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Two-Year-Old Child Deprived of His Parents’ Care  
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Hu Ming (male) turned two on June 30, 2002. However, he was without his parents on his birthday. His father, Mr. Hu Qianfeng was detained at Beijing’s Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp and his mother, Ms. Ma Li, was being held at Beijing’s Xin’an Women’s Forced Labor Camp.


The family lived in Beijing. Mr. Hu Qianfeng is around 30 years old and worked for the Capital Steel Factory of Beijing. Ms. Ma Li was an employee of the Special Steel Division of Beijing’s Capital Steel Factory.


Hu Ming has rarely seen his father. Two weeks before he was born, a group of policemen broke into his parents’ home. They took his mother for interrogation from 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. the next day. Despite her late-term pregnancy, Ms. Ma was forced to sit on a small round stool with no back support. She was not given any food or water and was not allowed to sleep. The police also arrested Mr. Hu, shocked him all over his body with an electric baton, and then sentenced him to one year in a forced labor camp.


Ms. Ma was released only because she was so close to giving birth. She was without her husband at her side. She did not even know where her husband was being detained. Worried about her husband and feeling helpless to raise a child all by herself, Ms. Ma spent many days in tears.


The authorities still would not leave little Hu Ming and his mother alone. One day, the authorities arrested Ms. Ma and her toddler and took them to a brainwashing center. In June 2001, when Hu Ming was almost a year old, his father was released. After severe torture and against his will, Mr. Hu consented to the demand to give up practicing Falun Gong. However, fearing that his consent was gained only through coercion and not a genuine renouncement against Falun Gong, the officials in the “610 Office” forced Mr. Hu and his wife to continue attending the brainwashing sessions. The couple was not even allowed to be at home with Hu Ming on his first birthday. Hu Ming has been left in the custody of his grandparents. After his parents were released from the brainwashing center, they had to leave their home to avoid recapture and further persecution.


In September 2001, a security guard arrested Ms. Ma while she was handing out flyers clarifying the truth about Falun Gong. She was sentenced without trial to one year in a forced labor camp. Hu Ming’s father was arrested again in November 2001 and was sent to a forced labor camp, where he has been severely tortured with electric batons and deprived of sleep for extended periods of time. The persecution of Falun Gong has ripped apart this otherwise very happy family.

type=Case, Children; type=Case, Family; type=Case, Freedom of Expression; type=Labor Camp, Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp; type=Labor Camp, Xin'an Women's Forced Labor Camp; location=Beijing;

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