“Leave No Blood on the Face”
Torture in China’s Penal System
TORTURE HAS BEEN REGULARLY EMPLOYED throughout the Laogai system’s history. The Chinese government has insisted since 1992 that it has not tortured prisoners, and later passed laws “banning” obtaining confessions through torture. Evidence to the contrary continues to surface, even though ALMOST NOTHING ABOUT THE CHINESE PRISON SYSTEM IS MADE PUBLIC.
TORTURE IS EMPLOYED AS STANDARD PROCEDURE to extract confessions or TO PUNISH PRISONERS to extract confessions or TO PUNISH PRISONERS for “offenses” as petty as failing to meet production quotas.
Chinese Police and Prison Guards commonly use torture methods like these illustrated by the International Society for Human Rights. Techniques include stress positions, sleep deprivation, and electric shocks.
Beatings by electric baton
(Lasting up to years)
Exposure to extreme heat and cold
Branding with Irons
Pulling Off Fingernails and Toenails
Threats of Violence or Imprisonment
Rape or Sexual Assault
Shacking for Periods of Months or Years
Subjection to Filthy Conditions