Nagoya, Japan: Display Presents a Different Falun Gong Than in Chinese Propaganda

February 09, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Japan

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners’ banners in a busy area near the Hisaya-Odori Park in Nagoya helped many passersby see Falun Gong in a new light during the weekend between January 30 and February 1, 2015.

The display in Japanese, English, and Chinese languages clarified the facts of the persecution of Falun Gong in China and answered questions that many had due to the propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As a result, over 100 Chinese quit the CCP organizations during the three-day event.

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Ms. Li, in her 70s, originally came from China. She used to practice Falun Gong, but gave it up after the persecution began in China. Upon seeing the banners, she stopped and chatted with a practitioner for a long time. She said she would like to resume the practice and asked where she could get a copy of the main book of Falun Gong teachings, Zhuan Falun.

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Category: Other Community Events

Thanks to Falun Dafa, My Family Experiences Tremendous Health Benefits

February 09, 2015 | By a practitioner from China

(Minghui.org) Both my family and I have experienced tremendous health benefits since I began to practice Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) more than 10 years ago. The hyperthermia that plagued me for over 60 years was gone for good. My husband saw his urinary problem disappear without the aid of surgery. My brother was amazed that his grandson’s “untreatable” leukemia was cured after he recited “Falun Dafa is good.”

Hyperthermia Cured in Five Days

I had trouble coping with heat since a very young age. Every summer saw me go through constant vomiting and diarrhea for days on end. I couldn’t eat or drink, and my stomach hurt so much that I often rolled in bed moaning in pain.

My hyperthermia symptoms were alleviated somewhat after I began to practice Falun Gong, but I still felt a bit uncomfortable when it was very hot in the summer.

About two years ago, I had the same symptoms again, with non-stop vomiting and diarrhea. At the beginning I still managed to do all five sets of Falun Gong exercises, but I collapsed after three days of no eating and drinking.

My husband purchased some traditional Chinese medicine on the morning of the fifth day, but I refused to take it. I said to him, “I know this medicine will relieve my pain, but I believe this is a sickness karma. My Master is helping push the karma out of my body so as to get rid of the root cause of the disease.”

Also a practitioner himself, my husband understood my faith in Master. I felt fine that evening and was able to drink and eat normally. I have not experienced any more heat-related illnesses since then, no matter how hot it is in the summer.

Urinary Problem Gone in Three Days Without Surgery

My husband had to be hospitalized in 2006 after he experienced great difficulty passing urine. As the doctors were getting ready to operate on him, his blood pressure suddenly shot up really high. He was given medicine to lower the blood pressure, only to see it go up again by the scheduled surgery time.

The doctors eventually gave up on the surgery for the time being, and kept him hospitalized for observation.

While going out for dinner with some family members, my husband suddenly fell and lost consciousness right on the curb. Luckily he soon came to, and the doctors said he was fine after some examination. My husband and I both felt Master was protecting him, and we began to wonder whether he should remain hospitalized.

Some local practitioners visited my husband in the hospital to share their understanding of the incident. He soon made up his mind to leave the hospital, and began to study the Falun Gong books and practice the exercises diligently at home.

On the third day, my husband’s blood pressure stabilized, and he was able to pass urine normally.

Fast forward six years to 2012, when my husband underwent a seven-hour surgery to fix his intestinal obstruction.

While recovering in the hospital, my husband still read Falun Gong books and did the exercises. The doctors were amazed at his speedy recovery and wondered how old he was. One of the physicians couldn’t believe my husband was 63, and he marveled, “You have bounced back faster than some 36-year-olds.”

Leukemia Disappeared in Three Days

My brother’s grandson got sick all the time when he was still a toddler, and he became a regular at the local hospital.

Four years ago, the boy had trouble again. For eight straight days he had a fever of more than 102ºF, and the doctors discovered many lumps on his intestines. They diagnosed him with leukemia.

Nothing seemed to work, and my brother’s whole family was devastated. When they came to me for help, I told them to recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” sincerely.

My brother’s family heeded my advice and began to recite the verses repeatedly.

In less than one hour, the boy’s temperature dropped to 99.6ºF, and he asked for something to eat! The family kept reciting the verses the next day, and the boy’s temperature gradually returned to normal.

On the third day, he was given a thorough medical examination, and the attending physician was surprised to find that everything was fine with the boy.

The boy has been healthy ever since.

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Category: Health Benefits

Lawyers Request Dismissal of Falun Gong Cases – Authorities Fail to Respond

February 09, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Hebei province, China

(Minghui.org) A total of 42 residents of Cangzhou City, Hebei Province were arrested last August while gathering at a private home to share their experience of practicing Falun Gong, a self-cultivation system being persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party.

Nine of the practitioners are likely facing trials as the local police resubmitted their cases to the local procuratorate on January 16, less than two weeks after the procuratorate returned the cases, citing insufficient evidence.

The seven lawyers representing the nine practitioners have submitted a written request to have their clients’ cases dismissed.

The lawyers argued that it is their clients’ constitutional right to believe in Falun Gong and to share their experiences with each other. Their gathering at a private home caused no harm in any way, let alone undermine law enforcement. The persecution of the practice has been illegal from the onset.

