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

  • Mr. Li Rongtang, 61, from Heilongjiang Province Imprisoned and Tortured

    Mr. Li Rongtang has been arrested several times, simply because he firmly believes in the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and wanted to speak out on the side of justice for Falun Gong. He was twice sentenced to a forced labour camp term, and to a six-year prison term. Mr. Li refused to renounce his belief and was brutally tortured. In prison guards beat Mr. Li, deprived him of sleep and shocked him with an electric baton.
  • Harbin City High Court: There Is No Precedent for Falun Gong to Appeal

    In early April 2010, the Daowai District Court in Harbin City tried three Falun Gong practitioners. In the court, Mr. Guan wanted to defend himself, but the judge would not allow it. The police pointed at Mr. Guan's head and threatened him. At the end, Ms. Liu was sentenced to five years, Mr. Guan four years, and Mr. Zhang three years. Mr. Guan filed for an appeal, but the high court informed him, "There is no precedent for Falun Gong practitioners to appeal."
  • Masanjia Forced Labour Camp Torturing Practitioners with Appalling Cruelty

    Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, has been torturing Falun Gong practitioners for over ten years, attempting to brainwash them and force them to give up their practice of Falun Gong. Many instances in which practitioners were tortured to death, disability, and mental disorder have been made public. The extent of the cruelty taking place in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp is really shocking. One such torture is called "Stretching Bed": The practitioner's hands are fixed between two beds (the beds all have two levels), sometimes one hand up, the other down. Then one or two people pull the two beds apart so that the victim's limbs are stretched. Every stretch causes sharp pain. The handcuffs cut into the flesh on the wrists, which become swollen and numb.
  • Mr. Yang Yongli Tells about the Persecution that He Has Been Through

    When the persecution started in 1999, Mr. Yang Yongli went to Beijing hoping to appeal against the persecution of Falun Gong to the authorities. Instead of listening, the authorities arrested him and sent him to a forced labour camp. When he tried to persuade the leader of the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) to stop the persecution, he was detained again. He was later sentenced for practising Falun Gong at home. While serving his sentence he was pressured to "confess" many times and was beaten by both guards and prisoners.
  • After Nine Years of Torture in Prison, Father and Son Did Not Recognise Each Other

    After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20th, 1999, Zou Guoyan went to Beijing three times to appeal on behalf of the practice. He was arrested and detained six times. In June 2001, he was sentenced to a nine-year prison term. Mr. Zou suffered unspeakable brutalities in detention. He returned home on June 15th, 2010. However, his wife had passed away and his 19-year-old son was living with his uncle. Nine years earlier, when Mr. Zou was sentenced to prison, his son was still a child. Now grown up, father and son did not recognise each other when they met.
  • Ms. Liu Huili from Liaoning Province Arrested

    Seven police officers broke into Ms. Liu Huili's home on July 13th, 2010. They lied, saying they needed to discuss something with her, and ordered Ms. Liu to accompany them. Ms. Liu refused to comply. The police searched her home and seized her tape recorder, mobile phone, Falun Gong books, and other personal property. They took Ms. Liu to the county domestic security division and then to Jinzhou Detention Centre.
  • Mr. Ban Sanyuan Sentenced, Appeal Ignored by the Court

    Police applied tear gas on Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Bai Sanyua in his own barn on May 16th, 2010. After Mr. Bai was overcome by the gas, police arrested him and detained him at the Jingyuan County Detention Centre. Because of his hunger strike to appeal, police handcuffed and chained Mr. Bai to a "tiger bench" for nine days until he was in critical condition. He became very skinny and his body became numb. Even though Mr. Bai was not present, the court held a hearing on June 23rd and sentenced him. Mr. Bai appealed against the sentence but the court told him that he had missed his chance to appeal.
  • Ms. Zhang Ping Suffers Heart Attack from Police Brutality

    On March 1st, 2010, police went to the home of Zhang Ping's mother and said that they were collecting the rubbish fee. They arrested Ms. Zhang at her home. They subsequently ransacked Ms. Zhang's home, taking two computers and a printer, along with 4000 yuan in cash. Zhang Ping was then taken to the Mudanjiang No. 2 Detention Centre. Later she was sent to Harbin Detox Centre for forced labour for two years. In 2005, Ms. Zhang was also arrested by police for practising Falun Gong. She was restrained in the space behind the back seats, which caused her to have a heart attack due to lack of oxygen, and she had to be taken to the hospital.
  • Practitioners Tortured at Yushu City Brainwashing Centre in Jilin Province

