Article overview: Forced labour
Lawsuits This week, Chinese president and Communist Party head Xi Jinping will visit the United States. Much attention will focus on China’s poor human rights record under his leadership. But another trend in China deserves notice—a growing grassroots effort to hold former leader Jiang Zemin accountable for serious crimes.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) Four more female Falun Gong practitioners were illegally arrested on April 7th, 2015, in Rushan City, Shandong Province, following the arrest of their friend Ms Yu Jingtao six months earlier on October 6th, 2014. The four were detained for 17 days in the same detention centre.
On the day of their arrest, the police searched and ransacked their homes, taking personal belongings, such as computers, printers, and other items.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) Two police officers followed three Falun Gong practitioners to a KFC restaurant, and then called for reinforcements to come arrest them and take them away. Even though one of the practitioners had symptoms of tuberculosis, all three were admitted to a detention centre and ill-treated.
Deaths Chinese regime authorities continue to arrest and torture, sometimes to death, practitioners of the traditional meditation practice Falun Gong over the first three months of the new year. Incomplete statistics reveal hundreds of illegal detentions and dozens of deaths as a result of abuse in custody.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) More than 30 Falun Gong practitioners were illegally arrested on September 2nd, 2014 by police in Tonghua City of Jilin Province, under the instructions of the 6-10 Office.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) Ms Yan Xiling, 56, from Qingzhou City, Shandong Province, spent six years in a forced labour camp. She was recently secretly sentenced to seven years and is now in custody in the Jinan Women's Jail.
Forced labour By Carol Wickenkamp, Epoch Times
For years the tales of torture that came out of Masanjia Women’s Labour Camp in China’s northeast were a potent demonstration of the abuses of the country’s forced labour system. In turn, Masanjia’s apparent closure last year was seen as a hopeful sign that the system was, in fact, being closed down, as authorities had promised.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) Chinese officials publicly announced their decision to abolish the notorious forced labour camp system on January 7th, 2013, according to a December 2013 Amnesty International report. The "education through labour" system, as authorities call it, has existed for nearly six decades. The name is deceptive, however, as these are forced labour camps, pure and simple, with brainwashing and torture commonplace in addition to overwork and dangerous working conditions.
The forced labour camp system in China is declared to have been “shutdown,” but the harm and pain it has caused to millions of people, especially Falun Gong practitioners, has long-lasting effects.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) The Chinese forced labour camp system has not really shut down. Although many of the former forced labour camps have released their prisoners and many others have changed their signs to read “Drug Rehabilitation Centre”, the labour system is operating in another form. Sentences are being served outside of the camps, and people are being monitored by telephone.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) The Hengyang City Intermediate Court recently ruled on the appeal of Ms Xiong Qiuling, a Falun Gong practitioner illegally sentenced to three years in prison. Hengyang City is located in China's Hunan Province. The intermediate court dismissed a lower court’s charges against her, but instead, charged her with a different crime: “harbouring criminals”. This was done to retain the original sentence of three years in prison.
Forced labour (Minghui.org) The Shuangkou Forced Labour Camp in Tianjin has brutally persecuted Falun Gong practitioners for the last 14 years. Inmates endure harsh, inhumane conditions, forced to do hard labour for 16 to 17 hours every day. Many would characterise the conditions as "slave labour".
Work and school (Minghui.org) Following mass arrests of Falun Gong practitioners in Wuhan during April and May 2011, the Wuhan 6-10 Office recently initiated another “top priority effort” and has arrested seven more Falun Gong practitioners, most of whom are intellectuals.
The practitioners were arrested for using the Internet “in an organised manner” to send publications overseas, thus allegedly committing the crime of leaking national secrets in an attempt to subvert the Chinese government.
Witness accounts (Minghui.org) Shuangkou Forced Labour Camp in the Beichen District of Tianjin detains and persecutes many male Falun Gong practitioners. There are five groups in the labour camp, and each produces different slave labour products. As a Falun Gong practitioner, I was detained in Group No. 3 for three years, and was tortured and forced to do slave labour.