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Issue 08: Stories of Conscience  
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Dear Reader,

The stories presented in this issue of the newsletter are chosen from our latest publication, "Stories of Conscience." Download from here.

 
They remind us of the ongoing persecution against Falun Gong practitioners in China. The stories tell about the innocent children left orphaned because their parents were victims of the persecution, and about elderly women who were tortured to death. The victims' mouths were often stuffed with rags to stifle their screams of pain. They were tortured with devices so bizarre that it is impossible to understand how the human mind could even conceive of them. These practitioners might be someone's beloved mother, grandmother, son, daughter, spouse, or next-door neighbor...

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The people in these stories believe in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. They practice Falun Gong. They could have lived if they had just agreed to renounce their beliefs. They could have been set free if they had succumbed to brainwashing and torture and had surrendered their consciences. Yet they bravely chose to remain steadfast in their beliefs, not just for themselves, but also for the good of the Chinese people.

Thank you for your consideration.

The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group


The Silent Girl

Xinyu's father, Mr. Huang Ke, worked for the Tenth Research Office of the Fushun Petroleum Chemical Industry Research Institute. Her mother, Ms. Zhong Yunxiu, was an English teacher at the Beisanjia Town Middle School.

 
On the night of April 24, 1999, upon learning that the Tianjin City police had arbitrarily detained Falun Gong practitioners, Mr. Huang and Ms. Zhong thought that they should help the government understand Falun Gong, so they both went to Beijing. Between April 25, 1999 and July 20, 1999, the couple went to Beijing several times. They visited the central government's appeals office and the China Central Television Station to tell people the truth about Falun Gong. Mr. Huang also presented Falun Gong materials to the President and the Secretary of the Communist Party Committee at his workplace.

On July 21, 1999, Ms. Zhong and Mr. Huang went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop the persecution. The following day, the state-run media began a massive anti-Falun Gong propaganda campaign, and the Beijing police searched hotels for Falun Gong practitioners, arresting them at will. The couple was arrested and sent back to their hometown, but they were able escape. To prevent arrest again, they lived on the streets, constantly moving from place to place. At the end of September 1999, they were both arrested in the Jietaisi area of Beijing. Police escorted them back to Fushun City by train. In an attempt to escape illegal detention, Ms. Zhong jumped out of the train. She died from her injuries at the age of 26, when Xinyu was less than two years old. Xinyu misses her mother very much.

After Ms. Zhong died, the Fushun City Politics and Law Commission and the local police station frequently detained and tortured Xinyu's father and sent him to brainwashing class because he refused to give up Falun Gong. Mr. Huang was also dismissed from his job. Xinyu lived in fear of losing her father too.

At the end of 2000, Mr. Huang saw the persecution escalating every day and decided to go to Beijing once again to appeal to the central government. He unfurled a banner with the words "Falun Dafa is good" in Tiananmen Square. The police arrested him and detained him in Fushun City. When they had tortured him to the brink of death, the police ordered his family to take him home.

A wedding photo of Xinyu's parents, Mr. Huang Ke and his wife Ms. Zhong Yunxiu

 
On March 18, 2003, someone reported Mr. Huang to the police for painting "Falun Dafa is Good" on a wall. He was sentenced to seven years in prison. Mr. Huang went on a hunger strike to protest the mistreatment. The prison guards then ordered criminals to force-feed him. After more than ten days of torture, Mr. Huang was again on the verge of death. The police released him to avoid responsibility in case he died.

In late June 2003, police from the Guangming Police Station in Wanghua District of Fushun City arrested Mr. Huang again and detained him in the Fushun First Detention Center. He went on a hunger strike and suffered force-feeding several times. After ten days of torture, he died in police custody at 6:00 a.m. on July 3, 2003.

