Five new petitions for individual Falun Gong practitioners—some with over 10,000 signatures—have been reported over the past two months, continuing a growing trend across China.
Zhu Yubiao, a lawyer in southern China, has been arbitrarily transferred to a brainwashing facility after serving a two-year prison term and is now believed to be in critical condition.
The health of a professor imprisoned in Chongqing for practicing Falun Gong has badly deteriorated and his life may be in danger. The 37-year-old Mr. Tang Jian (??) was abducted during an intensified crackdown on Falun Gong in the city led by former Communist Party official Bo Xilai. After requesting medical treatment for him, his wife has disappeared and is believed in police custody.
At least one Falun Gong practitioner has been killed and another sent to a labor camp in Hebei province, as security forces cracked down ahead of an August visit to the region by Iowa governor Terry Branstad. The assaults came in an effort to identify who posted on the internet details of a petition signed by 700 villagers calling for the release of a Falun Gong neighbor.
A healthy, middle-aged woman from southern China who practiced Falun Gong died under mysterious circumstances within hours of being abducted off the street by police. With public support from neighbors and friends, family members are attempting to hire an independent pathologist to determine the cause of her death.
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.
At least 70 people in Hebei province formed a human wall and signed an appeal letter to oppose the abduction of a 58-year-old Falun Gong practitioner in mid-June. This is the latest in a string of cases of Chinese citizens publicly voicing support for Falun Gong, particularly in northeastern China. The petition is the fourth to come to light in the last two months.
At least 15,000 people in northeast China have signed a petition voicing support for a young woman's demand that Chinese authorities investigate the death of her father, a well-known Falun Gong practitioner.
Wang Yonghang, a human rights lawyer from northeast China who was jailed for seven years for defending Falun Gong practitioners, is in serious condition. Authorities are denying him medical attention.