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Falun Gong Practitioner Mr. Sun Youfa Died of Torture and Force Feeding During Detention  
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Victim:
Sun Youfa, male, 24, whose address was at the 2nd group of the Eastern Suburb Committee of Kangping, Lishu Town, Lishu County, Jilin Province, China

Location of Torture and Death:
Fengtai Detention Center, Jilin Province

Perpetrators:
Guards of Fengtai Detention Center

A brief report of the incident:

Chinese Public Security arrested Sun Youfa at Tiananmen Square on the afternoon of December 31, 2000, while he was unfurling a Falun Gong banner. That evening they sent him to Fengtai Detention Center.

On New Year's Day, during the interrogation at the Fengtai Detention Center, the policemen beat Sun Youfa severely because he refused to answer any of their questions as to his name or address. (He would not tell them his identity so that nobody would bother his family in his hometown). They beat his head and his whole body with a police baton and also kicked his calves with their boots. His hands and legs were cuffed together so that Sun Youfa could not lie down or stand up but was bent over in the corner of his cell.

Starting on January 2, 2001, the Detention Center force-fed Sun Youfa, as he had been on a hunger strike for two days. They squeezed his nose and hit his chest hard so as to force-feed the fluid (milk with lots of salt). Sun Youfa was tortured so much that he was having difficulty breathing. He received the force-feeding twice more on January 3, 2001, but became weaker due to the brutality. On January 4, 2001, they tried to give him an intravenous injection but Sun Youfa refused it and he removed the needle from his vein. They got mad and shaved his hair off completely as a punishment and then continued to force the "IV" into him the next day. As Sun Youfa appeared to be extremely exhausted, on January 6, 2001, he was transferred to a hospital for a more gentle way of intravenous injection. After the cardiac checkup, the doctor observed that Sun Youfa was on the verge of death. When he came back from the hospital, he was listed as terminally ill. The Detention Center rushed Sun Youfa to the train station in order to have him die somewhere else. Upon seeing what a terrible condition Sun Youfa was in, the train conductor turned down the  request from the police to put the dying man on board the train. The escort had to take Sun Youfa back to the Detention Center to wait for management's decision. Then they had two escorts take him to the train station again. This time the two escorts abandoned Sun Youfa at the station while he was waiting for them to buy a train ticket for him as management had directed.

From the very first day of the New Year to the 6th day, a formerly healthy, energetic young man became feeble, skinny, and near death because of police brutality. There were marks from handcuffs on his hands and legs as well as needle traces on his arms. He was terribly short of breath. Then on January 13, 2001,  24-year old Sun Youfa passed away due to suffocation.
 
(Reported on January 15, 2001)

type=Case,Death; type=Detention Center,Fengtai Detention Center; location=Jilin


     
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