Torture in Chongqing Depicted in Online Picture Series

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The former leaders of China’s Chongqing city, the ousted Bo Xilai and his police chief Wang Lijun, are making headlines yet again. And the spotlight is on the torture methods they allegedly used during their infamous crime battling campaign.

These 10 images are being widely circulated on the Chinese Internet. They are compiled from publicly available accounts of torture. They happened at the Tieshanping Anti-corruption Center in Chongqing, between 2009 to 2011.

But according to those who have experienced torture in Chinese jails and labor camps, torture under the Chinese regime’s legal system isn’t limited to just Chongqing.

[Tang Jingling, Guangzhou-based Lawyer]:
“I wasn’t allowed to sleep for ten consecutive days. For the first five days I did not even have a minute to sleep, the rest of the days I slept a couple of hours, very short. I heard of this kind of torture before experiencing it, it indeed was very hard, later my hands were trembling.”

From Tieshanping, this picture shows the torture method called “Tiger Bench”. A person tied to a metal chair, for up to several hundred hours at a time. In one of the three accounts given, a woman was tied down, denied toilet breaks, even when she was having her period.

One netizen reacted to the pictures saying “Auschwitz had reappeared.”

Other images include a person’s arms being twisted behind their body and chained together. Their feet barely touching the ground. This one, waterboarding. Another, spraying mustard oil into someone’s nostrils.

Ma Chunmei, a Falun Gong practitioner once detained at the Changchun Heizuizi labor camp says psychotic drugs are also often used in Chinese jails and labor re-education centers.

[Ma Chunmei, Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioner]:
“They locked the door from the outside, when they gave me the injection—I was inside, they were outside. I couldn’t hear clearly what they were talking about. I heard them only saying, ‘Why didn’t it work on her?’ They meant I was very strong and resisted the drugs. They were observing me.”

Torture is official illegal under Chinese law. But human rights observers, including the United Nations Committee Against Torture, have frequently condemned the Chinese regime for the pervasive use of torture in the legal system.

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