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Psychiatric Torture


Judicial psychiatry against religious or political dissidents is emphatically prohibited by
internationally agreed-upon standards of legal and medical ethics. The exposure of
political and abusive psychiatry in the former Soviet Union was once a major human
rights concern. It eventually forced the withdrawal of the Soviet All-Union Society of
Psychiatrists and Neuropathologists from the World Psychiatric Association.

Similar punitive misuse of psychiatry exists in China, but has received far less attention
than that of the Soviet Union. Part of the reason is that while the Chinese authorities
routinely use torture on prisoners of conscience in special psychiatric hospitals, few
reports on this abuse have come to light.

Since July 1999, however, Falun Gong practitioners have, at great risks to their own
lives, been sending substantial and detailed reports on the incarceration and violent abuse
of thousands of peaceful Falun Gong practitioners in psychiatric hospitals by the Chinese
government. These reports have now exposed the Chinese government's systematic
exploitation of psychiatry for despotic repression. The abuse far exceeds in scope and
severity even that of the former Soviet Union.

In addition to turning mental hospitals into veritable brainwashing institutions and torture
camps to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their beliefs, the Chinese
government also seeks to incriminate Falun Gong for the tragedies that the Chinese
government itself has caused. There have been more than a few reports on how the
heartless police and "doctors" shouted at practitioners: "We are going to make you lose
you mind, make you commit suicide, and publicize your cases as examples of 'Falun
Gong' insanity."

Due to limits of space, we can only report a few of these horrifying stories of the
suffering of Falun Gong practitioners in Chinese mental hospitals. We call on the
international community, and in particular the World Psychiatric Association, to pressure
the Chinese government to put an immediate end to its abuse of psychiatry to repress
dissidents and persons of faith.

Daniel B. Borenstein, President of the American Psychiatric Association, wrote a letter to
the New York Times entitled "Jailed in China: Confront the Abuse" published March 27,
2001, in which he stated:
“The WPA [World Psychiatric Association] Committee on the Use and Abuse of
Psychiatry has moved too slowly in the face of serious accusations about
psychiatric imprisonment of Falun Gong members, union and student leaders, and
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others who are diagnosed as "political maniacs" and subjected to shock therapy
and psycho-tropic medications.”

That was written almost one year ago. No sanctions have been issued, and the atrocities
committed in these Chinese "psychiatric prisons" continue unabated.

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  • Wang Ying Injected with Unknown Drugs at a Brainwashing Session in Jilin City
  • Zhao Yuhong's Life Is In Danger After Being Injected with Unknown Drugs
  • Ms. Jiang Yulian Injected with Nerve-Damaging Drugs
  • Shengli Oil Field of Shandong Province Sent Falun Gong Practitioners to Mental Hospital
  • Jiang Jing Drugged in Zhonghan Mental Hospital and Tortured in Hotel Basement in Qingdao City
  • Two Falun Gong Practitioners Tortured at the Mental Hospital in Pingdu City, Shandong Province
  • Chief Physician Lu Yutao Detained at the Mental Hospital in Zibo City, Shandong Province
  • Twenty Three Falun Gong Practitioners Detained and Some Disabled at the Mental Hospital in Zibo City
  • Liu Hongwei Weakened by Drugs at the Laixi Mental Hospital
  • Eleven Falun Gong Practitioners Abused with Drugs and Tortured at the Beiluo Mental Hospital
  • Yan Haixia and Cheng Weihong Drugged at the Shandong Provincial Mental Hospital
  • Zhang Cuihua and Ma Yanxin Drugged and Physically Damaged in the Mental Hospital in Shandong
  • Yang Jianmei Detained at the Changle Mental Hospital
  • Su Gang Died after Torture in Changle Mental Hospital
  • Factory Manager Zhou Caixia Tortured in the Police Station and the Mental Hospital in Jiaozhou City
  • Six Falun Gong Practitioners in Jiaozhou City Detained and Tortured at a Mental Hospital
  • Wei Huayu Held at the Mental Hospital of Jiaozhou City, Shandong Province
  • Three Falun Gong Practitioners Drugged and Shocked at the Linyi Mental Hospital
  • Ma Yanfang Persecuted to Death in a Mental Hospital
  • Dr. Zhou Enguang Detained for Eighty-one Days at a Mental Hospital in Weifang City
  • Six Falun Gong Practitioners Tortured at the Yantai Psychiatric Recovery Hospital, Shandong Province
  • Wang Xingying's Health Severely Damaged after Torture at Yantai Psychiatric Recovery Hospital
  • Chen Yujie became Weak after an Injection at Yantai Psychiatric Recovery Hospital
  • Twelve Falun Gong Practitioners Detained and Tortured at the Yantai Psychiatric Recovery Hospital
  • A Teacher Lost Consciousness after a Forced Injection at Yantai Psychiatric Recovery Hospital
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