Inside the Labour Camps

  • China's Forced Labour Camps and Their Horrors Not Abolished, Just Renamed

    Chinese officials publicly announced their decision to abolish the notorious forced labour camp system on January 7th, 2013, according to a December 2013 Amnesty International report. The report also pointed out that this system that had existed for about six decades has not changed its colours, only its identity. For example, Masanjia Forced Labour Camp, one of the most notorious labour camps, was renamed by the Chinese Communist regime to Masanjia Ward of Liaoning Women's Prison. Most of the camp guards were retained and about 50 Falun Gong practitioners are incarcerated in the Masanjia Ward today.
  • Looking Beyond the Product Label: Filthy Toothpicks Made by Forced Labour

    In Wangfangdian Detention Centre in southern Liaoning Province, detainees are made to do forced labour for long periods of time. The products they make include toothpicks in assorted colours, the kind often used in restaurants, hotels, and homes. Detainees here refuse to use these toothpicks, as they were produced in terribly unsanitary conditions. Forced labour in these detention centres peaked between 2000 and 2002, when the Chinese Communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong was at its most rampant and a large number of practitioners were detained there.
  • Brutal “Hang and Cuff” Torture Used by the Changlinzi Forced Labour Camp

    The “Hang and Cuff” torture used by the Changlinzi Forced Labour Camp of Heilongjiang has a brutal and sinister history. The guards handcuffed practitioners to crossbars in a position where they could neither stand up nor squat. Over time, this position caused excruciating pain. Some practitioners were handcuffed in this way for seven days at a time, and some endured this for over 20 days. The camp has been disbanded but shall be remembered for this torture method.
  • Torture in Fenjin Forced Labour Camp “Hell on Earth”

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Cui Hongjun was admitted to Fenjin Forced Labour Camp on August 29th, 2011. Guards shocked him with electric batons, made him sit on a small stool, tied him up on a small stool, stabbed bamboo under his fingernails, and beat him. Mr. Cui was tortured until he almost passed out. Since returning home, he often wakes with nightmares in the middle of night. He still has vivid images of being tortured, has splitting headaches, and can no longer can speak clearly. After the persecution of Falun Gong started in on July 20th, 1999, Mr. Cui was persecuted, harassed, incarcerated, and taken to forced labour camps.
  • Slave Labour Behind Festive Strings of Lights Made in Taiyuan Detention Centre

    People around the world often like to use colourful strings of lights to enhance the festive atmosphere when celebrating the New Year and other special occasions. However, most people are probably not aware of how these jolly items are produced: Many of them are handmade by the detainees of the Taiyuan Detention Centre in Shanxi Province, where Falun Gong practitioners and others are subjected to daily slave labour.
  • Two Women Brutally Tortured for Refusing to Renounce Falun Gong: Teeth Knocked Out Due to Force-Feeding

    Falun Gong practitioners Ms. Lu Fulian and Ms. Lang Dongyue, both farmers, were brutally beaten and force-fed unknown drugs in Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp. The force-feeding was so violent that some of their teeth were knocked out. They were arrested and tortured for their belief in Falun Gong. Later, Ms. Lang was sent to the notorious Masanjia Forced Labour Camp. When she was released in July 2009, she was nothing but skin and bones. She could no longer move her hands, so she could not take care of herself.
  • Crimes at Chinese Labour Camps Must Be Fully Exposed and Accounted For (Part 1)

    Ms. Gao Rongrong was disfigured due to electric shocks at the Longshan Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. Ms. Gao was arrested and taken to the Camp in July 2003 because of her belief in Falun Gong. Ms. Gao was captured again in March 2005 and sent to the Masanjia Labour Camp in Liaoning Province. She died on June 16th, 2005. Zhang Sukun, Ms. Gao's mum, over 75 years old, petitioned for justice for Ms. Gao's death and encountered a lot of difficulties and threats. She died five years later.
  • Falun Gong Practitioners Viciously Tortured at Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp Before it Closed

