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

  • Practitioner Wang Yongbin from Shanghai City Detained; Previously Sentenced to Forced Labour Twice

    Mr. Wang Yongbin, 53 years old, is a farmer from Situan Village, Fengxian District in Shanghai City. He started practising Falun Gong in 1998. On the morning of March 24th, officials from the Shanghai City Fengxian District 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) and policemen from Pingan Police Department broke into his home and ransacked it. They arrested Wang Yongbin and detained him at Fengxian District Detention Centre. After the persecution against Falun Gong started on July 20th, 1999, Wang Yongbin was arrested by police in 2000. He was sentenced to two years in a forced labour camp and endured inhumane torture. He was finally released in 2002.
  • Lawyer Defends Mr. Chen Jizhong and His Sister, Ms. Chen Jihuan

    Mr. Chen Jizhong, 69, and his younger sister, Ms. Chen Jihuan, 56, both live in Heilongjiang Province. After the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999, Mr. Chen was arrested five times and sentenced to five years of imprisonment in Lianjiangkou Prison in Jiamusi City. On November 29th, 2009, Mr. Chen and his sister were arrested again. They were still detained in the Yilan County Detention Centre. On March 24th, 2010, Mr. Chen and Ms. Chen were brought to trial in the Yilan County Court. An attorney defended them despite much interference. The prosecutor had nothing to argue with.
  • Ms. Tong Yaqin Taken to a Detention Centre for Requesting the Release of Another Practitioner in Heilongjiang Province

    On March 17th, 2010, police broke into the home of practitioner Ms. Ma Chunli without a search warrant. They confiscated a computer, Falun Gong books, and informational material about Falun Gong. They took Ms. Ma to Jiadong Police Station. On March 18th, Ms. Tong Yaqin, also a Falun Gong practitioner, along with Ms. Ma's kindhearted neighbour and another sympathetic lady, visited Jiadong Police Station to request the release of Ma Chunli. Ms. Tong argued reasonably but infuriated the police chief, Feng Kaidong. As a result, he detained Ms. Tong and took her to Jiamusi Detention Centre.
  • Mr. Mei Chuanjun Taken to Brainwashing Centre from Computer Science Institute, Hubei University of Technology

    On March 15th, 2010, several officers led by Huang Shuiqing and Hu Jun of the Hubei University of Technology's Security Division broke into Mr. Mei Chuanjun's office in the university's Computer Science Institute. They forcibly took Mr. Mei, who had received an award of Young Teacher of Excellence, to the former Tangxunhu Brainwashing Centre (also known as the Banqiao Legal Education Centre) in Hubei Province. They did so without cause and without following any legal procedure. In September 2006, officials of the university's Communist Party had taken Mr. Mei to the brainwashing centre for practising Falun Gong. He was subjected to brainwashing attempts there for over forty days.
  • 56-Year-Old Ms. Yang Qin of Chongqing Arrested for the Fifth Time

    On February 3rd, 2010, when Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Yang Qin was distributing leaflets exposing the persecution and telling people the facts about Falun Gong at the food market, she was arrested by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials. The officials told her family members that she would be detained for fifteen days, however after Ms. Yang had a full physical examination, she was sent to the Women's Forced Labour Camp for further persecution. Ms. Yang went on a long-term hunger strike to protest the persecution, and was eventually sent to a hospital once her life was in danger. Ms. Yang has now been arrested five times.
  • Ms. Li Qing Sentenced to Six Years of Imprisonment

    Ms. Li Qing was previously an employee of the Department of Supplies and Sales in the county government before she was dismissed from her job for refusing to renounce her belief in Falun Gong. On August 20th, 2009, Li Qing and three other female practitioners were arrested by police. They were detained at the county detention centre. The four practitioners were tortured during their detention period. They were forced to stand still for long periods of time, and deprived of sleep. A torture method called the "tiger bench" was used on them, too. Eventually, three of the practitioners were released while only Li Qing remained in custody. Her family members were not permitted to visit her. On January 12th, 2010, Li Qing was sentenced to six years of imprisonment and sent to the Shandong Women's Prison.
  • Ms. Li Fengxiu and Mr. Wan Guohua from Nancheng County, Jiangxi Province, Held in Custody

    Ms. Li Fengxiu and Mr. Wan Guohua from Nancheng County, Jiangxi Province, were arrested on the evening of January 9th, 2010. They are now in custody at the Linchuan Police Department. To help more people to learn the facts about Falun Gong, the two went together to Dongguan Town in the Linchuan District to distribute Falun Gong materials on the evening of January 9th, 2010. Dongguan Police Station patrol officers arrested and detained them at the Shangdundu Detention Centre in Fuzhou City. The Linchuan Police Department officials transferred their case to the Procuratorate, but prosecutors rejected the case and returned it to the police department. The police department officials refuse to release them.
  • Falun Gong Practitioner Mr. Yuan Guoqing from Xinhua County, Hunan Province, Again Sentenced to Forced Labour

