Investigative Report on the Persecution of Falun Gong by Wang Xiankui
Full Name of Perpetrator: Wang (last name) Xiankui (first name) (王宪魁)
Date of Birth: Jul 1952
Place of Birth: Cang County, Hebei Province
Title or Position:
April 2003 – October 2006: Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee of Gansu Province, President of the Party School of the Provincial Party Committee.
October 2006 – August 2010: Deputy Secretary of the Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee and President of the Party School of the Provincial Party Committee.
August 2010 – November 2010: Deputy Secretary, Vice Governor, and Acting Governor of the Heilongjiang Provincial Party Committee.
November 2010 – March 2013: Deputy Secretary of the Heilongjiang Provincial Party Committee and Governor.
March 2013 – April 2017: Secretary of Heilongjiang Provincial Party Committee and Director of Heilongjiang Provincial People's Congress Standing Committee.
April 2017 – Present: Deputy Director of the National People's Congress Education Science and Culture Health Committee, Director of the Heilongjiang Provincial People's Congress Standing Committee.
Main Crime of Persecution Against Falun Gong
Wang Xiankui has served as Deputy Secretary, Secretary, Acting Governor, and Governor of the Heilongjiang Provincial Party Committee. He currently serves as the Director of the Standing Committee of the Heilongjiang Provincial People’s Congress. Throughout his tenure, Wang Xiankui has followed Chinese Communist Party Leader Jiang Zemin’s policy of persecution against Falun Gong. From August 2010 to March 2017, Wang Xiankui and his subordinates illegally arrested hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners, resulting in at least 62 deaths. Under Wang Xiankui, Heilongjiang Province became one of the most active regions of the persecution against Falun Gong in China.
Partial List of the Cases of Falun Gong Practitioners who were Persecuted to Death
Lian Yikun was born in Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province in 1973. Because he practiced Falun Gong, he had previously been persecuted and forcibly displaced from his home for seven years. On April 26, 2012, he went home to apply for an identity card. Heilongjiang Province police arrested and forcibly detained him for being a Falun Gong practitioner. After 15 days, police illegally sentenced him to Suihua Labor Camp where prison personnel subjected him to beatings, scolding, brainwashing, and slave labor. On July 14, 2012, after less than three months of harsh labor camp treatment, Lian Yikun died at the age of 39. His body was covered with scars and both of his legs were broken.
Lu Mei was a Falun Gong practitioner from Lingling County, Heilongjiang Province. On May 10th, 2014, local police arrested, detained, and violently beat her for practicing Falun Gong. After 10 days, police authorities released her from their custody and sent her home. Her body was severely weakened by the beatings. Two days later, police arrested her again. Lu Mei went on a hunger strike to protest her treatment and the persecution of Falun Gong. In response, the police tortured her. After sending her home, Heilongjian police continued to periodically intimidate and harass her, cause her physical condition to further deteriorate. Lu Mei died on February 4th, 2016 at the age of 48.
Gao Yixi was a Falun Gong practitioner from Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province. On the evening of April 19, 2016, local police arrested and detained him for practicing Falun Gong. Gao Yixi died 10 days later in police custody. His body had obvious signs of torture and rope bindings: clear scars on both wrists and bruises on both hands. His chest was deformed, and his abdomen was paralyzed. Police authorities forcibly dissected Gao Yixi’s body without the consent of his family. His family suspects that his organs were removed.
Leading and Directing the Persecution of Falun Gong Practitioners
Wang Xiankui has fabricated numerous cases for the illegal arrest and sentencing of Falun Gong practitioners in Heilongjiang Province. These include the “3.29 kidnapping case,” the “Jian Sanjiang” case, the “10.28” case, and the massive abduction and harassment of Falun Gong practitioners who sued Chinese Communist Party Leader Jiang Zemin. One case in particular, the “Jiansanjiang” case, received attention and concern from Amnesty International.
During the 2013 Chinese New Year, Wang Xiankui, Governor of Heilongjiang at the time, visited various places throughout the province and saw banners with the slogans “Falun Dafa is Good” and “Bring Zhou Yongkang to Justice.” He became extremely angry and directly ordered the Heilongjiang Provincial Public Security Director and the Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Political and Legal Committee to file a case and investigate. On the evening of March 29, 2013, local police arrested 61 Falun Gong practitioners from Yilan County, Fangzhen County, and Tonghe County in Heilongjiang Province. Police then illegally sentenced 14 of those Falun Gong practitioners to prison.
On March 20, 2014, attorneys Tang Jitian, Jiang Tianyong, Zhang Junjie, and Wang Cheng went with numerous families to the Qinglongshan Public Security Bureau in Heilongjiang Province to request the release of Falun Gong practitioners who were being illegally detained there. On the morning of March 21, local police arrested the lawyers as well as seven Falun Gong practitioners and subsequently tortured them. Police authorities then sentenced the lawyers to criminal and administrative detentions where prison personnel brutally beat them. After the detention period, x-ray scans showed that the lawyers had a combined total of 24 broken ribs from the beatings. Police later illegally sentenced four Falun Gong practitioners, Shi Mengwen, Wang Yanxin, Li Guifang, and Meng Fanyu to prison.
According to a report by Heilongjiang Daily on June 1, 2014, as Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Wang Xiankui presided over a meeting of the Provincial Party Committee (Expansion) and demanded the committee to “severely crack down on religious extremism, cult organizations, and illegal religious activities,” as well as to “severely crack down on Falun Gong and other cult organizations to strengthen the battle against differing ideologies to prevent the spread of illegal thought and speech.”
On October 28, 2015, Falun Gong practitioners who had been detained at the Qinglongshan Brainwashing Class in JianSanjiang filed a joint criminal complaint against responsible parties. They joined together with relatives and friends to report the persecution of Falun Gong by Jiang Zemin. In response to this, the Ministry of Public Security established the so-called “10.28 task force.” In addition, the “610 Office” of Heilongjiang also issued a special order, requiring its “610 officials” at all levels to focus on the participants and “crack down on all people involved.” Police authorities from the Public Security Department of Heilongjiang Province then instructed local police to arrest and torture Falun Gong practitioners. This resulted in 28 arrests.
According to the incomplete statistics of Minghui.com, 417 Falun Gong practitioners were illegally arrested in Heilongjiang Province in 2013, 407 in 2014, 666 in 2015, and 282 in 2016. In 2014, 43 Falun Gong practitioners were illegally sentenced to prison in Heilongjiang Province, 60 in 2015, and 94 in 2016.