Mr. Zhu Hongbing, 43, Heilongjiang

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An emaciated Zhu Hongbing shortly before his death on June 18, 2009 after being tortured and starved during his illegal imprisonment

An emaciated Zhu Hongbing shortly before his death on June 18, 2009 after being tortured and starved during his illegal imprisonment

Name: Zhu Hongbing (???)
Gender: Male
Age: 43
Occupation: Employee at the Seventh Oil Collecting Plant of the Daqing City Petroleum Bureau.
Date of Most Recent Arrest: End of 2001
Date of Most Recent Release: December 29, 2008
Date of Death: June 18, 2009
Province: Heilongjiang
City: Daqing
Most Recent Place of Detention: Hongweixing Prison in Daqing (a.k.a Daqing Prison)

Case Details:

In 2001, Mr. Zhu was sentenced to seven years in a prison camp following a sham trial. Throughout his time in Hongweixing Prison in Daqing, he was repeatedly beaten and tortured, requiring hospitalization on least once.

On one occasion, after five days of denying him food, sleep and use of the restroom, the prison authorities reportedly forced a feeding tube in through Mr. Zhu’s nose, down his throat and into his stomach. On another occasion, a guard forced a bowl of milk powder down a tube and into Zhu’s lungs, causing ulceration in his lungs.

Upon the end of his term in December 2008, the prison authorities refused to release him. Mr. Zhu was eventually released on December 29, 2008. He never recovered from the torture, however, and died at home on June 18, 2009. A photo of Mr. Zhu taken after his release from prison shows his emaciated body.

Mr. Zhu’s case is symptomatic of a broader pattern of abuse at Hongweixing prison. In mid-July 2009, the prison authorities reportedly ordered that dozens of Falun Gong practitioners detained at the facility be forbidden from eating.

For more information, see: Falun Dafa Information Center, “Urgent Appeal: Dozens of Lives at Risk in Daqing Prison as Authorities Systematically Starve Falun Gong Prisoners of Conscience,” August 3, 2009 (report)