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Torture Deaths of 2,932 Falun Gong Practitioners in the Past Seven Years Confirmed

August 29, 2006 |   By Minghui/Clearwisdom correspondent Li Ming

(Clearwisdom.net) The Chinese Communist Party and Jiang Zemin's regime have persecuted Falun Gong for seven years, ever since July 20, 1999. During this period, their policies of "ruin their [practitioners'] reputations, cut them off financially and destroy them physically," "beating them to death is nothing and will be counted as suicide," and "do not identify the body [of a practitioner who is tortured to death] and cremate it immediately" has resulted in huge numbers of Falun Gong practitioners who persist in their belief losing their jobs, being deprived of an education, being forced into exile, and having their families torn apart.

The CCP and Jiang's regime has resorted to the most wicked and barbaric methods in the history of mankind to abuse Falun Gong practitioners, both physically and mentally. They use over 40 different methods of torture including long-term sleep deprivation; electric shocks to the mouth, chest, armpits, breasts, and private parts with multiple high-voltage electric batons; basement detention; water dungeon; handcuffing behind the back; hanging up by hands cuffed behind the back; the Tiger Bench; Stretching Bed; sexual assault; whipping with leather belts and copper wire; beating with steel bars, spiked rods, and bamboo sticks; force-feeding with pepper water, concentrated salt water, and human feces through industrial plastic tubes; and injection and forced ingestion of nerve-damaging drugs.

In the past seven years, incidents of Falun Gong practitioners being disabled and killed through torture have occurred frequently in China. Despite a strict information blockade by the CCP, the torture deaths of 2,932 Falun Gong practitioners have still confirmed been through civil channels. Among these victims, 54.57% were female, 56.96% were over 50 years old, and an average of 34 practitioners died every month.

The cases occurred throughout 31 provinces, cities and autonomous regions. Among them, 393 practitioners lived in Hebei Province, 359 in Heilongjiang Province, 353 in Liaoning Province, 346 in Jilin Province, 292 in Shandong Province, 175 in Sichuan Province, 144 in Hubei Province, 105 in Henan Province, 92 in Hunan Province, 80 in Beijing, 69 in Chongqing City, 67 in Guangdong Province, 53 in Neimenggu Autonomous Region, 48 in Gansu Province, 41 in Tianjin City, 41 in Jiangxi Province, 39 in Anhui Province, 39 in Guizhou Province, 24 in Jiangsu Province, 22 in Shanxi Province, 21 in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, 15 in Shanghai, 14 in Fujian Province, 14 in Yunnan Province, 12 in Guangxi Autonomous Region, 9 in Zhejiang Province, 5 in Qinghai Province, 4 in Hainan Province, 3 in Ningxia Autonomous Region, 1 in Tibet. The area of residence for the other 20 practitioners are yet to be verified.

The violence against female Falun Gong practitioners is beyond description. According to the "Falun Gong Human Rights Report" by the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), few female practitioners were spared of the humiliation of being stripped naked, and sometimes this treatment was long-term. They were not allowed to use sanitary napkins during their menstrual period, they were sexually assaulted, raped or threatened with sexual violence, and their chest and private parts were direct targets of beating and kicking. Police and guards not only ordered inmates to persecute female practitioners, they also raped or gang-raped female practitioners, shocked their vaginas with electric batons, stabbed the inside of their vaginas with a hard toilet brush, striped them naked, and threw them into male cells. One female practitioner who barely escaped from a labor camp said, "The extent of the evil there is beyond imagination."

The CCP widely uses nerve-damaging drugs to abuse Falun Gong practitioners. The WOIPFG and China Mental Health Watch jointly published an investigative report in May 2004 that points out the CCP's persecution of healthy, normal Falun Gong practitioners with psychiatric treatments. The report says mental hospitals in at least 100 provinces, cities, counties, and districts in China participated in this persecution, which directly resulted in the mental breakdown, disability, or death of several thousand practitioners. During the seven-year genocide against Falun Gong, the CCP's harvesting of living practitioners' organs represents "a grotesque form of evil...new to this planet." Yet this evil has been taking place consistently throughout China in the past several years.

The Minghui/Clearwisdom website published reports on the CCP's stealing Falun Gong practitioners' organs on December 22, 2000. Three witnesses stepped forward in March 2006 and stated that harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners is taking place in CCP's concentration camps, prisons, labor camps, hospitals, and other places, and their bodies are subsequently cremated.

On July 6, 2006, David Kilgour, the former Canadian Secretary of State in charge of Asia Pacific Affairs and a Member of the Canadian Parliament, along with David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, published the results of their independent investigation, "Report Into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China," which concludes that the allegations that the CCP is harvesting living Falun Gong practitioners' organs are true, and they also called it "a grotesque form of evil...new to this planet."

Taking into consideration this newly exposed crime, the actual number of Falun Gong practitioners killed by the Communist regime far exceeds 2,932.

