Monday, January 23, 2012

Dissident Christian writer details torture by China police

1/22/2012 China (Cath News) – After arriving safely with his wife and child in the US, Christian dissident writer Yu Jie has given full details of his brutal mishandling and harassment by police in China, which has been ongoing since 2010, said a report published by

In a statement at a press conference in Washington, DC, Yu Jie, former vice president of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, recounted torture by state security police after he was kidnapped on December 9, 2010, the day before the award ceremony for fellow Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize.

Yu says that after being brought to an undisclosed location with a black hood forced over his head, he was stripped naked and made to kneel on the ground while plainclothes policemen pelted him with blows to the head and body, slapped him, made him slap himself, bent his fingers backward, kicked him in the chest, and stomped on him.

They also took photos of him and threatened to post them on the Internet. The police took him to the hospital after he became unconscious, and told hospital staff that he was epileptic. Yu also described years of government censorship of his writings - rendering him a "'non-existent person' in the public space" - and, since October 2010, harassment, surveillance, house arrest, and forced travels(Source).

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