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Three Sisters Brutally Persecuted for Practicing Falun Gong  
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            Li Huiqi suffers extreme pain in her current situation


Three sisters, from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, practice Falun Gong. Ms. Li Huimin is the eldest sister in the family. Ms. Li Huixin is the second-born sister, a former employee of the passenger department of the Shijiazhuang Branch of the Railroad Bureau. Ms. Li Huiqi is the youngest sister, a former employee of the Shijiazhuang Paint Factory. As a result of the torture, the youngest sister has been paralyzed for almost two years, and the second-born sisterís arms have been disabled. Their entire family has suffered endless grief due to the persecution of Falun Gong. The details of their story follow:


On May 8, 2003, the police arrested Ms. Li Huimin and sent her to the Shijiazhuang Railroad Police Stationís hotel for interrogation.


As of 2003, Ms. Li Huixin had been forced to stay away from her home for over two years, to avoid being persecuted for practicing Falun Gong. Authorities from the local "610 Office" as well as Shijiazhuang Railroad police had been pursuing her. On May 8, 2003, policemen Huang He, Wang Liyan and others from the Shijiazhuang Railroad Police Bureau arrested her on the street. They covered her head with a black plastic hood, and secretly detained her in the Eastern Guesthouse. They hung her up by her arms and beat her for over 24 hours. Both arms were disabled, and she had wounds all over her body. Then they sent her to the Hebei Provincial Anti-Falun Gong Brainwashing Center where she suffered physical and psychological torture.


Ms. Li Huixin's son Mao Mao was in elementary school. During his motherís detention, the Railroad Police Bureau police frequently followed and threatened him. They even forced Mao Mao's school to expel him. The child had to transfer to two different schools to continue his education. Later, Mao Mao was forced to live with his aunt, Ms. Li Huijie. The police then went to her home to keep him under observation.


On December 2, 2001, officials from the Weiming Street Police Station in Shijiazhuang City arrested Ms. Li Huiqu because she publicly revealed the facts about the persecution of Falun Gong to the local people. She was imprisoned at the Shijiazhuang City No. 1 Detention Center for two months. On February 2, 2002, Ms. Li Huiqi was sentenced to one year of forced labor and sent to the Second Squad of the Fourth Brigade of Shijiazhuang Labor Camp, where guards tortured her because she refused to give up Falun Gong. She was repeatedly tortured until she was on the verge of death. Her family was concerned. Several times they requested to visit her. They also asked that she be given medical treatment. However, the authorities rejected the family's requests.


By April 8, 2002, Ms. Li Huiqi's could barely breathe, so the labor camp sent her to the Peoples' Hospital of Hebei Province to obtain urgent care. When her family members arrived, they could not recognize her, because she was so severely emaciated. However, in her critical condition, the doctors performed surgery on her, cutting open her stomach, and stitching up the wound after finding nothing. This operation weakened her, causing her to develop a high fever and fall into a coma. To examine her further, the doctors inserted an instrument into her spine, causing her extreme pain. In addition, because she

had difficulty breathing, the doctors did a tracheotomy on her, cutting open her windpipe and inserting a breathing tube. After the operation she developed a severe infection in her lungs.


On May 30, 2002, Ms. Li Huiqi was transferred to the Third Hospital of Hebei Province for treatment. Once, the breathing tube accidentally blocked her windpipe, suffocated her, and, for a time, put her in a deep coma. Moreover, she developed bedsores. The biggest one was 3 cm by 4 cm, and was so deep that it reached the bone. Despite her critical situation, the police continued to harass her. Five uniformed and three plain-clothes policemen monitored her 24 hours a day, and attempted to arrest any Falun Gong practitioners who came to see her. Due to intensity of the persecution, and the poor and insufficient treatment, she became paralyzed. She suffered from lung and urinary system infections, and often lost consciousness. Her whole body twitched constantly, and she could breathe only with the aid of a machine.


On December 3, 2002, the Director of the Shijiazhuang Labor Camp, Zhao Jinlong, ordered policeman Zhou Yilin to stop Ms. Li's hospital care. He told the hospital not to rescue her if her condition became critical again. Under the pretext that her term of incarceration is over, Shijiazhuang Labor Camp stopped paying for her medical expenses. Despite the fact that Ms. Li Huiqi still relies on a tube for breathing and feeding, she has been sent home. The local "610 Office" still sends people to monitor her and her family members.


Because of the persecution, the Li family lives in poverty. Although she was already having hardships financially, Ms. Li Huimin covers Ms. Li Huiqi's medical expenses. Moreover, on many occasions the "610 Office" has attempted to shut down the family's small shop, their only source of income.


After Ms. Li Huiqiís story was publicized on the Internet overseas, the local "610 office" repeatedly threatened and put pressure on Ms. Li Huixin's husband, who is not a Falun Gong practitioner, to divorce her. He could not handle the pressure and filed the demanded divorce papers.

type=Case, Right to Health; type=Group, Torture; type=Detention Center, Shijiazhuang City No. 1 Detention Center; type=Labor Camp, Shijiazhuang Labor Camp; type=Case,Women; location=Hebei, Shijiazhuang

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