Name: Sun Tao (孙涛)
Gender: Female
Age: 44
Address: Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province
Occupation: Instructor at Hebei School of Urban-Rural Development
Date of Most Recent Arrest: February 25, 2012
Most Recent Place of Detention: Yuhua District Police Department (裕华区公安分局)
City: Shijiazhuang
Province: Hebei
Persecution Suffered: Detention, extortion, fired from workplace, beating, verbal abuse, handcuffed, and physical abuse, forced labor, became homeless for three years, divorce


( Ms. Sun Tao, a 44-year-old instructor from the Hebei School of Urban-Rural Development, has been repeatedly persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over the last ten years. Because Ms. Sun practices Falun Gong, the CCP authorities have arrested her many times and sent her to forced labor camps. To avoid further persecution, Ms. Sun left home and became homeless, and her husband divorced her. Recently, Ms. Sun has been arrested again.


In the morning on February 25, 2012, officers from the Xinhua Police Sub-bureau and the Dongjiao Police Station ransacked Ms. Sun's home and confiscated personal belongings including Dafa books, laptop computers, a printer, and her car. The police arrested Ms. Sun and her friend, Qi Guoqin, who was visiting at the time. Both of them were taken to the Dongjiao Police Department, then later transferred to and detained at the Yuhua Police Sub-bureau.


Ms. Sun has a family history of Hepatitis B. She suffered from this disease before 1996. She also had bad temper and she and her husband quarreled constantly. As a result, Ms. Sun was depressed and was often absentminded. Physically, she was extremely weak. She had developed severe anemia and rheumatoid arthritis after giving birth. Ms. Sun was almost 5'7” tall but weighed less than 100 lbs. Due to her poor memory, she was not able to perform well at work and had to take medical leave. This was an emotionally painful period in Ms. Sun's life. In 1996, Ms. Sun started to practice Falun Gong and before long she was free from all disease and illnesses. She was full of energy and handled work with ease. One time, she surprisingly won first place in a thousand meter road race organized by her school. At home, the principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance taught her patience and tolerance. Her temperament continued to improve and family relationships became harmonious. She had a happy and warm family life.


However, the Chinese Communist Party could not tolerate truthfulness, compassion and forbearance and began to persecute Falun Gong. In October 1999, Ms. Sun went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice the spiritual discipline and she was illegally detained and fined 5,000 yuan. The Hebei School of Urban-Rural Development also detained her for 9 days, and then later for 14 days. In December 1999, Ms. Sun was given an administrative demerit for no apparent reason. She was then transferred from her teaching job and stopped receiving subsidies.


At the end of December 2000, Ms. Sun was arrested and sent to a labor camp. The forced labor camp refused admit Ms. Sun because she failed to pass the health examination and she was released. After Ms. Sun regained her health, she left home and became homeless for three years to avoid further persecution. During this time, her husband was under a lot of pressure. He filed for a divorce and went through the court proceedings on his own.


In the middle of April 2003, the Section Chief of the school security section arrested Ms. Sun while she was walking on the street and she was taken to the Hebei Province Brainwashing Center.


Around 10 p.m. on July 3, 2008, police officers from the Yudong Police Station broken into Ms. Sun's home and arrested her without showing any valid identification or paperwork. They also ransacked her home and confiscated personal belongings such as two computers and a printer. Ms. Sun was sentenced to 15 months of forced labor. During the 15 month period, she was brutally tortured using various methods such as verbal abuse, handcuffing, and physical abuse. Once Ms. Sun was severely beaten with her mouth covered. As a result, she had two big lumps on her head and the bridge of her nose was bruised.


Ms. Sun is again in police custody.


Personnel/Parties involved in the persecution of Ms. Sun Tao:

Wang Yubing, political instructor of Dongjiao Police Station in Xinhua District: +86-13731130666 (cell)
Wang Jingyuan, police officer of Dongjiao Police Station in Xinhua District: +86-15831117368 (cell)
Kang Yunliang, director of Xinhua Police Sub-bureau: +86-311-85188001 (office), +86-13803361000 (cell), +86-311-86129182 (home)
Cui Shaobo, political commissar of Xinhua Police Sub-bureau: +86-311-85188002 (office), +86-13785182099(cell), +86-311-85874288 (home)
Li Xinle, director of Yuhua Police Sub-bureau: +86-13503112599 (cell)
Principle of Hebei School of Urban-Rural Development: +86-311-85886842 (office)
Security section of Hebei School of Urban-Rural Development: +86-311- 85881396 (office)
Liang Jianbin, director of Hebei Province Brainwashing Center: +86-13653312118 (cell), +86-311-86686716 (office)
Yuan Shuqian, Hebei Province Brainwashing Center: +86-13903115399 (cell)