Jilin Province: 55 Sentenced for Their Faith in 9 Months

November 04, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Jilin Province

(Minghui.org) The first nine months of 2016 recorded 55 cases of Jilin residents sentenced for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Due to the state-imposed informational blockade, the actual number of innocent citizens targeted for their faith is likely to be much higher than reported.

The affected practitioners were given prison terms ranging from 1 to 9 years, with an average of 3.88 years.

It is unclear, though, when the sentenced practitioners were arrested.

List of Sentenced

Jiang Dan, Liang Shumei, and Yang Guoshu: sentences remain unknown.

Dong Guangwen: 9 years

Yao Weimao and Zhang Jingbo: 8 years

Li Yanxia, Li Yuzhen, Liu Juntang, a practitioner surnamed Yu, Zhang Jing, and Zhang Suhua: 7 years

Liu Xiangzhuo and Zhu Yaxian: 5 years

Cui Mingshu and Wang Shuyan: 4.5 years

Huai Guang, Su Jing, Su Jing’s daughter, and Wang Xuchun: 4 years

Guo Hongliang, Sun Yajun, Wang Junjie, Zhang Xiuxiang, Zhao He, andZheng Yanji: 3.5 years

Gao Fengmei, Gong Qiumin, Guo Yafen, Hu Yuxia, Jiao Fengzhen, Jing Fengwei, Li Dayong, Li Guiqin, Li Guirong, Liang Yujie, Liu Shuyan, Liu Xingrong, Liu Yan, Qian Yujiu, Ren Shurong, Shen Guiyun, Wang Shuying, Wang Xiaoxin, Yang Hongchen, Zhang Xu: 3 years

Li Xianying, Liang Shumei, and Pan Ying: 3 years with 5 years of probation

Liu Quanwu: 2.5 years

Liu Yuxia and Zhang Zhen: 2 years

Zhang Shunhong: 1.5 years

Liu Yuqin and Yin Li: 1 year

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Jilin Woman Formally Arrested for Her Faith

October 25, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Jilin Province

(Minghui.org) A Changchun resident has been formally arrested for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. Ms. Cui Ronghua, in her 50s, now faces charges for her faith.

A group of agents from the Taoyuanlu Police Station shut off electricity to Ms. Cui’s apartment on the night of September 10, 2016. When Ms. Cui’s family came out to investigate, the police broke in and arrested her, terrifying her elderly mother in the process.

Two officers returned about one hour later to search Ms. Cui’s home for a second time. They also brought her back home, taking pictures of her and confiscated items. Ms. Cui knew that they were trying to fabricate evidence against her, and she kept telling them that she did nothing wrong by owning Falun Gong books and materials.

Ms. Cui remains at Changchun City No. 4 Detention Center, where she has been denied family visits.

Her family is calling on Falun Gong practitioners both inside and outside of China to call the local police and seek her release.

Taoyuanlu Police Station: +86-431-88742065
Chief Wang: +86-15568895755, +86-15904405485
Chief Zou: +86-15754362193
Gu Dejun (in charge of Ms. Cui’s case)
Jiang Yandong: +86-15904405487

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Defense Attorney Not Allowed to Defend Falun Gong Practitioner

October 24, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) Ms Deng Lijuan is a Falun Gong practitioner in Yushu City, Jilin Province. She was put on trial on September 21, 2016 by the Dunhua City Court. The trial was held in the Longjing Court of Yanji City. Zhou Jimin was the presiding judge. Wang Cuiling was the court judge. Liang Ersheng was the prosecutor.

Before the trial, Ms. Deng’s family was informed that the lawyer from Beijing whom Ms. Deng’s family hired for her, was not allowed in the court. When they inquired about this decision, the judge told them the decision came from the 610 Office, and they had nothing to do with it.

The family went to the 610 Office of Dunhua City. They were told that the provincial authority made the decision that no lawyer from Beijing was allowed to be involved in the case.

Ms. Deng didn’t see her lawyer at the trial, and asked about it. Judge Wang Cuiling lied to her, “The lawyer withdrew from the case.”

When Ms Deng was asked whether she still practiced Falun Gong, Ms. Deng told them, “I used to be a lymphoma patient and was cured through practicing Falun Gong.”

Ms. Deng also described how she was tortured during a brutal interrogation by the police. “I was not allowed to sleep. They tied me to the tiger bench and poured cold water on me. They pulled out much of my hair. Later, the newly grown hair was all white.”

Torture Illustration: Tiger Bench

Torture Illustration: Dousing with Cold Water

Parties involved in persecuting Ms. Deng:Liang Ersheng(梁二胜), court prosecutor: +86-433-6339081 (Office), +86-17604339740 (Cell)Zhou Jimin (周济民), presiding judge: +86-433-6339418 (Office)Wang Cuiling (王翠玲), judge: +86-17604330656 (Cell)

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Jilin Woman Tried For Her Faith Without Knowledge of Lawyer or Family

October 05, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Jilin Province

(Minghui.org) A Jilin City resident was tried on September 19 without the knowledge of her family or lawyer.

