(Clearwisdom.net) The United Nations' annual report on torture covered reliable and credible allegations and summaries of tortures from all countries in the world. The addendum to the report of the Special Rapporteur contains, on a country-by-county basis, summaries of reliable and credible allegations of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment that were brought to the attention of the Special Rapporteur, and were transmitted to the Governments concerned. It also contains replies from Governments.

Zhang Yuanyuan

Professor Theo van Boven, U.N. Special Rapporteur on torture

In the China section of the 2005 report of the Special Rapporteur on torture, individual cases of torture were listed. In particular, the Chinese communist regime's persecution of four-year-old Zhang Yuanyuan was reported.

The following is an excerpt of Zhang Yuanyuan's case:

By letter dated 10 June 2004, sent jointly with the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, the Special Rapporteur notified the Government that he had received allegations concerning Z. Y., age 4. On 1 January 2004, she was taken from her home in Zitong Town, Tongnan County, Chongqing City, by four police officers from the Tongnan County National Security Team (one of whom is known to the Special Rapporteurs). Both of her parents had been arrested previously because they are practitioners of Falun Gong. In February 2002, her father, Zhang Hongxu was sent to Xishanping Labor Camp, where he was tortured, and suffered a broken nose, missing teeth, and injured ribs. He is now detained at an undisclosed location. On 23 December 2003, Z. her mother, Wu Yongmei, was detained and tortured. She was released after being on a hunger strike for 54 days. Upon release, she began to search for her daughter and her current whereabouts are unknown.

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Situation about Little Yuanyuan

On noon of December 23, 2003, when little Yuanyuan's mother, Falun Gong practitioner, Ms. Wu Yongmei was having lunch at home, Zhang Liang, captain of the Tongnan County National Security Brigade, Jiang Liyuan and other two police officers violently broke into Yuanyuan's home and forcibly abducted Yuanyuan's mother in Yuanyuan's presence. At that time, four-year-old Yuanyuan heartbreakingly cried and struggled to ask for mom. The scene was really sad and made one cry.

Those vile police officers even brought practitioners' photos and asked Yuanyuan if she had seen them before and whether they visited her home. On December 27, some people went to visit Yuanyuan. A little boy pointed Yuanyuan and said, "Her mom stole other people's stuff and is now arrested." The truth is, Yuanyuan's mother is persecuted simply because she believes in "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance." The evil people even fabricated such lies to deceive innocent children. Innocent and vivacious Yuanyuan became silent since then. Her eyes are often filled with tears and she could not eat normally. In just a few days, her young heart had suffered such pain. The police even ordered the teachers in Yuanyuan's kindergarten to watch her and did not allow anyone to pick her up. Ms. Wu Yongmei's family members wanted to send clothes to Ms. U through police officer Zhang Liang's cousin, but Zhang Liang ignored their request and even said, "You can not visit her." He also said, "Wu Yongmei's family members are all in hiding. Then we will send Zhang Yuanyuan to the orphanage. If something happened, we will have no responsibility."

On the New Year's Day of 2004, four police officers from Tongnan County No. One Police Station forcibly took little Yuanyuan away. At that moment, Yuanyuan did not want to go with them and cried, "I want my mom, I want my mom..." Teachers in the kindergarten could not help shedding tears. They said that Yuanyuan was clever, lovely and capable and they didn't want to let Yuanyuan go with the police. However, they were not in their power to help.

(Editor's note: Through help from practitioners inside and outside China and people who have a sense of justice, as well as Yuanyuan's family members' consistent requests to Zhang Liang, on August 26, 2004, Zhang Yuanyuan finally returned to her grandfather's place.)