Published on May 15, 2013
Since the exposure of tortures in Masanjia Forced
Labor Camp in Shenyang, Liaoning Province,
black jails all over China have caused public concern.
On May 13, many Chinese human rights lawyers
went to Ziyang, Chengdu, Sichuan
to investigate the brainwashing ghulag abducting
a large number of Falun Gong practitioners.
But they were beaten by plainclothes police and
detained in custody at the police station.
Let’s see more from our station reporter.
Beijing human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong said that,
in recent days, some lawyers have been handling cases
in Chengdu, Sichuan, and some were in meetings here.
They heard there were several brainwashing centers
nearby filled with abducted Falun Gong practitioners,
and a major one is called Ere Lake brainwashing
ghulag in Ziyang.
Beijing human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong:
“We know it had imprisoned up to nearly 270 people.
I checked online. It is very evil. Some were tortured
to death or disabled.
From a legal point of view, this is an illegal detention,
a collective crime, so we went to investigate.
We hope they release the practitioners.
If not, we will go to appeal.”
Jiang Tianyong said, Ere Lake brainwashing center in Ziyang
had a notice written outside: “Ziyang Legal Education Center”.
People abducted and held there do not go through any legal
procedures, but were tortured to renounce their faith.
Jiang Tianyong said that the brainwashing center is illegal.
Jiang Tianyong said, “As we learned, Falun Gong
practitioners did not receive any due process.
but were sent there directly there after being abducted.
They are forced to get brainwashed, write statements
(to denounce Falun Gong) then they can be released.
Otherwise, they will continue to be detained. Some were
even detained for five to six years. This is very evil.”
Why are Falun Gong practitioners sent to brainwashing
ghulags, rather than prisons and labor camps?
Jiang Tianyong said if they wanted to detain practitioners
in prison, it had to go through trials and defense by lawyers.
Jiang Tianyong said,”As for the 610 office, trials are very
troublesome and would attract outside attention.
For the forced labor camp, there are still certain procedures,
even though it is totally illegal.
But as for the brainwashing center, 610 Office
could directly abduct practitioners there, without a trace;
it is particularly convenient, no questions asked,
Jiang Tianyong said, Ere Lake legal “education center “
was set up by 610 Office in Ziyang, Sichuan Province.
Nearly every province or big cities in China has such a
menacing place. It is a big money spinner.
Jiang Tianyong: “If a practitioner inside gets brainwashed,
they will receive a pay-off from above.
If a practitioner is forced into the brainwashing center,
(610 office) may force his department to pay tens of
thousands of yuan. Or his community has to pay the money.
The community or department dare not offend 610 Office,
so they pay up.
Money is even extorted from abductee’s family members.
A practitioner sent there is a cash cow for them.”
Attorney Guo Haiyue from Daoheng Law Firm in Beijing,
explained to NTD television the situation that day.
They found the education center in Ere Lake area,
and started to take pictures.
Suddenly a black Buick car without a tag came along,
and People jumped off from the car to stop them from photographing.
Beijing lawyer Guo Haiyue:”During this period,
some people inside started to gather at the gate.
We ran away, and they kept on chasing us.
Someone threw stones at us. Jiang Tianyong’s leg was hit.”
Guo Haiyue said, when they were about to reach
the main road, the police came.
Then the plainclothes guards tried to snatch their cell phones.
Attorney Li Heping and another three lawyers learned the news
and went to support, but were arrested in a small restaurant.
Eleven attorneys were interrogated overnight,
and only released the next day.
Li Heping said, in a country under the rule of law,
it is forbidden to have this kind of illegal concentration camps.
They intend to organize more lawyers to take legal tours
in Ziyang, and go to investigate the illegal haunts of the Communist authorities.
On June 10, 1999, when Jiang Zemin was in power,
he set up a central leading group to process Falun Gong
issues, which was called the 610 Office.
A number of attorneys of Falun Gong practitioners
have gone through suppression,
stalking and persecution by the Chinese Communist regime,
including lawyers Gao Zhisheng, Jiang Tianyong, Zhu Yubiao,
Jin Guanghong, Wang Quanzhang, Wang Yongang, and so on.