To investigate the criminal conduct of all institutions, organizations, and individuals involved in the persecution of Falun Gong; to bring such investigations, no matter how long it takes, no matter how far and deep we have to search, to full closure; to exercise fundamental principles of humanity; and to restore and uphold justice in society.

Investigative Report on the Persecution of Falun Gong by Chen Shulin

Vice Director of the Provincial Committee of Hunan’s “610 Office”, Director of Religious Affairs Bureau of Hunan Province
December 30, 2020

Full Legal Name of Perpetrator: Chen Shulin (陈树林)

Gender: Male

Country: China

Date/year of Birth: March 1954

Title or Position:

Before 2010: Director of Religious Affairs Bureau of Hunan Province, Secretary of Party Committee of Hunan.

January 2010 – September 2011: Vice Director of the Provincial Committee of Hunan’s “610 Office.”

September 2011 – August 2013: Vice Secretary of Hunan’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission. Director of the Provincial Committee of Hunan’s “610 Office,” Vice president of Hunan’s “Anti-Cult Association.”[1]


Summary of Evidence

Chen Shulin has been directly involved in the human rights abuses committed against Falun Gong practitioners since 2010. As the director of the “610 Office” of Hunan Province (the “610 Office” is an extralegal CCP security agency created in 1999 to lead the anti-Falun Gong campaign[2]), Chen is culpable for staining Falun Gong’s reputation and persecuting, torturing, killing, and maiming its practitioners. Though his term of office lasted only three years, in that time, tens of Falun Gong Practitioners were persecuted to death. Among those persecuted to death include Xu Chensheng, Jiang Meilan, Guo Boqin, Zeng Haiqi,[3] Peng Donglian, Xie Wutang[4], Peng Xiaobing,[5] Zeng Zhaoqin, Zhu Guilian,[6] Zhang Guoliang, Zhang Zhimin, Zhou Bosheng, Tan Cuiying, and many others.[7]

Case 1:

Ms. Peng Donglian was illegally kidnaped by local police on November 9th, 2010. After 11 days, the police department in Li County, Hunan Province, informed Peng’s family of her death. Rushing to the department, Peng’s family found her arms rigidly raised to an abnormal position over her dead body. The arch of her foot was severely bruised. On November 26th, the police office forced Peng’s body to be cremated, hoping to destroy the evidence.[8]

Case 2:

On June 30th, 2011, Ms. Tan Cuiying demanded that Ningyuan County’s Public Security Bureau release her illegally kidnapped husband, Mr. Liu Yicheng. As a result, she was beaten by CCP’s national security police (the office that specifically targets religious groups) until she fell into a coma. Ms. Tan died at around 8AM on July 18th, 2011, at the age of 57.[9]

Case 3:

Ms. Xu Chensheng was illegally kidnapped by Chenzhou’s Police department on May 16th, 2012. Her sudden death occurred after a 12 hour long unlawful trial. However, it was not until two days later that her family learned of her death. Chenzhou’s Public Security Bureau asserted that she died of sickness. Xu’s eyes remained half open in the funeral parlor. The real reason for her death is still under investigation.[10]

Case 4:

Ms. Guo Boqin was illegally kidnapped and detained more than 10 times, and illegally tried twice in the city of Chenzhou. All those times added up to an astounding 6 years spent detained. During this time, she was handcuffed, forced to squat, forcefed, battered, forced to do intensive labor, kept under the blazing sun, forced to endure long periods of hunger, and persecuted in other ways. This resulted in Ms. Guo losing her ability to walk. It also caused her to suffer from uterine ptosis and ascites. On October 27th, 2012, Chenzhou police broke into Ms. Guo’s house and kidnapped her. This ordeal worsened her illness. She was persecuted to death on April 18th, 2013, at the age of 43. Witnessing the death of her daughter at the hands of local policemen, Ms. Guo’s mother developed symptoms of cerebral thrombosis and left the world on June 5th, 2013.[11]

Persecutions of Falun Gong Practitioners in “Brainwashing Camps”

Dubbed by the CCP as “re-education classes,” the Brainwashing Camps use various methods to persecute Falun Gong practitioners and force them to give up their belief.

During Chen Shulin’s term in office, Hunan’s “610 Office” spent about 3 million dollars to brainwash Falun Gong practitioners, opening more than 100 classes and illegally kidnapping more than 600 practitioners from various areas of Hunan in 2011 alone.

Ms. Jiang Meilan was kidnapped and sent to the “Lao Daohe Brainwash Camp” (dubbed as “Changsha’s legal education center”, the camp is directly affiliated with the “610 office” system) by Xintian County’s Public Security Bureau in Yongzhou, Hunan. She was persecuted to death within 23 days, dying at the age of 65. Upon examination of Jiang’s body, doctors found that she had wounds made by electric batons all over her entire body; her mouth and her guts were barely maintaining their shape, and her private part was battered and bleeding.[12]

Ms. Li Jiaju and her husband were kidnapped in May 2011 by Yongxing County’s “610 Office” and sent to Beihu District’s “Communist School.” After half a month of hunger striking, Li was injected by IV with a bottle of unknown substance. After she returned home, her health worsened. In September 2011, her private part started to bleed more often and she was forced to stay in bed. On April 16, 2012, she died from poisoning from the unknown substance at the age of 58.[13]

Mr. Zhang Zhimin was kidnapped and taken to Huaihua’s “Brainwash Camp” at 11AM on September 10, 2010. The “610 Office” forced Zhang to watch recordings that slandered Falun Gong. He was persecuted both mentally and physically and developed symptoms of high blood pressure. The “610 Office” forced Zhang to swallow an unknown pill that in their words, “cures high blood pressure.” After swallowing the pill, Zhang’s body became weak, he felt dizzy, and a strong burning sensation started at the back of his head, extending to his tailbone. He quickly fell into a coma. After that incident, Zhang frequently experienced headaches and his lips turned numb. Such symptoms continued until he died from poisoning on April 25th, 2011.[14]


Utilizing the Internet, Media, and other forms of the Arts to Slander Falun Gong’s Reputation

After becoming Hunan’s Vice Director of the 610 Office, Chen Shulin, along with Jiang Yongzhong and Zhang Heping, created Hunan’s “anti-cult web.” Chen supervised the website, filling it with slanderous reports about Falun Gong. During the opening ceremony in November 2010, Chen even delivered a speech.[15]

During the second half of 2010, Hunan’s “610 Office” demanded Hunan’s Jinfeng Art and Culture Center and Spring Peach Flower Drum Opera’s crew to act out an anti-Falun Gong Opera called “Waking Up from a Dream.” From August 2010 to October 2010, the crew performed in more than 14 cities, misleading people in the audience. As the vice president of Hunan’s “Anti-Cult” council, Chen Shulin was the one responsible for misleading people through these malicious shows.[16],[17]

On September 28th, 2011, Chen Shulin delivered a speech to Changde’s municipal cadre on “Cult-Prevention,” defaming Falun Gong and its founder, and encouraged attendees to see Falun Gong as an enemy. On December 9th, Chen delivered a speech that encouraged students and teachers to see Falun Gong as a threat at Zhongnan University’s Faculty of Public Administration.[18]

Meanwhile, on October 19th and 20th, 2011, Hunan’s “610 Office” trained members from other 610 offices on how to target Falun Gong on the internet under Chen’s supervision. On November 2nd, 2011, Hunan’s “610 Office” held seminars in Changsha to search for “anti-Falun Gong theories.”[19]