Xinyu could not accept that her father had died, and always looked for him. Now that her parents have passed away, she lives with her grandparents. It pains her heart to see that her classmates have parents to take care of them. She has become a very quiet girl who seldom talks to people.   TOP


A Letter to Mother

Mr. Bai Xiaojun, a university instructor, wrote to his mother while he was detained in the Chaoyanggou Labor Camp. It is the last letter that he wrote to her. Six months later, he was tortured to death.

 

Mr. Bai Xiaojun was a 35 year-old instructor at the Northeast Normal University in Jilin Province. He held a master's degree in philosophy. His mother and his brother, Mr. Bai Xiaohua, were also practitioners. Because he went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong, he was sentenced in July 2000 to one year of forced labor. His term was then extended because he wouldn't renounce his belief in Falun Gong.

At the Chaoyanggou Labor Camp, in early June 2003, his condition became so serious that he vomited whatever he ate. He was so weak that he could not stand up. The prolonged torture and poor living conditions caused his health to deteriorate until he became too weak to take care of himself and was unable to eat. He could not even drink water. On July 6, 2003, the guards realized that he was dying, and finally sent him to the Epidemic Hospital of Changchun City, where he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. By that time it was too late to save him.

Just before his death, the labor camp ordered his family to pick him up. One of Mr. Bai's relatives saw him right before his death and was astonished. He was so malnourished that one could see his bones. His body was weak and swollen, and was covered with scars from the torture. An X-ray showed that one of his lungs had collapsed - it could not even be seen in the X-ray. Mr. Bai died before his mother arrived. His family tried very hard to obtain his medical records. When they finally received the diagnosis papers, they read the following: hepatitis caused by medicinal substances, edema all over the body, extremely weak physical condition, and scars over the whole body. Later, a doctor told the family, "This sick person would not have died under normal circumstances."

At the end of 2001, Mr. Bai Xiaojun's brother, Mr. Bai Shaohua, was also arrested for appealing to the government to stop the persecution. He is detained at the Tuanhe Labor Camp in Beijing. The last time his mother was allowed to visit, he had a broken bone from beatings and a laceration on his head, which was bandaged.

An Excerpt from Mr. Bai Xiaojun's Last letter to His Mother

Dear Mom, how are you?

Your letter on November 24 helped me understand your and Xiaohua's conditions. This is the second time that I have heard something from home since my forced labor term began in 2000.

I was arrested in July 2000. I was jailed in the Fenjin Labor Camp in Changchun City for the first year. As you heard later, I was indeed "incapacitated" for a period of time. In the Fenjin Labor Camp, my arms and legs were injured twice from a beating. Fortunately, my bones were not broken. Later, I stayed in the Police Hospital of Jilin Province for over a month because of scabies. I could not take a bath or wash my clothes. I had to rely on fellow practitioners to wash all my clothes for me. The last time we spoke, you and I did not have sufficient time to finish our conversation, but the information that you had heard about me is true.

I was sent to the Fenjin Labor Camp in August 2000, and was kept there until April of the following year. On April 11, 2001, I was transferred to the Weizigou Labor Camp, where I stayed until February 12, 2002 [the Chinese New Year's Eve], so I was kept in the labor camp for one and a half years. They did not release me when my term was over. Instead, on the day that I was supposed to be released, they sent me to a forced re-education [brainwashing] center, where I stayed for a month. Afterwards, I was sent to the Third Prison of Changchun City and stayed there for nearly a month. Then, I was sentenced to another three-year term of forced labor at the Chaoyanggou Labor Camp. I have been here ever since. This is a summary of what has happened since my arrest.

Ever since my arrest, I have been far away from you, but I have received plenty of care from fellow practitioners. They are always thinking of me when the seasons change. They send clothes and other necessities through various channels. As a result, I have not suffered from the cold, even in the deepest of winter. On the contrary, I have sometimes had extra clothing. I greatly appreciate everyone's help and care. You don't need to worry about me.

So far, I am doing fine in every way ...

In the past two years, I have gained a better and better understanding of the true meaning of life. If I regain my freedom someday, I believe I can do better in all areas.

