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1. Miao Limin, female, over 40, resident of Shihe Town, Jinzhou District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province

Ms. Miao Limin went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop persecuting practitioners of Falun Gong and was consequently arrested, taken back toher hometown, and detained at the Jinzhou District Detention Center. Her husband, an army man, was forced by the army to divorce her while she was being detained. She was released after two months of detention. Ms. Miao was not allowed to return to their army residence. In July 2000, she was arrested again and sent to the Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang City for a one-year term of forced labor. Ms. Miao was released on September 25, 2001 after serving her term in the labor camp. On September 27, 2001, she was arrested again, and was sent to the Jinzhou District Detention Center because she refused to renounce Falun Gong.

2. Liu Xinlan, female, resident of Shuangyang Town, Gaomi City, Shandong Province

In July 2000, Ms. Liu Xinlan was arrested because she intended to go to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. She was later sent to the Gaomi City Detention Center and was held for fifteen days. After her release, Ms. Liu was sent back and supervised by the local Street Administrative Office. Ms. Liu was told that she would not be able to live a life free of surveillance and harassment unless she gave up practicing Falun Gong. In particular she was informed that if she did not renounce Falun Gong, she would be sent to a detention center again. In addition, they threatened to force her to sell her house and give them the money from the sale. Her family was unable to endure the enormous pressure. Therefore, her husband signed a divorce agreement, and her child was forced to sign an agreement stating that he wanted to terminate his relationship with his mother. The whole family was thus broken apart.

3. Wang Xia, female, resident of Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province

In October 2000, Ms. Wang Xia went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop persecuting Falun Gong. Therefore, the Qiaoxi District No. 373 Police Station kept her under surveillance while she was still nursing her baby who was not yet a year old. This police station fined Ms. Wang’s family 10,000 Yuan.

In December 2000, Ms. Wang went to the central government to appeal the injustice of the mistreatments forced on her. She was arrested and fined 10,000 Yuan again. Wu Fucai, the Chief of the Qiaoxi District No. 373 Police Station, coerced her husband into threatening to divorce her if she refused to renounce Falun Gong. Under such pressure, her husband did divorce her in February 2001. Her baby was only a year old at that time and is now living without a mother.

4. Tao Ye, male, 30, Principal of the Datun Town Elementary School, Datun Town, Chaoyang District, Changchun City, Jilin Province

In March 2001, Mr. Tao Ye was detained at an Anti-Falun Gong Brainwashing Class at the Changchun Agricultural School in Xinglongshan Town of Changchun City because he practices Falun Gong. After Mr. Tao was detained, the Datun Town Police Station fined Mr. Tao’s family 4,000 Yuan (about 10months salary of a urban worker). This put a great deal of pressure on the family, as they lived in poverty. There are three generations of people in Mr. Tao’s household. Unable to endure all these pressures, his wife divorced him, leaving his old parents and child unattended at home. The family was torn apart. Since Mr. Tao refused to renounce Falun Gong, he was sentenced to forced labor at the Weizigou Labor Camp of Changchun City.

5. Ming Yan, female, resident of Anshan City, Liaoning Province

On December 2, 1999, Ms. Ming Yan went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop persecuting practitioners of Falun Gong. She was arrested and escorted back to Anshan City, and detained in the local police station. On December 5, 1999, the chief of the police station tried to strangle Ms. Ming by tying her gauze handkerchief tightly around her neck. He didn’t release it until she lost consciousness. He pulled out her hair, scattering it everywhere on the ground, and then he beat and kicked her to the point where she could hardly breathe. The police extorted 500 Yuan from her and then sent her to the Yuemingshan Detention Center.

After her release from the detention center on September 3, 2000, Ms. Ming was ordered to return to the police station. At 3 o’clock, six people ransacked her home. Ms. Ming was put into a small cell. The police tortured her by shocking her with an electric baton, forcing her to “ride the airplane” [with one’s head and back bent forward at ninety degrees and two arms lifted up high from one’s back], and then shocked the bottom of her feet, the palms of her hands and her back.

Because Ms. Ming practices Falun Gong, her husband’s work unit wanted to dismiss him. Under this extreme pressure, her husband obtained a court ordered divorce. Later, Ms. Ming left home to avoid further persecution.

6. Mei Ting, female, employee of the Jianghuai Aerospace Equipment Manufacturing Company, Hefei City, Anhui Province

On March 19, 2000, Ms. Mei Ting was arrested and escorted back to Hefei City on her third trip to Beijing to appeal. Ms. Mei was held in a detention center. On May 17, 2000, she was sent to the Anhui Women’s Labor Camp because she refused to renounce Falun Gong. Her husband did not learn that she was being kept in a forced labor camp until June2000. He realized that his wife would not be released even when her term was over if she did not renounce Falun Gong. Since he could not stand the anguish, he decided to get a divorce. In August 2000, Ms. Mei was unwillingly divorced.

