Liu Shuping Detained at the Banqiao Women's Labor Camp in Tianjin for Nearly Six Years
(Clearwisdom.net) Ms. Liu Shuping's term at the Banqiao Women's Forced Labor Camp in Tianjin has been extended four times. January 1, 2006, was her release date after the second extension of six months. By then, she had been detained at the labor camp for five and a half years. When her family members arrived in the labor camp after traveling 200 li (approximately 60 miles), the staff at the detention center said that her term had been extended for another four months. Now it's been far longer than four months, yet Ms. Liu is still detained at the labor camp.
Ms. Liu Shuping, 50, is a Falun Dafa practitioner from Wuqing County, Tianjin Province. After practicing Falun Gong, in addition to regaining her physical health, she felt her mind had elevated, too. She had not acted against the government or caused any harm to society or any individual. She was only persistent in practicing Falun Gong and being a moral person following the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. She was arrested in early 2001 and illegally sentenced to one year of forced labor.
While detained in the First Team of the Banqiao Women's Labor Camp in Tianjin, Ms. Liu was both mentally and physically tortured. Due to her unwillingness to give up the practice or promise to quit the practice, the guards at the labor camp put her in a dark room with some drug addicts and prostitutes. They stripped her and brutally beat her. She was forced to "sit on the plane" [a torture that makes a person bend in the shape of an airplane]. Seeing that she was still unwilling to give up, they began beating her during the day and keeping her awake at night. Two convicted drug addict inmates or prostitutes took turns to watch her to keep her from sleeping. As soon as she closed her eyes, they would shout, push her, or make loud sounds so that she could not sleep. she went on a hunger strike to protest this torture. The guards then tortured her by force-feeding her.
After several months of hunger strikes and force-feeding, Ms. Liu's body and mind were both greatly harmed. She displayed symptoms of mental disorientation and could not recognize people. She often screamed out of fear and was not even aware when she soiled herself. After their extreme torture caused her to become this way, the guards turned the facts around and said that she "went crazy" because she practiced Falun Gong. Even when she was tortured to extreme weakness, the guards still sent her to the "miscellaneous cases group" and forced her to do physical labor with younger convicts, including drug criminals, prostitutes, and thieves. Despite her age and her small stature of less than five feet, she had to carry sacks of beans that weighed 100-120 jin (approximately 110 to 132 pounds) each.
Two six-month extensions were added to her term at the labor camp. At the end of the second extension, the guards prohibited her from sleeping for weeks at a time. Seeing that she still would not cooperate, at the beginning of 2003, the guards sent her away with the agency that first sent her to the labor camp. They put her in a local detention center. She was again sentenced to three years of forced labor. In less than two weeks, she was sent back to the First Team of the Banqiao Women's Forced Labor Camp in Tianjin.
Ms. Liu Shuping is still detained at the Banqiao Women's Labor Camp and continues to be tortured and harmed. We hereby strongly urge the Chinese government to release all Falun practitioners illegally detained at various prisons, labor camps, mental hospitals, brainwashing centers, and detention centers.
(China's country code is 86.)
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