[Refer to points E, G on Beijing map]
Former Employer: The Asia Foundation (a U.S. aid organization), Beijing office [point E, Beijing Map]
Date of Most Recent Arrest: May 19, 2006
Last Place Detained: Tuanhe “re-education through labor” camp [point G, Beijing Map]
Known Acquaintances Overseas: Wife Lona (Hongwei) Luo, resides in Los Angeles and authored a book in English about their shared story (A Love Story of Wind and Rain)
Other information: Bu Dongwei is listed as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience. The Tuanhe labor camp where he is believed to be detained is located at 1 Yuanguilu, Daxing District, Beijing. Several Falun Gong adherents currently residing overseas, such as Zhao Ming in Ireland, were previously imprisoned at Tuanhe, and are available to be interviewed upon request.
Details: (Courtesy Amnesty International)
“Bu Dongwei, also known as David Bu, was assigned to two-and-a-half years’ “Re-education through Labour” (RTL) on 19 June in connection with his activities as a member of the Falun Gong spiritual movement. He is detained at an undisclosed location, and Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience. He is at serious risk of torture or ill-treatment.
Bu Dongwei had been working in Beijing for the US aid organization, the Asia Foundation, before he was detained by around seven police officers at his home in the Haidian District of the capital, Beijing, on 19 May. According to the decision of Beijing's RTL committee, which has the power to impose periods of arbitrary detention without charge or trial, he was accused of ‘resisting the implementation of national laws’ and ‘disturbing social order’. The evidence cited was a verbal confession he made to police, and 80 copies of Falun Gong literature that the police discovered in his home. He is due to be released on 18 November 2008.
Bu Dongwei’s family have disputed the evidence against him, claiming that the police discovered no more than eight Falun Gong books when they detained him. Despite repeated requests to the authorities, his family have not been told where he is being detained. Unofficial sources suggest that he may have first been taken to Qinghe detention centre, Haidian District, and transferred to Tuanhe RTL facility in Beijing on 21 August, but this remains unconfirmed.
Bu Dongwei had previously served a term of ten months’ RTL from August 2000 to May 2001 in Tuanhe RTL facility for ‘using a heretical organization to disrupt the implementation of the law’ after he petitioned the authorities asking them to review their ban on Falun Gong. During this period, he was reportedly subjected to torture and ill-treatment, including being made to sit all day in a small chair as well as beatings and sleep deprivation aimed at forcing him to renounce his belief in Falun Gong.”
“Falun Gong practitioner Bu Dongwei continues to serve a term of two-and-a-half years in RTL at Tuanhe RTL facility in Beijing after the police found Falun Gong literature in his home and detained him on 19 May 2006. His health has deteriorated in detention – especially his eyesight, possibly due to mal-nourishment. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, detained in violation of his rights to freedom of expression and religion, and continues to call for his immediate and unconditional release.”