78-Year-Old Retiree’s Pension Withheld After Three-year Imprisonment
(Minghui.org) After returning home from serving three years for her faith in Falun Gong, 78-year-old Ms. Wang Fengying was devastated to find more than two-thirds of her monthly retirement benefits are now being garnished.
Ms. Wang, of Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province, is currently receiving 800 yuan of her monthly payment and the rest—1,800 yuan per month—is withheld by the Nanchang Social Security Bureau to pay back the more than 70,000 yuan she received while incarcerated from June 2017 to June 2020.
In recent years, the Social Security Bureau across China have been withholding pensions from practitioners when they serve time for their faith, leaving many in destitute situations.
[Photo of Ms. Wang Fengying]
Ms. Wang was arrested in June 2017 for posting Falun Gong banners and later sentenced to three years in prison. While at the Jiangxi Women’s Prison, she was subjected to slave labor, deprived of sleep and hung by the hands. The guards also verbally abused and force-fed her of unknown drugs.
Ms. Wang confirms that the medication she was forced to take were the same as those given to Ms. Luo Chunrong, which is believed to cause damage to the central nervous system.
Ms. Wang’s arrest and sentence caused much grief to her husband Mr. Tang Weiji. The otherwise healthy 86-year-old experienced loss of appetite and insomnia. He made multiple trips to appeal and pleaded for his wife’s release at the local police department, district procuratorate, and district court, but to no avail. The tremendous mental pressure, fear and worries took a toll on Mr. Tang and caused his health to rapidly deteriorate. He passed away in agony in June 2019, a year before Ms. Wang’s release.
Ms. Wang is a retiree from Nanchang Fruit & Grocery Company (now a subsidiary of the Ganjiang Hotel). She has been targeted for her belief since the persecution against Falun Gong was launched in 1999. Over the past 21 years Ms. Wang has been repeatedly arrested, detained, and put through brainwashing. In 2016 alone, she was arrested four times.
Arrested 4 times in a year for talking to people!
The CCP ideal of a great society, re-education camps, one party, senseless violence against anybody who does not embrace the party line, confiscation of people’s property…
China Appointed to Influential UN Human Rights Council Panel
April 08, 2020
Last week, China was appointed to a seat on the Consultative Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Jiang Duan, an official at the Chinese Mission in Geneva, was nominated and confirmed by the Asia regional grouping and will hold the seat until March 2021. The appointment places China on an influential panel that oversees candidate recommendations for UN human rights experts and is likely to raise some concerns given China’s less than perfect record on human rights issues.