In the lawyers’ words, the charge against their clients of “using a cult organization to sabotage law enforcement” is groundless. (Editor’s Note: Despite the fact that Falun Gong is not a cult, and has never been labeled as one in China’s criminal law, the charge of “using a cult […]” is very commonly used to illegally imprison Falun Gong practitioners.) The lawyers asked for their client’s immediate and unconditional release. The police and the procuratorate, however, haven’t responded to their request at the time of this writing.

Case Playback

Forty-two practitioners were arrested on August 17, 2014 for gathering at a home. Though most of the practitioners were released days later, the rest were sent to Cangzhou City Detention Center, where they were forced-fed and tortured.

Two practitioners, Ms. Liu Lixin (刘立新) and Ms. Zhao Xiang (赵翔), were previously released but arrested again when they accompanied the family of another practitioner to ask for his release. Ms. Zhao was taken away for blood sampling on the spot. Both women were later forced to ingest unknown substances during their detention.

In addition to Ms. Liu and Ms. Zhao, the following seven practitioners also face possible trials: Ms. Li Li (李丽), Ms. Cao Yanxiang (曹延香), Ms. Kang Lanying (康兰英), Ms. Zhao Junru (赵俊如), Mr. Xu Kai (徐凯), Mr. Chang Shouxuan (常寿轩) and Mr. Hou Dongliang (侯东亮).

Related Reports:
Forty-two Practitioners Arrested at Private Gathering in Cangzhou, Hebei Province
Eight Practitioners Charged for “Stubbornness” in Their Beliefs
Hebei Province Businessman Illegally Detained

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

List of Organizations and Individuals Involved in Forced Live Organ Harvesting Released

February 01, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent He Yu

(Minghui.org) The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) has investigated organizations and individuals who are involved in harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners since the disclosure of the atrocity in China in 2006. WOIPFG recently announced a list of 865 hospitals and 9500 medical professionals involved.

The investigation revealed that the number of hospitals and organ transplants increased tremendously after 1999, which corresponds to the beginning of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s persecution campaign against Falun Gong. At least 865 hospitals quickly expanded or began performing organ transplants. The hospitals are located throughout 22 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, and 4 province-level municipalities in China.

Based on postings on Chinese hospital websites and papers published in medical journals, these hospitals completed transplants of at least 176,267 kidneys, 40,170 livers, and 137,294 corneas through September 2014.

The report exposes only the tip of the iceberg. Many hospitals did not report their total number of organ transplants. Military hospitals regard the information as military secrets and do not disclose such information at all.

The Communist regime has admitted harvesting organs from executed prisoners under pressure from the international community since 2006. But the number of death sentences decreases year by year, which is inconsistent with the exponential growth in organ transplants since 2000. Trials of voluntary organ donation in China started in 2010. There are few voluntary organ donors. The first voluntary organ donation registration system started in March 2014. The source of most organ transplants in China remains a mystery.

The former Minister of Health for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Logistics Department, Bai Shuzhong, said in a telephone call that the order to kill Falun Gong practitioners and harvest their organs came from former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin.

“Back then it was from Chairman Jiang,” said Bai. “Under his orders, many of us had done a lot of work to eliminate Falun Gong. To be fair, kidney transplantation is not limited to military [hospitals].” The audio file of the call was published by WOIPFG in September 2014.

Shockingly Large Number of Transplants and Multiple Operations Done at the Same Time

The Chinese Liver Transplant Registry reported that Shen Zhongyang and his colleagues in Tianjin No. 1 Hospital and Armed Police General Hospital had completed 6270 liver transplants through 2010. But he conducted only ten such operations from 1994 to 1999.

The Organ Transplant Center in the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University conducted over 4000 kidney and 1500 liver transplants through December 2013. The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University conducted over 3700 kidney transplants and instructed 23 hospitals in 13 provinces to perform over 10,000 kidney transplants in the same period.

The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University conducted more than 3200 kidney transplants through May 2012, seven times as many as in 1999, and performed over 1500 liver transplants through July 2014.

The Southeastern News Express reported on March 6, 2014 that Director Jiang Yi and his 16 surgeons in the Hepatobiliary Surgery Department of Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Military Region completed five liver transplant procedures within 17 hours on February 18, 2014.

According to the lead surgeon, Jiang Yi, who is also the director of the department, five patients were waiting for the livers at the hospital. The five “donors” “died” on the same day, and all five livers were transplanted successfully in 17 hours.

The Guangzhou Daily reported on March 14, 2006 that the reporter witnessed concurrent operations of five liver and six kidney transplants in the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University. The record in the transplant center was 19 kidneys and 6 livers in one day.

The investigation revealed that the General Logistics Department of the People’s Liberation Army set up a central database for a living organ bank. The database includes the identity of detained Falun Gong practitioners and other pertinent information, such as their blood type.

The General Logistics Department is responsible for the security of the secret camps where prisoners are held, managing the availability of organs for the hospitals, as well organ transportation, accounting, and security. Military and police hospitals are major players in the transplant industry, but they sometimes sell organs to civilian hospitals to attract foreign patients while making a small profit.

One military doctor working for the Logistics Department of Shenyang Military Region told foreign media, “Due to the large live organ source, the real number of organ transplants in China would at least triple the publicized numbers in state media. If the government said it was 30,000 cases in a year, the real numbers could be 110,000 a year.” He also said that China is the center of a global network and has provided more than 85% of all organs for transplantation around the world since 2000.

