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Arbitrary arrests and imprisonment

Since 1999, hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of Falun Gong practitioners have been arbitrarily imprisoned and put in labour camps without legal procedure, making them among the world's largest group of political prisoners. In many Chinese detention centres, Falun Gong practitioners constitute the vast majority. Every citizen in China can be deported to a prison camp with a simple signature by the police, that is, without any kind of trial or the ability to defend themselves. This so-called administrative detention is imprisonment with forced labour, and can last up to four years.

To prove their loyalty to the law to the rest of the world, China's new generation of leaders announced at the end of 2013 reform to the labour camp system, and even completely abolishing it. But following this news, came nothing but an uninterrupted stream of reports of arbitrary arrests and torture. Sentences to forced labour seem to have reduced, however the number of Falun Gong practitioners sentenced to up to ten years imprisonment in show trials has increased dramatically.

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Falun Gong that sue Jiang Zemin imprisoned for seeking justice 18/01/2016

Lawsuits (Minghui.org) A top secret mandate recently issued in Gansu Province ordered all levels of the government to curtail Falun Gong practitioners suing Jiang Zemin, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who launched the nationwide persecution of Falun Gong. This mandate is an outcome of a recent meeting called by Luo Xiaohu, who is chief of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the 6-10 Office of Gansu Province.


China's rail network complicit in the persecution of Falun Gong 16/01/2016

Law violations (Minghui.org) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using the nationwide identity card (ID) system to target Falun Gong practitioners on its rail network. Many practitioners have been illegally arrested, searched, and had their personal belongings confiscated.



19 Falun Gong practitioners in Tianjin arrested for suing Jiang Zemin 13/09/2015

Lawsuits (Minghui.org) Nineteen Falun Gong practitioners and one non-practitioner from Tianjin were arrested between July 3rd and 14th for suing former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin for initiating the persecution of Falun Gong that caused them tremendous harm.

Many remain in detention. In particular, Ms Huang Fenglian was given three months of detention, while her non-practitioner husband was sentenced to 4 years in prison for trying to stop the police from taking his wife away from their home. The couple were also fined 20,000 Yuan (GBP £2,100).


 

Four more practitioners illegally detained in Rucheng, Shandong Province 06/07/2015

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.


Three Falun Gong practitioners arrested and detained in Shenzhen 05/07/2015

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.



Persecution of Falun Gong continues Into 2015 13/06/2015

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.