Name: Zhao Lianhua (赵莲花)
Gender: Female
Age: 46
Address: Yanji City, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province
Occupation: Unknown
Date of Death: October 30, 2009
Date of Most Recent Arrest: 2001
Most Recent Place of Detention: Jilin Province Women's Forced Labor Camp located in Heizuizi Area of Changchun City (长春黑嘴子女子劳教所)
City: Yanji
Province: Jilin
Persecution Suffered: Forced labor, brainwashing, beatings, torture, extortion, fired from workplace, home ransacked, interrogation, detention

( (By a correspondent from Jilin Province) Ms. Zhao Lianhua was of Korean ethnicity. Before practicing Falun Dafa, she suffered poor health, but after learning the practice in 1998, she regained her health and hope for life. On February 20, 2000, Ms. Zhao went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa, and she was subsequently arrested, detained in the Yanji City Beijing Liaison Office for several days, then detained in the Yanji City Detention Center. She was released after 18 days, for she was very ill due to brutal mistreatment.

After she returned home, the police constantly harassed Ms. Zhao. They tried to force her write statements to renounce Falun Gong, but Ms. Zhao resolutely refused. The police then tried to arrest and take her to a brainwashing center. Ms. Zhao had to leave home to avoid being arrested. She did not dare to return home to the day she died.

In 2000, Ms. Zhao went to Laotougou Town to pass out fliers about the persecution, and she was arrested. Several large officers tortured her while interrogating her in the Laotougou Town Police Station. Her face was disfigured and her body was covered with bruises from the beating. She escaped by jumping from the second floor window, injuring her leg. After she recovered, she returned to Laotougou Town to pass out more truth-clarifying materials.

The Yanji City police were searching for her everywhere, found her son's school, and later found her through following her son. The police stormed into her temporary residence, ransacked it and arrested her. This incident severely traumatized her son.

Ms. Zhao was once again detained in the Yanji City Detention Center. She went on hunger strike to protest the persecution. The police released her when she was dying, but they arrested her again only a few days later, before she had recovered. This time, they detained her in the Heizuizi Labor Camp. Her life was in danger after only a few days of being in the Camp, and she was rushed in the Police Hospital to be rescued. She was released on medical parole within 16 days of entering the labor camp, and the police extorted 2600 yuan from her husband.

Starting from 2002, Ms. Zhao was forced to live away from home to avoid being arrested. In the ten years of persecution, Ms. Zhao's family has not had any peace in their lives, and they have lived in terror and oppression. Ms. Zhao was forced to stop working, did not have a cultivation environment, and could not return home like a normal citizen. Ms. Zhao never recovered from her mental and physical injuries and died on October 30, 2009.

There have been over 30 Falun Dafa practitioners who have died as result of the persecution in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.

Written on November 21, 2009