureau, which in turn pressured the law firms, attempting to force them not to defend the practitioners' innocence, but instead to plead only for reduced punishment. The authorities also harassed the attorneys with threatening telephone calls.
  • Torture in Dalian City Forced Labour Camp

    A practitioner who was tortured in Dalian City Forced Labour Camp recounts his ordeal: "In 2004, the leader ordered the person in charge of me to pull my arms apart and handcuff me between two metal beds. I was also forced to sit on a small stool and deprived of sleep. Two inmates were assigned to monitor me around the clock to try to make me renounce Falun Gong. At that time, except for my face, my entire body was covered with scabies, which itched beyond description. Bloody pus seeped out of the infected areas, but I was not allowed to wash. I had a splitting headache and quivered from the pain I felt everywhere. I often was in tears because of the pain--I simply couldn't help crying. They refused to release me."
  • Attorney Wang Zhansuo and His Son Detained for Over 30 Days

    On the night of March 4th, 2010, Qingdao attorney Wang Zhansuo and his family were arrested. At present, his wife Song Jiling has high blood pressure as a result of the persecution. She was allowed to return home, but is being monitored there. Wang Zhansuo and his son Wang Xia are being held at the Huangdao District Detention Centre. The Huangdao District Judicial Bureau has put pressure on local attorneys, not allowing anyone to defend Wang.
  • Fuzhou City Police Break into Ms. Huang Meiying's Home in the Middle of the Night and Take Her into Custody

    Ms. Huang Meiying and her family were sleeping around 1:00 a.m. on April 8th, 2010 when they were suddenly awakened by a violent knocking on the door. They were greatly astonished and saw a group of people led by officers Li Feng and Huang Yuhong from the Gulou District Police Department No.1 Section break into their home. The police proceeded to arrest Ms. Huang and took her straight into custody. Officer Li Feng arrested her under the guise that Falun Gong materials were found in that family's quarters.
  • Two Older Falun Gong Practitioners Ms. Men Hongfen and Ms. Yu Guixiang from Penglai City, Shandong Province Arrested

    On April 7th, Falun Gong practitioners Ms. Men Hongfen, 68, and Ms. Yu Guixiang, 63, went to the Daxindian Township Flea Market to distribute leaflets exposing the persecution of Falun Gong. While there, they were arrested by plainclothes officers from the Township Police Station. They have been repeatedly arrested and persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party because they refuse to give up their belief in Falun Gong. Since 2005, Ms. Men and Ms. Yu have been arrested three times each, and Ms. Yu has been detained at a forced labour camp twice. Currently, the whereabouts of Ms. Men Hongfen and Ms. Yu Guixiang are unknown.
  • Family of Three Falun Gong Practitioners from Changqing Township, Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province Arrested

    On February 17th, 2010, a dozen police went to the home of Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Shi Hongwei. The officers pounded on the door, attempting entry. Mr. Shi Hongwei, his wife, and his daughter were all asleep at the time, while Mr. Shi Fengling, the elderly father of Mr. Shi Hongwei, was awake. The officers climbed over the outside fence and broke into their yard. As soon as they entered the home, they beat the elderly man and then asked him whether his family practised Falun Gong. The officers claimed that they received a report that his family owned a computer and printer used to print Falun Gong materials. The police arrested all three and detained them at the Jiaxi Detention Centre.
  • A Farmer's Account of a Decade of Persecution

    Ms. Peng Wangqin a 46-year-old farmer, was arrested on January 13th, 2010, when speaking to people about Falun Gong and was taken to the Wuhan No. 1 Detention Centre on January 25th, 2010. Gross abuse under persecution nearly killed her. She vomited blood every night for more than a month, spanning from right before the Chinese New Year until March 25th. Forced feeding injured her stomach. Following her release, Ms. Peng vomited immediately after eating anything. Her throat and tongue were swollen, and her teeth were loose from the torture. A guard threatened to take her to the toilet and force-feed her there, at noon, on the day of her release.
  • Elderly Woman Faces Another Trial After Serving a Three-Year Prison Sentence

