(Minghui.org) For filing a complaint against a prison guard for torturing her while she was incarcerated for practicing Falun Gong, Ms. Tan Changrong was arrested in October 2018 and sentenced to three years and three months in October 2021.
Since the Chinese communist regime started persecuting Falun Gong, a spiritual and meditation discipline, in 1999, Ms. Tan, of Chongqing, has been repeatedly targeted for upholding her faith. Prior to her latest sentencing, she was given one year of forced labor in 2001 and twice sentenced in the past—to nine years in 2005 and three years in 2015.
While serving her first term in Chongqing Women’s Prison, Ms. Tan was tortured and forced to work for over ten hours a day.
During her second term, the guards, especially Tang Anzhi, beat and verbally abused her and shocked her with an electric baton for a long time. The guards also forced Ms. Tan to squat for long hours, sexually assaulted her and didn’t allow her to use the restroom.
After Ms. Tan was released, she filed a complaint with the Chongqing Municipal Justice Department and the Prison Administration Department on September 2, 2018, describing the torture she had been subjected to in prison.
Instead of seeing justice served, Ms. Tan was arrested on October 15, 2018, and tried in the Jiangbei District Court on November 15, 2019.
The judge once met with Ms. Tan in the Jiangbei District Detention Center. When she demanded an acquittal, the judge said he would grant her that only after Ms. Tan wrote a statement to renounce Falun Gong. She denied having done anything wrong by having a spiritual belief and refused to compromise.
After being detained for over three years, Ms. Tan was sentenced to three years and three months in October 2021. She is scheduled to be released on January 14, 2022.
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