    The "Legal Education and Training Centre," a brainwashing centre in Yushu City, Jilin Province, is a prison where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tortures and brainwashes Falun Gong practitioners until they renounce their belief in Falun Gong. Soft and harsh methods were used in efforts to break the will of the practitioners. First, people from the community and local police station were asked to talk to the practitioners, trying to change their minds in a polite manner, and practitioners were told to follow their suggestions. If practitioners continue to resist, they are threatened and beaten.
  • Atrocities Committed at the Zhangjiatun Brainwashing Centre in Jiaozhou City, Shandong Province

    According to practitioners who have been incarcerated in the Zhangjiatun Brainwashing Centre, Jiaozhou City 610 Office agents hired some local thugs to carry out the abuse in the centre. They severely beat practitioners who refused to write statements to renounce practising Falun Gong. They abused and mistreated male practitioners by pulling out their beard hairs one by one, or freezing them outdoors in the cold weather. They employed a specific torture method to abuse practitioners who remain steadfast in their belief. The persecutors wrapped a long metal furnace hook with newspaper and continuously struck the practitioners in the mouth and teeth so severely that the practitioners' mouths became bloody and their teeth were knocked out one by one. The evildoers shouted, "We will make you suffer until you'd rather be dead than alive!"
  • The Gross Abuse I Suffered in Masanjia Forced Labour Camp, Liaoning Province

    I was detained in Masanjia Labour Camp in September 2007. I was subjected to various kinds of brutal mistreatments. As a result of the torture, my left hand is still numb, and there is still swelling at the base of my fingers. At the beginning of my incarceration, the guards assigned me to work daily with items involving the use of white glue (polyvinyl acetate, or PAVc). PAVc is a toxic substance and can lead to allergy, asthma, or other respiratory problems. Not long after, my blood pressure shot up to 160/100. I had blood in my sputum, had difficulty breathing, and developed other allergic reactions.
  • Ms. Wang Hui Sentenced to Forced Labour

    Ms. Wang Hui, 40, a teacher from the Juren Comprehensive School, was recently sentenced to two and a half years of forced labour, and is now in Beijing Women's Forced Labour Camp. When Ms. Wang was out distributing Falun Gong leaflets exposing the persecution on July 6th, 2009, she was arrested again. Ms. Wang was previously sentenced to one and a half years in October 2001, and was held in the same labour camp.
  • University Lecturer Guo Xiaojun from Shanghai Persecuted

    Mr. Guo Xiaojun, a former lecturer at the Computer Science Department in Shanghai Jiaotong University, was arrested on January 8th, 2010 by police. The officers also ransacked his home and car and repeatedly threatened Mr. Guo's wife. Mr. Guo's wife initially hired an attorney from Beijing for legal assistance. However, officials from the Beijing Judicial Bureau pressured him to drop the case under orders from the 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) in Shanghai. Mr. Guo's wife then hired another attorney from Beijing, but he also left after being threatened by the Beijing Judicial Bureau.
  • Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Forces Lawyers Defending Shanghai Jiaotong University Professor to Withdraw from the Case

    A lawyer for Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Guo Xiaojun was notified on June 25th, 2010 by Shanghai Baoshan Court that Mr. Guo would be tried on July 6th. Mr. Guo was a professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University in the computer science department before he was arrested and tortured for practising Falun Gong. His family asked three lawyers to appeal for him, but all three lawyers withdrew due to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Mr. Guo is now on his fourth lawyer.
  • Judges and Police in Wuhan City Retaliate Against Four Elderly Falun Gong Practitioners for Filing an Appeal

    Ms. Song Wenxiu and her daughter Li Shihong are both Falun Gong practitioners. Earlier this year, police arrested Ms. Song and confiscated the keys to her home. Without any search or arrest warrants, the police ransacked her home and arrested her daughter. police took 1,200 yuan during the raid. Her family went to the police station numerous times to report the missing cash, but the police refused to record and investigate their case. Jiangan District Court tried Ms. Li Shihong on April 7th, 2010. The case against her was composed of fabricated evidence.