Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Harbin Court Sentences Practitioners Mr. Wang Kun and Ms. Zhu Yumei to Eight-Year Prison Terms

    On March 25th, 2009, family members of practitioners Ms. Zhu Yumei and Mr. Wang Kun heard from an acquaintance that Ms. Zhu Yumei and Mr. Wang Kun had been sentenced to eight-year prison terms. The two families went to Acheng Court, demanding to see the court documents. The sentencing document was dated March 19th, which meant that the two practitioners had been sentenced a week prior. The court officer Han Yang, who was in charge of the cases, had deceived the two families. He claimed that he couldn't handle the cases, and that they had been forwarded to the Harbin Intermediate Court. In actuality, the Acheng area 610 Office handled the cases in secrecy in an effort to accelerate the persecution of Ms. Zhu and Mr. Kun.
  • Mr. Liu Gang Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison in Henan Province, His Wife Sentenced to 8 Years

    Mr. Liu Gang, a Falun Gong practitioner, from the 8th Mine of the Coal Corporation of Pingdingshan City, Henan Province, was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison by a court which is manipulated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). His wife, Ms. Zong Yinqin, was sentenced to 8 years. On March 18th, 2009, Mr. Liu was sent to the Zhengzhou Prison in Xinmi City, Henan Province, and his wife was sent to the Henan Women's Prison in Xinxiang City.
  • Mr. Zhang Xuemin Arrested by Police from Yushu County, Jilin Province--His Family Beaten

    On March 18th, 2009, some people who identified themselves as police drove to Dancheng Town, Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province. They were guided by local police officer Chen Fumin, who broke into the home of Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Xuemin and arrested him. Mr. Zhang's daughter-in-law, who suffered from serious deafness, tried to stop the plain clothes police from arresting her father and required that they show their identification, but the two officers reacted rudely toward her. When she resisted the police they used garden spades found in the yard to beat the family. As a result Mr. Zhang's nephew was seriously injured and was sent to a local hospital.
  • Ms. Xin Xiaoping Faces Sentencing in Linyi County, Hunan Province

    Ms. Xin Xiaoping was arrested by officers from the National Security Division on October 15th, 2008, while Ms. Xin was on her way to work. The officers accused her of "sabotaging the enforcement of the law by organizing and using an illegal organization" because she practised Falun Gong and aided a practitioner who escaped from a local hospital. After arresting Ms. Xin, the police took her to the Linyi County Detention Centre, where she remains to this day.
  • Kindhearted Family in Tianjin City Persecuted for Ten Years

    Mr. Zhou Zhencai; his wife, Ms. Wang Shaoping; and their two sons, Mr. Zhou Xiangdang and Zhou Xiangyang, have practised Falun Gong since 1996. Their whole family has benefited from the practice tremendously. Nonetheless, the Zhou family has been severely persecuted since 1999 for informing people about the true nature of Falun Gong and exposing the persecution to the government. Mr. Zhou and his wife were forced to become homeless to avoid being arrested. From 1999 to 2003, the national security police ransacked their house numerous times and took their valuables. In September 2005, Mr. Zhou was sentenced to the Shuangkou Forced Labour Centre in Tianjin City for two and a half years. His wife was sent to the Banqiao Women's Labour Centre for one and a half years.
  • Feng Feng and Deng Tianyu Have Been Tortured and Sentenced

    On March 14th, 2009, Falun Gong practitioners Feng Feng and Deng Tianyu from Jingzhou City, Hubei Province, were sentenced to eight and four years' imprisonment, respectively on the charge of "using an illegal organization to break the law." The so-called crime was practising Falun Gong. Mr. Feng was young and strong. Now his hair has turned grey and he is paralysed from the waist down. Mr. Deng has completely lost the sight in his right eye. He can see little with his left eye. Mr. Feng also has limited vision in his left eye. Both of them were tortured until they could no longer take care of themselves.
  • Mr. Tian Haitao Persecuted Again in Jiamusi City

    Mr. Tian Haitao was arrested by awaiting policemen while visiting fellow practitioner Huang Weizhong's home on February 12th, 2009, and taken to the Jiamusi Detention Centre. To date, he has already been on a hunger strike to protest the arrest for more than a month. He is currently in poor health. Although his family members have asked to see him many times, visits have not been permitted. Tian Haitao's wife, children, and many family members have suffered a decade of physical and psychological torture. With Mr. Tian's re-arrest and the possibility of another forced labour term, he and his family are once again in an extremely difficult situation.
  • Teacher Ms. Han Yuheng Arrested In Beijing

