Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Mr. Jiang Wenshang Unjustly Sentenced for Promoting Shen Yun Performing Arts

    Beautiful fairy maidens dancing so elegantly against the wondrous settings of the Fairy Lake; the legendary monkey king with penetrating eyesight catching monsters and devils on a pilgrimage to the west seeking Buddhist scriptures; the loyal and patriotic general Yue Fei battling his enemies in an ancient war-torn battle field—these are a few scenes from Shen Yun Performing Arts, which revives 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through breathtaking dance and music. Yet for promoting such a remarkable performance to the Chinese people, Mr. Jiang Wenshang from Jixi City, Heilongjiang Province was unjustly sentenced to seven years in prison. He is currently incarcerated in Jiamusi Prison.
  • Judge Refuses to Play Falun Gong DVD, Part of the Evidence, in Court

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Chen was reported to the police when she was seen distributing free DVDs about Falun Gong and the persecution to the public near Zhongxin Market on March 3rd, 2013. She was arrested and then interrogated by police. Ms. Chen Guilan was put on trial on August 9th at Shuangta Court in Chaoyang City. Her lawyer gave a strong defence for her in the court and requested that an importance piece of evidence be played in the court to support his client's innocence - one of the DVDs on the persecution of Falun Gong. However, the judge refused his request, giving all sorts of excuses.
  • After Enduring Five Years of Imprisonment, Ms. Qi Fengmin Faces Another Trial

    Ms. Qi Fengmin was arrested by local police on April 9th, 2013, and now faces trial and unjust sentencing by the Chinese Communist regime. She had previously been arrested in July 2008, and wrongfully imprisoned for five years. Ms. Qi's relatives were heartbroken upon seeing Ms. Qi's younger daughter crying about losing her mother once again. They know very well how badly their hearts were hurt by the multiple arrests, and they were on the brink of a mental collapse. They knew their sister, Ms. Qi, was subjected to inhumane torture during the five years of wrongful imprisonment, and they firmly believed in her innocence.
  • Zhang Wei Severely Abused during Unjust 10-year Prison Sentence

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Wei was arrested in October 2005 and later sentenced to 10 years in prison for tapping into a local cable TV network to explain the facts about Falun Gong to the public and expose the persecution [ Ed. Note: Due to the Chinese regime's persecution of Falun Gong, including a relentless campaign of defamation, and because all normal avenues of communication are closed to them, Falun Gong practitioners in China have had to resort to creative means to expose the persecution and get the truth out to the public ]. During the time that he was detained in prison Mr. Zhang was brutally tortured by the guards and he is extremely weak.
  • Dr. Li Yanjun Arrested and Taken to Xinjin Brainwashing Centre - Police Lied to His Family

    Dr. Li Yanjun, an associate professor at the Southwest Petroleum University, was arrested on June 26th, 2013, and taken to the Luzhou Detention Centre, because he practised Falun Gong. His family was notified by officials from the Luzhou Domestic Security Division on July 25th, a month after his arrest, that he had been released under surveillance. However, he was instead taken to the Xinjin Brainwashing Centre for further persecution.
  • Computer Science Professor Prosecuted for Pro Bono Work

    Mr. Su Kun, a Falun Gong practitioner and professor at the Yunnan Vocational & Technical College of the National Defence Industry, was tried by the Kunming City Intermediate Court on July 2nd, 2013, for providing pro bono work, which included installing computer software for others. His defence attorney refuted that the evidence presented indicated no crime had been committed, and he showed that Professor Su was simply a good person who was volunteering his time. Previously, Professor Su was arrested in 2004 for giving his students DVDs which contained important facts about Falun Gong. He served more than three and a half years in a forced labour camp.
  • Ms. Liu Chengyan from Fushun City Arrested and Force-Fed with Hot Sauce

    On July 1st, 2013, police invaded the home of Ms. Liu Chengyan in Wulaotun Village. They arrested her and confiscated her laptop, printer and other personal items. In order to force a confession from Ms. Liu, police then force-fed her with hot sauce, which made her mouth swell. Ms. Liu's son, Yu Jixin, is two and a half years old . He was greatly traumatized by the arrest of his mother and cries for her every day. Ms. Liu is being held in the NanGou Detention Centre.
  • Two Falun Gong Women in Their 60's Sentenced to Six Years in Prison at a Show Trial in Shanghai

