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(Photo) China Modern Torture Methods (16) – “Squat”

Posted by Author on February 4, 2008

Falun Dafa Information Center Squat

Evidence has surfaced of over 100 torture methods being employed against Falun Gong (see also video on Youtube) practitioners in China’s labour camps, detention centers, and mental hospitals.

Torture Methods (16) – “Squat”

A victim is forced to squat still for a long time, often for many days. This punishment is often combined with the deprivation of food, water, sleep, and the use of the toilet. This torture can result in poor blood circulation to the lower limbs, muscle spasms, and nerve damage.

(photo: demonstration, squat torture/

There are several variations of this torture, including (reference):

1. Riding a Horse: A victim is forced to squat down with the legs apart and both arms raised forward parallel to the ground.

2. Squatting on a Square: A victim is forced to squat in a square floor brick measuring 30 by 30 cm [approximately 1 ft. by 1 ft.] for a long time. The head must be raised and the feet cannot cross the demarcated line.

3. Squatting in a Corner: A victim is forced to a corner of a room using tables or boards, leaving only a small space, and forced to squat down.

4. Squatting with Heels up: A victim is forced to squat over nails sticking out of the ground under one’s heels, and must keep the heels raised to avoid the nails.

5. Squatting on two legs: victims are forced to hold their heads with their arms while squatting, with both elbows pulled inside their two legs. The victim feels sore and numb legs and pain in the lower back. The longer this torture lasts the more severe the pain becomes.

6. Military squat: The victim is forced to squat down with one foot in the front and another in the back, with about one small step of separation. The rear foot only has the front half touching the ground and almost bears all the body weight. Normally this will feel very painful after only a few minutes. It causes great pain to the rear foot and rear leg and could even cause complete loss of feeling and control in the leg.

The military squat is one of the most vicious physical torture methods. The police in the forced labour camps often use it to torture Falun Gong practitioners.


1) Zhao Ming (photo), Trinity College student, Ireland Zhao Ming

When Zhao Ming was detained in the Xin’an Forced Labour Camp, the police once ordered several young inmates to force him do the military squat. After one leg lost feeling, he was forced to switch legs. He was forced to do it for over ten hours a day. Eventually his two soles felt so much pain that it felt almost like the bones of his feet were directly touching the ground. (reference 1, 2, 3)

2) Hao Airong, female, resident in Shuangyashan City, Heilongjiang Province

Ms. Hao Airong was sent to Jia City Labor Camp on July 25, 2000 for refusing to give up her belief in Falun Gong. She was tortured by being placed in a cell too small to stand, sit, or lie down in. She was forced to squat in the small cell. She felt severe pain in her legs from this torture. Her legs became paralyzed, ulcerated, and deformed from the lack of blood circulation caused by this torture. She can no longer take care of herself. (details)

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7 Responses to “(Photo) China Modern Torture Methods (16) – “Squat””

  1. […] 13. “Small Cage” 14. Forced to Jump from Tall Building 15. “Flying an Airplane“ 16. “Squat“ 17. “Handcuffed in a Painful Position” 18. “Tied up” 19. Sitting on “Triangle-ridged […]

  2. p said

    the people who are torturing this way will definately be punished by God in the same way may be more than this pain they have to bear

    • Morbalus said

      dear P,

      i am glad that you are taking notice of the problem of tourture in china, and across the world. But your thougts are cold comfort to those who have suffered more than you can possibly imagin. if you god turly wished to proetct the innocent and punish the wiked then thiswould not have happend in the first place.


      P.S assuming you have a reson he would not help, what all loving god tortures people? evern people who deserve it. seems pretty crule to me.

      p.p.s this dose assume an all loving god, if you dont belive in one then ignore me an my comments with my apologies.

  3. riverbird said

    my father was in vietnam (usaf), this was a primary technique used on all pow’s. sometimes it would be two or three men, against the prisoner, who would lie the man face down with hands tied behind the back as you show, then the arms would be lifted forward until both shoulders popped. if a man was large enough, they would tie a rope to his wrists from behind and suspend him by his own body weight, again releasing both shoulder sockets. he siad they “broke” every man.

  4. Visiting said

    These terrible things need to end. If only the Chinese people were more willing to rise up against those CCP.

    • Morbalus said

      Sorry if they where more willing to rise agasint them? this entier sight is a big list of those thathave been willing, and look at what that got them. this is also only those that have been discoverd by this sight alone, imagin the untold hundreds who must be suffering the samething right now that we will never know of. It is my firm opnion that it is this sort of thing that the UN is actualy for, the porblem is the overly lenghty berucratic process and the unwillingness of the whole wolrd to alow other nations to interfer with their govenment. I for one welcome the American ideals of a consetution, the none pritetlywond transport systems in Japan and hundreds of other things that would make my contry better. It is not enough for the ‘chinese people’ to rise up, becue when people without guns rise against thoe that do it never, ever, ends well no matter what V for vendetter says. The chines people need help form the outside in a quick and imidiate diplomtic way. external investigations sanctiond by the whole world, a better system of election and a lenghy screening porcces for its govementual canditade.

      Also am i the only one who notices that its once again religion that is making life hard for people? how long do we have to suffer fomr the prqctice of organised religion befor epople realise that we are all capable of being perfectly nice to one and other wihtout a spiretual medium telling us too.

      rant over, thank you to anyone who reads this and i apologise for my auful spelling and grammer. Its late and im tiered and dispraxic i hope you wont think less of my comments just beacue i didnt sepll them corectly. If anyone dissagrees with what i ahve had to say, by all means tell me and i will be happy to discuss it further.

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