Evidence has surfaced of over 100 torture methods being employed against Falun Gong practitioners in China’s labour camps, detention centers, and mental hospitals.
Judicial psychiatry against religious or political dissidents is emphatically prohibited by internationally agreed-upon standards of legal and medical ethics.
The exposure of political and abusive psychiatry in the former Soviet Union was once a major human rights concern. It eventually forced the withdrawal of the Soviet All-Union Society of Psychiatrists and Neuropathologists from the World Psychiatric Association. ( Picture right: painting: drug injection abuse )
Since July 1999, however, many Falun Gong practitioners have, at great risks to their own lives, been sending into psychiatric hospitals by the Chinese government.
In addition to turning mental hospitals into veritable brainwashing institutions and torture camps, the Chinese government also seeks to incriminate Falun Gong for the tragedies that the Chinese government itself has caused. There have been more than a few reports on how the heartless police and “doctors” shouted at practitioners: “We are going to make you lose you mind, make you commit suicide, and publicize your cases as examples of ‘Falun Gong’ insanity.”
Daniel B. Borenstein, President of the American Psychiatric Association, wrote a letter to the New York Times entitled “Jailed in China: Confront the Abuse” published March 27, 2001, in which he stated: “The WPA [World Psychiatric Association] Committee on the Use and Abuse of Psychiatry has moved too slowly in the face of serious accusations about psychiatric imprisonment of Falun Gong members, union and student leaders, and others who are diagnosed as “political maniacs” and subjected to shock therapy and psycho-tropic medications.”
1. Ma Yanfang Died from Psychiatric Torture
Ma Yanfang (photo left) , female, 33, from Xingshigou Village of the Darenhe Region of Zhucheng Town, Weifang City, Shandong Province ( in East China).
In May 2000, Ms. Ma Yanfang was detained in Beijing for appealing to the government to stop its the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
When she went on a hunger strike to protest her illegal detention, the authorities took her to the Zhucheng Mental Hospital in Zhucheng Town. Though she was a healthy person, she was treated like a mental patient.
Under direct orders from the Weifang City Government Officials, the staff in the hospital forced her to take drugs intended for the mentally ill. Soon, her health deteriorated.
After being kept drugged for two months, in September 2000, Ms. Ma died in the hospital.
The officials from her factory threatened her parents, advising them not to inquire any further into the circumstances surrounding their daughter’s death.
2. Shi Bei Tortured to Death in the Mental Hospital
Shi Bei ( photo left) , female, 49, lived and worked in Fuyang City, Zhejiang Province
Location: The Seventh Hospital of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province (in South China)
In May 2000, because Ms. Shi Bei practiced Falun Gong, the Police Department of Fuyang City sent her to the Seventh Hospital of Hangzhou City (a mental hospital).
Although Ms. Shi was healthy both mentally and physically, she was treated like a mental patient.
In the hospital, the basic necessities for living and sanitation were neglected. The ward was no different from a jail cell. The “bed” was just planks laid flat, and covered with straw.
The hospital staff, under pressure from the police, gave Ms. Shi injections of large doses of sedatives, causing her health to deteriorate. To force her to renounce Falun Gong, she was not given any food for a whole week.
On September 10, 2000, Ms. Shi died from the torture and psychiatric abuse.
3. School Vice Principal Died from Overdose of Psychotropic Drugs
Lu Hongfeng (photo left ), female, 37, vice principal of the No. 1 Elementary School, Lingwu City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region ( in Northwest China)
Location: The Lingwu Mental Hospital, Lingwu City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
In March 2000, the Education Bureau of Lingwu City suspended Ms. Lu Hongfeng because she signed a letter of appeal requesting an end to the the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. On June 7, 2000, the authorities and her husband took her to the mental hospital.
In the hospital, she was tied to the bed and forcibly injected with large quantities of drugs. In order to make her renounce Falun Gong, she was given eight times the normal dosage.
After fifty days of torture in the hospital she had became very weak, as the drugs destroyed her central nervous system.
In July 2000, she was sent home, but her husband continued to give her large doses of drugs to further damage her nervous system.
On September 6, 2000, she died from the psychiatric abuse.
