Open Letter: Please Help Rescue My Wife Wang Xiaoyan

My name is Zhang Zhentong and I practise Falun Gong. In September 2000, I came to Germany to avoid the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brutal persecution against Falun Gong practitioners. Right now I am studying at the University of Leipzig. Because the inhumanity of the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is a well-known fact, here I sincerely appeal the international community to help rescue my wife Wang Xiaoyan, whom police arrested on May 27th, 2006, in Dalian City, because she practises Falun Gong.

Wang Xiaoyan and their daughter

On the morning of May 27th, 2006, officers from the Chunhai Police Department in Dalian City arrested my wife as she left home for work. Officers had been waiting outside the building. At around 10:00 a.m., the police broke into my wife's residence and took a computer, two printers, a hard drive, a mobile phone, more than ten Falun Gong books, 21 cassettes and Falun Gong leaflets exposing the persecution my wife had made, as well as some printing materials.

The next day my father went to the Chunhai Police Department and enquired about my wife. The police showed him a detention document verifying my wife had been sent to the Yaojia Detention Centre at 7:00 p.m. on May 27th. When I phoned the Chunhai Police Department the person answering the phone lied and said, "wrong number" during several calls. The police have refused to permit family members to meet with my wife. After further telephone enquiries I learned that Sun Gang is the police officer in charge of this case, and the Chunhai Police Department is still assigned to interrogate my wife, Wang Xiaoyan.

Since the CCP started persecuting Falun Gong in 1999, similar things have happened to my wife more than once. In May 2000 she went to the Bureau of Letters of Calls in Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong. She was not received but instead arrested by Dalian police agents waiting outside the bureau and subsequently taken back to Dalian City and held at a drug rehabilitation centre. The Dalian City 610 Office1 set up a "Coercive Reform Class" to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their beliefs. The guards made her watch daily TV propaganda videos that defame Falun Gong. One week later the police extorted 3,500 yuan2 from my family calling it a "fine" before sending my wife back to the Yaojia Detention Centre in Dalian City where she was held for fifteen days and then released.

Six months later, in late 2000, I suddenly lost touch with my wife three months after I arrived in Germany. With help from my friends in China I made numerous attempts and eventually obtained accurate information that my wife was arrested and taken to the Yaojia Detention Centre for distributing fliers that explain the facts about Falun Gong. In February 2001 she was sent to the notorious Masanjia Forced Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, where she was subjected to brainwashing and was forced to listen to daily propaganda that slanders Falun Gong. Sometimes she was deprived of sleep for days. The guards also directed the inmates to beat her.

Our two-year-old daughter was separated from her mother. In October 2001 my wife regained her freedom under medical parole. When our daughter again saw her mother after one year of separation she called out, "Mum" without any hesitation, although she felt a little estranged. It's not difficult to imagine how my wife felt at that moment.

After she left the labour camp she lived away from home to avoid harassment and persecution from the police. The police withheld her passport so she could not come to Germany to live with me.

My parents were very concerned that I would be persecuted should I ever return to China, because many of my friends in China who are Falun Gong practitioners are currently experiencing persecution, or have in the been persecuted in the past. They were worried the same thing would happen to me if I went back to China, so they firmly opposed my return, although they miss me very much.

I left China nearly six years ago, and I have never been able to return to see my family because of the CCP's fiendish persecution. My heart aches when I see [pictures of] my parents, who are getting older by the day, and of my daughter who is growing bigger by the day, via Internet chat and photos.

In order to make Falun Gong practitioners give up their beliefs, the CCP violates the practitioners' dignity through savage tortures and forces them to betray their conscience. This is the essence of the persecution and is also the reason why this persecution is so extraordinarily cruel. It has so far been confirmed that 2,898 Falun Gong practitioners have died from persecution and countless other practitioners are still illegally detained and savagely tortured on a daily basis. Each day, innocent and kind Falun Gong practitioners are deprived of their precious freedom to live.

Recently, numerous witnesses have revealed evidence that shows the CCP having been involved in harvesting the organs of living Falun Gong practitioners at dozens of secret concentration camps and forced labour camps throughout China. The CCP sells these organs and cremates the bodies to destroy the evidence. After these atrocities came to light, the number of organ transplant surgeries throughout China increased drastically, which raises suspicion regarding the source of these human organs. Is the CCP speeding up the destruction of evidence? Because of everything that has surfaced, I cannot help but worry about my wife's safety, and her current whereabouts are unknown. I have reason to believe that her life is in constant danger.

Hereby I want to strongly appeal to and urge foreign governments, organisations, civil groups and all kind people to help my wife regain her freedom and pay attention to and support millions of Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted in China. I believe that good will defeat evil, and this vicious persecution will end with the support of all kind people around the world.

Phone numbers of organisations and individuals in Dalian City involved in the persecution:

Zhongshan Police Department: 86-411-83792064, 86-411-82813002 ("Strike X" Committee); 86-411-82633767 (610 Office); 86-411-82635451 (head of the National Security Division), 86-411-82637089

Chunhai Police Department: 86-411-827186800, 86-411-82717425, 86-411-82714163, 86-411-82702150, 86-411-82717435

Yaojia Detention Centre

Phone numbers: 86-411-86886166, 86-411-86887811, 86-411-86887816, 86-411-86887815, 86-411-86887813, 86-411-86887812, 86-411-86870718, 86-411-86870728, 86-411-86870857, 86-411-86870508, 86-411-86871988, 86-411-83792725

Fax: 86-411-86871844
Main switchboard: 86-411-86871181
Front office: 86-411-83792702

Head of detention centre: 86-411-86871422

Office of political secretary: 86-411-86870181
Office of disciplinary head: 86-411-86872399

Office of head of Supply and Marketing Section: 86-411-86871681


1. German residents: urgent rescue of my wife Wang Xiaoyan who is being persecuted in China (photo)


2. Urgent call for help (December 2002)



1. "The 610 office" is an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems.

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

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