Torture Method: Hanging Heavy Objects Around the Neck

October 14, 2016 | By Falun Gong practitioner Fei Bao in China

(Minghui.org) Over the past 17 years, Falun Gong practitioners in China have been subjected to numerous methods of torture while illegally incarcerated in prisons, forced labor camps, detention centers, brainwashing centers, and psychiatric hospitals. Hanging heavy objects around the neck is among the most used torture methods.

Hanging Bricks

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Torture illustration: Hanging Bricks around a victim’s neck

Mr. Ma Zhiwu, 46, a resident of Yingchuan City, Ningxia Autonomous Region, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2002. While serving his term in the Maguanhu Prison, he was hung up in the workshop during work hours.

Prison guard Liang Haiwan ordered inmates to beat him with belts and batons, shocked him with electric batons, and hung a box filled with bricks around his neck. A bag of sand was put on top of his neck. Mr. Ma had to endure this abuse every day for two months.

Mr. Liu Qingshui, a practitioner from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, was taken to Fanjiatai Prison on June 29, 2004. He protested the illegality of his imprisonment on August 18, 2004, and refused to do forced labor in the brick factory.

Guard Xiao Tianbo ordered inmates to hang a sign and a steel wire with bricks tied at each end around his neck. The wire cut into his flesh. He was beaten and had his ribs broken when he refused to give in to their demands.

Hanging Toilet Bucket

Mr. Liu Peng, a teacher, was detained in the Shanghai First Forced Labor Camp from May 2000 to February 2002.

He was forced to stand in a half-squatting position while holding a basin full of water. A toilet bucket about one and a half feet high was placed right in front of him. A guard hung the bucket using a steel wire around his neck.

Hanging Water Bucket

Mr. Zhang Guoliang from Hubei Province was taken to Qiquankou Prison in July 2001. Shortly after he arrived, guards ordered inmates to hang a bucket filled with water on a thin nylon rope around his neck. When any water was spilled, Mr. Zhang was beaten.

After two hours, he was forced to stand at attention for an extended duration. The next morning, he was forced to do labor. He could barely lift his head due to the neck pain.

Since he refused to renounce Falun Gong, he was tortured the same way the next evening.

Another practitioner was tortured at the same time. The inmates forced this practitioner to lean his head on Mr. Zhang’s water bucket. The session lasted half an hour.

Afterward, Mr. Zhang was unable to lift his head for an entire month.

Practitioner Wang Guangyang from E’zhou City was taken to the same prison in April 2004 and subjected to the same abuse, which left marks on his neck still visible today.

Hanging Wooden Blocks

Mr. Zheng Zhiqiang, a practitioner from Dandong City, Liaoning Province, was tortured in Nanguanling Prison in Dalian City in the beginning of 2004. He was forced to stand in the snow from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. A wooden plate weighing about 35 pounds was hung around his neck. This lasted 17 days. He was tortured to death on April 4, 2004, at the age of 37.

Mr. Feng Feng from Jingzhou City, Hubei Province was sentenced in 2008 to eight years in Fanjiatan Prison. On June 29, 2012, he was hung up by handcuffs. Two heavy wooden blocks were hung around his neck. He was left in this position for the entire night. Because of the resulting shoulder injuries, he still cannot perform any heavy labor.

Mr. Zhang Chunqiu from Hunan Province was sentenced to eight years in Jin City Prison in 2001. On May 17, 2003, he was hung up with two hands behind his back and his feet above the ground. A wooden block, soaked in water and weighing about 160 pounds, was hung on a steel wire around his neck for more than 13 hours.

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Category: Physical Torture Methods

Paralyzed from Torture, Gansu Province Woman Illegally Tried

October 07, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Gansu Province, China

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Duan Xiaoyan was illegally tried in the Qingcheng County Court in Qingyang City, Gansu Province on August 16, 2016, even though she was in poor health and paralyzed from the waist down due to previous torture.

Many police officers were present on the day of the trial. More than a dozen domestic security agents were allowed in the courtroom, but only two of Ms. Duan’s family members were allowed to attend the hearing.

