Exposing the Atrocities at Changsha City Detention Center in Hunan Province, China
Changsha City Detention Center at Changqiao, Changsha County, Hunan Province was established around 2003. With the most up-to-date equipment, it is claimed to be the largest detention center in Changsha City. When relatives come to visit the detainees, they are all monitored tightly under closed-circuit-television. They say the surveillance system is "air-tight."
Information about this detention center's persecution of illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners is virtually unknown to the outside world, but those practitioners are suffering extremely brutal persecution while resisting the evil and denying the persecution. Below is a brief description of some of the atrocities that we know about.
Police brutally beat detained practitioner Ms. Shu Bilan
In August 2004, Ms. Shu Bilan, a retiree from Changsha Telecommunications Company and a Falun Gong practitioner, was detained due to her distributing Falun Dafa truth clarification materials. Later, she was sent to Baima Women's Forced Labor Camp in Zhuzhou for further persecution. She wasn't released until April 2005 after being tortured to near-death. During the first 20-some days at the Changsha Detention Center, Ms. Shu was tortured in many ways, mentally and physically. Ms. Shu, who was more than 50 years old, was cuffed and shackled continuously for up to three weeks, brutally force-fed, and beaten because she went on a hunger strike to protest the illegal detention. She was force fed with pungent hot soup that burned her eyes, mouth, nose, and ears. Female guards, Peng and Yan Jiao (both about 30 years old), instigated other detainees to hit and beat Ms. Shu while slapping her.
With the support and knowledge of the guards, cell leader Liu Yuan and other detainees hit and beat Ms. Shu Bilan. They hit her head with their fists or kicked her body. Some restrained her with their hands and feet, sitting or stepping on her. One abuser was a 19 year old drug addict. Peng also slandered Dafa while scolding Ms. Shu Bilan.
Practitioner Ms. Tan Xiangyu forced to do slave labor
In mid October 2004, having been illegally detained for 14 months at the Changsha City Detention Center, practitioner Ms. Tan Xiangyu went on a hunger strike to resist the unlawful sentence of three and a half years. When she became critically ill, her family members requested to see her, but the center lied, saying that Ms. Tan refused their visit. Ms. Tan's Family members went to the center many times to see her, but every attempt failed, as the center continually evaded the issue by saying that they needed approval from the local court. On November 1, 2004, Ms. Tan was transferred to the Hunan Province Women's Prison but was refused on account of her illness-ridden health condition. So, on the same day, Ms. Tan had to go back to the detention center. At first the center said that, if she could not pass the physical exam, Ms. Tan would be released for probation outside the jail. But when the relatives arrived to pick her up, the center did not release Ms. Tan and still provided no help to her. Later, the guards got in by the back door and succeeded in transferring Ms. Tan to the Hunan Province Women's Prison. Now, the 58 year old Ms. Tan Xiangyu is forced to do slave labor more than 20 hours every day in the prison. She has become skin and bones.
Practitioner Ms. Xu Jingxian chained to a door plank
In April 2005, as a retiree from Changsha City Construction Engineering Co. and a Falun Gong practitioner, Ms. Xu Jingxian, along with her husband and son, were illegally arrested by the Xinhe Police Station of Kaifu District. All three of them were detained at the Changsha Detention Center. Ms. Xu is suffering severe persecution after going on a hunger strike to protest against the illegal detention. Ms. Xu was cruelly chained to a door plank. There is no rest, even at meal time when she is force-fed by other detainees. Ms. Xu continues to suffer from torture at the Changsha City Detention Center.
Unreasonable refusal of relative's visits
The center police have always prevented family members from visiting the detained practitioners. They do that particularly during the practitioner's hunger strikes. Their usual excuse is that the practitioner does not want the visit. The truth is that they are afraid of the repercussions after the relative's see the mental and physical torment forced on the detainee. Also, the center likes to create misunderstandings or barriers between the practitioner and their relatives so as to cut off support from the family. The center has succeeded in creating false impressions for many visiting relatives who were unexpectedly disappointed. Many became miserably bitter after failing to see their relative.
Four practitioners still being illegally detained
There are still four practitioners illegally detained at the Changsha City Detention Center. They are, Ms. Xu Jingxian (arrested on 4/5/2005), Ms. Zhang Xinyi (arrested on 4/28/2005), Ms. He Yingqing (arrested on 6/29/2005), and Ms. Xia from Wangcheng County (arrested on 6/10/2005, details to be checked). The evil police are trying to arrange for illegal sentences against them, while Ms. Xu and Ms. Zhang are on hunger strikes to resist the persecution.
Changsha City Detention Center
Address: Changqiao, Changsha County, Changsha City
Zip Code: : 410100
Telephone: : 86-731-4074801, 86-731-4074802, 86-731-4074803, 86-731-4074830, 86-731-4074900, 86-731-4074928, 86-731-4074980
Women Instructing Police: Wang Yuhong, Yan Jiao, and others