Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Falun Gong Practitioner in Her Seventies Taken Into Custody at Midnight by 610 Office Agents

    Practitioner Ms. Wang Guilan, who is in her seventies, went missing in November 2013. Her family later learned that Ms. Wang had been taken into custody in the middle of the night by the Huadian City 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong), and taken to the Shahezi Brainwashing Centre in Jilin City. The brainwashing sessions started at 8:00 a.m. daily. The content of the so-called lectures was material that slandered Falun Gong.
  • More Than a Decade of Persecution: Jiangxi Police Continue to Detain Falun Gong Practitioner for Her Belief

    When the Chinese Communist Party started the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, Ms. Ji Shujun, 50, was repeatedly arrested, detained and subjected to the regime's notorious “education through forced labour.” She was sentenced to three years in a labour camp in 2002 after she went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. In the Gaoyang Labour Camp, Ms. Ji was beaten with electric batons, forced to stand for prolonged periods and forced to stand outdoors in the bitter cold and snow. She staged several hunger strikes to protest the mistreatment.
  • Police Secretly Install Tracking Device on Practitioner's Car

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Li Li from Cangzhou City, Hebei Province found a little black box under her car’s chassis on December 9th, 2013. The box was about 8cm × 8cm × 2cm. Ms. Li learned that it was a "locator," a tracking device. She removed it from the car and put it in the basement next to her parking place. Mr. Li’s home was ransacked at noon on December 11th, by eight police officers.
  • Detained for Exposing Torture in Forced Labour Camps, Ms. Lu Xueqin Denied Medical Care

    Ms. Lu Xueqin was arrested on May 2nd, 2013, for taking photographs that depicted various means of torture used on Falun Gong practitioners in Chinese prisons and forced labour camps. She has been detained ever since. Ms. Lu's health has drastically deteriorated while in detention. Her lawyer submitted a request to get her released on medical parole, but the Qingdao City Police Department has turned it down.
  • Ms. Jian Chengrong, in Her 70s, Arrested and Tortured

    On September 9th, 2013, police broke into 74-year-old Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Jian Chengrong's home. They claimed that Ms. Jian's home was the headquarters for local Falun Gong practitioners, and sent about 20 officers to ransack the elderly woman's home. They took away all of her Falun Gong books, as well as Ms. Jian's computer, printer, mobile phones, and about three thousand yuan in cash. Around 9 p.m., the police brutally interrogated Mrs. Jian. They hit her lower abdomen violently until it bled. Later they slapped her face and beat her.
  • Sham “Public Trial” Held in Nong'an County Court, Jilin Province

    A Nong'an County Court in Jilin Province held an illegal hearing on the afternoon of October 11th, 2013, without notifying the defence lawyers and family members of eight Falun Gong practitioners. All of the eight practitioners pleaded not guilty. Mr. Liu and Ms. Zhang accused the Domestic Security Division of extorting their confession by torture and stated that evidence that was obtained by torture was invalid.
  • Mass Arrest of Fourteen Practitioners in Maoming--Five Facing Trial

    Fourteen Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in Maoming on November 2nd, 2013. Five are still being detained. Families of the arrested practitioners appealed to the authorities to release of their loved ones, but the authorities refused to see them. The police station deputy director claimed that the practitioners would be put on trial.
  • Trial Continues After Defence Lawyers Leave the Courtroom

    A second court trial for practitioners Ms. Liu Yanhua and Ms. Wu Wenjin commenced on October 22nd, 2013, without the presence of their three defence lawyers. Ms. Liu and Ms. Wu's relatives were very angry that the court officials acted in such an unfair manner. Defence lawyer Chu Yukun was unable to make it to the court on time, as his flight was delayed due to heavy fog. The two other lawyers then tried to contact Li Yongsheng, the presiding judge, to postpone the trial for a couple of days. However, he did not answer the calls.
  • Jilin City Party Secretary Launches Mass Arrests; An Inside Look at the Shahezi Brainwashing Centre

    More than 30 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested the night of October 17th, 2013. Some of the them were taken to the Shahezi Brainwashing Centre. Every day from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., propaganda that slanders Falun Gong is broadcast into the rooms. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., they focus on personally abusing practitioners in an effort to break their spirits and force them to renounce their belief. Since becoming the CCP secretary, Zhang Xiaopei has been mercilessly persecuting Falun Gong as a means of gaining political favour for further promotion.
  • Ms. Zhao Chunyan Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    After previously being arrested twice and sentenced to forced labour twice, Ms. Zhao Chunyan, in her 60s, was sentenced to five years in prison by Hengshan District Court on October 28th, 2013. She has already been through so much and her family is extremely worried about her. To protest the persecution Ms. Zhao went on a hunger strike while she was detained and was obviously very debilitated during the trial. This did not keep the court from sentencing her to five years in prison.
  • Award-Winning Music Teacher Arrested Again after Being Held in a Forced Labour Camp Four Times

    Award-winning music teacher Mr. Ding Fadong was arrested on September 15th, 2013, while visiting another Falun Gong practitioner. Both practitioners are now in the Zhongning County Detention Centre. Since the persecution of Falun Gong began 14 years ago, Mr. Ding has been brutally persecuted for not giving up his belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He was sentenced to forced labour four times, tortured, and fired from his job. His family has also suffered because of the persecution of Falun Gong.
  • Mother and Daughter Arrested Again for Telling People How Falun Gong Helped Them Regain Their Health

    Ms. Zhao Fengxia and her mother Ms. Li Zhengying are both residents of Guanjian Town, Tongliang County in Chongqing City. Not long after they began to practise Falun Gong, a once blind Ms. Zhao was able to see again, and Ms. Li saw her numerous illnesses disappear. Having benefited tremendously from Falun Gong, both mother and daughter were determined to share their good news with everyone. However, they were detained on more than one occasion just for telling people about Falun Gong. Ms. Zhao and Ms. Li were recently arrested again on October 23rd, 2013 by police.
  • Good People Helping Disaster Victims Are Arrested and Persecuted

    A disastrous flood occurred in the Fushun District of Liaoning on August 16th, 2013 with the worst affected area at Nankouqian Town in Qingyuan County. Government officials did not provide relief for the disaster, and even prevented the news from getting out. Ms. Huang Yupin, together with fellow practitioners Zhang Yanfen, Ms. Liu Jinyan and Mr. Zhang Wenkun prepared food and clothing, and then went to distribute them to the flood victims. However, they were arrested by the police on the same day.
  • Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Fang Yu, an Engineer, in Critical Condition

    Ms. Fang Yu was sentenced to a six and a half year prison term for practising Falun Gong. She was arrested on July 2nd, 2013, and is being tortured. She is unable to eat or drink due to the abuse. She has become emaciated and is in critical condition. Despite her deteriorating health, she was sentenced to a six and a half year prison term. She has appealed to the Tongling City Intermediate Court.
  • The Torture and Abuse Endured by Falun Gong Practitioner Sun Lijun

    Ms. Sun Lijun went to Tiananmen Square to peacefully protest the persecution. She recounts her experience: "Several fellow practitioners and I were sent to a police station in Beijing. Because I refused to tell them my address, three policemen stripped off my clothes, leaving me in only my underwear. They hung me up by my hands. Four officer shocked me with electric batons at the same time. They shocked my head, teeth, nipples, private area, hands, and legs. Since I would not give in, they dragged me to the yard and hung me from a pole, with my feet not touching the ground. They hung me outside for a long time in the cold. Then they took me back to the room and hung me up again. They tortured me nonstop."