    Ms. He Suzhen, 70, was taken into police custody more than two months ago. She suffers from serious high blood pressure. She just returned home after serving a three-year prison sentence. Officials are planning to bring Ms. He to trial once again. Ms. He's 74-year-old husband has been to the local police department every day to demand his wife's release, but to no avail. He wholeheartedly respects his wife's belief, because he witnessed how she recovered completely from being almost blind because she practises Falun Gong. He also saw that, during the 14 years since his wife started the practice she has not needed any medicine, which means that she has saved a large sum of money for her employer, their family, and the country.
  • A Practitioner Recounts Psychiatric Abuse and Physical Torture at a Mental Hospital, Labour Camp and Prison

    I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong after July 20th, 1999 (when the persecution began), and I was arrested and held at the Harbin City No. 2 Detention Centre. Because I refused to write a guarantee statement to renounce practising Falun Gong I was taken to the Puning Hospital where I was forced to take psychotropic medication. I had to swallow three pills each time, and I became incontinent and fell asleep afterwards for two days and one night. I was arrested again after I went to Beijing for the second time and held at the Wanjia Labour Camp for one year. I held several hunger strikes in protest and was force-fed and given two injections of chlorpromazine. I was savagely beaten when I refused the drugs.
  • Escalation of the Persecution of Practitioners in Masanjia Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Female Falun Gong practitioners held in Masanjia were pressured to write repentance statements giving up Falun Gong. Some of the guards wrote the statements themselves and then tried to force the practitioners to copy them and read them in front of other practitioners. They would count this as a real repentance statement written by the practitioners themselves. The women who refused to do that were tortured. One from Beijing was tortured so severely that she could no longer straighten up and had to remain so far bent over that she was almost touching the ground. Ms. Li Jinqiu was forced to keep her legs fully stretched out on either side for a very long time. She ended up crippled.
  • Mr. Yang Zhanjiu Arrested and His Wife Beaten to Death in Yushu City, Jilin Province

    On March 5th, 2010, Mr. Yang Zhanjiu and his father-in-law were arrested and then interrogated by the Yushu City's domestic security division. On the same day, the police, who waited inside Mr. Yang's home, also arrested two other practitioners who went to visit him. Mr. Yang's wife, Ms. Li Shuhua, was brutally tortured to death in a detention centre seven years ago. Those responsible are still at large.
  • Falun Gong Practitioners Tortured to the Point of Mental Collapse in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Wang Shuxia and I were in the same cell at Diaobing Detention Centre in 1999. She was a kind and beautiful young lady. After she was taken to Masanjia, she was mentally disoriented upon returning home. Officials from the Diaobing Police Station were well aware that she was mentally traumatised, but they still sentenced her again to Masanjia for two years. Within two days after arriving at Masanjia, she was tortured to death. Ms. Su Juzhen was mentally traumatised. I saw the scars on her body and heard her screaming as she was being beaten with electric batons. She could no longer recognise anyone. Masanjia caused her death as well.
  • Older Sister Persecuted to the Point of Mental Disorder--Younger Sister Arrested

    Ms. Li Chunlan, a Falun Gong practitioner in Tieling City, Liaoning Province, has been arrested and sent to a forced labour camp three times. She was persecuted to the point of a mental disorder at Masanjia Forced Labour Camp and has not been able to take care of herself since. Ms. Li Chunhong, her younger sister, was recently arrested and sent to Masanjia.
  • Ms. Zhu Qiuling Sentenced to Prison; Mr. Chen Yinru Awaiting Trial

    Officials from Wuzhong District Court sentenced Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhu Qiuling to five years in prison in the afternoon on April 2nd, 2010. Two defence attorneys and their bags were searched before they could enter the courtroom. They were not allowed to touch upon certain issues, which were pre-determined by the Chinese Communist Party. Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Chen Yinru is currently being held at Suzhou City No.1 Detention Centre, awaiting trial in the Huqiu District Court.