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China Torture Survivors at Risk of Abuse, Death after Escaping from Labor Camp

Posted by Author on October 28, 2008


The Falun Dafa Information Center, 26 Sep 2008-

New York (FDIC)—A group of Falun Gong adherents from Liaoning province are at grave risk of torture after being arrested following a daring escape from Masanjia labor camp in August, the Falun Dafa Information Center warned on Friday.

On August 11, adherents assisted Cui Dejun (崔德军), a practitioner detained at Masanjia labor camp, in escaping from the camp’s hospital where he was being held after suffering abuse. According to sources inside China, Cui was then taken to the nearby provincial capital Shenyang and placed at the home of Yu Ming (于溟), a 37-year-old adherent also held at the camp.

Two days later, agents of the Public Security Bureau broke into the house and arrested Cui and others present, taking Cui to an unknown location. In the meantime, guards suspecting that Yu may have aided the escape have also moved him elsewhere, ignoring his scheduled release date of September 2.

Masanjia is known as one of the most brutal forced labor camps in the country where detainees are regularly tortured with electric batons, beaten and raped. These peaceful religious believers should never have been there in the first place,” says Falun Dafa Information Center spokesperson Gail Rachlin.

“That Cui escaped and may have told the world of the horrors taking place in Masanjia has sent the Chinese communist authorities into a panic. Based on the past experience of Ms. Gao Rongrong’s case and the use of incommunicado detention, Cui and Yu’s lives are in grave danger.”

In a widely publicized incident in 2004, Ms. Gao Rongrong escaped from Masanjia and photos of her face disfigured from electric baton shocks spread around the world (news). She was arrested shortly after and according to Amnesty International, died in custody in 2005 (news).

Like Gao, Yu and Cui have both been victims of extreme torture in the past, including being shocked with electric batons on their genitals, being subject to other forms of sexual abuse, and being forced to squat in an iron cage for three months. As recently as June, Cui had fallen unconscious and become incontinent.

Cui and his wife Gao Zhuo were both arrested in July 2007, along with seven of their employees who practiced Falun Gong. All were sentenced without trial to labor camp terms of 1.5 to 2 years. Yu has spent eight of the past nine years in labor camps because he continues to practice Falun Gong.

Family members and bystanders also targeted

In their efforts to catch Cui and retaliate for his escape, the Chinese authorities have also targeted the families of Cui and Yu. According to sources inside China, when agents of the Public Security Bureau broke into Yu’s home on August 13, they badly beat Yu’s nephew, and arrested him along with Yu’s wife Ma Li and his young son, leavingYu’s ten-year-old daughter Yu Zhenzhen at home by herself. They were all reportedly released several days later.

On August 14 and 15, police in the cities of Dalian and Wafandian then arrested Cui’s brother and two sisters-in-law. Cui’s brother and his wife, as well as one of their employees, were detained at the store the couple owns. The women were released shortly after, but the men’s whereabouts remain unknown.

The Falun Dafa Information Center is providing leads and phone numbers related to the case (see below) and urging human rights groups, foreign journalists and other members of the international community to:

* Conduct their own investigation into the case.
* Call Masanjia and Wafangdian officials and demand proof that these individuals are not being tortured.
* Apply pressure on the Chinese authorities to ensure the safety of those arrested and their immediate release.

The Falun Dafa Information Center

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Jurist: Ant Farmers in Shenyang Yilishen Incident Should Not Rely on China Authorities

Posted by Author on January 12, 2008


By Fang Xiao, Epoch Times Staff, Jan 10, 2008-

On November 20, 2007, tens of thousands of ant farmers held demonstrations in front of the Liaoning Provincial Government, the Shanyang Municipal Government and the Headquarters of Yilishen Tianxi Group. The authorities sent Liaoning’s entire police force to suppress the protest.

Jurist Professor Yuan Hongbing analyzed the background and cause for the Yilishen incident in an interview. He advised the victims to line up with other rights defending movements across the country, and warned them not to rely on the CCP.

Yuan pointed out that the Yilishen Company was a typical collusion between government and business enterprises, and that the growth of Yilishen had close ties with Bo Xilai, the former governor of Liaoning. Yuan said the company’s development and collapse show that the “economic reform” of the CCP has not established real free market economy based on fair competition, but rather an anti-social market economy dominated and controlled by Party bigwigs.

In the past eight years, over one million ant farmers had been misguided by the CCP’s vigorous praise of Yilishen. Many ant farmers invested everything they had into breeding ants. Just over a month ago, the government forced the Yilishen Company into bankruptcy. Yuan said, “All of these events prove that Chinese authorities are realizing their power in mafia-like ways. Whoever believes in this kind of power, said Yuan, will likely face a harsh lesson.

