Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • 61 Year Old Ms. Jiao Shuzhen Sentenced to Shijiazhuang Women's Prison

    Ms. Jiao Shuzhen is 61 years old. After being arrested by the police from her home in March 2008, she was sentenced to 4 years in a prison in December 2008. On January 3rd, 2009, she was transferred to the Shijiazhuang Women's Prison. Her husband's life is very difficult since he is almost 70 years old, with cancer and can hardly walk.
  • Five Practitioners in Hunan Province Sentenced to Three to Seven Years of Imprisonment

    The Hecheng District Court of Huaihua City, Hunan Province, tried Ms. Zhou Ling, Ms. Yi Chunxiu and three other practitioners on October 28th and 29th. Upright lawyers from the local area and Beijing defended their innocence. After three months of detention, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) district court handed down the verdicts on January 10th, 2009. Ms. Zhou Ling and Ms. Tang Kaiju rejected the ruling and have appealed to a higher court. Ms. Zhou Ling was sentenced to three years in jail, Ms. Yi Chunxiu to seven years and Ms. Tang Kaiju, Ms. Tang Fangju and Ms. Xiang Aimei were all sentenced to three years jail and three years' probation. The "crime" committed was "sabotaging the implementation of the state's laws by utilizing an [slanderous word omitted] religious organization."
  • Ms. Wang Hui from Laiwu City, Shandong Province Sent to Forced Labour Camp

    On February 7th, 2009, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Hui was arrested. Police from Chengxi Police Station took her from home. At the time, Ms. Wang's husband was visiting relatives and not home. Only their young daughter was at home at the time. When she was forcibly taken away, Ms. Wang had her house key with her. Police used Ms. Wang's key to enter the home, confiscating a computer that their daughter uses for school work and Falun Gong books The next day Ms. Wang was taken to Jinan City Forced Labour Camp.
  • Forced into Homelessness for Three Years, Ms. Zhang Fengying is Arrested Upon Returning Home to Look After Her Paralysed Husband

    Ms. Zhang Fengying was forced into homelessness for more than three years because she remained steadfast in her practice of Falun Gong and conducted her life according to the principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance. One day, Ms. Zhang took the risk of returning home to take care of her husband, whose legs had become paralysed. She was arrested at her home on December 1st, 2008 by plain clothes policemen and imprisoned at the Funing County Detention Centre. Since 1999, police have arrested Ms. Zhang, ransacked her home, and subjected her to lengthy brainwashing sessions on numerous occasions, subjecting her to tortures such as the "Tiger Bench", "tying up", and "hung up in a tree".
  • Disabled Practitioner Arrested a Third Time in Kunming City

    Ms. Guo Ling, 52, a practitioner from Kunming City, Yunnan Province, disappeared after leaving her mother's home on the morning of January 15th, 2009. After an unsuccessful search, her family learned that she had been arrested and was being held in the Wuhua Detention Centre in Kunming. This is the third time that Ms. Guo has been detained in the past few years. Previously, Ms. Guo was persecuted severely in prison. Despite the severe disability in her legs, they forced her to walk several miles each day to perform forced labour.
  • Mr. Ma Guobiao and His Parents Sentenced in Secret Trial

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Ma Guobiao, 36, and his parents were detained at the Jiading District Detention Centre for eleven months, because he played a Falun Gong DVD to people. On January 12th, 2009, Mr. Ma was sentenced to six years in prison during a secret court trial held in Shanghai. His mother, Ms. Jin Runfang, received a 4-year sentence and his father, Mr. Ma Dongquan, received a 3-year sentence with a 4-year suspended term.
  • Ms. Zhang Qiuyun Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    Falun Gong practitioner Zhang Qiuyun was arrested six months ago. The Taocheng District Court of Hengshui City, Hebei Province sentenced her to five years in prison on January 20th, 2009. Zhang Qiuyun's family believes she is innocent, and is appealing for her. On July 20th, 2008 several police used the excuse of checking residence cards to break into Zhang Qiuyun's home. They confiscated all of her personal belongings. The policemen, claiming that they had been following her for seventeen days, took her to the station and tortured her on a "tiger bench".
  • Police from Yushu City, Jilin Province Arrest and Fine Falun Gong Practitioners

