Brutal Interrogation and Torture at Xi'an City Brainwashing Centre

Xi'an City Brainwashing Centre is operated by the 610 Office1 of the Xi'an City Committee, the Xi'an City Police Department, and the Xi'an City Security Bureau, and was specially set up to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. In late 2007, because of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 17th Congress, many practitioners were arrested and taken to the brainwashing centre. Among them Ms. Chen Cuizhen and Ms. Zhang Xianglian were transferred to the Shaanxi Province Women's Forced Labour Camp.

On the afternoon of October 19th, 2007, officers of the Lianhu District Police Department in Xi'an City arrested Ms, Zhang Xianglian and searched her home. They seized some expensive equipment and a lot of cash. They thought they had destroyed a big material site. The Lianhu District Police Department, which is the unit directly responsible, was rewarded 300,000 yuan2 cash.

In the brainwashing centre, the practitioners were forced to watch videos and read books with content slandering Falun Gong. They were also forced to write the so-called guarantee statement3. Those who refused to cooperate were tortured with many means, such as being locked up in a small cell, being deprived of sleep during long-term brainwashing sessions, having lights shone in their face and being forced to eat food mixed with drugs which caused practitioners to become bewildered, and to feel dizzy and nervous. For the practitioners that supposedly knew some details that the evildoers were interested in, they were fixed onto an iron chair4, had lights shining their face for extended periods of time, and were deprived of sleep during continuous interrogation. Consequently, a 20-year-old male practitioner became unable to walk. Moreover, the evildoers forced practitioners to bear all expenses of the persecution. Some family members who tried to rescue practitioners out of the brainwashing centre had large amounts of money extorted from them.

A while ago, the authorities of Xi'an City Police Department issued a new policy that each police department and police station are not allowed to interrogate arrested practitioners, but should transfer them to the brainwashing centre for interrogation. Therefore, the brainwashing centre is not only for brainwashing, but also place of brutal interrogation by torture.

Recently, the "610 Office" drafted a "blacklist" of several dozen practitioners' names, plotting to arrest them and detain them until October when the Olympic Games are over. It is said that this plot was deployed by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) Central Committee, and when the CCP's two Congresses or National Political and Judiciary Work Conferences are done, the plot would be carried out.

We appeal to all people, governments and international organizations who uphold justice to pay attention and stop the CCP's attempt to persecute kind-hearted people, violate human rights, and destroy human morals using the Olympic Games as an excuse.

Li Liang (male), head of the Xi'an Brainwashing Centre: 86-29-85631564 86-13379269275 (Mobile)
Xu Wanchun (male), director of the 610 Office: 86-29-87264011 (Office) 86-29-84396073 (Home) 86-13700291931 (Mobile)

Xi'an City Police Department:
Ding Jian (male), the CCP's secretary and director: 86-29-87251333 (Office)
Wu Jinbiao (male), the CCP's deputy secretary and deputy director: 86-29-87255842 (Office) 86-29-87285886 (Home) 86-13809155922 (Mobile)


1. "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.

2. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.

3. "Guarantee Statement": A statement to declare that one is remorseful for practising Falun Gong and guarantees not to practise Falun Gong again, not to go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and never again associate with any Falun Dafa practitioners.

4. Iron Chair: The "Iron chair" is made of iron pipes. Victims are restrained on the iron chairs with both arms and legs tied for a long period of time, see illustration at

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