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Physical torture

For more than sixty years, the Chinese communist regime has had its way by destroying people's wills and forcing them into submission through political persecution, torture, and killing. On paper there are laws prohibiting torture, ratified by China, but these are violated. When Jiang Zemin launched the persecution campaign against Falun Gong, he gave the threefold command: "destroy their reputation, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically". He added: “It is not a crime to beat a Falun Gong practitioner to death. If a Falun Gong practitioner is beaten to death, it is counted as a suicide.” No mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners was therefore considered too extreme and the perpetrators (police, the 6-10 Office, guards of forced labour camps, etc.) committed crimes with impunity.

“It is not a crime to beat a Falun Gong practitioner to death. If a Falun Gong practitioner is beaten to death, it is counted as a suicide.”
– Jiang Zemin

Human rights workers have also compiled over 100 methods of corporal torture methods used against Falun Gong practitioners. The articles in this section focus on the different forms of torture Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to in China and its horrible consequences.  Some of the most frequently applied methods of physical torture include beatings, high-voltage electric shocks, force-feeding, exposure to extreme heat or extreme cold, being folded up in small cages, and being handcuffed for extended periods of time in unusual positions.

Even common activities are turned into torture methods in China's prisons and labour camps. For example, standing in one place is something that most people do every day for short periods of time, but when forced to stand without moving for 12 or 16 hours without a break, it becomes a method of torture. Another form of torture frequently used on Falun Gong practitioners is sleep deprivation. For days on end they are tied up in impossible positions or woken up with a beating, a sharp object or a loud sound the moment they fall asleep. The consequences are disastrous. People become disoriented, have no sense of time or space and the basic functions of the human body deteriorate to such an extent that some have a total breakdown.

Articles in this category




Ms Jian Chengrong, in her 70s, arrested and tortured 16/01/2014

Physical torture (Minghui.org) On the afternoon of September 9th, 2013, local police from Shiling Town, Chengdu City in Sichuan Province broke into 74-year-old Falun Gong practitioner Ms Jian Chengrong's home. They claimed that Ms Jian's home was the headquarters for local Falun Gong practitioners, and sent about 20 officers to ransack the elderly woman's home.

 

Jilin prison described by inmates as 'hell on earth' 15/12/2013

Sexual assault (Minghui.org) For the past 14 years, the Chinese Communist Party has been brutally persecuting the peaceful cultivation practice of Falun Dafa (Falun Gong). Hundreds of thousands of Dafa practitioners have been imprisoned, sent to forced labour camps and brainwashing centres, and nearly 4,000 are known to have been killed by torture or abuse – though due to the information blockade in China, the actual number is likely much higher.


Imprisoned teacher tells his wife: 'every time we meet could be our last farewell' 03/07/2013

Physical torture (Minghui.org) Mr Bian Lichao was a highly regarded teacher at Kailuan 10th Middle School in Tangshan City, Hebei Province. He was sentenced to 12 years in 2012 and detained in Shijiazhuang Prison. After three months, he was pale and emaciated, his cheeks sunken, and his eyes deep-set. He also had symptoms of high-blood pressure and a heart attack. On the afternoon of April 22nd, 2013, when his wife visited him in prison, the first thing he said to her was, “Xiuzhen, every time we meet could be our farewell.”



After 13 years of brutal suppression, a turning of the tide? 06/08/2012

Deaths NEW YORK – On May 29th, Mr Yu Xuezhong left home to go to his friend’s house. Little did he know it would be his last time. That evening, police burst in, abducting the two men in a sweep that pulled in at least 20 others who practise Falun Gong in Northeast China’s Jilin City. They were taken to a nearby police station, handcuffed, and beaten. The next day, Mr Yu’s family received a phone call. The 53-year-old was dead.