Ms. Bi Jianhong on Hunger Strike in Prison, Family Concerned about Her Health
(Minghui.org) Ms. Bi Jianhong, a Falun Gong practitioner from the Zhifu District in Yantai City, Shandong Province, was arrested at home by officers from the Hebinlu Police Station in the Fushan District on October 30, 2018. Her home was ransacked at the time of her arrest.
She was taken to the Shandong Province Women’s Prison around November 2, 2018, where she has been on hunger strike for over eight months and is in critical condition.
Ms. Bi’s family called the prison on June 10, 2019, and learned that she was in the police hospital. They visited her on June 11.
Prison officials told the family that Ms. Bi’s blood sugar level was very low and that she had been force-fed up to five times a day. Steamed buns are being crumbled and introduced into her stomach through tubes. She cannot take care of herself, so the prison assigned two people to help her with her daily needs.
The family has demanded Ms. Bi's release, but a guard said that, according to regulations, inmates with hepatitis cannot be released until all vital signs are normal.
Previous Incidents of Persecution
Ms. Bi was originally arrested in 2006 and sentenced to 12 years in the Jinan Women’s Prison.
While serving her sentence, she was taken to the police hospital in critical condition following numerous rounds of torture. She was severely beaten even while in the hospital recovering from the torture she had been subjected to.
Ms. Bi's mother, also a practitioner, was serving a three-year term in the Jinan Women’s Prison when Ms. Bi was there. Her mother was brought in and forced to watch her daughter being tortured until she passed out.
On one occasion, Ms. Bi’s organs were failing and force-feeding could not be carried out. The guards then ordered her mother to feed her while they video-recorded them so that the prison officials could avoid being held responsible if anything happened to Ms. Bi.
During Ms. Bi's current hunger strike, she has been brutally force-fed, in addition to being routinely beaten.
Participants in the persecution of Ms. Bi:Zhao Laichun (赵来春), warden: +86-531-88928001Zhao Hongyan (赵鸿燕), deputy warden, in charge of persecution: +86-531-88928004Gao You (高岫), political head, No. 1 Squadron, Domestic Security Division: +86-5356219494, +86-18300501119, firstname.lastname@example.orgZhou Tao (周涛), deputy head, No. 1 Squadron: +86-5356219494, +86-13505358555, email@example.comHou Mingguang (侯明光), deputy head, No. 2 Squadron, Domestic Security Division:+86-5356618428, +86-18660078836, firstname.lastname@example.org