I am not worried about Xiaohua. He knows what to do. ...

Mother, I hope that one day when we see each other, your health, as well as all other conditions, will give me a pleasant surprise. Mother, I believe the day that our family will reunite is not too far away.

I'll stop here. You do not have to reply to me if there is no special news.

Xiaojun

December 28, 2002  TOP


A Love Story

 

Ms. Dong Cuifang was a gynecologist and pediatrician at the Shunyi District Hospital for Women and Children's Health in Beijing. Her hometown was Zhang Village, Xing'an Town, Gaocheng City, Hebei Province. Her fianc¨¦, Mr. Shen Wenjie, age 29, was an outstanding pilot at the Beijing Capital Airport. They had been in love for almost ten years and had exchanged hundreds of letters. They had been engaged for a long time, but due to the persecution that started on July 20, 1999, they were unable to marry.

Because they had appealed to the government many times to stop the persecution of Falun Gong, they were detained and tortured many times. In 2000, they were dismissed from their jobs in Beijing because they refused to stop practicing Falun Gong. After leaving Beijing, they went to many places to tell the Chinese people the truth about Falun Gong and the facts about the persecution.

Graduation photo of Dong Cuifang
receiving her Master's Degree

 
On December 26, 2001, they were arrested and detained at the Beijing Shunyi Detention Center because they had distributed flyers about the persecution of Falun Gong. The authorities allowed them to meet only once a week. Every time they met, they encouraged each other to overcome the difficulties and to remain steadfast in their beliefs. Later, they were not allowed to meet each other at all. In an attempt to force Ms. Dong to renounce Falun Gong, the guards subjected her to various torture methods. When she went on a hunger strike to protest the detention, they force-fed her. (Force-feeding is used as a form of torture.)

On March 11, 2003, she was transferred to the Daxing Women's Prison in Beijing for further persecution. The director of the third branch, Tian Fengqing, demanded that Ms. Dong write a "letter admitting guilt." Ms. Dong insisted that it was not wrong to practice Falun Gong and refused to write the letter. Director Tian became very angry and instructed guard Xi Xuehui that they must achieve a "successful transformation rate" quickly in order to get their bonus. Three female prison guards continuously used various brutal torture methods on her to force her to give up Falun Gong. She died from the torture at 5:24 p.m. on March 19, 2004, only eight days after her transfer. She was 28 years old.

Ms. Dong's parents appealed to the Medical Identification Center in Beijing to do an autopsy. It could be seen that her legs were severely swollen; the skin below her knees was covered with festering, bloody sores; there was a hole in her head; and the muscle was torn away from her right shoulder bone. The lab results revealed that she had been tortured. When her parents sued the three female prison guards who had tortured her, the local police threatened them and forced them to withdraw the case. Her parents were not allowed to have contact with other practitioners.

The authorities kept the news of Ms. Dong's death from her fianc¨¦, and secretly transferred him to a labor camp in Daxing District. There has been no news from him since then. He is still hoping to reunite with his fianc¨¦e after his release.  TOP


A Last Visit

Ms. Li Yinping

 
On June 4, 2001, Ms. Li Yinping was merely visiting a fellow practitioner's home in Majia Village of Shouguang City, Weifang region. Police from the Shouguang Police Station came to arrest Ms. Li and all the practitioners who were there. They were all detained at the Sunji Police station, although no legitimate criminal charges were brought against them. They were forced to stand outside to be burned under the hot sun. Ms. Li was also interrogated and beaten. Afterwards, the police interrogated the practitioners without any legal procedure in the Shouguang Detention Center.

