Name: Zhou Xiuli (周秀丽)
Gender: Female
Age: 44
Address: Nancha District, Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province
Occupation: Unknown
Date of Most Recent Arrest: June 16, 2011
Most Recent Place of Detention: Yichun City Brainwashing Center (伊春市洗脑班)
City: Yichun
Province: Heilongjiang
Persecution Suffered: Brainwashing, illegal sentencing, imprisonment, torture, physical restraint, detention

( Ms. Zhou Xiuli from the Nancha District in Yichun City was arrested on June 16 by Nancha District 610 Office agents Wang Yuhui, Yao Fengjun, and He Wei; Nancha District Political and Judiciary Committee head Ma Jianlin; and community Party secretary Liu Jingfen. She was illegally detained in a brainwashing center for 23 days. During her detention, her daughter was taken to a brainwashing center twice and was detained for 10 days.

Ms. Zhou has been persecuted and tortured numerous times by the communist regime because she refuses to give up the practice of Falun Gong. The following is her personal account:

My name is Zhou Xiuli. I’m 44 years old and I’m a housewife living in the Nancha District.

In my 20s I was seriously injured in a traffic accident, and my periosteum and sternum were separated. Every day I suffered severe pain. I could not sleep well and I frequently woke up from bad dreams because of the pain. I couldn’t do anything, even housework. In 1998 when I was 31, I fortunately started practicing Falun Gong. Soon after , all my illnesses disappeared and I fully recovered.

On April 28, 2002, I was arrested and taken to the Lianhe Police Station in the Nancha District by eight officers, including Wang Jun and Zhan Hongyu from the Lianhe Police Station and Li Xuemin from the Nancha District Police Department. Around 8:00 p.m., I was transferred to the Nancha District Police Department, where I was brutally tortured. The police tied me to an iron chair and handcuffed my arms behind it. I remained there for two nights and one day. Later I was detained in the Nancha District Detention Center for four months and was sentenced to three years in the Heilongjiang Province Women’s Prison.

Torture Re-enactment: Iron Chair

After I was released, Nancha District officials often came to my home and harassed me, especially on sensitive dates. Once, several officers from the Yichun City 610 Office and Nancha District 610 Office agent He Wei and officer Liu Yanlong went to my mother's home to search for me. My mother was 67 years old and in poor health. She was extremely frightened by the police, and due to the stress, she developed a heart problem.

On June 16, 2011, I was selling meat as usual in my brother’s butcher shop. Nancha District 610 Office agents Wang Yuhui, Yao Fengjun, and He Wei; Nancha District Political and Judiciary Committee head Ma Jianlin; and community Party secretary Liu Jingfen suddenly showed up and attempted to arrest me. Although I tried my best to resist, Wang Yuhui and Yao Fengjun dragged me to their car.

I was taken to the Yichun City Brainwashing Center, located at the former site of Yichun City Hall. While in the brainwashing center, I was forced to watch the programs that slandered Falun Gong. Collaborator Wang Jinfeng from the Xilin District, Yichun City, 34, compelled me to listen to her read books that slandered Falun Gong. Political head Wang Changhua threatened me, saying that if I didn’t write the Three Statements, I would be sentenced.

My daughter had just finished her college entrance exam, an important time in her life. However, in order to “transform” me, the evildoers took her to the brainwashing center twice and detained her for 10 days. I was detained for 23 days in the brainwashing center.