The United Nations Is Concerned about China's Persecution of Yang Fenglian and Her Daughter Du Likun
(Clearwisdom.net) The United Nations expressed an urgent concern to the Chinese government in November 2003 about China's persecution of Ms. Yang Fenglian and her daughter Ms. Du Likun and urged the Chinese government to comply with international laws. The statement was presented at the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
China's Persecution of Ms. Yang Fenglian and Her Daughter Du Likun
Ms. Yang Fenglian is a 50-year-old schoolteacher at Kuangshan Architecture Technology Academy in Handan City, Hebei Province. Her daughter Du Likun is 21 years old this year. Shortly before China's 16th National People's Congress in 2002, under the order of the Chairman of Hanshan Precinct Police's Political and Security Division Mr. Dang Dianjun, policeman Xing Jianjun, a police sergeant, and the police from Kaiyuan Police Station went to Ms. Yang's residence. They smashed her windows, broke into her home and kidnapped her daughter and her from their home to the police station. Once at the police station, several policemen started beating Ms. Yang and shocking her with high-voltage stun batons until her head was terribly swollen from the electric shocking and her body was covered with cuts and injuries. Later the police transferred them to Handan City No. 2 Detention Center. Ms. Du Likun was only 18 years old. It was not until three months later when their family paid the police ransom of over 10,000 yuan under the pretext of a bail that she was finally released. However, her mother Yang Fenglian was incarcerated there until August 2003. The police also extorted 5,000 yuan from her in the name of a fine. A month later, the police abducted Ms. Yang Fenglian again on September 27, 2003. This time the police sent her to a local forced brainwashing center where she was imprisoned and subjected to mental and physical tortures. As of March 2004, Ms. Yang was still incarcerated in the brainwashing center.
The United Nations' Report on China's Persecution of Ms. Yang and Her Daughter:
On November 14, 2003, the United Nation's special agent on speech freedom and the special agent on torture and protection of body and mental health, and a special agent on violence against women expressed the United Nation's urgent concern to the Chinese government and inquired after Ms. Yang Fenglian and her daughter. On October 1, 2000, Ms. Yang and her daughter went to Beijing together to appeal for Falun Gong. After they returned from the trip, they were both illegally detained in Handan City No. 2 Detention Center. At the end of 2000, the police unjustly sentenced Ms. Yang to one year in Shijiazhuang Forced Labor Camp against the law and without any legal trial. There she was subjected to repeated beating, electric shock using stun batons, hand and foot shackles, the hanging torture and sleep deprivation. Her daughter was once forced to wear hand and foot shackles that weighed about 50 lbs. In addition, her daughter was subjected to the cruel torture of electric shock four times. In fact, her daughter was stripped naked in two of the electric shock tortures. The electric shock tortures marked many injuries on her body and mind. She was not released until nine months later and until her family paid the police ransom of 3,000 yuan in the name of bail. However, she was already expelled from her school. As for Ms. Yang Fenglian, she was not released until one year later. Afterwards, her school had several men taking turns watching her outside of her home. They also suspended her husband from work and forced him to divorce her.