Snapshot of Falun Gong Practitioners Whose Copies of Lawsuits Against Jiang Zemin Were Received by Minghui on November 1
(Minghui.org) Many Falun Gong practitioners are now exercising their legal right to sue Jiang Zemin for launching the persecution of Falun Gong and causing them great harm and tremendous suffering during the past 16 years. The momentum of this new wave of lawsuits against the former Chinese dictator is on the rise.
The Minghui website receives copies of criminal complaints against Jiang from many practitioners daily. In this report, we present a snapshot of some of the practitioners whose copies of lawsuits were received by Minghui on November 1.
These lawsuits are mailed to the Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate, which are required to process all criminal complaints filed by citizens, as of a recent ruling by the Supreme People's Court.
Brief Recap of the Three Lawsuits Detailed Below
The three plaintiffs, including a judge, were arrested and detained in prisons, labor camps, detention centers and brainwashing centers. Torture methods used on them include forcibly stretching the four limbs, water boarding, strait-jackets, beatings, electric shock, force feeding, and more.
The judge's wife could no longer endure the stress and divorced him. The families of all three were harassed because of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) guilt by association policy.
Mr. Liang Yuncheng (梁运成)
Profession: Judge of Fengcheng City CourtHometown: Fengcheng City, Liaoning ProvinceDate filed: July 10, 2015
Mr. Liang was sentenced to forced labor in 2006 and subjected to the stretch torture twice for practicing Falun Gong. Because of the torture, his joints hurt for years. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2010 and tortured in two facilities. The persecution placed his family under great duress. His wife divorced him. While he was imprisoned, his father died in early 2007 and his mother soon followed after that. The camp authorities kept that information from him.
Mr. Liang was arrested, beaten and detained twice by police for peacefully protesting the persecution of Falun Gong in Beijing in 1999.
The police arrested him in Dandong City in 2006. He went on a hunger strike and was force-fed with a concentrated saline solution. He was transferred to Dandong Forced Labor Camp, where he was shocked with electric batons. He was transferred to Benxi Forced Labor Camp and tortured for seven more months.
He was subjected to the stretch torture – his limbs were tied to the frames of two separate beds. His body was suspended in the air and his eyes forced to look into a bright light source. The guards then moved the two frames away from each other to stretch his legs and arms apart. This put unbearable strain on his limbs. At the same time he was deprived of sleep. This lasted 15 days the first time, and 29 days the second time. Mr. Liang almost lost his life.
He was taken to the Anshan Forced Labor Camp in August 2006, where he was tortured for another 16 months. Many times he was handcuffed in a way that made him stand still in an extremely uncomfortable position for days.
The authorities forged evidence against him in September 2010, and he was sentenced to three years in prison for distributing Falun Gong informational materials. He was taken to the Benxi Prison and subjected to brainwashing. He went on a hunger strike and was force-fed.
When Mr. Liang's life was in danger, he was transferred to Dalian Prison, where he was subjected to constant beatings, needle-stabbing, and left outside in the cold weather with almost no clothes on. He was denied family visits.
Ms. Zhou Guizhen (周桂珍)
Hometown: Zhengzhou City, Henan ProvinceDate filed: June 27, 2015
Key FactsMs. Zhou was arrested and tortured in the Miyun County Detention Center for peacefully protesting the persecution of Falun Gong in Beijing in May 2001. The guards shocked her with electric batons, poured boiling water over her, and interrogated her using the water-boarding torture.
During the water-boarding torture, water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning. This torture could result in injuries, such as damaged lungs, and brain damage from oxygen deprivation.
The police confiscated her Falun Gong informational materials and detained her for 15 days. As a result of the torture, she vomited blood and her husband had to carry her home.
Ms. Zhou was taken to a brainwashing center in July 2002. Government officials beat her, force-fed her and poured cold water on her in winter. She was denied all visits. She was transferred to a forced labor camp in 2003, where she was forced to wear a strait-jacket for 24 hours with a mop in her mouth. As a result her shoulders were bruised and legs swollen for a month.
Current CircumstancesMs. Zhou is disabled as a result of torture. She is unable to work and care for her family.
Ms. Li Shuqing (李淑清)
Hometown: BeijingDate filed: August 3, 2015
Ms. Li was repeatedly arrested and detained since the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999. She was sentenced to forced labor for a total of 18 months and to three years in prison.
Ms. Li went to Beijing to protest in October 2000 and was taken to the Shayu Township Police Station. The police savagely beat her and put her in a detention center, where she was beaten and shocked with electric batons. She was handcuffed. She went on a hunger strike and force-fed with a saline solution, unknown drugs and starch paste.
Ms. Li was detained in January 2001, where she was beaten and forced to perform manual labor, such as wrapping disposable chopsticks. A month later she was taken to a forced labor camp.
The police arrested Ms. Li in November 2004 and took her to a brainwashing center. She was transferred to the Beijing 1st Detention Center in January 2005. She went on a hunger strike and was force-fed with drugs that caused her to vomit and have diarrhea. She was sentenced to three years in prison and transferred to the Beijing Women's Prison in February.
In the prison, she was subjected to brainwashing and forced to write “thought reports”. When she refused to cooperate, she was beaten, verbally abused, and forced to stand or sit still for a long time. She went on a hunger strike. The guards inserted a plastic tube into her stomach and left it there. She was force-fed six times a day. She couldn't stop coughing and vomiting blood. Her health deteriorated and the guards injected her with unknown drugs.
The authorities continued to harass and threaten her and her family after her release. Her family lived in terror, which created strain between them and Ms. Li.
The police broke into Ms. Li's home and arrested her in February 2014. She was interrogated and taken to a detention center. Her blood pressure became dangerously high and she was released on medical parole.
The police took her to a brainwashing center in April 2014. When she refused to renounce Falun Gong, the authorities began to harass her daughters and their supervisors at work. The police installed a surveillance camera outside of her residence to monitor her around the clock.
In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.
The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners in the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.
Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang's directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.
Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.