Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Falun Gong Practitioner Wang Yanyan Arrested Again

    Falun Gong practitioner Wang Yanyan was arrested again and sent to the Siping City Brainwashing Centre by police on September 16th. One month before her latest arrest, Wang Yanyan and her mother had been arrested for having talked to people about the persecution of Falun Gong and having distributed DVDs about Falun Gong. The two women were detained at the county detention centre for 15 days and sent to the Heizuizi Forced Labour Camp in Changchun City soon after. Wang Yanyan's mother was punished with one year of imprisonment.
  • Schoolteacher Ms. Hu Meizhi Arrested in Jiayu County, Hubei Province

    Ms. Hu Meizhi, a schoolteacher at the Paizhouwan Central School in Jiayu County, Hubei Province, was arrested on September 9th, 2009. The school leaders led the local police to arrest her. Chen Zhe (school principal of the Paizhouwan Central School as well as the Lantian Secondary School) and Yin Zuozhong (vice principal) read the newsletter "Words from the Heart in Jiayu County" and discovered that their bad deeds were exposed there. In order to take revenge on Falun Gong practitioners, Chen Zhe and Yin Zuozhong requested personnel from the County 610 office to arrest teacher Ms. Hu Meizhi and send her to a brainwashing centre.
  • Ms. Zhao Juanjuan, a Retired Cadre, Arrested for the Tenth Time

    On September 12th, 2009, Ms. Zhao Juanjuan, 70, was arrested by 610 Office police in Doumen County as she was handing out materials that explained the facts about Falun Gong at Niwan Market in Jingan Town, Juhai City. She was detained in the Second Hotel in Jingan Town. This is her tenth arrest. She has been monitored, arrested, detained, and sentenced to a labour camp over ten times.
  • Husband Almost Loses Eyesight after Eight Years in Prison--Wife Arrested Again

    On September 8th, 2009, the police arrested Ms. Zhang Ying at her in-law's home. When her in-law asked the police why they were arresting her and ransacking their home, and if they had any legal justification, one of the police officers answered, "We are arresting her for interrogation and investigation. The proof will be found eventually." This was her fourth arrest. Ms. Zhang's husband, was sentenced to ten years in prison and had almost lost his eyesight after eight years of imprisonment at the Shanghai Lanqiao Prison.
  • Mr. Wang Dejun and His Wife Arrested in Gaomi City, Shandong Province

    Mr. Wang Dejun and Mrs. Wang Xianglan are husband and wife. On August 31st, 2009, when their daughter left for school, officers from Jiangzhuang, hid near their home and arrested this couple. They are detained in the Gaomi Detention Centre and are being tortured. This couple has been persecuted for many years just because they believe in Falun Gong. Ms. Wang Xianglan was sentenced to two years of forced labour.
  • Ms. Yang Songli from Chongqing Arrested, Son Beaten

    On September 17th, 2009, police charged into the home of Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Yang Songli to arrest her. Her son Gao Yang leaped up to protest and protect his mother. However, Domestic Security police officer Chen Xiaodong beat him to the ground, and policeman Liang Shibin forced his knee into Gao Yang's face. He then stomped on his face, wearing shoes, while continually cursing at him. I was among the crowd that witnessed the event and it broke my heart to see a young man of 20 being beaten to the ground like that. Gao Yang was forcefully taken away.
  • Crimes Committed by Chang Zhanglin, a Policeman from Linzhou City, Henan Province

    On March 31st, 2009, Chang Zhanglin, a 610 Office policeman, arrested eleven Falun Gong practitioners at Hongqi Square in Linzhou City, Henan Province. For years, Chang Zhanglin has persecuted local practitioners. He is notorious for making unjust arrests. In July 2000, Chang Zhanglin arrested practitioners Zhang Tianshun and Wang Jianbin; Zhang Tainshun was imprisoned for 50 days and Wang Jianbin for 40 days. During the opening of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Sixteenth National Party Congress, both practitioners were arrested again, and taken to a 610 Office brainwashing unit in Linxhou City.
  • Ms. Zhang Ying from Shanghai Arrested Again after Long-term Persecution

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Ying was arrested at her mother-in-law's home on September 8th, 2009, by police. Ms. Zhang's parents-in-law questioned the police: "Why do you arrest her and ransack our homes for no reason? Do you have any legal evidence for doing this?" Officer Yang Ying replied, "We are arresting her for the purpose of interrogation--evidence will be produced later. Our responsibility is only to arrest her." Ms. Zhang is being held in the Changning District Detention Centre in Shanghai. This is the fourth arrest for Ms. Zhang. Because she practises Falun Gong, she was sentenced to forced labour for two and a half years in 2001. Not long after she was released from the labour camp, she was sent to a brainwashing centre and then sentenced to forced labour for one year in 2005.
  • The Persecution of Mr. Zhang Hongzhang in Wuyishan City, Fujian Province

