On a Two-Month-Long Hunger Strike, Mr. Yin Sirong from Chengdu City Requests Review of Forced Labor Decision (Photo)
Name: Yin Sirong (尹思荣)
Address: 5 North Fourth Section, 34 New 2nd Building, Secondary Outer-Belt, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province
Occupation: Metal Worker
Date of Most Recent Arrest: July 31, 2009
Most recent place of detention: Xishanping Forced Labor Camp (西山坪劳教所)
Persecution Suffered: Forced Labor, Illegal Sentencing, Imprisonment, Force-Feedings, Detention
Defense Attorney: Jin Guanghong, Beijing Yinjia Law Firm, 86-13269936680 (Cell); Lan Zhixue, Beijing Jiafa Law Firm, 86-13001251152 (Cell)
(Clearwisdom.net) Mr. Yin Sirong was arrested and subjected to 21 months forced labor for having Falun Dafa teachings on his computer, MP3 player, and MP4 player. He has submitted a request for administrative review of his case. Mr. Yin has been on a hunger strike since his arrest.
Mr. Yin Sirong
Mr. Yin, 50, is a former employee of Chengdu City Metallurgy Pilot Factory. On July 31, 2009, he was arrested at a practitioner's home in the Wanzhou District, Chongqing.
After his arrest, the authorities intentionally prevented his lawyer from intervening. When the Wanzhou Police Department administration submitted Mr. Yin's name into the system for forced labor, they refused to give Mr. Yin's family a legal document that was essential for his lawyer's defense, citing that his "identification hasn't been confirmed." On September 3, when they finally gave the family the legal document, a Detention Notice, they also gave the family a Forced Labor Notice, stating that Mr. Yin would get 21 months of forced labor. He was transferred to Xishanping Forced Labor Camp. When lawyers requested an interview with Mr. Yin, the Xishanping camp authorities refused to comply, saying, "Yin's attitude is not good."
Mr. Yin's family's requests for visitation were also repeatedly denied. When they went to the labor camp, the administration denied their request to visit, saying, "The top officials are not permitting visits." After repeated efforts by both the lawyers and family, the family was finally allowed to meet with Mr. Yin in mid-September. They confirmed that Mr. Yin has been on a hunger strike since his arrest, nearly two months ago.
With help from his lawyers, Mr. Yin formally submitted his request for an administrative review of his sentencing to the Chongqing Forced Labor Committee, and the certificate of delegated authority of administrative review for his two lawyers.
In his request for administrative review, Mr. Yin stated that the verdict did not follow legal procedures. The Forced Labor Notice accused Mr. Yin of being guilty just because he had Falun Dafa teachings on his computer and MP3 and MP4 players. But possessing electronic memory with Falun Dafa teachings does not qualify as disturbing social order under the Forced Labor Law. In addition, Falun Dafa teachings encourage Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance, not violence.
Mr. Yin started practicing Falun Dafa in 1996. He has been repeatedly harassed for his beliefs since July 1999. He was sentenced to three years of forced labor in December 2000 and was forced to flee from his home to avoid harassment after his release in 2004.
Mr. Yin Sirong from Chengdu City Secretly Sentenced to Forced Labor Camp