On the afternoon of June 6, 2001, Ms. Li, along with the other detained Falun Gong practitioners, requested unconditional release. The policemen dragged Ms. Li into the hallway and beat her with a rubber baton. After drinking alcohol, five to six policemen began another round of torture. They slapped her face, twisted one of her arms behind her back, grabbed her hair and pulled her head back, hit her all over her body with rubber batons, and shocked her with electric batons. The policemen stripped Ms. Li of all of her clothing to inflict more pain by beating her unprotected skin. After beating Ms. Li, the policemen chained her to an iron chair, a torture device. After taking a break, the director of the detention center, Team Leader Wang, and other guards took turns shocking her genitals with electric batons. Her whole body was shaking, and had turned dark purple and black. She suffered severe pain, and lost consciousness several times. Each time, the guards revived her with cold water, so that they could shock her again. One of the officers threatened to rape and kill her. They continued to shock her with the batons even after she began spitting up blood. This torture lasted for several hours. Ms. Li was left chained to the iron chair, and she kept vomiting all night. By early the next morning, June 7, 2001, Ms. Li had lost consciousness and no pulse could be detected. However, the policemen still would not take her to the hospital. At last, they accepted that she was near death, so the plainclothes policemen took her to the People's Hospital at Shouguang City, where she died that same day.  TOP


 A Leukemia Patient's Wish

 
When Falun Gong was banned in July 1999, Mr. Hu Qingyun wrote letters to government leaders describing how Falun Gong had restored his health. As a result, he was arrested twice. The police searched his home and confiscated his cash savings, two private house title certificates, and his valuable personal property. The police informed him that there would be no receipt for his property.

"Falun Gong practitioners benefit from their practice and cultivation. They understand how to be people of high moral standards and what it means to be truly good."
Because Mr. Hu was not allowed to practice Falun Gong while in detention, he began to bleed from his mouth and nose and developed blood spots all over his body. He lost consciousness twice. Fearing that he would die in the detention center, the local authorities released him on August 9, 1999. Once at home, and after resuming his Falun Gong practice, he recovered his health again.

In August 1999, local authorities spread the lie that Mr. Hu's illness had been cured by hospital treatment, not by practicing Falun Gong, and they slandered Falun Gong. Mr. Hu wrote a letter telling his true story and posted his letter on an overseas website on February 19, 2000. As a result, he was arrested on April 21, 2000. After nine months in detention, on January 10, 2001, the No. 1 Regional Court in Nanchang sentenced him to a seven-year prison term. He was not allowed to practice Falun Gong. During his detention, his leukemia recurred, and on March 22, 2001, he died in the Jiangxi Prison Hospital.

Hu Qingyun's Letter to China's Leaders

Dear President Jiang Zemin, Premier Zhu Rongji and other concerned leaders,

I was an officer of the Supreme Court of Jiangxi Province and a former Communist Party member. I worked in the area of law and regulation for 16 years. I have never been against the Party or the government... I hereby report to you my current situation and the truth of my experience.

On August 21, 1999, the Nanchang Evening paper published in its headline that I had been instructed to write an article about Falun Gong giving me a "second life." ... The article stated that I was "hospitalized six times while practicing Falun Gong, from June 28, 1997, to the present..." The newspaper used this to accuse Falun Gong of cheating people.

The truth is that before I practiced Falun Gong, I suffered from many sicknesses, including stomachaches, sore throats, nose infections, pain in my neck, insufficient supply of blood to my brain, and regenerated anemia. ... In 1997, I developed an incurable disease, acute leukemia, which is one of the most difficult types to cure among all forms of leukemia. During emergency treatment, I was also infected with hepatitis B and C (the hardest to cure among the different types of hepatitis) and pulmonary tuberculosis. ... At the last moment of my life, I started to practice Falun Gong. ... Then, a miracle really happened. My life was prolonged. ... Not long after I began practicing, I gradually stopped chemical treatments, blood transfusions, medications, and all other treatments. My experience showed that there was a remarkable effect in my body due to the cultivation and practice of Falun Gong. ...

However, the newspaper intentionally claimed that my being hospitalized five times prior to the practice of Falun Gong had actually happened after or during my practice, disregarding the fact that I never again went back to the hospital for treatment [after practicing Falun Gong]. ... They made up this lie to deceive people.