Mr. Wang Haijun who is Ms. Duan’s lawyer, questioned the judge about why he and Ms. Duan were not notified of the trial at least three days in advance, as required by the law, but the judge refused to answer.

The judge repeatedly interrupted the lawyer throughout the trial and refused to speak Mandarin Chinese, making it difficult for the lawyer to understand him. The judge also criticized Ms. Duan when she spoke.

Mr. Wang then requested the judge to recuse himself from the trial for denying Ms. Duan her legal rights. The court adjourned for about 30 minutes, but rejected the lawyer’s request.

Lawyer Harassed

Personnel from the Gansu Province Political Directory and the “610 Office” tried to pressure Mr. Wang to drop his defense of Ms. Duan and threatened him, telling him not to mention anything about her spiritual belief during the trial.

Background

Ms. Duan, 46, had filed criminal complaints in June 2015 against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese Communist dictator who had instigated the persecution against Falun Gong in 1999. She and other practitioners were then arrested in July 2015 by agents from the Xian City Political Directory, the “610 Office,” the Gaoxin District Police Department and the Changan District Police Department.

Ms. Duan detailed the persecution she endured: “In one month, I was shocked four times with electric batons on my head, back and legs. My back and face were covered with burn marks, yellow fluid oozed out from the blisters, I felt numb all over and my limbs were weak. I had difficulty walking and sometimes could not stand up.”

Before the 2015 arrest, Ms. Duan had been arrested and held in forced labor camps many times because of her belief in Falun Gong. She was sentenced to seven years in Qinghai Women’s Prison, where she was severely tortured, including being shocked with electric batons. She became paralyzed from the waist down as a result.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Massive Protest in Xiantao and the Persecution of Falun Gong

September 17, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) Tens of thousands of people held a protest against the construction of a trash incineration plant in Xiantao, Hubei Province on June 25 and 26, 2016.

The local government mustered several thousand police to suppress the protestors, who were expressing their concerns about the environmental consequences of operating such a plant in their city. The local government had given a Hong Kong corporation approval to build the plant, despite the fact that similar trash incineration plants built by the company in other provinces caused grave pollution issues.

Police beat the protestors violently and many people were arrested. The government blocked news about the protest and the crackdown by cutting the local power supply and censoring the internet and radio. Netizens managed to post videos of the police violence online briefly before Chinese internet police removed them.

Persecution in Xiantao

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong has lasted more than 17 years. At least five practitioners in Xiantao have died from the persecution, one is missing, and 11 have been sentenced to prison. Many have been detained in detention centers or incarcerated in labor camps. Two practitioners are still imprisoned, five are detained, and several have been forced to leave their homes to avoid further persecution.

The crackdown against the protestors in Xiantao and the persecution of Falun Gong highlight common threads regarding the CCP’s use of violence and lies.

The CCP Always Uses Violence to Suppress Peaceful Protests

The public protest in Xiantao was an appeal to the government to withdraw approval for the construction of a trash incineration plant for the sake of the local environment. Such an issue could be peacefully resolved if administrative officials were willing to listen to the public. But CCP officials instead resorted to violence to suppress the protestors.

Falun Gong teaches people to be good by following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Because practicing Falun Gong helps improve health and morality, it quickly spread throughout China in the 1990s. Out of jealousy, Jiang Zemin, the then CCP leader, abused his power to initiate and maintain the state-sanctioned persecution of Falun Gong in July 1999. Many practitioners have been tortured to death. Many more have been imprisoned. The CCP even conducts state-sanctioned organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners for lucrative profits.

Falun Gong practitioners are a group of kind-hearted people. Practitioners peacefully and reasonably call for justice and call on the CCP to stop the persecution as soon as possible.

Information Censorship via All State Apparatus Intends to Mislead the Public

Power outages and internet censorship, including key word filtering and barring video uploads, were applied in Xiantao on June 25, 2016.

Thousands of police continued the violent crackdown the next day, and the internet censorship escalated. The government deleted all videos, images, or news relevant to the violent suppression, leaving only the official propaganda report created by state-run media.

The CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong similarly involves intensive information censorship. The internet firewall was set up to censor and block all key words related to Falun Gong. Without circumventing the firewall, people in China cannot access authentic information about Falun Gong, only the government propaganda and slander.

The CCP enforces surveillance and suppression of those Falun Gong practitioners who dare to raise awareness of the persecution to the general public. At the same time, it attempts to cover up the facts of Falun Gong to mislead the public.

CCP Spreads Lies and Slander and Covers up the Truth

The local government enhanced internet censorship after the protest in Xiantao and published propaganda in state-controlled media, saying that the trash incineration plant will be high tech with low pollution. The truth is the Hong Kong corporation has already built highly toxic plants in other provinces that have seriously damaged the environment in those places.

The CCP conducts the persecution of Falun Gong with all state apparatus, including military hospitals. It spreads lies and slander against Falun Gong on a large scale, including defaming Falun Gong with falsified deaths. It staged the Tiananmen self-immolation incident to deceive all of China via state run media in 2001. The CCP-controlled media, including newspapers, magazines, TV, and radio stations, have carried the lies again and again to defame Falun Gong and mislead people in China and throughout the world.

Protestors’ Impact

The tens of thousands of Xiantao people who took part in the two-day protest forced the government to withdraw approval of the construction of the trash incineration plant. Without the protest, the government would have moved forward with the plant’s construction, and the people of Xiantao would have had to bear the pollution and other consequences.

Falun Gong practitioners have conducted peaceful protests for more than 17 years. Their kindness and courage have moved countless people. Many Chinese citizens are now actively resisting the persecution and calling for Jiang Zemin to be brought to justice.

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Category: Opinion & Perspective

Washington DC: Forum Speakers Recount Acts of Torture, Call for Justice

May 31, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Washington DC

(Minghui.org) A forum on “Human Rights Atrocities in China—Bringing Perpetrators to Justice” was held at the Rayburn House Office Building on May 26, 2016. Ten Falun Gong practitioners recounted the tortures they endured, and submitted the names of over 200 perpetrators to the U.S. Government, requesting further investigations and justice.

Former dictator Jiang Zemin, the person who initiated the persecution, was one of the Chinese Communist Party officials and police officers named. All information on the perpetrators originated from the Minghui.org website.

Representatives from the U.S. Congress, State Department, and U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) attended the forum. The Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015, introduced last month, aims to strengthen religious freedom protection through increased inter-agency cooperation, and sanctions against countries and individual perpetrators.

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Speakers at the “Human Rights Atrocities in China—Bringing Perpetrators to Justice” forum, which was held in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 26, 2016.

“Death Bed” Survivor Calls for Justice

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Ms. Ma Chunmei

The “death bed” is one of the many torture devices used by the Chinese Communist Party police on prisoners of conscience, especially Falun Gong practitioners. The victim is tied to a metal bed and not allowed to move for a long period of time. Other types of torture, such as forced-feeding, are employed at the same time.

“They [guards in Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp] tied my limbs to a metal bed and inserted a rubber tube into my stomach to force-feed me. They pushed and pulled the rubber tube to inflict pain. I vomited the salty corn paste along with blood all over the place. They laughed. I noticed that one of them was taking pictures,” said Ms. Ma Chunmei from northeastern China, a “death bed” survivor who described one of the ways she was tortured in November 1999. She was a United Nations refugee, and resettled in the U.S. in September 2009.

Ms. Ma was handcuffed to an upper bunkbed in 2000 after she protested in the labor camp cafeteria that she was being tortured. She was suspended with her feet off the ground, so that her arms and handcuffed wrists bore her entire weight. She vomited and fainted.

“After I regained consciousness, I realized that the guards had cuffed my outstretched limbs onto a metal bed. I was restrained in that position for three days and nights without any food or water. I couldn’t move after being released from the death bed.”

Ms. Ma submitted a list of 79 perpetrators who were responsible for her suffering in a persecution aimed at coercing citizens to abandon their beliefs.

