China Modern Torture Methods (13)- “Small Cage”

Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group-

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 (13) – “Small Cage”Small Cage

Small cages are 1.5 meters in height, 1.3 meters in length, and less than a meter in width.

Victims are usually handcuffed to the cage in such a way that they can neither stand up nor sit down, but must just hold themselves in an awkward, crouched position. Sleep is not allowed.

After a few days, the victim’s legs will become swollen. In severe cases, necrosis can hap-pen to feet, ankles and legs.

The small cage is usually placed outdoors, thus exposing the victim to bitter cold in the winter, scorching sun in summer, as well as in-sect bites. Victims of small cage torture often have difficulty walking even after a long recovery period.


1. Ma Wenrui, male, Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province;
Yan Jiguo, male, Yilan County, Heilongjiang Province

Mr. Ma Wenrui and Mr. Yan Jiguo were locked in small cages by guards at the Changlinzi Labor Camp because they refused to renounce Falun Gong. They were not released even to use the toilet.

2. Jia Naizhi, female, 40

Ms. Jia Naizhi was held and tortured in a “small cage” for 19 days at the Masanjia Labor Camp. As a result, her ankles became severely swollen, and she could not bend her legs. She had to crawl on the floor in order to defecate. Her arms were handcuffed at the highest position for six days until she began running a high fever. Even so, she was not released from the handcuffs. They were only lowered slightly. Her request for water and a blanket was rejected. In-stead the guards shocked her with electric batons.

3. Lin Xiuru, female, resident of Heilongjiang Province

Ms. Lin Xiuru was locked in a “small cage” for more than 10 days at the Wanjia Labor Camp. This cage, so called “Imprisonment in Hell,” has a width of 0.6 meters, length of 1.3 meters and height of 1.5 meters. The guards locked her up in the small cage for more than 10 days.

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- List of China Modern Torture Methods (slide show)
- China: 2508 Family Members’Open Letter Expose Torture, the Epoch Times, Dec 11, 2006
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