(Minghui.org) “'When Dad and I helped the police put you in a mental hospital, we wanted you to stay there until you actually became crazy so that we could take you home. We'd rather take care of a lunatic than be scared and terrorized by the police all the time.' My daughter's anguish shows how helpless my family was, in fear of the persecution,” said Ms. Sun Yuhua.

Ms. Sun, 68, is a Falun Gong practitioner from Shandong Province who has been detained and tortured in a mental hospital twice until she almost died. Why? She refused to renounce her belief. Her husband, a former deputy garrison commander in Yantai, died because of the persecution. Ms. Sun recently filed a lawsuit accusing former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin for her and her family's suffering. She called for the Supreme People's Procuratorate to prosecute and hold Jiang criminally responsible for launching the devastating persecution of Falun Gong 16 years ago.

Ms. Sun Benefits from the Practice

After Ms. Sun became a Falun Gong practitioner in 1997, her stomach problems, insomnia and back problems healed without her even noticing it. She also stopped fighting with her husband as she followed Falun Gong's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and their family life became warm and harmonious.

Arrests and Torture in Mental Hospital

After the persecution started, officers from the Yuhuangding Police Station often harassed Ms. Sun in an attempt to force her to give up her practice. They had her watch a video slandering Falun Gong and pressured her to sign a statement renouncing her belief in July 1999. They arrested and detained her for 15 days for going to Beijing to protest the persecution in December.

The police arrested Ms. Sun again for organizing practitioners to exercise together in January 2000. They threatened her husband with job termination and a three-year labor camp sentence if she went to Beijing to protest again. The police then terrorized her husband and daughter until they forged her medical records and acquiesced to putting her in a mental hospital.

At the hospital Ms. Sun was tied to a bed and force-fed with drugs. She became restless and had trouble sleeping and swallowing. After 16 days she became completely incapacitated and was sent home.

Ms. Sun went to Beijing again at the end of 2000. The police worked with her family to put her in a mental hospital again. She was pumped with drugs for 39 days. When she was at the edge of a mental breakdown, her family took her home.

Husband Targeted in the Persecution

A few months before the persecution started, Ms. Sun's husband chose to speak up for Falun Gong and wrote a letter to Jiang asking him not to persecute the practice. The letter was later put on the Internet and Jiang ordered an investigation of her husband. In September 1999 her husband was removed from his job. Under the tremendous ongoing pressure of the persecution, her husband fell ill and passed away in 2010.


In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners in the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.

Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang's directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.