    On February 20th, 2009, Ms. Han Yuheng, 40, and seven colleagues went to Beijing on business. They checked into a hotel. Because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government registers practitioners in a nationwide computer system, Ms. Han's residential ID number triggered a warning signal during check-in. The Domestic Security Section was alerted, and they informed the police station. On February 21st, police ordered a hotel worker to open the door of Ms. Han's room, and they proceeded to search her belongings. They seized Falun Gong related material. They arrested Ms. Han and took her to the police station. Ms. Han was transferred to a detention centre and is still in detention.
  • 162 Practitioners in Weifang City, Shandong Province Sentenced to Prison Terms or Sent to Forced Labour Camps in 2008

    Under the pretext of last year's Beijing Summer Olympics, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in Weifang had intensely persecuted Falun Gong practitioners. Mr. Lu Fan, around 55, was seized in the end of October 2007 and held at the Changle Detention Centre and was sentenced to four years in prison in March 2008. Lu Fan had previously been sent to three years of forced labour in 2001.
  • Practitioner Ms. Kuang Deying Persecuted in Forced Labour Camp for Six Years, Secretly Sentenced to Four-year Prison Term

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Kuang Deying is from Kunming City, Yunnan Province. After being persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for six years in a forced labour camp she was again arrested on July 16th, 2008, police. She was taken to the Qiaojia County, Zhaotong City Detention Centre that same night. In December 2008, the Qiaojia County Court secretly sentenced Ms. Kuang to a four-year prison term. Ms. Kuang did not accept the verdict and requested an appeal.
  • Police Arrest Mr. Chen Xinhong's Entire Family in Zibo City, Shandong Province, His Wife's Whereabouts Unknown

    Since the beginning of 2009, the 610 Office and the Domestic Security Section in Zhoucun District, Zibo City, Shandong Province, have arrested at least 8 practitioners. The practitioners' whereabouts and status are unknown. On February 9th, the police went to Mr. Chen Xinhong's home and arrested him without a warrant. The police said that he was reported for distributing Falun Gong DVDs. On February 14th, Mr. Chen's family went to the Zhoucun District 610 Office to ask about visiting him. Instead of telling the family his whereabouts, Ding Qingming of the 610 Office called the Domestic Security Section to arrest the other family members,
  • Ms. Zhao Huaichun Arrested Again in Beijing, Leaving No One to Care For Her Handicapped Daughter

    Ms. Zhao Huaichun's husband is 65 years old, is in poor health, and needs someone to take care of him. Their daughter is mentally challenged as a result of cerebritis she had while she was young, and cannot take care of herself either. She is over 30 years old, but cannot change her clothes or take a shower by herself, and does not know how to deal with menstruation. She has been entirely dependent on her mother. Now that Ms. Zhao has been arrested, her husband is unable to take care of their daughter and she is in a very difficult situation. Ms. Zhao has been rendered totally blind and unable to walk because of the persecution she suffered the last eight months in Haiding Prison.
  • Her Husband in Prison for Six Years, Ms. Liu Hong Arrested and Her Whereabouts Unknown

    Liu Hong is a Falun Gong practitioner and the owner of a restaurant in Wuchang District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province. As she was going to work on February 24th, 2009, she was arrested by police. About seven officers from Wuhan City Police Department were involved as well. The police took her key and ransacked her home. Ms. Liu was take away by the police. Currently, her whereabouts are unknown and her family members have not heard any information about her condition or whereabouts for more than 23 days. Her husband, Shi Lei, is also a Falun Gong practitioner. He was sentenced to eleven years in jail. He is now in Fanjiatai Prison in the Shayang District and has been for more than six years.
  • Ms. Kang Aimin Arrested by the Jiamusi Police

    On March 9th, 2009, police from the Heilongjiang Province Public Security Bureau and the Jianshe Police Station broke into the home of Ms. Kang Aimin's son and forcibly took Ms. Kang away. Under the direct order of the Heilongjiang Province Public Security Bureau, the Jiamusi Police Department arrested more than 20 practitioners with the excuse of searching for those who set up speakers to broadcast the facts about Falun Gong. They also listed the names of Ms. Kang Aimin and five other practitioners that were wanted. Since the persecution of Falun Gong began, Ms. Kang has been repeatedly harassed, arrested, detained, tortured, and financially persecuted by the local police.
  • Mr. Lu Yonghe Arrested in July, 2008 in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, His Whereabouts Still Unknown

    Mr. Lu Yonghe was sentenced to two years of forced labour in the Nanning City Forced Labour Camp in 2001. Because he would not give up his faith in Falun Gong, he was singled out and severely tortured by camp guards. After Mr. Lu was released, he was forced to leave home and become homeless in order to avoid further persecution and possible arrest. In 2008, he decided to go back to his home town to help fellow practitioners prepare leaflets exposing the persecution of Falun Gong. In July 2008, he was arrested again along with several other local practitioners. His whereabouts and the state of his health remain unknown.