October 29, 2002


The staff of the Shiliping Forced Labor Camp in Zhejiang Province has tortured all Falun Gong practitioners in an attempt to coerce them into giving up their faith, regardless of whether they were elderly or young, or whether the conditions were bitterly cold or blazing hot. There were as many as a few hundred people tortured.

The main leaders in Shiliping Forced Labor Camp in charge of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners are Luo Aimin and Xue Yongxing. Some of the criminals who have collaborated with the staff to beat practitioners are Hu Jianhong, Wang Zongliang, and Li Xinqi. They tied Falun Gong practitioners' arms and legs to chairs and stripped off their clothes in the cold weather. The practitioners were only given a bite of food and a sip of water each day. They were not allowed to go to the bathroom and were forced to relieve themselves where they stood. They were also denied sleep. The practitioners suffered severely from cold, hunger, thirst, the constant stench, and from numbness in their limbs. Their legs and feet first swelled up, became infected, and then became immobilized. They were tortured to the point of having a mental breakdown and were physically on the verge of death. The abuses they had to endure were extremely cruel. At the same time, they were forced to listen to lies slandering Falun Gong. The length of this torture method lasted any where from one week to over twenty days. They were not untied until they were disabled or on the verge of death.

There was a 70-year-old practitioner from Jinhua Area, Zhejiang Province in the same labor camp who was force-fed and injected with unidentified drugs. Another Falun Gong practitioner surnamed Li from Hangzhou City did not cooperate with them and was injected with drugs used for mental patients. Some other practitioners who went on hunger strikes were brutally forced fed. The labor camp detainees involved in torturing practitioners were ordered to keep word of the vicious police officers' actions from leaving the labor camp. One detainee provided a practitioner with a bottle in which to relieve himself. When it was discovered by the police, the detainee was immediately punished by being locked up in isolation.

We hope the international community will pay close attention to the serious human rights violations in this labor camp and do everything possible to stop them.