Practitioners Persecuted in Liaoning Women's Prison and Its “Correction Division”
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners have been incarcerated in Liaoning Province Women's Prison since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting the practice in 1999. They have been tortured physically and mentally in the CCP's attempts to force them to “transform” and give up their belief.
There are 13 divisions in the prison, with Falun Gong practitioners in almost every one. Division 12, however, is the worst. It is what they call the “Concentration and Correction Division” or the “Hospital Division,” and it is where practitioners have suffered the most.
Before 2000, it was called the “Insane Group.” It was designated as the Concentration and Correction Division in 2010, its sole purpose to “transform” Falun Gong practitioners. Any practitioner who refuses to give up her belief is tortured by the guards and other inmates.
When the notorious Masanjia Forced Labor Camp was shut down, all Falun Gong practitioners who had been detained there were transferred to the newly-established Masanjia Division in Liaoning Province Women's Prison.
Tactics Used in the Correction Division
Destroy the Practitioner's Will
Chen Shuo, the section leader who took the lead in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners in the Correction Division, makes daily life for the practitioners as restrictive, difficult, and awful as possible. For instance, all their personal grooming articles are taken away, and they are not allowed to use the restroom as needed. They do not have any access to toilet paper in the restroom.
They not allowed to wash their face, brush their teeth, or change their underwear.
There is only one bed in the cell, so the practitioner has to sleep on a wooden board with no mattress or quilt, regardless of the season.
The practitioners are allowed very little food, yet they are forced to stand and squat every day. They are frequently beaten and cursed, struck with electric batons, detained in an isolated cell, and forced to watch videos that defame Falun Gong.
Whoever refuses to be “transformed” gets 10 years added to their prison term, and none of the other prisoners will be released. That means that the other prisoners do their best to intimidate and threaten them.
The practitioners are promised that their prison term will be reduced and they will have to do less labor if they agree to be “transformed.”
The guards do everything they can to put pressure on the practitioners to force them to give up their belief.
Instigate Inmates to Torture Them
The guards instigated inmates Shan Lili, Xu Yingmei, Li Li, Guan Cui, Yang Fan, Wang Rui, and many others to torture Falun Gong practitioners.
Ms. Guo Hongyan was tortured so badly that she had to be taken to a hospital. Ms. Liu Xiaoya was tortured until she was skin and bones. Ms. Chen Yazhou was shocked with electric batons. A lady in her 60s was forced to do slave labor in the daytime and then squat under a table for the entire night. Later she was incarcerated in a small, isolated cell. Another practitioner was not allowed to wash her face, teeth, or clothes for six months, and the inmates cursed at her because she smelled bad.
The guards take the lead in torturing the practitioners and instigate inmates to curse at and beat them. As a result, the inmates do many bad things to the practitioners. The inmates who mistreat practitioners have their terms reduced. The worse the inmates treat practitioners, the more they benefit, such as being given more fruit.
Many inmates try to curry favor with the guards and follow them to persecute practitioners. Some behave even worse than the guards.
The guards and inmates deceive practitioners and say that, if they “transform,” their term will be reduced. However, when it's time for that to happen, the practitioners are told they have to write “three statements” denouncing the practice or the reduction will not be approved. When practitioners sign the statements, the guard says, “You agreed. We didn't force you.”
Policy of Implication and Hatred
Division 12 is further divided into five small groups. If any practitioner in the smaller group refuses to “transform,” everyone in the group is punished. They are either not allowed to watch TV or have to write out the prison rules three times. As a result, the inmates curse the practitioners and the Master of Falun Gong. This is agonizing for the practitioners.
Practitioners who refuse to “transform” are not allowed to purchase any food or daily items in the prison and not allowed family visits or phone calls or to mail letters. They are totally isolated from the outside world.
The guards use the basest words imaginable to curse practitioners, some even as old as their grandmothers. Many practitioners give in because they can't take the insults and suffering. Once they “transform,” the guards and inmates change their attitude immediately and smile at them. The environment changes, too, and becomes very relaxed.