Ms. Liu remains at Jilin City Detention Center following her arrest on January 30, 2016 after being reported for giving out materials bearing information about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

She is forced to do hard labor without pay on a daily basis. In the meantime, the police have refused to return her impounded car.

Ms. Liu Shengcao

When Ms. Liu Shengcao, 28, protested the hearing being held without her lawyer, Judge Guo Rui replied, “You have an out-of-town lawyer from Beijing, so we can’t inform him!” The prosecutor followed up by recommending a prison term of 5-8 years.

Judge Continues to Keep Lawyer and Family in the Dark After Trial

Judge Guo demanded additional information from Ms. Liu’s lawyer, who had no clue of the trial, when he visited the courthouse on September 22. She claimed that he must submit the following documents within one week before he was allowed to represent Ms. Liu:

1. A written document from the domestic security office in the lawyer’s city attesting to the fact that he does not practice Falun Gong;2. A written document from the lawyer’s law firm and his local judicial bureau approving of his representation of Ms. Liu; and3. A statement from the lawyer promising not to enter a not-guilty plea for Ms. Liu.

When challenged, the judge could not cite any legal basis that mandates the submission of those documents.

Ms. Liu’s brother, who also had no knowledge of the trial, submitted an application to testify for her on September 23, after realizing that the court was doing its best to stop the lawyer from defending his sister. The court staff, under instruction from Judge Guo, accepted his paperwork without mentioning anything about the trial.

No-Show Witnesses and Hurried Hearing

It wasn’t until later in the day on September 23 that the lawyer learned from Ms. Liu at the detention center that she had already been tried. Ms. Liu said she didn’t realize she was about to be tried until she was brought to the courthouse.

Ms. Liu revealed that the prosecutor listed four local villagers (Gong Yue, female, 29; Li Xianqiu, male, 43; Yu Chunhai, male, 51; and Liu Changjiang, male, 52) as witnesses, but none of them appeared in court. She suspects that they were pressured by the police to make false allegations against her.

About a dozen agents from the police department and the 610 Office attended the hearing, which was hurried through in 30 minutes. Ms. Liu was not given a chance to defend her constitutional right to freedom of belief.

Procedural Violations Precede Secret Trial

Ms. Liu’s lawyer submitted the required paperwork to establish legal representation of her on March 1. He also requested that the procuratorate not formally arrest his client, asserting that no law in China criminalizes Falun Gong and that his client should not have to face prosecution for her faith.

The procuratorate formally arrested Ms. Liu one week later.

The lawyer went to the detention center on March 14, but he wasn’t allowed to see his client.

Ms. Liu was twice threatened by agents from the procuratorate and the police on May 18 and May 20, respectively. They demanded that she write statements to renounce her faith. When she refused, they verbally abused her.

The lawyer visited the procuratorate on August 29, hoping to review Ms. Liu’s case documents. He was kept waiting for hours, but the court staff used various excuses to prevent him from accessing the file.

Judge Guo assured Ms. Liu’s family over the phone on September 5 that they would be notified of the trial date. However, the judge tried Ms. Liu on September 19 without informing her lawyer or family.

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Authorities Refuse to Provide Information about Ms. Wang Guozhen

January 29, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) Since her illegal arrest in May 2015, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Guozhen, 66, has remained in detention. The authorities refuse family visits and have not answered any questions about Ms. Wang, including questions about her whereabouts or her state of health.

Four police officers from the Songyuan Domestic Security Division arrested Ms. Wang at her house at 6:00 a.m. on May 23, 2015. They ransacked her home and confiscated a number of items.

Ms. Wang’s sisters went to Songyuan on three separate occasions to see her. After visiting several government agencies, all they heard was: “Since she is an important person among Falun Gong practitioners, you are not allowed to see her unless you have approval from the Minister of Public Security of China.”

The police accepted clothes on Ms. Wang’s behalf. They also provided a debit card number and told the family that they could transfer money into this account. But, family members have no idea whether Ms. Wang has access to the money.

The family hired several lawyers in Beijing, but the lawyers were not allowed to represent Ms. Wang, nor were they allowed to visit their client.

Based on a lawyer’s information, Ms. Wang was detained in the Songyuan Detention Center after her arrest. She was transferred to the Changchun Forced Labor Camp Hospital a month ago.

Ms. Wang’s family is very concerned about her situation. They are worried that she may become a victim of forced organ harvesting by the police. They are anxious to hear more about Ms. Wang’s situation.

Before her retirement, Ms. Wang worked in the office of the Honggang Oil Drilling Machinery Plant in Songyuan City, Jilin Province. She began to practice Falun Gong in 1994.

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Torture in Jilin Province Women’s Prison

December 19, 2015 | By Ms. Guo Wensuai from Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) My name is Ms. Guo Wensuai, and I am a Falun Gong practitioner from Changchun City. I was arrested on September 2, 2011, and sentenced to seven years in prison for practicing Falun Gong. I was taken to the Jilin Province Women’s Prison on December 23, 2011, and admitted to the No. 8 Ward, the former “Education Ward,” in May 2012.

