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China’s Southern Province Yunnan Suspends Sentencing to Labor Camps

Posted by Author on February 8, 2013


China’s Yunnan Province will no longer hand out sentences to forced labor camps, according to a state media report. The announcement is the latest specific policy curtailing the use of the controversial and often abused institutions, after the new leadership said it would halt or reform the work camp system.

Meng Sutie, head of Yunnan’s Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC), which controls all security services in the province, announced at a provincial PLAC meeting on Feb. 5 that Yunnan would immediately stop sending people to reeducation through labor camps on grounds such as “threatening national security,” “causing unrest through petitioning,” and “smearing the image of officials,” Communist Party mouthpiece Xinhua reported on Feb. 6. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang Denounced Zhou Yongkang on Top 3 Micro-blog

Posted by Author on February 7, 2013


On February 6th Pu Zhiqiang (real-name),  renowned human rights lawyer, denounced Zhou Yongkang using the top three micro-blog services in China. Lawyer Pu called for reevaluation of China’s stability preservation existing in the last decade. In his blog post, he indicated that Zhou Yongkang brought disasters upon China and the people.

Lawyer Pu wrote, that for China wants to walk out of shadow of stability maintenance, it has to purge the Zhou-dominated pattern of social order maintenance. He said that Zhou Yongkang has, directly or indirectly, created countless tragedies in China. He is a real enemy of the people! Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Guangdong Province Announces Intention to End Forced Labor System

Posted by Author on February 1, 2013


Following earlier reports this month that China would discontinue its forced labor system, Guangdong Province, sometimes called Xi Jinping’s vanguard of reform, announced Monday that it would end the reeducation through labor system within the year.

Yan Zhichan, director of Guangdong’s Department of Justice, said on Jan. 28 that Guangdong has made preparations and will stop the reeducation through labor system this year after the national reform plan is passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in March. Read the rest of this entry »

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China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work

Posted by Author on May 25, 2011


As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China. By night, he would slay demons, battle goblins and cast spells.

Liu says he was one of scores of prisoners forced to play online games to build up credits that prison guards would then trade for real money. The 54-year-old, a former prison guard who was jailed for three years in 2004 for “illegally petitioning” the central government about corruption in his hometown, reckons the operation was even more lucrative than the physical labour that prisoners were also forced to do.

“Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour,” Liu told the Guardian. “There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000-6,000rmb [£470-570] a day. We didn’t see any of the money. The computers were never turned off.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter CEO chides China

Posted by Author on November 19, 2010


(CNN) — “Dear Chinese Government,” began a message sent late Thursday from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.

“Year-long detentions for sending a sarcastic tweet are neither the way forward nor the future of your great people,” he wrote on his Twitter profile.

Costolo’s edict is no doubt a response to the Chinese woman who had been sentenced to a year in a labor camp for retweeting a message that officials in China disapproved of. The tweet mocked Chinese people who were aligning with the Chinese government by protesting Japanese products. Read the rest of this entry »

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64-year-old Chinese woman kidnapped on public bus by police, Killed in Beijing Labor Camp

Posted by Author on July 8, 2010


Press Release, Falun Dafa Information Center, 07 Jul 2010 –

NEW YORK— A 64-year-old woman has died from torture-related injuries while being held in a Beijing labor camp, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned.

According to reports from China, Ms. Geng Jin (耿金娥) was tortured to death at the Women’s Forced Labor Camp in Beijing’s Daxing district on June 10, 2010. Family members say they last saw Geng alive in April 2010 when visiting her at the camp. According to family members, Geng was very frail at the time, requiring two people to support her as she walked. Requests for medical parole made by her family both before and during the April visit were denied.

Geng was picked up by police on November 28, 2008 while she was talking to others about Falun Gong on a public bus. Police subsequently ransacked her home, but reportedly found no Falun Gong materials. Geng was then given a two-year term of forced labor without any judicial process.

“Torturing to death grandmother-aged women for simply speaking to fellow passengers on a bus highlights how backward and twisted the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign against Falun Gong truly is,” says Falun Dafa Information Center executive director Levi Browde. “This case is all the more tragic given that Geng’s conversation involved informing fellow citizens about a topic of public interest — ongoing, horrific human rights abuses against a group of innocent Chinese citizens.”

Prior to the latest detention, Geng had previously been taken away by police in November 2002 as she was distributing leaflets to people in her neighborhood exposing the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. At the time, she was sent to the same labor camp for a three-year term, during which she was severely beaten on several occasions by camp guards. Geng nearly lost eyesight in both eyes and became emaciated from the repeated torture.

After her release in 2005, she was able to resume her Falun Gong practice and family members say her health was quickly restored.

Several attempts to secure a lawyer and sue the perpetrators responsible for Geng’s death have been unsuccessful, family members say, because the camp has refused to release any documents related to her imprisonment and the appeals office has refused to help them.

Falun Dafa Information Center

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‘Mental Torture’ happens in the labor camps in China everywhere, says U.N. rapporteur

Posted by Author on June 21, 2010


Radio Free Asia, 2010-06-21 –

WASHINGTON— China’s prison system commonly subjects detainees to mental torment rather than physical abuse, according to a United Nations special rapporteur, although reforms are under way.

Manfred Nowak, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, told an Open Society Institute gathering here that authorities in China set out to “break the will” of convicts and detainees to make them believe that they have committed a crime.

“It’s much more mental torture—what they call ‘reeducation.’ That is on the one hand reeducation-through-labor camps. If you go in there it is just unbelievable what kind of brainwashing those people have to go through,” he said.

Most inmates at reeducation-through-labor camps, Nowak said, are members of the outlawed Falun Gong religious movement, sex workers, and others who have exhibited “unsocial behavior” that can be held for up to three or four years without being convicted at trial.