Plenty of Donors with Excellent Health, Fresh Organs, and Short Waits

“Warm ischemia time” refers to the time that a tissue, organ, or body part remains at body temperature after its blood supply is reduced or cut off but before it is cooled or reconnected to a blood supply. Minimizing ischemia time results better organ quality and a higher success rate for transplantation.

The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical School stated that the warm ischemia time for 120 donor livers for transplantation from 2005 to 2007 was from 0 to 10 minutes, and less than 4 minutes on average.

The No. 2 Artillery General Hospital stated that the warm ischemia time of 103 livers from young healthy donors from 2004 to 2007 was 0 to 5 minutes. The warm ischemia time of 240 donor livers in Changzheng Hospital of No. 2 Military Medical University in Shanghai from 2001 to 2004 was 0 to 8 minutes. This indicates that the livers were removed from live donors, who were killed in the process.

These hospitals claim waiting time for organs is short, and even emergency transplantation can be done. Among 120 liver transplants in Changzheng Hospital of No. 2 Military Medical University in Shanghai from 2003 to 2006, the organ recipients were patients of severe hepatitis with an average life expectancy of only three days. One recipient received a liver transplant four hours after being taken to the emergency room.

The First Affiliated Hospital of the Medical School of Zhejiang University conducted 46 emergency liver transplants from January 2000 to December 2004. All of the 46 patients received waited less than 72 hours.

Yunnan Kidney Disease Hospital claimed on its website that it is an “organ transplantation hospital in which donors look for recipients,” “guarantees to find healthy kidneys within the shortest time,” “provides organs with the shortest warm ischemia time,” and “conducts organ transplants every week.” It even provides a guarantee that “if [the transplantation is] not successful, it will be conducted again until it is successful.”

Such guarantees are established on the basis of having a large number of donors. They suggest that organ transplantation hospitals in China conduct killings on demand.

Most Hospitals Started Transplantation After 1999 for Lucrative Profit

Various hospitals and medical facilities in China started or expanded organ transplantation after the Communist regime initiated the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999.

The Organ Transplantation Center of Beijing University was established in October 2001. It carried out liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, cornea, and bone marrow transplants. It had completed transplantation of nearly 2000 kidneys and more than 900 livers through December 2013. The Organ Transplantation Institute of Armed Police was established in April 2002. It had completed transplantation of nearly 2000 livers and 1000 kidneys through May 2014.

The hospitals involved in organ harvesting have made enormous profits. No. 309 Hospital, named the “Military Organ Transplantation Center” by the General Logistics Department of the Ministry of Health, saw its revenues surge from 30 million yuan in 2006 to 230 million yuan in 2010. The Affiliated Daping Hospital of No. 3 Military Medical School saw a huge increase in revenue from 36 million yuan in 2006 to 900 million yuan in 2009, an approximately 25-fold increase.

Professor Arthur Caplan, former director of the Bioethics Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said that it is “a shame of mankind” that “killing on demand” to harvest organs has happened frequently in China and lasted for over a decade.

Investigation List

Medical professionals involved in removing organs from live prisoners of conscience include doctors, nurses, anesthetists, and so on.

The 100 military hospitals and armed police hospitals involved in forced live organ harvesting are:

Military Hospitals Under Direct Control of Central Military Commission

1. PLA (People Liberation Army) General Hospital
2. The First Affiliated Hospital (Hospital 304) of PLA General Hospital
3. PLA Hospital 309

General Hospitals of Different Military Branches

1. PLA Navy General Hospital
2. PLA Air Force General Hospital
3. PLA Missile Branch General Hospital

Affiliated Hospitals of Military Universities

1. South Hospital of South Medical University (the former No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of the No. 1 Military Medical University)
2. Zhujiang Hospital of South Medical University (the Former No. 2 Affiliated Hospital of the No. 1 Military Medical University)
1. Affiliated Changzheng Hospital of PLA No. 2 Military Medical University
2. Affiliated Changhai Hospital of the No. 2 Military Medical University
3. Affiliated Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital of the No. 2 Military Medical University
4. Affiliated Daping Hospital of the No. 3 Military Medical University
5. Affiliated Southwest Hospital of the No. 3 Military Medical University
6. Affiliated Xinqiao Hospital of the No. 3 Military Medical University
7. Affiliated Xijing Hospital of the No. 4 Military Medical University
8. Tangdu Hospital of the No. 4 Military Medical University

General Hospitals in Military Regions

1. Beijing Military Region General Hospital
2. Nanjing Military Region General Hospital in Nanjing
3. Nanjing Military Region General Hospital in Fuzhou
4. Guangzhou Military Region General Hospital in Guangzhou
5. Guangzhou Military Region General Hospital in Wuhan
6. Jinan Military Region General Hospital
7. Shenyang Military Region General Hospital
8. Chengdu Military Region General Hospital
9. Lanzhou Military Region General Hospital in Lanzhou
10. Lanzhou Military Region General Hospital in Urumqi
11. Chengdu Military Region General Hospital in Kunming
12. Tibet Military Region General Hospital

Beijing Military Region

1. PLA Hospital 302
2. PLA Hospital 307
3. PLA Hospital 281
4. Affiliated Hospital of Air Force Aviation Medical Research Institute
5. Affiliated Bayi Children Hospital of Beijing Military General Hospital
6. PLA Hospital 254
7. PLA Air Force Hospital in Tianjin (Hospital 464)
8. PLA Hospital 251
9. PLA Bethune International Peace Hospital
10. PLA Hospital 322
11. PLA Hospital 264