    Mr. Zhang Hongzhang was once Head of Education Bureau Workers' Union as well as Head of the Education Bureau Finance Department. Because of pressure from higher government agencies, the Education Bureau removed these titles from him because he practised Falun Gong. Mr. Zhang was arrested by police on April 30th. As a result he suffered many illnesses. On May 9th, he passed out due to high blood pressure during an interrogation and the police sent him to hospital. Many friends and co workers went to the hospital to visit him. However, the police were afraid that his situation would be exposed and thus forcibly took him away although he was severely ill. Mr. Zhang Hongzhang is now detained at Wuyishan Detention Centre.
  • Mr. Ai Lihua and His Family Brutally Beaten and Sentenced to Forced Labour

    Mr. Ai Lihua, his wife Ms. Gu Junqing, and daughter Ms. Ai Xuelian, were arrested on July 30th, 2009. At the police station, the police began roughly taping Mr. Ai's ankles together, then used his belt to tie his hands behind his back. After that, they taped his arms close to his body then brutally beat Mr. Ai, while they tied him to the "tiger bench". While Ms. Ai was being interrogated, she was slapped on the face over ten times then dragged by her hair and slammed into a wall. An Chunfa slapped her face an additional ten-plus times then kicked her and hit her with a water bottle. Later, Mr. Ai Lihua was sentenced to 15 months of forced labour, and Ms. Ai was sentenced to one year of forced labour.
  • Qu Mingzhu Sentenced to One Year of Forced Labour, Her Family Broken Up

    On July 3rd, 2008, police raided the workplace of Ms. Qu Mingzhu, found Falun Gong materials and arrested her. During her detention at the labour camp, Ms. Qu and other practitioners were forced to do hard labour every day for 12 to 13 hours. One time the work involved hand selecting toothpicks. If the workload was not finished at the end of the day, captain Huo Shuping ordered everyone to bring their work back to their cells and continue to work on it until midnight. During Ms. Qu's detention her husband could not stand the pressure from various authorities and left home with their child to live in another city.
  • Practitioner in Duolun County, Inner Mongolia Arrested by National Security Bureau

    On September 8th, 2009, the National Security Police arrested practitioner Mr. Cao Feng while he was working in Shanghai and took him back to Duolun County. He is now imprisoned in the Duolun County Jail. In past years, he and his family were continuously persecuted by the police. In 2003, a warden shocked him with electric batons. His neck and face swelled up with large blisters. He was subsequently extorted out of 4,500 yuan before his release.
  • Police from Cangzhou City and Huanghua City Arrest Falun Gong Practitioners

    On the evening of September 7th, 2009, the Cangzhou City and Huanghua City Police Departments in Hebei Province arrested eight Falun Gong practitioners. On September 7th, more than a dozen police officers broke into the home of Ms. Pu Shuhui, 62. They ransacked the home, and confiscated all of Ms. Pu's Falun Gong books and materials, as well as a personal computer. The police also threatened Ms. Pu's children. Eventually Ms. Pu was released on bail awaiting trial.
  • I Was Arrested and My Husband Died From Shock - First-Hand Report of How I Was Persecuted

    I was not even in my 50's and yet I had to retire and stay at home due to illness. In March 1995, my husband started the practice with me. We both experienced tremendous improvements in health and fitness. In December 2000, police deceived me to leave my house. They dragged me into a car and took me to the Shizui Brainwashing Centre to be incarcerated for more than two months. During my incarceration, my husband was under extreme mental pressure and he cried every day. He used to be very healthy but suddenly his health deteriorated. When I was arrested again my husband had a stroke. On September 30th, 2004, my husband passed away due to shock and fear.
  • Mr. Liu Zhongquan Sentenced to Four Years of Imprisonment; His Wife Sentenced to Forced Labour

    On August 12th, 2008, Mr. Liu Zhongquan and his wife Ms. Liu Zhenxian went to visit Mr. Wang Jinglun. As they were reading the Falun Gong book Zhuan Falun at Mr. Wang's home, they were arrested by police. That night, Mr. Wang's home was ransacked. Mr. Liu was detained and held in the First Detention Centre of Bin County. Ms. Liu Zhenxian was sentenced to 18 months of forced labour and is being held in the Qianjin Labour Camp of Harbin City. Their son, now in secondary school, has been left home alone to fend for himself. On December 1st, 2008, the Bin County Court brought Falun Gong practitioners Mr. Liu Zhongquan to trial. Despite the defence, judges sentenced Mr. Liu to four years of imprisonment.