Since July 20th 1999, exactly 15 years, Falun Gong practitioners in China have been illegally persecuted for their beliefs.
To shed light on the injustices and brutality Falun Gong practitioners across China have been suffering, here are excerpts from 15 documented accounts of persecution.
They were all published on Minghui.org, an official Falun Gong website that acts as a clearinghouse for first-hand reports from China.
It is common in Minghui reports for the specific officers involved in persecuting practitioners to be personally named. It’s intended that these accounts will one day be used to bring perpetrators to justice. Exposing them by name can also sometimes frighten them into easing up on the persecution.
1. Law-Abiding Couple Snatched From Their Beds by Police
After a long day at work, Ms. Ma Fengxia slumped into bed for some much needed rest. Little did she know that it was to be short-lived. She saw flashlights swinging back and forth on her curtains, and suddenly her window burst open. Two men jumped through the window into her bedroom, screaming at her, “Hurry up! Get up right now!”
The men claimed to be police officers, and the startled Ms. Ma demanded: “Are you arresting me? What crime did I commit?” “We did not say you committed a crime, but you have to go with us.”
One of them opened the main door, and 10 more policemen rushed in. They went to her husband Wang Yun’s bedroom and forced him up, as well.
They searched the house and confiscated Dafa related books, two laptops, three printers, a DVD burner, Shen Yun DVDs and 500 yuan [$80] in cash.
Being snatched away by men bursting through your bedroom window in the middle of the night would be a nightmare scenario for many, but this was unfortunately nothing new for Ms. Ma and her husband. For Falun Gong practitioners all over China, this scenario is all too familiar.
2. Practitioners Tortured in Psychiatric Wards at Gongzhuling Prison
“Transformation” sessions lasting for three months were held in 2012 in the Gongzhuling Prison. A total of 14 practitioners, including Mr. Zhao Guoxing, Mr. Fu Hongwei, Mr. Bai Jingzhi, and Mr. Chen Liandong, were taken there because they refused to sign the “five statements” … to renounce Falun Gong.
With a 3,000-yuan [$485] reward for “transforming” a practitioner, Niu Guosheng, the prison warden, and Liu Xiangwu, deputy warden, instigated the guards to torture practitioners.
Practitioners were hung up, beaten, and kicked. They were tied to the fixed bed, shocked with electric batons, deprived of sleep, and threatened.
Close Watch Division
Any practitioners that could not be “transformed” at the transformation sessions were transferred to the close watch division and tortured. They had to sit on a tiny and narrow stool with their body straight and were not allowed to speak from 4:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The guards walked back and forth holding electric batons and shocked anyone they did not like. Almost everyone was shocked with the electric baton. Practitioners Mr. Zhao Guoxing, Mr. Fu Hongwei, Mr. Wang Wenyuan, and Mr. Yang Baosen were tortured in the close watch division.
3. Elderly Female Practitioner in Dire Condition after 7 Months in Detention
Ms. Huang Qiaoqin’s life is likely in danger after being detained for seven months. She now weighs about 80 pounds, down from her normal weight of around 150, and is emaciated.
Ms. Huang Qiaoqin
Ms. Huang, a resident of the Xuhui District in Shanghai, is in her 60s. Local police arrested her on November 25, 2013, and ransacked her home the same night. She was taken to the Xuhui District Detention Center.
She was not allowed to do the Falun Gong exercises in the detention center, and her health deteriorated. Pustules and sores grew inside her ear, causing excruciating pain. The doctor in the prison hospital said that they could not operate to remove the pustules, so she nearly lost her hearing.
Ms. Huang also developed eye problems and is now almost blind. Her blood sugar levels are too high, and her teeth are so loose that she has trouble eating. Because of her teeth, she is only given a small amount of porridge at each meal.