NEW YORK—A 39-year-old pharmacist held at a prison camp in Guizhou province died in custody in mid-January after years of torture that reportedly left him unable to walk, the Falun Dafa Information Center (FDIC) learned recently. Hu Dali (胡大礼) from Xiuwen county is the first Falun Gong practitioner known to have been killed by the Chinese authorities in 2011.
A Falun Gong practitioner en route to reunite with his wife in the United States “disappeared” from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport over ten days ago and has not been heard from since, raising serious concerns over his safety.
Mr. Wang was arrested by police in September 2001 when purchasing a printer, accused of running an underground print shop, and "sentenced" to ten years in a prison camp following a sham trial. On the evening of Dec 7, 2009, Wang was rushed to the hospital, unconscious and on the verge of death, but still restrained in shackles. The next day, the prison authorities notified his family that he was very ill; they rushed to the hospital and the day after he died.
In December 2007, Mr. Lai and his wife were abducted from their home. A few months later, they were both "sentenced" to three years in a prison camp. On Nov 27, 2009, prison authorities called Mr. Lai's family to inform them that he had died. It not known whether his wife, Ms. Lin Xingru, who is imprisoned herself, has been informed of her husband's death.
Reports from China indicate that many of the Falun Gong adherents detained ahead of the Beijing Olympics were taken directly from their homes or workplaces to detention centers and labor camps. Homes were frequently searched without warrant in order to find evidence that would implicate the Falun Gong practitioner, such as books of Falun Gong teachings or photos of its founder Mr. Li Hongzhi. Adherents also frequently reported that security officers confiscated electronic goods during home searches.
The Communist Party’s campaign against Falun Gong escalated sharply in 2008 as China’s rulers took advantage of the Olympic games to catalyze and justify the large-scale arrest, imprisonment, and monitoring of Chinese citizens known to adhere to the spiritual practice, the Falun Dafa Information Center said in an annual report published on Tuesday.
The last time Xiaodan Wang saw her favorite red sweater, she was watching CNN as her father was sentenced to 16 years in prison. It was Xiaodan’s first glimpse of her father, Zhiwen Wang, in over six months, but there was no mistaking her sweater even for a moment. The bright color, a piece of clothing taken from his home hurriedly by family members after police took him from his bed on July 20, 1999, was peeking out from underneath a borrowed jacket.
Spouses, parents, children, and siblings of those who practice Falun Gong have suffered various degrees of persecution, ranging from loss of employment to torture. Meanwhile, some relatives have directly taken part in persecuting their loved ones
The Falun Dafa Information Center has learned of the death of Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhou Huimin, based on reports from her son and corroborated by sources from within China. Ms. Zhou passed away at Qingyang District People’s Hospital in Chengdu city, Sichuan province on March 15, 2008. She was 44 years old.
The following is the translation of a letter written by Yang Xiaojing and dated April 8, 2008. Yang remains in mainland China to date.