“Enforced Disappearance” Reveals the Chinese Communist Party’s Evil Gang-Like Nature
(Minghui.org) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) persecutes Falun Gong without any legal basis. All of its actions are like that of a gang, and “enforced disappearance” is one of its frequently used tactics.
CCP agents often follow and monitor practitioners for long periods of time and then arrest them without notifying their workplaces or family members. Such arrests do not follow any legal procedures. When worried family members try to look for the missing practitioners everywhere, CCP agents run them in circles by tricking them or creating obstacles, and the agents often make even worse trouble for them.
In the meantime, practitioners subjected to “enforced disappearance” are held without any legal protection. CCP agents can do whatever they want to them. The practitioners are persecuted brutally, tortured in order to extract confessions, put into psychiatric hospitals, forced labor camps, or brainwashing centers, or sentenced to prison arbitrarily.
Associate Professor Zhu Qingkai of Chengdu Science and Technology University was hired in 1998 as a special assistant to the president of the Wangjiang Hotel (formerly the Chengdu Military Equipment Guest House). In July 2000, Mr. Zhu traveled to Guangzhou to attend a conference. At the time, he was not aware that his wife had been abducted by agents from the Chengdu Military District, or that his home phone had been disconnected. When he returned to Chengdu after the conference, he was also abducted by the Chengdu Military District Equipment Department as soon as he landed, and he was secretly detained in a warehouse at the Equipment Department in Shifang City, Deyang. He was held there for over 40 days, and neither his workplace nor family members received any information about him whatsoever.
The CCP uses all sorts of ways to abduct Falun Gong practitioners, including taking advantage of peoples’ affections and friendships. Mr. Kuang Liang is a practitioner in Chongqing City. He was the chairman of the business union for the Wanzhou District Salt Company, and he was an official at the county-regiment level. On June 28, 2012, after thorough investigation, officers from the Wanzhou Domestic Security Division asked a friend of Mr. Kuang, who was also a domestic security officer, to call him and set up a meeting. Not suspecting anything malicious, Mr. Kuang went to the meeting and was hastily abducted. His family was unable to obtain any information of his whereabouts for over two months.
Almost every abduction is conducted secretly by local 610 Offices and aided by the Domestic Security Division of local police departments. For example, in early 2011, Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) director Zhou Yongkang traveled to Wuhan. Two weeks later, they conducted a large-scale arrest of local practitioners, with 40 to 50 practitioners arrested during April and May. On April 20 alone, 11 practitioners were secretly arrested. The CCP agents avoided practitioners’ family members in all cases, and it was discovered afterward that the operation had been planned by the Wuhan City 610 Office and executed by the Domestic Security Division of the Wuhan Police Department. The authorities involved had previously been spying on the practitioners and purposely avoided their family members.
Dealt with at Will
During Mr. Zhu's detainment, he was guarded by five fully armed soldiers. The Chengdu Military District Intelligence Department and the Equipment Department interrogated him many times, asking him about his contacts and about his sources and whereabouts of the Falun Gong informational materials at his home (they did not find any), and they forced him to give up cultivation. They also forced him to write the three statements and other articles slandering Falun Dafa and its Teacher, Mr. Li Hongzhi. This caused Mr. Zhu great stress. When he went home after more than 40 days, his whole body looked blue, and his mind felt muddled. One of his ankles was badly swollen, and he was unable to walk. It appeared that he was poisoned from the drugs administered into his food while he was detained.
After two months of seeking information about him, Mr. Kuang’s family finally learned that he had been illegally sentenced to one-and-a-half years of forced labor by the Wanzhou Police Department. But instead of being detained at the labor camp, he was detained at the Wangzhou District Psychiatric Hospital and persecuted there, and his life was in danger. According to witnesses, Mr. Kuang was held on the third floor of the hospital. He was force-fed with drugs every day, and he was often beaten with electric batons. His family members consulted with an attorney who told them, “If the person has a mental disorder, then he should not be sentenced to prison or forced labor. If he was sentenced, then it means that he was not clinically diagnosed as having mental problems.”
