EFIC Press Release: Young Woman Beaten to Death in Beijing Jail for Refusing to Betray Others by Identifying Herself

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PRESS RELEASE -European Falun Gong Information Centre

On the afternoon of January 31, 2002, chaos gripped the Miyun Detention Centre of the Beijing Public Security Bureau. On-duty prison guards killed a young woman who practices Falun Gong trying to force her to reveal her identity.

Sources inside China report that two policemen, Yu and Wang, ordered prison inmates to beat the woman with big wooden boards. The beating went on for more than two hours The victim was injured so severely that she couldn't stand up.

She crawled back into her prison cell and was found dead 10 hours later.

Detention Centre Vice Director Li took charge of disposing of the evidence, leading some prisoners away with the body to cremate it secretly.

The death was confirmed by telephone with staff at the Beijing Police Bureau, National Security Department. When asked, "On January 31st, did a female Falun Gong practitioner die?" the person on duty replied, "Yes", but would give no further information.

Since Jiang Zemin banned Falun Gong in China in July, 1999, Chinese citizens have journeyed to Beijing to peacefully appeal for the right to practise freely. It has become common for those arrested not to reveal their personal identities, even in the face of severe beatings or torture. This is because heavy punishment is often dealt out to local officials and relatives once Beijing officials ascertain their identities. This punishment ranges from fining local officials to detaining, or even torturing, relatives.

The identity of the young woman remains unknown, and her friends and family must still be waiting for news of her.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE EUROPEAN FALUN GONG INFORMATION CENTRE-
Contact: Peter Jauhal 44 (0) 799 054 1284
More contacts: http://www.falungonginfo.net/europe.htm
E-mail: europe@falungonginfo.net

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Background

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, comprises meditation and exercises with teachings based on the universal principle of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance." It was taught in private for thousands of years before being made public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi. It has roots in traditional Chinese culture, but is distinct and separate from other practices in China, such as the religions of Buddhism and Taoism. Since its introduction in 1992, it quickly spread by word of mouth throughout China, and is now practised in over 50 countries.

With government estimates of as many as 100 million Falun Gong practitioners, China's President Jiang Zemin outlawed the peaceful practice of it in July 1999, fearful of anything touching the hearts and minds of more citizens than the Communist Party could.

Unable to crush the spirit of millions who had experienced improved health and positive life changes from Falun Gong, Jiang's regime has intensified its propaganda campaign to poison public opinion while quietly imprisoning, torturing and even murdering those who practise it.

The Falun Dafa Information Centre has verified details of over 400 deaths since the persecution of Falun Gong in China began in 1999. Government officials inside China, however, report that the actual death toll is well over 1,600. Over 100,000 have been detained, with more than 20,000 being sentenced to forced labour camps without trial.

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