Nanjing Military Region

1. PLA Hospital 117
2. PLA Hospital 81
3. PLA Hospital 180
4. PLA Hospital 101
5. PLA Hospital 97
6. PLA Hospital 174
7. PLA Hospital 175
8. PLA Hospital 476
9. PLA Hospital 105
10. PLA Hospital 94
11. PLA Hospital 85
12. PLA Hospital 455
13. Songjiang Branch of PLA Hospital 455

Guangzhou Military Region

1. PLA Hospital 181
2. PLA Hospital 303
3. PLA Hospital 161
4. PLA Hospital 458
5. PLA Hospital 477
6. PLA Hospital 457
7. PLA Hospital 187

Jinan Military Region

1. PLA Hospital 401
2. PLA Hospital 107
3. PLA Hospital 153
4. PLA Hospital 89
5. Yanzhou Hospital 91
6. PLA Hospital 88
7. PLA Hospital 150
8. PLA Hospital 371
9. PLA Hospital 159

Shenyang Military Region

1. PLA Hospital 463
2. PLA Hospital 201
3. PLA Hospital 202
4. PLA Hospital 205
5. Harbin Hospital 242
6. Affiliated Hospital of Jilin Pharmacy Hospital (former Affiliated Hospital of Jilin Military Medical College)

Chengdu Military Region

1. PLA Hospital 452
2. PLA Hospital 59
3. PLA Hospital 44
4. PLA Hospital 324

Lanzhou Military Region

1. Lanzhou Military Region Hospital 474
2. PLA Number 3 Hospital
3. PLA Hospital 451

Armed Police Hospitals

1. The General Hospital of Armed Police
2. Affiliated Hospital of Armed Police Medical College
3. Shanxi Corps Hospital of Armed Police
4. Shaanxi Corps Hospital of Armed Police
5. Number 2 Hospital of Beijing Corps of Armed Police
6. The Central Hospital of Beijing Prison Management Bureau
7. Tianjin Police Hospital
8. Hebei Corps Hospital of Armed Police
9. Anhui Corps Hospital of Armed Police
10. Jiangxi Corps Hospital of Armed Police
11. Fujian Corps Hospital of Armed Police
12. Shanghai Corps Hospital of Armed Police
13. Hubei Corps Hospital of Armed Police
14. Guangdong Public Security Border Defense Hospital
15. Guangdong Corps Hospital of Armed Police
16. Shandong Border Defense Corps Hospital of Armed Police
17. Henan Corps Hospital of Armed Police
18. Sichuan Corps Hospital of Armed Police
19. Ningxia Corps Hospital of Armed Police

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Category: Organ Harvesting

White House Responds to Petition on Forced Live Organ Harvesting in China

(Minghui.org) The White House responded on Friday, January 30, 2015, to the petition submitted to its website “We the People” about three years ago, which called for investigating and condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

The CCP regime launched a nation-wide persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. Abductions, detentions, and torture of Falun Gong practitioners have since been taking place around the nation. The CCP military, armed police, prisons, labor camps, and medical professionals have carried out the state-orchestrated crime of forced live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. A large organ bank was established with medical data of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners, thus creating an organ data network.

The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) has investigated and recently published a list of 865 hospitals and 9,500 medical professionals involved. Based on postings on Chinese hospital websites and papers published in medical journals, these hospitals had, as of September 2014, completed transplantations of at least 176,267 kidneys, 40,170 livers, and 137,294 corneas.

The European Parliament passed a resolution on December 12, 2013, calling on the Chinese communist regime to “immediately stop organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, religion and minority groups.”


The White House responded on January 30, 2015, to the petition calling for investigation and condemnation of the CCP’s forced live organ harvesting. (Image from the website)

The White House responded, “The U.S. government opposes illegal or unethical harvesting or trafficking of human organs. We have urged China to cease harvesting organs from executed prisoners and have raised this issue with senior Chinese officials. China’s leaders have announced a pledge to abolish the practice of taking human organs for transplant from executed prisoners, although we are aware of continued reports of such practices. We take such allegations very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation and the actions that Chinese authorities take to fulfill this commitment.

“The Chinese government’s human rights practices and treatment of Falun Gong practitioners remain causes for concern. Since 1999, the Secretary of State has designated China as a “Country of Particular Concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act for having engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom. As reported in the State Department’s 2013 Country Report on Human Rights Practices and the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report, the Chinese government’s respect for and protection of the right to religious freedom have deteriorated.”

The CCP regime’s genocidal policies against Falun Gong have instigated the state-orchestrated crime of forced live organ harvesting, in which Falun Gong practitioners are executed for organs without public announcement. The CCP regime has admited, under pressure from the international community since 2006, that the organ transplants are from executed prisoners. But the number of announced death sentences has decreased year by year, which is not consistent with the exponential growth in organ transplants since 2000. Therefore, the unannounced execution of Falun Gong practitioners for organs is likely the primary source of human organ trafficking in China.

The petition on the website “We the People” collects signatures, and requests that the Obama Administration publicly condemn the CCP’s atrocity of live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other detainees. The petition points out that live organ harvesting are crimes against humanity. The crimes have been happening in China for over ten years. As a world leader in protecting human rights, the U.S. has a moral obligation to expose these crimes, stop them, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The petition was initiated by professor Arthur Caplan, an expert on medical ethics research, doctor Alejandro Centurion, a neurologist in California, and professor Jianchao Xu of Yale Medial School. Currently 34,000 people have signed the petition.