“But this policy of reeducation is not just in the specific camps—it’s everywhere. Of course, if you are convicted … without having confessed, they still want you to confess afterwards,” he said.

“They want to reeducate you so that you finally see that you have done something wrong. And that means trying to break the will of the people. If it didn’t work during trial, during police custody with torture or whatever, then they try to break your will afterwards.”

Nowak said he has met inmates who said they had eventually confessed to crimes they had not committed or acknowledged guilt in order to alleviate pressure from authorities.

“I have met quite a number … of people who told me, ‘I just finally gave up, because if I finally say ‘Yes, I did something wrong,’ then I get certain privileges. I can be earlier released.’”

Others, Novak said, are kept in jail without basic rights, sometimes indefinitely.

“You have no privileges—that means also [no] contact with family. All that will be reduced or it will be improved if you finally say, ‘I did something wrong,’” he said…….(Radio Free Asia)

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Former Official Calls To End China’s Labor Camp System

Posted by Author on February 22, 2010


Radio Free Asia, Feb. 22, 2010-

HONG KONG— A former official in northeastern China who was sent to labor camp after she organized a petition calling for the abolition of China’s gulag, has renewed her call in a letter to China’s leaders ahead of this year’s annual parliamentary sessions in Beijing.

Liu Jie, former director of a state livestock farm under the jurisdiction of Heilongjiang’s provincial general land reclamation bureau, was herself sent for “re-education through labor” by administrative sentence, which can be imposed for up to three years without trial, after signing the October 2007 petition along with 12,000 others.

Liu, 56, was released in April 2009 after serving 18 months in a labor camp in Qiqiha’er, where she was sent for “instigating trouble” and “disturbing social order.”

“I know Liu Jie,” said Beijing-based civil rights lawyer Li Heping. “She made several official complaints but with no result. She has been beaten, detained, and sent to labor camp.”

Li said the entire gulag system was based on a State Council document titled Guidelines for Management of Re-education Through Labor, which allowed the police to send people to labor camp for up to three years, with the possibility of extension to four years.

“Currently, a huge proportion of people are being sent to labor camp,” Li said. “But there has been some change in the system. That is to say, according to police sources, that sentences are getting shorter.”

“Mostly, sentences are now no longer than two years.”

Remnant of slavery

Li said the labor camp system was unconstitutional.

“It is also against certain legislation in China. It is a fundamentally illegal thing…The [State Council] guidelines are null and void, and therefore any detention under those guidelines is unlawful.”

“It is also a remnant of a slavery system, which shouldn’t exist in a socialist society,” Li said.

U.S.-based rights activist Liu Nianchun called China’s gulag system an unregulated tool of punishment used by officials according to their whims.

“China’s political system is a rule of individuals, not a rule of law,” Liu Nianchun said. “It suits those in power, because it means that what they say is law.”

“The police don’t have to worry about whether anyone disagrees with them. They can use this punishment with total freedom.”…… (more from Radio Free Asia)

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Speech: Responsible Engagement With China (2)- Forced Labour Camps

Posted by Author on January 16, 2010


Hon. David Kilgour, J.D., German-American Institute, Heidelberg, Germany, 11 January 2010 –

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Forced Labour Camps

David Matas and I visited about a dozen countries to interview Falun Gong practitioners sent to forced labour camps, who managed later to leave the camps and the country itself. They told us of working in appalling conditions for up to sixteen hours daily with no pay, little food, being cramped together on the floor for sleeping, and being tortured. They made export products, ranging from clothing to chopsticks to Christmas decorations from all indications often as subcontractors to multinational companies.

One of a myriad of victims of the camps is Crystal Chen, who eventually escaped China and is now a refugee abroad. She spent three years in a camp and was medically tested about seven times, including two blood examinations. She stresses today that Falun Gong practitioners, while understandably unsympathetic towards the Party, seek no role in Chinese politics- “only to stop the persecution which has continued for more than ten years… I love China, I’m proud of thousands of years of Chinese civilization and proud of being Chinese…I look forward to the renaissance of genuine Chinese values and dignity, including truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.”

The camps were created in the Mao era and allow the Party to send anyone to them for up to four years without any form of hearing or appeal. One estimate of their number across China as of 2005 was 340, having a capacity of about 300,000 inmates. In 2007, a US government report estimated that at least half of the inmates in the camps were Falun Gong. It is the combination of totalitarian governance and ‘anything is permitted’ or ‘carnivore’ economics that allows such inhuman practices to persist. (to be cont’d)

-From David Kilgour website: http://www.david-kilgour.com/

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China’s Labor Camp Director Sued for Torture During New York Visit

Posted by Author on October 25, 2009


By Charlotte Cuthbertson, Epoch Times Staff, Oct 24, 2009 –

Shi Honghui, center, was served court papers after being sued by a group of Falun Gong practitioners for torture and genocide

NEW YORK—In a bittersweet moment for Crystal Chen, the man who signed away five years of her life to a forced labor camp was served with a lawsuit in Manhattan on Oct. 22.

Shi Honghui, director of forced labor camps in China’s Guangdong province, is responsible for torture, genocide, and other gross human rights violations, according to the complaint. He was approached by a professional process server while visiting Pier 16 in lower Manhattan.

Upon being served, Shi threw the documents to the ground. He later fled the scene in a chartered bus, leaving other members of his party stranded at the pier, according to Wang Zhiyuan, spokesperson for the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong and witness to the scene.

Wang was part of the team that tracked Shi to New York and ensured the papers were served.

“All those criminals who actively participate in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners have been documented, and in the end they will find it hard to escape the dragnet of the law,” Wang said.