During the several months that I was in the hospital, my medical expenses were as high as 320,000 Yuan, and I almost died in the hospital several times. ... The medical scientists and doctors could not save or prolong my life. However, through my practice of Falun Gong, I was able to live. This is a fact that nobody can possibly deny. ... The heavy financial burden and the mental pressure on my family were also relieved. Also, the government saved a large amount in medical expenses. ...

In August 1999, Nanchang TV stations and newspapers broadcast the news that I had once again been sent to the hospital. A reporter interviewed one of the senior doctors ... who had never met me before and did not know anything about my treatment history. This doctor said, "Hu Qingyun left after his leukemia was cured by our hospital. That has nothing to do with Falun Gong." I asked this doctor why he lied. He told me that anybody would say the same thing in this tense climate and he asked me not to be too serious about it.

The truth is that on July 21, 1999, I was detained by the police under the allegation of "disturbing the social order with other people." ...In jail, I was not allowed to practice Falun Gong. Within a few days, I began to bleed from my mouth and nose and I developed blood spots all over my body. I lost consciousness twice. ... After the examination, the doctors said I had very low blood pressure, that the leukemia was really serious, and that it would be better to get treatment as soon as possible. ...

In December 1999, I was dismissed from my job because I participated in a Falun Gong petition to the provincial government and wrote an article about my experience with Falun Gong. ...

The purpose of this letter is to invite you to find out the truth about the persecution I suffered. Let's imagine, how could a person - a leukemia patient - endure such persecution and detention in jail?... Because I practiced Falun Gong I had the ability to endure so much tribulation and persecution. As a person who was "sentenced to death" in hospitals several times, there is nothing that I can't let go of. I am not interested in politics and I will never do anything against the Party and the government. I don't want to be used by politicians to defame Falun Gong either. ...

Finally, I would like to say a few words from the bottom of my heart - the truth. Falun Gong practitioners benefit from their practice and cultivation. They understand how to be people of high moral standards and what it means to be truly good. They don't believe in preaching or "mind control."... Is it possible to ask them or force them to give up their practice?

Hu Qingyun

A practitioner in Jiangxi Province  TOP

 


A Family's Fate

He Wanji and Zhao Xiangzhong

 

Ms. Zhao Xiangzhong and her husband, Mr. He Wanji a well-respected policeman from the Security Section of Xining Railway Station in Qinghai Province. They lived in Xining City and both practiced Falun Gong. As a result of the practice, Mr. He's brain tumor disappeared. Seeing his remarkable improvement, his parents and brother also began to practice Falun Gong. After the central government began the persecution of Falun Gong, Mr. He's wife, Ms. Zhao, was detained in the Qinghai Women's Labor Camp on four separate occasions because of her persistence in practicing Falun Gong.

In November 2002, at the time of Ms. Zhao's fourth detention, six police cars surrounded the couple's home. Police arrested and detained all of the family members for over 12 hours. Ms. Zhao was then sent to the Qinghai Women's Labor Camp, where she was kept in solitary confinement, beaten, and forced to sleep on a cold concrete floor. When she was released, she was paralyzed from her waist down and suffered from severe chest pains. She was emaciated and could neither eat nor drink. Ms. Zhao remained paralyzed until she died on February 22, 2003, at the age 50.

Mr. He also suffered relentless persecution because he continued to practice Falun Gong. He was sent to the Qinghai Labor Camp, where the torture caused injury to his waist and numbness in his body. On December 30, 2002, the Intermediate Court of Xining City sentenced him to 17 years in prison for having helped to broadcast television programs that exposed the human rights violations suffered by Falun Gong practitioners in China. He was then sent to the Haomen Prison in Haibeizhou, Menyuan County, where he was tortured to death on May 28, 2003, at age 53.

When Mr. He's family saw his remains, there were needle holes in his body; blood was coming out of his nose; and his right arm was covered with black and blue bruises.

