On December 10, 2012, Amnesty International in Helsinki, Finland, celebrated World Human Rights Day by calling for the immediate release of Ms. Zhenping Chen, a Falun Dafa practitioner currently imprisoned in Zhengzhou City, China. The human rights organization also launched a national online petition to help secure her release.
|Finland Amnesty International calls for the immediate release of Zhenping Chen, a Falun Dafa practitioner imprisoned in Zhengzhou City, China|
In 2008, Jinshui Court in Zhengzhou City sentenced Ms. Chen to eight years in prison for practising Falun Dafa. For the past four years, her lawyer and friends have been prohibited from visiting her. This year, Ms. Chen's daughters—who currently reside in Finland—released shocking video footage of Ms. Chen undergoing forced brainwashing in prison. This has alarmed the international community and many countries are closely monitoring the situation.
|Ms. Chen's daughters, Zhaoyu Jin and Zhaoheng Jin, participate in the appeal event|
Amnesty International invited Ms. Chen’s daughters, Zhaoyu Jin and Zhaoheng Jin, to participate in the human rights event held in Helsinki. Both daughters were interviewed, which helped draw attention to their mother's plight.
During the interview, Maria, a reporter from Amnesty International Magazine asked the daughters, “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claims that people who practice Falun Dafa, especially women, do not care about their children or family members. Is this true?”
Zhaoheng Jin answered, “My mother never left us. It’s the police who have persecuted my mother over and over again. They arrested her and destroyed our family, causing us to live in constant fear. My mother used to have a hot temper, but after she practised the principles of Falun Dafa—Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance—she became very tolerant. The CCP fabricated a slew of lies to persecute practitioners and to incite widespread hatred towards Falun Dafa.”
The interview gave voice to the daughters' concerns and helped expose the CCP’s 13-year persecution of their mother. The audience was very moved by the daughters' heartfelt words. During the break, audience members queued up to sign the petition. They told Zhaoyu and Zhaoheng that they were really touched by what they said and hoped that their mother would soon be released.
Ms. Chen, 60, suffered from liver cancer and uterine fibroids back in 1995. However, after practising Falun Dafa, all of her illnesses had disappeared. Since the persecution began in 1999, she has been locked up a total of five times: in a brainwashing center, a forced labour camp, and a detention centre.
In 2002, Ms. Chen and her youngest daughter, Zhaoheng Jin, were locked up in a brainwashing centre and forced to watch videos slandering Falun Dafa, day and night. They were also repeatedly beaten and locked in toilet stalls. In 2003, Ms. Chen was once again detained.
When the prison discovered that she was suffering from myocardial infarction, they released her rather than assume responsibility if she died in custody. However, after being released, Ms. Chen was closely monitored for the next five years.
In 2008, right before the Beijing Olympics, she was seized and her home was ransacked. Ms. Chen was later sentenced to eight years in prison and her home, personal property, and business were all confiscated.
|Zhenping Chen is currently detained at the Xinxiang City Women’s Prison in China, which also serves as a garment factory|
Ms. Chen is currently incarcerated in the Xinxiang City Women’s Prison in China. A sign posted near the front entrance gate, however, says, “Xinxiang City Garment Factory.” In effect, the prison enslaves Dafa practitioners and forces them to make garments for over 18 hours a day.
The two guards who are assigned to persecute Ms. Chen—Xu Niu and Wenjuan Yuan—have been repeatedly exposed on the Internet for their brutal treatment of Dafa practitioners.
Main prison guards involved:
Xu Niu: +86-1340-3736357 (Cell)
Wenjuan Yuan: +86-373-5092692
Zhenping Chen is detained in the 9th ward:
Xinxiang City Women’s Prison
Huagong Road, Xinxiang City, Henan Province, China
Other wards: +86-373-5092626, +86-373-5092627, +86-373-5092628, +86-373-5092629
Xizhong Wang and Meili Hou, head prison wardens
Prison phone operator: +86-373-5092576
Cheng, captain of the Public Security Bureau: +86-66356510
Xinjian Li, chief of the National Security Bureau: +86-1359-8831511 (Cell)
Wenyue Tao, vice-chief of the National Security Bureau: +86-1383-8007918 (Cell)
Henan Province 610 Office: +86-65902233, +86-65904038
Tao Mi, agent for the Henan Province 610 Office: +86-63526074, +86-13137109268 (Cell)
Bowei Zuo, chief inspector for the Henan Province 610 Office: +86-1365386855 (Cell)
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