Thank you for having me as a part of this important hearing. While I am grateful to be here to speak, I am also heartbroken because it means the persecution against Falun Dafa has not ended and my father, Zhiwen Wang, is still not truly free.
Two months in the Shijiazhuang Forced Labor Camp in Hebei Province transformed a healthy, vibrant woman into a mere skeleton of herself.
The Falun Dafa Information Center has learned that Falun Gong practitioner Peter Yuan Li was assaulted and robbed by armed Asian men yesterday in his Atlanta home. Li is an information technology specialist who has been active in Falun Gong human rights advocacy over the past six years.
Thirty-two-year-old Ms. Zhu Xia cries, laughs, and often bangs on doors and windows madly. She soils her clothing uncontrollably, and has frequent hallucinations, tossing and turning restlessly amidst unseen enemies.
Witnesses say that a local egg seller found Ms. Guo Xiumei kneeling on the pavement on the Southwest Road of Huaiyang County Xiguan Health Bureau in the early morning hours of September 23rd. Doubled over from pain, her face black and blue with one eye punctured, she clutched her stomach. The egg seller called for the police.
With festering scars on her body and severe edema in her abdomen, Ms. Lingxia Wu was released from a Chinese detention center where she had been held and severely tortured for the past year. She died three weeks later from her injuries. Ms. Wu was 37 years old.
Kidnapped by security guards from his former work place and sent to a labor camp, a retiree, who was forcibly "converted" to not practice Falun Gong while in police custody, returned to Tiananmen Square shortly after being released to openly declare to the Chinese government his belief in Falun Gong and appeal for an end to the persecution campaign. He was immediately detained again and suffered severe torture for three months before dying in August of this year.
Mr. Wang Jinguo was an accomplished and well-loved teacher who tragically died from internal injuries sustained over more than 200 days and nights of torture in a Chinese jail, according to sources inside China. Wang was 34 years old and left behind a wife and young child. All three in the family had started practicing Falun Gong in 1996.
Four days ago, an elderly couple in China went to visit their daughter, Yang Mei, who was being held in a detention center for her beliefs. They did not see her that day, nor will they ever see her again, for Yang Mei died earlier that morning becoming the 28th practitioner of Falun Gong to have died in Hebei Province due to torture suffered while in police custody. She was 23 years old.