Investigative Report on the Persecution of Falun Gong by Cao Bin
Full Name of Perpetrator: Cao (last name) Bin (first name) (曹斌)
Date/Year of Birth: About 58 years old (roughly born in 1961)
Place of Birth: Wuhan City, Hubei Province
Home Address: Unit 501, 5th building of Zone D, Seaview Garden, Dongxihu District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province
Title or Position:
Cao Bin has been Deputy Secretary and Deputy Director of Dongxihu Urban Management Bureau in Wuhan, Hubei Province, and Director of the Law Enforcement Bureau of Dongxihu Urban Management Bureau in Wuhan, Hubei Province.
Second half of 2009 – April 2019: Deputy Secretary of the Political and Legal Committee, Director of the “610 Office,” and Director of the Comprehensive Management Office of the Dongxihu District, Wuhan, Hubei Province.
May 2017 – Present: Director of the Dongxihu Judicial Bureau.
April 2019: Relieved of the post of Political and Legal Affairs Committee and Comprehensive Management Office.
The Political and Legal Affairs Committee is a political arm of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the means through which the CCP gives orders to persecute Falun Gong. The “610 Office” is the commanding organization of the Chinese Communist Party, established specifically to carry out the persecution of Falun Gong. As the Deputy Secretary of the Dongxihu District’s Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the Director of the “610 Office,” Cao Bin should be held accountable for the severe persecution of Falun Gong practitioners within the area during his tenure (2009 to 2019).
During his ten-year tenure, Cao Bin followed the CCP’s extermination policy “to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically,” and actively participated in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by manipulating the local public security bureau, procuratorate, court, judicial, street neighborhood committee, etc. Cao Bin also personally directed, arrested, and threatened Falun Gong practitioners and their families, causing tremendous harm to Falun Gong practitioners and their families who believed in “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.”
According to incomplete statistics, there were at least 100 Falun Gong practitioners who were persecuted during the period of Cao Bin’s tenure. There were 113 abductions and illegal home ransacking. 89 Falun Gong practitioners were detained in police stations, detention centers, central camps, and Ankang Hospital (the public security bureau’s hospital). 12 people were persecuted in brainwashing classes. 16 people were illegally arrested and tried. The Falun Going Practitioners who were sentenced to prison and sent to labor camps include Zhang Su (6 years sentence), Wang Changzheng (4.5 years), Huang Zhiyong (3.5 years), Guo Wuhai (3.5 years), Ouyang Cuirong (3.5 years), Mao Huilan (3.5 years), Hu Wangxiang (3 years), Fang Xionghua (3 years), Liu Zhenli (3 years’ imprisonment, plus 1 year of labor camp), Hong Guimei and Dou Yansheng couple (2 years), Li Sanyuan (1 year of labor camp), Kang Youyuan (3 years). Among them, Falun Gong practitioner Kang Youyuan was persecuted to death in January 2019.
There are still more Falun Gong practitioners who were harassed on the streets, neighborhood committees, and police officers under the control of the “610 office.” Some forced Falun Gong practitioners to sign, fill out forms, and write repentance statements against their faith. On several occasions, Cao Bin personally went to Falun Gong practitioners’ homes to conduct the harassment. The number of Falun Gong practitioners who were harassed were countless.
The following are some of the persecution cases during Cao Bin tenure:
In November 2009, Falun Gong practitioners Wang Changzheng and Huang Zhiyong were kidnapped while they were distributing Falun Gong materials in Dongxihu District. In May 2010, Cao Bin, director of the district “610 office,” instructed the Dongxihu District Court to illegally try Wang Changzheng and Huang Zhiyong, and ordered the court to sentence Wang Changzheng to four and a half years, and Huang Zhiyong for three and a half years.
In March 2009, Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Yu was detained at the Hewan Labor Camp in Wuhan for one year. On March 5, 2010, when Wang Yu’s family went to pick her up, Wang Yu had already been secretly transported to and detained at the Jianghan District Erdaopeng brainwashing class organized by Cao Bin. During her time in the Erdaopeng brainwashing class, unknown drugs were added to her meals and drinking water, leading Wang Yu to become mentally disturbed. Wang Yu was only 18 years old when she was sent to labor camp in 2009.,
In July 2010, Ms. Hu Wangxiang, an elderly Falun Gong practitioner from the Dongxihu District, was kidnapped for disturbing Falun Gong materials. Under the instruction of Cao Bin, Wangxiang was detained and arrested. In November of the same year, Cao Bin personally conducted a trial for Wangxiang. Wangxiang entrusted her son to defend her. On trial day, Cao Bin came forward to prevent Hu’s family from entering the court. Wangxiang was illegally sentenced to three years in prison. Wangxiang’s two sons were beaten by the polices after the trial.,
In March 2016, Ms. Wang Suoxian, a Falun Gong practitioner from the Dongxihu District, was kidnapped and illegally detained. At the police station, Wang Suoxian was beaten by the police officers and had her blood forcibly drawn. After Ms. Wang was kidnapped, her family repeatedly went to request her release from the Dongxihu Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the corresponding departments. Cao Bin threatened to arrest her family many times if they came to the detention center again. Cao Bin also threatened to have Ms. Wang’s younger son fired. In December 2016, Wang Suoxian was illegally sentenced to 4 years in prison and fined 10,000 yuan.
On December 3, 2013, Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Kang Youyuan was forcibly kidnapped from the Etou Bay area of Dongxihu District and sent to a detention center. During detention, Kang Youyuan was persecuted until he vomited blood, but Dongfanghu’s “610 office” refused to give him medical treatment. In August 2014, Kang Youyuan was sentenced to three years in prison by the court and was first sent to Hongshan Prison in Hubei Province and then to Fanjiatai Prison in Hubei Province. During the three years he spent in prison, Kang Youyuan’s body became disabled and his health completely deteriorated. Youyuan did not recover even after he was released. He died on January 22, 2019.
In July 2017, Cao Bin was promoted to be the deputy secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee, the director of the Comprehensive Management Office, the director of the Stability Office and the director of the District Judicial Bureau, he became more aggressive in the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The “Haikou brainwashing class” (a black jail for forcing Falun Gong practitioners to abandon their faith) was established after his tenure started. In the brainwashing class, the photos of the founder of Falun Gong was put on the ground and chairs, the staff forced practitioners to sit and step on the photos. The brainwashing class is filled with camera monitors that could even rotate, following people's movement. If a practitioner went near a monitor, the staff would warn the person not to get any closer or else lasers would be activated.
Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Dai Juzhen was arrested and sent to the “Haikou brainwashing class” on August 19, 2018. Ms. Dai was in good health before being taken to the brainwashing center. She developed symptoms of an illness, lost consciousness, and collapsed just three days later. The “brainwashing class” called Juzhen's husband to take her home. When her husband arrived, he could not feel her pulse. Ms. Dai was extremely weak and confused, and her blood pressure and blood sugar levels were extremely high. It is suspected that she was secretly poisoned in the brainwashing class.
During Cao Bin’s tenure at the Political and Legal Affairs Committee and the “610 Office,” “610” officials in the Dongxihu District often instructed the street and community personnel to use display panels and banners in residential areas for defaming Falun Gong. At the same time, in Dongxihu district, the LED screen on some taxis and buses were repeatedly playing the rolling subtitles with so-called “anti-cult” propaganda.
In 2017, the “610 office” of Wuhan Dongxihu District, in collusion with Wuhan media, published a propaganda article on the Wuhan newspaper Changjiang Daily for defaming Falun Gong and slandering Wuhan Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Wang Baolan on June 12, 2017.