Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Practitioner Ms. Wang Shumei of Boli County Secretly Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

    Practitioner Ms. Wang Shumei was reported by informers and arrested by police while appealing against the persecution of Falun Gong. She was sentenced to a seven year prison term, though the court knew that the sentence was illegal. They allowed only six people to be present in the trial - five from the court itself plus Ms. Wang. They did not inform any family members. Now her family members have hired a lawyer to file an appeal.
  • At Least 14 Practitioners Arrested by the 610 Office in Mengyin County, Shandong Province

    On March 17th and 18th, 2009, at least 14 practitioners were arrested by officials from 610 Offices during a large scale operation. According to reports, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held a meeting in Jinan, where a quota for the arrest of practitioners was determined for each town. Ms. Sun Zhaoying was arrested on March 18th. According to her neighbours, a 610 Office policeman broke a window and entered her house because she refused to open her door.
  • Qian'an City National Security Team of Hebei Province Arrests Mr. Cai Youwang, Who Does Not Practise Falun Gong

    Mr. Cai Youwang is a taxi driver who does not practise Falun Gong. On May 22nd, 2008, several Falun Gong practitioners hired him to drive them to three villages so that they could distribute leaflets exposing the persecution of Falun Gong. They were subsequently arrested by the police. Mr. Cai Youwang was also arrested and had his vehicle impounded. The police used all kinds of methods to torture Mr. Cai. They whipped him with a belt and interrogated him while employing physical abuse. Mr. Cai Youwang is still detained at the Qian'an City Detention Centre.
  • Sun Qinghe Arrested While Visiting a Disabled Practitioner

    In early February 2009, the Jiamusi City Public Security Bureau and Police Department, under the direction of the Heilongjiang Provincial Police Department, started a new wave of persecution against Falun Gong under the pretence of ensuring security for the Winter Games. Since February 8th, 2009, more than twenty Falun Gong practitioners and their relatives have been arrested. On February Sun Qinghe went to visit disabled Falun Gong practitioner Liu Xiaobin and planned to stay there to take care of him. Police waiting outside Liu Xiaobin's home arrested Mr. Sun and ransacked his home. They sent Mr. Sun to the Jiamusi City Detention Centre.
  • Five Practitioners Arrested and Charged with Illegal Assembly

    On the morning of March 18th, 2009, Ms. Tang walked to Suxianling Mountain. On the way, she met four Falun Gong practitioners. They were tired and took a rest in a small pavilion near the mountain. A police patrol soon passed the pavilion. The officers approached and charged the group with illegal assembly. The police refused to hear any explanation and forcibly took them to the Suxian District Police Station. The same day three police officers drove a police vehicle to Ms. Tang's home. Without a search warrant, they took Falun Gong books, cash and personal belongings.
  • Wang Yongqiang Brutally Tortured in Police Custody

    Police arrested Falun Gong practitioner Wang Yongqiang on August 1st, 2008. They ransacked his home, taking away valuables and a large amount of cash. At the police station the police tortured Wang for 3 days. They did not give him food or drink, enclosed his head in a plastic bag, put burning mosquito repellent under his nose for a long time, and smeared pepper into his mouth, nose and genitals. They also tied him up and hung him up for one hour. After they put him down, Wang Yongqiang was in excruciating pain and could barely move. The police would sadistically kick his sides periodically.
  • Falun Gong Practitioners and Defence Lawyer Arrested in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province

    In late February 2009, eight Falun Gong practitioners and members of their families were arrested by police in Harbin City. Three of the practitioners are still being detained. The police have refused to release them or to permit relatives or friends to visit them. Mr. Wei Liangyue, a lawyer and the husband of practitioner Ms. Du Yongjing, was also arrested. Mr. Wei had provided legal representation for Falun Gong practitioners, for which he had been threatened by agents of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
  • Ms. Zhao Chunjie from Gongzhuling City Arrested, Her Daughter, a Student, Is Having to Defend Her Innocence

    On February 12th, 2008, Mr. Lu Yaowu and his wife, Ms. Zhao Chunjie, Falun Gong practitioners, were arrested by police. Even though Mr. Liu was soon released, officers were still trying to press charges against him. As a result, he was forced to leave home and live elsewhere. Ms. Zhao Chunjie, who was cruelly tortured, was recently brought to trial. Her daughter, Lu Yiming, went everywhere to try to find a lawyer to defend her mother. Because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) pressures lawyers not to take Falun Gong cases, Ms. Lu couldn't find anyone brave enough to defend her. So she, a student, had to defend her mother herself.
  • Practitioner Again Arrested and Tortured, Finally Released: Ms. Liang Xiulan in Qianan, Hebei Province

