Name:Wei Guanghua (卫广华)

Date of Most Recent Arrest:May 31, 2003
Most recent place of detention: Gangbei Prison in Tianjin City (天津港北监狱)
City: Tianjin City (天津市)
Persecution Suffered:Detention, Interrogation, Beatings, Imprisonment, Forced Labor, Solitary Confinement, Physical Constraint, Torture, Force-Feedings.

( (Minghui reporter in Tianjin) Police arrested Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Wei Guanghua and unlawfully sentenced him to nine years imprisonment. Mr. Wei has been persecuted for over six years in prison and his life is in danger. He is nearly 6 foot tall, and weighs less than 90 lbs. He started a hunger strike to protest his persecution and it has lasted for fifteen months up to now. He suffers brutal forced feeding five to six time each day during the hunger strike.

Police from Dayingmen Police Branch in Hexi District, Tianjin City arrested Mr. Wei, from Tianjin City, on May 31, 2003. Police in the eighth team of Hexi Branch locked him in an iron cage and brutally tortured him. They interrogated him, and illegally sentenced him to nine years in prison. On the day of trial, Wei Guanghua refused to appear in court, so police kicked and beat him, and dragged him to the police vehicle, causing multiple injuries.

After being detained in Hexi Branch for 14 months beyond the legally prescribed time limit, Wei Guanghua was sentenced to nine years in prison. He was sent to the eighth ward in Liyuantou Prison in Tianjin City, where he suffers continuous persecution.

On June 22, 2007, because Wei Guanghua refused to participate in forced labor, policemen Wang Bin and Yang Bo confined him to a small, solitary cell. Both feet were locked to an iron ring and his hands were cuffed to shackles on the concrete floor. Every day he was interrogated. He was dragged for a distance of over 400 meters and then up to the fourth floor. His feet were in shackles weighing over 44 lbs. as he was dragged up and down the concrete stairs. Even the shackles were scraped and became shiny.

Because Wei Guanghua went on a hunger strike to resist the inhuman torture, he was brutally force-fed many times every day. For over 100 days of forced feeding, he had stomach convulsions and vomited. Long term exposure to vomit even bleached a large area of the concrete floor. After over 100 days of resistance, Tianjin Prison guards gave up trying to force him to do physical labor. He had been persecuted to the verge of death. He could not sit up, and was sent to Xinsheng Hospital.

When he was returned to prison, Wei Guanghua was nearly paralyzed. His right calf and sole were disabled, the muscles had atrophied, and he could only walk with the support of other inmates.

On June 60, 2008, Wei Guanghua and other detained Falun Gong practitioners were transferred to the ninth ward in Tianjin Guangbei Prison, the so-called 'strictly- controlled team,' without notifying his family members. Deprived the right to study Falun Dafa books or do the exercises, Wei Guanghua went on hunger strike again. Up to now it has lasted about 15 months. He suffers brutal forced feeding five to six time each day and has become very weak. He is emaciated and his life is in danger.

We hope people around the world will help to appeal for Falun Gong practitioners who are persecuted.

Tianjin Gangbei Prison: 86-22-62071052 86-22-63251056
Team leader of the fifth ward: Yang Zhongshui, police number: 1208055
Team leader of the fifth ward: Song Xuesen, police number: 1208219
Director of the second ward: Xing Chengdong, police number: 1208068, deputy director: Zu Liming, police number: 1208237.