If a practitioner returns to her senses and resumes her firm belief in Falun Gong, the guards and inmates go right back to cursing her.
Because inmates in the Correction Division are not assigned as much work as other divisions, they do whatever they can to end up there. Their families bribe whoever they can to help them avoid the slave labor required in other divisions.
The guards order wealthy prisoners to wash clothes, carpets, car mats, curtains (even from their own homes or the homes of friends), and many other things for them. The inmates cook and make beds for the guards. Even the toilet paper the guards use comes from those inmates. But the guards still don't treat them with respect, so the inmates complain privately. In order to have a better environment, the inmates flatter the guards, smile at them and cooperate with them to persecute practitioners.
Persecution in Other Divisions
In other divisions in the prison, the guards also instigate inmates to beat and curse practitioners who refuse to “transform.”
They also follow the policy of “implication.” For instance, if any practitioner is found reading Falun Gong articles secretly, the guards punish all the inmates in her cell by not allowing them to purchase toiletries. This makes the inmates hate practitioners.
If any practitioner doesn't finish the labor quota in the daytime, she will be punished after returning to the cell. She might have to sit on their suitcases for a couple of hours or not be allowed to speak.
Ms. Zhang Wei and her sister Ms. Zhang Xiaoping from Donggang City
Ms. Zhang Xiaoping was in the 8th small group in Division 3 and Ms. Zhang Wei in the 7th small group in Division 1. Official Shuai Jing was the section leader in charge of the persecution of Falun Gong in Division 1 and the small group leader was Liu Yu. The sisters were targeted for intense persecution. Ms. Zhang Wei went on a hunger strike for several days to protest, and she was detained in a small cell that was used as the inmates’ changing room, as well as storage for their lunch boxes.
Once Ms. Zhang Wei was taken to the 7th small group, and Liu Yu and another section leader, Guo, beat her severely. They detained her in the small cell and instigated inmate Liu Li and others to take turns beating her.
Ms. Zhang Wei was in critical condition 12 days after she was admitted to the prison. Informants saw inmate Liu Li go to the office of guard Liu Yu to get a small bottle of cardiac medication. The cell where Ms. Zhang was beaten was closed and no one was allowed to enter without permission.
Before they beat Ms. Zhang Wei, the guard and inmates went to the camera video room to figure out what corners the cameras couldn't see.
After Ms. Zhang Wei was taken out of the cell, she walked very slowly and couldn't stand up straight. It took more than a month before she felt better.
Not long after that, section leader Guo left, and Shi Jing, in her 40s, took over the position and continued persecuting Ms. Zhang Wei. Zhang Xiaobing, section leader in Division 1; Zhang Xiaobing, the Division leader; and Liu Yili, who was in charge of the slave labor, were also involved in persecuting Ms. Zhang Wei. She went on a hunger strike and was taken to the prison hospital.
Ms. Wu Yuping and Ms. Zhang Wenqing
Shi Jing instigated Zhang Meiyan and Lang Min, inmates in the 10th small group, to beat, curse, and “transform” practitioners Ms. Wu Yuping and Ms. Zhang Wenqing.
Ms. Zhang Wenqing was violently beaten by Zhao Jinhong and Xu Yi, inmates in the 13th small group, because she read Falun Gong articles secretly.
Ms. Liu Pin, who was detained in the 6th small group, became very weak due to mistreatment. She was incarcerated in a small cell for 15 days.
Liu Yili, section leader of slave labor, made practitioners stand and sit motionless at night after working hard all day.
One morning when the inmates were on their way to the workshop, they saw a guard dragging a practitioner on the ground. Some of them even said that the guard was wicked and heartless.
