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Torture in custody has taken the lives of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners since the Communist Party began persecuting followers of the spiritual discipline in 1999. Of the more than 4213 documented deaths of Falun Gong adherents in China, the vast majority came from torture.

“Among the true accounts of unbelievable brutality, the immoral acts that shocked my soul the most were the lewd yet routine practice of attacking women’s genitals by 6-10 Office staff and the police.”
- Gao Zhisheng

While cases of torture are annually documented in nearly every country around the world, in China the Falun Gong represent one of the largest and most frequently tortured groups. In the reports of the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture, for instance, two thirds of the victims of torture cases listed for China were Falun Gong practitioners.

Torture has been used for decades by Chinese Communist Party police to extort confessions from suspects and targets of political campaigns. Torture is now being used against the Falun Gong group to force them to renounce their faith. Both physical and mental torture techniques are used to break 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.