4. Associate Professor Tortured Twice at the Mental Hospital
Wu Xiaohua (photo left) , female, 47, an associate professor of the Environment Art Department at Anhui Civil Construction Engineering College, Hefei City, Anhui Province ( in East China)
Location: The No.4 People’s Hospital, Yellow Mountain Road No. 316, Hefei City, Anhui Province.
In July 2001, Professor Wu Xiaohua was arrested for practicing Falun Gong and secretly detained at the No. 4 People’s Hospital of Hefei City in Anhui Province (a mental hospital) without her family or her university being informed. Her illegal detention there was disclosed only after the hospital asked her family to pay the patient care fee.
At the hospital, she was given injections and was force-fed drugs. She was not released until March 2001.
At the end of April, Prof. Wu was again arrested while working at the university.
She went on a hunger strike to protest her illegal arrest. As a punishment, her hands and feet were tied down and she was brutally force-fed. Her college also terminated her teaching appointment.
In October 2001, during the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting held in Shanghai, Prof. Wu was placed under house arrest. She was arrested again and sent first to a labor camp, and then sent to the No. 4 People’s Hospital again.
The police from the labor camp affirmed that Prof. Wu could be discharged as soon as she renounces Falun Gong. Currently she is still detained in the hospital and forced to receive infusions of drugs every day.
5. Six Army Falun Gong Practitioners Drugged in the No. 261 Mental Hospital of the Liberation Army
Location: The No. 261 Hospital of the Liberation Army, Beijing
(1). Zhao Xinli (photo left) , male, 37, an in-service military officer, Lieutenant rank, the 89605 Army Equipment Headquarters
In February 2000, Lieutenant Zhao Xinli was arrested and detained at the No. 261 Hospital of the Liberation Army, a mental hospital.
Lieutenant Zhao was injected daily with drugs that harmed his nervous system, leaving him weak and confused. The doctor also beat him and verbally abused him.
Lieutenant Zhao was given excruciatingly painful shocks with an electric probe.
(2). Li Qiuxia, female, 52, an in-service military officer, and a pharmacist at the Navy Headquarters Hospi-tal.
On June 2, 2000, the authorities sent Ms. Li Qiuxia to the No. 261 Hospital of the Liberation Army. She refused to take the drugs, so the nurses tried to pry her mouth open and insert a tube into her stomach.
Once, the nurses tied her to a post and inserted two electric needles in her temples. As the needles penetrated her flesh, her muscles twitched. The painwas excruciating.
She was also forced to take drugs that affected her central nervous system.
Nobody was allowed to visit her.
(3). Wang Ning, female, 46, an employee of the Navy Headquarters Hospital
On May 30, 2000, Ms. Wang Ning was also committed to No. 261 Hospital of the Liberation Army in Beijing. Three other Falun Gong practitioners from the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) were also incarcerated in the hospital during this period.
None of them had any history of mental illness.
6. Wang Jiqin, 29, killed by a lethal drug
The Chongqing City Police arrested Ms. Wang Jiqin ( photo at left) because she refused to renounce Falun Gong.
On July 29, 2000, she was unlawfully taken to the Chongqing City Maojiashan Female Forced Labor Camp and sentenced to two years of hard labor.
There, she was subjected to the cruelest mental and physical tortures. As a result, her health deteriorated daily, her weight dropped, and she could no longer look after herself.
In the name of treating her “illnesses,” the camp police ordered seven or eight inmates who were drug addicts to force-feed her with an unknown drug, causing her to lapse into a coma.
Seeing that Ms. Wang was near death, the labor camp sent her home in order to avoid responsibility.
After returning home, Ms. Wang remained in critical condition, spitting up blood and passing blood in her stool. Her limbs became extremely weak. She also had difficulty breathing, coughed, vomited, and had diarrhea. She felt sharp pains in her abdomen due to ascites [accumulation of serous fluid in the abdomen], and she could not sleep at night.
She died on September 23, 2002.
- China: 2508 Family Members’ Open Letter Expose Torture, the Epoch Times, Dec 11, 2006
- Lawyer’s 3rd open letter urge China to stop the Brutality(1), December 12, 2005, Gao Zhisheng