Brainwashing, Illegal Detention and Imprisonment, Inside the Labour Camps, Individual Accounts, 6-10 Office

  • Mr. Liu Deyu from Jingmen City, Hubei Province Sentenced to Four Years of Imprisonment

    On February 3rd, 53-year-old Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Liu Deyu was sentenced to four years of imprisonment at Dongbao District Court, Jingmen City, Hubei Province. Not until the next day was his wife notified by the court. In addition, she was only given until February 8th to appeal. Such a brazen violation of the law could only be for the purpose of stopping her from appealing to a higher court. When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20th, 1999, Mr. Liu was sentenced to three years in a forced labour camp. He was forced to undergo brainwashing and subjected to all kinds of humiliation and torture
  • Persecution Suffered by 59-Year-Old Ms. Wang Li

    Because I have persisted in practising Falun Gong I have been detained three times for a total of six months, sent to forced labour for two years, and forced to pay 3,800 Yuan since 1999. During my detention my husband divorced me. In June 20th, 2000 I was arrested by police and held in a detention centre. I held a hunger to protest. They began force-feeding me. Five criminals and the centre's deputy head handcuffed me onto a chair. One pulled my hair up against the chair, two held my arms, and one held my nose so that I could barely breathe and had to open my mouth. Another criminal inserted an empty water bottle into my mouth with the bottom cut off, and then poured water containing much salt into my mouth. I almost suffocated.
  • Jinchang City Court Holds Closed Trial for Ms. Wang Yumei and Ms. Li Xia

    On January 20th, 2010, the Jinchuan District Court in Jinchang City, Gansu Province held a closed-door trial for Ms. Wang Yumei, Ms. Li Xia, and Mr. Shi Ruzhen. No family members or practitioners were allowed in the court. No verdict was announced after the day-long trial. A rumour circulated that the court would sentence the practitioners for distributing Falun Gong DVDs and the Jinchang City 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) was behind the scenes manipulating the trial.
  • Persecution of Ms. Zhong Dongmei in Hebei Province

    I went to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on July 20th, 1999, the day the persecution began. The police arrested me and took me to the Tiananmen Police Station, where many other practitioners were also held. I saw police officers violently beating practitioners. They attacked primarily the practitioners' chests, backs and abdomens. Soon officers took me back to my hometown. A deputy police chief interrogated me. Before I entered his office, a group of people approached me, and hit and kicked me. They whacked my head, eyes, ears and face until I lost consciousness. They sent me to the Dingxing County Custody Centre. This was my first detention. I was forced to pay them more than 380 yuan.
  • Two Practitioners Sentenced in Puyang City, Henan Province

    Falun Gong practitioners Ms. Jiang Zhaofang and Ms. Ju Lili were arrested on May 17th, 2009, while posting flyers exposing the persecution of Falun Gong. Police officers took them to the Puyang Detention Centre. Hualong Court in Puyang City officials sentenced Ms. Ju to four years in prison and Ms. Jiang to three years in a covert trial on July 16th, 2009. The pair was sent to the Xinxiang Women's Prison on January 16th, 2010. Both have suffered abuse and mistreatment in mental hospitals and forced labour camps ever since the onset of the persecution in 1999.
  • Epoch Times: Shen Yun Artist Exposes Decade-Long Persecution against Her Family

    On the night of Feb. 13th, the elegant Chinese lady playing the two-stringed Chinese instrument on the stage of the Bezemes Family Theatre in St. Louis was Mei Xuan, erhu soloist of the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts. How could anyone guess that she endured 4 years of hard labour in a dark Chinese prison and even suffered unimaginable tortures. When asked about her life in the prison, Mei Xuan replied: "Prisoners made clothing for export. They had to get up at 4 a.m. every morning and work 13 to 14, often even 17, hours a day...There were about 200 prisoners, she said, and every day some of them died--some from exhaustion, some from illnesses that were not treated, some from work-related accidents, some from beatings by police, some simply went crazy, and some committed suicide."
  • Professor Yue Zhongsheng from the Civil Aviation University of China Subjected to Forced Labour Again

    Due to practising Falun Gong, Mr. Yue Zhongsheng, an associate professor at the Civil Aviation University of China, was arrested by officials from Haidian District, Beijing, in February 2009 and was subjected to forced labour again. Right now, he is being detained at the No. 1 Forced Labour Camp in Hebei Province. Mr. Yue Zhongsheng has been tortured repeatedly while in police custody. In early 2006, Mr. Yue was arrested and sent to the Shuangkou Forced Labour Camp in Tianjin for being suspected of having copies of materials exposing the persecution of Falun Gong. Eight of his ribs were broken during a brutal beating there, and he was fired from his job.
  • Free Mr. Li Tianjing, an Innocent Man

