The Falun Dafa Information Center has confirmed the deaths of over 3,800 Falun Gong adherents as a direct result of the persecution campaign that the Chinese Communist Party launched in 1999. It is feared that the actual number of Falun Gong deaths from torture, malnutrition, exhaustion, and neglect in detention and especially from organ harvesting in hospitals, however, is already in the tens of thousands.
A 38 year-old man from Central China died in police custody four days after being abducted, the Falun Dafa Information Center recently learned. Mr. Yang Zhonggeng's corpse was covered in extensive bruises but the local Domestic Security Office claimed he committed suicide, his family reported.
A 65-year-old woman from southern China is dead from three weeks of physical abuse at a brainwashing center. Police abducted her from her home in advance of the 18th Congress, announcing that she “had some learning to do.”
Within a day of being abducted by police for practicing Falun Gong, a 53-year-old man from northeast China recently died in custody. The authorities notified his family members, who are attempting to investigate the circumstances of his sudden death.
The wife and daughter of a Falun Gong prisoner of conscience tortured to death in February 2011 at a prison in Northeast China have been sent to labor camps for seeking justice for his death, the Falun Dafa Information Center recently learned.
A retired worker from China's Environmental Protection Agency was beaten to death at a prison in Northeast China on October 7, within less than a month of being imprisoned there for distributing Falun Gong informational materials. The Falun Dafa Information Center calls for immediate punishment of the prison personnel responsible.
The Falun Dafa Information Center recently received news that Ms. Wang Chunxiang, a 55-year-old resident of Liaoning province, died in prison on September 25, 2011 under suspicious circumstances.
Over two dozen Falun Gong practitioners have died due to abuse in custody since January 1, 2011, according to reports received by the Falun Dafa Information Center and published on Thursday. In a feature particular to the campaign against Falun Gong, several of the victims died after being held in makeshift "brainwashing centers" where torture and ingestion of unknown drugs were used to force people to renounce their practice of Falun Gong.
Since news emerged last month of three Falun Gong detainees being killed in custody at a prison in northeast China, family members of the victims and others prisoners of conscience have been harassed and beaten, as the authorities seek to cover up the deaths.