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

  • Mother and Daughter, Both Hong Kong Residents, Detained for Nine Months

    On June 4th, 2009, Hong Kong residents Ms. Li Yaohua and her daughter, Zhang Yibo, were arrested in the Xuhui District of Shanghai by personnel from the Tianlin Police Station and the local 610 Office [an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong]. They have been detained ever since, for a total of nearly nine months. Their case files have been sitting in the Xuhui District Court for over four months. They are still being detained in the Xuhui District Detention Centre along with other practitioners Zhang Qin, Lu Yuzhi, and Ye Ying and her daughter.
  • Firsthand Account of Persecution Suffered by a Factory Worker

    On September 10th, 2005, police came to my home. They ransacked it. I was detained at the Dezhou City Detention Centre. Wu Zhenyuan and Zhang Xikun from the district political and protection section extorted 20,000 yuan from my family, threatening to send me to a forced labour camp if the bribe was not paid. In the detention centre, I went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution. On the tenth day of the hunger strike, they began to force feed me. Prisoner Wang Wenjuan, the detention center's doctor Jiang, and three other people made me lie down, tied my limbs to the bed, and held me down as I struggled and the doctor inserted the feeding tube. Instead of inserting the tube down my oesophagus, he inserted it into my trachea. Immediately I couldn't breathe.
  • Practitioners from Tianjin City Sentenced to Prison Terms

    After having been detained for nearly fourteen months, practitioners from Tianjin City were secretly sentenced at Hedong detention centre by Tianjin City Hedong court in the morning of January 14th, 2010. The court did not notify any of their families. Practitioners Liu Huijiang, Yang Qingsheng were sentenced to five and four years in prison respectively. Chen Xuehui and Lu Fucheun were sentenced to four and half years. Chen Xueqi and her husband Yang Xuejun were sentenced to two years and delayed for two years. Lu Fuchun had been previously released for medical treatment. On January 14th, he was deceived into going to the Hedong detention centre and was held there. On February the 4th, the warden in Hedong detention centre extorted four hundred Yuan from his family.
  • Ms. Ma Xianling from Beijing Narrates Her Experience of Being Persecuted

    I was arrested in 2004 while I was giving out Falun Gong leaflets exposing the persecution with another fellow practitioner. We were reported and arrested by police. They tried to force me to tell them the source of the materials and also the names of my fellow practitioners. I refused to co-operate with them and they started to beat me. I was forced to sit on a cold metal chair, and was confined to a small cell, but no matter how they persecuted me, they could not change my heart of being determined in cultivating Falun Gong. Half a year later, because of the fact that I was severely persecuted, I was bailed out for medical treatment.
  • Chongqing Practitioner Mr. Zuo Guoqian Arrested Twice

    Mr. Zuo Guoqian was detained in the Banan District Detention Centre for one month in 2005. During this period, he was forced to do long hours of labour, gluing medicine bags and other items, to make money for the detention centre. The living conditions were extremely bad. A room that normally accommodates eight people was overcrowded with up to 15 or 16 people. On September 9th, 2005, Mr. Zuo Guoqian was sent to the Xishanping Forced Labour Camp and was detained there for one year. During that period, he endured numerous tortures.
  • Recounting the Persecution that Liu Zhimei Suffered During Her Time at the Beijing Detention Centre

    Falun Gong practitioner Liu Zhimei, 20, was detained at Beijing Detention Centre. Once, Ms. Liu went with the guards to be interrogated. However, she didn't return until two months later. The cell she was locked in was extremely small, with enough space for only a bed and a toilet. She wasn't allowed to change her clothes or take a shower during those two months. There was a big camera on the ceiling to monitor her around the clock. The area she was confined in was full of similar small cells and she heard painful screams from fellow inmates being tortured. I recently heard that Liu Zhimei suffered a mental breakdown, and I felt very sad.
  • Husband of Shen Yun Performer Arrested at Airport and Taken to Brainwashing Centre

    On February 18th, 2010, Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Jiang was scheduled to take a Continental flight to reunite with his wife in the US. He had checked in his luggage, obtained a boarding pass, and gone through the security check. He should have arrived in the Newark Airport on the afternoon of February 18th, but his wife found that he had never boarded the plane. He went missing after the security check and before boarding the aircraft in Pudong Airport. He is now detained in a brainwashing centre.
  • Ms. Huang Yixiu, a Peasant Farmer, Detained Many Times

