Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Mr. Chang Shi's Entire Family Arrested in Jilin City; Wife's Life in Danger

    Mr. Chang Shi, his wife and their 19-year-old daughter were arrested on August 9th, 2012, by police. The police ransacked their home, confiscated their valuables, including cash, and left their home unlocked. Mr. Chang was then sent to the Jilin City Detention Centre, while his daughter, Ms. Chang Huiying, was incarcerated in the Shahezi Brainwashing Centre. His wife, Ms. Zhang Jingdong, was severely persecuted in police custody, requiring emergency rescue. She was then sent to Changchun Forced Labour Camp despite being in critical condition.
  • Retired Nurse Ms. Zhang Feng'e, 55, from Zhongwei City Sentenced

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Feng'e from Zhongwei City was sentenced in May 2012 to three years and six months in prison, and is held at the Yinchuan Women's Prison in Ningxia. The communist regime has persecuted Ms. Zhang numerous times for practising Falun Gong. In September 2001, the Ningxia Wuzhong City Forced Labour Board of Management trumped up a charge of “disturbing social order” and sentenced her to two years and six months of forced labour. On March 15th, 2009, the Zhongwei City Domestic Security Team charged her with “undermining law enforcement” and detained her for more than a month before releasing her on bail pending trial.
  • Police in the Wanzhou District in Chongqing Arrest and Persecute Two Women in Their 60s

    On June 19th, 2012, police officers arrested and persecuted Falun Gong practitioners Ms. Tan Jiafen and Ms. Zhang Tingzhen, who are both in their 60s. Ms. Tan was sentenced to one year of forced labour and taken to Chongqing City Women’s Forced Labour Camp, without being charged with any crime. Ms. Zhang was forced to become homeless.
  • Mr. Liu Wenping from Wuhan City Arrested, Family Denied Visitation

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Liu Wenping was arrested in August 2012 and sent to Hubei Province Brainwashing Centre. His family has tried to visit him but were rejected repeatedly by the related Chinese Communist Party (CCP) branches. Mr. Liu's wife went to the Domestic Security Division and asked to see her husband. The director told her that it was against the law to practise Falun Gong and that she was not allowed to see her husband. Mr. Liu's wife pointed out that practising Falun Gong was not against the law and said, “You don't have any legal documents. How can you arrest people without any legal papers?” The director could not answer her and could not show her any legal document for Mr. Liu's arrest.
  • Four Falun Gong Practitioners from Shenyang, Liaoning Province Arrested, Sent to Labour Camp

    Four female Falun Gong practitioners were arrested by police on July 19th, 2012. The practitioners' families went to the Xinchengzi Street Police Station and demanded their release, but their request was denied. Chen Min and Niu Guihua were taken to the Masanjia Forced Labour Camp on August 22nd. Chen Min was sentenced to forced labour for fifteen months and Niu Guihua for eighteen months. Because Niu Guihua did not pass the physical exam, she was rejected by officials of the forced labour camp and returned home on August 24th.
  • Jia Zhijiang and Wife Li Rongmei Arrested, Their Young Son Now on His Own

    The parents of 14-year-old Jia Shuo, an elementary school student, were both arrested by the police in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. Jia Shuo's parents are both Falun Gong practitioners. The couple followed the principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance and never did anything illegal. On the day Jia Zhijiang was arrested, Jia Shuo cried to the police, “My dad is a good person. He didn't steal, he didn't rob, and he didn't kill or commit arson. Why are you doing this to him?” In 2008 during the Olympics, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) conducted massive arrests of Falun Gong practitioners. Mr. Jia and his wife were both detained. Ms. Li was detained in a forced labour camp for one year and Mr. Jia was forced to leave home.
  • Jiamusi Practitioner Liu Jie Arrested, Property Stolen by Authorities while Family Was Reporting Her Missing

    On July 24th, 2012, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Liu Jie suddenly disappeared and was missing for three days. Her family looked for her everywhere and reported her disappearance to the local police station. The police searched and ransacked her home instead of helping her family find Ms. Liu. Authorities told her family that she had been arrested and was being held in the detention centre.
  • Ms. Lei Guiling Arrested Again Years of Severe Physical Abuse and Torture

