Ten female Falun Gong practitioners in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, are facing illegal trials in March.
Xie Lihua, Tang Jingmei, Pan Youqin, Pan Qingning were arrested in March, 2015, and Ji Jianxia, Zhang Chaomei, Pan Hanyu, Xiong Guizhen, Yue Jinlan, and Wang Huilan were arrested in August, 2015.
Those who were arrested in March 2015 had trials in September 2015, and their lawyers pleaded not guilty. The court has not made a decision yet.
The Qinhuai District Court informed their families that the second trial would be held in March 2016, while the other six ladies who were arrested in August 2015 will be tried in March in Xuanwu District Court.
The experiences of those who were arrested in March 2015
Ms. Xie Lihua is 54 years old, and lives in New Qinhuai District in Nanjing. She has been jailed in labor camps four times totally six years. In Judong Woman Labor Camp, she was beaten by policewomen with four electric batons. She was not allowed to use bathroom or go to sleep until early morning.
Ms. Xie was also imprisoned in brainwashing centers four times. Her most recent brainwashing experience was six months long in 2014. Her house was searched by local policemen many times.
Ms. Tang Jingmei is 65 years old, living in Xixia District. In 2002, Ms. Tang was sentenced to jail for four years. In 2008, she was sentenced to labor camp for one year, and another year in labor camp in 2010. Due to the physical torture, she developed severe liver problems.
Both Xie Lihua and Tang Jingmei have been jailed in Nanjing City Detention Center since the first trial in May 2015.
Ms. Pan Youqin is 70 years old and lives in Qinhuai District. She has been arrested eight times since the persecution of Falun Gong started in 1999. She was jailed in Nantong Prison twice, sentenced to labor camp for 15 months, and imprisoned in brainwashing centers four times.
In 2002, she was sentenced to four years because she posted a one-inch long and 1/3-inch wide sign in public, which reads “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” Her retirement stipend was stopped. In prison, she was beaten by electric batons.
Ms. Pan Qingning is 72 years old and lives in Gulou District. She was sentenced to one year of labor camp in 2002, and was jailed in detention centers twice.
Pan Youqin and Pan Qingning were granted bail and await trial after the first hearing.
The experiences of those who were arrested in August 2015
Ji Jianxia, Xiong Guizhen, Zhang Chaomei, and Wang Huilan were arrested on August 14, 2015. Ji Jianxia and Xiong Guizhen’s houses were searched, and policemen took away their Falun Gong-related books and materials.
Ms. Ji Jianxia is 58-year old, living in Xuanwu District. She has been sentenced to labor camp three times, and most recent one happened in 2011.
In Judong Woman Labor Camp, Ms. Ji was badly beaten by the officials. She was not allowed to use bathroom or go to sleep. Officials soaked cloth in urine and inserted it into her month. The officials ordered the imprisoned criminals to beat her with a bench, and made her head bleed. The criminals also beat her on her private parts. She was jailed in a solitary cell for four months.
Ms. Xiong Guizhen is 50 years old, living in Xuanwu District. In February and May 2011, she was arrested twice. In July, she and her sister Xiong Chunyun (also a Falun Gong practitioner) were sentenced to one-year of labor camp, and were both jailed in Judong Woman Labor Camp.
Fifty-four-year old Ms. Wang Huilan lives in Xuanwu District. She was been harassed by local police and government officials since the persecution of Falun Gong started. She was arrested in summer 2015. In police station, she was locked to an iron chair overnight and was slapped by a policewoman because she tried to do the Falun Gong exercises.
Ms. Yue Jinlan is 57 years old, living in Jiangning District. She was sentenced to five years in 2001. In April 2010, she was sentenced to one-year of labor camp again. She was arrested again in August, 2015, and later was granted bail and awaits trial.
Another practitioner, who will be tried in March, is 54 years old Ms. Zhang Chaomei from Xuanwu District, Nanjing.