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Psychiatric torture

In the PRC’s psychiatric wards, Falun Gong practitioners are regularly injected with unknown psychotropic drugs in toxic doses. Some victims report having been used as guinea pigs and falling into prolonged periods of hallucinations after being injected. Others have suffered severe damage to their central nervous system from the injections. Yet others – mentally healthy when forced into the hospital for political reasons – became deranged after being “treated” there.

Psychiatric abuses of people insisting on views not in accord with that of the Communist Party, are well documented and have been ongoing under the current regime for decades. Organisations such as the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Human Rights Watch, and the Geneva Psychiatric Treatment Committee have reported on it. The WPA sought to investigate the abuses of Falun Gong in Chinese mental wards but has been repeatedly denied access.

Torture in mental hospitals serves two primary purposes for the Communist Party. First, it aims to discredit Falun Gong by making its adherents appear demented. Second, it allows for severe forms of punishment and a potential solution for handling those viewed as hardcore adherents who stubbornly refuse to transform. The tools of psychiatry – including electric shock, sedatives, and other drugs – are turned on Falun Gong detainees as a means of torture and manipulation.

“After travelling to Beijing on April 25th to protest for the ban on Falun Gong, he was arrested again; on May 23rd, his employer, a state-run petrochemical company, approved commitment papers that authorised the police to admit him to a mental hospital. According to Mr Su’s father, the doctors injected Mr Su twice a day with an unknown substance. When Mr Su emerged a week later, he could not eat or move his limbs normally. He died ten days later.”
- Washington Post, 23 June 2000

Beyond the asylum’s walls, these methods have found their way into the hands of police and prison guards. Amnesty International has reported how one Beijing police spokesman connected to these hospitals, when questioned about these abuses, explained: “They are not patients, they are here to be re-educated … Most of them are Falun Gong extremists who have been to Beijing to protest.”

Much groundbreaking work in exposing this abuse of psychiatry has been carried out by Robin Munro. In his 2006 book, China’s Psychiatric Inquisition: Dissent, Psychiatry and the Law in Post-1949 China, Munro dedicates a chapter to the issue of psychiatric persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

We were held in the Xuzhou City Mental Hospital for over three months. We were forcibly tied to a bed and the so-called medical staff gave us injections and forced “medicine” down our throats. They injected us with unknown drugs as well. We passed out and were unconscious shortly after receiving the injections. When the injections were taking effect, we suffered from extreme pain. It was so severe that we writhed in pain, cried out miserably, and slammed ourselves against walls in a desperate attempt to knock ourselves unconscious in order to be rid of the pain.

After the injections’ effect wore off, we questioned the medical staff, “Why did you give injections and other harmful substances to us even though we are perfectly healthy?” They replied with shame, “We have no choice. It’s per instructions from above. We have to obey our leaders if we want to keep our jobs. We don’t want to treat you this way, but we don’t want to lose our job.” - Testimony of a Falun Gong practitioner from Xuzhou City (from Investigative Report on Spiritual Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners)

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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.