Ms. Song Yulian and Ms. Gao Guofeng Tortured in Heilongjiang Province

Ms. Song Yulian is a Falun Gong practitioner who lives in Wanchun Village, Shengli Town, Bin County, Heilongjiang Province. She is currently detained at the Qianjin Forced Labour Camp in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province. On May 8th, 2008, First Warden Zhang Bo (male), led a group of guards to torture Ms. Song with the "big hang up1" but were unable to force Ms. Song to write the three statements2 or succumb to the brainwashing.

On the evening of May 10th, 2008, guard Cui Jianmei (female) pulled Ms. Song's hair and slammed her head against the bed frame, because she found out that Ms. Song did the Falun Gong exercises. Cui dragged Ms. Song to the warden's office, and did not allow her to sleep for the night.

On May 11th, 2008, Warden Zhang Bo and three other guards (all female), including Cong Zhixiu, Zhou Muqi, and Zhou Lifan, sealed Ms. Song' mouth with tape, cuffed her, and tortured her for more than two hours. During this time they used the "big hang up" and shocked her with electric batons, but they still failed to make her betray her faith. Feeling exhausted, the guards wrote the three statements, then pressed Ms. Song's finger onto the piece of paper. By then, Ms. Song's neck was covered with blisters due to electric baton shocks, and was swollen so badly that it looked deformed.

Another Falun Gong practitioner, Ms. Gao Guofeng, is detained in the Second Ward of the Qianjin Forced Labour Camp. Her tail bone is fractured due to brutal beatings by the guards, and she suffers from starvation. Warden Zhai Shuping (male) locked her in the small cell3, and tortured her inhumanly.


1. Big hang up - There are two forms in this torture: (1) With both hands cuffed behind the back and only the toes touching the ground, one is hung by a rope that is tied to the metal window frames; (2) One hand of a practitioner is cuffed to one bunk bed and the other hand to another bed, and the two beds are then pulled in opposite directions. One feels extreme pain as the body is pulled. Illustration available at

2. "Three Statements": Practitioners are coerced under brainwashing and torture to write "Repentance Statement," "Guarantee Statement" or 'Dissociation Statement" as proof that they have given up their belief. In the statement, the practitioner is forced to admit remorse for practising Falun Gong, promise to give up Falun Gong, and never again associate with other practitioners or go to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong.

3. Small cell - The detainee is locked up in a very small cell by themselves. The guards handcuff the practitioner behind their back in a fixed position, in which the practitioner can neither move nor lie down. The small cell is very damp and no sunshine comes in. Detainees have to urinate and defecate in the cell. Only half of a regular meal is served to detainees locked up in a small cell during the daytime. During the night rats run rampant inside the cell. The stench in the small cell is so bad that it is difficult to breathe.

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