Death Cases

  • Hebei Man Dies from Torture-induced Health Problems After Years of Suffering

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Guo Zhengqing died on September 14th, 2015, after suffering from torture-induced health problems for more than a decade. The 55-year-old man was arrested in Tiananmen Square on April 25th, 2001 while unfurling a banner reading “Practising Falun Gong is a Human Right.” He was kept at a detention centre for 20 months, during which time he was tortured so badly that he sustained severe brain injuries and had trouble moving his hands and legs. The police kept harassing him at home after he was released in 2005. Mr. Guo was never able to recover, and by December 2014, he had lost the ability to talk or move.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture Renders Practitioners Unrecognizable at Death

    Since 1999, the communist regime in China has regularly used torture in its campaign to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their belief. During his ten years in Panjin Prison, Mr. Huang was beaten and tortured with electric batons. During a family visit in October 2009, an inmate had to hold him up. His own wife could not recognize him. He was extremely frail, his teeth were severely deformed, his body was shaking uncontrollably, and he partially lost his hearing. Five days after the visit on October 25th, 2010, prison authorities notified his family that Mr. Huang had died in prison.
  • Practitioner Dies Hours After Arrest in Hengshui

    Fifteen Falun Gong practitioners from Hengshui City, Hebei Province were arrested on August 21st, 2015, and one of them, Mr. Yuan, 65, suddenly passed away just hours later on the day of his arrest. Prior to his arrest, Mr. Yuan had his home ransacked by local police on June 18th. The officers confiscated many of his personal belongings, including two laptop computers, two printers, one CD burner, and three paper cutters. At the time of this writing, 13 of the practitioners remain in detention.
  • Belated News: 66-Year-Old Falun Gong Practitioner Dies with His Feet Still Shackled

    Mr. Liu Qingtian's family rushed to a local hospital in the early morning of January 26th, 2015, upon being notified by the prison that he had been hospitalized. They were not allowed to talk to him and had to watch him quietly pass away at 11:30 that night. Even at his death, his feet were still shackled. The police next cremated the 66-year-old Falun Gong's practitioner's body without his family's consent, and claimed that he had died of a “heart attack.”
  • 79-Year-Old Woman Dies Just Months after Lengthy Imprisonment

    Ms. Yang Suolin, a 79-year-old Falun Gong practitioner from Anshan City, Liaoning Province, died on April 22nd, 2015. Years of brutal treatment had left her paralyzed from the waist down. She spent 3 years in a forced labour camp and 7 years in prison for her belief in Falun Gong, enduring torture and humiliation. After her release from prison, a Party official continued to harass her until the day she died.
  • Twenty Thousand Yuan for a Life

    Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Liu Luxiang, 49, from Anshan passed away in Liaoning Women's Prison on September 3rd, 2014. The prison officials offered to pay her family 50,000 yuan in compensation, if they signed the cremation papers. After the cremation, the family was paid 20,000 yuan. Ms. Liu's son tried to argue for his rights, but was told by the guards that he would be arrested if he continued making trouble.
  • Woman Dies One Month After 5.5-Year Imprisonment for Practising Falun Gong

    Ms. Dong Shaotai was released in April after spending five and a half years in prison for talking to the public about Falun Gong. Her family could not enjoy her newfound freedom, however. Ms. Dong died one month later on May 19th, as a result of the multiple organ failure she developed due to abuse she suffered at the hands of prison guards during her imprisonment. She was 74.
  • Husband Persecuted to Death, Ms. Li Mingyue Arrested Again

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhang Yinsuo passed away in August 2010, after enduring constant police threats and harassment. Mr. Zhang was arrested in 2001 by police. In the She County Detention Centre, the guards slapped his face, would not let him use the toilet, and put shackles normally worn by death row inmates on him for a week. They chained the handcuffs and leg irons together, keeping him bent over.
  • Shaanxi Province Hospital Offers Patient Choice of Three Liver Transplant “Donors”

    A doctor at Xi'an Xijing Hospital in Shaanxi Province suggested in November 2014 that a friend of mine get a liver transplant, and that there was a compatible organ available. The transplant was done the next day. It seems as if liver matches were waiting for patients, and ready whenever the patients were. I was told by Li Chaoyong at Deyang Prison, Sichuan Province, in 2005, that, “Our superiors' orders are that we carry out blood tests. We must conduct blood tests on 100% of [Falun Gong practitioners].”
  • Space Scientist Faces Trial, Wife Passed Away

    A couple in Tianjin who were accomplished space scientists have been repeatedly arrested for practising Falun Gong over the past 15 years. Detainee Mr. Xiong Huifeng was not allowed to see his wife-Ms. Liu Yuanjie one last time before her death. Years of police harassment, multiple arrests, and home searches have taken a toll on Ms. Liu. After her husband's last arrest she suffered a mental breakdown and her health began to deteriorate. She died at the age of 79 on March 3rd, 2015.
  • Belated News: Man, 55, Dies from Multiple Organ Failure Caused by Labour Camp Torture

    Mr. Chi Yaocai died as a result of multiple organ failure on February 11th, 2015. He was 55 years old. Mr. Cai was arrested on September 2nd, 2011 for exposing the persecution of Falun Gong. He was soon given two years of forced labour and sent to the Chaoyanggou Forced Labour Camp, a detention centre notorious for its maltreatment of Falun Gong practitioners.
  • Hebei Practitioner Abused in Detention Dies Shortly After Release

    Ms. Chu Lianrong suffered a mental collapse while detained for more than three months. She died on April 12th, 2015, 19 days after her release, at the age of 50. Ms. Chu was arrested on December 13th, 2014 for hanging banners with information about the persecution of Falun Gong. Police officers notified her brother to take her home on March 24th, 2015, claiming that she was on a hunger strike. Ms. Chu was emaciated, could not lift her head, and had several injuries on her face. She could not eat, drink, talk, or open her eyes.
  • Forced Administration of Drugs in Prison Hospital Suspected in Death of Elderly Practitioner

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhou Chuming died on March 17th, 2015, at 71 years of age. Mr. Zhou had been imprisoned for almost three years for upholding his belief in Falun Gong. His health declined precipitously after he was forced to take unidentified drugs at the prison hospital for four months in 2010. His health continued to deteriorate after his release. It is strongly suspected that the drugs were instrumental in contributing to Mr. Zhou's decline and eventual death.
  • 69-year-old Woman Mysteriously Dies Five Days Prior to Scheduled Release from Prison

    Ms. Zhu Yulan's husband and daughter were busy at home, preparing for her return, after four years of unjustified imprisonment for believing in Falun Gong. Only five days before the big day of their reunion, they received the most disheartening news, that Ms. Zhu had passed away in prison on April 5th, 2015. She was 69.
  • Forced Administration of Drugs in Prison Hospital Suspected in Death of Elderly Practitioner

    Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Zhou Chuming died on March 17th, 2015, at 71 years of age. Mr. Zhou had been imprisoned for almost three years for upholding his belief in Falun Gong. His health declined precipitously after he was forced to take unidentified drugs at the prison hospital for four months in 2010. His health continued to deteriorate after his release. It is strongly suspected that the drugs were instrumental in contributing to Mr. Zhou's decline and eventual death.