American Citizen in Hong Kong Hires an Attorney to Rescue Her Mother, Who Has Been Sentenced to Forced Labour Camp in China

Ms. Yuan Yuju is a 62-year-old Falun Gong practitioner from Sichuan. She is a retired technician from the Lutian Chemical Group in Sichuan Province. Since July 20th 1999, the local police have repeatedly harassed her at her home. They also tapped into her phone line and eavesdropped on her telephone conversations. In addition, she was denied the right to visit her daughter in Hong Kong. Not long ago, the police detained Ms. Yuan and sentenced her to one year in Nanmusi Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zizhong, Sichuan Province. As soon as her daughter Ms. Liang Zhen received the news, she expressed her intent to hire a lawyer on her mother's behalf. She will also try everything she can to have her mother and older brother released.

American citizen Ms. Liang Zhen's older brother Liang Jinghui and mother Yuan Yuju

According to Radio Free Asia's report on August 19th 2005, Ms. Liang Zhen is an American citizen living in Hong Kong. She has been working as a reporter for New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) in Hong Kong for almost three years. During an interview with Radio Free Asia, Ms. Liang said that her mother, Yuan Yuju, and her older brother Liang Jinghui, still live in Sichuan Province. Because they both practise Falun Gong, the police in Luzhou City, Sichuan Province detained them on July 19th 2005 and accused them of obstructing justice and involvement with Falun Gong. After a month of detention, her father received a notice from the local authorities on Thursday, August 19th that Yuan Yuju was sentenced to one year in a forced labour camp and transferred to Nanmusi Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zizhong, Sichuan Province. As for Liang Jinghui, he is still in police custody.

According to Liang Zhen, her mother was sentenced without any legal proceeding. She was denied any chance of defence or hiring a defence lawyer. Moreover, Chinese laws allow family visits, but her family has been denied all requests to visit her. "They told my family that unless my mother and my brother 'behave well,' they won't grant any family visits. In other words, my family won't be able to see my mother and my brother unless they give up practising Falun Gong."

Liang Zhen added that she had learned from that Nanmusi Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zizhong has detained over a thousand Falun Gong practitioners and is infamous for torturing them. Liang Zhen is overcome with worry for her mother's safety and life.

What type of place is Nanmusi Women's Forced Labour Camp? Since 2000, it has unjustly detained over 1,000 female Falun Gong practitioners. There is a team of disciplinary staff assigned to supervise and torture Falun Gong practitioners. Some of the guards there are extremely sadistic. Their methods of torture are completely inhumane. Every Falun Gong practitioner detained there has suffered from various degrees of physical punishment and torture. Several have been tortured to death.

In Nanmusi Women's Forced Labour Camp, the torturers force every Falun Gong practitioner to read books and articles slandering Falun Gong. When they refuse to comply, the officials will handcuff them and subject them to the following tortures: beating them with spiked clubs, shocking them with stun batons, forcing them to stand for a long time, and/or denying them sleep for a long time. Even when a Falun Gong practitioner's feet become swollen, festering and discharging yellow fluid, or even when she passes out, the staff will not stop the torture.

The torturers also force Falun Gong practitioners to practise Tai Chi and physical exercises. When a Falun Gong practitioner refuses to comply, they will subject her to a round of brutal beating until she does. When she is beaten into unconsciousness, the torturers will pour a bucket of cold water over her to wake her up and then continue the brutal beating or other forms of torture. Sometimes the torturers will order two prison inmates to drag a Falun Gong practitioner face down around the track. Even when her head, face and the flesh on her body have been severely abraded and deformed, the staff will not call off the torture. Sometimes they have one or two dozen prison inmates take turns dragging a Falun Gong practitioner's body on the track until she gives in and agrees to practise Tai Chi.

Each Falun Gong practitioner must ask for the torturers' permission before she may use the toilet. If she refuses to ask for permission, they are not allowed to use the bathroom at all. Then the torturers will force her to eat her own faeces. If she refuses to do so, they will make prison inmates force-feed her with her own faeces.

If a Falun Gong practitioner goes on a hunger strike to protest the torture and humiliation, she is subjected to punitive force-feeding. The torturers brutally insert thick plastic tubes into a Falun Gong practitioner's throat and force-feed her with saturated salt water. They often end up inserting the tubes into her lungs and the force-feeding causes damage to her lungs. When a Falun Gong practitioner is in mortal danger, the camp's doctor will only have a quick look and send the dying practitioner home. Some practitioners passed away within a few days after they were sent home. Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Huang Yufang is one of the many examples.

Violence and torture have become the norm in Nanmusi Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zizhong, Sichuan Province. The policemen there have turned the place into their private torture chamber and have absolutely no regard for the law. They take sadistic pleasure in torturing Falun Gong practitioners. Ms. Gong Suying is one of the many practitioners tortured to death there.

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