Ms. Liu Hui Has Been on Hunger Strike for 20 Days

Name: Liu Hui
Gender: Female
Age: 40
Address: Unknown
Occupation: Teacher at Jinqin Road Elementary School
Date of Most Recent Arrest: December 14th, 2011
Most Recent Place of Detention: Chengdu City Detention Centre Hospital
City: Chengdu
Province: Sichuan
Persecution Suffered: Electric shock, forced labour, brainwashing, beatings, imprisonment, home ransacked, detention

Ms. Liu Hui was arrested at home at around 9:00 p.m. on December 14th, 2011, by three officers from Fuqin Police Station. The next day, she started a hunger strike to protest her arrest. It lasted for more than 20 days. She is currently being held at Chengdu City Detention Centre Hospital. Her family is not allowed to visit her and they are worried about her condition.

Illnesses disappeared after one month of practising Falun Gong

Ms. Liu was born in January 1972. In 1991, she underwent laser eye surgery. However the surgery was unsuccessful and it caused severe problems in both of her eyes. The doctor told her that they didn't know the cause and that she might lose her sight in the future. She had to wrap her eyes with bandages every night.

Ms. Liu started to practise Falun Gong in November 1997. After reading the Falun Gong book, Zhuan Falun twice, she woke up one morning and realised that she no longer needed bandages on her eyes. Her seven-year long eye problems had disappeared. After one month of practising, all of her illnesses had disappeared, including gastritis, arthritis and dermatitis. Moreover, she was able to change her old habits of being impetuous, selfish and unkind. She started to be nice to others and became patient and tolerant. The relationship with her students also greatly improved.

While Ms. Liu was imprisoned in Longquan Women's Prison in 2005, two officers had a conversation with her. They told her that her students praised her when they were questioned, and one of her students told the officers that she had made great improvements after she began practising Falun Gong and that she shouldn't be imprisoned!

Repeatedly arrested

When Ms. Liu helped some practitioners from Heishui County to purchase Falun Gong books in 1999, the police charged her with “making money from an evil cult.” In July 1999, just before the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started to defame Falun Gong on Chinese State TV, she was summoned by the local police and her home was ransacked.

Ms. Liu has been arrested many times since the persecution began. She was arrested when the authorities found out that she wanted to go to Beijing to appeal for the right to practise Falun Gong; she was arrested when she refused to appear on a programme that slandered Falun Gong on the Sichuan Province Cable Television Station; she was arrested on the charge of “unlawful assembly” when she was seen chatting with a practitioner she saw in a park; she was arrested because she wrote an appeal letter, and she was arrested on a charge of “attempting to subvert the state government” when she hung a banner reading, “Falun Gong is good!”

On March 9th, 2001, Ms. Liu was sentenced to 18 months at Nanmusi Women's Forced Labour Camp in Zizhong County, Sichuan Province. In October 2000, she was forced to leave home to avoid further persecution.

Ms. Liu was arrested on October 4th, 2002, and was later sentenced to four years in Chuanxi Women's Prison. She was transferred to Xinjin Brainwashing Centre on October 11th, 2006, after finishing her prison sentence, and was held there for more than three years. She has been subjected to many different torture methods, which led to multiple kidney failures and other internal organ problems, and she almost died.

Residential registration cancelled and unable to have a regular job

Officials from Xinjin Brainwashing Centre told Ms. Liu's family to take her home in December 2009, and promised to give her a job. However, it never happened and her residential registration was not processed. Without that, she cannot even get an identification card, and therefore cannot work. To try to make ends meet and support her son, she has to rent out half of her apartment.

Ms. Liu made an appeal to the officials at Jinniu District Education Committee and her school in 2011, to request that they reinstate her job and salary. However, her request was rejected. Officials at the education committee claimed that only the 610 Office could approve her job being reinstated.

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