Hou Xiuping

Chinese Name: 侯秀平
Gender: Female
Age: 35
City: Changchun City
Province: Jilin
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention: a police station
Case Description:

Hou Xiuping, female, about 35 years old, lived in Xiagou of Nanguan District, Changchun City, Jilin Province before her death.

After July 22, 1999, she went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, and was detained for 15 days after being illegally arrested and was sent back to Changchun City. On July 11, 2000, someone reported her to the police for distributing Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials inside the small shop she ran. She was then again detained, this time for 15 days. In December 2000, Hou Xiuping went to Beijing again to appeal for Falun Gong; she was sentenced to 3 years of forced labor. Her family could not endure this, so they spent a lot of money to have the sentence reduced to 1 year.

In the police station, while one of her family members was going through the paper work in one room, Hou Xiuping was being watched by police in another room. After her family member finished the paper work, he (or she) was told that Hou Xiuping had "committed suicide by jumping off the building."