Yuan believes that the Yilishen incident is directly linked to corrupt officials. It’s widely believed that the growth of Yilishen was connected to Bo Xilai. During Bo’s governorship Yilishen grew rapidly because the open support from the authorities and the high exposure on official media quickly won Yilishen people’s trust.

“Bo repeatedly guaranteed Yilishen’s credibility in the name of the government, which is why so many people believed in it and invested their life savings into this company,” said Yuan.

Yuan revealed that Yilishen finally fell because the company’s chairman failed to develop a good relationship with the son of the incumbent Liaoning premier. Hence after Bo left Liaoning the company lost support from the authorities, which ultimately led to Yilishen’s collapse.

Yuan commented that the Yilishen case is a typical story in China’s unjust and corrupt system, “The fundamental cause for Yilishen’s bankruptcy is the conflict between the officials and dishonest businessmen.

The officials used their power to force Yilishen to the verge of bankruptcy. This illustrates to the Chinese people a basic fact: the so-called ‘economic reform’ led by the CCP is not a free market economy based on the principle of fair competition, but a market economy manipulated and controlled by Party bigwigs. The system is established on corrupted power and lubricated by power-money deals.”

He added, “This kind of market economy is anti-social in nature, because the main function of this system is to transfer the wealth of the society into property completely handled by corrupted officials and unscrupulous merchants.”

“Under the market economy manipulated by bigwigs, it is impossible for large corporations to develop independent from the dictatorial power center,” concluded Yuan. “Collusion between corrupt power and dirty capital is the prerequisite for the survival and development of any corporation in China, especially for large ones.”

Yuan warned people not to hold any illusions about the CCP because the regime would never help return the commission to ant farmers. “In China power abuses have caused numerous similar debt disputes like the Yilishen case and involved thousands of victims.”

Since the story of the Yilishen affair broke, Liaoning authorities have taken every measure to block all related news. Meanwhile the authorities published a series of announcements to the victims in local media, dumping all the responsibilities to Yilishen president Wang Fengyou, and threatening to investigate whether the investment of the ant farmers are from legal sources. Under such threats, some ant farmers dare not make future demands to recover the debt.

What should the ant farmers do under these circumstances? Yuan’s opinion is that the first principle of China’s current rights defending activities is to fully realize the political elements underlying people’s tribulations. in China must get on the path of “Idealized Politics (translation not sure?), organized movement

“In the Yilishen case, for example, Liaoning authorities and Bo Xilai are directly responsible for the tragedy of the ant farmers. But we must realize that the root of all these is the tyranny and dictatorship of Chinese communist regime.” Therefore, he said, only when Chinese completely refuse the tyranny of the CCP, can we make sure such a tragedy doesn’t happen again.

The second principle, said Yuan, is to get organized. He said that the Yilishen victims should organize their rights defending activities in semi-secret or secret ways to fortify and focus their forces.

Yuan also advised coordinated unification means that Yilishen victims to unite with China’s other rights defending groups like unemployed military veterans. “In this way,” said Yuan, “people will form a unified frontier against the Chinese communist regime across the entire society and the entire nation.”

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Jurist: Yilishen Ant Farmers Should Not Rely on Chinese Authorities

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China Attempts to Arrest 3 International Vocal Competition Contestants

Posted by Author on October 12, 2007


Epoch Times Staff, Oct 10, 2007-

Police in Fushun City in China attempted on Monday night to arrest three individuals who had applied to take part in a vocal competition to be held in the United States. None of the three happened to be home at the time, and thus escaped arrest.

The timing of the arrest seems to have been chosen in order to prevent the three from returning to the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang City to pick up visas they had applied for. Oct. 1 is China’s National Day, which is followed by a week-long holiday. Tuesday would have been the first day the Consulate would have been open for business since Oct. 1.

The three singers had planned to compete in the International Chinese Vocal Competition , which is sponsored by New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV). The competition is scheduled to begin on Oct. 15 in New York City.

According to Ms. Carrie Hung, a spokesperson for NTDTV, the attempted arrests “show the impact that NTDTV is having on people inside China. This competition has attracted a lot of contestants from mainland China.”

She feels the attempted arrests happened “fundamentally because the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] fears losing control of the Chinese people. NTDTV is independent and broadcasts uncensored, honest reports about China. The CCP fears how NTDTV’s influence inside China is growing.”

The three singers had previously been in touch with NTDTV about their visa applications. They had first gone to the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang City one month ago to apply. After each of them had shown the required 300,000 yuan (approximately US$39,000) in financial resources, the Consulate nonetheless rejected their requests upon learning they intended to take part in the NTDTV competition.

The NTDTV Vocal Competition Organizing Committee then mailed a letter to the U.S. Consulate, and the Consulate in turn contacted the three singers asking them to wait for the result.