    Ms. Liang Xiulan is a 43-year-old Falun Gong practitioner. She was arrested again around April 1st, 2009, and we have no current information about her. Police had arrested Ms. Liang several times and tortured her ruthlessly at a brainwashing centre and police station, tortures which included shocking her with electric batons and slapping her in the face. In May 2008, Ms. Liang was distributing informational materials when someone reported her to police. Policeman Pu Yonglai said to her fiercely, "If we kill you, that is counted as suicide, and it has nothing to do with us. If it is exposed on the Internet it is even better, since police officials would know we are working hard." He handcuffed Ms. Liang's hands separately to two chairs, then he and another policeman each took an electric baton and shocked her for a long time, from head to foot.
  • Calling for the Urgent Rescue of Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Xu Lihong in Dalian City, Liaoning Province

    On March 6th, 2009, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Xu was arrested at her newspaper stall at around 10 a.m. One witness reported that four police officers and two police cars were involved in the arrest. Many materials stored in the stall were taken away. Her current whereabouts are unknown. The reason for Ms. Xu's arrest is unclear, and so far her family has been unable to reach her. We hope that those with knowledge of her whereabouts will help bring this information to light and protect her life.
  • Licheng District Court Judge in Jinan City Attempts to Intimidate Falun Gong Practitioner's Lawyers

    The Licheng District Court held a session to hear the case of Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Yuying on February 24th, 2009. At the court session, two lawyers boldly defended Ms. Zhang Yuying. The judge suddenly announced a recess for half an hour. They did not announce the verdict of the court and hastily ended the session. On March 18th, the two lawyers went to the court to ask for the verdict about Zhang Yuying's case. They had to wait until the end of the day and then the vice presiding judge questioned one lawyer in an intimidating manner.
  • The Arrest of a Falun Gong Practitioner's Son

    On March 30th, 2009, a stranger approached the home of Ms. Liu Honghua, a Falun Gong practitioner, and her son, Zhang Xinming, (not a practitioner) into opening the door. Simultaneously, several plain clothes policemen followed behind. They knocked Liu Honghua's son to the ground. They put him in handcuffs. Two of the plain clothes policemen went back upstairs to search the home and completely ransack it. Zhang Xinming was taken to a "training class". Three people took turns watching him for three hour cycles, keeping him awake the whole night.
  • Persecution of Practitioner Mr. Xia Hongmin from Laishui County in Hebei Province

    On March 5th, 2009, police officers arrested practitioner Mr. Xia Hongmin from Laishui County in Hebei Province. The following day, he was taken to Gaoyang Forced Labour Camp. Mr. Xia is being forced to go through re-education (brainwashing) through forced labour. During a previous detention in a brainwashing centre the guards shouted, "If the Party doesn't want you to practise, you don't practise, otherwise we'd have to beat you." They used clubs and sticks to beat practitioners, and while beating them they kept asking whether they would continue with the practice.
  • Ms. Liu Xiufang and Her Family Arrested and Beaten in Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province

    Since February 2009, in order to catch Falun Gong practitioners who had utilized a small loudspeaker exposing the persecution of Falun Gong, the Heilongjiang Public Security Bureau has ordered the police and special agents from the National Security Department in Jiamusi City to persecute local practitioners and their families on a large scale. As a result, about twenty local practitioners have been arrested and their houses ransacked. On February 13th, 2009, just as practitioner Ms. Liu Xiufang was leaving her home to go shopping, a plain clothes police officer came up to her and pushed her back into the house, pinning her against the wall. Later, he also arrested Ms. Liu's husband and took him to the Jiamusi City Police Station.
  • False Charges Filed Against Three Falun Gong Practitioners at the Heping District Court in Shenyang City

    On March 23rd, 2009, the Heping District Court in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province held a hearing against three Falun Gong practitioners, Mr. Gao Shubin, Ms. Gu Chunying and her husband Mr. Guo Jian. The security at the court was very tight. Due to involvement from the local 610 Office, the court only allowed the presence of one family member for each practitioner during the hearing. Many Falun Gong practitioners and their supporters came to the court. Some plain clothes agents closely monitored them outside the courtroom and videotaped everything.