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71-Year-Old Ms. Su Zebi Dies Soon after Being Released from Forced Labor Camp

November 21, 2009 |  

Name: Su Zebi (苏泽碧)
Gender: Female
Age: 71
Address: Jianbei'er Village, Jiangbei District, Chongqing City
Occupation: Retired
Date of death: November14, 2009
Date of most recent arrest: May 19, 2008
Most recent place of detention: Chongqing City Shabao Women's Forced Labor Camp (Tel: 86-23-67549131; Address: 28-Ganyu Street, Shimahe Community, Jiangbei District, Chongqing City, zip code 400021; 重庆市沙堡女子劳教所地址:重庆市江北区石马河感育路28号, 邮政编码400021)
City: Chongqing
Persecution suffered: Electric shock, sleep deprivation, forced labor, brainwashing, illegal sentencing, forced injections/drug administration, beatings, hung up, imprisonment, solitary confinement, torture, rape, sexual assault, force-feedings, extortion, fired from workplace, physical restraint, detained in a mental hospital, home ransacked, interrogation, detention

(Clearwisdom.net) (By a correspondent from Chongqing City) Around 10 a.m. on May 19, 2008, Jiangbei District Domestic Security agents Liang Shibin, Liu Ling (female), and others arrested Ms. Su Zebi and took her to the Yubei Brainwashing Center after ransacking her home. On June 1, 2008, she was sentenced to one year in a forced labor camp and taken to the Shabao Women's Forced Labor Camp in the Jiangbei District.

At the camp, she was placed in the Fourth Ward, otherwise known as the "Education Ward," which was established specifically to house Falun Gong practitioners. In January 2009, 127 practitioners were detained in that ward, 58 of whom were older than 60. Regardless of age, everyone was forced to "exercise" outdoors from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a month. Exercises included military-style marching, standing, and squatting. Practitioners were not allowed to talk or make eye contact. Prisoners detained on drug charges were assigned to watch them closely and around the clock. They were authorized to beat and curse practitioners at will. Practitioners were forced to read books slandering Falun Dafa and were forced to write reports to "correct their thinking." If they were reluctant, they were beaten and deprived of sleep. They were given little to eat or to drink while having to perform forced labor. Typically, practitioners in their 60s had to wrap more than 60 pounds of candy every day, fold 350 boxes for packing down jackets, and sew details on six pairs of pants. Whenever someone could not finish her quota, she was forced to stand upright for a long time, write a statement of guilt, or copy the prison rules.

During her time at the camp, Ms. Su Zebi suffered serious physical and psychological injuries. After she was allowed to return home on June 1, 2009, local police continued to threaten and harass her. She died on November 14, 2009, due to the stressful conditions.

Luo Chuanmei (female), Shabao Women's Labor Camp Director
Fourth Ward: 86- 23-67549185
Chen Yanyan (female), Su Can (female), wardens of the fourth ward: 86-23-67549181

Written on November 17, 2009