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Brutal Methods Used to Torture Falun Gong Practitioners at Guizhou Province Women's Forced Labor Camp

January 24, 2009 |  

(Clearwisdom.net) The brutal persecution methods used by the prison guards in Guizhou Province Women's Forced Labor Camp specifically targeting Falun Gong practitioners are mainly:

Monitoring 24 hours a day

All the practitioners incarcerated at this camp are monitored 24 hours a day by drug-addicted prisoners. The guards assigned six drug addicts to take shifts monitoring the practitioners. They have a "book of records" in which they jot down what they observe about the practitioners while keeping them under strict surveillance. They record the practitioners' eating habits, even their sleeping positions, noting each facial expression and action. Every day when the guards report to work, the first thing they do is read the previous days' notes. Then they carry out persecution on the practitioners accordingly. At the same time, the guards use reduction of the criminals' prison terms as an incentive for them to further persecute the practitioners.

Mental torture

In order to achieve the goal of "transforming" the practitioners, the guards force practitioners to read books and watch videos that slander Falun Gong and Master Li. They are forced to watch CCP programs and were forced to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics. After the Sichuan Province earthquake, there was a book that started circulating in the prison. This book distorted the facts about the earthquake and the practitioners were forced to read it and write "understandings" that defame Falun Gong. If the practitioners did not cooperate, or refused to write, to read or to give up their belief, they were subjected to torture.

Physical torture

  1. For long periods of time, the practitioners are not allowed to wash their hair, bathe themselves or even wash their clothes. The authorities are trying to use the state of being unbearably filthy to humiliate practitioners and persecute them.
  2. Practitioners are forced to stand for extended periods of time. Furthermore, whether it is day or night, they are not allowed to sleep. Some practitioners could not withstand this prolonged sleep deprivation and ended up falling to the floor. They suffered bruises and injuries from the fall. Some practitioners began to have poor circulation in their legs and feet due to being forced to stand for hours. Their feet became severely swollen and cracked, and began oozing pus and blood. Some practitioners have had their joints dislocated during the severe beatings. Some practitioners were even stripped of all their clothing and made to stand outside for long periods of time in the bitterly cold winter wind. In the heat of summer, practitioners were also forced to put on thick insulated clothing and stand under the hot summer sun. Some guards soaked women's used sanitary pads in water and then force-fed this contaminated water to the practitioners. Some of the criminal prisoners caught insects and put them on the practitioners' heads. At one point, they balanced a bowl of water on the head of a practitioner and would not allow him to move. They also refused to allow the practitioners to use the bathroom, even if they needed to have a bowel movement. While being monitored, the practitioners were not allowed to go to the toilet together. Instead, no matter how urgently the practitioners needed to go, they had to wait their turn.
  3. In addition to the severity of the above tortures, practitioners who refused to give up their belief are subjected to further mistreatment. The guards would seal their mouths shut with tape and brutally torture and beat them.

The guards who have been participating in the persecution include Gui Xinying, Jian Xia and Yuan Fang and others.

January 10, 2009