7. Yang Shufang, female, 50, resident of Nan Street, Chengguan Town, Fangshan District, Beijing

On December 6, 2000, Ms. Yang Shufang was dragged from her home, put into a police vehicle and taken to the local police station because local authorities suspected she might go to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop persecuting Falun Gong. Consequently, she was sent to the Zhoukoudian Mental Hospital, Beijing. Ms. Yang’s family was not notified of her detention. Her detention seems to be indefinite because she was not told when she would be released. Since Ms. Yang could not go home and take care of her children, her husband requested a divorce.

8. Wang Hongyan, female, resident of Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province

Ms. Wang Hongyan was detained at the Shuanghe Labor Camp of Qiqihar City because she practiced Falun Gong. Officials at the Shuanghe Labor Camp wrote a letter to her husband, Chen Jun, to encourage him to coerce his wife into renouncing Falun Gong by threatening her with divorce. Since she still refused to renounce Falun Gong, her husband in fact divorced her against her will.

9. Wang Hongyu, female, resident of Beima Town, Longkou City, Shandong Province

In early February 2000, Ms. Wang Hongyu was arrested by police officers of the Longkou City Police Station due to practicing Falun Gong. In order to publicly humiliate her, Ms. Wang was paraded through the streets handcuffed as a convict and was then sent to a detention center. During her detention, she was beaten and had cold water poured on her as physical punishment. The local authorities forced her husband to divorce her. The court did the paperwork and granted the divorce without her knowledge.

10. Liu Wenli, male, resident of Qianliu Village, Minghua Town, Nangong City, Hebei Province

Mr. Liu Wenli went to Beijing to appeal to the government to end the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. He was arrested and held at the Beijing Detention Center. During his detention, he was beaten, and his leg was broken during the beating. Later he was sent back to Nangong City in Hebei Province and detained at the Nangong City Detention Center. During the detention, he was repeatedly beaten and shocked with an electric baton. The policemen stripped off all Mr. Liu’s clothes and dragged him out onto the snowy ground, leaving him to freeze in the cold for over ten hours.

Since Mr. Liu refused to renounce Falun Gong, he was then sentenced to three-years of forced labor, and was sent to Handan City. An official of the Minghua Town Government threatened Mr. Liu’s wife and their ten-year-old son with arrest. They also burned Mr. Liu’s 40 wooded acres that his family depended upon for fuel. Mr. Liu’s family was fined and their home was ransacked many times. Also, an official forced Mr. Liu’s wife to divorce him. His family was told that he was being detained at a forced labor camp in Handan City, but his family was not able to find him there. Mr. Liu’s whereabouts are uncertain.

11. Dong Xiumei, female, 35, teacher at the Changshan Town Junior High School, Changshan Town, Qianguo County, Songyuan City, Jilin Province

On February 28, 2000, Ms. Dong Xiumei went to Beijing to appeal to the government to stop persecuting Falun Gong. She was arrested and escorted back to her hometown, and was sent to the Qianguo County Detention Center by police officer Wu Dongxu. She was held for 20 days at the Qianguo County Detention Center. The Changshan Town Police Station also took 3,600 Yuan from her wages in the guise of “police station fees.”

Because she refused to renounce Falun Gong, Ms. Dong was detained multiple times at an Anti-Falun Gong Brainwashing Class that was held by the Changshan Town Government. Each time, Ms. Dongwas only released after paying a fine of 1,000 Yuan. Then her work unit fired her because she refused to renounce Falun Gong. Ms. Dong’s husband later divorced her for fear of being persecuted. She has no income and thus has become homeless.

Police Burned a Ten-Year-Old with Cigarettes

Xiao Hong, 10, and Xiao Rui, 12, residents of Shandong Province

In May 2000, two young practitioners, a ten-year-old boy, Xiao Hong, and a twelve-year-old girl, Xiao Rui, went to Beijing with their mother to appeal to the central government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. On May 7, 2000, the two young practitioners and their mother were arrested and escorted back to their hometown in Shandong Province. They were detained at their local county government office. The two young practitioners were slapped and beaten by Police Officer Wang from the local county government and the police chief from the local police station. The police chief beat Xiao Hong’ ships with a stick and asked if he still wanted to practice Falun Gong. Xiao Hong still answered yes so the police chief continued to beat him. The police chief used cigarette butts to burn Xiao Hong’s hands. Despite his loud cries because of the severe pain, the police chief still kept up this wicked torture. The two children were tortured for most of the afternoon.

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