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  • In 1999, the Communist Party of China began a brutal initiative to rid the country of

  • the spiritual practice of Falun Gong.

  • The practice concentrates on meditation and morality, but even so, the government wanted

  • it gone.

  • The many people who practiced it were about to get persecuted, re-educated, and very likely,

  • tortured.

  • Fast-forward to the year 2000 and a man was sent to Benxi Prison to undergo histransformation.”

  • He was subjected to a variety of forms of torture that you'll hear about today, but

  • he survived his ordeal.

  • Nonetheless, when he returned to prison in 2016, his body could not cope with the relentless

  • hard labor, the sleep deprivation, and the cruel and unusual punishments he received.

  • One night while being forced to sit naked on a bench he was doused with freezing cold

  • water.

  • He collapsed.

  • When he hit the ground, he wasn't helped and instead was beaten.

  • He died soon after.

  • His name was Hu Guojian.

  • Ok, before we list a number of tortures inmates might experience, let's listen to some more

  • stories from Benxi Prison and the maltreatment of Falun Gong practitioners.

  • In 2010, a judge named Liang Yuncheng was sentenced to three years in prison because

  • he wouldn't give up his belief in Falun Gong.

  • He was tortured in prison and wrote a letter about his mistreatment.

  • This fell into the hands of the prison governor and Yuncheng was ordered to serve 60 days

  • in solitary confinement.

  • There he was tortured every single day.

  • His hands were tied to the headboard of his bed and his feet were tied to the other end.

  • To make it almost impossible to sleep, a very bright light bulb was placed right over his

  • head.

  • In protest, he refused any food.

  • This is what happened to him next: “Guards inserted a feeding tube through

  • a nostril to his stomach and fed him a high-concentration salt solution.

  • They usually left the tube in his stomach for four days before taking it out for minimal

  • cleaning.

  • Once in a while, the prison doctor would coat the tube with chemicals to irritate Liang's

  • nose and esophagus.”

  • In 2001, a prisoner named Meng Xianguang was imprisoned for the same reason.

  • As often happens, it was other prisoners under orders from the guards that committed some

  • of the tortures.

  • At times, they would take off their socks and shove them into Xianguang's mouth.

  • He was tied to a chair, his head covered with a bag, and he was doused in cold water.

  • Sometimes he was electrocuted by the guard with an electric baton.

  • The torture didn't stop there.

  • He was repeatedly whipped with a rubber tube, sometimes while naked and strapped to a chair.

  • After he was beaten, he could never sleep because the inmates had been ordered to take

  • shifts and make sure he didn't fall asleep.

  • One day he was stripped naked and electrocuted with an electrified wire.

  • The guard pointed to his manhood and said, “I'm going to make you unable to have

  • any kids.”

  • Many such prisoners never receive any medical treatment for their injuries.

  • Some are released, but they are already in a very bad way.

  • When a man named Lu Yuanfeng got out, he was paralyzed, had slurred speech, and had a leg

  • fracture.

  • He soon fell into a coma and died.

  • In light of a new international investigation that proved China is involved in the genocide

  • of the Uyghur people, today's episode is more relevant than ever.

  • When reading about the horrors that some detainees have faced, you often just readtorture

  • or a “combinationof tortures, but the stories are sometimes not very specific.

  • Human Rights organizations have, however, investigated what goes on behind prison walls

  • and so there are details we can give you today.

  • Here are some of them: 6.

  • The beatings Beatings happen and sometimes they could be

  • said to be regular kinds of violence, such as inmates being ordered to kick and punch

  • a man or woman in the corner of a cell.

  • It's said that the most sensitive parts of the body are the places that are aimed

  • for.

  • Guards may not use their hands and feet to hurt someone, but they do use their leather

  • belts.

  • The inmate is told to stand facing the wall and then is struck with the belt.

  • The worst part of this is when the buckle strikes the prisoner on the head.

  • This can cause deep cuts, and when that happens, there is always a chance of infection since

  • the inmate will not be provided with medical attention.

  • There is a punishment known aspassing on the board.”

  • During this torture, the prisoner is told to expose his backside.

  • He is then beat with a board or a stick up to 100 times.

