Police of Eastern China Are Told to Stop Using Brutal Torture, Falun Gong Will be the Touchstone For this New Directive
Tuesday September 23, 2003, Chinese Media reported: Police from Zhejiang Province were told that they would be dismissed if they were found using brutal means to interrogate prisoners. How the "610 Office"* handles its treatment of detained Falun Gong practitioners will be the touchstone for the validity of this new regulation. Otherwise, it is just another act using the international media to deceive the community and critics.
Tuesday, September 23, Agence France Presse in Beijing reported: Chinese media reported on Tuesday that Zhejiang Province police were informed that they will be dismissed if they employ torture of a suspect during interrogation. The Entertainment Xin Bao (newspaper) from Beijing reported that the new regulation indicated that those policemen who order or execute cruel torture would be immediately dismissed. The newspaper also reported that this also includes suspects who produce just a flesh wound. There is a special ordinance against those who exert brutal torture of a detainee that causes death.
Agence France Presse reported that even if there is no direct personal involvement and only subordinates participated in the brutal torture of a detainee, there is still a possibility that the higher authorities will be demoted or given warning. This new announcement was made because there is more and more evidence proving that the Chinese government tries to control news of the use of violence.
Agence France Presse reported, in June the judges in China were also warned that if they continue using torture during interrogation, they would be sued or lose their jobs.
Agence France Presse reported that in China the police and government officials generally use torture to extort confessions. Human rights organizations think that torture used during interrogations results in many suspects, innocent or not, being found guilty under the Chinese Judicial system.
Not long after Jiang established the "610 Office" in 1999 to persecute Falun Gong, the headquarters of the office ordered all judicial parties in China to use the following policies to persecute Falun Gong practitioners: "Destroy their reputation, stop their financial support, destroy them physically." "Chinese law does not protect Falun Gong practitioners." "It is ok to beat Falun Gong practitioners to death; those who are beaten to death will be treated as suicides." "(For practitioners tortured to death) there is no need to identify where the persons came from, the bodies can be directly cremated."
Aiming at the above-mentioned news, a Minghui reporter interviewed a China expert who knows the inside story of the persecution. This expert believes that the current Chinese political and law department, police affairs, and labor education all focus on persecuting Falun Gong as their top priority and political responsibility. The order passed down from the "610 Office" on how to treat the detained Falun Gong practitioners will be the real test to see whether this new regulation is true or just for show.
According to the records of Clearwisdom.net, the international consensus has broadly condemned Jiang, who has adopted all kinds of extreme methods over the past four years in an attempt to exterminate Falun Gong practitioners. Besides slandering and stigmatizing Falun Gong, Jiang's regime has made agreements with many western countries; they will discuss the Chinese human rights problem in private to avoid creating pressure from international public opinion, however, they continue to persecute China Falun Gong practitioners.
Jiang's gang has also prepared show demonstrations; they spent huge amounts of money to decorate a few appointed forced labor camps and selected special forced labor instructors to show to western media reporters and civilian organizations at a specific time and arrangement. They would like to give the impression that the forced labor prisoners, especially the Falun Gong practitioners that have been illegally sentenced to forced labor, have not been abused.
The interviewee who knows the inside story disclosed that for the past two years, at the few sample forced labor camps such as the Beijing forced labor camp, there has been a transferring of personnel, and a lot of new construction at the Tuanhe Forced Labor camp, the Xinan Women's Forced Labor camp, and the present Beijing Women's Forced Labor Camp. All this is to falsely impress any so-called inspectors. The investment is as large as four to five hundred million Yuan.** The new building at the Beijing Women's Forced Labor Camp cost two hundred million Yuan. The windows are even made with expensive bulletproof glass. Those forced labor camps that have not been disclosed to the public and the area inside the "sample forced labor camp" that the public will not be allowed to see is dirty, inhuman, and an environment totally lacking justice.
The person who knows the facts said, "Where did these massive funds come from? Jiang's government either reaped these funds from the unemployed workers and the bankrupt peasants or from investments from overseas." Many large, government owned companies have gone bankrupt and have been shut down, the number of unemployed workers continually increases, the suicide rate has risen, and group appeals occur frequently. At the same time, many places of China have frequently suffered serious natural and man-made disasters; is there any area that doesn't need huge funding? It is surprising that they have such a huge funds to renovate, expand, and build new dormitories for the forced labor camp personnel!
A Falun Gong practitioner who was illegally imprisoned in the Tuanhe Forced Labor Camp said that every time there are visitors from outside or inspectors of higher authority, the entire labor camp unifies as a whole to deceive them: Every unit must watch the self-produced video tape repeatedly, for example 60 questions and answers, making sure everyone gives the same answers to deceive the media. The blatant lies leave a person speechless. For example, if someone is asked the question "Are there any beatings, swearing, or torturing of the prisoners?" One must answer "No." Falun Gong practitioners are not allowed to say that they are imprisoned for practicing Falun Gong, they are to say that the reason they are in forced labor education is for "violating public order." If they were asked about their meals, they are forced to lie about quantities of noodles, oil, meat, and vegetables they receive each month. These are all fabricated lies. Besides this, every "un-transformed practitioner" is threatened to not make "casual remarks," otherwise "one will bear his or her own consequences." The vicious police officer, Ni Zhenxiong, announced publicly in a meeting: "If the media asks, no one is allowed to talk about his or her torture in the force labor camp, nor can anyone leak the existence of the 'Dispatching Office' to the outside."
* "610 Office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.
** Yuan is the Chinese currency. The average monthly salary of an urban worker in China is 500 Yuan.