Name: Fan Jianming ( 樊建明)
Address: Dawuchang Village, Dongpuwa Township, Wuqing District, Tianjin City (天津市武清区东浦洼乡大吴场村)
Date of Most Recent Arrest: October 2002
Most Recent Place of Detention: Gangbei Prison (港北监狱)
Persecution Suffered: Forced labor, brainwashing, beatings, imprisonment, torture, force-feedings
(Clearwisdom.net) In October 2002, while the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) held its 16th Party Congress, Mr. Fan Jianming was sentenced to nine years in prison. He was incarcerated in Gangbei Prison. During that time he suffered a variety of inhuman abuses such as the “ground anchor,” and “sitting on a small stool” torture methods and was denied family visits, etc. He recently completed nine years of wrongful imprisonment and was released.
Back in 2005, during a family visit, Mr. Fan talked about wanting to be a good person based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. When guard Gao Peizhi overheard him, he immediately ended Mr. Fan's visit with his family, because Mr. Fan had talked about the principles of Falun Gong. When he was asked what was wrong with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, Gao Peizhi had nothing to say. Mr. Fan explained the Dafa principles to Gao, but Gao adamantly refused to listen. At that time, another guard, Zhang Shilin, shouted, “Fan Jianming, you have gone too far!”
Torture reenactment: Handcuffed to a ground anchor
After the guards terminated the family visit because they didn't like what was being said, Mr. Fan was taken to an empty room by inmates, and his hands and feet were shackled to a “ground anchor.” One inmate admonished him, “You stubborn old fellow!”
Guard Zhang Shilin told inmate Sun Honggang to tell Mr. Fan, “Commander Zhang said we're not worried about your being stubborn; we have plenty of time to deal with you, one year, two years, three years......” Inmates didn't stop torturing him until midnight and then woke him up again just before five o'clock in the morning. When Mr. Fan went on a hunger strike to protest, he was taken away for force-feeding. A guard threatened him: “If you don't cooperate, we will open a hole in your stomach, but we won't let you die. We will keep doing this.”
In 2008 when guard Xing saw Mr. Fan wasn't working because he was sick, he got so angry that he yelled at him and wanted to find ways to punish him even though Mr. Fan explained why he couldn't do much. Xing insisted that Mr. Fan had contradicted him. So, every day he got hold of Mr. Fan for a talk, took notes, and ordered Mr. Fan to sign his notes. But Mr. Fan refused to sign.
Feeling that he had lost some face, Xing came up with another way to get to Mr. Fan. He made him sit on a tiny bench for 18 hours a day―from five in the morning to 11 at night―for more than three months.
During this time, inmates were arranged, four to a team, to monitor Mr. Fan. In spite of this treatment, Mr. Fan did not yield at all. Seeing no alternative, the guards tried to force Mr. Fan to write a guarantee statement to not spread Falun Gong and to obey the prison regulations. Mr. Fan did not comply.
Mr. Fan started practicing Falun Dafa in February 1998 and had benefited a great deal. Any sicknesses he had disappeared and his desire to seek perfection arose. He returned a disability certificate that entitled him to over 100 yuan monthly (issued to him while he was in the military) to the government. It wasn't a small sum of money to an ordinary citizen at that time. He said, “I'm healthy now, so I can't take advantage of the government.”
When the CCP started persecuting Falun Gong in 1999, Mr. Fan went to say “Falun Dafa is good” in Beijing. He was arrested and taken to Shuangkou Forced Labor Camp in Tianjin, where he was tortured for one year.
After suffering for nine years in a forced labor camp, Mr. Fan Jianming is finally free.