Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Three Practitioners Arrested in Kunming City, Yunnan Province

    On January 1st, 2009, Mr. Zhang Liang was arrested for distributing Falun Gong fliers in the Ma Street Building Supplies Market in Kunming City. He was taken to the police station and handcuffed behind his back to a metal door until 11:00 a.m. on the second day. Mr. Zhang's hands and wrists swelled up badly when the officer released the handcuffs after repeated requests from Mr. Zhang's family. On January 3rd, Mr. Zhang was taken to the Xishan District Detention Centre. He was sentenced to two years of forced labour and transferred to the Yunnan Province Secondary Forced Labour Camp on February 4th.
  • Mr. He Fuxing Arrested and Beaten While Walking Along a Road

    At 9:00 p.m. on February 11th, 2009, Mr. He Fuxing, a resident of Nongfeng Town, Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province, was walking along a road with his motorcycle when a police vehicle suddenly stopped within a few yards of him. Police officers jumped out of the vehicle; ran towards Mr. He, and immediately started beating him without any explanation. After punching and kicking him for a while, they accused him of stealing the motorcycle he had in his possession. After the officers handcuffed Mr. He, they searched his saddlebag and found some Falun Gong fliers. An officer said, "He is a Falun Gong practitioner. If he is beaten to death, no one will be punished. Beat him!"
  • Mother Falls Seriously Ill after Her Son is Arrested and Tortured

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Zhenxin, 27, was arrested and sent to a forced labour camp in August 2008. Currently, he is being persecuted in Balizhuang Forced Labour Camp in Baoding City. Because of his firm faith in Falun Gong's principles, Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance, Li Zhenxin was tortured in October 2008. The torture methods included being shocked with 4 electric batons on the head, chest, and genitals. The severe treatment made his chest turn purple. In the Mancheng County Detention Centre, Mr. Li Zhenxin was brutally beaten by policemen. He was seriously injured all over his body and suffered a broken leg.
  • Ms. Lu Xueqin and Twelve Other Practitioners Arrested and Tortured by Police and 610 Office Personnel in Shandong Province

    From January 25th, 2009, to the end of February 2009, the 610 Office in Qingdao City arrested thirteen practitioners. All thirteen have had confessions extorted from them by means of torture and sleep deprivation for periods of two weeks or even longer. Among them, Ms. Lu Xueqin was tortured so badly that she became disabled, and many times she was in critical condition. The families of these practitioners, with the help of nine lawyers, sued them for this.
  • High School Teacher Ms. Sun Guifang Sentenced to Two Years

    On the night of January 24th, 2008, 55-year-old Ms. Sun Guifang, Falun Gong practitioner and teacher was taken from her home by police of Yuquan Town Public Security Bureau. She was given a two year sentence and taken to the Heilongjiang Province Women's Prison in Harbin City. Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to persecute Falun Gong on July 20th, 1999, CCP personnel of Acheng District have persecuted Ms. Sun many times for her belief in "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." This persecution has caused tremendous pain to her and her family, both physically and mentally.
  • A Good Daughter-in-law Arrested, Her Sick Mother-in-law and Blind Father-in-law Left Unattended

    On February 17th, 2009, police officers arrested Ms. Jin Daxia at her work. They also took away her son, threatened him, confiscated the family's property, and confiscated the computer that he uses for school. Those who are familiar with Ms. Jin Daxia were shocked upon hearing the news of her arrest. Since her husband died in an accident she has been looking after her elderly, sick mother-in-law and her completely blind father-in-law. Now they are left at home alone.
  • Large-Scale Arrest of Practitioners in Tangshan City's Fengnan District, Hebei Province

    Tangshan City, Hebei Province recently saw a large-scale arrest of Falun Gong practitioners. The police also ransacked the practitioners' homes. Thirteen practitioners were arrested; nine are at the Fengnan Detention Centre, and the fate of the other four remains unknown. On February 20th, 2009, police arrested practitioners Mr. Dong Jinbo and Ms. Li Yanzhi. The police also confiscated some personal belongings. Dong Jinbo and Li Yanzhi are now held at the Fengnan Detention Centre.
  • Update on Recently-Arrested Practitioners in Jiamusi City

    Under the direct command of the Heilongjiang Province Public Security Bureau, the Jiamusi City Public Security Bureau and Security Bureau arrested fifteen Falun Gong practitioners and their family members in the week following February 8th, 2009. To date they have arrested another nine practitioners and their family members. Amongst them are practitioners who are over sixty or seventy years old, as well as family members of practitioners who are not Falun Gong practitioners. Moreover, friends of practitioners have also been arrested.
  • Ms. Li Xiulan from Tumen City, Jilin Province is Arrested and Her Child is Detained

