Large numbers of Chinese citizens detained for practicing Falun Gong continue to die because of brutality suffered at police stations, labor camps, and prisons across China.
On average, a new case of a Falun Gong practitioner dying due to abuse is reported every three days.
In total, since 1999, over 3,400 cases have been documented of Falun Gong practitioners who have died as a result of various forms of persecution.
These confirmed deaths occurred in virtually every one of China's provinces, autonomous regions, and province-level municipalities. Though already reflecting large-scale abuses, these documented cases are only the tip of the iceberg. They are the stories that, thanks to the courage and technical knowledge of the victims’ acquaintances, succeeded in slipping through the veil of secrecy and censorship that envelops Falun Gong deaths.
On this and the following pages, the Falun Dafa Information Center has begun posting the cases of Falun Gong practitioners whose deaths have been documented over the past decade.
The descriptions accompanying each individual case have been compiled from a variety of sources, including testimony of relatives or friends of the deceased, photographic evidence, and follow-up phone calls made by researchers to the relevant police or prison authorities. Several cases also draw on reporting by international media, the United Nations, and human rights groups. Due to the difficulties inherent in investigating Falun Gong cases, details for some cases may be not be fully available.
None of the individuals whose stories are relayed here committed any “crime” or engaged in any violent acts. Rather, they sought only to peacefully pursue the spiritual path of their choice.
During one raid on the home of Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Yang Yinqiao on August 7, Yang mysteriously "fell" from the window of her fifth floor apartment. Police immediately fled the scene, only to return with riot gear when Ms. Yang’s husband came home and found her on the street. He called for emergency medical care, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Police subsequently cordoned off the street, beating those seeking to get closer, including Yang’s own son.
Within a day of being abducted by police for practicing Falun Gong, a 53-year-old man in northeast China's Jilin province recently died in custody. The authorities notified his family members, who are attempting to investigate the circumstances of his sudden death.
A healthy, middle-aged woman from southern China who practiced Falun Gong died under mysterious circumstances within hours of being abducted off the street by police. With public support from neighbors and friends, family members are attempting to hire an independent pathologist to determine the cause of her death.
Ms. Zhao Yanxia was abducted on May 31, 2011 while distributing Falun Gong informational materials. In September, she was sentenced after a sham trial to three and a half years in prison. Less than four weeks after being transferred to Jilin Province Women's Prison, she was beaten to death.
On October 7, 2011, two men heard Ms. Zhang Jinghua talking about Falun Gong to someone. They intimidated and then chased her to the fourth story of a building from which she then fell under mysterious circumstances. She died several hours later.
Ms. Wang Chunxiang was abducted in October 2006 after a plainclothes police officer followed her home and then found Falun Gong related materials and a printer in her home, after he entered and searched it without a warrant. Soon after, she was sentenced in a sham trial to eight years in a prison camp and was sent to Liaoning Province Women's Prison. Over the next five years, her health deteriorated badly due to torture and being denied medical attention. On September 25, 2011, prison authorities alerted her family members that she had died.
Arrested on September 7, 2011, Ms. Wang Mingrong died from severe physical abuse around September 17, only ten days after being taken into custody. She passed away at the Xinjin Brainwashing Center (euphemistically referred to as the Chengdu City Law Education Center), an institution known to lace food with psychotropic drugs meant to severely damage the central nervous system.
Mr. Tong Dingqing, 50s, was a former CCP official from Hunan. He was abducted in 2005 and sent to a forced labor camp, then released on medical parole when in critical condition due to beatings and injections of unknown drugs. Due to harassment, his health deteriorated. He lived the last two years of his life bedridden and paralyzed and died in September 2011.
Mr. Fan was abducted in July 2008 after being seen with other practitioners handing out materials that exposed human rights abuses about Falun Gong in Kazuo County. The director of the local police substation and another officer, armed with guns and electric batons, forced the practitioners’ car open, searched it, and after finding materials related to Falun Gong, took those present into custody. Fan managed to run away, but police later came and detained him from his home. He was then sentenced to eight years in prison without a trial. He was tortured for three years and died on September 11, 2011.
A retired steel worker from Hebei province died on September 6, 2010, just over six months after being released from a prison camp where he had been tortured and forced to do hard labor for practicing Falun Gong, the Falun Dafa Information Center recently learned.