  • So many strikes to one part of the body can of course cause serious injury.

  • If the person is in deep trouble, the stick or the board might have a nail sticking out

  • of it.

  • According to the International Society for Human Rights, this could lead to a fatal injury.

  • In some cases, the inmates or guards will use any hard object, which at times has been

  • a hammer.

  • The prisoner might be struck with that hammer on various parts of the body, including the

  • genitals.

  • To make matters worse, reports have stated that after this, sometimes stinging plants

  • are rubbed over the injured areas.

  • Now things get a little bit more technical.

  • 5.

  • Twisting and stretching In Chinese prisons, there is something called

  • theTiger Seat.”

  • This is basically a narrow iron bench to which the prisoner is tied with leather straps around

  • his thighs and knees.

  • A slow kind of torture is to lift his feet up a little and place something under them.

  • Since his knees are tied, he feels pain in his legs.

  • The pain gets worse as more things are put under the feet.

  • Then there is something calledBed Pressing.”

  • A prisoner is told to sit on the floor.

  • His, or her, hands are tied behind their back.

  • With his legs out in front of him, someone comes and presses the man down as far as he

  • will go.

  • Imagine doing this during an exercise in which you are trying to touch your toes.

  • Except, in bed pressing, the person is bent over and then stuffed under a bed.

  • That means they are stuck in an incredibly painful position.

  • To make matters worse, inmates are ordered to jump up and down on the bed.

  • That wouldn't only be painful, but it could cause a serious back injury.

  • Another terrible thing that might happen when a prisoner is told to sit on the ground with

  • legs outstretched is a guard pushes down hard on the prisoner's toes.

  • It's reported that at times guards have even tried to stand on the over-stretched

  • feet.

  • The arms are also stretched at times.

  • Imagine being handcuffed, but with one arm over your shoulder and one arm coming up behind

  • your back.

  • It's kind of like a straitjacket.

  • Reports state that sometimes the pain is so much that the victims pass out after only

  • twenty minutes, but some prisoners are kept fastened up like this for hours.

  • If that's not bad enough, they are sometimes forced to dance because this makes their pain

  • much worse.

  • Arguably even worse is when a victim's arms are tied together behind their back with rope.

  • That rope is then attached to something and they are hoisted up in the air.

  • The outcome can be the dislocation of the shoulders.

  • Some reports gathered by human rights workers state that the pain is so intense the prisoner

  • will often lose control of their bladder.

  • This hoisting technique is also another form of torture that has led to death.

  • Sometimes you don't have to be stretched to feel a lot of pain.

  • You can just stay in the same position, and as you'll now see, that can be hell in a

  • nutshell.

  • 4.

  • Staying in position One torture technique they have in Chinese

  • prisons is calledexhausting an eagle.”

  • It's very simple and also brutal.

  • A prisoner is told to stand on a stool, sometimes with his hands held high.

  • That's it.

  • They are just told to stay there.

  • They can't sleep and they won't be given any food or water.

  • How long could you do this for?

  • After a while, the prisoner will collapse, and for that, they'll be beaten.

  • This can also happen outside in the dead of winter.

  • Or, a prisoner might sometimes be told to stand on one leg, to ensure those beatings

  • happen more often.

  • At other times, the prisoners are told to stand on a pile of bricks.

  • The thing is, their hands are tied to the ceiling.

  • When they become tired, they lose their grip on the bricks.

  • Then they are left hanging there.

  • You only have to look at European medieval history to know that hanging from manacles

  • is extremely painful and can cause serious injuries.

  • Then there's the min-cell.

  • This is a cage that is too small for the prisoner.

  • He is forced in there and often his hands are cuffed to the bars.

  • He can't sit or stand, and so just has to stay in that agonizing position.

  • The pain is said to be unbearable after a short amount of time, but because the prisoner

  • won't likely die, he can be kept there without food or water for many hours, or even days.

  • This might also happen outside in the cold, but when it's summer, it's the sun that

  • becomes a person's worst enemy.

  • Not only does the victim become incredibly thirsty, but hours under the hot sun causes

  • burns.

  • Sometimes the torture is even more simple but equally as brutal.

  • There are reports that some prisoners were just asked to crouch on all fours and hold

  • their heads in their hands.

