42-year-old Ms. Shiying Deng took up the practise of Falun Gong in 1996, and, peers say, remained steadfast in her beliefs even after former Chinese leader, Jiang Zemin, ordered the practice eradicated in July, 1999. (special report)
According to reports from China, Ms. Deng was detained twice. She was first arrested in February 2000 by officers from the Longtan Local Police Station in Jilin City. She was then sentenced, apparently without trial, to one year of re-education through forced labour because she refused to write a statement renouncing Falun Gong.
During her imprisonment at the labour camp, the reports say Ms. Deng was repeatedly subjected to electric shock torture, tied down to a metal bed for extended periods of time, beaten with rubber tubes, and violently force-fed. She was not allowed to sleep at night, and forced to do heavy labour during the daytime.
All the while, labour camp guards used various means in an attempt to brainwash Ms. Deng, the reports say.
After she had been detained in the forced labour camp for one year, her term was extended for another 9 months and 8 days before she was released.
Ms. Deng was again detained on September 15, 2002, under suspicion that she had worked to make and distribute flyers and other materials exposing the human rights violations against Falun Gong in China. Although consisting mainly of news and information that is readily available outside China, such materials are considered state secrets in China because they document severe and extensive human rights violations against practitioners of Falun Gong.
Ms. Deng was formally arrested by the Yongji County Public and Security Bureau on October 17, 2002, and then sentenced to 7 years in prison on February 18, 2003, by the Intermediate People's Court in Jilin Province.
In the beginning of March 2003, she was sent to the Women's Prison of Jilin Province.
According to the reports, from early March until her death in July 2003, Ms. Deng was severely tortured at the Women's Prison of Jilin Province. On numerous occasions, the reports say, she was beaten by 7-8 criminals, who are often prompted by prison camp officials to torture Falun Gong practitioners. The reports also say Ms. Deng remained true to Falun Gongs principles of harboring no hatred for others, and continually sought to encourage her tormentors to live their lives according to their conscience.
According to the reports, however, as the beatings and torture continued and escalated, Ms. Deng became barely able to remain conscious, and suffered from continuous vomiting and extreme pain in her entire body.
On the morning of July 17, 2003, two police officers from Changchun City, where Jilin Province Women's Jail is located, went to Ms. Dengs home in Jilin City and attempted to extort 3,000 Yuan from her family under the guise of releasing her on bail for medical treatment.
The next day, police officers at the prison called Ms. Dengs family asking them to take her home immediately. When her family arrived at Changchun City's No. 1 Hospital, Deng was already unconscious and near death.
Ms. Deng died at 1:00 p.m. on July 19, 2003.
Herein lies the real tragedy of Jiangs persecuting Falun Gong, says European Falun Gong Information Centre spokeswoman, Peter Jauhal. Falun Gong engenders such virtue and goodness in people that it should really be held up as the pride of China. Instead, Jiang targets these people for torture and death.
Mr Jauhal adds, Jiang is not only killing people, he is tearing apart the moral fabric of society he is killing peoples faith.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa (about), is a practise of meditation and exercises with teachings based on the universal principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance. It is a practise that was taught in private for thousands of years before being made public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi. Falun Gong has roots in traditional Chinese culture, but it is distinct and separate from other practises such as the religions of Buddhism and Taoism. Since its introduction in 1992, it quickly spread by word of mouth throughout China, and is now practised in over 50 countries.
With government estimates of as many as 100 million practising Falun Gong, Chinas President Jiang Zemin outlawed the peaceful practise in July 1999 (report), fearful of anything touching the hearts and minds of more citizens than the Communist Party. Unable to crush the spirit of millions who had experienced improved health and positive life changes from Falun Gong, Jiangs regime has intensified its propaganda campaign to turn public opinion against the practise while quietly imprisoning, torturing and even murdering those who practise it.
The European Falun Gong Information Centre has verified details of 774 deaths (reports / sources) since the persecution of Falun Gong in China began in 1999. Government officials inside China, however, report that the actual death toll is well over 1,600, while expert sources estimate that figure to be much higher. Hundreds of thousands have been detained, with more than 100,000 being sentenced to forced labour camps, typically without trial.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE EUROPEAN FALUN GONG INFORMATION CENTRE
Peter Jauhal 44 (0) 7739 172 452. Nicolas Schols 32 (0) 479875734
More contacts. http://www.falungonginfo.net/europe.htm
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