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Category: Organ Harvesting

CCP Torture Methods: Freezing

February 01, 2015 | By Cheng Yu

(Minghui.org) “They looked like chickens hanging there,” recalls one soldier. “It was very cold one night in December 2000. At around 1 a.m., we were ordered to get armed and move to the Dandong Train Station…I was shocked to notice that the open-top train, normally used to carry livestock, was full of Falun Gong practitioners of different ages. They were hung up to the top steel beam in the train. I heard they were being taken back from Beijing because they were protesting for their right to practice Falun Gong. I was so scared that I stood still with my submachine gun.”

The above offers a glimpse into the horrific torture endured by Falun Gong practitioners at the hands of the Chinese Communist regime over the past fifteen years. What awaited them in prisons, labor camps, detention centers, and brainwashing centers were even more brutal.

Freezing is one of many torture methods devised by the authorities in their attempts to force practitioners to renounce their beliefs. Practitioners were left to freeze either outdoors or indoors for extended periods of time. This is used in conjunction with other forms of torture to increase practitioners’ suffering.

Practitioners subjected to the freezing torture often sustained serious injuries. Some died as a result, while others had toes or legs amputated.

One such case was that of Ms. Qiu Liying: while on a hunger strike at a labor camp, Ms. Qiu was taken to a yard after she was found doing Falun Gong exercises. It was -20°C (-4°F), but she had only a thin shirt and sandals on. She was handcuffed behind her back and hung up on a tree. Her runny nose formed a meter-long icicle, which left the back of her hands with bloody holes.


Ms. Qiu Liying

Cases in this report demonstrate the damage caused by various forms of the freezing torture. For ease of reading, below is an outline:

Deaths and Injuries Caused by Freezing

Freezing Outside in Winter

Stripped of Clothes and Freezing
Buried in Snow
Forced to Sit, Stand or Lay on Ice
Made to Stay Outside in the Snow for Extended Periods of Time
Left in Deserted Suburb and Freezing
Standing against a Mirror
Freezing in Front of Air Vent
Freezing Hands Beaten with Tree Branches

Freezing in Cold Rooms

Freezing in a Cold Room with Ice
Blown by Fan
Walk-in Freezer
Freezing during Sleep
Freezing with Doors and Windows Open
Freezing by Air Conditioner

Feet Submerged in Cold Water, Ice, or Snow

Shoes Filled with Cold Water
Soaked with Cold Water without Shoes
Forced to Stand in Cold Water/Ice
Feet Submerged in Snow

Deaths and Injuries Caused by Freezing

• Mr. He Huajiang was tied to a chair in a bathroom and had his mouth sealed tight one December day. Guards opened the window to let in the bone-chilling air. They kept pouring cold water over him, all the while beating him frequently. He died two hours later, at the age of 42.

• Mr. Zheng Zhiqiang from Dandong City, Liaoning Province was forced to stand barefoot outside in the snow twice a day for 17 days, with a 33-pound wooden board hanging from a thin wire around his neck. This and other torture he suffered caused his death a few months later in 2004.

• Mr. Xu Fayue was handcuffed to a bed in his cell. It was about -12ºC (10ºF) at the time, but guards kept the door open for five days. By the time his handcuffs were removed, his hands were extremely swollen and had turned black. Two of his toes had to be partially removed, and a third toe had to be amputated completely.

• Mr. Yang Baochun was made to stand in the snow barefooted. When he was allowed back in, guards poured hot water over his feet, which soon began to fester. The guards didn’t send him to a hospital until it became clear that his life was in danger. Doctors were forced to amputate his right leg.

• Ms. Song Huilan was made to sleep on the floor every night with a very thin layer for cover when it was below -23ºC (-10ºF). Part of her uterus slipped out of her vagina as a result.

Freezing Outside in Winter

In many cases, Falun Gong practitioners were forced to stay outside when it was extremely cold.

Stripped of Clothes and Freezing

• Mr. Gong Jingwang, a taxi driver in Tianjin, was beaten after being arrested. Officers stripped off his clothes and handcuffed him to a post in a yard when it was below -10°C (14°F). Half an hour later, the officers continued to beat him.

• While in police custody, Mr. Liu Wenji from Pingquan County, Hebei Province was forced to stand outside naked and had water poured over him. When the water became frozen, officers forced him to sit on the ice.

• Similarly, Ms. Liu Liwei was stripped of her clothes and taken to the yard in the winter while incarcerated at Liaoning Women’s Prison. She was also beaten and deprived of sleep.

• Pan Zhenfang and Meng Zhaomin from Sanhe City, Hebei Province were stripped to their underwear and made to stay outside, with Mr. Meng handcuffed to a pole and Mr. Pan Zhengfan handcuffed to an advertisement board. When they were finally let inside, they had lost feeling in their limbs and could not walk steadily.

• Ms. Han Liping and a few other practitioners were stripped to their undergarments and forced to stand in snow barefooted for more than 7 hours. After they were let inside, guards blew air at them with a fan for more than two hours.

• Teacher Zhang Jian wasn’t able to move his arms for more than 40 days after he was forced to stand outside in his underwear and had water poured over him.

Buried in Snow

• Ms. Ye Dajun had her clothes removed and was forced to lie on the ground face down. Two inmates then buried her in snow for more than two hours.