    Ms. Huang Yixiu has been detained four times, totalling 761 days, simply because she practises Falun Gong. She recounts: "More than a dozen practitioners, including myself, were arrested and detained on July 18th, 2000. 610 Office agents violently beat practitioners. We were forced to work slavishly during the day. If any of the practitioners did the Falun Gong exercises, they were beaten black and blue with electric batons. After we were maltreated for 19 days, we were taken back to our villages by local police and tortured. They exposed us to the burning sun, forced us to squat for long periods of time, and bound us together for display to the public. We were also forced to wash cars, do cleaning, and do 1-metre-deep weeding with our hands. Despite the forced labour, we were often deprived of food."
  • Ms. Xu Peiyan from Heilongjiang Province Jailed for Five Years for Talking to People about Falun Gong

    Ms. Xu Peiyan once had serious Hepatitis B, which was very painful. In March 2003, Ms. Xu began to practise Falun Gong. Soon, this stubborn illness was completely cured without any treatment. Since then, she has been telling her friends and family about the beauty of Falun Gong. On March 22nd, 2004, Ms. Xu was reported for telling others about her experience of practising Falun Gong. She was arrested, interrogated for two days and then taken to Mishan Detention Centre. On September 22nd, 2004, the police took her to Harbin Women's Jail. In the jail, Ms. Xu was tortured in different ways. Often they did not let her sleep, and beatings occurred almost every day. They wanted to force her to give up her faith.
  • Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Zhang Xiao Tortured in a Labour Camp

    One of Ms. Zhang Xiao's relatives introduced her to Falun Gong in 2006. Agents of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) misled her father into believing that Falun Gong was bad and he reported her to the police. She was arrested and sent to Huhehaote Women's Forced Labour Camp in Inner Mongolia, where she was severely persecuted and nearly suffered mental collapse. She recalled: “On August 1st, 2008, commander Yuan and his wife Ma, force-fed me. When I vomited, they gathered the vomit and used it to continue the force-feeding. They did this twice a day, one or two days apart, with help from a few others, one of whom was doctor Yu. On August 2nd, I was forced to lie on a filthy, urine-soaked mattress, and was not even given a drink of water.”
  • Mr. Zhang Haiming, Ms. Zhang Guizhi and Other Practitioners Sent to Forced Labour Camps

    Falun Gong practitioners Mr. Zhang Haiming, Ms. Zhang Guizhi, Ms. Song Yuhong, and Ms. Gao Liping were arrested in their offices in Harbin City in December 2009 by police from Hulunbeier City, Inner Mongolia. Recently they were sentenced to forced labour camps. Mr. Yan Jiguo was arrested at the same time, and will face trial. During their detention of over two months, their family members requested many times to visit them, but were all denied by the National Security Team. It was reported that Mr. Yan Jiguo was tortured, and is now disoriented.
  • Mr. Chen Yong Tortured in Yingcheng City, Hubei Province

    After Chen Yong began to practise Falun Gong his illnesses, such as schistosomiasis and hepatitis vanished. Additionally, he improved mentally. After 1999, he was tortured because he told people the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution. He was sentenced twice to forced labour and taken to the Hubei Forced Labour Camp in Shayang. He recalls: “When I was in Shayang Forced Labour Camp, three people tortured me…day and night, both physically and mentally. I could not go to sleep until around 4:00 a.m. but had to get up around 5:30 a.m. They also shocked me with electric batons. A month later, I was forced to perform hard labour.”
  • Ms. Yu Xiaohua from Anda City, Heilongjiang Province Subjected to Forced Labour

    Ms. Yu Xiaohua was sentenced to two years of forced labour and is currently imprisoned at the Harbin City Drug Rehab Centre. Ms. Yu has been repeatedly harassed for practising Falun Gong since the persecution began in 1999. Ms. Yu's family learned of her whereabouts two days later. Ms. Yu had been taking care of her parents-in-law since 1998. While she was detained, her mother-in-law passed away without the opportunity to say a final farewell.
  • Mr. Wang Changbai Recounts Years of Persecution

    Taoshan Police Department officers took me into custody at the Qitaihe No.2 Detention Centre, where I was subjected to gross abuse and mistreatment. I was whipped with a leather whip, hung up, and had cold water poured over my whole body. I was subjected to the "flying airplane" torture method and many other things were done to me. I was faced with fear, hunger, and cold. I was released in mid-May 2000 following nearly six months of detention. I also lost my job. My elderly father and sisters all suffered greatly. My father's hair quickly turned grey.
  • Practitioner Guo Gang Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    On January 1st, 2000, Mr. Guo Gang and another Falun Gong practitioners went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. Mr. Guo was taken to the Acheng District Harbin City Detention Centre. He was held for several months past the maximum detention period and in June 2001, he was sent to the Changlinzi Forced Labour Camp in Harbin City for a year. On January 25th, 2008, Mr. Guo Gang was arrested again. He was tried at the Acheng District Court in June 2008 and sentenced to five years in prison. He appealed, but his appeal was rejected and the original verdict was upheld.