Beginning in August 2000, Chen was sent without trial twice to Chatou Women’s “Re-education Through Labor” Camp in Guangdong’s capital city of Guangzhou for her belief in Falun Gong, where she spent a total of over five years. Among the documents committing her to the camp were ones signed personally by Shi, according to the Falun Dafa Information Center.

For 36-year-old Chen, a Queens resident since May and United Nations refugee, the lawsuit is significant, but cold comfort when she knows countless other Falun Gong practitioners are still being detained and tortured in Guangdong.

“It was an opportunistic moment,” she said of Shi being served. “It’s a good chance for him to know that the international community will hold him responsible for all the bad things he has done.”

Her own experience of severe beatings, forced-feeding, and prolonged sleep deprivation included one incident that remains stark in her memory.

Room 212 in the Tianhe District Detention Center, Guangzhou City, China, was the scene of Chen’s first experience of torture. She was thrown on the floor of her cell and four large males from China’s notorious 610 Office held her limbs down.

A water bottle was cut in half to be used as a funnel. A one-pound bag of salt was poured inside the bottle, a small amount of water added. Chen’s eyes were covered with a dirty towel. Guards shoved the opening of the bottle against Chen’s teeth and tried to pry her mouth open with a used toothbrush. She was obstinate—she knew the salt could kill her.

“The salt went everywhere into my mouth and up my nose,” Chen said in a previous interview. “I vomited salt and blood for the following days and could not eat. My gums were full of blood, I could hardly talk. They still handcuffed me.”

Six days after her release from this detention center, a male practitioner, Gao Xianmin, died after being subjected to the same high-density salt torture……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Woman Dies on National Day in Beijing From the Persecution of communist China

Posted by Author on October 8, 2009


By Aifang He, Epoch Times Staff, Oct 7, 2009 –

Yang Xiaojing and her husband Cao Dong. (Minghui.net)

Yang Xiaojing and her husband Cao Dong. (Minghui.net)

BEIJING— Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Yang Xiaojing died on Oct. 1 in Beijing as a result of the Chinese communist regime’s persecution.

Ms. Yang Xiaojing, 45 years old, was employed in the Beijing Power Supply Design Institute’s computer center. Because she refused to write a guarantee statement to give up the Falun Gong practice, she was removed from the computer center. The Institute’s stated reason for her firing was that she had “breached labor discipline.”

Ms. Yang had been arrested twice and detained in the First Division of the Beijing Women’s Forced Labor Camp, where she suffered brutal persecution.

To rescue his imprisoned wife Yang Xiaojing, Falun Gong practitioner Cao Dong met with the Vice President of the European Parliament Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott on May 21, 2006. He informed Mr. McMillan-Scott about the severe persecution that the couple, and other Falun Gong practitioners, had experienced. Two hours after the meeting, plainclothes agents from the State Security Bureau arrested Cao Dong.

He was detained, illegally according to Chinese law, and sentenced to five years of imprisonment on February 8, 2007. He is currently held in Tianshui Prison in Gansu Province.

At the end of August 2006, Ms. Yang was released from the forced labor camp. She, along with Cao Dong’s friend, musician Yu Zhou, contacted lawyers for help. Yu Zhou later died from the persecution. It is believed the grief and pressure had a negative impact on Yang. Soon after that her health deteriorated.

In August 2008 a medical examination at the Xijin Hospital in Xi’an City of Shaanxi Province showed that she suffered from lymphoma. She was unable to lie down in bed or eat due to the severe pain.

On the day of Yang’s death, her father asked the Tianshui Prison to allow her husband, Cao, to pay a farewell visit to his wife, but they refused.

Ms. Yang Xiaojing and Mr. Cao Dong were married on February 24, 2000. They had been together for only nine days during their entire nine-year marriage. For the rest of the time they were either in prison, in forced labor camps or visiting each other in detention.

The Epochtimes

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House Church pastor put to Labor Camp as “evil cult” leader in Central China

Posted by Author on November 26, 2008


HENAN – ChinaAid learned a house church leader in Henan province, Pastor Zhu Baoguo, was sentenced to one year of “re-education through labor,” accused of being an “evil cult” leader……. (more details from The China Aid)

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UN criticises China over ‘widespread’ torture allegations

Posted by Author on November 23, 2008


AFP, Nov. 21, 2008-

GENEVA (AFP) — A UN body has expressed deep concern over allegations of widespread torture in China and called on the country to fully probe rights abuses.

The United Nations Committee Against Torture, meeting in Geneva, also revisited the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, urging the government to grant reparations and investigate the crackdown.

“The committee remains deeply concerned about the continued allegations, corroborated by numerous Chinese legal sources, of routine and widespread use of torture and ill treatment of suspects in police custody, especially to extract confessions or information to be used in criminal proceedings,” it said in a report released Friday.

It hit out at “continued reliance on confessions as a common form of evidence for prosecution, thus creating conditions that may facilitate the use of torture and ill-treatment of suspects,” quoting the case of dissident and human rights militant Yang Chunlin.

The committee also criticised China’s handling of its relations with the Tibetan Autonomous Region, noting there had been “longstanding reports of torture, beatings, shackling and other abusive treatment, in particular of Tibetan monks and nuns.”

No inquiry had been carried out into the arrests, firing on crowds of peaceful demonstrators, torture or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment during the recent repression in Tibet, the experts noted.

Regarding the Tiananmen Square protests and crackdown, the committee said China “should conduct a full and impartial investigation” of the events.

It added that Chinese authorities should “provide information on the persons who are still detained from that period” as well as “offer apologies and reparation as appropriate and prosecute those found responsible for excessive use of force, torture and other ill treatment.”

