After Being Detained in Forced Labour Camp for One Year, Mr. Xia Dong and His Wife Are Sentenced to Forced Labor and Held in Detention Centres

Ms. Yan Xiaoyue and her husband Xia Dong from Jiulongpo District, Chongqing, were arrested by officers from the Jiulongpo 610 Office (an organisation of special agents just for persecuting Falun Gong), the Jiulongpo Domestic Security Division, and the Baguocheng Police Station on August 11th, and in November 2010, respectively. Their home was ransacked, and the police took away their computer, printer, DVDs, Falun Gong books, and several thousand yuan1 in cash.

The couple was sent to forced labour camps for one-year terms. Mr. Xia was detained in the Xishanping Forced Labour Camp, while his wife Ms. Yan was held in the Shimahe Forced Labour Camp. Recently, when their terms had supposedly ended, the couple was transferred from the forced labour camps back to the Huayan Detention Centre. Chinese Communist Party (CCP) personnel said that the couple would be sentenced further. It was said that Ms. Yan Xiaoyue had been sentenced to two years in prison and is still being detained in the Huayan Detention Centre.

After practising Falun Gong, Mr. Xia Dong changed his nasty temper and learned to be considerate of others during conflicts. Ms. Yan Xiaojue also changed her unruly temper and became more kindhearted. The illnesses that she suffered from before had disappeared. She talked to people about Falun Gong by using her personal experience as examples.

The couple's families and friends went to the Baguocheng Police Station in Jiulongpo District to inquire about the couple's situation. The police told them not to come back again, or the couple's persecution would get more severe. When their families asked who had arrested them, a police officer claimed responsibility, but refused to disclose his name, telephone number, or police identification number.

The couple's families and friends said that they would not give up their support of Mr. Xiao Dong and his wife Yan Xiaoyue, and that they would continue to seek justice.

Relevant departments and personnel:
Huayan Detention Centre: +86-23-65253395
Yang Qizhong, superintendent
Jiulongpo Police Departments:
Zhong Qingxuan, director
Li Yeming, contact personnel


1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.

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