Illegal Detention and Imprisonment

  • Secret Sentencing in Chengdu Court As Judge Lin Qiao Is Again Responsible for a Miscarriage of Justice

    Chengdu Falun Gong practitioner Chen Changyuan sued the court after being sentenced to three years. On July 18th, he received a notice overruling his appeal and the unjust sentence from the first trial was upheld. He was taken secretly to Deyang Prison, but his attorney and family members were not notified by Judge Lin Qiao. After Mr. Chen's appeal for a hearing was accepted by the Intermediate Court, Lin Qiao tried many tactics to thwart Mr. Chen's attorney, first by preventing him from copying the notes from the first trial; second, by informing the attorney that it would be a "written trial" and not heard publicly; and third, by insisting the attorney hand over his speech for the defence prior to the case being heard.
  • Mr. Feng Gang Arrested Again in Dalian, His Whereabouts Unknown

    Falun Gong practitioner Feng Gang was detained and tortured at a detention centre for more than one month and was in critical condition. He was taken to the hospital on August 10th. Despite the pain he was in, Feng Gang left the hospital to escape the police. It was said that Feng Gang was arrested by police at a supermarket, after returning home from the hospital. Feng Gang's family members went to a local police station and policeman Li Hongqiao told them: "Feng Gang will die within a few days."
  • Married Couple Mr. You Changbao and Ms. Gao Wencheng Arrested Again in Harbin City

    On August 14th, 2009, police Mr. You Changbao while he was on his way to work. He was taken back to his home. The police confiscated dozens of Falun Gong books, one laptop computer and 2,000 yuan in cash. When asked if they had a search warrant, the officers replied: "There is no need for a search warrant for people like you (those who practise Falun Gong)." Mr. You's wife, Ms. Gao Wencheng, ran out of the house, but the officers caught her. They grabbed her by the hair and the ear and took her to a police car. Mr. You and Ms. Gao are now held at the Tonghe County Detention Centre.
  • Brutal Persecution in Lingqing City, Shandong Province

    On August 2nd, 2009, the Linqing City Public Security Bureau in Shandong Province gave orders to the police in townships and villages under its jurisdiction to harass, arrest Falun Gong practitioners, and ransack their homes. Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Lin was arrested from her home on August 3rd by police. They confiscated a computer, printer, a taxi tricycle, and tools. Ms. Wang was taken to a detention centre where she was so brutally beaten that her cervical spine was fractured, which caused her to lose consciousness. She was sent to the 2nd District Hospital in Liaocheng City.
  • Sentenced to Six Years in Prison, Mr. Zhang Deming Repeatedly Persecuted

    Since 1999, Mr. Zhang Deming has been arrested, detained, and sent to brainwashing centres several times. On March 10th, 2008, the police arrested Mr. Zhang in his home, and confiscated a large amount of his personal property. On February 13th, 2009, the Baobeidian City Court sentenced him to a six-year prison term. On March 18th, two attorneys hired by Mr. Zhang's family, defended Mr. Zhang's innocence. However, on June 10th, the Baoding Intermediate Court disregarded the attorneys' appeal. When the attorneys told the court that the sentence was unreasonable, the court personnel replied, "We are unreasonable to begin with!" On July 15th, 2009, Mr. Zhang was sent to Jidong Prison.
  • Miss Xu Yiwen Detained Again, Her Family Repeatedly Persecuted

    It was said that around 5 a.m. on July 30th, officers from the Domestic Security Division took Xu Yiwen to the Baishan Forced Labour Camp. So far, this report has not been verified. As Xu Yiwen's parents, Xu Dongcheng and Wang Shu'er, are Falun Gong practitioners, the high school she attended expelled her. Previously, on April 16th, 2009, policemen broke into the home of Wang Shu'er's mother. They again arrested Xu Dongcheng, Wang Shu'er and their daughter, Xu Yiwen, who were taking care of their ill grandmother. They confiscated a computer and other items. They detained the family of three in the Linjiang Detention Centre. Xu Yiwen was detained for fifteen days.
  • Police Beat Ms. Zhao Qunlan and Arrested Practitioners Who Attended Her Trial in Yueyang City Court

    On August 4th, the Junshan District Court in Yueyang City held a court session to try Falun Gong practitioner Zhao Qunlan. During the session, the police harassed Ms. Zhao's two lawyers, threatened and arrested practitioners who came to watch the trial, and shocked Ms. Zhao with an electric baton after the trial. The two lawyers pleaded not guilty for Ms. Zhao, and praised Falun Gong practitioners as true heroes.
  • Attorneys Barred from Seeing their Client Mr. Gu Huaibing File Complaints against the Domestic Security Division in Chengdu City