    On February 11th, police broke into Ms. Li Xiulan's home. When he found a calendar with the phrases "Falun Gong is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!," he immediately called for back up. Three police cars arrived with seven to eight officers. The police ransacked her home without a warrant. They took the calendar, Falun Gong books, materials, two computers and forced Ms. Li, her college age son, and a visitor into the police car. They were taken to the Yuegong Police Station. Her son and his guest were released that night, but Ms. Li's whereabouts remain unknown.
  • A Nearly Seventy-Year-Old Practitioner Is Secretly Imprisoned in Deyang City, Sichuan Province

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Intermediate Court in Deyang City, Sichuan Province upheld the sentence handed down to Ms. Wang Zhongqiong, 69, during her initial trial. She was later secretly taken to the Sichuan Provincial Women's Prison on February 13th, 2009. On December 8th, 2008, the Shifang Municipal Court conducted a sham trial and sentenced Ms. Wang to a four-year prison term. During the trial, the judge refused to allow the two families to defend the practitioners, nor did he allow the families to hire a defence lawyer. The trial was carried out in a haphazard way and the final verdict was hastily announced.
  • Tangshan City No. 1 Detention Centre Prevents Ms. Jiao Xuemei from Seeing a Lawyer

    Right before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Xishandao Police Station in Hebei Province, Tangshan City once again arrested Ms. Jiao Xuemei at work for no apparent reason. In September 2008, the Tangshan City Lubei Court held a hearing for Ms. Jiao. Only the prosecutor presented the case, at which time there was no physical evidence of any crime. It was stated that the evidence was destroyed by the police department. Without facts or evidence, the Lubei Court sentenced Ms. Jiao with the charge of "using a cult to destroy execution of the law." Ms. Jiao later appealed her case.
  • Two Families Severely Persecuted During the "Harmonious Olympics"

    On May 24th, 2008, the Domestic Security Division of the Shenyang City Police Department arrested more than fifty Falun Gong practitioners overnight, claiming this was to ensure a "harmonious Olympic Games." Mr. Chen Xinye and his wife Ms. Chen Lihui were arrested at home at 7:00 a.m. on May 24th. Four or five police officers damaged their door and broke into their apartment. The police handcuffed Ms. Chen's hands behind her back. They yanked the sleeping Mr. Chen's hair and handcuffed his hands behind his back, too. At the police station, Xu Deyong interrogated Ms. Chen and forced her to sit on the ground. Xu grabbed her hair, hit her hard on the face, and shocked her legs with an electric baton.
  • Yi County Court in Liaoning Province Secretly Transferred Practitioner Zuo Lizhi

    On February 14th, 2009, Ms. Zuo Lizhi's family received a notification that she had been secretly sentenced to five years in prison by the Yi County Court in Liaoning Province, and was to be transferred to the prison in ten days. When the family went to visit her, the jail personnel said, "We are closed on the 14th and 15th and there are no visitations on these two days. Why don't you come back on Monday the 16th?" On the 16th, the family members were able to meet with Ms. Zuo, but it was across a thick piece of glass. They could not hear each other very well, and only got to say a couple of words before the meeting was over. That was it, no more visitations were permitted.
  • Ms. Fan Xiaoli Taken to Women's Prison in Inner Mongolia

    In late January, 2009, Ms. Fan Xiaoli, Ms. Liu Xiurong, Ms. Tian Fang, and Ms. Xiao Yonghua were taken to the Hohhot City Women's Prison in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region after receiving sentences from a local court. Ms. Fan was injected with unknown drugs. Guards Shan Jun and Bao Wuyun testified against Ms. Tian Fang and she was sentenced based on fabricated charges. Ms. Tang Liwen, 68, arrested in January 2008, was also detained in the Hexi Detention Centre. She was tied to the death bed. She was also injected with unknown drugs, and as a result, she became mentally ill and could no longer take care of herself.
  • Police from Yinan County, Shandong Province Arrest Falun Gong Practitioners and Confiscate Their Belongings

    According to incomplete statistics, from July 20th, 1999 to present day, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials from Yinan County have confiscated and destroyed more than 100,000 Falun Gong books plus Falun Gong materials. They have held vicious brainwashing sessions to persecute 130 practitioners and extorted 460,344 yuan from them. They have ransacked the homes of 35 practitioners 43 times and confiscated numerous items and other property. During the past 9 years, 109 practitioners have been detained 171 times, and 40 practitioners have been sentenced to forced labour 43 times. There is evidence that 1 practitioner has been injured as a result of persecution, 2 practitioners have been persecuted to death; 2 practitioners have become mentally disordered from persecution, and 21 practitioners have become homeless.