    Two lawyers defended Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Li Tianjing during a court trial on the morning of January 15th, 2010. The hearing was held in the auditorium of Shouxihu Farm in Shou County. The lawyers from Beijing and Henan demanded the immediate release of Li because belief in Falun Gong is not a crime. During the court debate, the lawyers refuted the prosecutor's points as "non-factual, unsubstantiated, inappropriate use of the law," and they suggested that the charges be dismissed.
  • Yao Ruirong from Rongcheng City, Shandong Province Subjected to Forced Labour

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Yao Ruirong went to Haixianwang to attend a meeting in Rongcheng City on December 23rd, 2009. A security person reported her to the police as she distributed information about Falun Gong. Officers from the Lijiang Police Station arrested her on her way home. They took her cash and the Falun Gong materials in her handbag. Ms. Yao was subjected to forced labour and is now being held at the Wangcun Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zibo.
  • Older Practitioner Ms. Zhao Xiuyun Describes the Brutal Torture She and Other Practitioners Endured While Imprisoned

    Ms. Zhao Xiuyun describes the brutal force-feeding she experienced at the Daxing County Prison: "The deputy prison head said, "Use a thick tube!" The guards pinned me on a bed, held my head, my arms, and my legs and began force-feeding me. They connected one end of the tube, which is as thick as one's thumb to a machine that is used to pump someone's stomach and inserted the other end into my nose. The tube was too thick and abrasive and instantly scraped the flesh off on the inside of my nose, mouth and throat. It took them a long time to get it into my stomach. They mixed cornmeal and salt with boiling water into a porridge, and hurriedly poured it down the tube, with chunks of undissolved salt. I struggled and held my breath to prevent the food from entering my throat, and the tube fell off the machine twice. The pain was excruciating and I screamed."
  • An Insider Exposes Atrocities at the Qianjin Forced Labour Camp

    I was held at the Qianjin Forced Labour Camp in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province for one year. The detainees were mostly prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong practitioners and petitioners. True criminals were few. Bad people were assigned to discipline good people. One could not live at ease if one did not tell lies or did not do bad deeds there. Falun Gong practitioners suffered the most because they were too upright, opposite of the behaviour of the guards.
  • Older Woman Subjected to Persecution Due to Her Belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance

    Because a 63-year-old woman practised Falun Gong and upheld Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, she was forced to leave home and move from place to place, and was also incarcerated in a forced labour camp. In her words: "I was detained and strip searched. They also didn't allow me to do the Falun Gong exercises or study the teachings. Two female guards watched my every move and then reported to the 610 Office agents. There was bits and pieces of glass in my meals, and the mattress I slept on was electrified between midnight to 5 a.m. In less than a week, I had kidney failure, pain in my liver and spleen, and my heartbeat had accelerated. I woke up suddenly every night, so I just got up and did the exercises. My mind was blank, and I lacked strength and vomited blood everyday."
  • The Brutal Persecution of Practitioners in the Hebei Province No. 1 Forced Labour Camp

    On January 1st, 2009, in Hebei Province's No. 1 Forced Labour Camp, practitioners resisted body searches and any harassment. Guard Wang Wenping took practitioner Ms. Wang Weiyue to an office, slapped her face more than ten times, and tied her to a torture chair for four days and nights. All the practitioners were brutally tortured. Ms. Bai Fengyu and Ms. Ren Shufen were tied to the torture chair for two days and one night. Ms. Zheng Baohua was tied to that chair for five days and nights. Other practitioners were made to stand in the extremely cold corridor from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Officials from the Jilin City Department of Education and 610 Office Persecute Falun Gong Practitioners

    Ms. Li Liwen was detained twice in 2000, because she firmly believed in Falun Gong's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She was once sentenced to three years in a forced labour camp. On July 19th, 2006, Gao, the Huanxi Central School principal, obeyed orders from the 610 Office and Education Department in Chuanying District, and tried to drag Ms. Li from the school to a brainwashing centre. Ms. Li resisted and was thus locked in the principal's office. The only choice she had was to leave the school. The day before final exams, Ms. Li was unable to go to work and her students were not able to find their lead teacher.
  • Liu Deyu in Jingmen City, Hubei Province Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

    Mr. Liu Deyu is a Falun Gong practitioner in Jingmen City, Hubei Province. On February 4th, 2010, his wife went to the relative department to ask about his situation, but was told that Dongbao District Court in Jingmen sentenced Mr. Liu to a four-year prison term on February 3rd, and he could only appeal until February 8th. Actually the court had made the decision long before but never informed her. It was a lie to claim that he had been sentenced the day before, leaving only four days to appeal. Previously, Mr. Liu was forced to undergo brainwashing and was detained many times. He suffered greatly from continuous abuse and persecution.