(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Dafa practitioners detained at the Jidong Prison, located in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province are being brutally beaten by guards of the 5th Division. Practitioners who refuse to give up the practice of Falun Gong are tortured by various means such as kicking, slapping, electric baton shock, solitary confinement, meal deprivation, walking for an entire day and standing in place for long periods of time. The Education Section of the prison is in charge of persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. Section chief Huang Liansheng (male) has beaten many practitioners and used electric batons during the beatings, which sometimes last for several hours.

Mr. Zhang Yunping, a practitioner from Heyin Residential Area in Tangshan City, Hebei Province, was sentenced to eight years in prison and is currently being detained in the 5th Division of the prison. Mr. Zhang Yunping has been monitored by inmates around the clock, subjected to brainwashing and was forced to do hard labor. Due to extensive torture, Mr. Zhang Yunping is very weak, and he is suffering from high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat.

Many practitioners at the prison have been deprived of sleep for several consecutive days. They are forced to stand from early in the morning to late at night, and are allowed breaks only for meals. The guards assigned four inmates to monitor one practitioner. Practitioners are not allowed to talk about Falun Gong at all. In 2004, a group of people who had given up the practice of Falun Gong were invited to the prison from Shenzhou City, Hebei Province to help brainwash practitioners detained at the prison. Because one practitioner from Xingtai City, Hebei Province refused to write the "Three Letters" to renounce Falun Gong, he was tortured with electric baton. Afterwards, he was put in solitary confinement and held there until June of 2005, at which time his life was in danger. However, the guards did not release him, but exchanged him with a practitioner from another prison. The whereabouts of this practitioner are unknown.

Mr. Ge Huaiqiang, PhD and an expert on CT brain examinations, lives on Chaoyang Street in the Yunhe District of Cangzhou City, Hebei Province. Because Mr. Ge is a Falun Gong practitioner, he was sentenced to four years in prison and is currently being detained in the 5th Division of the prison. Guards did not allow him to sleep for five days and five nights. They ordered inmates to push his head under water in a sink whenever Mr. Ge closed his eyes. Mr. Ge was forced to lift bricks. Even after he injured his leg, he was still forced to do hard labor and was not allowed to rest. Mr. Ge has repeatedly appealed but there has been no reply.

Detained Falun Gong practitioners have been under severe mental and physical torture for a long time. The vegetables they eat are not properly washed and many of the practitioners now show symptoms of illness. We call upon people and organizations around world to pay close attention to the situation in Jidong Prison.

Prison officials in the Hebei Jidong Prison:
The 5th Division Chief Ma Lanqing: 86-315-8310366 (Home), 86-13703380938(Cell)
Former 5th Division Deputy Chief: Di Shijin: 86-315-8310908 (Home), 86-13703382766 (Cell), 86-13323250669(Cell)
Politics Section Chief, Wang Guosheng: 86-315-8317620 (Home), 86-315-8323078 (Office)
Education Section Chief, Huang Liansheng: 86-315-8320510 (Home), 86-315-8323082 (Office)
Guard, Ma Jianshan: 86-315-8310058 (Home), 86-13102613030 (Cell)