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China: Further information: Imprisoned woman tortured in China: Chen Zhenping

, Index number: ASA 17/011/2010

Imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner Chen Zhenping, who is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence in China for “using a heretical organisation to subvert the law”, is believed to have been forcibly injected with drugs and subjected to regular beatings in prison. She remains at serious risk of further torture.

Further information on UA: 305/08 Index: ASA 17/011/2010 China Date: 1 April 2010
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IMPRISONED WOMAN TORTURED IN CHINA
Imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner Chen Zhenping, who is currently serving an eight-year prison
sentence in China for “using a heretical organisation to subvert the law”, is believed to have been
forcibly injected with drugs and subjected to regular beatings in prison. She remains at serious
risk of further torture.
Chen Zhenping was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment in August 2008 for practising Falun Gong, a spiritual
movement which has been banned by the Chinese authorities, and whose members face regular intimidation and
persecution for their beliefs. She is currently being held at Women’s No. 5 Prison, Henan Province, where
approximately 200 Falun Gong practitioners are held.
A former prisoner who was recently released from the same prison reported that Chen Zhenping is being held in a
tiny cell where she is watched around the clock by other inmates, many of whom are criminals and drug addicts. The
former prisoner reported that Chen Zhenping was often not allowed to go to the toilet and was tied to a bed and
beaten. She was also forcibly injected with drugs and had been heard to cry “Don’t give me the shot. Don’t give me
the shot. I don’t want to take the drug…” Falun Gong inmates in the prison are subjected to broadcasts denouncing
the Falun Gong and to high-pitched loud music on a daily basis unless they renounce their faith.
Concerns remain that Chen Zhenping is still being subjected to torture and that her health is at serious risk.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Mandarin, English or your own language:
Calling on the authorities to release Chen Zhenping immediately and unconditionally.
Urging the authorities to guarantee that Chen Zhenping will not be tortured or otherwise ill-treated while she
remains in custody;
Urging the authorities to order a full and impartial investigation into allegations that Chen Zhenping has been
tortured in detention, and bring those responsible to justice.
Urging the authorities to ensure that Chen Zhenping is allowed access to legal assistance of her choosing, her
family and any medical treatment that she may require;
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 13 MAY 2010 TO:
Governor, Henan Provincial Women’s
Prison
Xinyuan Lu No. 16
Xinxiangshi 453700
Henansheng
People’s Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Prison Governor
Political and Legal Committee
Secretary
Li Xin Min
Jinshuiqu jinshuilu 17
Zhengzhoushi 450000
Henansheng
People’s Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Secretary
Zhengzhou Intermediate People’s
Court President
Wang Xin Sheng
Jinshuidonglu, Jinshuiqu
Zhengzhoushi 450000
Henansheng
People’s Republic of China
Salutation: Dear President
COPIES TO: Diplomatic representatives of China accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending
appeals after the above date. This is the second update of UA 305/08 (ASA/17/103/2008). Further information:
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA17/103/2008/en and http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA17/002/2009/en
Date: 1 April 2010
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IMPRISONED WOMAN TORTURED IN CHINA
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Falun Gong is a spiritual movement that gained large numbers of supporters in China during the 1990s. After it staged a
peaceful gathering in Tiananmen Square in July 1999, the government outlawed the group and launched a long-term campaign
of intimidation and persecution, directed by a special organization called the 610 Office. Tens of thousands of Falun Gong
practitioners have been arbitrarily detained since the spiritual movement was banned as a "threat to social and political stability".
Practitioners have been held in psychiatric hospitals in Re-education Through Labour (RTL) facilities, a form of administrative
detention imposed without charge, trial or judicial review, or sentenced to long prison terms. Torture and other ill-treatment are
endemic in all forms of detention, despite China’s ratification of the UN Convention against Torture in 1988. Falun Gong sources
report numerous deaths of practitioners in custody, many caused by torture, in a variety of state institutions, including prisons,
RTL facilities and police detention centres.
Further information on UA: 305/08 Index: ASA 17/011/2010 Issue Date: 1 April 2010

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