Xiang Lijie Disabled from Torture at Jilin Province Women's Prison – Current Whereabouts Unknown

Falun Gong practitioner Xiang Lijie is from Liaoyuan City. Because she refused to give up her belief, she was suspended over a bed at the Jilin Province Women's Prison. Her four limbs were tied up and her whole body was suspended in the air. Her arms were broken and disabled. She has not yet received any treatment and is still detained in the prison.

On May 13th, 2012, Xiang Lijie's family received a phone call, asking them to sign some documents. Her sister went to the prison, and prison head Wang Lijun told her, “We will find the best doctor to do surgery for Xiang Lijie.” An assistant signed the documents for Xiang's sister. Xiang Lijie's sister asked for the name of the hospital, and the floor and room number for Xiang Lijie, but they refused to answer. Captain Sun from the prison was also around, but they did not allow the sisters to meet. Worried about Xiang Lijie, her sister called the prison again. They said Xiang Lijie had not been released from the hospital yet.

Since then the whereabouts of Xiang Lijie have been unknown. Her family is very worried. Xiang Lijie is 49 years old. In 2006, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Because she refused to give up her belief, she has endured torture.

The Jilin Province Women's Prison currently detains several hundred Falun Gong practitioners. To force these practitioner to give up their belief, the police first tried to forcefully brainwash them. The police also forced practitioners to stand or sit on little stools for long periods. If this could not make practitioners give up their belief, they would suspend them over beds and torture them with the “Stretching Bed” method. Because Xiang Lijie resisted the persecution, she suffered a lot of torture. She was constantly cursed or beaten or placed on the “Stretching Bed.” Her elbows, muscles and periosteum were all dislocated from the stretching. She can not bend her elbows any more, and it is extremely painful. Her elbows need be protected with cotton pads all the time. When the policewoman Yang Xi hung her up, prisoner Shen Lihui and inmate Yang Xiaodong stepped on her arms and tied her arms, causing her arm dislocation. This blocked the blood circulation and caused muscle atrophy. Her right arm was completely disabled. She can not use it to eat or write.

The Jilin Province Women's Prison
Captain Sun
Yang Xi: a guard, +86-13844071376 (mobile)
Prison Director, Wu Zeyun: +86-431-85375001

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