●A Ridiculous Rumor "Sujiatun Concentration Camp"
Since 8 March 2006, the Minghui and Dajiyuan (Epoch Times) websites, which are affiliated with the Falun Gong, have published several articles claiming that a concentration camp in Shenyang has a cremator and sells the organs of Falun Gong practitioners. The websites also published photos of the so-called cremator.
On 20 March, the media of Falun Gong introduced one "witness" called Anne. She claimed that she was an employee of the Sujiatun Liaoning Thrombus Treatment Center of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine and that her ex-husband was once a cerebral surgeon of the hospital. According to her, since 2001, this "suburban village hospital" has been used to detain a large number of Falun Gong practitioners whose corneas or other organs were taken away and her husband took part in such surgeries.
On 31 March, the Dajiyuan website gave the other witness, an "old army doctor" who claimed that the "concentration camp" in Sujiatun had moved underground after media exposure.
To date, Falun Gong has been trying every means to play up the so-called "Sujiatun concentration camp".
Is the thrombus hospital in Sujiatun, Shenyang really a fearful "concentration camp"
●The Real Liaoning Thrombus Treatment Center of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine
The Liaoning Thrombus Treatment Center of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine is located in Sujiatun District of Shenyang City. It is a prestigious thrombosis hospital known for its thrombosis treatment with traditional Chinese medicine. It is called "the thrombosis hospital" in the local area.
The hospital covers an area of 21,000 square meters and has a building area of 25,000 square meters. It receives nearly 300,000 Chinese and foreign patients annually. The hospital has also hosted visits by many governmental and non-government delegations from the ROK, Japan, the UK, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.
The hospital is located in the busiest area of the Sujiatun District, close to the Xuesong Road, the high street of the district. To its east is the biggest park in southern Sujiatun District, Yingchun Park. To its west is the Xuesong Stadium, which has been the venue of many big sports events and cultural performances.
●A lie full of loopholes
The Falun Gong media claimed that the hospital detained over 6,000 practitioners. In fact, the hospital has a little more than 300 beds and can in no way house over 6,000 people.
"Witness" Anne claimed that the hospital performed vivisection on the practitioners and was involved in illegal organ transplant. In fact, as a second-tiered hospital by Chinese classification, the hospital is not capable of "removing human organs" in terms of its medical expertise, equipment or doctor's authorization.
The hospital treats thrombosis mainly through oral Chinese medicines，acupuncture and massage therapy. This specialized hospital focusing on Chinese medicine cannot possibly perform such sophisticated surgeries.
"Witness" Anne claimed that the hospital sold organs of Falun Gong practitioners to Thailand and other places. Yet she failed to give any evidence or clue. As far as we know, organ donation between non-relatives is forbidden in Thailand, let alone organ import or sales.
"Witness" Anne claimed that her ex-husband was a cerebral surgeon of the hospital, and that he began to perform cornea removal surgery in 2001. How could a cerebral surgeon perform a cornea removal surgery
▲The so-called "cremator" mentioned by Falun Gong media is in fact a boiler room.
The boiler room has several transparent glass windows. Outside of the room are public lawns where patients, their relatives and nearby residents often come to take a walk. The so-called "3-meter-high fence wall and electrified barbed wire fences" simply do not exist.
▲No patient has ever seen the "concentration camp"
"How can this hospital house 6,000 people This is sheer nonsense." said Lu Mingxin, a 73-year-old patient who stayed in the hospital during the week before 1 May. It was his second hospitalization there. He spent 20 days in the same hospital in spring 2003.
▲Neighborhood residents denounce it as nonsense
Old Qi, a pedicabman who has been picking up customers in front of the gate of the Sujiatun thrombus hospital for 20 years, said he never found anything wrong there, "If so many people were imprisoned here, shouldn't there be truckloads of food coming every day"
"I am here every day. It is impossible to have a concentration camp here," said Wang Zhigang, who has owned Liangliang's Grocery just next to the hospital gate for five years.
● Personal investigations by US diplomats
On 22 March, Douglas Kelly, visa officer of US Consulate General in Shenyang, made a thorough visit of the Sujiatun thrombus hospital, and expressed appreciation for the hospital's environment and medical condition.
On 14 April, Consul General David Kombluth of US Consulate General in Shenyang, US Embassy official Eric Richardson, Health Attaché Dr. Graig Shapiro and two others paid a thorough three-and-a-half-hour visit to the hospital, including its lab of pharmacology, surgery room, canteen storage, garage, trash house, boiler room, chimney, archives as well as its neighborhood.
On the same day, US Department of State released its report on the two investigations by US Embassy in Beijing and US Consulate General in Shenyang, stating that they "found no evidence that the site is being used for any function other than as a normal public hospital."
●On-site coverage by overseas media
On 31 March, Japan's NHK, Hongkong's Takungpao and Pheonix TV made an on-site coverage of the Sujiatun thrombus hospital. Two NHK journalists opened all doors and windows of the boiler room to check, and even probed their camera into the stokehole of the boiler. The journalists also opened all garbage bags to see if anything was suspicious. The results were the same there's nothing strange here.
After the interview, Hongkong's Takungpao and Pheonix TV both gave their reports, verifying the non-existence of the "secret concentration camp".
A spokeswoman of US Embassy in Beijing was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that, "according to all the information we have been able to obtain thus far, the site is functioning only as a hospital." BBC, Reuters and other media also expressed similar views.
Falun Gong is very good at fabricating rumors. Therefore, we solemnly call upon those friends who care about China to remain vigilant against the acts by Falun Gong and its affiliated media such as Minghui.com, Epoch Times, New Tang Dynasty TV and Sound of Hope Radio to fabricate rumors and instigate hatred. We hope that friends who care about China can learn more about China through diversified channels and come to China to visit as many places as possible. I am sure you will see a more accurate picture of China in this way.
Gate of the hospital
Distant view of the hospital
A doctor studying the cerebral CT photo of a patient
Pedicabs outside the gate of the hospital
A doctor doing acupuncture for a patient
A doctor doing massage treatment for a patient
A doctor testing the blood pressure of a foreign patient
Journalists of Japan's NHK visiting the hospital
Ward of the hospital
The boiler room
US diplomats visiting the hospital