Yao Ruirong from Rongcheng City, Shandong Province Subjected to Forced Labour

Name: Yao Ruirong Gender: Female
Age: Unknown
Address: Tangjiazhuang Village, Chengshanwei Town, Rongcheng City, Shandong Province
Occupation: Farmer

Date of Most Recent Arrest: December 23rd, 2009
Most Recent Place of Detention: Wangcun Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zibo City
City: Zibo
Province: Shandong
Persecution Suffered: Detention, extortion, home ransacked

Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Yao Ruirong went to Haixianwang to attend a meeting in Rongcheng City on December 23rd, 2009. A security person reported her to the police as she distributed information about Falun Gong. Officers from the Lijiang Police Station arrested her on her way home. They took her cash and the Falun Gong materials in her handbag.

Officers Sun Zhiqiang and Li Ke from the Lijiang Police Station, led by an official and some officers from the Chengshan Police Station, went to search Ms. Yao's home that same afternoon, and confiscated Falun Gong books and materials.

Ms. Yao was taken to the Rongcheng City Detention Centre that same night.

Her family went to the detention centre several times to demand her release, but was rudely turned down. The officials at the detention centre took advantage of this chance and forced Ms. Yao's family to pay for her food and a physical examination. The head of the detention centre, Zhang Yongbin, ordered, "No money, no visitation!"

Officials from the Rongcheng Detention Centre extorted money from Ms. Yao's family totaling 1,000 yuan1. Officer Sun Zhiquang from the Lijiang Police Station once tried to deceive her family into signing a document to subject her to forced labour, but her family refused to sign it. Later on, Long Hongbo, the head of the 610 Office [an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong], even said that the police station could find a witness to sign instead.

Ms. Yao went on a hunger strike for at least three days and was extremely weak. The detention center officials took her to the Wangcun Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zibo on January 26th, 2010 without informing her family. A physical examination found that Ms. Yao had symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, and the labour camp refused to admit her. However, Rongcheng City police officials ordered the labour camp to accept her, saying that her symptoms were the result of her not eating anything for three days. Ms. Yao's family learned this and went to the Rongcheng City 610 Office to demand her release. Long Hongbo, the head of the 610 Office, and Xing Jianping (Long's wife, the former 610 Office head) and others rudely turned them down.

Ms. Yao was subjected to forced labour and is now being held at the Wangcun Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zibo.

Rongcheng City Detention Centre: 86-631-7185908
Zhang Yongbin, head of the Rongcheng City Detention Centre
He Yongjian, Lijiang Police Station head: 86-13181131555 (Mobile)
Wang Yongjun, Lijiang Police Station officer: 86-13863177399 (Mobile) 86-631-7889009
Li Ke, Lijiang Police Station officer: 86-13563185089 (Mobile)
Sun Zhiqiang, Lijiang Police Station officer: 86-631-7888209 (Mobile)


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

Chinese version available at http://minghui.ca/mh/articles/2010/2/14/218151.html

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