When practitioner Ms. Liu Yanping was taken to the prison in April, Li Wenbo, guard in the 4th small group of Division 4, instigated inmates Jiang Fang, Fan Waning, and Wang Yujie to beat her and not let her sleep, eat, or use the restroom. Her thighs were purple from being pinched. Jiang Fang instigated all the inmates in the small group to beat Ms. Liu Yanping and Ms. Hu Zhehui, a practitioner from Panjin. The two practitioners were classified as being under “strict monitoring.”
Zhao Xiaohong, a guard in the 3rd group, instigated inmates to “transform” 68-year-old practitioner Ms. Wang Li from Benxi City.
Inmate Cai Liyan has beaten practitioners violently in the past. She held Dandong City practitioner Ms. Song Guixiang down and stuck a quilt in her mouth so that she couldn't shout “Falun Dafa is good.” Zhang Yantong, the leader of Division 4, saw what was going on, but ignored it.
The prison presents itself as “civilized.” But secretly, in small, isolated rooms, the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners continues unabated. The guards set many limitations on practitioners and do not let them talk to each other. They are afraid that their despicable behavior will be exposed, so they do not allow practitioners to go outside and watch them closely even when they use the restroom. They never allow practitioners to have contact with visiting officials.
To make profits, the inmates are forced to do slave labor, regardless of age. If the inmates can't finish the work on time, they are punished. Whenever the prison is assigned a new task, most of the inmates don't know how to do the job. But the guards force the inmates to finish the work as soon as possible. The section leader and guards in charge of production often curse the inmates and beat them at will.
So that the work gets done on schedule, the inmates only get to eat one meal and go to the restroom once a day. They dare not drink anything. One inmate complained, “They are not asking for us to do the work, they are asking for our lives.”
It's more difficult when an inmate gets sick. There is often no timely medical attention. By the time medication is delivered, it is often almost too late.
It is worse for Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned there. They are subjected to brainwashing and, apart from the slave labor, are abused relentlessly. They are not allowed to speak. If they do, the inmates who monitor them closely shout. They are not allowed to use the restroom whenever they need to, either. Whenever they go, inmates follow them.
The above is only a drop in the ocean. During the past 19 years that the CCP has persecuted Falun Gong, untold numbers of practitioners have suffered torture. Some were persecuted to death. Some had their organs removed when they were still alive. So many families have been destroyed. At the same time, untold numbers of law enforcement officials have gotten involved and committed huge crimes.
It's an eternal truth that good is rewarded and evil incurs retribution. Those who are responsible will be brought to justice and their debts repaid.
We encourage the authorities to stop helping the CCP. Stop the persecution of Falun Gong! That is the only way to make the best choice for yourself and your family.
Parties Responsible for the Persecution Described in this Article
Liaoning Province Women's Prison#7 Yuxin Rd, Baixintai Village, Pingluo Town, Yuhong District, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, Postal Code 110145Fax: +86-24-31236026On Duty Office: +86-24-31236329, +86-24-88093217, +86-24-88092361Jia Fujun, president of the prison: +86-24-31236001, _86-15698808121
Xu Min, political commissioner, in charge of persecuting Falun GongOffice: +86-24-31236002Cell: +86-15698806633
Yao Bin, vice president of the prisonOffice: +86-24-31236007Cell: +86-15698805885
Correction Division, the 12th DivisionGuo Xiaorui, section leaderChen Shuo, section deputy leader, main official in charge of persecuting Falun Gong Li Han, small group leader, police# 2105503
Division 5, the 6th small group: Leng Lixin, Duan Hong, Liu Jinling, Pan YunfeiDivision 5, the 2nd small group: Meng Meng, Wang Su
Prison Management Bureau:Office: +86-24-86601800
Shenyang City Detention Center:Gaoli Village, Zaohua Town, Yuhong District, Shenyang City, Postal Code 110148Tel: +86-24-89241894, ext 8084, +86-24-89248084
Zhang Botao, superintendent: +86-13940119229Zheng Gang, superintendent: +86-24-89340098
610 Office: +86-24-31236020