Cases of Rampant Persecution in Yuzhang Prison
(Minghui.org) The Yuzhang Prison in Jiangxi Province has persecuted Falun Gong practitioners since 1999. Torture methods often include beatings, solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and hard labor.
Below are a few selected cases of practitioners being persecuted in Yuzhang Prison.
Mr. Chen Baozhi
Mr. Chen Baozhi, 67, from Nanchang City, was tortured in Yuzhang Prison for eight years. He was arrested on February 7, 2001, and sentenced to an eleven-year prison term.
Mr. Chen was locked in a solitary confinement cell for his first one-and-a-half years in the Yuzhang Prison. Cheng Qijin, the investigation section head, was in charge of the confinement cell and well-known for his brutality. He ordered four inmates to monitor Mr. Chen around the clock.
Mr. Chen was not allowed to speak to anyone or buy daily necessities. He was subjected to brainwashing because he refused to renounce Falun Gong, and also assigned to do hard labor.
When Mr. Chen sat on the bed to relax a little, an inmate who was assigned to monitor him reported to the guard that he was doing the Falun Gong exercises. He was subsequently locked in solitary confinement for over ten days.
The confinement cell was filled with mosquitoes and insects on hot days. All prisoners were given a mosquito net for their beds, except Mr. Chen. The prison guards claimed it was to prevent Mr. Chen from doing the Falun Gong exercises.
He was ordered to wear clothing with long sleeves in the hot summer to prevent being bitten by insects, but the insects still bit his face and hands. Mr. Chen endured unbearable itching and could not sleep at night.
Mr. Xiao Yuanguang
Mr. Xiao Yuanguang was under pressure to renounce Falun Gong, but announced in 2002 that he would continue practicing Falun Gong. He was therefore ordered to do hard labor for 12 to 18 hours per day.
When Mr. Xiao protested the mistreatment, Cheng Qijin ordered several inmates to hang him up by his handcuffed wrists. He was later locked in solitary confinement and ordered to do hard labor.
At the end of his prison term, instead of being released, he was transferred to Yuzhang Prison.
Mr. Chen Ji
Two inmates were assigned to monitor Mr. Chen Jia around the clock and make him renounce Falun Gong. The guard threatened that if he did not give up his belief, he would be taken to a labor camp after he finished his prison term.
Mr. Chen talked to the inmates about Falun Gong. They brutally beat him and broke two of his ribs. Mr. Chen was detained in the confinement cell until he finished his prison term.
At the end of his prison term, instead of releasing him, the prison authorities transferred him to a labor camp, where he was incarcerated for another two years.
Mr. Sun Shilian
Mr. Sun Shilian, in his seventies, had severe asthma and needed oxygen when the asthma occurred. He announced that he would continue practicing Falun Gong, and voided the statement he was forced to write promising to give up this cultivation practice.
The guards detained him in a confinement cell and made him stand for a very long time every day. His legs became severely swollen and bruised. He also suffered from bouts of dizziness and asthma.
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