Sichuan Man Dies While Imprisoned for His Faith

A Xingwen County resident imprisoned for his faith died after more than 4 years of abuse. The authorities had his body cremated the next day without his family’s consent.

Mr. Huang Shunkun was arrested on August 23rd, 2012 for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. He was sentenced to 10 years on May 7th, 2013 and assigned to Leshan Prison.

The prison declined to admit him, citing his long sentence. The police brought him back to the local detention centre, where he was subjected to constant abuse. He was often forced to climb up and down stairs for hours on end. The police later managed to have him admitted to Aba Prison, where he faced more abuse and died on September 30th, 2016.

Mr. Huang’s family was only allowed to see him in court when he was tried on January 31st, 2013, and had been denied visits ever since.

Aba Prison didn’t notify the family of Mr. Huang’s death until the next day, right before his body was set to be cremated. The family was given 5 minutes to view his body and ordered to pay for the cremation expense before being given his ashes.

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