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More Severe Torture in Centers Replacing Abolished Labor Camps.
Amnesty International released a new report on December 17.
The report questioned the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP)
proposed abolishment of “re-education through labor system".
It considers that this abolition is only cosmetic,
and similar systems will still run in other forms.
Some Chinese citizens commented that the party was
only forced by public outcry to announce the abolition.
It is still widely believed that human rights abuses, such as
the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, has worsened.
On November 15, the CCP Third Plenary Session
of the 18th Central Committee made a series of rules.
This included abolishing the “reeducation through
labor system", which has existed since 1957.
However, the CCP regime has yet to reveal any
details about how it will implement this proposal.
On December 17, Amnesty International released
a report, in which it questioned how real the CCP
abolition of “reeducation through labor system" was.
The report says that the CCP regime is expanding it’s
use of “black jails", such as enforced drug rehabilitation
clinics to take the place of notorious labor camps.
Petitioners, dissidents and Falun Gong practitioners
continue to be imprisoned in these places.
Amnesty International says that, “there needs
to be a fundamental change in the policies that
are at the root of the repression, and which
strip detainees of their most basic rights".
Otherwise, abolishing labor camps
can only be a cosmetic change.
According to the report, many old labor camps in
Provinces such as Xinjiang, Jiangsu, Sichuan and Jilin
have been re-labeled as “drug rehabilitation centers".
“Most offer very little in the form of drug rehabilitation".
The report stresses that those “centers"
function in the same way as labor camps.
People can be detained for years without charge or trial.
Furthermore, most detainees there are
severely tortured and forced into hard labor.
Amnesty International also quoted real cases of persecution.
They showed that Falun Gong practitioners all over
China were secretly moved to brainwashing centers,
black jails and what are named “mental hospitals".
This is where the persecution is continuing.
According to ‘minghui.org’, brainwashing centers,
mental hospitals and black jails are specifically
prepared places for the CCP to execute state terror.
In those enclosed centers, the CCP
can do any kind of inhuman torture.
For example, they force practitioners to read or
listen to slanderous materials against Falun Gong.
The goal is to “convert their minds", and force them
to sign “guarantees" to give up practicing Falun gong.
Falun Gong ractitioner Zhu Keming suggests brainwashing
centers are more lawless and cruel than labor camps.
Zhu Keming: “At least there is a
system for reeducation through labor.
However, there are no rules at all in brainwashing centers.
They can be found everywhere in China, and even
a very small unit has the power to establish one.
The number of detainees in those
places is more than that in labor camps.
No application or approval is required to imprison anyone.
They will forcibly try to convert your minds or inflict
torture upon you, without it being known by anyone.
Brainwashing centers are indeed
much worse than labor camps."
Zhu Kuming remarks that the CCP abolishing labor camps
is only due to media pressure inside and outside China.
Zhu Keming: “Every measure the
CCP takes is to protect its regime.
Everything is to free itself from criticism by
the Chinese people, and global community.
Everything is a strategy for expedience.
It has no real intention to correct itself."
Another practitioner, Li Bin, was imprisoned
and tortured in a mental hospital for one month.
Li says that without her belief in Falun Gong,
she could have easily been driven mad.
Li Bin: “Every day inside the hospital, I was
forced to take a handful of unknown drugs.
They used electric shocks on your head while
you were asleep, to induce loss of memory.
When I was released after one-month of detention, my
brain was completely blank, and I forgot everything I learned.
At that time, I felt like a disabled person."
Li Bin says that the persecution of Falun Gong
has become worse since the announcement
of abolishing reeducation through labor system.
Li Bin: “The abolition of labor
camps is just a cosmetic change.
To my knowledge, many of us are still imprisoned
and tortured without any forced-labor sentence.
Even ordinary people say it makes no change at all.
Falun Gong practitioners are now
directly kidnapped for torture without trial.
The persecution has become even worse."
Political commentator Heng He says that no matter what
kind of small changes the party makes, they are absolutely
not for making improvements in rule of the law.
Heng He:"The reason is the party
itself is the destroyer of rules.
You try very hard to change a system, but something
will immediately appear to replace the old ones.
This is an endless loop. Therefore, the only
fundamental change is to disintegrate the whole party."
In it’s report, Amnesty International called
on the CCP regime to immediately stop
all types of arbitrary imprisonment.
It called for the protection of detainees’ rights
in accordance with international standards.
Interview /ChenHan Edit/ChenJie Post-Production/ZhongYuan