How the Chinese police learned of the singers’ intention to take part in the competition is not clear. All three had passports and so their local police would not have learned of their intentions through a passport application. However, it is common knowledge in China that many of the Chinese employees of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates are assigned their positions by the Chinese Public Security Bureau.

The International Chinese Vocal Competition is the second in a series of competitions being sponsored by NTDTV. The International Chinese Classical Dance Competition was held in July in New York City. NTDTV also plans international competitions in Martial Arts, violin, piano, Chinese Sports, Chinese Cooking, Chinese Traditional Costume Design, and Chinese Realistic Painting.

The renowned Chinese tenor Mr. Guan Guimin heads the vocal competition’s Judges Committee. He has explained that the purpose of the competition is to promote the traditional vocal arts and to show their beauty and elegance.

The contest has a first prize of US$10,000. According to NTDTV, so far over one hundred contestants from 19 countries have applied to compete.

Ms. Hung sees in the attempted arrests on Monday a symptom of much larger problems. She asks, “How could the hosting country for the Olympics behave in this way? The CCP wants people to believe it has made improvements in human rights. But when three professional singers wish to do something as simple as take part in an international competition, then we see what rights the CCP allows them.”

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Chinese Regime Attempts to Arrest Vocal Competition Contestants

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Most Wicked Labor Camps in China (1) – Liaoning Masanjia

Posted by Author on August 21, 2007


Liaoning Masanjia Labor Camp

Address:Liaoning Masanjia Labor Camp

Masanjia Village, Masanjia Town, Yuhong District, Shenyang City
Liaoning Province, northeast China
Post Code: 110145
Tel: 024-89210822, 024-89212252, 024-89210454

Brief about Masanjia

The Masanjia Labor Camp, also called the “Ideology Education School of Liaoning Province,” is located in a suburb of Shenyang City, and is notorious for its heinous crimes against Falun Gong practitioners and known worldwide for its forced-brainwashing techniques.

Over the past four years and seven months, from July 1999 to February 2004, at least 99 practitioners were murdered there because of their belief in the universal principle of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance.” Their ages ranged from 27 to 65 and majority of them were only between 31 and 39 years old.

In one incident that was reported by several news agencies, 18 female practitioners were stripped naked and thrown into the cells of male criminals.

The Masanjia Labor Camp is a fascist camp for the purpose of enslaving prisoners to perform labor for profit. Prisoners must work for extended hours under the most appalling conditions.

The main “business” of the women’s section of the Masanjia Labor Camp is textile production. Not only are the detainees not paid, but also their work hours and workloads are pushed to the limit to “boost productivity and profits.”

Falun Gong practitioners from 14 years of age to over 60 have been forced to do intensive labor in the labor camp. They are routinely forced to work 14-16 hours a day, with no days off. Sometimes when there is a big order, they are forced to work for 36 hours nonstop.Falun Gong practitioners live in the most inhumane conditions. There is no bathroom in the camp. They are not allowed to brush their teeth, or to wash, shower, or change their clothes. Even the time for using the toilet is limited. The food given is minimal and is often rotten.

The horrendous conditions and excessive workload damage the health of the practitioners. Many have swollen legs and experience irregular menstruation. Some even develop atrophy of their buttocks due to the extensive hours of being forced to sit still and work.

Due to exhaustion, some have even fainted while working. However, no matter what physical conditions they are in, and no matter what the state of their health, they are not spared from the hard labor.

Torture methods used in Masanjia Labor camp

Nearly 100 torture methods used at the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their beliefs, here we only list the the most commonly used 20 torture methods. ( details including photos see this report)

Torture Names

Torture method 1: body folding
Torture method 2: torturing the arms
Torture method 3: handstand (standing upside-down)
Torture method 4: hanging upside-down
Torture method 5: sealing the mouth
Torture method 6: tie-up
Torture method 7: handcuffing
Torture method 8: sitting with arms raised
Torture method 9: split legs and head against the floor
Torture method 10: sitting on a small stool
Torture method 11: sitting in a basin with cold water
Torture method 12: savage beating
Torture method 13: electric shock
Torture method 14: sitting on metal chair in solitary confinement cell
Torture method 15: sitting on metal chair inside “sardine can”
Torture method 16: force-feeding
Torture method 17: force-feeding through the nose
Torture method 18: handcuffed in “dead person’s bed” while naked and receive force-feeding through the nose
Torture method 19: “golden dragon in the ocean”
Torture method 20: freezing.

Cases of torture

1. Zhang Guizhi, female, tortured to death in Masanjia

“On April 12th, 2003 Ms. Zhang’s family received a notice issued jointly by the Masanjia Labor Camp, the local police station and Liujiawopu Village Committee stating that Ms. Zhang “is receiving emergency treatment because she’s critically ill.”

