Persecution-Related Deaths of 150 Falun Gong Practitioners Verified in 2007

The deaths of 150 Falun Gong practitioners as a result of persecution were verified through non-governmental channels in 2007, and 123 of those deaths took place in 2007. Among them, women practitioners and practitioners over the age of 50 each accounted for 53.3 per cent of the cases. During the eight-and-a-half years of persecution between July 20th, 1999, and December 31st, by the Chinese Communist regime, a total of 3,121 Falun Gong practitioners' deaths have been verified.

This represents a very small percentage of what is really happening in this brutal persecution. A much larger number of practitioners are missing, and some have had their organs harvested for profit while still alive and their corpses incinerated. These crimes are covered up by tight restrictions on information and the Communist regime's best efforts to hide the facts.

The Beijing Olympics are only one year away. The Communist regime has not implemented its promise of improving human rights. Instead, it has launched another intensive wave of persecution in the name of preparing for the Olympics.

Former Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang initiated a new round of persecution against Falun Gong beginning in March 2007. Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in droves. Some were detained or sentenced to prison. Some practitioners were abused until they became disabled and even died. Some are missing and their whereabouts remain unknown. Many practitioners were forced to put on black headgear when they were arrested. In some cases, the organisations making the arrests refused to inform the families of the arrested practitioners, denied visitation, and even denied the existence of the arrests.

On October 15th, 2007, the European Union and China were scheduled to hold a human rights dialog. Prior to the meeting, Vice President of the European Parliament Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott sent a letter to Speaker of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Poettering. In the letter, he mentioned that in the report about torture in China written by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Mr. Manfred Nowak, two thirds of those detained by the regime are Falun Gong practitioners. Human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng concluded that about 250,000 practitioners are still being detained.

Over the past few years, police officers from the Jilin City Detention Centre and Police Dog Training Base in Jilin Province have used electric shock, beatings, and mustard oil to torture practitioners. In addition, they recently began to put hot pepper powder into plastic bags and then cover the heads of the practitioners with the bags. Ms. Mu Ping was force-fed with mustard oil and her throat was severely injured. Doctors then operated on her without using anaesthetics. One of her arms was severely injured during a beating. The officers pushed bamboo sticks into the tips of her fingers and toes, between the skin and the nails. Her face, hands and feet were blistered from the electric shock. In spite of this, the police still violently force-fed her.

Eleven practitioner deaths as a result of persecution were verified in December 2007

The deaths of eleven practitioners were verified in December 2007. Among them were five women and seven practitioners over the age of 50. All eleven deaths happened in December.

The eleven deaths took place in ten provinces and municipalities. There were two cases in Sichuan Province, and one each in Liaoning Province, Heilongjiang Province, Hebei Province, Jilin Province, Hunan Province, Hubei Province, Chongqing City, Zhejiang Province, and Anhui Province.

Mr. Wu Jiuping died as result of persecution in Anhui Province

Mr. Wu Jiuping, in his 30s, lived in Tianchang City. He was employed by the Testing Department of the Tianchang City People's Hospital. He began practising Falun Dafa in 1996. He was sentenced to two years of forced labour in 2001 and three years in prison in 2003, with two years of probation.

At approximately 4 p.m. on November 22nd, 2007, Xia Wenshi, male, head of the hospital security office, along with Domestic Security Division Head Chong Sicao, male, (also head of the Tianchang City 610 Office1) of the Tianchang City Police Department, and two police officers went to Mr. Wu Jiuping's home, a new fourth floor apartment prepared for Mr. Wu's upcoming wedding. The details of what happened are under investigation. Mr. Wu's neighbour on the first floor heard a loud noise, thought something had fallen from upstairs, and found Mr. Wu on the ground. The neighbour called out for help and saw the four officials quickly leaving, despite the fact that Mr. Wu was still moving on the ground. It is not certain who called the ambulance, but a rescue worker rushed him to the Tianchang City People's Hospital, where Mr. Wu worked. Soon after, more than a dozen police officers came to seal off Mr. Wu's home. Mr. Wu's bride-to-be, the nurses in the same hospital, and his family are all being closely monitored.

Mr. Wu died in the hospital at approximately 8 p.m. on November 22nd, 2207.

