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Inhumane Torture of Falun Gong Practitioners at Daqing Labor Camp in Heilongjiang Province  
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1.     “Tying the Ropes”1

“Tying the ropes” is a type of torture that involves putting a thin nylon rope around a person's neck, then wrapping it around both arms, loop by loop, and then over each hand. The rope is tightened to its limit, cutting into the flesh. Both arms are forced behind the back and raised to the extreme. Often, both thumbs are tied with a rope that is then bound to the rope that has been placed around the neck. The person tortured in this way is then kicked in order to force him to kneel down on the floor. The rope is released about one hour later. Then the person is tied up in this same manner a second time, and then a third time. This torture causes extreme pain, arms can be dislocated or broken, severe nerve damage can occur, and the victim sometimes dies.


In May 2002, immediately after Mr. Liu Fubin was sent to the Daqing Labor Camp, he was locked up in a “small cell.”2 Inside the second brigade, deputy captain Zhang Mingzhu ordered guards to strip Mr. Liu from the waist up and torture him by “tying the ropes.” Afterwards, Zhang directed four criminal prisoners, including Jiang Yunxi, to monitor Mr. Liu 24 hours a day, deprive him of sleep for seven consecutive days and nights, and not allow him to lie down (permitting only standing or squatting). Mr. Liu was not even allowed to blink his eyes; if he blinked, the inmates were ordered to beat and kick him. After releasing the ropes for a period of time, they used this method to torture him again. Even today, there are scars from this torture left on Mr. Liu’s body.


This labor camp uses the “tying the ropes” torture on many Falun Gong practitioners, including Mr. Cui Ruhui, Mr. Li Jianlin, Mr. Ma Yuliang, Mr. Huang Yazhong, Mr. Li Zhongfu, and Mr. Ma Zhenyu. It was also used on Mr. Lu Bingshen, who was tortured to death in October 2003. In August 2002, Mr. Sui Honghai was tortured with the “tying the ropes” method. One of his arms broke, causing him to become disabled.


2.     Tiger Bench

The “tiger bench” torture uses a modified steel chair with a thick steel plate used as the seat. The original armrests of the chair are modified with a rounded metal barrier that gives the chair the appearance of a cage. There are foot shackles underneath each front chair leg, which tightly clamp both feet. A nylon rope is also used to tie the person tightly; the upper arms are tied tightly behind the back, and both lower arms are forced to the front to reach the armrests on both sides. Two hand straps are then used to bind the lower arms to the armrests. The person is tied on the tiger bench in this manner for a long time, while he/she is tortured and brutally beaten.


In June 2002, the second brigade captain, Wang Zhonghe, and other guards tied Mr. Liu Fubin on the tiger bench, where they beat and tortured him. The guards beat Mr. Liu's face and ears with their fists, breaking the soft bones in his ears. As a result, his ears became very swollen and disfigured; they remain in the same disfigured condition today.


3.     Rubbing the Skin

The guards instigated the “rubbing the skin” torture of Mr. Liu by ordering criminal inmate Wang Qinglin and others to rub his skin forcefully and excessively. The inmates used their hands to briskly rub Mr. Liu’s face until it became abraded and raw. In the first brigade, the guards instigated the use of the same torture on Mr. Wang Tairen by again ordering the criminal inmates to strip off his clothes and pour cold water on his body while using hard plastic brushes to forcefully scour his skin. As a result of the harsh and vigorous brushing, the skin over Mr. Wang’s entire body became raw and severely infected.


4.     Pouring Ice-Cold or Boiling Water

In September 2002, the guards instigated criminal inmates Wang Qinglin, Jiang Fa, and others to torture Mr. Liu Fubin in the water room. The inmates stripped him of his clothes and poured ice water on his body. This act was repeated twice, each time for more than one hour. They then poured a cup of boiling water on Mr. Liu’s leg, which caused his leg to become scarred from the scalding.


5.     Instigating Criminal Inmates to Torture Falun Gong Practitioners

By issuing sentence reductions as incentives, the labor camp directly manipulates criminal prisoners to assist in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. One of the main criminals who persecuted Mr. Liu Fubin is Wang Qinglin (who also participated in torturing Mr. He Huajiang to death in December 2002). On numerous occasions, Wang followed the guards’ orders to torture practitioners for them. Because of his cooperation and involvement in the torture, Wang was rewarded with a prison term reduction of more than one year, which earned Wang his release.


6.     Locking in a Small Cell

On October 16, 2003, deputy head Wang Yongxiang of the labor camp, second brigade captain Wang Xichun, deputy captain Zhang Mingzhu, administrative section chief Han Qingshan, and deputy section chief Yang Tao, along with many guards, started a round of persecuting practitioners. They forced Mr. Lu Bingshen, Mr. Hu Hongji, Mr. Liu Fubin, and Mr. Guo Fadong to sit on the tiger bench, where they were beaten. Then they locked these four practitioners in individual small cells for further torture. Mr. Lu Bingshen was tortured to death in the small cell within three days. The authorities also instigated further torture by ordering the inmates to monitor practitioners 24 hours a day even when they walked, used the bathroom, and had meals. They did not allow practitioners to talk to each other. To date, the situation remains the same. The three surviving practitioners are still detained separately in small cells and are still being persecuted.

1 Thin rope is used to tightly encircle the neck and the rope is wrapped around the victim’s arms. Then the police use all the force they can muster to tighten the rope. The rope becomes tighter and tighter around the body of the practitioner, cutting into the flesh and making it more and more difficult for him to breathe. The pain is so intense that the victim sometimes loses control of the bladder. In many cases the rope was tightened to the point of breaking a practitioner’s arm. Sometimes the practitioner is hung from a high place with the rope as well. Sometimes there are spikes on the rope. When the rope is tightly fastened, it cuts into the flesh, which is extremely painful. This torture is known to cause death if used twice in a row; however, some practitioners have suffered this up to 10 times in a row.


2 A small cell is a room of less than three square meters. It has no window, no bed, no water, and no toilet. A victim is locked in a small cell for months, having to eat, sleep, and excrete in the same small area. Since the height of the room is less than 1.5 meters, one cannot stand straight. To exacerbate the agony, the guards often handcuff the victim in the small cell door so the victim cannot sleep for many days.

type=Case, Torture; type=Labor Camp, Daqing Labor Camp; location=Heilongjiang, Daqing

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