    In late 2008, the Police Department of Yushu City, Jilin Province reorganized their mid-level police system, appointing new police chiefs accordingly. They also issued arrest quotas to subordinate police stations. In order to fulfil the quotas, police stations and the National Security Group have been arresting and fining Falun Gong practitioners. In January police ransacked the home of Falun Gong practitioner Zheng Lijia. Police officer Qi Li slapped Mr. Zheng in the face, kicked him, confiscated his Falun Gong books, then detained Mr. Zheng at the National Security Group. They informed the victim's family that he would not be released until they paid a fine.
  • Ms. Li Yunxia from Yi County, Baoding City, Hebei Province Arrested Again

    On January 7th, 2009, police broke into Ms. Li Yunxia's home. They arrested her without showing a warrant and then detained her at the Yi County Detention Centre. Ms. Li Yunxia, 40, has been persecuted several times for practising Falun Gong. Police arrested her in 2004 and put her into Balizhuang Forced Labour Camp, Baoding City. During the three years she was there, Ms. Li Yunxia was tortured badly. She was finally allowed to go home in 2007.
  • Crimes Committed by the Police in Weifang City, Shandong Province

    Yuhe Police Station officers in Weifang City arrested practitioners and also extorted money from them. In addition, the police ransacked the practitioners' homes and did not even have a search warrant. On October 29th, 2008, police barged into the residence of practitioner Ms. Li Shuqin. They confiscated a Falun Gong materials. They took Ms. Li Shuqin to Yuhe Police Station and incarcerated her. The police tried to extort twenty thousand yuan from her family but did not succeed. Because the family did not agree to their demands, the persecutors dragged Ms. Li to Yuhe Hospital for a blood test, blood pressure test, and electrocardiogram. While undergoing the electrocardiogram, Li Shuqin had a heart attack. Her whole body twitched. Even so, the police still took her to the Weifang City Detention Centre.
  • Recent Persecution of Practitioners in Xintai City, Shandong Province

    Around June 20th, practitioner Ms. An Yan, a teacher, was arrested by Xintai City Education Department and the 610 Office. In the detention centre, she was persecuted until she lost consciousness. Because Ms. An did not cooperate with the interrogation and did not give up her practice of Falun Gong, she was sentenced to two years of forced labour. She is now in the Shandong No. 1 Women's Forced Labour Camp. Because she has some illnesses, she was released on medical parole and is now at home.
  • Nine Practitioners Receive Harsh Sentences in Shouguang City, Shandong Province

    From January 1st, 2008 to August 24th, 2008, 89 practitioners in Shouguang City were arrested. Fourteen of them were sentenced to forced labour. Nine practitioners were sentenced to up to 14 years in prison on December 25th, 2008, by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) court in Shouguang City, Shandong Province.
  • Tumen National Security Brigade Brutally Tortures Falun Gong Practitioners

    In mid-December 2008, police from the Tumen National Security Brigade arrested Ms. Liu Shanzhen, Ms. Meng Fanqin, and four or five other Falun Gong practitioners, most of whom were women. Liu Shanzhen, Meng Fanqin and other practitioners were arrested because they distributed leaflets exposing the persecution and told people the facts about Falun Gong, and were reported by someone. The police brutally tortured them, which resulted in severe injuries. Meng Fanqin, who is over 60, was beaten so badly by the police that one could hardly bear to look at her.
  • Ms. Sun Cuiqing and Ms. Xu Na Sentenced to Prison

    Police officers from Tanghai County, Hebei Province stole from Falun Gong practitioners and made up a story to frame them. Police recorded finding 1,200-1,300 pieces of Falun Gong material in Ms. Sun Cuiqing's home at the time. Li Fuguo and other officers later falsified a report saying that they found 9,258 pieces of Falun Gong materials there. As a result, the Tanghai County Court sentenced Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Sun Cuiqing to four years and Ms. Xu Na to four and a half years of imprisonment.
  • Three Falun Gong Practitioners Brutally Arrested in Dalian City and Sent to Forced Labour

    On December 2nd, 2008, police forcibly took away married couple Falun Gong practitioners Mr. Yan Shoulin and Ms. Yang Chunmei, from their workplace. Several eyewitnesses said, "We saw a few plain clothes policemen surround and brutally beat Yan Shoulin. The first one stepped on Yan's head while another one stepped on his legs. The third one kicked Yan's body brutally." Yan's ribs were broken. A couple of them carried Yan Shoulin to the car. Yang Chunmei was dragged into the car, and her clothes were torn in the struggle. Two days later the same police arrested Ms. Miao Yuhuan (also a Falun Gong practitioner) for no valid reason.