Summary of Persecution in Dandong City, Liaoning Province During the First Half of 2014
(Minghui.org) The following is a summary of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in Dandong City, Liaoning Province, which took place during the first six months of 2014.
One practitioner was tortured to death, four practitioners have been illegally sentenced, one has appeared in court but is still awaiting the verdict, four are awaiting trial, six have been arrested and one practitioner has been detained but the whereabouts and condition is unknown.
Ms. Jiang Fengying Tortured to Death
Ms. Jiang Fengying, 67, was a retired employee of the Dandong Single Crystal Factory. She had been arrested five times from July 20, 1999 to 2006.
On November 8, 2005, Ms. Jiang was arrested by seven officers from the Dandong Police Department and Qidaogou Police Station. She was taken to the Dandong Detention Center where she suffered various forms of torture. She was also forced to have her blood withdrawn and was severely beaten by deputy head Wang Jing and guard Liu. She was later sentenced to two years in the Masanjia Forced Labor Camp.
While incarcerated in the camp, Ms. Jiang was injected with unknown drugs and forced to do hard labor. Guards Wang Guangyun and Shi Yu subjected her to a cruel torture known as “Stretching.” Due to the various forms of torture she endured, she lost seven teeth and couldn’t see well through her left eye. She also lost a lot of weight.
After Ms. Jiang was released, she was often followed and harassed by agents from the Dandong 610 Office and local police stations. This caused her a lot of mental pressure. This, compounded with the injuries she had due to the long-term torture, made her health deteriorate. She passed away on January 8, 2014.
Practitioners Illegally Sentenced
1. Ms. Li Hui Sentenced to Three Years
Ms. Li Hui, in her 50s, was talking to local residents about Falun Gong on November 27, 2013, when she was arrested by officers from the Guangji Police Station in the Yuanbao District. Her home was ransacked and her computer, printer, Falun Gong books and other personal belongings were confiscated.
Ms. Li was taken to the Dandong Detention Center that day. She was sentenced to three years of imprisonment by the Yuanbao District Court on February 17, 2014.
2. Ms. Zhang Lin Sentenced to Three Years
Ms. Zhang Lin, around 30 years old, is a teacher with a three-year-old child. She was arrested while distributing truth clarification materials. Her home was ransacked by Jiang Chengge, Wang Lijun and others from the Dandong Domestic Security Division, Yuanbao District Police and the Liudaokou Police Station. They confiscated her computer, printers and 2,700 yuan. The police also broke into her mom’s house and ransacked it. They also ransacked her office at school.
Officials from the Yuanbao District Court tried Ms. Zhang on February 13, 2014, and sentenced her to three years.
3. Ms. Li Lihua Sentenced
Officials from the Yuanbao District Court sentenced Ms. Li Lihua in February 2014. She was taken to a prison but was not admitted because she didn’t pass the health examination. However, Yuanbao District Court officials conspired with the Dandong Detention Center officials and forcibly took Ms. Li to the Shenyang Women’s Prison on March 3.
4. Ms. Zhu Yanbo Secretly Sentenced to Three Years
Officials from the Donggang Court secretly sentenced Ms. Zhu Yanbo to three years.
Ms. Zhu, 49, is from Gushan Town in Donggang. Her attorney appealed to the Dandong Intermediate Court, requesting to review the paperwork and talk to judge Wang Xuyao. Her family also requested to meet with the judge. However, the court officials denied their requests.
Disabled Practitioner Tried at Zhenxing District Court
Mr. Sun Zhongren, 65, a disabled practitioner was tried at the Zhenxing District Court on March 28, 2014, after being detained for four months. His attorney was denied access to his paperwork by the district Procuratorate.
Related article:Liaoning Province: Mr. Sun Zhongren Illegally Tried
Practitioners Facing Trial
1. Ms. Liu Bin and Her Daughter Ms. Liu Yang
Ms. Liu Bin, 52, is an employee of the Dandong Agricultural Bank. She was tracked by officers from the Dandong Police Department when she clarified the facts about Falun Gong on the Internet. Officers from the Dandong Domestic Security Division and the Liudaokou Police Station arrested her on the morning of May 19, 2014. Her 26-year-old daughter, Ms. Liu Yang, was also taken into custody. The police ransacked her home and confiscated many of her personal belongings.
Ms. Liu and her daughter were taken to the Dandong Detention Center. Ms. Liu Yang was released 10 days later. The police brought their case to the Yuanbao District Court, and a court hearing is expected to take place soon.
2. Mr. Cui Chuncheng and His Wife Ms. Li Shuxiang
Mr. Cui Chuncheng and his wife Ms. Li Shuxiang are in their 50s. Ms. Li worked in Changdian Town of Kuandian County. The head of Dongyanghe Village Chu Lianfang reported her to the police. As a result, the couple were monitored for quite a while.
Officers from the Kuandian Domestic Security Division and Jiuliancheng Town Police Station broke into the couple's home on the morning of April 2, 2014. They ransacked the place and took Mr. Cui to the Kuandian Detention Center and Ms. Li to the Dandong Detention Center. The police also sent their case to the Kuandian County Court.
Practitioner Brutally Tortured
Ms. Wang E from Jixian Village in Tianchi Town was arrested on the morning of June 4, 2014. Wang Haibin, Zhang Wei and others from the Tangchi Town Police Station in the Zhenxing District took her in to custody when she was shopping at the market using money that had messages about the persecution of Falun Gong written on it. Ms. Wang was brutally tortured in an attempt to extort a confession from her.
Ms. Wang’s family repeatedly went to the Dandong Detention Center to demand her release, but the guards refused to let them in. Her family does not know whether she is still alive, and are extremely worried about her.
Related article:Ms. Wang E Brutally Tortured and Her Whereabouts Unknown
Six Practitioners Arrested
Six practitioners have been arrested and detained, including 69-year-old Mr. Han Jiyun from Pingan Village of Qianyang Town; Ms. Yao Jingli from Dandong; Ms. Guanlixin from Fengcheng; Ms. Han Shurong, Ms. Song Chunrong and Ms. Hu Zhongying from Donggang.