Amnesty International Issues Urgent Action for the Rescue of Six Falun Gong Practitioners

A Reporter

PureInsight | April 11, 2013

[] Amnesty International issued a statement on September 17, 2012 calling for the rescue of six Falun Gong practitioners arrested and detained in Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province. The statement, titled “Urgent Action: Falun Gong Practitioners at Risk of Torture,” requested that the Chinese Communist government release the practitioners.

The statement read: “Shortly after 7:00 pm on 10 September, plain-clothed police officers arrested Zhang Shuhua and Zhang Shuying as they left Zhang Shuhua’s home in the Xiangyang District of Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province, China. Later that evening, a large number of police and security forces–estimated at more than 20–forcibly entered Zhang Shuhua’s home where a group of Falun Gong practitioners were meeting for religious study. Zhao Juan, Cui Xiuyun, Sun Ying, Liu Lijie, Xiang Xiaobo, Wang Shumei, and Zhang Shuhua’s son were taken into custody and Zhang Shuhua’s belongings were ransacked. Her computer, printer, DVDs, and Falun Gong literature were confiscated. No detention or arrest warrants were presented by the police.”

“Of the nine people detained, three were either released or escaped police custody–including Zhang Shuhua’s son who was released after writing a ‘guarantee’ that he is not a Falun Gong practitioner, and Wang Shumei who was released from hospital after falling ill, and Sun Ying who was released due to her advanced age, being over 70 years old. On 11 September, the remaining six were transferred to the Jiamusi Detention Centre after being held in various police stations around the city. Most of those detained have previously spent many years in prison or re-education through labour camps as a result of their beliefs. Zhang Shuying was previously incarcerated in re-education through labour camps three times, and Liu Lijie was also previously detained three times.”

The statement called on people to write letters requesting the Chinese Communist government release these people, who were detained because of their belief. These people should not be subjected to brutality or other types of mistreatment during detention.

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