Hubei Woman Dies in Custody After Over Two Years of Incommunicado Detention

A family in Wuhan City, Hubei Province was informed by the Erzhigou Detention Center on August 15, 2020, that their loved one, Ms. Wei Youxiu, has just passed away at the age of 72. While the guards claimed that she died from leukemia, her family suspected she was tortured to death for upholding her faith in Falun Gong.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Wei was arrested on June 2, 2018, at Zhongshan Park after she ran into a plainclothes officer, who found Falun Gong related materials on her. The police ransacked her home and confiscated her Falun Gong books. She was sent to the Erzhigou Detention Center, which denied her family visits, with the excuse that the police had found Falun Gong books at her home.

At one point, Ms. Wei’s family heard that someone saw her in the detention center and she was emaciated and couldn’t walk on her own.

After more than two years of detention, the detention center suddenly informed them that Ms. Wei had died. Her loved ones questioned the authorities that since she was perfectly healthy when she was arrested, how come she developed leukemia and died in such a short time.

Before her latest arrest, Ms. Wei was arrested twice, the first time between 2000 and 2001 and then on August 5, 2013. She was taken to the Etouwan Brainwashing Center after both arrests.

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