More generally, the committee pointed to “reports of abuses in custody, including high numbers of deaths… Reeducation through labour for individuals who have never had their case tried in court, nor the possibility of challenging their administrative detention,” and secret detention facilities.

The UN experts expressed concern about the fate of Hu Jia, like other human rights backers the victim of harassment and violence committed by thugs who were unofficially recruited by the authorities.

The Committee Against Torture mentioned allegations of removal of organs from members of the Falun Gong sect for transplant. The special UN rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak was quoted as saying that “an increase in organ transplant operations coincides with the beginning of the persecution of (Falun Gong practitioners).”

The committee was also concerned about the fate of North Korean refugees who were turned back at the border despite the risk that they would be subjected to torture in their own country.

Finally, the committee said it was worried about the conditions of people on death row who were chained day and night and whose organs could be removed for transplant after their death without their prior consent, according to information received by the experts.

Earlier this month, the committee’s chief rapporteur Felice Gaer had accused the Chinese of not providing sufficient information.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang denied this and said earlier this month that “it is China’s consistent stance that we oppose torture.”

Gaer had said China had been unwilling to release data on individual cases by invoking its State Secrets Act to withhold information.

AFP

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China’s Persecution of Christians Intensifies After Olympics

Posted by Author on November 3, 2008


China Aid, October 29, 2008-

CHINA – Since the end of the Olympic Games, ChinaAid has received reports of intensified religious persecution from across China.

– In Beijing, Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan and his family members have been evicted from their home, beaten and arrested.

– In Heilongjiang province, one city called Yichuan recently banned all of the house churches.

– In Yunnan province, some house church members were attacked right after the Olympics.

– In Shandong province, Pastor Zhang Zhongxin was sentenced to two years of re-education through labor, and after the Olympics his appeal was denied. Pastor Zhang’s lawyer, Li Fangping, was refused permission to meet with him because authorities claim Pastor Zhang could endanger state security.

In another shocking new discovery, ChinaAid learned 29 house church leaders have been serving time in a labor camp and prisons in Henan province since July 9, 2007. They are accused of being “evil cult” members.

Among the 29 house church leaders, 21 are being held in No. 3 Prison of Henan province. One leader was released in September 2008. The other seven house church members belong to a house church group in Lingbao city that is part of the “Born Again Movement”. They were sentenced by the court as “evil cult” members on July 9, 2007. One leader was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, which is the harshest sentence against a house church leader in recent years besides Pastor Zhang Rongliang who was sentenced to seven and a half years in 2004 for allegedly “attempting to illegally cross the border and forgery of an official document”.

ChinaAid.org

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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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China: Woman Tortured in Labor Camp Till Lung Injured, Weighed Only 20 Kg

Posted by Author on September 13, 2008


Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group, August 31, 2008-

Ms. Zeng weighed only 20 kg after the release. The photos were taken after her release on Apr. 30, 2008.

Ms. Zeng weighed only 20 kg after the release. The photos were taken after her release on Apr. 30, 2008.

Victim:
Ms. Zeng Xiumei, a resident of Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province, southeast China.

On March 13, 2008, “610 Office” personnel in Mazhang District, Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province abducted Ms. Zeng Xiumei from her home and sent her to a brainwashing center in Chikan District, Zhanjiang City. They also took her young son who is only a few years old. Because Ms. Zeng would not give up her belief in Falun Gong, she was sent to the Hainan Province General Bureau Labor Camp, where she was beaten and force-fed. The beatings bruised her body, and her lungs were badly damaged.

At the labor camp, they used Falun Gong books to hit Ms. Zeng on her head, eyes, face, and chest every day, and fiercely kicked her legs, until she was black all over.

Ms. Zeng went on a hunger strike for about 10 days and was force-fed. Her lungs were damaged during the forced-feeding, and she had a fever as high as 42 degrees centigrade. On April 9, they sent she to the Hainan Province Frontier Defense Hospital, which is affiliated with the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force.

When Ms. Zeng was at the hospital, she was monitored 24 hours a day. She asked for release and to be free. However, they ignore her request, so she refused to cooperate with them. They tied up her hands and feet and abused her brutally.

Ms. Zeng was tortured until she was skin and bones. When the authorities realized that she was on the verge of death, they released her on April 30.

The X-ray report regarding the extent of Zeng Xiumei’s injuries is shown below:

Double lung pneumonia. Left side of the chest has small to middle amount of pleural effusion.

Diagnosis: Double lung pneumonia. Left side of the chest has small to middle amount of pleural effusion.


– Original: Ms. Zeng Xiumei’s Lung Injured Due to the Torture

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International reporters urged to investigate 51 labor camps in China: open letter by CIPFG

Posted by Author on August 22, 2008


Press release, CIPFG, Aug. 20, 2008-

A list of 51 labor camps provided- reporters urged to investigate

View the list of 51 labor camps

The Beijing Olympic Games are on and more than twenty thousand journalists from around the world are reporting on the games. At the same time, these journalists have an opportunity to depict the true face of the Chinese regime, a regime that continues to torture and kill its own people under the guise of denials and glitter.

The Chinese Communist regime relentlessly uses its power to cover up its true image. A small but telling example is the lip sync event at the opening ceremony, flawlessly innocent on the outside, but treacherously deceitful on the inside.

Prior to the opening ceremony, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) published a guide called Torture Outside the Olympic Village: A Guide to China’s Labor Camps, which showcased seven labor camps located near Olympic venues said to imprison thousands of Falun Gong practitioners. After the Guide was published, sources reported that the communist regime secretly relocated many of the steadfast practitioners-those who refuse to rnounce their faith in Falun Gong- to camps in other provinces.

