Mr. Liang Zhenxing, 46, Jilin

Name:  Mr. Liang Zhenxing (梁振兴)
Gender: Male
Age: 46
Date of Most Recent Release: Died in custody
Date of Death: May 1, 2010
City: Changchun
Province: Jilin
Most Recent Place of Detention: Gongzhuling city prison camp

Case details:

Liang and others made international headlines in 2002 when state-run TV in Changchun suddenly gave way to footage of Falun Gong being practiced around the world, documentation of human rights abuses, and a video deconstructing the so-called “self-immolation” incident as a hoax. The broadcasts reached hundreds of thousands of viewers in the city and surrounding province of Jilin.

Liang was among those detained. He was subsequently “sentenced” following a show trial to 19 years in a prison camp. While being held at Siping prison camp, Liang was tortured severely, including being shackled for long periods of time, being shocked simultaneously with multiple electric batons, and pouring cold water over him in -20 degree weather.

In December 2009, Lang was reportedly transferred from Siping prison camp to Gongzhuling city prison camp. He died in Gongzhuling Central Hospital on May 1, 2010. Family members who saw him several weeks before his death report his being emaciated and having difficulty walking or talking.