    Ms. Bai Gendi and Ms. Yao Yuhua from Shanghai, both in their 60s, have been sentenced to prison for their belief in Falun Gong. The Xuhui District Court sentenced Ms. Bai to 6.5 years and Ms. Yao to 6 years on May 3rd, 2013. Their appeals were denied on June 18th. Since the Chinese communist regime began to persecute Falun Gong in 1999, Ms. Bai and Ms. Yao have been arrested many times for their faith. Ms. Bai has been arrested six times and detained for a total of 10 years and 2 months.
  • After Years in Prisons and Labour Camps, Ms. Mo Huiping Is Once Again Arrested

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Mo Huiping, 37, from Yinchuan City in Ningxia Autonomous Region was arrested in Wuzhong City. We have learned that Ms. Mo was targeted by the authorities for further persecution. This is the third time she has been severely persecuted. Ms. Luo Xinping was forced to pay two thousand yuan before she was released.
  • Cang County Court in Hebei Province and Secretly Sentences 70-year-old Practitioner and Prevents Attorney from Appealing

    Seventy-year-old farmer Mr. Sun Yuqiang was detained for over four months for practising Falun Gong. Cang County Court tried Mr. Sun secretly on May 7th. The court did not notify the practitioner's family, did not allow the practitioner to hire a defence attorney, and did not announce the time and location of the trial. The trial was just a formality and lasted only 20 minutes. Mr. Sun was sentenced to three years in prison. The verdict indicated that it was a “public" trial, but in actuality, there were no family members or civilians present. The court kept it secret from the public, only informing the CCP judicial system.
  • Court Secretly Sentences Nurse to Eight Years; Distraught Family Members Have Appealed

    In January, family members of Song Yingjie, 43, learned that she had been arrested by the police nine months earlier, and last September, a court secretly sentenced her to eight years of imprisonment. Her family members became angry and hired a lawyer to appeal the case. In the meantime, Ms. Song went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution.
  • Detention and Imprisonment Suffered by Mr. Xu Xudong from Hubei Province

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Xu Xudong was arrested on February 26th, 2013 and detained in Hubei Province Law Enforcement Education Centre (aka Banqiao Brainwashing Centre). Upon arrival at the brainwashing centre, guards injected Mr. Xu with an unknown substance. He was later assaulted by several people. In an attempt to get him to renounce his belief, guards forced Mr. Xu to watch videos slandering Falun Gong every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Police also verbally abused his elderly father and teenager daughter in front of him.
  • Previously Beaten and Locked in Iron Cage, Ms. Zhang Li Arrested Again

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Li, from Mudanjiang City, was arrested by police on May 13th, 2013. She is currently incarcerated at the Mudanjiang No. 2 Detention Centre. This is the fourth time she has been arrested and detained for her faith. Ms. Zhang has been subjected to relentless persecution since 1999, when the communist regime launched a brutal campaign to eradicate Falun Gong. She was detained in a forced labour camp twice and later sent to the Heilongjiang Prison, where she was brutally tortured and locked in an iron cage.
  • Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Chen Kaiyu Tried in Court

    Ms. Chen Kaiyu is a Falun Gong practitioner in her 50s from Huaihua City, Hunan. After having been detained for six months, she was put on trial at the Hecheng District Court on April 11th, 2013. Her lawyer made a plea of innocence and asked for her acquittal. The process of the trial was heavily watched by police and 610 Office personnel (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong), as well as surveillance cameras. Ms. Chen was arrested by officers from the Hutian Police Station, a branch of the Hecheng Police Station on October 20th, 2012 and then detained at the Huaihua Detention Centre.
  • Recent Mass Arrest of Practitioners from Heilongjiang Province Spotlights the Chinese Communist Party’s Ruthlessness

    Banners reading “Falun Gong is Good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good” appeared on the road from Yilan County to Fangzheng County on the morning of January 1st, 2013. Governor Wang Xiankui of Heilongjiang Province happened to be travelling through the area that day, and he was furious upon seeing the banners in his province. Fearing for the security of his position, he ordered an investigation to find out the source of the banners. Within three months, more than 50 practitioners had either been arrested or gone missing.