Three Distinguished Female Falun Gong Practitioners Brutally Tortured in Prison
(Minghui.org) “She could not raise her head, could not see things and could not walk.” This was Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhu Weiying's physical condition when her son went to visit her at Suzhou No. 3 Women's Prison in Anhui Province. Ms. Zhu had to be carried out on a stretcher for the visit due to her poor condition. The prison head said she was eligible for serving her term outside of prison in every way due to her condition, but they would not allow her to do so unless she “transforms”.
Ms. Zhu Weiying used to work as a manager of the Meishan Hotel in Hefei City. She was illegally sentenced to imprisonment for practicing Falun Gong and has been detained at Suzhou No.3 Women's Prison in Anhui. Falun Gong practitioners suffering brutal persecution in the same prison include Associate Professor Wu Xiaohua from Anhui University of Architecture and first-rank judge Ms. Li Mei from the Intermediate Court of Hefei City. They are currently suffering serious illness symptoms due to persecution. To date, the prison still refuses to release them on medical parole.
“Transformation” is a term used by the communist regime in forcing Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The regime puts Falun Gong practitioners in prisons, labor camps, detention centers and brainwashing centers and subjects them to torture for the sole purpose of “transforming” them so that they will renounce their belief. As the perpetrators say: We don't care about crimes of murder and arson, we just won't allow Falun Gong practitioners to believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Hotel manager Zhu Weiying became blind and could not walk as a result of torture
Ms. Zhu Weiying, around 60 years old, used to manage the Meishan Hotel in Hefei City. She has suffered repeated persecution for not giving up practicing Falun Gong. She was sentenced to two years of forced labor in May 2002, and her term was extended by another three months at the end. After her release from the labor camp, she was constantly harassed by the regime personnel and was forced to leave home to avoid further persecution. She was arrested several times while living a homeless life, but each time she managed to get away.
In June 2011, Ms. Zhu Weiying and another practitioner, Zheng Mingde were arrested together and Luyang District Court in Hefei soon secretly sentenced Ms. Zhu to imprisonment. After she was taken to Suzhou No. 3 Women's Prison, Ms. Zhu suffered persecution for refusing to be “transformed”. She went blind and could not walk.
Details of the persecution she suffered and those responsible are to be further investigated.
University Associate Professor Wu Xiaohua Unable to Walk Due to Persecution
Associate Professor Wu Xiaohua from Anhui University of Architecture was arrested by police over a dozen times and kept in a mental hospital several times for persecution. She was last arrested on July 22, 2010 and once again sent to Hefei Psychiatric Hospital for persecution. Later she was secretly sentenced to imprisonment and sent to Suzhou No. 3 Women's Prison. Currently, she cannot walk and has become incontinent as a result of torture.
Ms. Wu Xiaohua is 57 years old, and used to work in the Department of Environmental Arts at the Anhui University of Architecture. Her case has attracted the attention of the international community and was listed as one of the “cases of concern” by the UN “Working Group on Arbitrary Detention”. Ms. Wu Xiaohua was one of the persecution victims on their name list when the group visited China in September 2004. However, the communist regime refused to provide any information about her and also refused to allow the group to meet with her.
The report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said: “She was reportedly placed under house arrest in October 2001, during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit held in Shanghai. Later, she was sent to a labor camp for women. She was allegedly tortured at the camp in a number of ways, including having her mouth stuffed with rags and tissues soaked in urine and menstrual blood. In mid-October 2001, on the tenth day of a hunger strike she had initiated to protest her detention, she was sent to the No. 4 Hospital in Hefei City, Anhui province. At the hospital she was stripped of her clothes and shocked with electric needles and an electric baton all over her body. Li, a medical doctor, tortured her with electric shocks until she became unconscious. She was also forcibly given injections and force-fed drugs. It was further reported that Professor Wu was first arrested in December of 1999 for appealing in Beijing to the Government to put an end to its persecution of Falun Gong. She was allegedly tortured at the Anhui Women's Detention Centre in Anhui province. Later she was transferred to the No. 4 Hospital of Hefei City where she also was tortured, including being locked in a bathhouse full of mosquitoes for one night and forced to use a pigpen full of spider webs as a toilet. At the end of April 2001, she was again arrested.”
To find more details about the UN investigation on the persecution suffered by Professor Wu, please read: “UN Investigates Torture Suffered by Professor Wu Xiaohua” http://en.minghui.org/emh/articles/2005/8/23/64177.html
Earlier report: “Professor Wu Xiaohua: My One-Year Detention in a Hefei City Mental Hospital” http://en.minghui.org/emh/articles/2004/1/14/44073.html
First-rank Judge Suffers Ascites as a Result of Persecution
Ms. Li Mei, in her 50s, used to work as a first-rank judge at the Intermediate Court of Hefei City. She has suffered brutal persecution at Suzhou No. 3 women's Prison in Hefei, and is now in very poor physical condition: She has great difficulty eating any food and suffers bowel dysfunction. There are lumps in her abdomen, which are filled with fluid. Even in this condition, she is forced to stand without moving for long periods of time every day. Ms. Li Mei has become very weak physically.
As a judge, Ms. Li Mei was upright with integrity, and was praised by people for being an “upright” judge who punishes the bad and promotes justice. She cultivated herself according to Falun Dafa's principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and often helped people in difficult situations. One day in 2008 when Ms. Li Mei was on her way home from work, she saw a middle-aged beggar lying by the roadside. He was very sick and begged passers-by for help, but was totally ignored. When Ms Li saw this, she held back tears and helped the beggar up, then she called a taxi and took him home. She asked him to wash his dirty body and called for a doctor to give him injections and prescribe medicines. The beggar recovered quickly under Ms. Li's care. When he left Ms. Li's house, he cried and said again and again: “You're my saviour!”
However, because of her practice of Falun Gong, she was arrested on June 12, 2008 by dozens of police officers and personnel of the 610 Office of Hefei City and the Political and Judiciary Committee, and sentenced to one year of detention at the Nanhu Forced Labor Farm of Anhui Province. Because she refused to renounce her belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, when her term was due for release, she was sent to a brainwashing center at Feicuiyuan Guest House in Hefei City for further persecution. Seeing that they could not “transform” her from her belief the perpetrators transferred her to another brainwashing center at Qingfengyuan Guest House, and later sent her to Hefei No. 2 Detention Center.
On December 8, 2009, the 610 Office of Hefei City colluded with police and judiciary organs in Yaohai District and put Ms. Li on trial. She was sentenced to five years in prison the next day, and taken to Suzhou No. 3 Women's Prison on February 23, 2010.
For more details on the persecution of Ms. Li, please read:
“Former Judge Put on Trial for Practicing Falun Gong” http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2009/12/24/113324.html
“The Persecution of Ms. Li Mei, a Justice of the Intermediate Court in Hefei City”