The guards at Siping Prison (also called Shilingzi Prison) in Jilin Province have been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for years. They have employed various methods including solitary confinement, electric shock, beatings, forced labour and extension of terms, in an attempt to force practitioners to give up their belief. Below are several cases of persecution that have taken place at Siping Prison.
Mr. Shao Changpu, from Songyuan City, was sentenced to 10 years in Siping Prison. Because he spoke out against the persecution while watching the news, he was taken to the Education Section and severely beaten by guards Li Cheng and Wang Hexun and inmates Yan Dequan and Zhang Baocai. They also shocked him with electric batons, attempting to force him to write a repentance statement to renounce practising Falun Gong.
Mr. Wang Shimin, from Jilin City, was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment. Because he refused to write a “guarantee statement” to renounce practising Falun Gong guard Wu Tie harshly beat him, causing him to have a heart attack. The guards sent him to the hospital, attempting to shirk their responsibility in case he died.
Mr. Jia Jinghe, from Songyuan City, was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment. The Education Section officers went to his wife’s workplace and harassed her. Due to the authorities' extreme pressure, his wife told Mr. Jia to write the “five statements to renounce practising Falun Gong” (similar to the "three statements," threatening that she would divorce him if he didn't.
Mr. Liu Dapeng, from Siping City, was sentenced to nine years at Siping Prison. He was subjected to harsh torture merely because he didn’t write a “summary report.”
Mr. Liu Hongcai, from Liaoyuan City, was sentenced to six years of imprisonment. Because he refused to follow guards' orders, they severely tortured him, causing his face to be so misshapen that he was unrecognizable.
Mr. Wu Xinning, from Dehui City, was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment. He was often subjected to torture. Once, after he refused to sing a song that glorified the communist regime, the guards brutally tortured him, causing him to have difficulty walking and seriously injuring his face. Due to the frequent tortures, he was very weak and fell down from his bed in March 2012.
Mr. Shi Guoliang, from Changchun City, was sentenced to nine years of detention. Because of the harsh persecution he suffered, he developed symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis and pleurisy ascites. The guards forced him to leave the hospital even though the doctors hadn’t cleared his hydrothorax. In addition, the guards forced him to sit still on a tiny bench for a long time, despite his very poor condition.
Falun Gong practitioners are currently detained in Wards 10 and 11 of Siping Prison.
The forced labor that practitioners are subjected to in Ward 11 includes making handicrafts for the Aoliente Company in Shenyang City, most of which are used to bury the dead. It was learned that some of the articles are exported to Korea. The forced labor carried out in Ward 10 includes making shoes for the 3544 Ordnance Factory and making disposable underpants for public bathhouses.
The guards in Ward 11 often torture practitioners. They also force practitioners to watch videos that slander Falun Gong and to sit still for extensive periods of time on small benches. They forbade practitioners from talking with each other or from exchanging items. They even strictly restricted practitioners’ use of the toilet. Practitioners were not allowed to go to the restroom until they applied first, which was recorded by the inmate on duty. Then the practitioner had to be accompanied by inmates designated to watch practitioners. It was learned that practitioners were also forbidden to wash their faces or rinse their mouths.
Some practitioners who had been persecuted to disability were still tortured. At this time, there are more than 40 practitioners detained at Siping Prison. Many of their terms were extended without any legal procedure.
Perpetrators responsible for the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners at Siping Prison:
Li Guo, head of Siping Prison
Zhou Jijia, head of Ward 11
Guards: Wu Tie, Yang Tiejun, Li Cheng, Wang Hexun
Siping Prison is located in the Shiling Town Cement Plant in Lishu County, Jilin Province.
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