“By the time Ms. Zhang’s family arrived at Masanjia, she was already dead.

“Family members say there were noticeable wounds on her body, including numerous bruises as well as bloodstains in her nose and mouth.

“Labor camp officials refused to allow the family to take any photographs of the body.

“Initially, police and camp officials declined to answer questions about the cause of her death. When Ms. Zhang’s family members demanded to know why her body was black and blue, the police claimed that she had fallen in the shower, triggering a heart problem that led to her death.

“According to a source familiar with Masanjia Labor Camp, prisoners are only allowed to take showers on specific days. April 12th was not a designated “shower day” for those held in the camp, the source says.”

– excerpt, Report from Falun Dafa Information Center, 8/4/2003, “Falun Gong Woman Exhibits Torture Injuries, Dies in Masanjia Forced Labor Camp

2. After 23 Days of Torture, a Farm Woman Suffers a Mental Collapse

“While she was in the camp, her hands and feet were handcuffed to a pole. She was not allowed to sleep or to use the toilet facilities. The Masanjia staff wrapped her up in a plastic bag to contain the bad odors emitted from her bodily waste.

“After twenty-three days of torture, Ms. Liu finally broke down physically and mentally and could not recognize her own family. Even so, the police from the Beigang Town Authority still attempted to put her in a brainwashing session. ” ( More details )

3. A Woman’s Breasts Disfigured and Infected from Severe Electric Shock Torture

“Two guards from Benxi, holding electric batons, shouted, “We will see who is tougher!” The two men tore Ms. Wang’s shirt open and shocked her breasts with two electric batons for 30 minutes……. ( more details )

Warning: It is recommended that children and those with delicate sensitivities refrain from viewing these photos.

Photo 1, Photo 2

Cases of forced labor

1. Forced to Make Clothing for Export

“Zhou Yanchun, female, 33, product Inspector of the Shenyang Antibiotic Factory 104 workshop (illegally dismissed because she practices Falun Gong), resident of Haiwang Street construction working committee, New Town District, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, ID number: 210113680412642

“In the labor camp, Ms. Zhou was forced to make products for export, such as clothing, handicrafts, and embroidered goods, for the “Xinghua Clothing Manufacturer.”

“She was forced to work from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and sometimes even until midnight, with no breaks, no weekends off, and no compensation.

“Her hands were often swollen and covered with blood blisters, and her finger joints ached from the strenuous work.

“She was only given a limited amount of mildewed cornbread to eat. Her health declined rapidly. Due to the long work hours and appalling conditions, her face and eyes were swollen and she suffered intense abdominal pain. Yet, she was still not allowed to take any breaks.

“If she ever slumped over from weariness or showed signs of fatigue, she would be shocked with electric batons by the guards……. ( more details )

2. Forced to Work for Extended Hours to Make Products for Export

“Falun Gong practitioners, including Ms. Liu Fengmei, Ms. Cui Yaning, Ms. Xie Baofeng, Ms. Dong Guixia, Ms. Jiang Wei, Xu sisters, Ms. Li Ping, Ms. Luo Li, Ms. Li Yingxuan, Ms. Li Zemei, Ms. Bai Shuzhen, have been illegally imprisoned at the Masanjia Labor Camp due to the central government’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

“The practitioners are forced to work from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., making clothing, handicrafts, and embroidery for export.

“They have no breaks, no weekends off, and no compensation. Sometimes they are forced to work for as long as 36 hours without a break.

“From March 7 to 12, 2000, they were forced to work on a batch of products that were waiting to be immediately shipped overseas because the customer had a rush order.

“On March 11, 2000, they were informed that they would have to work overtime. They were forced to work non-stop from 6:30 a.m. on March 11, 2000 to 4 p.m. on March 12, 2000 (totaling 33.5 hours).

“However, on March 12, they had not been able to finish the assigned work. To punish them, the guards did not allow them to eat lunch. In addition, the guards beat or shocked the practitioners with electric batons…… ( more details )

Perpetrators

Camp director: Sun Fengwu, 86-24-89212096 ext206; 86-24-89210262;

Institute director: Su Jing, 86-24-86210074 ext 30; 86-24-89210567; 86-24-89210054;

Prisoner leaders: Shao Li, Xue Fenglu, Yue Qin, Zhang XX, Yu XX, Qiu Ping: 86-24-89210074 ext383;

Zhao Jinghua: 86-24-89212252; 86-24-9240454;

Judicature: Gao Fusheng, office number: 86-24-7340130; Home number: 86-24-7612366; Cell phone number: 86-13130446378;

Vice secretary: Cui Yanlin, office number: 86-24-7340321; Home number: 86-24-7616101; Cell phone: 86-13940816031

More reference:

Masanjia Forced Labor Camp— Wrecking Lives and Destroying the Human Conscience
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 6

Related:
List of the Most Wicked Labor Camps in Modern China
List of China Modern Torture Methods (slideshow)

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List of the Most Wicked Labor Camps in Modern China

Posted by Author on August 21, 2007


Under China’s “reform through labor” policy, hundreds of modern labor camps are built up through out the country to hold political prisoners, dissidents, religious, lawyers, journalists, human rights defenders along side dangerous criminals.

