Torture in custody has taken the lives of thousands of Falun Gong adherents’ since the Communist Party began persecuting followers of the spiritual discipline in 1999.
Women of Falun Gong tell wrenching tales of physical and sexual abuse in captivity. They have been violated with brooms sticks or electric batons causing bleeding from the vagina. They have had their breasts pierced with barbwire, and they have been gang raped.
Mounting evidence tells a terrible tale of murder and mutilation in China. Witnesses and Chinese physicians reveal that thousands of persons affiliated with the Falun Gong are being killed for their organs, which are sold and transplanted at enormous profit.
The 6-10 Office—named after the date of its creation on June 10, 1999—is an extralegal police task force responsible for carrying out the mission of eliminating Falun Gong.
Since the Chinese Communist Party banned Falun Gong in China in 1999, the Chinese authorities have utilized a wide variety of mechanisms in their efforts to force adherents to renounce their faith and ultimately wipe out the spiritual group. These strategies have ranged from extreme use of torture and sexual abuse, to the intimidation and harassment of adherents' family members, to the establishment of a nationwide extralegal task force to implement the eradication policy. The articles in this section cover these mechanics of persecution in greater depth.
The Chinese Communist Party has been carrying out massive arrests across the country, spanning several provinces and many cities, according to numerous sources in China. The arrests are targeting anyone believed to have an affiliation with Falun Gong, and witnesses say that some cities are being controlled under martial law conditions.
During the Chinese Spring Festival in 2003, Liu Jie, a 37-year-old woman practitioner was tortured to death for peacefully distributing greeting cards with the Chinese characters for "Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance" on them.
Ms. Xiaoyun Fu from Wuhan City was tortured to death last month by Chinese police.
According to a February 2001, Chinese state-run media report, Ms. Yanying Wu and her brother had quickly "renounced" Falun Gong under the "care" of the Chinese Communist Party and moved on to become "rich" grape farmers.
The defense counsel in the Hong Kong case charging peaceful Falun Gong demonstrators with obstructing the sidewalk cited "over policing" and "unprofessional" behavior among the Hong Kong police during violent arrests last March.