The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) held a conference that, in addition to exposing the atrocious experiences, calls for an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
One of the victims, who spent 10 months in a detention camp, testified under the English name Joseph, the first time a Chinese Christian detained in Xinjiang has testified about what it is like to live in Chinese prisons.
The Chinese regime detained Ovalbek, an ethnic Kyrgyz, accusing him of overstaying his visa on a trip to Kyrgyzstan.
After being released in November 2018 and serving house arrest for a year, the Chinese national, whose real name is Ovalbek Turdakun, left Xinjian with his wife and son by crossing into Kyrgyzstan on foot.
On April 8 he finally landed with his family at Dulles International Airport, USA to provide more evidence of crimes against humanity committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“I feel so happy to safely arrive with my family in America. For us, this means finally realizing a long-held hope,” he told Axios.
Ovalbek recounted that he was arrested and taken to an overcrowded prison camp with several other prisoners. He had been told it was a training camp, but what he found there was horror.
He described in detail how he was tortured physically and psychologically, with methods ranging from oral medication and injections, to the use of the torture instrument called the “tiger chair”.
In this metal chair, prisoners are tied down for very long periods of time, causing them excruciating pain. The CCP reportedly prefers it because it leaves no visible marks of torture on the victims. Ovalbek recounted receiving electric shocks when they fell asleep.
In addition, he was subjected to multiple “interrogations,” during which guards abused him, questioning his loyalty to China because of his marriage to a Kyrgyz woman, he said.
As indicated in his testimony, he believes that much of the camp’s abuse was aimed at softening up inmates for indoctrination and political programming.
According to Axios, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) lobbied the State and the Department of Homeland Security to expedite the Chinese national’s travel to the United States.
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation President Andrew Bremberg said during the conference:
“We believe in putting the testimony of witnesses front and center whenever discussing the legacy of communism. The efforts of these brave souls provide a priceless resource for us, and for future generations. The witnesses and their stories remind us that the atrocities being committed by communist regimes, today and in the past, are not just words on a page.”