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Map: Torture Close to China Olympic Venue (2): Beijing Women’s Labor Camp

Posted by Author on August 8, 2008

BEIJING

Labor Camp:

Name: Beijing Municipal Women’s “Re-education Through Labor” Camp
– formerly Xin’an Women’s Labor Camp
Address: 12 Weiyonglu Street, Daxing District, Beijing City.

Nearby Olympic Venue

Name: National Stadium, a.k.a. Bird’s Nest
Events: Opening and closing ceremonies, track and field, soccer finals

Directions: View below, or click here to download .doc file (48kb)

From Beijing International Airport: Total 59.5 km
From Beijing Train Station: Total: 32.8 km

Beijing area map, showing the location of Beijing Municipal Womens Labor Camp
Beijing area map, showing the location of Beijing Municipal Women’s Labor Camp

A. Beijing International Airport: (首都国际机场)
B. National Stadium:( 鸟巢国家体育场)
C. Tiananmen Square: (天安门广场)
D. Subway station
E. Women Labor Camp: (女子劳教所)
F. Tuanhe Labor Camp: ( 团河劳教所)

About Beijing Municipal Women’s “Re-education Through Labor” Camp

Description:

The camp was renovated in 2001, and is said to hold approximately 1,000 prisoners, all female. Among those detained are individuals sentenced for drug addiction, prostitution, or practicing Falun Gong. In 2006, 80 percent were reportedly Falun Gong adherents, while recent accounts indicate that nearly all detainees are currently Falun Gong.

United Nations visit:

The camp was among those visited by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture during his mission in November 2005. Among his findings was that record books at the camp showed that prisoners were placed in solitary confinement for as much as 60 days, far beyond the legally permitted length of time. According to his report on the visit: “Detainees …stated that Falun Gong practitioners who had not renounced their beliefs after six months in detention were placed in the Intensive Training section until they were ‘reformed’. Falun Gong practitioners formerly detained at this facility mentioned that they would refer to this section as the ‘Intensive Torture Section’.” Annie Yang, a former prisoner, states that several dozen Falun Gong adherents were removed from the premises immediately prior to the Rapporteur’s visit.

Prison conditions:

According to former detainees, prisoners are held in unsanitary conditions and severely deprived of food and sleep. Many report being subjected to beatings and anti-Falun Gong study sessions. At least one woman was injected with nerve-damaging drugs whose side-effects, such as muscle spasms and memory, continued long after release.

Nestle toy rabbit, a promotional item mass-produced by slave labor at Beijing Municipal Womens Re-education Through Labor camp.

Products:

Former prisoners speak of working over 16 hours a day performing the following forms of forced labor: packaging disposable chopsticks, knitting sweaters, gloves and seat cushions, producing large quantities of slippers, and manufacturing stuffed animals.

Individual cases:

One Chinese Woman’s Fight for Freedom
Jennifer (Zheng) Zeng, author of Witnessing History: One Chinese Woman’s Fight for Freedom

Former prisoner of conscience: Jennifer (Zheng) Zeng

Jennifer (Zheng) Zeng, author of Witnessing History: One Chinese Woman’s Fight for Freedom, held April 2000 to April 2001

Excerpts from The Sydney Morning Herald, December 28, 2001: “Cute Toy Rabbits Belie Suffering of Chinese Labor Camps.”

“In February 2001, nearly 1000 illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners were forced to make 100,000 toy rabbits for Beijing Mickey Toys Co., Ltd subcontracted by Nestle at the Xin’an Labor Camp. Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Jennifer Zeng was detained there for 12 months.

‘I was forced to squat motionlessly and continuously under the scorching sun. The longest period lasted more than 15 hours. I was beaten, dragged along the floor and shocked with two electric batons until I lost consciousness. I was forced to stand motionless with my head bowed, looking at my feet for 16 hours every day, while repeatedly reciting out loud the insulting labor camp regulations. I was watched 24 hours a day by criminal inmates, who were given the power to do anything they liked to me. From February of 2001 I was forced to make 100,000 promotional toy rabbits for Nestle where 130 of us worked up to 22 hours a day to fill the order.’”

Annie Yang

Former prisoner of conscience: Annie (Feng) Yang

Annie (Feng) Yang, detained from April 2005 to September 2006, was visited by the U.N. mission but refused to speak for fear of retribution. She currently lives in the United Kingdom.

“At the beginning of June 2005, I was sent to a special unit whose sole purpose is to deal with Falun Gong practitioners with a firm belief. The first method they used was ‘sitting on a high chair’, which was made of plastic about thirty centimeters across. The surface was very uneven. Everyday one was forced to sit for over eighteen hours a day, with a strict sitting posture: both knees touching each other tightly, both legs touching each other tightly, both hands resting over the knees, the back must be kept straight, eyes must be open, and no movement is allowed. After a week or two, many people’s bottoms started to rot.”

According to the Falun Dafa Information Center, at least three women given “re-education” terms without trial in a recent pre-Olympics crackdown in Beijing are serving their sentences at the camp.

Former prisoners Jennifer Zeng in Australia, Annie Yang in the United Kingdom, and Chen Ying in France are available for interviews upon request.

Excerpt from report “Torture Outside the Olympic Village: A Guide to China’s Labor Camps“, by CIPFG

Related:
Map: Labor Camps Close to China Olympic Venue (1): Beijing Tuanhe
Guide to Beijing Olympic Reporters: Torture Outside The Olympic Village in Labor Camps, By CIPFG

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