Surviving Sister: “Our Grief Never Ends”

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Ms. Gao Rongrong

Ms. Gao Rongrong died at the age of 37 on June 16, 2005. She suffered six to seven hours of non-stop high-voltage electric baton shocks on May 7, 2004, and was disfigured.

Ms. Gao Weiwei, her elder sister, said at the forum, “Rongrong was detained in secrecy during the final three months of her life. We don’t know how much she suffered. The grief in our family never ends.”

The 610 Office, a Party-based security agency in charge of persecuting Falun Gong, and local police continued to harass the family after Gao Rongrong’s death. Her elder brother, once a senior editor of a newspaper, has been forced to leave home and move frequently to avoid harassment.

Ms. Gao Weiwei, along with her father and another younger sister, made it to the United States in May 2014. She submitted a list of 88 names of people who were personally responsible for the death of her younger sister, Gao Rongrong.

Support from U.S. Officials

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Ms. Abiola Afolayan, representative for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

“Falun Gong practitioners have long been subjected to systematic, brutal, bloody, and wholly unwarranted suppression and persecution,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas in her statement.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues on various legislative initiatives, urging the government of China to end abuses perpetrated upon the Falun Gong practitioners, and embark on a path towards peace, harmony, and inclusion of all persons on China.”

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Ms. Tina Mufford, policy analyst, East Asia-Pacific, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“The stories of your bravery, your courage, your perseverance, and survival is truly inspiring,” said Ms. Tina Mufford, policy analyst, East Asia-Pacific at USCIRF. She called the persecution “horrific, stark, and mind-boggling.”

“Your testimonies here today are so important to let the world know what’s happening in your country, what religious violations really mean, how they have destroyed so many lives, and how you still survive in the face of all that you have experienced.”

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Ms. Wang Chunyan displays photos of her friends who were tortured to death because they refused to abandon their belief in Falun Gong.

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Ms. Yin Liping was gang-raped in the notorious Masanjia Forced Labor Camp. She submitted the names of 42 perpetrators.

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Category: Overview of persecution

Torture Victim in Guangzhou Harassed, Threatened for Suing Former Chinese Leader

March 09, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Guangdong Province

(Minghui.org) Ms. Zhang Lixia from Guangzhou was harassed and threatened several times after she filed a criminal complaint against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin last year. Jiang initiated the brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in 1999.

Under Jiang’s campaign, Ms. Zhang was put through two terms in a forced labor camp and arrested, detained, and tortured numerous times during the past 15 years.

The first visit to Ms. Zhang’s home in response to her criminal complaint was on December 29, 2015, when four officials from the local 610 Office, police station, and residential committee forced her to go to the local residential committee office. They questioned her and let her go home afterward.

Five officials came back to Ms. Zhang’s home on January 13, 2016 to try to force her to sign a “guarantee letter” promising to give up her practice of Falun Gong. After she refused, they threatened to send her to a brainwashing center.

Three officials came to Ms. Zhang’s home again on February 2. Her family members refused to open the door, since she was not home. They again threatened to send her to a brainwashing center.

An official from the local residential committee called Ms. Zhang’s home on February 23, demanding that she come to the office to sign a form promising not to file criminal complaints or appeal for Falun Gong in the future. She was threatened again for refusing to cooperate.

Previously Detained, Force-Fed Chili Water

Ms. Zhang began to practice Falun Gong in 1991, after which she recovered from hepatitis B. Like millions of Falun Gong practitioners, she refused to give up her faith after the persecution began.

Instead, she went to Tiananmen Square on October 24, 1999 to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. She was arrested, interrogated, tortured, and released after 15 days of detention.

Ms. Zhang was arrested five times in 2000, resulting in a combined 53 days of detention and 7 days of house arrest.

She held a hunger strike to protest her mistreatment during her 15 days of detention from June 18 to July 3, 2000. While four men held her down, a female officer pried open her mouth using a metal spoon and a vaginal dilator, breaking one of her teeth in the process, and forced porridge, hot water, and hot chili water down her throat.

