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Illustrations of Torture Methods Used in Chinese Detention Centers and Forced Labor Camps, Part 1

November 24, 2001 |  

1. "Backing up an airplane:" Criminal cell leaders often use this persecution and torture method on practitioners on the instigation of policemen and jail guards. This torture requires practitioners to bend over while holding the legs straight. Then, with the feet close together, the arms are lifted to the highest position possible, with the hands touching the wall. If practitioners can't bear it, the prisoners in the cells and designated torturers will gang up to beat them. (Figure 1)


Figure 1 2. The evil force often uses this method to beat and torture practitioners, and force them to give up their beliefs. Vicious people use electric batons, rubber tubes, and "wolf teeth" sticks to beat practitioners. The insults and beatings given to female practitioners are often even more brutal. (Figure 2)

Figure 2

3. "Tiger Bench" is also one of the torture methods used on practitioners. Practitioners' knees are tightly tied on a "Tiger Bench" [a small iron bench]. Usually some hard objects are inserted underneath the practitioner's lower legs or ankles to make it harder for them to tolerate this abuse. (Figure 3)

Figure 3 4. "Dead Person's Bed" or "Big Letter Board:" This torture method is what I myself have witnessed. It is used to torture practitioners who are on a hunger strike to protest and who do not yield to any unreasonable demands. Practitioners who are on hunger strike are tied to the "Dead Person's Bed" so that their hands and feet can't move. Jail guards and prisoners force-feed them using the " feeding through the nose" method. Many practitioners have lost their lives from this torture. (Figure 4)

Figure 4

5. "Sitting on the Triangle Iron Board:" This torture method has been described by practitioners who walked out of the evil places like detention centers and forced labor camps. After sitting on the iron board, practitioners' hips bleed and fester endlessly. (Figure 5)

Figure 5

6. The "Electric Baton" is the most-used torture method by policemen and jail guards to persecute practitioners. Electric batons of high voltage--30,000 volts--are used to shock practitioners' sensitive and private places, like the mouth, the root of the ear, the central part of the sole of the foot, center of the palm of the hand, penis, private parts and nipples. Sometimes, multiple batons are used together to torture practitioners. (Figure 6)

Figure 6

7. I witnessed this torture. The foot shackle is combined with handcuffs. One hand is handcuffed to the other hand between two legs. The shackle weighs over 20 pounds. The policemen torture determined practitioners this way for a long time. The practitioners who are tortured this way cannot go to sleep, walk, stand, use the bathroom, or eat a meal. They have to walk in a half-squatting and bowing position. (Figure 7)

Figure 7

8. "Carrying a Sword on the Back" is one of the most cruel methods to torture practitioners. In order to prevent practitioners from doing exercises or whenever practitioners do not obey the unreasonable requests of the guards, the policemen in the detention centers and forced labor camps apply this inhumane torture to persecute practitioners. Usually, this position causes extreme pain in just 20 minutes. However, the policemen handcuff practitioners this way for as long as 4 hours. (Figure 8)

Figure 8

9. "Tying the Ropes" is another inhumane torture method applied to practitioners during interrogation and during the persecution of determined practitioners in forced labor camps, detention centers and police departments of Jiang Zemin's criminal regime. With both arms tightly tied behind the back, both feet off the ground or only the toes barely touching the ground, one is hung from a high place with rope. Sometime there are sharp sticks on the rope. When the rope is tightly fastened, the rope will cut into one's flesh, which is extremely painful. "Hanging up once" means one time of tying the rope. As a severe punishment, this torture was only applied at most twice to criminals who tried to escape from the detention centers. But the police tie practitioners with the rope 8 or 9 times. It is really inhumane. (Figure 9)

Figure 9

10. "Handcuff behind the back:" In order to prevent practitioners from doing the exercises, the police handcuff practitioners behind their backs for a long time. Practitioners handcuffed in this way cannot use the bathroom, eat or sleep. (Figure 10)

Figure 10

11. "Being confined in a solitary compartment" is one of the torture methods applied to brutally persecute practitioners. The height of the cage is shorter than a person's height. The width and length is difficult for a person, for one can neither stand straight nor lie down. Except for a small barred door, all openings are tightly sealed. No light comes in. Practitioners are locked up in these small cells like that because they are determined to tell the truth and do not yield to the unreasonable requirements. Sometimes they are locked up this way for 120 days. They are mentally and physically tortured. (Figure 11)

Figure 11

12. Many Dafa practitioners who escaped from the evil's dens say that in the cell they often heard miserable crying from the hallway and often saw bruises all over Dafa practitioners' bodies from being brutally beaten. Some practitioners fainted and were dragged away by evil guards, policemen or abetting, common criminals. The practitioner's life circumstances are uncertain. (Figure 12)

Figure 12