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The goal that the CCP is trying to achieve with brainwashing is “transforming”, or reprogramming Falun Gong practitioners to the point that they abandon their spiritual practice. Authorities promise that their ordeal will be over once they sign a three-fold “statement of guarantee” to display the “correct” understanding about Falun Gong, promise to give up Falun Gong and never associate with other practitioners or go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. In addition, they are required to disclose information about friends and family who practise Falun Gong.

The mental anguish does not stop there: "Transformed" practitioners are immediately required to not only stop believing in Falun Gong, but to turn against it. Once a transformation statement is signed, practitioners are also often put in front of television cameras and told to read the statement with their “new understanding” about Falun Gong. These recordings are subsequently used as propaganda materials against other Falun Gong practitioners. If the statement is not satisfactorily repentant or is insufficiently disparaging of Falun Gong and its founder, the process must be repeated.

If they don't write a "statement of guarantee", practitioners keep being subjected to the most gruelling forms of mental torture. If they do write a "statement of guarantee", they are quickly forced to take an active role in transforming and persecuting other Falun Gong practitioners. There is no way out for them. Some who have undergone this torture and live to talk about it have described it as spiritual murder.

Is murder considered the most evil? Is physical damage considered the only form of harm? No! When a person's thinking is controlled, her innocence is violated, and the small and last space to think freely is invaded. When her belief is killed - what is more cruel, excruciating and miserable than this? It is the biggest crime. I know that the mental breakdown of Falun Gong practitioners is the direct result of psychological devastation and spiritual murder.
- Zhang Yijie

How Falun Gong practitioners are broken

The accounts from Falun Gong practitioners who have been subjected to prolonged brainwashing sessions reveal that the following methods are frequently used:

  1. They are isolated and locked up, either completely alone or with criminals.
  2. They are beaten and physically tortured on a daily basis.
  3. Their clothes are stripped off, and they are deprived of their personal dignity – it is drilled into their minds that they are criminals who have committed a terrible crime, that they are people with dangerous mental problems.
  4. They are deprived of sleep for days on end; if they fall asleep they are woken up immediately with a blow or loud sound. This is continued until they can no longer keep track of time or remember basic details about their life.
  5. They are forced to watch videos vilifying Falun Gong, and especially its founder Li Hongzhi, for 10 hours a day. The films are played at full volume, and they are not allowed to look away for even a brief moment.
  6. They are being persuaded that the only way they will ever be able to leave again is if they sign the "three-fold statement of guarantee" and that everything will be over once they do.
  7. Their parents, children, and siblings are brought in as a coercive tactic, to cry and even kneel in front of them, begging them to come home. Their spouses are brought in to threaten with divorce.
  8. They are threatened (and this action is actually carried out) that their jobs, pensions, or enrolment at university will be taken away. They are also threatened that their family members will lose their salaries and education opportunities.
  9. Transformed former Falun Gong practitioners (ideally someone the person was previously very close to) are forced to help them "see the light". These one-to-one sessions are alternated with ones in which many people talk at the same time.
  10. They are told that Falun Gong is banned around the world since there is an international consensus that it is "evil". This is repeated hundreds of times daily for weeks or months until they accept it and start to believe in this themselves.
  11. It is attempted to replace Falun Gong in their minds, by instilling a different ideology e.g. by indoctrinating them with Marxism (in cultural revolution style), and they are told that this is all for their own good.
Articles in this category

A university professor's own account of torture and brainwashing for practising Falun Gong 29/05/2015

By Tong Yueying, a Falun Gong practitioner in Jilin Province, China

Witness accounts ( My name is Tong Yueying. I was a professor at Jilin University, in the College of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, for 32 years. Due to my belief in Falun Gong, I lost my job, my happy family, and suffered humiliation and torture in a forced labour camp.

Outside the law: inside the Changchun Brainwashing Centre 14/03/2015

Psychiatric torture ( The Changchun Brainwashing Centre, known officially as the “Changchun Legal System Education Training Centre,” is located in the town of Lanjia, and under the direct control of the Jilin Provincial 6-10 Office. To hide the Centre from the public, its billboard is hidden inside the building.

Zou Jun from the provincial 6-10 Office is in charge of the daily operation of the brainwashing centre. Under him are two directors, Liu Xiaofeng and a woman surnamed He. The trio then recruits “assistants”, paying them each 150 Yuan per day (GBP £15), to help them carry out brainwashing of Falun Gong practitioners.

Practitioners tortured in Xingtai Brainwashing Centre in Hebei Province 14/11/2014

Psychiatric torture ( Surrounded by high walls topped with barbed wire and secured with an iron gate, the notorious Xingtai Brainwashing Centre lies roughly 330 yards east of the Xingtai Epilepsy Hospital on Donghuan Road, which leads into Jing'an Village. Over the last decade, the brainwashing centre has jailed and tortured many Falun Gong practitioners. Some were taken to the centre directly by local police, and others were transferred from forced labour camps and prisons.


New brainwashing centre set up in a middle school 16/07/2014

Psychiatric torture ( The 6-10 Office in Meihekou City, Jilin Province, set up a brainwashing centre in the Shuangxing Middle School in Hailong Town. They began arresting Falun Gong practitioners on June 12th, 2014. Police officers from Hailong Town are persecuting practitioners in the brainwashing centre.

Army veteran transferred to brainwashing centre after labour camp closes 04/02/2014

Psychiatric torture ( Veteran soldier Mr Su Qinghe, recognised as a model citizen, was forcibly separated from his wife only one week after their wedding. Over the years, they have spent more time apart than together. In the last two years, his wife has had to care for their young child while working, as he has been unlawfully detained at the Inner Mongolia Forced Labour Camp.

Amidst labour camp closures, Chinese regime launches renewed campaign of brainwashing, abuse 30/12/2013

Psychiatric torture NEW YORK -- Western media reports over the last several days have largely characterised the Communist Party's decision to close the widely-scorned Re-education Through Labour (RTL) system as progress in the area of human rights. However, a new campaign, which aims to brainwash millions of Falun Gong practitioners across China – through psychological and physical torture – demonstrates Beijing's mechanisms of suppression remain as functional and utilised as ever.

Group of Chinese lawyers beaten after visiting brainwashing centre 21/06/2013

Lawsuits A group of nearly a dozen Chinese human rights lawyers who attempted to investigate an extralegal “brainwashing centre” in the southeast of the country were violently set upon by guards on May 13th, before being handed over to police, who beat them further and held them overnight before releasing them.