Zhao Yazhen

Chinese Name: 赵亚珍
Gender: Female
Age: 51
City: Fularji District in Qiqihar City
Province: Heilongjiang
Date of Death: 2007-09-23
Date of Most Recent Arrest: 2004
Most recent place of detention: Fularji District Detention Center
Case Description:
Ms. Zhao Yazhen, from the Fularji District in Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province. After the CCP began the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, Ms. Zhao was illegally arrested three times. By the end of 2004, she had been arrested and detained at the Fularji Detention Center, where, she was inhumanely tortured. As a result, her health deteriorated and she contracted tuberculosis. After going on a hunger strike for a few days, she was released on bail. However, the Party-controlled court still gave her a heavy prison term of five years. The police constantly harassed her at home, causing her health to deteriorate further. By the middle of summer 2007, her whole body swelled up severely and she died on September 23, 2007 at the age of 51.