For nine years the Falun Gong spiritual group has suffered tremendously at the hands of the communist dictatorship. Documented reports detail how Falun Gong practitioners have been dehumanized, raped, tortured, and killed. Several reports provide evidence supporting claims of a vast organ harvesting scheme targting practitioners, run by the Chinese military in collusion with the courts. The United Nations Special Rapporteurs twice requested that the Chinese government fully explain unusually short wait times to receive an organ, compared with waiting times in Western countries, and the over 41,500 organ transplants that were not attributed to donors. Apart from categorical denials the regime offered no explanation.

The key questions that remain are: Why does the communist regime continue to refuse independent investigations into the claims of abuse if they are innocent? Why does the communist regime continue to deny reporters an opportunity to investigate alleged Falun Gong crimes if Falun Gong practitioners are guilty?

If reporters neglect to investigate the tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners who are currently being persecuted, the future will show that the Beijing Olympics will be among the darkest in Olympic history.

Out of the nearly 300 concentration-camp-like labor camps in China, we are announcing 51 here. These Chinese gulags have locked up hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners over the course of 9 years, including those who were seized in mass arrests in the name of “a peaceful Olympics,” months before the Games began.

All international media are urged to investigate the labor camps and the dire circumstances endured by Falun Gong practitioners. However, if you are given a tour by Chinese officials, be aware that the tour, like almost everything else related to these Games, will be fake. When you are guided through a comfortable and beautiful labor camp, and when you are told by healthy-looking inmates that they are thankful for the opportunities to be ‘reborn’ in these camps, please remember the little girl’s lip sync, and a regime that will stop at nothing to make sure you are shown the image it wants you to see.

Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong. August 20, 2008

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China: Two Old Women Sentenced to Re-education Through Labor After Applying to Demonstrate in Beijing Olympics “Protest Zones”

Posted by Author on August 21, 2008


Human Rights in China, August 19, 2008-

Human Rights in China has learned that Beijing petitioners Wu Dianyuan (吴殿元) and Wang Xiuying (王秀英) have been ordered to serve a one-year term of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) after repeatedly applying for permits to hold demonstrations in the Beijing “protest zones” during the Olympics. Wu and Wang have both been actively petitioning the government since they were forcibly evicted from their homes in Beijing in 2001.

“Punishing Wu and Wang after they applied for protest permits and actively petitioned the government demonstrates that the official statements touting the new Olympics ‘protest zones,’ as well as the permit application process, were no more than a show,” said Human Rights in China Executive Director Sharon Hom. “The record speaks for itself: in addition to retaliatory actions, despite numerous applications made, no approvals for demonstrations have been reported.”

Wu Dianyuan’s son, Li Xuehui (李学惠), told Human Rights in China that Wu, 79, and Wang, 77, went to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (PSB) Security Administration Unit (北京市公安局治安管理总队) five times between August 5 and August 18 to apply for permits to demonstrate in the newly-designed “protest zones.” The two women, who used to be neighbors, applied to demonstrate against the forced eviction from their homes in 2001. Wu and Wang’s application was neither granted nor denied on each of their five trips to the Security Administration Unit. On August 5, the two were held by PSB officers and interrogated for 10 hours.

On August 17, Wu and Wang each received an RTL decision dated July 30 from the RTL commission of the Beijing Municipal Government (北京市人民政府劳动教养管理委员会). The decisions order them to serve one year of RTL for “disturbing the public order,” from July 30, 2008 to July 29, 2009. The decision states the term will be served outside the RTL camp, but also places restrictions on movement and stipulates that if provisions of the decision or other regulations are violated, they will be sent to the RTL camp.

When Wu and Wang returned to the Security Administration Unit on August 18, they were told by the PSB officers on duty that since they had received the RTL decision the day before, they now had no right to apply for the demonstration protest.

– Original:Two Beijing Residents Sentenced to Reeducation-Through-Labor After Applying for Permits to Demonstrate in Olympics “Protest Zones”

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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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Canadian reporter’s visit to Beijing labor camp: Chinese turn a blind eye to facts under their noses

Posted by Author on August 8, 2008


CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD, The Globe and Mail, Canada, August 7, 2008-

BEIJING — There was an exchange yesterday in a little dumplings restaurant in the run-down Daxing district in the southern part of this enormous city that captured the unsettling dichotomy that seems so much a part of the Chinese way of life.

I was trying to follow the so-called journalists’ “Walking Guide to the Persecution of Falun Gong in Beijing,” which if actually done on foot in this out-sized, kick-ass city would take days if not weeks, and was looking for the Beijing Municipal Prison for Women, where at least a couple of the most recent Falun Gong detainees are believed to be incarcerated. They are in jail; it’s just that this being China, it is not always easy to determine which one.

Daxing it turns out is as famous for its prisons as it is for its watermelons, and when my interpreter asked a man eating at the table across from us where the women’s city hoosegow was, he grinned and shrugged, “There are lots of prisons here.”

It was the same in the taxi on the way out to Daxing: The driver or the interpreter would stop and ask someone for directions, giving only the name of the road; if that failed, and it usually did because given the size of the city and the rate at which it changes, you could live a long life here and not know a tenth of it, they would mention a certain “re-education through labour” camp or a particular detention centre, and suddenly, the directions would come fast and furious.

In other words, everyone here knows or suspects at least some of what goes on under their noses – as do most of us who come here as visitors – but few look too carefully.

When it is uncomfortable, or bad for business, or outright dangerous to acknowledge even central facts of your own existence, not so many folks will do it head on. As former Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Philip Pan ruefully concludes in his new book, Out of Mao’s Shadow, “The hard truth … is that many people aren’t looking and that the Communist Party is winning the battle for the nation’s future.”

