Cheng Zongzhan

Chinese Name: 程宗占
Gender: Female
Age: 44
City: Baoding City
Province: Hebei
Date of Death: 2004-05-11
Date of Most Recent Arrest: 2002-11
Most recent place of detention: a brainwashing center
Case Description:

Ms. Cheng Zongzhan was 44 years old. She started practicing Falun Dafa after April 25, 1999, and she appealed in Beijing on July 20, 1999. She returned to Beijing many times thereafter and repeatedly appealed for justice for Falun Dafa.

Once on her way to Beijing, she was illegally arrested and detained in Beijing for over a month. Because she refused to divulge her name, she suffered inhuman tortures. Yet Ms. Cheng remained true to Dafa, and she was eventually released after protesting the persecution by staging a hunger strike.

In November 2002, Ms. Cheng was abducted from her house and taken to a brainwashing center by members of the "610 Office" (1). When they could not force Ms. Cheng into renouncing her belief, they hung her up by handcuffs outside during the freezing cold of winter, wearing only thin clothing. With Teacher's help, Cheng Zongzhan used her righteous thoughts to escape from this brainwashing center, but since then she had to stay away from home to avoid being arrested again.

Due to the persecution she faced, her health deteriorated, and she was never well again. On May 11, 2004, Cheng Zongzhan died.