The torture deaths of another 16 Falun Gong practitioners were verified in July 2006. Among them, seven were women; eight were over 50 years old; twelve died between January and July 2006, and six died in July 2006. The victims lived in six provinces and cities. Two practitioners lived in Liaoning Province, two in Sichuan Province, two in Neimenggu Autonomous Region, two in Beijing and two in Chongqing City. One practitioner lived in Heilongjiang Province, one in Hubei Province, one in Shandong Province, one in Guangdong Province, one in Hunan Province, and one in Tianjin City.

According to statistics published on the Minghui/Clearwisdom website, at least 92 torture deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in Mainland China were verified between January and July 2006.

Ms. Gao Huifang from Sichuan Province Arrested on June 29, 2006, and Murdered on the Same Day

Ms. Gao Huifang, 48 years old, lived in Longchang County, Neijiang City, Sichuan Province. She was reported on the morning of June 29, 2006, when she was clarifying the truth near Lishi Town Train Station in Longchang County. Police from the Longchang County Police Department arrested her. She was killed later that same day. At present, Mr. Yu Ziming, a practitioner and the only one who knows the truth about Ms. Gao's death, is being held in police custody and could be killed at any time. Officials from Longchang County Police Department said that it is impossible for them to let Mr. Yu leave alive.

Longchang County police agents claimed that Ms. Gao Huifang had jumped off a building and died. When her family questioned the cause of her death, the policeman on duty dared not meet with the family. When he later did meet with the family, he was sweating profusely with anxiety. When the family requested an autopsy, the report said everything appeared normal, except that her hip bones were fractured. If she had fallen from a building and died, there should have been evidence of trauma, bruises, and internal bleeding, not merely hip fractures.

On the day of Ms. Gao's cremation, Longchang County Police Department dispatched more than 20 vehicles to patrol the grounds. Martial law was enforced at the crematory for the whole day. The crematory workers said that they had never before seen anything like it.

After the persecution of Falun Gong began, Ms. Gao Huifang was sent to a mental hospital three times and had been injected with nerve-damaging drugs. Her head and face became swollen and disfigured. Her family could not recognize her even up close. Ms. Gao was eventually sent to the Nanmusi Forced Labor Camp in Zizhong, Sichuan Province. Following her release she lived in exile for several months.

Middle School Teacher Mr. Sun Peichen in Heilongjiang Province Released on Brink of Death; Passed Away 20 Days Later

Mr. Sun Peichen, 47, was a teacher at Yinglan Middle School, Yilan County, Heilongjiang Province. He refused to give up Falun Dafa, so the Communist regime repeatedly persecuted him. He was tortured to the brink of death at the Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp, was sent home on June 7, 2006, and died 26 days later, on July 3, 2006. The following are the details of his story.

Mr. Sun had previously been held under administrative detention for 15 days because he refused to give up his belief. He was detained again on January 16, 2000, for 100 days.

The police arrested Mr. Sun on May 21, 2001, at work. He was held at the Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp for a year. The conditions were very bad. His whole body developed scabies due to the damp environment, and he could not stand up or take care of himself. He went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution and was barbarically force-fed. He was savagely tortured many times.

Mr. Sun was arrested again on May 26, 2004. Participating in the arrest were Jia Lin, Qiao Lijun, and others from Dalianhe Town Police Station. He was taken from Hongxing Village to Dalianhe and then sent to Yilan Detention Center. Qiao Lijun beat him often on the way to the detention center. While Mr. Sun was detained there, Qiao Lijun reeked of liquor as he rushed into the prison cell three times and beat Mr. Sun, leaving him bleeding from his nose and mouth. His chest, abdomen, and head sustained serious injuries, and he lost consciousness many times. After not eating or drinking for 18 days, he was extremely weak but was still sent to the Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp for a three-year term. He was brutally beaten at that camp many times by division head Ji and inmate Dong Hebin.

One of the methods they used to torture practitioners included "pushing" and "separating." "Pushing" is where someone sits on the practitioner's back and pulls his arms up behind his back as far as they will go, which makes the joints crack. "Separating" is pulling the legs in opposite directions as far as they will go.

On Easter morning 2005, practitioners Mr. Sun Peichen, Li Qingrong, Zhang Fengtian, and Xu Guoxiang shouted loudly at the dining area, "Falun Dafa is good!" Zhao Shuang and other guards forcibly removed all of Mr. Sun's clothes. Zhao Shuang wrapped his hand in a plastic bag, grasped Mr. Sun's testicles, and crushed them. He then straddled Mr. Sun and tortured him with the "pushing" and "separating" method. Another guard shocked him with an electric baton. When the two became tired, they took a break and then shocked Mr. Sun's testicles and other sensitive body parts with electric baton(s) again. After that, Zhao Shuang continued to apply the "pushing" and "separating" torture to Mr. Sun until he (Zhao) was exhausted. The guards then forced the naked Mr. Sun to criticize himself in the workshop where other practitioners were working. Practitioner Mr. Song Guohua couldn't stand to watch the abuse any longer. He stood up and tried to stop it but was immediately dragged away. He was also stripped naked and repeatedly shocked with electric batons. After being tortured with "pushing" and "separating," one of his legs was severely injured.