And the party is winning, Mr. Pan says, because the galloping economy has genuinely improved many people’s lives; because the rising entrepreneurial class, who ordinarily might be expected, with more time on their hands, to clamour for more democracy, got rich because the party let them get rich; because propaganda works; but also because, Mr. Pan says, “The government has grown expert at manipulating public opinion, especially at rallying nationalist sentiment to its side.”

Thus, the Olympic spectacle, in full flower now that the torch relay (which saw many Chinese react angrily, or at least puffed with nationalist pride, to the pro-Tibet protests that accompanied the early leg) has arrived in the capital.

Beijing is, in the Olympic sections and environs, so new it practically squeaks.

The airport is new and huge. The superhighways leading to it are new and comparatively empty. The abundant greenery – trees, flowers, shrubs, lawns and even cunning little pots of plants at tolls booths and exits – is all new, and you can tell it’s all new because when you get far enough away from the splashy Olympic sites and see older-than-yesterday trees and plants, they have a permanent coating of dust and look grey-green.

The buildings, whether apartment or office towers, are new and dazzling; the Olympic stadiums are bigger-than-life and awe-inspiring. Everything from bus transport to public toilets seems to work with great efficiency. Hordes of cheerful, gorgeous, helpful young Chinese staff are everywhere; it is as though decades ago the Stepford Wives walked out of that bad movie they were in, moved here, and bred only smiling, happy, unquestioning progeny. Exchanges between Canadians and Chinese are particularly amusing, as people of what may be the two most polite, self-conscious countries in the world try to out “I’m sorry” one another.

So, it’s all going to be grand in so many ways.

But, while I never did find the Beijing Municipal Prison for Women, we did stop by the Qinghe Emergency Centre (essentially an emergency hospital, called 999 in these parts), where the family of Yu Zhou were summoned in early February.

The 42-year-old Beijing percussionist (you have to watch those troublesome percussionists) was, conveniently, already dead, having died, it is thought, while being held at the Tongzhou District Detention Centre. He and his wife, the poet and painter Xu Na, were arrested in late January, on their way home from a concert. Despite his family’s pleas for an autopsy, the Falun Gong information website says they have never even received his body, and that his remains are believed to be still at the hospital. His wife is serving a 12-year sentence at the prison I couldn’t find.

We drove by a “re-education through labour” camp and a detention centre in the Tuanhe part of Daxing district. The interpreter asked the fellows at the gate if we could get some basic information (we had agreed in advance not to mention what the interpreter, with a wry smile, described as “the F word”), but one official said that even during the Olympics, permission must be granted in writing first from various authorities. It is at this detention centre, I think, that another Falun Gong practitioner, David (Dongwei) Bu, who has been declared an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, is believed to be held.

For the record, no one has ever accused adherents of Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, of being violent radicals. Indeed, no one but the Chinese government, which after years of approving the practice, which is part spiritual and part physical exercise and apolitical, accused them of anything much.

In Canada, as in much of the Western world, Falun Gong mostly holds silent vigils outside Chinese embassies and consulates. It was just that sort of protest – quiet, bannerless – that was attended by 10,000 in April of 1999, at Chinese Communist Party headquarters; three months later, the Chinese government banned the group, made belonging to it illegal and began the brutal crackdown that continues to this day. Silent protests, doing breathing exercises in public, being a bit weird: That’s enough here.

Philip Pan ends his book by saying when he first came to China in the early 1990s, he actually thought the party’s fall from power was just around the corner. He doesn’t think so any longer.

– The Globe and Mail: Chinese turn a blind eye to facts under their noses

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Map: Labor Camps Close to China Olympic Venue (1): Beijing Tuanhe

Posted by Author on August 6, 2008


Nearby Olympic Venue in Beijing City:

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

Labor Camp:

Name: Tuanhe “Re-education Through Labor” Camp
Address: 1-Tuan’gui Street, Liu Village, Huangcun Town, Daxing District, Beijing
Phone: +86-(0)10─61299888

Directions

Directions to Tuanhe Labor Camp: View below, or click here to download .doc file (44kb)

From Beijing International Airport: Total 55.2 km
From Wangfujing (City Center) Subway Station:Total 29.4 km

Map:

Beijing area map, showing the location of Tuanhe Labor Camp and Beijing Olympic Venue- National Stadium

Beijing area map, showing the location of Tuanhe Labor Camp and Beijing Olympic Venue- National Stadium

A. Beijing Capital 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 Tuanhe “Re-education Through Labor” Camp

Description:

Tuanhe Labor Camp has been in use since the 1960s, and is said to hold several thousand prisoners. Tuanhe Dispatch Center is part of the same complex, and all prisoners sent to “re-education through labor” (RTL) facilities in Beijing must first pass through the Tuanhe Dispatch Center before going to other sites. Both men and women are confined in the dispatch center, but in separate facilities. Tuanhe Labor Camp is male only.

Prisoners:

According to Chen Gang, a New Jersey resident and Falun Gong practitioner held in Tuanhe for 18 months, from 2000-2001, the majority of prisoners were Falun Gong adherents.

Prison conditions:

According to former detainees, prisoners are held in unsanitary conditions, with over a dozen individuals sharing a room of 130 square feet in which they eat, work, and perform bodily functions. Former prisoners speak of working over 16 hours a day packaging chopsticks for domestic and international use in unhygienic conditions, as well as being subjected to beatings, severe sleep deprivation, electric baton shocks, and anti-Falun Gong study sessions.

Products:

Chopsticks (primary) and steel brushes.

Falun Gong practitioner Chen Ying, now living in France, wrote the following about her experience producing chopsticks in Tuanhe:

“I was locked up with over a dozen other Falun Gong practitioners in a cell that was about twelve square meters (130 square feet) in size. We did everything in this cell, including working, eating, drinking, and using the toilet; therefore, there were many flies and mosquitoes. If we could not finish the work assigned to us, we were not allowed to clean ourselves.

