Shortly after his release, Li Heping, a human rights lawyer, among many others, are speaking out about the horrific and sadistic torture they went through as a prisoners of the nationwide sweep known as the 709 Crackdown in July 2015. This sweep resulted in the Chinese government imprisoning 250 of China’s most notable defense lawyers in an effort to humiliate these men and women and “punish” them for daring to speak out against the human rights and religious freedom abuses in China. Many of the human rights lawyers imprisoned were involved in defending house church leaders.
06/01/2017 China (The Christian Post) – A persecution watchdog group monitoring the human rights abuses suffered by Christians and others under the regime of Chinese President Xi Jinping has shared details about some of the atrocities a Christian lawyer suffered in prison.
Bob Fu, the founder and president of China Aid, recalled the words of his friend, Li Heping, in an article in The Wall Street Journal on Monday:
“There were times that I wanted to commit suicide. I survived because of my Christian faith, the courageous advocacy of my wife and the attention of the international community.”
Fu says that Li suffered “sadistic torture” at the hands of Communist Party authorities for daring to speak out against human rights abuses in China. Li was arrested alongside 250 other lawyers on July 9, 2015, as part of a major crackdown ordered by Chinese officials, and is known as the 709 Crackdown.
The lawyers endured confinement in frigid cells, beatings, electric shocks, sleep deprivation and being chained in stress positions.
Li explained that he was drugged with unknown substances after being “diagnosed” with high blood pressure and forced to take six pills a day for nearly two years.
Fu argued that Xi has “sought to eviscerate China’s network of human rights lawyers and rights advocates, viewing their peaceful efforts at legal reform as a national-security threat.”