Name: Zhang Peiyun (张佩云)
Gender: Female
Age: Over 60
Address: Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province
Occupation: Unknown
Date of Most Recent Arrest: July 11, 2005
Most recent place of detention: Longquanyi Women's Prison in Chengdu City (成都龙泉驿女子监狱)

City: Chengdu

Province: Sichuan

Persecution Suffered: Detention, illegal sentencing, imprisonment, denied visitation, hung up, beatings, sleep deprivation.

( The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) illegally sentenced Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Zhang Peiyun to nine years and six months of imprisonment at the beginning of 2006. She has been detained in the Longquanyi Women's Prison. She has been severely persecuted and is currently in critical condition. The prison has refused to release her.

The prison refused to let Ms. Zhang receive visits from friends and relatives, or receive clothes from them. She fainted in the prison due to bleeding hemorrhoids on Chinese New Year's Eve in February 2011. Prior to that time, she hadn't been able to eat, due to illness. She was sent to Jintang 201 Hospital, a women's prison hospital, in Chengdu City. Two people had to hold her up. She could not sit steadily on her own and had to lean against someone. She was extremely weak from bleeding and from being unable to eat. She had become emaciated and experienced shortness of breath. She was only able to speak intermittently. She fainted again in the hospital from loss of blood.

Ms. Zhang's family members demanded that the directors of the women's prison release Ms. Zhang in order for her to receive appropriate medical treatment. However, the prison officials refused, saying that she didn't meet the "conditions" to be released for medical treatment. Ms. Zhang said, "Before [practicing Falun Gong] I took all kinds of medicine, but none of it was effective. Only after practicing Falun Gong were my illnesses cured. I want to go back home and practice Falun Gong, and then I will be fine." Her relatives said to the officials, "She believes in Falun Gong, but you won't let her practice her belief. That is equivalent to killing her in mind and spirit. If you value her life, then you must accept her choice. Let her come home." The prison staff said that this was not possible. When her family left, Ms. Zhang was still bleeding.

Ms. Zhang lived in Zaoziping, Panzhihua City. Her illness of many years disappeared after she began practicing Falun Gong. However, the CCP repeatedly arrested and locked her up because she refused to give up her belief.

At noon on July 11, 2005, when Ms. Zhang was walking in Zaoziping, she was illegally arrested by two officers from the Panzhihua National Security Team and taken to the Panzhihua Public Security Bureau. Upon her arrival at the Public Security Bureau, the police handcuffed her to a chair. At nightfall, the police covered her head with a black bag and took her to the Jingu Restaurant in Yanbian County, where she was tortured. She was hung up by her handcuffs for nine days and nine nights, and deprived of sleep. When she closed her eyes, Tian Ping, a policewoman, poured cold water on her chest.

The People’s Court of the East District in Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province held a trial on February 24, 2006. During the court session it became obvious that Ms. Zhang's appearance had changed drastically while in detention. She was very thin, trembled all over, and appeared to be very weak. She had lost a considerable amount of weight, going from a healthy 143 pounds to just 88 pounds. The trial was not held in an open courtroom, but rather in a conference room at the detention center. The court sentenced Ms. Zhang to nine years and six months of imprisonment. Ms. Zhang was sent to Longquanyi Women’s Prison in Chengdu in March 2006, where she was persecuted further.

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