    Mr. Yuan Guoqing, an employee of Xinhua County Meishan Technology Co. Ltd, Haili, Hunan Province, has been arrested and sentenced to forced labour again. On March 16th, 2010, two strangers approached Mr. Yuan at work. At around 3:00 p.m., police officers from Xinhua County Domestic Security Division forced their way into the plant area and arrested him. They ransacked his storage area at work and forcibly put him into a car without letting him put on his jacket. They took him straight to Fenglin Detention Centre.
  • Four Practitioners in Kaijiang County, Sichuan Province Sentenced

    The appeal by four Falun Gong practitioners, Ms. Wu Licui, 55; Ms. Liu Mingying, 59; Mr. Li Bending, 65; and Ms. Wang Langying, 59, in Kaijiang County, Sichuan Province was rejected by the Dazhou City Intermediate Court on January 14th, 2010. The court upheld the verdict to incarcerate the four practitioners in the Jianyang Prison, which was delivered on September 21st, 2009. Mr. Li Bending and his wife Ms. Liu Mingying were at home when police arrested them on July 22nd, 2008. Ms. Wu Licui was not at home on July 31st, 2008 when officers from the Kaijiang County National Security Bureau and the 610 Office visited and ransacked her home. On August 17th, the police wiretapped and tracked her phone and eventually arrested her when she was out of town visiting a relative. On August 28th, the police officially announced the arrest of Ms. Wu.
  • Four Practitioners Arrested and Detained in Changchun City's Third Detention Centre

    On March 5th, 2010, police arrested Falun Gong practitioners who worked at the Jinjiang Printing Company. The practitioners worked hard and were trusted by their superiors and colleagues. One of those arrested, Ms. Jun, went to Beijing to appeal for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in 2000. As a result, the local 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) personnel imprisoned her in Heizuizi Prison for five years. There, she was beaten, forced-fed, tied down on a death bed, hung up by her wrists, forced to be in painful positions for long periods of time, and shocked with electric batons.
  • Two Practitioners Sentenced to Long Terms in Gansu Province Women's Prison

    Ms. Zhang Zhenmin, 47 years old, is a Lanzhou Meat Packing Plant employee. Ms. Zhang Ping, about 40, was formerly employed at the Gansu Trust Investment Corporation, Bond Division. After starting to practise Falun Gong, they held themselves to the standard of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be better people. Because they would not give up their beliefs, they were mistreated and tortured by communist regime agents. Ms. Zhang Zhenmin was sentenced to eight years and and Ms. Zhang Ping to five years, and they are now in Gansu Province Women's Prison. Their captors force them to do hard labour, brutally beat them, shock them with electric batons, and torture them with other devices.
  • Ms. Chen Shuyuan Arrested and Detained in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang

    On March 10th, 2010, police officers broke into Ms. Chen Shuyuan's home and arrested her. Mr. Dong Xiufa, Ms. Chen's husband, was at home at that time. He wanted to hold the police officers back, but Chen Chao stopped him. The officers carried Ms. Chen into their car and took her to Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang. Ms. Chen was sentenced to three years of forced labour. Because she was in poor physical health, she didn't pass the physical and was sent home.
  • Nine Practitioners Tried in Loudi Court in Hunan Province

    Louxing District Court in Loudi City, Hunan Province, tried nine Falun Gong practitioners on March 12th, 2010. They were arrested in July 2009. In court, as soon as a practitioner mentioned the physical benefits he or she gained from practising Falun Gong, Zhou Min rudely cut in. The defence attorneys pointed out that the prosecutors didn't provide any witness testimony, material evidence, time, or location, and that the statements of charges to the Court and lawyers were different. Lan Zhixue pointed out that there were many loopholes in the charges as stated, and that the "evidence" noted in the statement was not presented in court. The trial ended at 3:30 p.m. without any verdict being announced. Nevertheless, Cao Gongxun, Liu Xinping, and He Jinlin were subsequently sent to the Loudi City No. 1 Detention Centre.
  • Defence Lawyer Calls for Ms. Song Fangming's Immediate Release After Trial by Changsha Court

    The District Court of Tianxin in Changsha City tried Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Song Fangming on March 5th, 2010. She pleaded "not guilty" through her defence lawyer, pointing to the fact that law enforcement officials from the National Security Brigade and Pozi Street Police Station ignored the law when they charged Ms. Song. The lawyer also pointed out that practising Falun Gong was not a violation of any law and Ms. Song should be released immediately.
  • Toyota Tsusho Employee Arrested in Beijing

    on March 16th, 2010, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Yanmei, an employee of Toyota Tsusho Corporation's Changchun Office, left Changchun to attend a training session at the company's headquarters in Beijing. She arrived in Beijing around noon and checked into the Huadu Hotel, where the company had made a reservation for her. Before she had a chance to report to the Beijing office, police officers broke into her room, searched her luggage, and tried to take her away. Ms. Wang refused to co-operate and tried to reason with the police, who would not allow her to leave her room. At approximately 3:00 p.m., Ms. Wang was taken to a local police station.