On April 12, 2005, guard Zhao Shuang and others again tortured Sun Peichen. They stripped him naked, shocked him continuously with electric batons, held him down on the ground, and violently dug their elbows into his chest and back. They also kicked his chest and back with the heels of their boots. They tortured him with "pushing" and "separating" and also pinched him and forced him to squat. They again crushed his testicles. Guard Zhao Shuang also wrapped Mr. Sun's penis in a bag. Zhao Shuang grabbed it and pulled Sun Peichen's whole body upwards by his penis.

Guards at the Changlinzi Forced Labor Camp also forced Mr. Sun and other practitioners to do slave labor. The practitioners were permitted only two or three hours of sleep per night. The guards frequently used "resisting management" as an excuse to wantonly beat and verbally assault the practitioners, shock them with electric batons, or force them to sit in metal chairs. Zhao Shuang said, "It is alright, so long as we do not kill them. Even if we kill them, we just need to fill out a form and claim it was a 'natural death.' Besides, the labor camp has a death quota."

The brutal persecution left Mr. Sun with a whole mouth of loose teeth, terrible chest pain, and difficulty breathing. He was painfully thin. He had become bedridden and barely able to breathe. The labor camp hastily sent him home on June 7, 2006. Mr. Sun Peichen died 26 days later on July 3, 2006.

Mr. Liu Wenzhong from Neimenggu Had Money Extorted from Him and Was Tortured to Death

Mr. Liu Wenzhong was 52 years old and owned a department store in the Songshan District of Chifeng City, Neimenggu. Mr. Liu started practicing Falun Gong in June 1999. He had suffered from hepatitis, cystitis, and kidney stones. The hospital could not treat him. All of his illnesses disappeared without any medical intervention three days after he started practicing Falun Gong.

After the persecution began in July 1999, Liu Wenzhong persisted in studying the Fa, doing the exercises and "clarifying the truth." Jia Aichen, head of the Songshan District 610 Office and officers from Songshan District Police Department and the National Security Division extorted money from him and illegally detained him many times.

Officers from the Songshan District National Security Division and the local police station broke down the door and windows of Mr. Liu's store and arrested Mr. Liu, his wife, and two of his employees. They took them to the No. 1 Songshan Police Station and interrogated and tortured them for a whole night. They then held these four people in solitary confinement for a whole day. The following night they were sent to Yuanlin Road Detention Center. Liu Wenzhong's wife was released the day after the police extorted several thousand yuan from her.

Mr. Liu's department store, valued at more than one million yuan, was forced to close, which resulted in a great economic loss (estimated at 800,000 yuan). This also affected many local people. More than 20 employees who worked at the store lost their jobs.

Liu Wenzhong was sentenced to three years of forced labor and was sent to the Wuyuan Forced Labor Camp in Gubameng, Neimenggu. During his detention, the police extorted over 40,000 yuan from him. He was also forced to do intensive labor. Because he refused to "reform" he was beaten and subjected to tortures, including forced standing and solitary confinement. As a result, he was mentally traumatized and physically tormented.

Mr. Liu was released from the labor camp on October 26, 2004. Before he even got home, however, he was arrested again by Chifeng City 610 Office agents and sent to a brainwashing center. After he was released, the police monitored and harassed him. He passed away on July 9, 2006.

A call for conscience, a call for an end to the persecution

Seven years have passed. Falun Gong practitioners were and still are being barbarically persecuted by the Communist regime simply for being good people and living by the principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance. The persecution itself poses a challenge to human nature and conscience, and it's an insult to morality. It's a tremendous tragedy for the Chinese people as well as for mankind as a whole.

During World War II, the German Nazis massacred Jews and used their bodies as raw materials to make various products in concentration camps. After the German concentration camps were exposed, the silence and hesitation of the international community allowed the crimes to continue for another two to three years, during which time another 2.5 million Jews were killed. After World War II, the international community vowed, "Never again."

Sixty years later, the Communist regime has exceeded the Nazis in terms of brutality in its persecution against Falun Gong practitioners. What has made it possible for the Communist regime's crimes to exist? It is worthy of reflection and consideration on the part of each one of us that lives in this special historic era.

During this most cruel and evil persecution of the past seven years, Falun Gong practitioners have persistently clarified the truth to the world with great compassion and tolerance. They have exposed the evil and called for conscience. They want to tell people: during this important historic period of the battle between righteousness and evil, each one of us can avoid danger and enter a bright future by supporting Truth-Compassion-Forbearance, by supporting the cause of innocent people, and by upholding justice. Let us together stop this "evil...new to this planet" with acts of courage, justice, and conscience.