China’s Supreme Court Sued by Lawyers Representing Family of Falun Gong Practitioners
The Mid-Autumn Festival symbolises
a time of reunion for Chinese families.
However, in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, Falun Gong
practitioner Jiang Zonglin’s family has been separated.
Jiang Zonglin refused to give up his belief in Falun Gong.
The former director of Mingyuan Construction Research
Institute was subsequently imprisoned for nearly six years.
In December 2012, Jiang’s daughter Jiang Zhujun went to
a brainwashing center, requesting the release of her father.
However, in response, the police detained
her, and she has not yet been released.
Before the Mid-Autumn Festival, Jiang’s wife Xie Chengxin,
with the help of lawyers Liang Xiaojun and Tang Jitian
sued the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Supreme court.
Lawyers include Xinjin Brainwashing
Center in their prosecution evidence.
Labeled a reeducation center, Xinjin
has illegally detained people.
In the afternoon on September 16, three lawyers went
with Xie Chengxin to Xinjin Brainwashing Center.
They hoped to see her husband
Jiang Zonglin and her daughter.
They were not allowed to meet with Jiang.
Lawyer Jiang Tianyong shouted loudly into the
brainwashing center from the other side of the wall.
After several attempts at negotiations,
they were still not allowed to meet them.
However, they saw both via a window.
Xia Xiaoqiang, current affairs commentator:
“I want to express my great respect to these lawyers.
They bravely went to the brainwashing center.
Their righteous and brave actions have brought
a future direction to the rule of law in China.
They bring hope of achieving fairness and justice.”
On September 17, Jiang’s wife Xie Chengxin, and
lawyers Liang Xiaojun and Tang Jitian sued Li Feng.
Li Feng is Director of Chengdu Legal Education Center.
They also sued Yin Shunyao and other people
who are suspected to have illegally detained citizens.
Jiang Zonglin refused to recant his practice of Falun Gong.
Falun Gong teaches the principles of
Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.
In 2007, Jiang was illegally sentenced to jail for five years.
When his sentence expired, the
authorities still held him in jail.
On October 15, 2012, Jiang was
kidnapped by Jinniu District 610 Office.
The 610 Office is an extra-judicial organization
responsible for persecuting Falun Gong practitioners.
They sent him directly to the
illegal Xinjin Brainwashing Center.
On December 22, 2012, Jiang’s wife and
daughter went to Xinjin Brainwashing Center.
They requested his release, but the center staff, 610
officers, and Fuqin police detained them at the center.
On March 4, 2013, Jiang’s wife was released.
However, Jiang and his daughter continued
to be detained illegally, and brutally tortured.
Xia Xiaoqiang: “The majority of labor camps
have been removed or are going to be removed.
However, the CCP’s persecution
of Falun Gong is still continuing.
Many Falun Gong practitioners have been sent to
brainwashing centers after being released from labor camps.
The CCP is abusing human rights and law.”
On May 4, Jiang’s wife Xie Chengxin met with her
husband and daughter inside Xinjin Brainwashing Center.
In June, Xie wrote an open letter asking for help.
In the letter, Xie described Jiang’s tearful condition:
“His eyes are red, his body is swollen, and he looks like
an old man. 60-year-old Jiang looks like 90 years old.”
Her daughter’s condition was even worse.
Staff at the brainwashing center told Xie:
“Your daughter may be infected by a serious disease. Since
January 10 up to till now, her menstruation has stopped.
She has been sent to hospital for examination. She suffered
Uterine atrophy, and will not be able to bare a child.”
Xie felt her heart bleeding. In the letter, she
said her daughter used to be very healthy.
Xie questioned why this had changed after several
months of detention in the brainwashing center?
Tang Jietian, Lawyer: “At least prisons and labor camps
have deadlines, giving people hope of being released.
Brainwashing centers and legal education centers
have no time limits, nor do they give explanations.
On the surface, it is not a prison, but actually
it deprives human rights more than a prison.
It leaves detainees and families in an uncertain state.”
Minghui.org reported that Xie’s daughter
told her, that she has been brutally tortured.
Her treatment was similar to that experienced
by Falun Gong practitioner Zhan Min.
It was reported that in the brainwashing center,
Zhan Min was tied into a “death bed”.
Her hands, feet and legs were
separately bound onto a wooden bed.
A tube was inserted into her stomach, via her nose,
and a urinary catheter was also inserted into her body.
Zhan was force-fed and given
unknown drugs for several days.
Her health subsequently declined,
and eventually became delirious.
Xia Xiaoqiang: “Many Falun Gong practitioners
were sent to brainwashing centers for persecution
after their sentences expired in labor camps and jails.
Many Falun Gong practitioners were taken directly to
brainwashing centers from their work units and homes.
Today is Mid-Autumn Festival,
and a time for family to reunite.
However, many Falun Gong practitioners are
still being tortured in brainwashing centers.”
Zhan Min is a Falun Gong practitioner
in Xinjin County, Chengdu City.
She has been repeatedly
detained and brutally tortured.
She is now being held illegally
in Chengdu Detention Center.
On April 28, 2004, she was kidnapped,
and taken to a brainwashing center.
She went through eight months of intense persecution.