When she struggled, the chili water entered her lungs, rendering her unable to breathe for a full minute. When she violently sprayed the pepper water all over the floor, one of the guards shrieked in alarm, perhaps thinking she had died. While they did not force-feed her again, she did not cough up the last of the red pepper flakes until a month after she had left the detention center.

Tortured in Detention

Ms. Zhang was arrested again on December 31, 2000 in Beijing and held in the Haidian District Detention Center, where she was sexually assaulted by guards, beaten, shocked with electric batons, exposed to extreme cold, and brutally force-fed.

That year was the coldest winter in Beijing. Upon entering the detention center, Ms. Zhang was stripped and forced to squat naked in an office. If she did not cooperate, three female guards would pinch her breasts, touch her between the legs, and twist her arms behind her back.

To extract information, officers interrogated her using torture each day at midnight. They whipped her face with a rubber ruler until her cheeks were swollen, her gums were bleeding, and her lips were split open. They also punched her in the forehead, causing a large bump.

Finally, officers shocked her in the head with high-voltage electric batons, and she felt as if she was being stabbed by thousands of needles. Afterwards, the lightest touch would cause excruciating pain, making her unable to sleep for some time.

The next day, the officers were shocked to find that her hair had turned white overnight. Ms. Zhang still refused to cooperate. They continued using the “flying an airplane” torture on her, and kicked her whenever she didn’t conform to their demands fully. This lasted for half a day.

One time, they locked Ms. Zhang outside the gates in her pajamas for half an hour in heavy snow. Another time, they challenged her do the Falun Gong exercises outside on packed snow. After she sat in meditation for half an hour with no issues at all, they angrily dragged her back inside.

Sent to Forced Labor Camps

Practitioners detained at this center were forced to go through medical examinations every other day. Those in good health were eventually sent away. Ms. Zhang failed the examinations and was later given 18 months of forced labor.

She was first detained in the Xin’an Forced Labor Camp and then transferred to the Beijing Women’s Forced Labor Camp. She was forced to work long hours and punished by being forced to stand still for long periods of time and deprived of sleep. She was released on June 30, 2002.

Ms. Zhang was arrested again on July 20, 2009 and given another two years of forced labor.

Background

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.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Woman Tortured in Prison and Mental Hospital for Her Belief

March 03, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in Sichuan Province, China

(Minghui.org) A woman from Guanghan City was arrested for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual belief that is persecuted in China, and tortured in a detention center and prison for three years. A year after her release, she was taken to a mental hospital and tortured for 10 months.

The authorities in Deyang City scheduled four Falun Gong practitioners to be tried on March 7, 2011. The trial was a setup to lure other practitioners into the courthouse, where they were illegally arrested. The trial was then canceled.

In total, 22 practitioners were arrested that day, including Ms. Yang Yonghui. In the police station the officers drew Ms. Yang’s blood without her consent and tortured her into giving up her address. The police then ransacked her home and confiscated her belongings.

Ms. Yang was indicted three months later and, a year after that, sentenced to four and a half years in prison. She appealed, and her sentence was reduced to three years. During the appeal, she went on a huger strike to protest the persecution. The guards in Guanghan Detention Center handcuffed her to a bed and force fed her for a month. A few times the feeding tube was inserted into her windpipe instead of her esophagus, and Ms. Yang passed out from the pain.

Ms. Yang was sent to Sichuan Province Women’s Prison. She refused to ask for permission to use the toilet, so the guards deprived her of sleep, forced her to do manual labor, and read materials that slandered Falun Gong. She was released in March 2014.

Ms. Yang’s husband, who was deceived by the Chinese regime’s slanderous propaganda about Falun Gong, called the police on her in April 2015. Ms. Yang was taken to Guanghan Mental Hospital, where she was tied down on a bed and shocked with electric batons. She was also forced to take nerve-damaging drugs. Ms. Yang was released on February 3, 2016.

Related reports:

Practitioners in Guanghan City, Sichuan Province Illegally Arrested and Sentenced
More Information Regarding Practitioners Arrested by Luojiang County Court in Deyang City, Sichuan Province

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

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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Category: Imprisonment & Forced Labor