I have been beaten and tortured in many ways, such as “Tying with Ropes” and “Flying an Airplane.” After I went on a hunger strike to protest the inhuman treatment, I was brutally force-fed.

I wish to expose how practitioners are tortured in Jilin Women’s Prison. There are still many practitioners being held in that prison. They are brutally treated, force-fed, confined in small cells, and forced to do slave labor.

Torture Methods

Tying with Ropes

The guards tied my arms and legs to the four posts of a bed so that my entire body was suspended in the air. The pain was excruciating.

Flying an Airplane

The guards tied my arms behind my back and hung me to the top rail of a bunk bed with my feet not touching the ground. They stretched my legs in different directions and tied them to the lower bunk. The pain was extreme and I sweat profusely.

Hanging by Handcuffs

The guards handcuffed me and hung me by the cuffs with my feet not touching ground. My arms and hands were seriously injured.

Siting on a Stool for a Long Time

I had to sit up straight and absolutely still for prolonged periods of time. The legs must remain close together, with the feet touching each other, the hands laying flat on the knees, and the eyes looking straight. My back, buttocks, and lower spine hurt, and my hands swelled.

Stretching the Legs

The inmates held me down on the floor and stretched my legs in opposite directions. My arms were pulled behind my back, and they pushed my head towards the floor while holding my arms. The pain caused by this torture is similar to the Tiger Bench torture.

Force Feeding Through the Nose

The guards force-fed me through the nose on the 7th day of my hunger strike. It choked me once, and I almost died. They force-fed me twice per day for six months, which damaged the membranes of my nasal cavities and stomach. It resulted in a gastrointestinal disorder, organ failure, and constipation.

Other Types of Torture

The inmates often beat, verbally abused, and tortured me. They pulled my hair, slapped my face, and kicked my abdomen and ribs. I was not allowed to use the toilet many times.

Reduced Sentences for Inmates

I appealed to the prison officials when I was tortured. It happened many times for more than two years. I never got a response, not even one, but the inmates who tortured me had their sentences reduced.

Warden Zhang Suling, whom I met on December 4, 2012, sent me to the hospital to have my arms and hands looked at when they were injured. Zhang did not punish anyone.

When I went on a hunger strike to protest the torture on December 18, 2012, the prison officials’ response was to force-feed me.

I showed my injured arm and the hand to the director of the prison investigation section on December 27, 2012. I told her what I had gone through. She just comforted me and told others not to verbally abuse and beat me. She did not take any action.

There was no response to several appeal letters I wrote to the wardens in January 2013. However, He Fangnan, an inmate who had tortured me, was released on February 5, 2015.

Next, I wrote a letter to the procuratorate on April 22, 2013. Someone did show up and talked to me and promised to investigate. During the summer, deputy warden Wang Lijun and warden Wu Zheyun told me that I had to wait for a response from the procuratorate.

Wu Zheyun told me in November 2013 that there was insufficient evidence concerning my complaint, and the investigation was closed. They ignored the scars on my body and my injured arm and hand.

I wrote another letter on November 12, 2013, to provide details on how I had been tortured while imprisoned. I requested that they investigate my complaints as soon as possible since the inmates involved were going to be released soon. Their terms were reduced. I asked Ni Xiaohong, head of the ward, to hand my complaint to the head of the prison. No response.

I tried to talk to different prison officials, including Wei Lihui, Ni Xiaohong, Li Haiyan, Yang Yi and Liu Dan. They all tried to avoid responsibility.

Inmates who tortured me, Pan Ying and Chen Mei, were given reduced terms and released in January 2014. Inmates Yang Mei, Xie Lirong, and Qu Guirong were released on bail.

I wrote a letter to the head of the prison and the related prison sections on June 18, 2014. No one responded.

Parties involved in the persecution of Ms. Guo in the Jilin’s Province Women’s Prison:
Inmates: Han Lili (韩丽丽), Tian Guiping (田桂平), Yang Hui (杨慧), He Fangnan (何芳楠), Pan Ying (潘英)
Collaborators: Zhang Yancun (张艳春), Yang Mei (杨梅), Xie Lirong (谢立荣), Qu Guirong (曲桂荣)
Officers:Wu Zheyun (武泽云), wardenWang Lijun (王立君), deputy wardenNi Xiaohong (倪笑虹), head of the No. 8 Ward

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Ms. Yang Yongmei Secretly Sentenced for Her Beliefs

November 10, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent from Jilin Province, China

(Minghui.org) Ms. Yang Yongmei from Jiaohe City, Jilin Province was sentenced to two years in prison in a secret trial held in August 2015, for her belief in Falun Gong. Her lawyer and family were not notified of the trial.

The lawyer heard about her sentence two months later when the family visited her at the detention center on October 29, 2015.

Ms. Yang’s lawyer submitted Power of Attorney documents to the Jiaohe Police Department, the court and the Procuratorate, which they refused to accept. They would not even disclose who was in charge of Ms. Yang’s case.

Ms. Yang was arrested on April 18, 2015, when she was telling people about Falun Gong and the persecution.

The 590 yuan that she was carrying at the time of her arrest was confiscated.

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