Torture to death

Torture is widely used in these labor camps to force prisoners to reform.

Till the year 2003, “at least 69 labour camps have directly persecuted Falun Gong practitioners to death (Appendix 2 contains detailed information)”, said in a report by World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG).

“Even practitioners who were senior citizens older than 65 years, infants as young as eight months, or disabled had no impunity”, it said.

Two specific cases:Ms. Wang lixuan and son

“In November 2000, Ms. Wang Lixuan and her nearly eight-month-old infant son were both tortured to death at the Tuanhe Labour Camp in Beijing. ” ( details)
(photo right: Ms. Wang Lixuan and her 8-month-old son)

“In October 2000, 18 female Falun Gong practitioners were stripped of their clothing and thrown into the male criminals’ cells at the Masanjia Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. ” ( details)

The worst- organ harvesting

large-scale of organ harvesting is happening in China labor camps, said by two well-known Canadian human rights activists, David Kilgour and David Matas, in their independent report “BLOODY HARVEST– Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China”.

List of most wicked labor camps

I’m trying to collect information from the Internet to list out some of the most wicked labor camps in modern China.

By click on the name on the list, you can find out the labor camps’ location, introduction, cases of abuses and killing, victims and Perpetrators.

1. Masanjia Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, Northeast China

2. Harbin Wanjia Labor Camp
– Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, Northeast China

3. Beijing Tuanhe Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

4. Beijing Tiantanghe Women’s Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

5. Beijing XinAn Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

6. Hebei Gaoyang Labor Camp
– Gaoyang County, Baoding City, Hebei Province, north China

7. Tianjin Banqiao Labor Camp
– Tianjin City, north China

8. Harbin Changlinzi Labor Camp
-Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, northeast China

9. Shenyang Longshan Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeast China

10.Shenyang Zhangshi Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeast China

11. Changchun Heizuizi Women’s Labor Camp
– Changchun City, Jilin Province, northeast China

12. Shandong Zibo Wangcun Labor Camp
– Zibo City, Shandong Province, east China

A few more will be added on the list later.

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Shocking photo: Chinese Woman’s Breasts Disfigured and Infected from Electric Shock Torture

Posted by Author on August 20, 2007


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I was shocked today by a photo when I surfering the Internet to gather information about modern labor camps in China.

The photo inside the story- A Woman’s Breasts Disfigured and Infected from Severe Electric Shock Torture in Masanjia Labor Camp– shocked me, even though I knew how brutal the torture is happening in China labor camp, I still can not imagine this kind of inhuman crime can happening in today’s modern world!

Warning: It is recommended that children and those with delicate sensitivities refrain from viewing these photos.

Photo 1 , Photo 2

Here’s the excerpt of the story:

“At first, they kept Ms. Wang in isolation. Two collaborators monitored her. She was denied sleep and forced to stand still in the corner of the room. The next day, she had to sit on a chair with her hands tied behind her back to the back of the chair. At night, they had her wear a motorcycle helmet.

“The guards kept chopsticks and a basin of cold water ready to use, and whenever Ms. Wang closed her eyes, they poured water over her and hit the helmet hard with the chopsticks.

“Two guards from Benxi, holding electric batons, shouted, “We will see who is tougher!” The two men tore Ms. Wang’s shirt open and shocked her breasts with two electric batons for 30 minutes.

“Afterwards, they made her stand still for the entire night. The next morning, guard Guo Tieying asked Ms. Wang nastily whom she would follow. Ms. Wang replied, “I will follow the teachings of Falun Gong.”

“Guo Tieying immediately brought in two guards and several collaborators to torture her. They tore a bed sheet into strips and tied her legs in a cross-legged position (with legs double-crossed, as in the ‘full lotus’ position). Next they handcuffed her arms behind her back and tied her upper body to her legs, making Ms. Wang look like a ball. Then they suspended her in the air by the handcuffs, with her hands still behind her back.

“She suffered excruciating pain from this torture for seven hours.

“Afterwards, Ms. Wang could no longer walk with her back straight, but was bent over, nor could she sit straight. Her breasts were disfigured by the intense shocks, and eventually developed serious infections.”

