(Minghui.org) Ms. Liu Jinping has been held at the strict management team in Heilongjiang Province Women’s Prison since she was admitted in June 2022 to serve a 3.5-year term for her faith in Falun Gong. Because she refused to renounce Falun Gong, the prison authorities barred her family from calling or visiting her. Her family also mailed her two letters but never received any replies. They suspected she might never have been given those letters.

Ms. Liu Jinping

Concerned about Ms. Liu’s safety, her family called the prison and Heilongjiang Province Prison Administration Bureau many times, but no one ever answered their calls.

Ms. Liu’s family filed a request with the prison on November 19, 2022, requesting them to publicize information about Ms. Liu’s current situation. Yet the prison claimed that they couldn’t respond within the time frame requested. The family appealed with several provincial level bureaus, but were repeatedly given the run-around. 

On January 4, 2023, Ms. Liu’s family received a call from prison guard Wang Xin, who claimed that Ms. Liu didn’t have daily necessities, specifically toothpaste and toilet paper. She had to borrow the items from her cellmates. Wang also said that Ms. Liu soiled her pants every day and they had to remove her pants and apply iodine solution on her. 

Wang’s words left the family deeply concerned. Ms. Liu is only 42 and she was perfectly healthy before she was arrested. How could she become incontinent in just a few months in the prison? Why would the prison have to force her to renounce Falun Gong? What’s the legal basis for it? The family also found out that there was still 3,170 yuan balance on her account and they wondered why she wasn’t allowed to use the money to purchase necessities. 

Worried about Ms. Liu, her family travelled a long way twice to the prison to visit her, but were stopped by the security at the entrance both times. 

The family made another request to the prison on March 15, 2023, demanding to know: 1) the legal basis for the prison to order Ms. Liu to renounce Falun Gong; 2) the specific measures used to try to force her to give up her belief; 3) the personnel involved, their positions and professional qualifications; 4) the legal basis for the prison to include inmates in the transformation process.

As the prison never responded to the family, they filed a motion with the provincial administrative reconsideration office on May 5, as well as complaints with the provincial prison administration bureau, the provincial government, provincial procuratorate and provincial Department of Justice.

The prison later contacted the family, saying that their request had been closed. But the family said they never received any information from the prison. The person who called them later responded that the information they requested were state secrets and couldn’t be released. 

The family demanded a written response from the prison, instead of verbal communication, but the prison rejected it without providing any explanation. The family also demanded the prison to address their question of whether Ms. Liu was tortured there, but the prison never responded either. 

The family recently received a call from their township government, ordering them to stop mailing letters around. They insisted that as long as the persecution continues, they wouldn’t stop seeking justice for their loved one.

Ms. Liu, of Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province, was arrested at home on May 14, 2021. She stood trial in the Xiangyang District Court on December 31, 2021, and was sentenced to 3.5 years and fined 15,000 yuan on January 6, 2022. She was taken to the Heilongjiang Province Women’s Prison in June 2022.

Perpetrators’ contact information:

Han Yanwei (韩延伟), president of Heilongjiang Province Women’s Prison: +86-451-86639099Shi Genghui (史耕辉), vice president of Heilongjiang Province Women’s Prison: +86-13804541111, +86-451-86639088Tao Shuping (陶淑萍), head of the strict management team: +86-13936257710, +86-451-86639048Xiao Shufen (肖淑芬), director of the strict management team: +86-17703645858Wang Xin (王鑫), prison guard: +86-13654565514

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