Legal Professional Ms. Jin Yijun from Lanzhou City Files Case Against Her Forced Labor Sentence
Name: Jin Yijun (金怡均)
Address: Qilihe District, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province
Occupation: Legal professional at a law firm
Date of Most Recent Arrest: December 7, 2011
Most Recent Place of Detention: Yuzhong Women's Forced Labor Camp in Gansu Province (甘肃省榆中女子劳教所)
Persecution Suffered: Forced labor, illegal sentencing, home ransacked, interrogation, detention
(Minghui.org) Ms. Jin Yijun was arrested on the evening of December 7, 2011 by several unidentified men at the gate of 205 Residential Compound of Qilihe District. Earlier that day she had helped Ms. Shao Yanbo's family take Ms. Shao home. Ms. Shao was released from Lanzhou Prison after serving an eight-year sentence.
Ms. Jin was taken to Lanzhou Police Department, where more than ten people threatened her. One of them kept hitting her until her eyes became blood-shot and pinched her right hand until it was badly bruised. Seven or eight plainclothes officers from Lanzhou Domestic Security Division broke into her home at around noon the next day, and when Ms. Jin's husband and their nine-year-old son returned home, they found several people ransacking it.
On January 5, 2012, Ms. Jin's lawyer requested to visit her at the detention center where she was being held. However, officials there rejected the request, claiming that they were following orders from the 26th Division of Lanzhou Police Department. When Ms. Jin's lawyer went to the police department, the staff there used various excuses not to see him. On the same day, officials from the Lanzhou Forced Labor Committee sentenced Ms. Jin to one year of forced labor. She was taken to Yuzhong Women's Forced Labor Camp the following day. Her family submitted an application for reconsideration of the sentence to the committee. However, the committee affirmed the original sentence on May 9.
Ms. Jin's family filed an administrative case at Chengguan Court on May 18, 2012, against the committee's decision, asking that she be released and all her confiscated property returned. On May 23, Ms. Jin's family received the court's official notice that the case had been put on file for investigation.
Yuzhong Women's Forced Labor Camp was formerly known as Ping'antai Forced Labor Camp prior to December 2003. Many Falun Gong practitioners from Lanzhou were severely persecuted in the camp. They included Liu Wanqiu, Liu Xiuping and Du Yanrong in 2007, 2009 and 2011, respectively.
Other practitioners currently being held at the camp are: Ms. Zen Yumei, 56, a retired senior public procurator from Gansu Province Procuratorate; Ms. Qi Lijun, 61, a retired employee from Gansu Medicines and Health Products Imp. & Exp. Co.; Ms. Chang Liling, 48; and Ms. Li Yamin, 50, a teacher from the 1st Middle School of Linze County. She was arrested by officers from Linze Police Department in August 2011 and taken to the labor camp in September of the same year.
Gansu Province Women's Forced Labor Camp: +86-931-8797866, +86-931-8797088
Ma, head of the labor camp
Liu Junchang, political head of the labor camp