• Mr. Chen Aizhong also had his clothes stripped off and was handcuffed to a tree in the yard. Guards buried his feet in snow, causing serious injury. He was later killed during force-feeding.

• A practitioner (name unknown) recalled, “The guards threw me outside to freeze in the snow, only to take me inside ten minutes later. They blew warm air towards me, but before I was able to recover from the cold, they pushed me outside again. They alternated like this four or five times before they buried me in snow and poured hot water on my head.”

Forced to Sit, Stand or Lay on Ice

• Ms. Cong Chengfen and a few other practitioners were forced to sit on ice with their legs straight. Any move would result in punches and kicks by guards. When the ice melted, the guards dragged them to another icy spot. Some practitioners’ pants were frozen to the ground. They lost feeling in their limbs after four or five hours.

• The elderly Ms. Cui Xiuzhen was made to alternate between lying on snow and sitting on ice for hours.

• Mr. Xie Chunfeng was forced to sit on the frozen surface of a pond for half an hour in only his underwear.

• It was -12ºC (10ºF) at night on February 7, 2000. The guards at Geijiao Detention Center in Kaifeng City, Henan Province poured water on the ground to make ice. They forced 11 female practitioners with only undergarments on to sit on the ice barefoot for four hours straight. The practitioners had to hold ice in their hands at the same time. Eventually, the ice on the ground was stained with menstrual blood.

• Hundreds of miles away in Qinglong Autonomous County, Hebei Province, more than 10 female practitioners wearing thin clothes were forced to lay on the ice face down, with arms and legs straightened. Their palms and insteps had to touch the ice. If they couldn’t keep the pose, they would be whipped or stomped on by guards. Their hands, feet and faces turned black. When they were finally allowed to get up, the shapes of their bodies had been imprinted in the snow.

Made to Stay Outside in the Snow for Extended Periods of Time

• While detained at Qianjin Forced Labor Camp in Harbin City, middle school teacher Ms. Zuo Xianfeng was forced to stand in snow for an hour when it was -20ºC (-4ºF).

• Li Mingyan, Su Li, Xiang Guiying and Gao Yumei from Yishui County, Shandong Province were made to sit in snow. After it melted, a guard poured cold water on them. They were tortured this way from 6pm to 4am for four continuous days.

• Ms. Liu Yunxiang from Weifang City, Shandong Province was forced to shovel snow with bare feet and no jacket on January 21, 2000. She later suffered two miscarriages as a result of beatings in prison.

Zhu Feng and Chai Xiuzhi from Yushu, Jilin Province fainted when they were made to stand outside in the snow, when the temperature was below -20ºC (-4ºF).

• Mr. Lai Yunchang was forced to sit outside from 7am to 7pm every day in winter months.

Left in Deserted Suburb and Freezing

• Following his trip to Beijing to petition the central government to end the persecution of Falun Gong in 2001, Mr. Shang Shuichi was poisoned at a detention center. He was then stripped of his winter clothes and dumped in a deserted Beijing suburb with bare feet and a thin sweater. He passed away in February 2001 as a result of freezing and poison.


Mr. Shang ShuichiStanding Against a Mirror

• After being arrested in December 2000, Ms. Ji Shuhua and Ms. Wu Defang were forced to stay in the yard of a police station in Hebei Province while it was snowing heavily. They were forced to stand against a large mirror on the wall with their arms stretched horizontally. Their forehead, nose, and palms had to touch the mirror. They were beaten whenever a small gap between their bodies and the mirror was seen.

Freezing in Front of Air Vent

• Ms. Zhang Guilan said, “In December 2003, more than 24 Falun Gong practitioners in Heilongjiang Women’s Prison were forced to stand still at an air vent for a whole day. The pain from the handcuffs was terrible. Our meals quickly became frozen in the cold. Some practitioners couldn’t even get up after they fell to the ground, and they were often injured when they were dragged back to their cells.”

• At Jiamusi Labor Camp in Heilongjiang Province, Mr. Shi Mengchang was stripped of his clothes and forced to stand with his head down and arms raised backwards in front of an air vent when it was -20°C (or -4°F). The guards also beat him and poured cold water over his body.


Torture illustration: “Flying an airplane”

Freezing Hands Beaten with Tree Branches

• In Heilongjiang Women’s Prison in winter 2003, Ms. Zhang Yan, in her fifties, was dragged from the fourth floor to the ground floor. Inmates subsequently stripped her of her winter coat and forced her to stand at the back of the prison. In addition, two inmates hit her bare hands with twigs or electric batons whenever she moved.

• At Yushu Detention Center in Jinling Province. Ms Liu Jinfeng, 19, was stripped of her winter coat and left in the snow in February 2000. Meanwhile, a guard beat her swollen hands with a branch.

Freezing in Cold Rooms

The freezing torture was also conducted indoors using ice, fans, air conditioners, and open doors and windows.

• In 2010, Mr. Wang Jijun was put in a 2-by-1-meter solitary cell with no heat in Jidong Prison in Hebei Province. Ice was put in the cell. Six inmates monitored him and limited his sleep to three hours.

• In 2002 at Jiedu Forced Labor Camp in Heilongjiang Province, guards instructed inmates to open all the windows and put ice cubes into practitioners’ clothes. Practitioners Wei Jun, Piao Yingjie, Gao Shuyan, Ding Hongjuan, Li Hongxia suffered this torture.

