NEW YORK (FDI) — The Falun Dafa Information Center recently obtained photographs that provide startling evidence of torture in China at the hands of authorities. The photos reveals horrific mutilation of the breasts of Falun Gong adherent Ms. Wang Yunjie, of Dalian city, Liaoning province, and bespeak of the continued violence perpetrated in China against followers of the Falun Gong.(photos)
Wang became a prisoner of conscience on May 14, 2002, when she was taken from her workplace by police. Police gave no cause for arrest, only stating that Wang was part of the Falun Gong.
In an account of Wang’s time in captivity provided by eyewitnesses and persons close to Wang in China, guards at the Masanjia Labor Camp reportedly deprived Wang of sleep, subjected her to the elements, bound and hung her, locked her in a bathroom for over a month, and physically beat her. She was also forced to perform labor, including some 300 hours in one month. On one occasion Wang was beaten and kicked by camp guards for six hours.
In early 2003, two male guards, exasperated at not being able to extract a statement of “repentance” from Wang for her beliefs, tore open Wang’s shirt and shocked her breasts with high-voltage electric batons. The torture is said to have lasted for over 30 minutes.
The perpetrators, part of a special team from the Liaoning Province Public Security Division (Benxi Camp) sent to the camp to “reform” Wang and other Falun Gong believers, allegedly yelled at Wang, before the mutilation, “We’ll see who is tougher!” Following the torture Wang was denied sleep and made to stand through the night. Wang’s wounds were not attended to, and soon began to fester.
One prominent U.S. attorney, upon seeing the photos, called the violence done to Wang, “Too disturbing to be adequately described in words.”
The following morning two additional guards bound Wang’s limbs in a contorted position and hung her up, looking “like a ball,” with handcuffs for seven hours. The pain reportedly left Wang crippled. Wang was photographed after having been sent home to die; camp staff believed she had but two months to live.
“This is utterly outrageous,” said FDI spokesperson Erping Zhang. “This is some of the most disturbing evidence received in recent months that Chinese authorities are continuing to brutalize practitioners of the Falun Gong and disregard Chinese and international law. We continue to see zero accountability and instead culpability at every level of the system”
Chinese officials continue to deny the torture and abuse of members of the Falun Gong, despite documentation by FDI, Amnesty International, the U.N., and other groups of a combined 40,000 some cases of maltreatment and 2,747 wrongful deaths. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, are said to be held in China’s massive gulag system.
Accounts of sexual violence at the hands of Chinese authorities in Dalian city’s labor camps are growing more common. Female adherents of Falun Gong are known to have had bundled toothbrushes shoved into their vaginas, followed by dousing of the wounds with chili pepper juice. Men in Dalian’s camps report shocking of genitals with electric batons.
Information of Wang’s torment comes on the heels of an official Chinese Government white paper, Building of Political Democracy in China, in which the regime lauds its “socialist democracy” for having “scored tremendous achievements.” The paper, while claiming “citizens’ basic rights are respected and guaranteed,” appears to fly in the face of state-sanctioned torture of apolitical persons of faith such as Wang.
The Falun Dafa Information Center is calling on all international organizations and foreign governments to help bring the perpetrators of Wang’s mutilation to justice and hasten the release of all Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China.
Details of Wang’s ordeal in the Masanjia camp, including specific dates, details of abuses, and the names of figures and penal system bodies reportedly responsible, can be found at: http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2005/10/20/66071.html