    Ms. Lei Guiling was arrested on August 3rd, as she distributed Falun Gong DVDs. Police took her to the police station and ransacked Ms. Lei's home. She was eventually sent to Linyi City Detention Centre on the afternoon of August 4th. Previously in 2000, Ms. Lei Guiling and her husband were tortured brutally by police. Police slapped her face viciously. Ms. Lei's head was buzzing and she saw stars in front of her eyes. She also could not hear anything for quite a while. One night, Liu Xingshi hit the couple so hard that they fell to the floor. Then nine thugs beat them with wooden sticks for a long time. The couple's clothes were soaked in blood and they were in unbearable pain. After torturing the couple for over ten days, the police also extorted 8,000 yuan from them.
  • Ms. Zhao Chunxia Arrested, Her Two Daughters and Son Detained for Protesting the Persecution

    Three children were walking along the busiest street in Lindong Town, on August 14th, wearing banners which read, “I Want my Mum Back, I Want to Eat,” and held placards which read, “My Mum was Arrested by Police for Practising Falun Gong, My Dad's Whereabouts are Unknown, Our Money was Taken, and We are Homeless.” The three children included Ms. Zhao Chunxia's two daughters. They walked straight to the Balinzuo Banner government building. Police dragged them to a room. They were detained and were not given any water or food.
  • Longkou City, Shandong Province: Over a Dozen Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested

    The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts' company promotes traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun artists have toured the world for the past six years and the performances are highly praised by people from all walks of lives. However, the Chinese authorities prohibited the group from performing in China, because the programmes contradict the ideology promoted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). When practitioners distribute DVDs of Shen Yun's performances in China, they are being threatened, arrested, imprisoned, taken to forced labour camps and more often than not face torture. On April 11th, the police arrested 13 practitioners involved in ordering cases for Shen Yun DVDs.
  • Practitioner Ms. Yu Guirong Sentenced to Prison, Ms. Lan Bo Arrested

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Yu Guirong was recently sentenced to six years in prison by the local court, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. She was taken to Heilongjiang Province Women's Prison. Ms. Yu was arrested by police on August 26th, 2011 and her home was ransacked. She was held in Harbin City's Second Detention Centre, where the authorities deny any family visitation. Her family was not notified about her trial or that she had been taken to Heilongjiang Province Women's Prison.
  • Shandong Pingdu Court Postpones Trial of Falun Gong Practitioner Mr. Wang Guangwei to Avoid Public Scrutiny

    On July 21st, the Pingdu Court informed the family of Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Wang Guangwei that the trial of Mr. Wang would commence on July 27th. However, four days later, on July 25th, the Pingdu Court postponed the hearing. It is believed that they feared that Beijing lawyers defence of Wang Guangwei would show the illegality of their actions. Mr. Wang Guangwei was falsely accused on March 14th, 2012 and his home was ransacked. On the night of the arrest, police officer Liu Jie tortured Mr. Wang. He pushed him to the ground, stomped on his head, kicked him in the thigh and hit him in the face for about an hour.
  • Mr. Sun Jianfeng Repeatedly Persecuted, Faces Unjust Trial

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Sun Jianfeng has been repeatedly persecuted and mistreated by authorities. Mr. Sun now faces a trial. On March 30th, 2012, police officers arrested Mr. Sun and two other practitioners, Ms. Chang Xiu'e and Ms. Huang Yuxia, in Ms. Chang's house. This was the fifth time that Mr. Sun has been arrested. The police tapped Mr. Sun's phone in 1999, after the the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched its persecution of Falun Gong. Mr. Sun made a phone call to a practitioner in Beijing and the police arrested him. He was taken to a detention centre where he was tortured. Mr. Sun went to Beijing in October 2000 to appeal to the central government. He was arrested on Tiananmen Square and put in a forced labour camp.
  • Falun Gong Practitioners Ms. Zhao Mei and Ms. Huang Wanping Arrested in Songzi City, Hubei Province

    Police officers broke into the homes of Ms. Zhao Mei and Ms. Huang Wanping on August 27th. They took both practitioners straight to the Wuhan Women's Forced Labour Camp. The camp officials refused to accept Ms. Huang as a physical examination disqualified her. She returned home on August 28th. Ms. Zhao's whereabouts are unknown.
  • Daqing Police Arrest Practitioners and Confiscate Personal Belongings to Prevent Them from Installing a Satellite Dish to Receive NTD TV

    Police broke into the home of Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Zenghai August 7th. They ransacked his home and confiscated Mr. Zhang's and his wife's life savings an other personal items. The police suddenly came to their home, intending to block the installation of a satellite dish to receive New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television, a New York-based independent Chinese television.