Among the 11 practitioners arrested in Wuhan, Mr. Zhang Su and Mr. Zhang Weijie were also tortured and interrogated. They were forced to attend brainwashing classes, and they were beaten and deprived of sleep. Drugs were administered to them through their food. Torturing Mr. Zhang Weijie was considered a study project for the CCP: They forced him to stand, deprived him of sleep and food, and force-fed him by continuously inserting and extracting a feeding tube, all in order to see how long his will could hold. Soon after, the CCP's agents fabricated the so-called “seven-people conspiracy” case against the two practitioners and sentenced them and five other practitioners to prison terms ranging from three to six years.
Practitioner Mr. Xiao Hongming in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was arrested and detained for more than four months; however, his family never received any notice or information about him, and no one took responsibility for Mr. Xiao’s disappearance.
On April 26, 2012, Mr. Xiao was arrested by officers from the domestic security division. His family members searched all over for him, and on May 21, they went to the Chengdu City Detention Center and learned that he was held there. The guard claimed that they needed to provide Mr. Xiao's detention notice in order to be able to deliver clothes and money to him. The guard told them to go to the police station to obtain it.
The family members went to the Tiaodenghe Police Station and the Taisheng Road Police Station in the Chenghua District where Mr. Xiao rented a room. Both stations said that they had no knowledge of Mr. Xiao’s detention. The Taisheng Road Police Station in turn questioned the family members about how they had learned of Mr. Xiao's whereabouts, and they demanded the telephone number of the person who had told them. The family members were never aware of who had conducted the arrest. They were therefore unable to send any clean clothes to Mr. Xiao.
In early July, the helpless family members went to the Chenghua District 610 Office. The deputy director, Qin Guangyong, initially indicated that he had no knowledge of Mr. Xiao, but then another staff member immediately found that Mr. Xiao’s address was in their database, and even his relatives’ residences and workplaces were listed. Qin first denied any knowledge and then began to harshly interrogate the family members to see if they practiced Falun Gong.
On July 31, 2012, after Ms. Han Fenghua, a 58-year-old teacher in Jilin City, was arrested, her family members went to the related organizations to find out who had arrested and ransacked her house. The authorities all denied responsibility. About one month later, her family members learned that Ms. Han had been taken to the Heizuizi Forced Labor Camp in Changchun City, and she was being persecuted there. They went to the forced labor camp three times, and each time their visitation requests were rejected.
The large-scale arrests of practitioners in Wuhan City are conducted without any due process. No one informs the family members of the whereabouts of the practitioners or the reasons for their arrests. When the family members try in every way to find information, CCP agents just shift responsibility to each other. Aside from knowing that it is the Domestic Security Division of the Wuhan Police Department that conducts the arrests, the family members learn nothing. During the process, after spending great effort tracking down their loved ones, some family members finally learn that their loved ones are detained in the provincial brainwashing centers. When they go there, the guards simply deny the facts.
Revealing the CCP’s Anti-Human Nature
A few years ago, the United Nations passed the “International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance” and acknowledged that “enforced disappearance” is an extremely serious crime. Large-scale and systematic operations of “enforced disappearance” constitute crimes against humanity.
In early 2012, against the universal values held by the international community, the CCP passed an amendment to article 73 of their criminal law. The new regulation stipulates that the police department can monitor and restrict any suspect’s residence without informing family members when cases involve the sabotaging of national security or terrorist activities. Many citizens feel that the CCP enacted this regulation to legitimize its use of “enforced disappearance.” The CCP distorts its laws to the extremes in order to enhance its gang-like control.
The CCP secretly arrests, imprisons, tortures, and kills people at will. It happens that the CCP falsely describes many of these people as “sabotaging national security” and engaging in “terrorist activities.” However, it is the CCP that conducts large-scale terrorist activities while openly using gangster tactics. It has thus completely revealed its own anti-human nature.