Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Mr. Liu Zhaofu Arrested and Sentenced to Jilin Prison

    Mr. Liu Zhaofu's wife Ms. Shi Xiuzhen was arrested at home by officers from Xinzhan Police Station in Jiaohe on March 18th, 2008. Mr. Liu managed to escape and had to leave home to avoid persecution. Ms. Shi was tortured and sentenced to six years in Jilin Province Women's Prison. Police ransacked their home several times in an attempt to find Mr. Liu's whereabouts.
  • Kindergarten Owners Zhou Hongbo and His Wife Wang Fujuan from Daqing City Detained

    Falun Gong practitioners Mr. Zhou Hongbo and his wife Ms. Wang Fujuan are owners of a family-run kindergarten centre. They treat children with patience and responsibility, and the children's academic scores have greatly improved after they attended the couple's school. Parents are eager to send their kids to their centre. Such highly regarded teachers have been persecuted many times by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for their belief in Falun Gong. The couple has recently been detained again.
  • Min Changchun, an Alumnus of Wuhan University, Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    In May 2012, Mr. Min Changchun, a Falun Gong practitioner from Zhongxiang City, was secretly given a five-year sentence in Wuhan City. He has been incarcerated in Shayang Fanjiatai Prison. This was the third time that he was sentenced. Out of the last 13 years, Mr. Min was in a prison for four years, where he was persecuted until he was in critical condition, and in a forced labour camp for one and a half years. He was arrested and savagely beaten four times by the First Division (National Security Division) of the Wuhan Police Department.
  • Practitioners and Their Family Members Arrested in Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province

    Since June 2012, police in Hegang City, Heilongjiang Province, and the Domestic Security Division have seized several Falun Gong practitioners including Niu Huijie, her daughter, and her daughter's fiancee (who is not a practitioner), as well as another couple, Ms. Song Guiping and Mr. Qiao Zhenbin, who are both practitioners. The brainwashing centre officials asked Ms. Niu whether practised Falun Gong. She replied that she practised occasionally for health reasons. They said that, since she was a practitioner, she had to stay in the brainwashing centre.
  • Jilin Police Harass Numerous Falun Gong Practitioners

    On the night of May 29th, 2012, the Jilin Police Department had a joint action to harass and arrest numerous Falun Gong practitioners. According to the information provided by the insiders, the Jilin Provincial Committee and the Politics and Law Committee intended to persecute Falun Gong practitioners in the name of protecting the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) Eighteenth Conference. Mr. Li Wenjun and his mother, Ms. Feng Fengyun were taken away from their home by police on the night of May 29th. The police broke into their home and took away a computer, all the Falun Gong books, over a thousand yuan, a charger for an electric power cart, DVDs, etc.
  • Cao Dong Arrested Again in Beijing, Less than One Year after His Release from Prison

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Yisu returned home from work on June 8th, 2012. The moment she unlocked her door, seven to eight police officers moved in quickly and broke into her home. The officials were actually looking for Mr. Cao Dong, who was staying temporarily at her home. Mr. Cao was previously arrested and sentenced to five years in prison after he met with the vice president of the European Parliament and informed him about the brutal persecution suffered by him and his wife, along with other local practitioners.
  • Eighty-Year-Old Woman Sent to Brainwashing Centre; 60-Year-Old Sent to Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Li Tuomin, in her 80s, is a resident of Chaoyang District in Beijing. She was reported by someone hired by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and then arrested by police while she and another Falun Gong practitioner were distributing materials exposing the persecution of Falun Gong on the afternoon of April 25th, 2012. On May 11th, Ms. Li was arrested again at home by the officers from the 610 Office and sent to a brainwashing centre. Ms. Wang Xiaoli, a 60-year-old Falun Gong practitioner, was arrested at home on January 13th, 2012 and sentenced to two years and seven months of forced labour in March.
  • Curtain Shop Owner Ms. Hong Meishuang Arrested Again by Rizhao 610 Office

