(ChinaAid —Jan. 29, 2021) The backstory of Ms. Wang Jing began with the murder of her second oldest sister on November 13, 1993. As noted in ChinaAid’s Post on January 27: “After suffering years of torture in a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prison for human and religious rights defense work, Ms. Wang Jing arrived safely in the USA on December 31, 2020.”
Recap of Ms. Wang Jing’s backstory:
- On November 13, 1993, several unknown people reportedly murdered Ms. Wang Shuli, Ms. Wang Jing’s second older sister. Ms. Wang Shuli worked the night shift for a dye plant of China National Petroleum Corporation. Her body, as well as any accessible official report of her murder, mysteriously disappeared. Her case remains unresolved. The local police station (Jiangbei sub office of Jilin municipal public security bureau) told Ms. Wang Shuli’s family that the murder book was missing.
- After her father died in 2008, Ms. Wang Jing continued to investigate her sister’s death. In 2012, with assistance from a lawyer Ms. Wang hired, the court accepted her case, suing China National Petroleum Corporation for infringement of rights and compensation. Due to no accessible legal files, however, the court did not hold anyone accountable. Ms. Wang then petitioned the ministry of public security; also suing Jilin public security department through administration review and administrative proceedings for failure to act. Both the public security department and the court rejected the cases. In 2013, Jilin provincial level three court also closed her case against China National Petroleum Corporation.
- From repeated efforts appealing to China’s legal system, Ms. Wang concluded that no rule of law exists in China. After writing a diary titled “Bye-bye, China’s rule of law,” and joining China’s huge group of petitioners, she soon recognized China’s petitioning system to also be broken. She then began to work to expose abuses and inactions of China’s public security department, procuratorates, and courts.
- Ms. Wang became a citizen journalist on 64tianwang（a website focusing on China’s human rights). Volunteering as a human rights activist, she became one of the public security department’s primary targets to persecute.
- In March 2014, as a 64tianwang volunteer, Ms. Wang videoed petitioners’ self-immolation, exposing the event in Tiananmen square. On the second day of that year’s “National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference,” after locating Ms. Wang in Beijing, more than 10 special police from Jilin Province arrested and transported her back to Jilin. There, in No. 5 police station of Chuanying district, Jinlin city, CCP officials severely tortured her for four days and five nights.
- tied her to a torture stool,
- dabbed wasabi on her face,
- poured cold water on her clothes,
- gagged her mouth with a cleaning cloth,
- slapped her face with a shoe-pad,
- covered her head,
- threatened her with sticks, and
- refused to allow her to go to the restroom.
Afterward, officials transferred her to a detention center where they criminally detained her for 28 days. Authorities refused to permit any lawyer to meet with Ms. Wang during this time. Ultimately, however, they permitted her to bail out for one year, pending trial.
- On December 10, 2014 , World Human Rights Day, more than 10 agents of Jilin Province, assigned to stop petitioners from airing their grievances in Beijing, brutally beat Ms. Wang Jing at Jiujingzhuang. Special police from Jilin Province disguised as petition office staff kidnapped her. They forcibly returned her to No. 5 police station of Chuanying District, Jinlin City, where, for the next 24 hours, she experienced the same torture as before. Next, she continued to suffer severe torture as officials detained her for 20 months. For half a year, their tyrannical tactics included binding her with handcuffs and fetters connected to each other. Officers also drug her on the ground, and forced her to sleep on the floor.
- In July 2016, falsely charging Ms. Wang Jing with “disturbing the peace,” CCP authorities sentenced her to serve four years and 10 months in prison. During this time, a vindictive prison guard placed her under strict management for 38 days for reporting fraud on medical expenses in the prison. In addition, symptoms relating to the brain tumor Ms. Wang Jing had been diagnosed with worsened. The “strict management” contributed to her developing high blood pressure, cervical spondylosis, and faucitis.
- In July 2019, two months before her sentence ended, a prison guard severely beat and threatened to kill her. To prevent Ms. Wang from exposing the prison’s abuses, authorities tried to frame her, fabricating the story that she attacked police. As they threatened to increase her prison sentence, officials also commissioned gangsters to threaten her.
- After CCP authorities released Ms. Wang from prison, doctors diagnosed her with more than 20 diseases. Nevertheless, she continued to fight for her rights. Today, she hopes to fight for human rights for all.
Ms. Wang once said, “I’ll keep fighting until the end of my life. Don’t be frightened by the evil of the Chinese Communist Party. I will bravely expose the truth. As Albert John Luthuli said, ‘When women stand up to fight, the country is not far from freedom.’”