“We were allowed very little sleep each day, and forced to start working the moment we opened our eyes. My hands had blisters and thick calluses from working long hours to finish the assigned quota of packaging disposable chopsticks. I often worked until midnight. We were not allowed to sleep unless we finished the quota. We were forced to work over 16 hours every day, and everything was done in our cells.

“The sanitation conditions were extremely poor. Even though we were packaging disposable chopsticks and the label said the chopsticks were disinfected at a high temperature, the entire process was unhygienic. We could not wash our hands, and we had to package those chopsticks that had fallen on the floor. In order to seek a huge profit, Tuanhe Prisoner Dispatch Center and Tuanhe Labor Camp disregarded the health of the general public and knowingly committed such wrongdoings. Many restaurants in Beijing are currently using these chopsticks. I heard they are even being exported to other countries.”

Show Tours:

In 2001, a closely managed tour of the Tuanhe Labor Camp was conducted for foreign media, exhibiting sections of the camp containing green fields and animals such as deer. However, former prisoners held in the camp at the time speak of a staged presentation by prison officials for the benefit of reporters. Chen Gang reports that before the tour, roads were repaired, buildings painted, and prisoners were given a list of questions and answers to memorize. The list included questions like, “Were there any beatings?” Answer: “No.” During that period of time, practitioners who had not renounced their beliefs were sent to a remote corner of the camp. When they were returned, they were told that reporters had come for a visit, but that officials did not want them to see the practitioners.

Chen also learned after his release that two practitioners who had arrived at Tuanhe only a day or two before the tour were allowed to meet reporters. They were separated and isolated upon their arrival. When reporters asked them if they practice Falun Gong, they replied, “Yes” and when they asked if they had been beaten, they said “no.” Each situation was crafted to convey a positive impression of the facility, as realistically as possible.

Individual cases:

1. Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience: Bu Dongwei

Bu Dongwei (image courtesy Amnesty International)

Bu Dongwei (image courtesy Amnesty International)

Bu Dongwei currently serving 2.5 year sentence.

Mr. Bu Dongwei was working for the Asia Foundation, an American aid organization, when he was taken from his home in May 2006 by security agents and sentenced to two and a half years of “re-education through labor” (RTL) because he practices Falun Gong.

According to Amnesty International (AI): “This is not the first time Bu Dongwei has been imprisoned for his beliefs. After petitioning the authorities to review their ban on Falun Gong in 2000, he was sentenced to 10 months RTL…. Amnesty International has been told that during RTL he was deprived of sleep, beaten and forced to sit in a small chair all day – all to make him renounce his beliefs.”

AI considers him a prisoner of conscience and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release, an end to the crackdown against Falun Gong, and abolishment of the RTL system. See: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGASA170522007&lang=e

2. Former prisoner of conscience: Zhao Ming

Zhao Ming

Zhao Ming

Zhao Ming, post-graduate student at Ireland’s Trinity College, held at Tuanhe from July 2000 to March 2002

“When I visited China to appeal on behalf of Falun Gong, I was jailed. In the labor camp…I was forced to stand and squat for long periods of time, repeatedly shocked with electric batons, sleep deprived, made to attend brainwashing classes, and force-fed.

“Ten inmates who were under orders by the police guards in the camp once beat me together, which made my thighs black all over with bruises and made me unable to walk for two weeks after that. Two weeks before I was released, I was shocked with 6 electric batons by 5 policemen while tied up on a bed board.”

3. Message for reporters from former prisoner Chen Gang, a musician currently living in New Jersey.

“The CCP can stage everything. I don’t know if they [reporters] can discover the truth there. If you want to know the facts you have to find a way. Don’t be fooled by the CCP. A few of my friends are still in prison there. They could even be tortured to death by now.

“It’s really hard and dangerous but I hope reporters can discover the crimes behind closed doors.”— July 26, 2008

Chen Gang, Zhao Ming, Chen Ying, and Bu Dongwei’s wife, herself a former prisoner of conscience currently residing in the United States, are available for interviews upon request.

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

Related:
Guide to Beijing Olympic Reporters: Torture Outside The Olympic Village in Labor Camps, By CIPFG

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China: Help Beijing Female Painter Xu Na (1)

Posted by Author on May 8, 2008


By Tu Long, Meng Yuan, Secret China*, via The Epochtimes, May 07, 2008-

Xu Na is a 40 year old reputed painter. She is now illegally detained in the Beijing Detention Center because of her belief in Falun Gong. Her husband Yu Zhou, a famous folk singer and also a practitioner, died from torture just before Chinese New Year. Although Xu remains in jail, she is attempting to overcome all difficulties to appeal for her husband’s innocence.

With the Beijing Olympics around the corner, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has intensified the persecution of domestic dissident and Falun Gong practitioners. Xu and her husband are merely one of the numerous families being persecuted.

( Music Video: “My Home”, by Xu Na, her husband Yu Zhou (playing drums) and their partner)

A Scholarly Family

Xu was born in Northeast China’s Changchun City in Jilin Province. All her family members are artists. Xu’s father is a painter of the Chinese Cultural Federation, and her mother is a teacher at the Jinlin College of Arts.

Xu graduated from the Department of Literary and Arts at the Communication University of China (formerly the Beijing Broadcasting University). She chose to be an artist because of her family’s nurturing. Her works attained fame very quickly.

In 1997, Xu’s award winning work was displayed in the Ministry of Culture’s grand exhibition of Chinese art. In 1998, she won an award at the China Youth Oil Painting Exhibition.