    Ms. Hong Meishuang is a Falun Gong practitioner from Rizhao, Shandong Province. Since the Communist regime started persecuting Falun Gong in July 1999, she has been arrested, harassed and persecuted by the local 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) several times. Since May 1st, following the orders of the Donggang District 610 Office, officials from the neighbourhood Party committee have attempted many times to force her to go to the Zhangqiu Brainwashing Centre in Jinan. After unsuccessfully attempting to make her go to the brainwashing class for two months, Rizhao 610 Office officials started to become more aggressive and on June 27th arrested Ms. Hong on the street and took her to the brainwashing centre.
  • In Persecuting Good People, the Authorities Break the Law and Try to Extort Funds from Their Victims

    On the morning of May 21st, 2012, police arrested Ms. Zhang Huimin and Ms. Deng Gezi, two Falun Gong practitioners from Gutouzhuang Village in Xiong County, Hebei Province, and took them to the station. That afternoon the women were transferred to the the Anxin County Detention Centre. Shortly afterward police took Ms. Zhang and Ms. Deng to Shijiazhuang Women's Forced Labour Camp. All the officers accompanied the practitioners, because they intended to divide the bonus money. It had been announced that, for each practitioner sentenced to forced labour, the participants would receive 30,000 yuan.
  • Mr. Li Lankui Arrested in Zhengding County, Hebei Province; Villagers Stand Up to Police

    On June 1st, at around 6 o'clock in the morning, more than 20 police officers from the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) arrived in four police cars to break into Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Lankui's home. Since Mr. Li was not home at the time, his family was forced to lead the police to look for him. They ran into Mr. Li on the way and the police tried to force him to sign paperwork on the spot. Mr. Li told them sternly, “Falun Gong is good!” The neighbours couldn't just stand aside. Instead, they surrounded the police officers and tried to reason with them, “Mr. Li is not stealing from or robbing anybody. He is very fair and kind in doing business. Why do you guys keep on harassing such a good person?”
  • Xiangfang District Court in Harbin Tries Xiao Kun and Three Other Practitioners

    On May 18th, 2012, the Xiangfang District Court in Harbin tried Falun Gong practitioners Xiao Kun, Xiao Yang, Zhang Shengguo, and Hou Yinghua. The four are among dozens of Falun Gong practitioners who were arrested on December 31st, 2011. Their attorneys filed not-guilty pleas in court for them. During the trial, the police fabricated evidence against them. The Chinese Communist Party never treats Falun Gong practitioners according to the law. So-called trials are just a formality, and are a farce. The police often fabricate evidence and try to frame practitioners.
  • New Round of Arrests in the Shenyang City Shenbei New District

    Officers from the Shenbei New District Police Department in Shenyang City simultaneously carried out arrests of Falun Gong practitioners in four different places. The arrests took place on the evening of June 7th, 2012. Police arrested Ms. Guan Yaqing and her non-practitioner husband and took them to the Huangjia Township Police Station.
  • Nine Falun Gong Practitioners Arrested in 3 Weeks in Pingdu City

    Officials in Pingdu City, Shandong Province, have arrested many Falun Gong practitioners since the start of 2012. The Pingdu 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) and various local police stations have participated in the persecution. Nine practitioners were taken into custody from May 21st to June 13th, 2012. On May 21st, police arrested Ms. Li Jihua when she spoke to people about Falun Gong in a local market. Ms. Li was sent to the Dashan Detention Centre in Qingdao City.
  • Taiwanese Falun Gong Practitioner Arrested in China By Zhong Yuan & Chen Zhen

    A Taiwanese businessman and Falun Gong practitioner was abducted by Chinese security forces last week, starting a campaign by his family to raise political and media attention about the case on the small island. Zhong Dingbang left Taiwan on June 15th for a three-day trip to Ganzhou, China, to visit relatives. He was expected to return home on June 18th, but never did. His phone was dead, too.
  • Attorneys for Falun Gong Practitioners Defend Their Clients Despite Interference by Shuangcheng Court

    Six Falun Gong practitioners were tried by the Shuangcheng Court in Heilongjiang Province on May 28th, 2012. Five lawyers were hired to defend them. Many people who heard about it wanted to sit in on the trial. As a result, the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) security agencies were all on high alert and tried to prevent the crowd from entering the courthouse. During the trial, the lawyers described the cruelty of the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners perpetrated by the communist authorities. The judge repeatedly hammered his desk in an attempt to keep them from revealing the facts. Nonetheless, they persisted. When one lawyer was silenced, another continued. At last, the judge had to have two lawyers removed from the courtroom.