Wang Yuzhi

Chinese Name: 王玉芝
Gender: Female
Age: 64
City: Hangzhou
Province: Guizhou
Date of Death: 2010-02-20
Date of Most Recent Arrest: 2002-02
Most recent place of detention: Zhejiang Province Women's Prison
Case Description:

Ms. Wang Yuzhi began practicing Falun Dafa in 1996. She followed the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and worked hard on becoming a better person. Her diabetes was soon cured and her health returned to normal.

After July 1999, when the persecution started, Ms. Wang's sense of justice led her to Beijing to speak out for Falun Gong. She was arrested by the Anshun City police and detained for 15 days. In September 2001, officers from the Anshun City police department stormed into her home, arrested her, and detained her for another 15 days.

In November 2001, in order to help more people learn about Falun Dafa, she and her younger brother, Aping, from Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province, and also a practitioner, went back to their hometown in Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, to talk to people about Dafa and expose the persecution. In February 2002, Zhao Yuezhi (female), the Third Block Neighborhood Administrator in the Yunma Aircraft Manufacture Family Housing, asked Ms. Wang's husband, Mr. Chen, where she was and asked her address. Mr. Chen did not realize why they wanted this information, so he gave her the address. Unfortunately, this led to the immediate arrest of Ms. Wang and her brother. Officers from the Yuecheng District Police Department in Shaoxing City detained her in the Shaoxing City Detention Center and sentenced her to eight years in prison, in the Zhejiang Province Women's Prison in Hangzhou City.

Ms. Wang's younger brother, Aping, was held in the Zhejiang Province Men's Prison. He was beaten repeatedly by the guards, resulting in an injured pancreas. He died one year later.

At Zhejiang Province Women Prison, Ms. Wang was forbidden by the guards to study the teachings of Falun Gong or do the exercises, and they didn't let her use the toilet. When she shouted, "Falun Dafa is good!" the guards locked her in solitary confinement. She was given only a little rice and a few preserved vegetables per meal. She was only allowed to have two cups of water per day, so she sometimes had to drink water from the toilet. Guard Xiong Saijun verbally abused her in the cell.

Ms. Wang was moved from solitary confinement to a bigger cell, where four prisoners were assigned to watch her around the clock. Guards Xiong and Xu forced her watch DVDs slandering Falun Dafa, then forced her write her "understanding." They also forced her take unknown drugs. In addition, she was compelled to labor for more than ten hours per day.

Ms. Wang used to be very healthy, but after seven years in prison, she had become emaciated. On February 2009, the prison administration told her family pick her up, to distance themselves from responsibility for her poor condition.

When she returned home, she could not eat. She did not respond to medical treatment. Her whole body soon became swollen and her health continued to deteriorate. Ms. Wang died on February 20, 2010.