Tan Zhiyang

Chinese Name: 谭志阳
Gender: Male
Age: 36
City: Xiangxiang City
Province: Hunan
Occupation: assistant engineer/Xiangxiang City Livestock and Aquaculture Bureau in Hunan Province
Date of Death: 2008-02-19
Date of Most Recent Arrest: 2004-05-14
Most recent place of detention: Wuling Prison in Changde City
Case Description:

Mr. Tan Zhiyang, unmarried, was hired as an assistant engineer by the Xiangxiang City Livestock and Aquaculture Bureau in Hunan Province. He was born on September 26, 1972 in the Shahaichong Group in Dongkouba Village, Shizhu Township in Yueshan Town, Xiangxiang City, Hunan Province. He graduated from the East Campus of the Changde City Normal College in June 1999. In March 1999, Tan Zhiyang began practicing Falun Gong. After the persecution started in July 1999, he had to leave his job. He was detained nine times: three times in the Honglun Detention Center in Xiangxiang City, once in the Qilipu Detention Center in Xiangtan County, once in the Xiangxiang City Police Dog Training Center, twice in the Xiangtan City Detention Center, once in the Xinkaipu Labor Camp, and the last time was in the Wuling Prison in Changde City.

On May 14, 2004, the police arrested Mr. Tan at his rental house in Gongmoxin District, Xiangxiang City. The police first detained him in the Xiangxiang City Detention Center, then sentenced him to five years in prison. He was tortured until he was injured all over his body, his lower back showing an incision-like wound, and he almost died. On February 17, 2008, the Prison Administration notified Mr. Tan's family to pick him up. Only two days later, on February 19, 2008,