(Minghui.org) The persecution deaths of 31 more Falun Gong practitioners were reported in October and November 2022.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a mind-body practice based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Since its public introduction in 1992, countless people have been drawn to its profound principles and health benefits. Fearing its ever-growing popularity, the Chinese communist regime launched a nationwide campaign in July 1999, attempting to stamp out the practice.

The newly-confirmed 31 deaths include one each in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019, and 2020. Three deaths occurred in 2016, four n 2021, and 17 in 2022.

The 31 practitioners, 18 of them women, lived in 17 provinces or municipalities. Liaoning and Heilongjiang topped the list with five cases each, followed by four cases in Jiangsu and three in Inner Mongolia. Henan had two cases. The 12 remaining regions, including Anhui, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hebei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Jilin, Shandong, Shanghai, Shanxi, Sichuan, and Yunnan, each had one case.

Except for four practitioners whose ages aren’t known, the other practitioners were between 45 and 82, including seven in their 70s and two in their 80s. They came from all walks of life, including an engineer, a jewelry merchant, a former police officer, and a teacher. Some of the elderly practitioners had their pensions suspended and were destitute before eventually passing away.

Three of the practitioners died while still in custody. Most of the others passed away after succumbing to long-term mental distress, incarceration, and torture. Many families fell apart due to the persecution, including three families each losing three members.

Below is a selection of the deaths. The full list of the 31 deceased practitioners can be downloaded here (PDF).


Deaths in Custody

Shanxi Man Dies in Prison While Serving Time for His Faith

Mr. Luo Baojun of Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, in his 60s, died in April 2021.

He was arrested on June 25, 2018, for studying Falun Gong’s teachings with other practitioners. The police smashed in his door and broke into his home. They sealed his door after the raid. He was held at the Gujiao Detention Centre.

Eight other practitioners were arrested on the same day, including Ms. Wang Lanmei, Ms. Wang Suping, Ms. Sun Zhifen, Ms. Zhang Qingxiang, Ms. Zhang Runying, Ms. Guo Runxian, Ms. Tian Yuqin, and Ms. Hu Lanying. Most of them were in their 60s at the time of the arrest.

The Yingze District Procuratorate indicted the nine practitioners on January 2, 2019. They appeared in the Yingze District Court on April 2, 2019, handcuffed and shackled. The practitioners’ lawyers entered not-guilty pleas for them. They argued that the police searched their homes without a warrant and fabricated evidence against them.

Eight of them were sentenced to between one and ten years in prison. Ms. Wang Lanmei’s case was paused for two years and then reopened. She was sentenced to a two-year prison term.

Mr. Luo was sentenced to five years and fined 20,000 yuan. He was taken to the Jinzhong Prison around June 2019. Since the Chinese communist regime initiated the “Zero-out” campaign in early 2020 to force Falun Gong practitioners to renounce their faith, the prison authorities aggressively carried out the campaign.

The practitioners were only allowed one steamed bun per meal. Any food they had bought previously was confiscated. Those who refused to renounce Falun Gong were held in solitary confinement, forced to stand facing the wall for long hours, or hung up by their wrists and beaten. Even when some gave in to the torture and signed statements to renounce Falun Gong against their will, the guards further ordered them to verbally abuse Falun Gong before the torture was stopped.

According to another practitioner imprisoned there, Mr. Luo fell while taking a shower in April 2021 and passed away shortly after. Due to strict information censorship in the prison, more details about his case aren’t clear.

67-year-old Man Dies in Prison While Serving Seven Years

Mr. Ge Zhenhua of Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, died in prison on October 22, 2022. He was 67.

Mr. Ge was arrested on June 20, 2016, for putting up banners about Falun Gong and distributing informational materials. The Shangzhi City Court sentenced him to 12 years with a 50,000-yuan fine on December 2, 2016. He appealed with the Shangzhi City Intermediate Court, which upheld his conviction but reduced his prison term to seven years with a 30,000-yuan fine.

Since the pandemic broke out in 2020, the authorities in Hulan Prison have ordered strict management of incarcerated Falun Gong practitioners. They force the practitioners to sit on small stools all day long and deny them family visits. The prison authorities pressure the practitioners to renounce their faith. Those who refuse to comply are brutally tortured.

Mr. Ge’s family was informed by the prison around early October 2022 that he’d suffered a stroke and was in the hospital. The prison ordered the family to pay his medical costs, which was over 10,000 yuan a day. The family couldn’t afford to pay and the prison forced them to sign a consent to stop the treatment. Mr. Ge passed away on October 22.

Wrongfully Convicted Woman Dies Days After Being Denied Medical Parole

Ms. Liu Hongxia, a 47-year-old Falun Gong practitioner, was denied medical parole despite her critical condition and died on November 8, 2022.

Ms. Liu of Dalian City, Liaoning Province, was arrested on October 28, 2021, for putting up posters about Falun Gong. She started a hunger strike on February 14, 2022, to protest the persecution.

When her lawyer went to visit her on February 28, 2022, he was told that she had been moved to Xinhua Hospital, which is associated with the Dalian City Detention Centre and local prisons.

In the hospital, Ms. Liu was tied to a bed, force-fed, and injected with unknown drugs. She was denied all visits, including by her lawyer and family.

Judge Guo Danhua of the Ganjingzi District Court tried Ms. Liu virtually and sentenced her to four years on July 13, six days after she was taken back to the detention centre. No one in her family was allowed to attend the hearing. Her lawyer’s request to postpone the proceedings was also denied. Ms. Liu was so weak and emaciated that she couldn’t even sit up and slumped in her chair during the entire proceedings.

When her lawyer was finally given a pass to visit her after the trial, she couldn’t remember her hospital stay but did know that she was force-fed and given the injection. Her lawyer appealed the case for her, but the higher court ruled in October to uphold the original verdict.

Ms. Liu was admitted to Xinhua Hospital again in late August and was moved to an intensive care unit in late October. The doctors issued a critical condition notice for her. Her family applied for medical parole for her on October 25, but the court and the detention center denied it.

Ms. Liu was extremely weak when her family was allowed to visit her on October 29. She began to bleed from her mouth and nose on November 4. Thinking that she would die in a few days, the doctor asked her family to bring her child to see her for the last time. The visit was monitored by a police officer. Ms. Liu passed away on the morning of November 8.


Deaths of the Elderly

81-year-old Man Dies One Year After Serving Third Prison Term

Mr. Liao Songlin struggled with poor health after he was released on July 13, 2021, having served a three-year term for practicing Falun Gong. The 81-year-old Chenzhou City, Hunan Province, man passed away on October 14, 2022. Even after his passing, local community workers still came to harass him and even attempted to verify his death by checking out his place of burial.

Mr. Liao, a veteran retired from the Military Reception Center, was arrested at home on July 19, 2018. After days at the detention centre, the then-77-year-old man was diagnosed with high blood pressure, heart disease, a minor stroke, and tuberculosis. Instead of releasing him, officials sent him to a military hospital. His wife demanded his release, but to no avail.

The Beihu District Court heard Mr. Liao’s case in the hospital on September 27. He was handcuffed and shackled and not allowed to defend himself. The judge sentenced him to three years on October 22, 2018. His pension was suspended during his term.

Mr. Liao Songlin handcuffed in the visitors’ room of Jinshi Prison in 2008