  • Ok, that wouldn't be too bad for a few minutes, but some prisoners had to stay in this position

  • not just for hours, but over a day.

  • They of course collapsed and parts of their body went numb.

  • Some reports state that the victims are paralyzed for a few days.

  • The worst case we found reported by the International Society for Human Rights was a report of a

  • woman who was forced to crouch for an entire month!

  • Usually, once the person has collapsed, they'll either be beaten or soon made to get back

  • in the same position.

  • There are various types of crouch torture.

  • Prisoners might be told to crouch with their legs in stretched positions, or they might

  • be told they are not allowed to move outside of a square they are crouching in.

  • Another method involves using nails, so if the croucher fails to keep a position, they'll

  • be impaled on the nail.

  • Then there's theairplane”.

  • A person is forced to stand up against a wall.

  • They are told to bend forward with their head down and stretch out their arms.

  • This looks like an airplane.

  • Try standing like that for hours or days on end.

  • Perhaps you'd rather sit down.

  • Some prisoners in Chinese prisons have been fastened into an iron chair.

  • They are force-fed and they cannot move from the chair.

  • This means they sit in their own human waste, sometimes for a week or more.

  • This is not only terribly humiliating but sitting for that length of time can lead to

  • its own kind of injuries.

  • Worse, they might be told to sit on a board with nasty raised edges.

  • This hurts for the first hour but after a while, it can cause cuts.

  • Those cuts deepen and infections are common.

  • Prisoners are told to sit on all kinds of sharp objects, including broomsticks.

  • They of course fall off, and for that, they receive a beating.

  • Possibly even worse than that is when they are told to kneel on hard or sharp objects.

  • Reports state that some prisoners have been forced to kneel for long periods of time on

  • ashtrays.

  • Perhaps the worst-sounding of these tortures is something calledHell's Shackles.”

  • This is when the shackles, we imagine like handcuffs, are actually cut into the victim's

  • ankles and wrists.

  • Any movement will cause deeper cuts.

  • This is why they cannot move at all, which makes sleeping impossible.

  • Thedeath bedsounds almost as bad.

  • This involves the victim being forced to lie on a thin plank of wood.

  • Another plank of wood lies across the beam, making it look just like a crucifix.

  • The device is not lifted, though, so the person just has to stay in that position.

  • This means not moving for a long period of time and of course, pooing and peeing in the

  • same place for as long as the victim is kept on the death bed.

  • In one report, the device was called theDeadman's bed.”

  • Here is a snippet from a first-hand account of someone seeing it:

  • When I went to the clinic to see a doctor, I saw a female Falun Dafa practitioner bound

  • on the dead man's bed.

  • One police officer gave her an injection and then started to force-feed her while a group

  • of police officers shocked her with electric batons.

  • The lady was almost tortured to death and yet wasn't even crying.

  • Policewoman Li Man asked us to look the other way to avoid seeing the torture.”

  • Now you'll see just how horrific amateur force-feeding is.

  • 3.

  • Force-feeding As you already know, sometimes when the victim

  • is in these positions, they are beaten.

  • They might also be electrocuted to certain parts of their body, including the genitals.

  • Reports have stated thatElectro stickscan be inserted into any one of a man or woman's

  • orifices.

  • Yes, you'd be right to imagine the orifices include those at the mid-level of the body.

  • This is from another report: “Sometimes the guards force an electric

  • baton into a practitioner's mouth to shock her; this often leads to her face being disfigured.”

  • It can lead to mental problems, too.

  • This is how one former prisoner described the state of fellow prisoners after they'd

  • been tasered in the head numerous times: “They lose their minds.

  • They cannot talk properly anymore.

  • They become very slow in their movements and you see that their brain is damaged.”

  • But then how do victims eat in these positions while the worst is happening to them?

  • The answer is guards, not medical professionals, force them to eat.

  • This usually involves a tube being inserted into a person's nose, with the tube leading

  • into the stomach.

  • Reports state that lubricants are not used, so this in itself is very painful.

  • It's also reported that after tubes have been inserted and removed a few times some

  • prisoners have died from what investigators believe to be a result of aspirated blood.