A Personal Account of the Torture Methods Used in Jiazhou Prison
(Minghui.org) The Jiazhou Prison, located in Leshan City in Sichuan Province, is one of the prisons that focuses on persecuting male Falun Gong practitioners in the area. Previously a force labor farm, it merged with Leshan Shawan Prison to become today's Jiazhou Prison, with a sign hanging at the entrance which reads, “Chenma Group Co. Ltd.”
The prison currently holds nearly 4,000 people, of which more than 200 are Falun Gong practitioners. At the prison, practitioners are subjected to several torture methods, including physical torture, brainwashing, and forced labor, which put many practitioners in critical condition.
Below are some of the torture methods that I had experienced or seen when detained at this prison.
Facing the Wall and Doing Squats
Practitioners who have just entered the prison are made to stand facing the wall for hours with the nose, knees, and toes touching the wall. Afterwards, the cell leader strips the practitioner and searches through his personal belongings before instructing the practitioner to raise both arms and do squats.
Once the practitioner's hair was shaved off and his nails were clipped, he would be forced to sit facing the wall for hours until dinner time.
Memorizing Prison Rules and Restricting Meal Times
The guards also force the inmates, including Falun Gong practitioners, to memorize the prison rules by the sixth day after entering the prison. Those who cannot memorize the rules are punished. Moreover, the guards punish those who do not sing the Chinese Communist Party's songs or write guarantee statements.
Another punishment includes starving the practitioners by limiting their eating time to around 15 seconds. Once the time is up, the practitioner would be forced to stand facing the wall. This form of punishment could last for a long time. The guards also force practitioners to watch videos that slander Falun Dafa.
Exposure to Sun in the Summer and Freezing Weather in the Winter
Practitioners can be forced to stay under the sun for the whole day during summer. In the morning, practitioners would be forced to stand facing the sun; in the afternoon, they would be made to sit on the ground with their backs facing the sun.
As a result of the scorching sun, some practitioners fainted and were forcibly awakened with a herbal liquid used in traditional Chinese medicine for heat stroke.
During the winter, practitioners are made to sit facing the wall from morning to night while wearing thin clothes, sometimes causing frostbite on the hands and feet. The punishment stops if the practitioner agrees to sign the guarantee statements using his thumbprint. However, he will not be allowed to eat or wear warm clothes if he refuses.
Tear Gas and Pepper Spray
Tear gas and pepper spray is another method used to punish practitioners. The practitioner will first be forced to sit cross-legged before a restraining cloth is tied around his legs. Next, his hands will be tied behind his back and his mouth will be stuffed with a rubber ball. Afterward, a helmet is put over his head before tear gas and pepper spray are administered and the helmet cover is then closed.
This torture causes great harm to the eyes; victims will have blurred vision and bloodshot, swollen eyes.
Electric Shock, Sleep Deprivation, Beatings, and the Use of Loud Sounds
The guards would shock practitioners with electric batons on sensitive parts of the body such as on the chest, neck, ears, genitals, and toes until the skin becomes charred and the practitioners agree to "transform."
Practitioners are also deprived of sleep, subjected to beatings, made to sit on tiger benches, and forced to listen to loud sounds.
Forced Labor, Blood Drawn, and Psychological Tests
The practitioners and the inmates are forced to do manual labor for more than ten hours a day. This labor involves assembling phones, computers, and television parts.
For practitioners specifically, the guards also forcibly took blood samples, DNA tests, and personal information, including information on their relatives. In addition, three months before the practitioner's term is up, he will be forced to do a psychological test to determine if he has been transformed successfully by the prison. If he fails, the prison will inform the judicial department to monitor the practitioner after his release and also withhold his pension.
Contact Information for the Parties Involved:Yang Xilin, chief of education: +86-180-90382922Gong Jinfu, guard: +86-180-86889501
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