Individual Accounts

  • Woman Cured of Leukemia by Falun Gong, Arrested for Her Beliefs

    Ms. Mu remains at Beipiao City Detention Centre following her arrest on August 24 of this year. Mr. Shuang Yawen, another Falun Gong practitioner arrested with her, is also being kept captive there.
  • I Regained My Health After Practising Falun Gong, But Was Sent to Prison and Tortured for It

    “A serious disease pushed me to the edge of despair when I was 19. I had a strong desire to survive, and this drove me to practice Falun Gong. I soon regained my health and a rekindled hope in life,” said Mr. Zhang Guoliang when he began to practise Falun Gong. When the persecution of Falun Gong started in July 1999, Mr. Zhang was arrested and sentenced to three and a half years in prison, where he suffered horrific torture. His chest was seriously damaged, and he developed hydrocephalus.
  • Torture in Jilin Province Women's Prison

    "I am a Falun Gong practitioner from Changchun City. I was arrested on September 2nd, 2011, and sentenced to seven years in prison for practising Falun Gong. I have been beaten and tortured in many ways, such as “Tying with Ropes” and “Flying an Airplane.” After I went on a hunger strike to protest the inhuman treatment, I was brutally force-fed. It choked me once, and I almost died. They force-fed me twice per day for six months, which damaged the membranes of my nasal cavities and stomach. It resulted in a gastrointestinal disorder, organ failure, and constipation."
  • Older Ms. Ji Shouling Arrested and Beaten for Suing Jiang Zemin

    My name is Ji Shouling, and I am a Falun Gong practitioner in my 60s from Shandong Province. I was arrested on September 26th because I filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin with the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the Supreme People's Court. The police chief dragged me by my hair and threw me to the ground. He kicked and beat me.
  • Survivors of Liaoning Women's Prison Recount Their Torture

    Ms. Wu Yuping was tortured with electric batons in 2003 and 2004 at the Liaoning Women's Prison. In the Spring of 2003, police used electric batons to shock her mouth, which quickly became badly swollen. Ms. Liu Zhi, 51, was taken to the Liaoning Women's Prison in July 2011. There she was laid out on the “death bed.” Her arms and legs were stretched and secured to the four corners of a metal bed frame. She was kept in this position 24 hours a day for days at a time.
  • I Was Tortured at Jinzhou City Forced Labour Camp

    I'm 60 years old. I was arrested for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong in July 2000 and I was tortured for three years at Jinzhou City Forced Labour Camp for my belief in Falun Gong. I was subjected to brainwashing and tortured to force me to denounce my belief. I was tortured both day and night, until I couldn't think straight. My legs became swollen and I could not walk. They didn't stop until I was on the brink of death. As soon as I recovered a bit, they resumed the torture.
  • Man Recounts 12 Years of Torture for Broadcasting TV Programme Exposing Persecution of Falun Gong

    A group of seven practitioners in Lanzhou, Gansu Province tapped into a local TV station to broadcast programs exposing the persecution in August 2002. Two months later, they were all given heavy sentences ranging from 10 to 19 years in prison. Mr. Qiang Xiaoyi was among the sentenced. He managed to survive brutal torture in three different prisons during his twelve years of imprisonment.
  • Survivor of Yinchuan Prison Violence: “They Want to Turn Good People into Bad and Make Bad People Even Worse”

    Ma Zhiwu, a 42-year-old man was imprisoned in Yinchuan Prison for three and half years for practising Falun Gong. To weaken Mr. Ma's willpower, guards at Yinchuan Prison tried everything they could think of to make him suffer. Prior to his latest arrest in September 2010 that landed him in Yinchuan Prison, Mr. Ma already spent eight years being tortured in prison for his belief in Falun Gong from late 1999 to mid-2008, during which time his daughter was born and had to be raised along by his wife.
  • A Battle of Life and Death—Former Education Official Recounts Her 10-Year Force-Feeding Ordeal in Prison (Part 1)

    Simply for refusing to give up her belief in Falun Gong, Ms. Li Yushu, a former education official, was arrested on May 19th, 2002 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Having no other means to appeal her mistreatment, Ms. Li and other practitioners went on hunger strikes as a means of peaceful protest. However, they were punished with force-feeding, a torture method intended to inflict harm on hunger-strikers. Once a healthy woman, she looked like a frail old lady when she was released this May. Three months after she returned home, she still could not manage her daily life because of injuries sustained in prison.
  • Former Nurse Recounts 15 Years of Her Shattered Life

    Ms. Zhou Yanbo once had a satisfying job as head nurse and a happy family. Her happy life, however, came to a halt when the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999. She was arrested five times between 1999 and 2003, and tortured to the verge of death multiple times. She was fired from her job, and her husband abandoned her to avoid being implicated in the persecution. Her family paid huge fines in exchange for her release.
  • My Story of Facing Personal Cruelty and the Death of My Dear Family Members

    I am a Falun Gong practitioner from Daxing'anling, Heilongjiang Province, and I'm 65 years old. After 15 years of persecution at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). I have been turned from a healthy person into a frail old lady riddled with health problems. I lost control of the right side of my body, and my whole body is swollen and feels numb. The CCP persecuted my family members as well. One of my brothers and my husband lost their lives due to constant rounds of threats, extortion, and extreme anxiety.
  • On the Verge of Death Multiple Times – Ms. Liu Zhi's Personal Account of Persecution (Part 3)

    Prison guard captain Liu Jie sent me to Liaoning Women's Prison's hospital ward on January 13th, 2012. She cursed me again, “You will lead the most painful life here.” Liu didn't get her bonus at the end of 2011, because I refused to “transform” [forcibly renounce Falun Gong]. Starting from December 14th, 2012, I noticed strange additions in my food. My drinking water also smelled like medicine. Even the food that my daughter brought for me tasted strange. On January 2nd, 2013, I had difficulty breathing again.
  • On the Verge of Death Multiple Times – Ms. Liu Zhi's Personal Account of Persecution (Part 2)

    Upon my arrival at Liaoning Women's Prison, prison guard captain Liu Jie assigned me to rack torture for a week. My arms and legs were bound to four corners of a metal bed. There was no mattress on the bed, just a wooden board. I was tied in this position all week, 24 hours a day. I couldn't see my feet, but my hands were black and blue. The skin around my tailbone was ground open from my restricted movements. I experienced multiple spasms that week.
  • On the Verge of Death Multiple Times – Ms. Liu Zhi's Personal Account of Persecution (Part 1)

    Ms. Liu Zhi, a 51-year-old Shenyang resident, has been tortured to the verge of death multiple times since 2010, simply for practising Falun Gong. Within half a year of detention in Liaoning Women's Prison starting in July 2011, Ms. Liu was tortured to the point of immobility. However, the prison denied her application for medical parole, citing that she had not given up her beliefs.
  • 43-Year-Old Shandong Man Recalls 15 Years of Persecution for His Belief in Falun Gong

    Looking back at the persecution he has suffered over the years, Mr. Liu Yongjin knows that unless he tells his story, no one will ever know the truth. “Because of the strict information blockade and family visitation denials, only the people who persecuted me know what happened—no one else knows,” he said. “And they will make up any excuse to hide their crimes.” After suffering forced-feeding and torture for a month, Mr. Liu was sentenced to the Tai'an Prison by the Lanshan District Court on March 21st, 2008. The trial took place at the Linyi Brainwashing Centre and lasted only 5 minutes.