Practitioner Ms. Lin Xiumei from Qing'an County, Heilongjiang Province was arrested on August 3rd, 2010, by officers from the Suihua Police Department's 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong) in Beilin. Beilin District Court in Suihua secretly sentenced Ms. Lin to seven years in prison on February 23rd, 2011. She is being held in Section No. 9 of the Harbin Women's Prison.
In the prison, Ms. Lin was deprived of sleep every day. After one week of torture, she was in poor health. Her complexion was dark, and she became skinny. The prison officials told her family that she had to attend “intensified training” for three months and would not be allowed to see them until after June 2011.
Section No. 9 of the prison has been used to detain and persecute Falun Gong practitioners since 2002. In 2004, this section was designated to be used to “transform” [forcibly renounce Falun Gong] practitioners to make them give up their belief; now it is called the “intensified training section.” The prison provided special training to more than 70 personnel in July 2005 on how to brainwash and “transform” the practitioners. The persecution methods include forcing practitioners to stay outside in the freezing winter, locking them in solitary confinement, putting them in the isolated “patient” section, and forcing them to sit on a small stool for 15 hours a day in a fixed posture (in this torture, the skin and flesh on the victim's buttocks become rotten and festered). The officials also order the criminal inmates to torture practitioners by: beatings, sleep deprivation, prohibiting practitioners from taking a shower or changing clothes, stabbing practitioners with needles, inserting dirty socks into their mouths, stabbing toothpicks under the finger nails, hitting them in the breasts and groin, and hanging them up.
The solitary confinement area has the worst conditions. There are two layers of gates. The cell is very cold and damp, and there is no light or heat inside. There is only an iron chair, which is used as a torture instrument. Prison guards cuff the practitioner's hands behind the back, put shackles on the feet, and lock her to a ring fixed on the floor for 24 hours every day. The practitioner is only allowed to use the toilet at certain times. Only two meals are provided daily and usually consist of spoiled porridge. The practitioner is not allowed to take a shower or wash her clothes. There is no bedding in the cell. At night, the practitioner is left cold and hungry, with the body often shivering severely. The hands and feet swell up from being cuffed for a prolonged period, which is very painful. The suffering makes the practitioner unable to sleep for many nights.
Section No. 11 is used for sick prisoners. Practitioners who go on hunger strikes are held on the first floor. The guards cover the windows. Each cell has one practitioner and four to five inmates assigned to watch her. They force the practitioner to watch videos slandering Falun Gong. If the practitioner refuses to watch, they hold down the practitioner and beat her and/or deprive her of sleep. Sometimes, inmates grab the practitioner's fingers and try to force her to put her fingerprint on prepared “transformation” documents.
Sometimes they do this after beating the practitioner unconscious. Practitioners are not allowed to talk to each other and are under constant surveillance, even when using the toilet. Practitioners who are on a hunger strike are tied up to the beds and are force-fed for days at a time. The persecutors mix unknown drugs into the force-fed food.
The third floor is used to hold targeted practitioners. These practitioners are isolated and locked up separately. The windows are covered up. These practitioners are not allowed to wash, change clothes or sleep on the beds; they are also under surveillance around the clock. They are forced to sit on a short stool for prolonged periods of time in the cold and are subjected to a wide variety of torture methods.
Parties involved in the persecution:
Fang Genbao, Bao Rui, heads of the Harbin Women's Prison: 86-451-86639099, 86-451-86636066
Zheng Jie, head of Section No. 9 of the prison: 86-451-86639048
Dong Lihua, head of Section No. 9 of the prison: 86-451-86639070
Xiao Lin, director of the 610 Office in the prison: 86-451-86639028
More information about Ms. Lin Xiumei can be found at: http://www.clearwisdom.net/html/articles/2010/12/17/121981.html
Chinese version available at http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2011/3/3/237110.html
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