Illegal Prisons for Petitioners
Petitioners go to Beijing from other places,
in the hope to redress their injustices.
However, many people didn’t get their problems resolved,
but instead were manhandled in illegal prisons.
They completely lost their human rights.
Some were repatriated to their hometown
and directly to “reeducation through labor camps,"
Thus, it is even more difficult to redress their injustices.
Some commentators believe that to eradicate illegal prisons,
the authorities must take the role of a monitor,
instead of the role of a master.
After the “illegal prison” set up by Anyuanding Security
Company was destroyed less than a year ago,
“illegal prisons" in Beijing are found and reported by media.
“Illegal prisons" refer to those places used to imprison
petitioners coming to Beijing.
They are set up by security companies or local authorities.
Xue Wenxia, from Xuzhou, Jiangsu, has been petitioning for
14 years for her husband’s tragic death.
She has been repeatedly imprisoned.
On July 28, 2011, along with another petitioner Yang Ling
Xue was taken prisoner.
Xue Wenxia (Petitioner): “We went to use a public restroom.
Some unknown people forced us into a van.
Four people pressed lower our heads and torched our faces.
They yelled, will you still appeal in Beijing?
Your local government is dark and disallows people to petition.
Your government told us to arrest you. “
Xue recalled that, they were transferred few times and
finally sent to an “illegal jail." They were beaten repeatedly.
Outlook news weekly revealed in 2010 that
provinces set up temporary locations in Beijing
persuade the petitioners to return to their home provinces.
There were 73 locations in total,
including farm houses, hotels and guest houses.
In January, 2011, the authorities issued the so-called
“Administration Policies of Provincial Offices in Beijing."
They ordered the removal of thousands of these offices
within six months, but this didn’t help the illegal jail issue.
Li Chunxia, a petitioner from Henan, confirmed that
the illegal prisons are everywhere.
Almost all petitioners have been held in illegal jails,
and some were even detained for more than 200 days.
Li Chunxia: “Every province, every city has illegal jails.
I have been in and out of these illegal jails since 2008.
I was put in the local illegal jails for 6 to 7 times,
and once in an illegal prison in Beijing.
I was imprisoned, when I was pregnant. “
Li said that petitioners’ communication tools are taken away
in the illegal jails. There was no freedom there.
And the security guards could beat the petitioners at will.
Zhang Baozhu, a petitioner from Heilongjiang, had her house
forcefully demolished, said that
every petitioner living at Beijing South Railway Station,
has been detained, brain washed and sent to illegal prisons.
Zhang Baozhu: “My house was demolished by local officials,
and they gave me no compensation at all.
I went to Beijing to petition. In November 2004,
I was trapped by illegal security guards hired by officials
at the gate of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission.
Seven or eight young men threw me into a van.
I was detained and sentenced to three years in prison. “
Liu Feiyue, head of the Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch,
a human rights organization, told Voice of America that
the illegal jails are operating in the dark,
thus there are no statistics about them.
He said it is very common for local authorities to send
petitioners to illegal jails and psychiatric hospitals,
to prevent them from petitioning temporarily or permanently.
Southern Metropolis Daily published an editorial saying that
horrible illegal jails reflect the ugliness of the current system.
Their existence is a nightmare for the petitioners,
and also the shame of those in power.
They are the proof of the moral decay of this era.
To eliminate illegal jails, the authorities must take the role of
a monitor, instead of the role of a master.
But some petitioners with long-term unresolved grievances
happily received good news from the Epoch Times:
Recently, more than 100 million people have publicly
announced their withdrawal from the CCP.
Shanghai Petitioner Zhang Junwei stated that the Communist
Party is even worse than the tyrannical First Emperor.
The Chinese people are like animals locked in a cage,
subject to the authorities’ slaughter.
It is just like a parasite sucking people’s blood,
Chinese people hate the Communist Party so much.
Now, more and more people quit the party,
which will be disintegrated soon.
I hope more Chinese people will soon publicly
quit the Chinese Communist Party."
NTD reporters Dai Jing, Song Feng and Guo Jing