According to an eyewitness, Mr. Wu was still moving after he fell. Sources said Mr. Wu was talking in a state of semi-consciousness after he arrived at the hospital. The left side of his face was severely swollen, and his left eye was almost blinded. His whole back and lower body were covered with bruises. The left side of his pelvis was crushed, and his left leg was broken. On the evening of November 22nd, 2007, the hospital was barricaded by police. The police told the public that Mr. Wu jumped from the building of his own accord, a tactic repeatedly used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after causing a practitioner's death. Further investigation determined that after police beat Mr. Wu Jiuping until he was severely injured, they then threw him out of the fourth floor.

Mr. Wu Yueqing died as a result of persecution

Mr. Wu Yueqing, in his 30s, lived in Shuangyashan City, Heilongjiang Province. He was arrested multiple times because he practised Falun Dafa.

In June 2000, Mr. Wu went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practise Falun Gong, and he was arrested and detained in the Tiebei Detention Centre in Changchun City. He went on a hunger strike to protest,and was cruelly force-fed by guards and the prison doctor. They stuck a water bottle down his throat, damaging it, and force-fed food into his trachea, causing his lungs to become infected. He was admitted to a hospital, where guards encouraged prisoners to beat him and pour cold water on him. The police extorted 3,000 yuan2 from him and detained him for more than nine months.

In December 2001, Mr. Wu was arrested at a Falun Dafa informational material production site and tortured. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison in January 2002 and served in the 23rd Branch of the 11th Ward of the Mudanjiang City Prison. Persons that participated in the abuse of Mr. Wu included 610 Office Chair Ling Qingfan; guards Ling Dawei, Li Hongbo, Du Zhanyi, and Liu Weitong; and others.

Conditions are extremely bad in Mudanjiang Prison. The two years of detention damaged Mr. Wu both mentally and physically. He was sick with tuberculosis and was as thin as a skeleton. Guards ignored his health problems until his life was in danger. He was finally admitted to the hospital, but the medicine made him even worse, and there was a big hole in one of his lungs. He weighed less than 80 pounds and was near death. The Prison Administration still delayed releasing him until he was almost dead.


Around the end of 2006 or the beginning of 2007, after returning home, Mr. Wu Yueqing was dying. His wife had passed away earlier. His older sister, Ms. Wu Yuexia, who was also a practitioner and a teacher in Baoshan Middle School, looked after him. On September 28th, 2007, police officers Zhao Kui, Fang Xiaoming, and Li Fu from the Baoshan District Department stormed into Ms. Wu Yuexia's home, saying that they needed to check her background information. They took her directly to the Jiamusi City Labour Camp. Ms. Wu Yuexia was Wu Yueqing's only source of support. His condition deteriorated and he died on December 23rd, 2007, leaving a 13-year-old child to live in an orphanage.

Ms. Zhao Jiafang died after labour camp personnel injected her with unknown drugs

Ms. Zhao Jiafang, 64 years old, lived on Songnan Street at the Songzao Coal Mine in Qijiang County, Chongqing City. She began practising Falun Dafa in October 1996. After her practice of Falun Gong, her various illnesses disappeared.

On July 20th, 1999 Jiang Zemin's regime started the persecution of Falun Gong. At the end of 1999, Ms. Zhao went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong and was arrested. Songzao Coal Mine Police Department Party Secretary Yang Mingyu (male) went to Beijing to pick her up and detained her for 30 days in the Qijiang County Detention Centre.

After returning home, officers Yang Mingyu and Yu Zhengming ordered Ms. Zhao's family to pay 3,000 yuan to cover Yang Mingyu's trip to Beijing, otherwise they would deduct the amount from her husband's salary.

In August 2001, led by officer He Xinqiang, several local police officers and security guards arrested Ms. Zhao at her home. They detained her in the county detention centre and violently interrogated her. They had her sentenced to eight and half years in prison on charges of "obstructing the law" and took her to the Yongchuan District Forced Labour Camp.

Ms. Zhao was subjected to years of brutal treatment in the Yongchuan District Forced Labour Camp. Due to long-term hard labour, her eyesight was blurry. She passed out three times in the camp, but, the guards at the camp ignored it.

She was finally taken to the labour camp clinic, but after she was injected with some unknown drugs, she appeared to have difficulty breathing. To avoid being held responsible for her death, the labour camp authorities released her for medical treatment on October 1st, 2007, and she was picked up by her family.

Her family immediately took her to the Coal Mine Employee Hospital, but she did not recover. She died at 3:40 a.m. on December 21st, 2007.

Note

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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