    On July 21st, 2009, Mr. Gu Huaibing was arrested by officers from the Tiaosanta Police Station. On August 5th, Mr. Li Jinglin and Mr. Lan Zhixue, two attorneys representing Mr. Gu, requested to meet with their client according to the law but were rejected by the chief of the Wuhou District Domestic Security Division, Chengdu City. Both attorneys have filed complaints with the Chengdu City Procuratorate and other relevant authorities against the unlawful actions of the Chengdu City Detention Centre, the Legislative Affairs Section of the Public Security Department, Wuhou Branch and the chief of the Wuhou District Domestic Security Division.
  • Attorneys Sue National Security Team in Wuhou for Denying Attorney Rights to Meet With Gu Huaibing

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Gu Huaibing was arrested at his job by officers from the Tiaosanta Police Station on the evening of July 21st, 2009, and he was detained on criminal charges the next day. On August 5th-6th, his lawyer requested a meeting with him but was turned down by the team leader of the National Security Team in Wuhou. On August 13th, two attorneys, Lan zhixue and Li Jinglin, brought suit against the Procuratorate of Chendu City and the relevant departments. The team leader of the National Security Team of Wuhou violated the law by denying the requested meeting between the lawyers and Mr. Gu, hindering the attorneys and depriving the attorney's right to see their client.
  • Former President of Nanyang Construction Group Arrested While Purchasing An Airline Ticket

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Xinguang, who is in his fifties, was the former president of Nanyang Construction Group. Mr. Li was on a business trip to Beijing on the morning of June 23rd, 2009, and when he used his personal identification card to purchase an airline ticket, the airline identified him as a Falun Gong practitioner, and he was then detained. On June 26th, he was sent back to a local police station by the Wolong Police Station in Nanyang. His home was ransacked by the police, and he is now being detained at Nanyang First Detention Centre
  • Mr. Tian Haitao Brutally Mistreated and in Critical Condition in Jiamusi Detention Centre

    Mr. Tian Haitao, 46, was arrested by police officers that were monitoring him when he visited the home of a fellow practitioner on February 12th, 2009. The police confiscated all his personal belongings and over 1,500 yuan in cash. One of the officers hit him several times during the arrest. He was then taken to Jiamusi Detention Centre in the evening. Mr. Tian went on a hunger strike to protest the mistreatment. The guard ordered 8 to 9 prisoners to force him down, pry his mouth open, and insert a tube to force feed him salty liquid food. He was also injected with unknown drugs. Later his whole body would hurt.
  • Police Use Tear Gas and Axe to Break Into Mr. Zhang Yu's Home in Manchuri City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

    On August 8th, 2009, several dozen police officers smashed a window and threw tear gas into Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Yu's home, with no regard for the fact that Mr. Zhang's elderly, sick parents and his teenage daughter were inside. Military police then went into Mr. Zhang's home through the broken window. Because the police had broken the lock on Mr. Zhang's door, it could not be opened, so the police used a firefighter's ax to break down the door and took the family of five away. Mr. Zhang's family was arrested because he and his wife practise Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Mr. Zhang and his wife were detained in the Manchuri City Detention Centre.
  • Mr. Wang Shiming and His Family Members Arrested Again

    On July 17th, 2009 Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Wang Shiming, his elder sister Ms. Wang Min, and their mother were arrested by police from the Tianjin Street Police Station of Zhongshan District. Mr. Wang and Ms. Wang are being held in the Dalian Detention Centre. Their mother was released two days later since their 90-year-old grandmother was left at home alone without anyone to take care of her. This is the seventh time Mr. Wang has been arrested, and the fourth time that Ms. Wang has been arrested.
  • Ms. He Yana Detained at the Tianjin City Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Causing Her Daughter to Miss School

    On March 9th, 2009, practitioner Ms. He Yana was arrested by the police when she was reported by an informant while visiting friends in the Hexi district. Afterwards, she was jailed in the Tianjin City Drug Rehabilitation Centre and is still being held there. Her family did not have money to pay the "fine." As a result, the police would not register her daughter as a resident, which in turn made her unable to go to school. In the past five months, Ms. He and her family have suffered a great deal. Her mother suffered from throat cancer, and was unable to speak after the operation. She became inconsolable whenever she thought of her daughter who was being persecuted.
  • Judiciary Officials of a Dandong Court Stop a Lawyer's Defence

    On July 28th, 2009, the Yuanbao District Court of Dandong City, Liaoning Province convened a session to try Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Xiangju. Presiding Judge Wang and criminal court Presiding Judge Ma Shuhe repeatedly told the defence lawyer not to actively defend Ms. Wang Xiangju and not to enter an innocent plea. They threatened a harsher sentence if the lawyer did not comply. Ma Shuhe, the criminal court presiding judge of Yuanbao District Court of Dandong City said, "We will interrupt if the lawyer tries to defend his client. After three such instances, the lawyer will be expelled from the courtroom."