Evidence has surfaced of over 100 torture methods being employed against Falun Gong practitioners in China’s labour camps, detention centers, and mental hospitals.
Torture Methods (8)- Water Dungeon
Based on reports from across China, different detention centers use the idea of the water dungeon in different ways.
Water dungeon is a grotesque torture. A victim is stripped down to underwear or naked and locked into a small iron cage with spikes on all sides.
Some water dungeons submerge a Falun Gong practitioner in chest-deep, filthy water; in others, the water is too deep to stand in.
Usually, the water dungeons are well-hidden rooms or cells where practitioners are forced to stay for days and nights on end in total darkness. The water is most often extremely filthy, containing garbage and sewage.
1. Ms. Ding Yan Confined in a water dungeon for months
Ms. Ding Yan, 32, ( from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, north China) is pictured here at a secret press conference held in Beijing in October 1999. It was the first time that foreign media were able to meet with Falun Gong practitioners and learn first-hand of the persecution they been suffering.
Ms. Ding, one of the principal organizers of the press conference, was arrested soon afterwards and sentenced to four years in prison. While she was incarcerated in different places, the police used various methods to torture her, including forced hard labor, painful shackling, and being hung in the air with her hands shackled behind her back.
In the Shijiazhuang Detention Center, Ms. Ding was placed in an iron cage with nails sticking up more than an inch through the wooden floor.
At the Chengde City Prison, guards stripped Ms. Ding naked and locked her in an iron cage with spikes on all sides, then submerged the cage in dirty water up to her neck. The area was kept completely dark.
Ms. Ding died in September 2001, after enduring months of the water torture.
2. 13 practitioners were tortured in Xishanping Labor Camp
Kang Hong, male, 30′s, resident of Jiangbei District, Chongqing City;
Han Yiming, male, 30′s, teacher of South-west Normal University;
Li Xiangdong, male, 30′s, resident of Jiangbei District, Chongqing City
In 2001, Mr. Kang Hong, Mr. Han Yiming, Mr. Li Xiangdong and another 10 Falun Gong practitioners were tortured with the water dungeon at the Xishanping Labor Camp of Chongqing City, Sichuan Province.
There was no light in the water dungeon at any time, and there were even dead rats and snakes in the cell in addition to the sewage water.
The cage was less than a person’s height, and the practitioners were handcuffed to the top of the cage. As a result, they could neither stand straight up nor sit down. The practitioners had to defecate and urinate in the dungeon.
The torture lasted 7 to 15 days.
When Mr. Kang was taken out of the dungeon, his whole body was contorted, and the lower part of his body had festered. He was paralyzed for the next few days.
– List of China Modern Torture Methods (slideshow)
- Youtube Video: What is Falun Gong (falun Dafa)
- Youtube Video: Why is Falun Gong persecuted in China
- 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