Blown by Fan

• In December 2000, Ms. Fan Shengmei in Sichuan Province was deprived of food and sleep, and shackled to a handrail in the building of the local Domestic Security police for two days. Officers then stripped her of her winter coat and blew cold air at her using a fan.

• In the same building, Ms. Hu Xingyu, in her seventies, was also stripped of her winter coat after she collapsed from abuse. Officers used two fans to blow cold air at Ms. Hu and other practitioners.

• Mr. Sha Litian, in his sixties, was detained at Jianxin Labor Camp in Tianjin. He was stripped of his clothes and exposed to -15°C (5°F) temperatures. Meanwhile, guards opened his cell’s door and window and blew cold air in with a fan. The guards also shocked Mr. Sha’s mouth and face with electric batons.

Walk-in Freezer

• Guards at the Zhang Shi Labor Camp in Liaoning Province used a cold storage room to freeze Falun Gong practitioners. The temperature was below freezing, and there was a thick layer of frost on the wall. In 2001, Mr. Zhang Zhenwu, Mr. Chen Song, Mr. Zhang Guoyi and Mr. Li Manxin were forced to stand against the wall and were allowed to sleep for only four hours.

Freezing during Sleep

• Ms. Jiang Xinbo, a high school teacher, was tortured and subjected to freezing temperatures during her sleep at Heilongjiang Women’s Prison in April 2010. Directed by guards, inmates shackled and hung up Ms. Jiang in a below-freezing room for 17 hours. When she finally got a chance to sleep, her thin quilt was taken away during the night, when the temperature dropped even lower.


Ms. Jiang Xinbo

Freezing with Doors and Windows Open

• During Mr. Zhao Jianshe’s nine-year term at Wuxi Prison in Jiangsu Province, inmates opened his cell door and window in the cold winter. His fingers were frozen, turned black, and eventually shed a layer of skin.

• Ms. Hao Peijie, a former employee at a university in Heilongjiang Province, was frozen at Qianjin Labor Camp on March 29, 2013. In only her underwear and with bare feet, she was beaten, bound and left in a freezing room with the door and window opened all day. She was also denied food.

• Following her arrest in 2002, Ms. Zhou Yanbo was held in Tieling Detention Center in Liaoning Province, where her limbs were tied to metal hoops on the floor for a month. The cell window was open, and the outside temperature was as low as -30°C (-22°F). Inmates also stomped on her in that position.

• Mr. Chu Liwen, a farmer, was also subjected to freezing overnight at the Changle Detention Center in Shandong province in the winter of 2001. His was stripped of his clothes and handcuffed to window bars on the top floor of the building. With all the doors and windows open, the guards exposed him to the cold from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. two nights in a row.

Freezing by Air Conditioner

• In December 2012, Ms. Zhang Meijin and Ms. Chensu Fang were taken to Changyi Detention Center in Shandong Province, where they were confined to a room with the air conditioner running while it was -16°C (3°F) outside.

Feet Submerged in Cold Water, Ice, or Snow

• After Ms. Li Ya was taken to Lanzhou Women’s Prison in Gansu Province on December 21, 2010, an inmate forced her to wear a pair of thin shoes while working. The inmate intentionally poured cold water on Ms. Li’s shoes multiple times. When Ms. Li’s feet were injured, an inmate stomped on them to increase her pain.

• Twelve practitioners were arrested in 2001 after holding a banner at Tiananmen Square to protest the persecution of Falun Gong. At Zhuzhuang Police Station in Beijing, officers shackled one practitioner outside, kicked her shoes off, and poured cold water onto her. Once her socks were frozen, officers forced her to stand on a hot furnace and burned her fingers with a cigarette lighter.

Forced to Stand in Cold Water/Ice

• Ms Zhang Benfang was forced to stand in cold water for weeks in Nanjing Brainwashing Center in February 2005. Her toes were chapped and bloody as a result.

• Officials in Guangdong Province forced nine Falun Gong practitioners to stand in inches-deep cold water after they had been on a hunger strike for 6 winter days in 2000. The practitioners were not allowed to sleep or lean against the wall, even after one female practitioner fainted. Days later, their feet and legs were so swollen that their shoes no longer fit.

• On December 9, 2000, Ms. Zheng Quanhua and 7 other practitioners were arrested and beaten by police officers in Zhugou Town, Shandong Province. The officers forced the practitioners to take off their winter coats and sit on the wet ground outside. Their pants froze and stuck to the ground. Two of them were even tied to a tractor and forced to stand in washbasins filled with cold water. Their feet became numb and suffered muscle injury. The pain prevented them from sleeping for over a month.

Feet Submerged in Snow

• Ms. Yang Xiulan from Liaoning Province went to Beijing to petition the central government at the end of 1999. She was detained in Haidian Detention Center, where she was shocked by electric batons and beaten. The guards put her feet in a washbasin filled with snow. Ms. Yang fainted in the process.

• Mr. Li Jiqiu was beaten while tied to a metal chair on December 3, 2004. His hands and feet were swollen and bruised. His feet were put in a washbasin filled with snow, and ice formed quickly. An officer also poured the snow on his collar and waist.

