采访/陈汉 编辑/周平 后制/陈建铭
Following the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
policy to abolish forced labor camps Drug Addiction
Treatment Centers (DATC) have been established.
Currently, the DATC in Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang
Province has become a ‘brainwashing center’.
It is directly controlled by the Municipal Committee of Qiqihar,
which take orders from the Heilongjiang Province 610 Office.
DATC continues to imprison and persecute
innocent people for their spiritual beliefs.
On April 28, ‘Heilongjiang Province Land Reclamation
Bureau Legal Education Base’, also known as the
‘Qinglongshan Brainwashing Center’, was forced to close.
However, in Qiqihar City, the ‘Qiqihar Forced
Isolation Treatment House’ was recently
established as a ‘Legal Transformation Base’.
This base replaces ‘Qinglongshan Brainwashing Center’,
and is used to illegally detain Falun Gong practitioners.
Zhang Erping, Falun Gong spokesman: “This DATC
belongs to Heilongjiang Politics and Law Committee.
It is owned by the illegal 610 office organization.
The recently established Transformation Base is
for brainwashing detained Falun Gong practitioners.
These black jails are relatively common throughout China;
and have the same role as that of labor camps and prisons."
According to a Qiqihar News Network report, ‘Qiqihar
Forced Isolation Treatment House’ was originally
borne by the municipal public security system.
It was transferred to the Bureau of Justice
Department at the end of June last year.
This department is also in charge of labor camps.
Zhang Erping: “The conditions are very bad.
They forcibly detain and persecute Falun Gong
practitioners to transform them, which includes torture.
Recently, a Falun Gong practitioner who has
been imprisoned for 12 years in Daqing Prison, was
sent to Qiqihar Brainwashing Center on April 18.
This transferal was on the day that his illegal imprisonment
expired.This phenomenon is actually very common in China."
Li Hai, a Falun Gong practitioner from Daqing
City, Heilongjiang Province was sent to
Qiqihar Brainwashing Center on April 18.
This date also marked the end of Li Hai’s illegal
prison sentence, but they continue to be detained.
Gu Songhai, the main person responsible for
Heilongjiang Province ‘610’ office, gave orders
to all prisons and governments at all levels.
As long as Falun Gong practitioners do not except
‘transformation’, when their prison term expires,
send them directly to a brainwashing center.
They are not allowed to meet with their family.
Professor Zhang Zanning, Southeast University Law School,
and Nanjing lawyer: “The Constitution already provides
people have freedom of thought, and freedom of speech.
Brainwashing centers are only
maintained for the needs of the regime.
The law is stated in one way, but the
actions of the party are another way.
The current issue in China is not about
citizens being law-abiding or not.
It’s about whether the government abides by the law.
China is not a country ruled by law, it is
still ruled by certain people, and that their
personal governance is greater than the law."
Professor Zhang explained further that black jails
are certainly breaking the law and constitution.
They send people directly to
jail without legal procedure.
Wang Cheng, Mainland China human rights lawyer:
“According to current Chinese laws, these measures
to restrains people’s personal freedom should all
have some formalities or judgment by the court.
Otherwise, it is an unlawful act which should be corrected."
Zhu Keming, Falun Gong practitioner: “When we
sued Jiang Zemin, it was also through legal procedure.
The Chinese Communist Party did not accept it
It arrested the complainants, one of whom was murdered,
and I was sentenced to 5 years illegal imprisonment.
Under international pressure, and mainland Chinese
people coming to know the truth more and more
clearly, it doesn’t dare now to persecute so obviously."
Zhu Keming said that after 2003, the CCP did
not approach persecuting Falun Gong so overtly.
But the persecution has not been diminished.
It still is continues in prisons, labor
camps and brainwashing centers.
Zhu Keming: “Now, under international pressure, with this
‘abolition’ of labor camps and brainwashing centers, they
instead put them into DATC, in an legal transformation base.
It is all the same, and is just to avoid public view."
Zhang Erping: “We hope that the international community,
including the kind Chinese people, can all know the truth.
We hope they will stand up and stop this evil persecution.
We also warn those who are involved in the persecution
of Falun Gong, good and evil deeds have been recorded.
In the future, there will be a day when
those responsible will face punishment.
In this historic moment, everyone should choose their
own historical location for the sake of their own future.
Stand on the side of history and justice."
It is understood that ‘Qiqihar Forced Isolation
Treatment Base’ is located far from populated areas.
It has been closely guarded. Family members
of illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners’
are unable to enquire about their loved ones.
Interview/Chen Han Edit/Zhou Ping Post-Production/Chen Jianming