Xu’s paintings are well known in China and Hong Kong, an oil painting of hers could be sold for tens of thousands yuan (Chinese currency). Fine arts experts said that the calligraphy of her painting was very skillful, although the colors were very plain and simple. From the elegant and quiet wild flower, the green wilderness, and the desk under the tranquil light, one can feel the wonder and peace in the painter’s heart.

The painting reveals the painter’s personality. Xu had practiced Falun Gong for two to three years at the time, the auspiciousness and tranquility in the painting manifested her simple and serene mood from cultivation.

Xu’s husband Yu Zhou is a fellow Northeasterner, and also a Falun Gong practitioner. Yu is a solid man with 180 cm height, which makes his wife Xu, a 162 cm tall lady, extra petite. Yu is also very artistic, He graduated with a degree in French language from Beijing University and could speak a variety of languages. He was familiar with traditional Chinese arts, and very knowledgeable in poems and poetic song. He was also famous among the young artists at the time. Later on Yu became the drummer of the famous folk music team “Xiaojuan & Co-Residents in the Valley.”

The harmonious life made Yu and Xu a felicitous couple.

The Challenges of a Righteous Path

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started the suppression of Falun Gong (Video) in 1999.

Under the CCP’s long term brainwashing, many Chinese have twisted minds, in order to protect one’s own interests, many of them developed the notion that they should “do whatever the party asks me to do.” As a result, some people gave up the practice of Falun Gong that they had benefited from, while others were cheated by the CCP’s propaganda of hatred so they stopped practicing Falun Gong blindly.

Despite these circumstances, Xu and her husband Yu persisted in the cultivation like many other Falun Gong adherents. They devoted themselves to clarifying the truth of the CCP’s persecution to other Chinese people.

At the beginning of the persecution, many Falun Gong practitioners lived on tight budgets to save money to travel to Beijing and appeal for Falun Gong. Despite Yu and Xu’s, difficulties making ends meet in Beijing, they often provided food and shelter for their fellow practitioners coming from other places. In 2001, Xu was sentenced to five years in prison for sheltering fellow practitioners.

The prison situation is very brutal in China, especially for Falun Gong practitioners. In order to brainwash Falun Gong adherents, the prison would often deprive practitioners’ right to sleep, only allowing them four hours of sleep while making them doing heavy physical work during the day. To make matters even worse for Xu, on the first day, Xu was assigned to do work that often required one year’s training—to make 600 pairs of shoe parts daily.

In November 2002, Xu was transferred to a special prison section for forced brainwashing. In order to brainwash her, the prison used many torture methods, complete sleep deprivation, tied and forced to sit in a cross-legged position for a long hours, physical punishment, forced into using her finger print on self incriminating statements that were written by others; forced to stay outside during cold weather wearing little clothing, not allowed to shower for more than a month, etc.

Xu is nice to everyone, even to the police and prisoners who were sent to persecute or monitor her. Between the tiring and busy work hours, she drew portraits for the criminals assigned to monitor her, told them the wonders of Falun Dafa and her own experiences of practicing Falun Gong. Gradually, many police and prisoners were moved by Xu’s kindness, they all tried to help her and other Falun Gong practitioners privately, some even became practitioners themselves.

Xu came to know many people in prison because she was often transferred to different sections in the Beijing Female Prison. The head of the prison police was very surprised and bothered to find that Xu had the ability to change others’ hearts, to make all those who had been around her into better people. To him, the prison is the party’s “violent institute.” If the prison police and prisoners became friendly; there would be no “violence.” Therefore, he transferred Xu between teams frequently, but wherever she went, the convicts would wave goodbye to her in tears……. (to be cont’d)

Original: Musician Yu Zhou’s Unusual Wife Xu Na

Related:
Popular Folk Singer Dies As China Launches Pre-Olympic Purge of Falun Gong, The times Online, UK, Apr. 19, 2008

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China: Reform Of Abusive Detention Law Vital to Beijing Olympics Human Rights Commitments

Posted by Author on October 20, 2007


Amnesty International, 18 October 2007-

Amnesty International today published an open letter to the Standing Committee of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, calling for an end to ‘Re-education Through Labour’ (RTL), a form of detention imposed without charge, trial or judicial review for up to four years.

According to official Chinese media, the Standing Committee is due to discuss a new law, the ‘Illegal Behaviour Correction Law’, to replace RTL this month. The reform of RTL, and the discussion on the new law, has been stalled for more than two years.

Meanwhile, in the lead-up to the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing police have used China’s hosting of the Games as a pretext to extend abusive detention practices such as RTL and ‘Enforced Drug Rehabilitation’, in the name of ‘cleaning up’ the city.

“Efforts to ‘clean up’ the city ahead of the Games through extending detention without trial raise serious questions about the commitment Chinese officials have made to improve their human rights record at the awarding of the Games to China,” said Catherine Baber, Head of the Asia-Pacific Programme at Amnesty International.

Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be held in RTL facilities, many in harsh conditions. RTL is used against people considered by the Chinese police to have committed offences not serious enough to be punished under the Criminal Law. These include petty criminals, critics of the government and followers of banned beliefs.

The proposed reform of RTL has been on China’s legislative agenda for more than two years. Amnesty International has long raised concerns about the use of RTL, and urges the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in the lead-up to the Olympics to ensure that any legislation adopted to replace RTL complies fully with international human rights standards, including the right to fair trial.

“A positive Olympic legacy would mean fair trials according to international standards and an end to arbitrary police detention,” said Catherine Baber. “We are less than one year from the start of the Beijing Games, and if the Chinese authorities are serious about the commitment they have made to improve their human rights record, they now have a unique opportunity to move one step closer to this, by ending these abusive detention practices.”

To download a copy of the open letter to the National People’s Congress, please visit: http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGASA170202007

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