Victim of Labour Camp Persecution Speaks at Establishment of European branch of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong

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The following speech was given on February 3rd at a press conference outside the Chinese Embassy in London. The speech was by Annie Yang, a Falun Gong practitioner who was wrongly imprisoned in a forced labour camp when she was in China. The press conference was held to announce the establishment of the European branch of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG-Europe). To find out more about the event, please see

Today I am very pleased to see the establishment of the European Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong. Its establishment is necessary and important. Its purpose is to urge the Chinese government to stop the persecution to Falun Gong practitioners.

In China today, millions of Falun Gong practitioners are still being illegally detained in prisons and labour camps, suffering and enduring inhuman torture simply because of their belief in Falun Gong. This group of people are being brutally persecuted just because they are following the principle of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. In order to force them to give up their belief, the CCP uses different ways to torture Falun Gong practitioners. At the same time, the CCP is telling the world that this is a golden age of human rights in China. This is a hooligan’s behaviour based on violence and lies.

Annie Yang gives her speech

On the night of 1st March 2005, I was arrested without any legal procedure and was sentenced to 2 years in a labour camp. During this period of time, I suffered tremendously both physically and mentally. At Haiding District security branch, the evil police officer Liu Dafeng insulted me with rude language, kicked me, grabbed my clothes and smashed me against the wall just because I refused to sign their form.

At Beijing Female Labour Camp, I was forcibly brainwashed. I was forced to watch many films that slandered Falun Gong. I was only allowed to sleep 2-3 hours per day. When I was arrested, I had already practised Falun Gong for 8 years. I know what Falun Gong is. Especially since July 1999, I have chosen this path after careful thinking. A lie will always be a lie even if it is repeated thousands of times. It can never be turned into truth.

Due to the international pressure, the CCP have hidden their methods of persecution. On the surface, you don’t have any physical injury, but the mental torture is far more severe than the physical torture. Physical injury can be cured by medicine, but the injury to your soul can never be cured. In order to achieve their purpose of forcing Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their belief, the CCP used very mean and contemptible ways to torture us practitioners. We weren’t allowed to wash our hair or clothes, nor were we allowed to have a shower. We also went without food and water, and were subject to physical punishment and ill-treatment. We were not even allowed to go to the toilet. The most evil thing is they take organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. Their persecution has truly reached its peak.

Since July 1999, all the propaganda abusing Falun Gong has been fabricated. Many Chinese citizens have been misled. Many of them thought what is on the television or in the newspaper is true, which has caused misunderstandings about Falun Gong. This has helped the CCP to make their persecution appear legal and lawful. This shows that the persecution is not only towards Falun gong practitioners, but also innocent Chinese citizens. It is a persecution towards humanity. The CCP has made many innocent Chinese citizens and police commit crimes, even forcing drug addicts and other criminals to torture Falun Gong practitioners which doubled their crime. Therefore this persecution is genocide. This persecution must be stopped immediately.

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