    Authorities at the Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp escalated their persecution of Falun Gong practitioners between August 2012 and February 2013, just before it was decommissioned. The labour camp used many kinds of torture on practitioners. They forced practitioners to sit on small plastic stools designed for children from 5:00 in the morning until midnight, sometimes even longer. There was little time for sleep. The torture made some some practitioners' buttocks fester. Right before the labour camp finally closed, some captains asked the practitioners they had tortured not to expose their crimes. These vicious perpetrators expressed fear of being brought to justice.
  • Slave Labour Conditions at Jincheng City Detention Station in Shanxi Province

    Practitioners and other prisoners held in the Jincheng City Detention Station in Shanxi Province are forced to do extremely demanding slave labour regardless of their age, gender, or physical conditions. Detainees have been exposed to poisonous chemical dyes for extended periods, due to unhealthy work conditions, and now have swollen faces and show symptoms of dizziness. The detainees must rise at 6:00 a.m. and begin making bundles of flowers. They have a daily quota to fill, and it takes more than 14 hours each day to finish the daily quota. The detainees are regularly beaten, cursed at, and otherwise physically abused.
  • The Violent Persecution Carried Out at Xuchang Third Forced Labour Camp

    Xuchang Third Forced Labour Camp is one of the places set up by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. The guards not only make practitioners do slave labour, but also used various brutal tortures to transform [forcibly renounce Falun Gong] them. When a practitioner refused to be transformed, the guards torture him with various means, including solitary confinement, “tiger bench,” handcuffing, roping, electric shock, scalding with hot water and lit cigarettes, sleep deprivation and severe beatings.
  • Products Made by Slave Labour in Jiamusi Prison, Heilongjiang Province

    Jiamusi Prison in Heilongjiang Province is one of many prisons in China where prisoners are exploited as cheap labour to sort and package different kinds of products. Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned there are no exception from this type of exploitation. The prison received a shipment of popsicle sticks, toothpicks and disposable chopsticks in late 2012. The prisoners were then forced to sort and package them.
  • The Brutal Inside Story of a Jilin Province Women's Forced Labour Camp

    Falun Gong practitioners detained in Heizuizi Women's Forced Labour Camp have to start working at 5:30 a.m., and must work until 6:45 p.m. There are no breaks in between. The little bit of time allowed to have meals and use the toilet is considered rest time. The detained must make items with toxic plastic. The guards strictly forbid them from telling anyone that the plastic used there is poisonous. The supervisor summoned Falun Gong practitioner Song Baoqin to the warehouse on January 4th, 2013, and demanded that she tell them who reported that the plastic was toxic. When Song Baoqin refused to answer, she was viciously beaten.
  • Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners in Judong Women's Forced Labour Camp in 2012

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Xu Lan was incarcerated in Judong Women's Forced Labour Camp and forced to stand for prolonged periods of time daily. After she got up in the morning, she and the inmates assigned to monitor her went to the so-called “counselling room,” where she would be forced to stand till 2 or 3 a.m. the next day. This torture continued for several months. Ms. Xu was given very little food, and her requests for more food were repeatedly rejected by the guards. Ms. Xu was only allowed to sleep just over two hours a day. She was also forced to watch videos that slander Falun Gong.
  • Innocent Woman in Seventies Incarcerated for 18 Months at Heizuizi Forced Labour Camp

    Ms. Cao Yuzhen, in her 70s, was subjected to forced labour for 18 months for practising Falun Gong. She was taken to the Heizuizi Women's Forced Labour Camp in Changchun in August 2011. Ms. Cao had suffered from heart problems prior to practising Falun Gong but her illnesses disappeared shortly afterwards starting Falun Gong. In the labour camp guards slapped her in the face, beat her and shocked her with an electric baton to try to force Ms. Cao to renounce her belief.
  • Torture Methods Used to Persecute Falun Gong Practitioners in Henan No. 3 Forced Labour Camp (Part 1)

    Many Falun Gong practitioners detained in Henan No. 3 Forced Labour Camp suffered from this torture called “up on the rope”. Both hands are tied to the back with a thin but tough nylon rope and then lifted up. It causes unbearable pain. This torture lasts about half an hour each time, with the rope being periodically tightened and then loosened. Each round of torture lasts about 30 minutes. If the victim does not scream, the perpetrators insert bottles or bricks to increase the pain.