In the free world, the sworn and solemn oath taken by medical doctors is “to do no harm.”
Conversely in China, doctors often collaborate with authorities to help destroy the health and sanity of people who do not “toe the Party line.” By use of insidious and purposeful administering of mind-alternating drugs, China allows doctors to do intentional harm to the minds of those viewed to be in opposition to its requirements
In a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 15, 2010, Dr. Shizhong Chen told the Council that, “Volumes and volumes of reports from the Council’s own Special Rapporteurs have documented thousands of cases of severe torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese authorities.” He described documentation of how, when physical torture failed to break the will of Falun Gong practitioners, the Chinese authorities turned to psychiatric abuse. He concluded by appealing “to international society to speak up against China’s mind-killing medication. To remain silent to such killing of the mind is a suicide of our collective conscience and humanity.” To read his entire speech, please click here.
The UN Committee, formed to review reports of Torture in China, stated, “The Committee also notes with concern that this provision has been misused to detain some people in psychiatric hospitals for reasons other than medical.”
Chinese authorities have taken an untold number of perfectly rational and sane Falun Gong practitioners to mental hospitals to be “transformed.”
The U.N. Special Rapporteur, Professor Manfred Nowak, in his China Country Visit Report stated: “Detainees also stated that Falun Gong practitioners who had not renounced their beliefs after six months in detention were placed in the Intensive Training section until they were ‘reformed’. Falun Gong practitioners formerly detained at this facility refer to this section as the ‘Intensive Torture Section.'”
Statistics indicate that cases of “psychiatric treatment” have spread to 23 out of 33 provinces under the direct leadership of the central government in China. At least 100 psychiatric facilities have been employed in the persecution. Clearly, the abuse of psychiatric drugs on Falun Gong practitioners has been a well-planned, systematically carried out, top-down policy.
Since the objective of supposed psychiatric treatment is not for the “patient’s” well-being, the “psychiatric treatment” may well take place in mental hospitals, forced labor camps, or any detention facility. The following accounts remind us of what is really being done to Falun Gong practitioners behind the scenes of China’s expanding economy.
Mr. Zhao Peijie, male, 32 years of age, from Xiaonigou Village, Datong Town, Rongcheng City, Shandong Province, was beaten, tortured, and forced to take drugs that destroyed his central nervous system. As a result, he became mentally ill, and died in the wilderness on June 28, 2008.
In April 2006, officials from the Chibi City Police Department, Hubei Province arrested Ms. Liu Xiaolian, 69, and sent her to the Psychiatric Department of the Pufang Hospital. At the hospital, Ms. Liu was brutally beaten, injected with toxic drugs, fed mentally debilitating drugs, and shocked with high-voltage electric batons. For 24 hours, they continuously injected her with the drug. She lost consciousness for two consecutive days and her whole body became dark and swollen. After she woke up, she temporarily lost the ability to speak. She died on the afternoon of October 26, 2008.
Ms. Li Dongqing, 46, lived in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. On May 24, 2008, she was arrested and put into the Dongling District Mental Hospital in Shenyang. She was injected with drugs, which made her suffer severe psychological damage.
Ms. Han Ming was an employee of the Pingshui Machinery Factory in Pingba County, Guizhou Province. On February 28, 2001, she was sentenced to two years of forced labor. While detained in the Guizhou Province Women’s Forced Labor Camp, she was injected with an unknown drug, which caused her entire body to suffer muscle atrophy. Her condition deteriorated and she died on March 20, 2003, at the age of 30.
Ms. Zhang Wuying and her husband, Mr. Wu Dianhui, are from Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province. In February of 2000, the Changzhou Public Security Bureau arrested Mr. Wu. Although Mr. Wu and his wife were not mentally ill, upon his release from the detention center, the two were forcibly taken to the Changzhou Liberation Army’s 102 Mental Hospital. Ms. Zhang was tied to the bed, injected with unknown drugs and force-fed, even though she was over five months pregnant.
Ms. Han Yuheng tried to check into a Beijing hotel on February 21, 2009, while on a business trip, when a computer check identified her as a Falun Gong practitioner. She was arrested on the basis of this identification alone and subsequently sentenced to two years of forced labor. When her case garnered interest on the Internet, Chinese authorities started to harass her family in apparent retaliation. As a result, Ms. Han’s sister, Ms. Han Yuguan, was dismissed from her job.
Ms. Jiang Nan, 39, a teacher from Deyang City, Sichuan Province was harassed for practicing Falun Gong by village officials, including her ex-husband and by superiors at work. On August 7, 2009, she was reported to the authorities for distributing Falun Gong materials, her home was ransacked, and she was taken to a mental health facility in Deyang City. At the facility she was told that she needed to admit she was suffering from mental illness in order to avoid a criminal sentence. She was administered drugs for unknown reasons and tied to a bed until she was in a weakened and emaciated state. In November of 2009, her supervisor at work was informed that he could pick her up from the hospital. It is unknown whether she has returned home safely.
Ms. Li Juhua from Huangpi District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province was detained twice and sent to a forced labor camp three times over the last ten years due to her Falun Gong practice. She was imprisoned for a total of four years, her home was ransacked twice, and the authorities constantly harassed her family. She is currently being held at the Hewan Forced Labor Camp in Wuhan City. It has been reported that she has become completely emaciated, has difficulty walking and seems disoriented and unable to comprehend things.
Ms. Liu Weishan, 51, was last arrested in September of 2002 for distributing Falun Gong related materials, and imprisoned at various places in Xiangfan City, Hebei Province. After she went on a hunger strike–her only means of protest, she was brutally beaten and tortured by repeated and vicious force-feedings. She was given forced injections of unknown and unnecessary drugs and became mentally disoriented very soon thereafter. Currently, she is reported to be paralyzed and bed-ridden. Her muscles have atrophied, and she is completely emaciated and can no longer communicate in a meaningful way.
Ms. Tang Min from Changsha City, Hunan Province was forced to stay at a brainwashing center in 2004 and then taken to a mental hospital because she refused to renounce her Falun Gong practice. In May 2009, she was again taken to a mental hospital in Hunan Province where she was injected every two weeks with an unknown drug that made her shiver with coldness and caused anxiety.
Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group
San Diego, Calif.