During the time of the couple's detention and even after their deaths, the local authorities broke into their home and ransacked it several times, confiscating money and household goods.

Mr. He's brother, Mr. He Wanzhu, was also arrested at his home while he was meeting with other Falun Gong practitioners. During the arrest, the police ransacked his home and confiscated over 6,000 Yuan in cash. He was then sentenced to three years of forced labor at the Qinghai Labor Camp, where he was tortured and given poisoned food, causing congestion in his chest and numbness in his lips.

After the deaths of Mr. He and Ms. Zhao, Mr. He's aged father suffered tremendous grief because of their deaths and his other son's torture and detention in the forced labor camp. He died on January 30, 2004.

The entire family was persecuted. Mr. He's 71-year-old mother, Ms. Zhao Yulan, was detained in the Huangzhong County Detention Center for over 40 days in 2001 because she had sent some Falun Gong materials to her son while he was in the labor camp. In the middle of the night of May 12, 2004, nine officers from the Xining City Police Station and Huangzhong County Police Station broke into her home and arrested her. She is still in detention.  TOP

 

Faith or Face

In the Longshan Labor Camp, Ms. Gao Rongrong was beaten, punched, kicked and shocked with an electric baton because she refused to slander Falun Gong. After she allegedly fell from a second floor office, her captors alleged that the burnt skin resulted from abrasions from the fall.

 

Ms. Gao Rongrong

 

Ms. Gao Rongrong was a 36-year-old employee of the finance office at Shenyang City's Luxun Fine Arts Institute in Liaoning Province. At the beginning of the nationwide persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, Ms. Gao was targeted for persecution, so her employer summarily fired her.

In July 2003, Ms. Gao was arrested and sent to the Longshan Labor Camp. On March 22, 2004, when Ms. Gao refused to slander Falun Gong, Tang Yubao, the deputy chief of the second brigade in the labor camp, dragged her from the upper level of her bunk bed down to the floor. He then took her by the throat and dragged her outside to beat her. Some guards then took Ms. Gao to the management office and cuffed her to a heating pipe. They punched and kicked her and continuously shocked her with electric batons on her head, face, neck, hands, and feet for over half an hour. Labor camp director Li Fengshi said to Ms. Gao, "This is a despotic place; otherwise why use handcuffs and electric batons here? I don't believe we cannot handle you, Gao Rongrong."

Another time, when Ms. Gao proclaimed, "Falun Dafa is good," Tang Yubao slapped her on the head. As a result, she lost her hearing in one ear. Guards forced her to work twelve hours a day at heavy labor. The abuses and torture affected her health. She suffered from liver pain, stomach pain, and intermittent fever. She felt nauseous, vomited all day long, could not eat, and grew thinner and thinner. The chief of the first brigade, Yue Jun, ordered prisoners to humiliate Ms. Gao by cutting the hair on the top of her head down to the scalp.

When Ms. Gao proclaimed, "Falun Dafa is good," Tang Yubao slapped her on the head. As a result, she lost her hearing in one ear.
On May 7, 2004, Tang Yubao and group chief Jiang Zhaohua took Ms. Gao to an office and cuffed her to the heating pipe again. Tang and Jiang continuously shocked Ms. Gao with electric batons for six or seven hours. Ms. Gao's face was left swollen, blistered, charred, and deformed beyond recognition. Her hair was stuck to the bloody pus on her scorched skin. Massive swelling reduced her eyes to mere slits and distorted her mouth. Even the inmates could not recognize her.

That same day, Ms. Gao allegedly fell from the window of the office on the second floor. After she was sent to the hospital, she was diagnosed with two fractures of her pelvis, a severely fractured left leg, and a split bone in her right heel. Due to her weak physical condition, the hospital could not even perform surgery on her.

To cover up the torture, the Longshan Labor Camp and the Shenyang City Judicial Bureau lied, saying that the electric shock wounds on Ms. Gao's face were just abrasions due to her fall from the office window.  TOP


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