I am a university lecturer and have been practicing Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) for 20 years.
After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started to persecute Falun Gong in 1999, my husband, also a practitioner, was imprisoned and was taken to various labor camps to be “transformed,” that means to recant ones belief in Falun Dafa.
When my husbands and others practitioners were tried in 2006, the lawyers we hired openly defended the practitioners in court. They were able to unmask the facade of the court trial and informed the court that the practitioners were tortured in the detention centers.
Despite the lawyers’ excellent work in the defense of my husband, he was still given a heavy sentence and was imprisoned.
After many hardships, I was allowed to meet my husband in the jail, he asked me to find a lawyer and press charges against the guards for their inhumane treatment.
The lawyer wrote a letter to press charges against the guards and sent copies to the prison head, the two highest prosecutors’ offices in the city, the court, the People’s Congress, and the Commission for Discipline Inspection. The facts were also distributed by Falun Dafa practitioners to homes in the surrounding area.
The inspection bureau started their investigations into the guards, and under pressure from the local media and the lawyer, the guards were either fired or relocated to other prisons.
The result shocked the whole prison, and the situation for practitioners incarcerated there improved. Inmates and guards no longer beat my husband, and he and other practitioners dared to practice the exercises openly.
My husband was able to talk to many people in the prison about Falun Dafa. As a result, some practitioners who’d submitted to the guards’ demands and stopped practicing openly stated that their words were null and void, and started practicing Falun Dafa again. My husband also kept sending me lists of people who wanted to quit the CCP and its affiliated youth organizations.
When my husband was finally released, he said that more than 100 people in his section, except for two newcomers whom he hadn’t had a chance to talk to, had quit the CCP.