Summary:

Victim:

Ms. Wang Yunjie, female, a Falun Gong practitioner from Dalian City, Liaoning Province

Location:

1. The Ganjingzi Branch of the Dalian City Public Security Bureau, Dalian City, Liaoning Province
2. The Paoyazi Police Station in Paoya Small District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province
3. The Yaojia Detention Center, Liaoning Province
4. Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, Liaoning Province

Perpetrators:

1. Police from the Ganjingzi Branch of the Dalian City Public Security Bureau, Dalian City, Liaoning Province
2. Police from the Paoyazi Police Station in Paoya Small District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province
3. Police from the Yaojia Detention Center, Liaoning Province
4. Wang Xiaofeng, group leader of the No.1 Brigade, Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, Liaoning Province
5. Shi Yu, about 20, group leader of a branch of the No. 1 Brigade, Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, Liaoning Province
6. Ren Hongzan, group leader of the No. 6 Branch, the No. 1 Brigade, Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, Liaoning Province
7. Sun, male, Deputy Head of the Liaoning Province’s Public Security Division
8. Guo Tieying, male, the former Head of Benxi Drug Rehabilitation Bureau
9. Other policemen from Masanjia Forced Labor Camp, Liaoning Province

Read the whole report from The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group:

A Woman’s Breasts Disfigured and Infected from Severe Electric Shock Torture in Masanjia Labor Camp

Related:
List of China Modern Torture Methods (slideshow)

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China, a Haven for Fake Goods

Posted by Author on August 1, 2007


By Kim Ki-cheon, in-house columnist of Chosun Ilbo, South Korea, Aug.1,2007-

“You’ll see everything here in Shenyang is fake, except for Shenyang itself,” a South Korean executive told a Chosun Ilbo news team in Shenyang, China some time ago. He was only half joking. He showed us a designer watch that would cost millions of won in South Korea. It was a fake, of course, bought for 20 yuan (US$1=CNY7.57). So was his wallet, his belt, his shoes — all fakes. There’s no reason to pay for genuine brand name goods in China, the executive said, because even if you buy the real thing, people just assume it’s fake.

▶In China, “there is nothing that cannot be made, with the exception of man.” Fakes are overflowing the Chinese market, and many of them look fantastic.

Fake eggs recently caused a stir in Guangzhou. The white of the egg was made from industrial powder and alum, the yolk was calcium chloride. The eggshell was made from paraffin wax. If you broke the shell you could easily see that it’s fake because the white and yolk mixed together, but an unbroken one was very difficult to distinguish from a genuine egg. It was almost a work of art. But it was a little puzzling why they put so much effort into it, considering that real eggs don’t cost much.

▶In the province of Anhui in 2004, 13 babies died after they were fed with fake infant formula. Surviving babies had long lasting abnormalities, including skinny bodies and large heads, due to serious malnourishment and side effects.

Last year, nine people died at the hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou after being given intravenous injections laced with diethylene glycol, used in car anti-freeze.

▶Whang Joung-il, minister for political affairs at the Korean Embassy in China, died while being treated at a clinic in downtown Beijing on Sunday.

On Saturday evening Whang ate a sandwich from a nearby shop while working in his office at the embassy. He later experienced diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. The next morning Whang rushed to the clinic, where he suffered shortness of breath and died after receiving an injection of Ringer’s solution.

Chinese police and health authorities are reportedly investigating the solution to see if it was fake.

▶He Qinglian, a Chinese university professor, was forced into exile in the U.S. after she blew the whistle on problems with the Chinese government’s opening and reform policies. China, she once said, is a “republic of con-artists.” She lamented that in her country everybody, including public servants, corporate executives, and merchants, is bent on trying to make money at any cost. She criticized the Chinese people for their materialism. “They believe that if only they can earn enough money — at the risk of their own lives — then their family can live in affluence for generations.”

China has failed to establish a code of business ethics, including personal responsibility and corporate accountability, even though it has been years since it embraced the market economy.

China has the world’s fourth largest economy, but it also carries a heavy burden of shame.

This column was contributed by Chosun Ilbo in-house columnist Kim Ki-cheon.

Original report from Chosun Ilbo

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Photo: China Modern Torture Methods (2)- Electric Shock

Posted by Author on December 27, 2006


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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 (2) – Electric shock

Electric shockElectric batons are among the most commonly used torture instruments employed by police officers and jail guards in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners.

(Picture left: illustration: Electric shock )

They use electric batons that carry voltages as high as 300,000 volts to shock practitioners’ sensitive areas, including the mouth, center of the palms, center of the bottom of the feet, genitals, chest, neck, and breasts. Sometimes they use several electric batons simultaneously to shock practitioners.

The labour camp authorities often pour water on the practitioners to intensify the electric shocks. Some police also use a homemade electric shocking device; it resembles a masonry brick in size and shape, and it carries a much higher voltage than regular electric batons.

