Nearly Dying From Torture, Tianjin Native Again Faces Imprisonment for Faith

Ms. Zhao Shuxia (undated photo)

Ms. Zhao Shuxia (undated photo)

57-year-old Zhao Shuxia of Tianjin Province, has served over seven years in prisons and labor camps and was once tortured near death for persisting in her faith of Falun Gong. Zhao was again arrested in February of this year, and could face a prison sentence. 

Zhao took up Falun Gong in 1997. She credits the practice for enabling her to become calmer and more considerate. Many of her family conflicts were resolved as a result.

Since the persecution started, she has served two labor camp terms and a prison term. She once held a hunger strike for over a year and was force-fed. Despite her weak condition, the inmates opened the window to let the freezing wind blow on her during the winter. When she almost died from the torture, the guards released her.

Following her other arrest in 2016 for hanging up a banner about Falun Gong, her father’s health deteriorated due to his constant worries about her. He suffered from severe diabetes and became blind. After her siblings were turned away from Nankai Detention Center when they attempted to deliver clothes and daily necessities to her, their father was dealt another blow and he passed away on September 10, 2016.

Zhao’s latest arrest was on February 3, 2021, by the Nankai District Domestic Security Office. It has been reported that Zhao was indicted in May. She appeared in Nankai District Court, first in July and later on September 23, and is now awaiting a verdict.

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