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Shanghai Mother of Two Tortured in Labour Camp for Petitioning against China’s One-Child Policy

November 30, 2004

"The human rights group, Human Rights in China (HRIC) has reported that a Chinese mother of two is being tortured in a prison camp for defying China's one-child policy. Mao Hengfeng, a resident of Shanghai was arrested for her activism against the government policy. Fifteen years ago, Mao was dismissed from her job at a soap factory for the offense of having a second child. In April the Shanghai Public Security Bureau ordered that Mao serve 18 months in a Reeducation Through Labour (RTL) camp because of her activism.

In October, HRIC reported that Mao was being tortured, including being bound hand and foot and suspended in mid-air, and being subjected to severe beatings. Now HRIC has had further reports of torture. HRIC's sources say RTL camp police bound Mao's wrists and ankles with leather straps, and then proceeded to pull her limbs in separate directions, while demanding that she acknowledge wrongdoing..."

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