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Ms. Qiu Liying Brutally Tortured in Forced Labor Camps and Psychiatric Hospitals in Tangshan City
Additional Details Regarding the Death of Dafa practitioner Mr. Shang Shuichi from Yuzhou City, Henan Province
Disabled As a Result of Repeated Beatings and Torture: Personal Account of the Horrific Persecution Endured by Ms. Chen Zhenbo (Photos)
70-year-old Zhang Dengchun in Precarious Condition after Severe Persecution in Prison (Photos)
Ms. Zhang Guilan Recounts 14 Years of Brutal Persecution (Photos)
Mr. Shi Mengchang from Heilongjiang Province Persecuted to Emaciation
Falun Dafa Practitioner Mr. Sha Litian from Wuqing District of Tianjin City Arrested
Ms. Zhang Benfang of Nanjing Dies After Repeated Arrests, Torture, and Relentless Harassment
Firsthand Account: Details of Persecution Endured by Li Jiqiu from Qiqihar Before His Death
Daqing Labor Camp Police Freeze He Huajiang to Death
Mr. Yang Baochun Illegally Imprisoned in a Psychiatric Hospital
More Information on the Death of Dafa Practitioner Chen Aizhong
Shantou City Court Clerk Mr. Xie Chunfeng Tortured
Ms. Liu Yunxiang Suffers Two Miscarriages After Beatings by Local Authorities
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A Fortunate Family

January 27, 2015 | By a practitioner in Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) I am 53 years old. I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1996. My family has enjoyed great fortune ever since.

Lump on My Ear Disappears

Before I practiced Falun Dafa, I had a lump on the back of my right ear. The doctor said that even though the tumor was not too big, it would have to be removed surgically. I was worried and scared and hesitant to have it done. I checked it in a mirror and felt uneasy every day.

After starting to practice Falun Dafa, I was happy and concentrated on studying Dafa for several days, so I forgot to check the lump. Then one day I thought about it, looked in the mirror, and saw that it was gone. I shed tears of joy and truly felt that Dafa is miraculous.

No Serious Injury After a Van Ran Over My Legs

The Chinese Communist Party began its official campaign to slander and persecute Falun Dafa in July 1999. Soon after, I went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice.

On my way to Beijing, the police intercepted me and began taking me home. I asked, “What crime did I commit?” They replied, “You didn’t commit a crime. Your vehicle does not comply with regulations.” I said, “Stop the car. We’re getting out.” I opened the door and fell out. In a second, an oncoming van ran over my legs.

I didn’t feel any pain; I only felt that my legs were padded by soft materials. I got up and ran towards the vehicle. Later, the passengers in the vehicle told me that there clearly were tire marks on my white pants. My legs were not injured. I only had flesh wounds that healed on their own in less than 10 days.

My Husband Avoided a Deadly Accident

My husband worked in car sales. One day a customer who had recently learned to drive bought a new car. She asked my husband to take her to several government agencies to complete all the necessary documents. The customer was in a hurry and mistook the gas pedal for the brake. The car rushed towards my husband. There was another car behind him, and his legs were sandwiched between the two cars. The customer was scared to death and took my husband to the hospital, got some medicine, and took my husband home.

At home, my husband told me about it. I told him, “Remember ‘Falun Dafa is good,’ and you’ll be all right.” He later said to me angrily, “That customer hit me. I didn’t blame her for that. But she didn’t even come to visit me after the accident.” I said, “She didn’t do it intentionally. If you remember ‘Falun Dafa is good,’ bad things can turn into good ones.” After a few days of rest, my husband went back to work.

My Mother Is Fortunate

My mother is 87 years old. Three years ago, she had a heart attack and pleural effusion. She was all swollen, had difficulty breathing, and couldn’t fall asleep at night. She was hospitalized a few times. Eventually there was nothing the hospital could do. After returning home, she couldn’t speak or swallow when her symptoms were really bad. Relatives and friends came to visit her. They all shook their heads as they left and were worried that my mother could not make it this time.

In our family, there are several Dafa practitioners who clarified the truth to my mother several times and asked her to recite “Dafa is good.” My mother did not believe it. This time, daughters in the family told her, “Doctors cannot cure you. If you sincerely recite, ‘Falun Dafa is good,’ something good will occur.” My mother’s desire to survive made her recite, “Falun Dafa is good.” She gradually got better. She soon could eat, and the edema quickly disappeared.

However, for some reason, after she recovered her health, my mother had a lump on her rear end. One day when she was watching a Shen Yun DVD, there was a rattling sound. Then the lump disappeared. My mother thought it was miraculous.

Now my mother lives in her daughters’ homes in turn, and she often watches Shen Yun. She has three normal meals a day and often has a smile on her face.

Lovely Children

I have one daughter and one son. Both of them have supported my practicing Dafa. Even though they do not cultivate Dafa, they know Dafa is good and often recite, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Over the years, they have done well in school and at work.

My daughter and son never waste money. At times I offered to give them a little more, but they wouldn’t take it, because they understand our situation.

After graduating from college, my daughter got a satisfactory job. She gave all her income to me and would ask for money if she needed to buy something. My daughter works as a kindergarten teacher. The kids in her class all behave well. Even those who are considered naughty by other teachers act properly in her class. The parents all trust and like her. Other teachers often joke with my daughter, saying, “You are lucky. There seems to be a great god that protects you.” My daughter just nods and is clear that “Falun Dafa is good” is in her heart.

My son and daughter understand the truth about Dafa. Thus they are rewarded with good fortune.

Our whole family is grateful to Master’s merciful protection and grateful for the wonders of Falun Dafa. We also hope others can understand the truth and hold “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” in their hearts. We wish good people a safe and secure life.

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