Ms. Kou Xiaoping Persecuted to Death at the Anshan Reformatory in 2002
(Clearwisdom.net) Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Kou Xiaoping from Anshan City, Liaoning Province, was persecuted to death on February 16, 2002, at the Anshan Reformatory Forced Labor Camp. She left behind her son, who was 13 years old at the time.
Fu Yang, Ms. Kou's son, was born on February 15, 1989. He lives with his grandmother at #10-15 Liguanweiqinggong Street in the Lishan District of Anshan City, Liaoning Province. Their phone number is 86-412-6921289. Fu Yang attends the 14th Middle School of Anshan City.
Ms. Kou Xiaoping, 40 years old, lived on Liguanweiqinggong Street in the Lishan District of Anshan City, Liaoning Province. She was illegally sentenced to two years of forced labor in November 2000 for practicing Falun Gong. During her forced labor term, she was tortured mentally and physically. She was brainwashed and deprived of sleep for nearly a month, which left her emaciated and mentally disoriented.
In November 2000, Ms. Kou Xiaoping was arrested at work and taken away by the Anshan City Police Department. Because she refused to write the "Guarantee Statement," she was sent to the Anshan City Third Detention Center for a 15-day term. Her detention was prolonged, and she was detained for another 15 days. The officers from the first division of the Anshan City Police Department brutally beat her during their many interrogations. After 8 o'clock one morning she was removed from her cell. The police took one hand over her head and down her back and her other hand from the bottom of her back up to the other hand and cuffed them together. She was hung in this position for an entire day and was beaten until her body was covered in bruises. Her thumbs went numb, and she could not get out of bed the next day. (The guards in the Anshan City Third Detention Center witnessed the bruises from the beating by the police department officers.)
Ten days after she was released, the police arrested Ms. Kou again for no apparent reason and sent her to the Second Detention Center. There were many practitioners suffering all kinds of torture in the Second Detention Center. Ms. Kou was illegally detained there for over a month before being sent to the Anshan Reformatory Forced Labor Camp in February 2001. Because she firmly kept up her belief and refused to give in, she was put in the section with the strictest and harshest policies, where she was severely tortured mentally and physically. She was deprived of all personal freedom and was followed and watched even when she used the bathroom. This lasted over a year.
In order to resist the persecution, she started a hunger strike on February 9, 2002. On the sixth day of her hunger strike, she was force-fed and appeared ill the following day. She was then sent to the central hospital. After an examination the doctor wanted to keep her in the hospital for treatment, but reformatory officials refused and she was returned by force. On the eighth day of her hunger strike, she was sent back to the hospital because of her deteriorating health. Ms. Kou Xiaoping died on February 16, 2002.
After Ms. Kou Xiaoping died, the police did everything they could to cover up their crime. They forced her husband to sign a written statement saying, "Kou Xiaoping's death was due to disease and had nothing to do with the forced labor camp." Kou Xiaoping's immediate family, relatives and friends had to ask for special permission from the police to pay their final respects to her, and the whole process had to be closely supervised by the police. Guards from the Anshan Reformatory were in charge of her body. Photos and videotaping were not allowed, and no news agency was allowed to report the death.
The police threatened the family, saying that the family would have to bear the consequences if any information leaked out. Kou Xiaoping's elder sister questioned the unreasonable policy, "Since her death was due to normal causes and has nothing to do with you, why have officials arranged everything and we family members do not have a say in anything? Why do we have to ask your permission for everything?" Political Commissar Zhang Zhenyang of the Anshan Reformatory Forced Labor Camp answered shamelessly, "Parents of the dead simply do not have the right to speak."