Mr. Han Haiming Dies After Being Persecuted in Jinzhong Prison, Shanxi Province

Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Han Haiming, 67, suffered a left brain haemorrhage while incarcerated in Jinzhong Prison. He was hospitalized on April 4th, 2014, and passed away on April 8th.

Mr. Han’s family tried to visit him at Jinzhong Prison on April 2nd-3rd, 2014, but officials refused their requests without providing any justification.

Mr. Han's family members weren't allowed to see him until around 9:00 p.m. on April 4th, after he was rushed to a hospital in critical condition due to a brain haemorrhage. At 2:00 p.m. the next day, when Mr. Han’s condition had stabilised a bit, but prison guards forbid his family from remaining with him in the emergency department. The guards even handcuffed and shackled the feet of the unconscious Mr. Han at night.

A doctor issued a critical condition notice and told Mr. Han’s family that he was likely to be disabled even if he survived an operation. Mr. Han's wife didn't want to take the risk, and requested to take him home for recovery, however the prison guards immediately responded, “Absolutely not.” They claimed, “As long as he still has his last breath, he will not go home.” They also declined to process the family's medical parole request.

Mr. Han never regained full consciousness in the hospital. He couldn’t speak, and often moaned in pain. His left hand often trembled uncontrollably, and made grabbing motions. There was missing scalp on the left side of the head and traces of blood, as well as bruises on other parts of his head from suspected beatings. His right hand and foot did not move at all.

Authorities forced Mr. Han’s family to agree to an operation on April 7th. His condition initially seemed better after the surgery, but deteriorated rapidly afterward. Doctors used a defibrillator several times to keep him alive. Mr. Han had become paralysed and had no feeling below the head. He relied on a ventilator to maintain breathing.

Mr. Han passed away early on the morning of April 8th, 2014. His body was cremated immediately and his family took his ashes to his hometown that day.

Background Information

Mr. Han Haiming had been arrested at a rented place at Qicheng Village of Qi County on April 7th, 2011. He was arrested to a three and half-year prison term and taken to the Jinzhong Prison on April 10th, 2012, where he was mistreated to the point of near-death.

Police from Domestic Security Division of Wenshui County had put Mr. Han and his wife on a wanted list in March 2006. The police searched everywhere for them, and even hired people to monitor their home. To avoid arrest, Mr. Han Haiming and his wife left their home. They left behind two elderly parents and three children struggling to survive.

Mr. Han was from Wenshui County, Shanxi Province. He had been diagnosed with tuberculosis, pleurisy, cirrhosis, and other chronic diseases in the past. He returned to good health shortly after he started practising Falun Gong.

Summary of Key Persecution Facts:
Name: Mr. Han Haiming (韩海明)
Gender: Male
Age: 67
Address: Unknown
Occupation : Unknown
Date of Death: April 8th, 2014
Date of Most Recent Arrest: April 7th, 2011
Most Recent Place of Detention: Jinzhong Prison (晋中监狱)
City: Taiyuan
Province: Shanxi
Persecution Suffered : Unknown


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