The skin will break open and bleed in every place that receives a shock from this device.

Cases

1. Ms. Gao Rongrong, 36, tortured with electric batons for 7 consecutive hours on face by Labour Camp officials.

Victim: Ms. Gao Rongrong, accountant at the Luxun Fine Arts College in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeaset China

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Ms. Gao Rongrong

Tortured face of Gao Rongrong

In July 2003, Gao Rongrong was sent tothe Longshan Forced Labour Camp (Shenyang City) because she made peaceful appeals to the government to end the persecution of Falun Gong. During her detention, Ms. Gao had been beaten by camp officials, according to sources familiar with her case.

(Photo upper left: Gao Rongrong’s face after shocked by electric batons. Photo upper right: Ms. Gao Rongrong )

“At approximately 3:00 p.m. on May 7, 2004, Tang Yubao, the deputy head of the No. 2 Brigade, along with team leader Jiang Zhaohua, called Ms. Gao to the duty office and tortured her with electric batons for seven hours, according to these sources.

“Those detained with Ms. Gao in the labour camp say she sustained burns on her face, head, and neck, which caused her face to swell and become disfigured.

“Her face was covered with blisters, and her hair was matted with pus and blood. She could open her eyes only a crack because her face and mouth were severely swollen and deformed.” ( full report of this torture case)

2. Woman’s Breasts Disfigured and Infected from Severe Electric Shock Torture

Victim: Ms. Wang Yunjie, female, a Falun Gong practitioner from Dalian City, Liaoning Province

Torture happened: In Masanjia Labor Camps, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province

Warning: It is recommended that children and those with delicate sensitivities refrain from viewing these photos.

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excerpt of the story:

“At first, they kept Ms. Wang in isolation. Two collaborators monitored her. She was denied sleep and forced to stand still in the corner of the room. The next day, she had to sit on a chair with her hands tied behind her back to the back of the chair. At night, they had her wear a motorcycle helmet.

“The guards kept chopsticks and a basin of cold water ready to use, and whenever Ms. Wang closed her eyes, they poured water over her and hit the helmet hard with the chopsticks.

“Two guards from Benxi, holding electric batons, shouted, “We will see who is tougher!” The two men tore Ms. Wang’s shirt open and shocked her breasts with two electric batons for 30 minutes.

“Afterwards, they made her stand still for the entire night. The next morning, guard Guo Tieying asked Ms. Wang nastily whom she would follow. Ms. Wang replied, “I will follow the teachings of Falun Gong.”

“Guo Tieying immediately brought in two guards and several collaborators to torture her. They tore a bed sheet into strips and tied her legs in a cross-legged position (with legs double-crossed, as in the ‘full lotus’ position). Next they handcuffed her arms behind her back and tied her upper body to her legs, making Ms. Wang look like a ball. Then they suspended her in the air by the handcuffs, with her hands still behind her back.

“She suffered excruciating pain from this torture for seven hours.

“Afterwards, Ms. Wang could no longer walk with her back straight, but was bent over, nor could she sit straight. Her breasts were disfigured by the intense shocks, and eventually developed serious infections.” ( full report of this torture case )

3. Prof. Zhang Kunlun, an Canadian citizen ‘s experienceprof. Zhang Kunlun

“My name is Kunlun Zhang. I am a Canadian citizen and a professor of art. Because I practice Falun Gong, I was arrested three times while staying in China to take care of my elderly mother-in-law.

On November 14, 2000, I was sentenced without trial by the Chinese authorities to three years in (Shandong province ) labour camp because I refused to denounce Falun Gong. With the help of the Canadian government, Amnesty International, and the international community, I was released on January 10, 2001.

“During my detention, policemen beat me to the floor and shocked me all over my body with high-voltage electric batons. They threatened that if I uttered a sound, they would shock my mouth.

The head of the police station said to me, “We have orders from Jiang Zemin. As long as you refuse to denounce Falun Gong, we can do whatever we want to you. If you were beaten to death, we could simply bury you and tell the outside world that you had committed suicide.”

My arms, legs, and other areas were burnt in many places from the intense electric shocks. I could even smell my own burning flesh. The beatings and electric shocks injured my left leg badly. It took three months for the wounds to heal.” ( Statement by Mr. Kunlun Zhang)

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17 communist union branches now set up in Wal-Mart China

Posted by Author on September 3, 2006


China Labour Bulletin, 15 August 2006–

Since July 29, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions(ACFTU, state controlled)’s drive to set up union branches in Wal-Mart stores in China has snowballed rapidly, with a total of 17 union branches now having been formed in Wal-Mart stores in cities around the country. They include three unions in Fuzhou and one in Quanzhou, Fujian Province; one in Nanjing and another in Shanghai; three in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province; two in Shenyang and three in Dalian, Liaoning Province; and others in Jinan and Qingdao, Shandong Province, and in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province.

