(Minghui.org) Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been persecuting the practice since July 1999. Yuan Shuqian, the director of the Shijiazhuang City Brainwashing Centre in Hebei Province, has actively participated in the persecution. Details of his crimes are presented below.


Perpetrator Information

Full Name of Perpetrator: Yuan (surname) Shuqian (first name) (袁书谦)
Gender: Male
Country: China
Date/year of Birth: May 12, 1974
Place of Birth: Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, China
Mobile number: +86-13903115399, +86-13383019173

Yuan Shuqian


Title or Position

1999 – 2001: Police officer at Shijiazhuang City Forced Labor Camp
2001 – Present: Director of Hebei Provincial Brainwashing Centre


Main Crimes

Yuan Shuqian actively persecuted Falun Gong when he was a police officer at the Shijiazhuang City Forced Labor Camp. After he was promoted to become the director of the Shijiazhuang City Brainwashing Centre in 2001, he was responsible for inventing various torture methods to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. He was personally responsible for persecuting Mr. Tao Hongsheng to death when he was still an officer at the Shijiazhuang Forced Labor Camp.

According to information collected by Minghui.org, Yuan started arresting Falun Gong practitioners in August 2001 and held them in the brainwashing centre. The detention terms varied from a few days to three months, and some practitioners were detained for up to a year. Yuan often issued arrest quotas and extorted money from practitioners or their workplaces as “tuition” for the brainwashing sessions.

Some of the methods that he has invented included force-feeding practitioners with water to suffocate them while punching their stomachs, force-feeding practitioners with alcohol, and writing words that slandered Falun Gong on the practitioners’ bodies.

From 2001 to April 2014, at least 600 practitioners were held or tortured in the brainwashing centre with 357 of their names being verified. At least three of these practitioners were persecuted to death and four have become mentally disabled.

The following is an overview of persecution cases perpetrated by Yuan Shuqian.



Ms. Yuan Pingjun

Ms. Yuan Pingjun was manning a sewing booth in the market on August 2, 2010, when local neighborhood committee staffers brought police from the Ning’an Street Police Station to arrest her and take her to the brainwashing centre. Nine days later, on August 11, Ms. Yuan’s husband, Mr. Zhang Yundong, was notified of her death while he was at work.

Mr. Zhang saw his wife’s body hours later. He noted a bloody hole on the back of her skull. The body was cold. He asked how she died. The guards said she fell from the fifth floor but later changed the narrative by claiming that she committed suicide by breaking a window with a DVD player and then jumping to her death. They claimed that the DVD player caused the hole in her head. The officers forcibly took Ms. Yuan’s body to the funeral home and closely guarded it, not allowing her family to get close.

Plainclothes officers were assigned to watch her husband and 21-year-old son, not allowing them any contact with others. Later, a representative from the Ning’an Street Police Station talked with her husband and son, offering to pay them 100,000 yuan to “settle the case.” Ms. Yuan’s body was cremated on August 22. She was 45 when she died.

Ms. Yuan Pingjun