Ms. Geng Jin E, 64, Beijing

Name: Ms. Geng Jin E (???)
Gender: Female
Age: 64
Date of Most Recent Arrest: November 28, 2008
Date of Most Recent Release: Died in custody
Date of Death: June 10, 2010
City: Beijing
Most Recent Place of Detention:Women’s Forced Labor Camp in Beijing’s Daxing district 

Case details:

According to reports from China, Ms. Geng Jin E (???) was tortured to death at the Women’s Forced Labor Camp in Beijing’s Daxing district on June 10, 2010. Family members say they last saw Geng alive in April 2010 when visiting her at the camp. According to family members, Geng was very frail at the time, requiring two people to support her as she walked. Requests for medical parole made by her family both before and during the April visit were denied.

Geng was picked up by police on November 28, 2008 while she was talking to others about Falun Gong on a public bus. Police subsequently ransacked her home, but reportedly found no Falun Gong materials. Geng was then given a two-year term of forced labor without any judicial process.

Prior to the latest detention, Geng had previously been taken away by police in November 2002 as she was distributing leaflets to people in her neighborhood exposing the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. At the time, she was sent to the same labor camp for a three-year term, during which she was severely beaten on several occasions by camp guards. Geng nearly lost eyesight in both eyes and became emaciated from the repeated torture.

After her release in 2005, she was able to resume her Falun Gong practice and family members say her health was quickly restored.

Several attempts to secure a lawyer and sue the perpetrators responsible for Geng’s death have been unsuccessful, family members say, because the camp has refused to release any documents related to her imprisonment and the appeals office has refused to help them.