Wal-Mart first entered China’s domestic market in 1996 and currently employs around 32,000 workers in some 60 retail stores nationwide. Since 2003, the company has been under sustained pressure from the ACFTU to permit the formation of union branches in its China stores. In November 2004, the company caved in and publicly stated: “Should associates [i.e. employees] request formation of a union, Wal-Mart China would respect their wishes and honour its obligation under China’s Trade Union Law.” For the next year and a half, however, the ACFTU tried in vain to persuade Wal-Mart to cooperate in the actual establishment of union branches in its China stores.

That all changed after Hu Jintao, China’s president and Communist Party leader, directly intervened in March of this year. A lengthy article published on August 15 in the Beijing daily newspaper Xin Jing Bao (New Capital News) explains why the current spate of Wal-Mart union branches in China has emerged so suddenly and unexpectedly:

“According to the ACFTU’s records, On March 14 this year CPC Central Committee General Secretary Hu Jintao issued instructions on a report titled A Situation Analysis on the Factors of Instability in Foreign-invested Enterprises in China’s Coastal Area, and Some Proposed Countermeasures. Hu Jintao ordered: “Do a better job of building Party organizations and trade unions in foreign-invested enterprises.” This created a new and opportune moment for union building in foreign enterprises. On March 16 the ACFTU instructed its staff to study Hu Jintao’s comments, and it set the target of unionizing 60 percent or more of the country’s foreign-invested enterprises by the end of 2006, and 80 percent or more by the end of 2007.”

ACFTU Fulfils its Quota – Wal-Mart Accepts Fait Accompli

On Saturday, July 29, 25 Wal-Mart workers in the city of Quanzhou, Fujian Province, formed a seven-member trade union committee, thus breaking the long-standing absence of unions in Wal-Mart’s China stores. On August 4, 42 more workers at a Wal-Mart store in Shenzhen formed a union. The retail giant saw its third union in China set-up the following day in its Xinjiekou store in Nanjing, where 31 employees elected a local university graduate to head their trade union committee. Several hours later, another union was formed by 12 workers at a second Wal-Mart store in Shenzhen; and then on August 8, 27 employees of yet another store in Shenzhen voted to form the company’s fifth union branch.

All the union branches are relatively small, with around 25 to 35 members each. But what mainly distinguishes them, according to official Chinese reports, is that they were all set up “on the initiative of the workers themselves”, and in accordance with provisions of the PRC Trade Union Law of 2002 mandating the formation of unions in enterprises employing more than 25 workers. Regulations enacted by the Guangdong government in 2004 lowered the union-building threshold still further, in that province, to as few as 10 workers in a single enterprise.

For the first couple of weeks, Wal-Mart representatives remained uncharacteristically silent about the sudden unionization drive within the company’s China stores. On August 9, however, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the vice president of Wal-Mart China, Li Chengjie, as saying it wanted to cooperate with the ACFTU “in a more effective and harmonious way.” The same day, the ACFTU warned Wal-Mart not to retaliate against workers who form unions. The group, “led by the Communist Party of China and backed by the government, will take measures to protect these workers,” Xinhua reported, paraphrasing Guo Wencai, director of the ACFTU’s department of grassroots organizing. Wal-Mart then asked for direct negotiations with the ACFTU and requested that “no media” be allowed to attend such meetings. The 12 most recent Wal-Mart union branches have all been formed over the past week, and it now seems clear that the ACFTU’s goal is to unionize all 60 Wal-Mart stores around the country. (to be cont’d…)

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AI report 2006- China overview(6)

Posted by Author on July 29, 2006


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Torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trials

Torture and ill-treatment continued to be reported in a wide variety of state institutions. Common methods included kicking, beating, electric shocks, suspension by the arms, shackling in painful positions, and sleep and food deprivation. Restricted access to the outside world for detainees and a failure to establish effective mechanisms for complaint and investigation continued to be key factors allowing the practice to flourish.

In May the authorities announced a pilot project allowing police interrogation of criminal suspects in front of video cameras and lawyers in three regions. In July the authorities announced that they were accelerating their campaign to prosecute police who extract confessions through torture, adding that 1,924 officials had been prosecuted since the campaign was launched in May 2004.

  • Face, Gao rongrongGao Rongrong, a Falun Gong practitioner, died in custody in June after being detained in Longshan Re-education through Labour facility in Shenyang, Liaoning province. Officials had reportedly her in 2004, including by using electro-shock batons on her face and neck, which caused severe blistering and eyesight problems, after she was discovered reading Falun Gong materials in the facility. (to be cont’d…)

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