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Torture under Extremely Unsanitary Conditions  
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The Rampant Spread of Scabies
 
 
Pictures of Falun Gong practitioners detained in the Wanjia Labor Camp. The practitioners have scabies all over their bodies
At certain forced labor camps and detention centers, Falun Gong practitioners have been forced to sleep on wet weed mats that were stored in the snow during the winter. The practitioners usually contract scabies from this rotting, unsanitary bedding.

As of November 6, 2001, 98% of the practitioners detained at the Wanjia Labor Camp had scabies. Their bodies were swollen all over and covered with pus and blood. Some of the practitioners' arms were swollen to the diameter of a cereal bowl, while their legs were twice as thick as normal. There were practitioners who could not walk or take care of themselves due to the severe scabies infections. They also had to endure the intense itchiness, which caused them to lose sleep at night. Although the practitioners were suffering from scabies, they were still overloaded with work and tortured everyday. The situation is abominable. At this point there are practitioners who have been suffering from scabies for nearly a year. Some practitioners' bodies are completely covered with scabies.
 
Forced to Sit in a "Sewage Pot" 


Ms. Zhou, female, resident of Sichuan Province

Ms. Zhou was incarcerated in the Nanmusi Women's Labor Camp. One day in 2000, the guards saw Ms. Zhou doing Falun Gong exercises in the cell. They ordered the inmates to throw her into a manure pit and they forced her to sit there for a long time. They even dumped buckets of sewage on her.


Garbage Stuffed into the Mouth


Twelve Falun Gong practitioners who were incarcerated in the Kaiping Labor Camp of Tangshan City, Hebei Province have experienced all kinds of torture and degrading treatment. On one occasion, the guards tied them up and stuffed dirty sanitary napkins and garbage into their mouths.


Phlegm Poured into the Mouth


A Falun Gong practitioner from Zhongyi Village, Yingji Town, Macheng City, Hubei Province This Falun Gong practitioner was arrested merely because he practices Falun Gong. During his protracted detention, the police tried to force him to renounce Falun Gong by starving him, not allowing him to use the toilet, and sometimes forcing him to kneel down for extended periods. If he refused, he would be handcuffed with one hand behind his shoulder and the other hand at the back of his body--a torture called "carrying a sword." They also kicked him in the eyes with leather boots. They poured cold water down his neck, then poured boiling hot water on his head and feet. They even poured phlegm into his mouth and stuffed his mouth with a woman's dirty menstrual pad. Adding further insult, the police threw rotten apples at him and burned his feet with a cigarette lighter.


Force-Feeding with Urine


Wu Longbo
, male, 27, a small business owner, Jilin City, Jilin Province On October 16, 1999, Mr. Wu Longbo was sentenced to one-year of forced labor at the Jilin City Labor Camp because he practices Falun Gong. The labor camp tried everything to force him to renounce Falun Gong, but Mr. Wu refused. The labor camp then arbitrarily extended his detention for three more months, and then for another six months.

To protest his arbitrary detention, Mr. Wu went on a hunger strike on February 21, 2001. The directors and guards used seven electric batons simultaneously to beat him that night. They forced him to write notes to denounce Falun Gong, or he would not be allowed to sleep. They even poured urine down his throat. The humiliating torture plunged Mr. Wu into severe mental depression.


Force-Feeding with Feces

1. Yao Xiurong, female, 57, a teacher and resident of Nanyuan Street, Kuiwen District, Weifang City, Shandong Province

For her petition for Falun Gong, Ms. Yao Xiurong was arrested and detained in the Nanyuan Community Center for one month. While she was in detention, the officials hired ruffians to torture her and other Falun Gong practitioners. They were stripped naked and forced to stand on the ice outside in the cold. Because Ms. Yao refused to renounce Falun Gong, they force-fed her with feces and urine, which the officials had just excreted. The officials also extorted 100,000 Yuan from her family for her release.

  
Li Zetao was force-fed with feces and urine.
2. Li Zetao, male, 24, resident of Shimo Town, Jiangjin County, Chongqing City, Sanxia Province

Mr. Li Zetao was sent to the #7 Team, Xishanping Labor Camp on September 8, 2000. In order to force him to renounce Falun Gong, the camp guards Tian Xiaohai, Gao Ding and Li Yong ordered criminal inmates to torture him. Starting on May 29, 2001, Mr. Li was forced to carry human feces to a dump site during the day. When he was too tired to move, the guards beat him with a pole and even force-fed him with feces and urine. At night, he was not allowed to rest. They continued to torture him physically and mentally. They folded a newspaper into a hat and put it on his head, tied his two arms to a stick to form a straight line, hung a barrel full of urine on each of his arms, and forced him to hold up the barrels for hours. At the same time, they poked him in the back with a broom. They punched and kicked him while verbally abusing him. The guard even inserted a paring knife up his anus and jiggled it around. Mr. Li was tortured to death on May 30, 2001.
 

     
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