Name: Fan Yumei (范玉梅)
Gender: Female
Age: 53
Address: Datong City, Shanxi Province
Occupation: Former employee of Datong City Textile Factory
Date of Most Recent Arrest: June 25, 2010
Most Recent Place of Detention: Shanxi Province Women's Forced Labor Camp (山西省女子劳教所)
City: Datong
Province: Shanxi
Persecution Suffered: Brainwashing, detention, extortion, beatings, denial of restroom use, forced labor, sleep deprivation, solitary confinement, torture.

( In the early morning of July 15, 2011, Ms. Fan Yumei, a Falun Gong practitioner illegally detained in the Shanxi Province Women's Forced Labor Camp, was beaten by collaborators Lei Xia and Hao Rongrong so severely that her feet became swollen and lost all feeling. She could hardly walk or take care of herself. In such a physical condition, she was still made to perform laborious work at a factory every day.

Ms. Fan used to have many illnesses and conflicts within her family, but she regained good health and was able to harmonize those conflicts after she started to practice Falun Gong. Since the Chinese Communist Party began to persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, Ms. Fan has been arrested several times for her faith. When she was arrested by the Datong City Police Department several years ago, police officials extorted ten thousand yuan from her family.

Ms. Fan and several other Falun Gong practitioners were arrested by policemen from the Huairen Police Department while clarifying the facts about Falun Gong to people in Huairen County on July 25, 2010. That afternoon, Niu Quanxi and Sun Wenlong from the Domestic Security Division of the Datong City Police Department took Ms. Fan and five other Falun Gong practitioners to the Nanguan Police Station in Datong. These practitioners were sent to the Chenzhuang Detention Center in Datong the same night. Ms. Fan went on a hunger strike to protest the persecution while at the detention center. About half a month later, she was sentenced to two years in the Shanxi Province Women's Forced Labor Camp.

Ms. Fan was transferred to the Shanxi Province Women's Forced Labor Camp on July 9, 2010. Head guard Liu Zhongmei ordered criminal inmates Chen Xiaohong and Ao Huimin to curse and torture her with various methods, including sleep deprivation, being forced to stand in military posture or sit on a small stool for long periods of time, denial of restroom use, and being forced to watch videos defaming Falun Gong. The collaborators also attempted to force Ms. Fan to sign a guarantee statement to quit practicing Falun Gong.

In March 2011, guard Chen Chunxiang ordered Ms. Fan to move heavy piles of paper. Since Ms. Fan was very weak from the torture and mistreatment, her hands and legs trembled from the heavy labor. In the late evening of June 27, 2011, she was viciously beaten for practicing Falun Gong exercises. After that, she was locked in solitary confinement for seven days. Liu Zhongmei also ordered criminal inmate Wang Rongxia to put poison in her meal. Ms. Fan discovered it and refused to eat the meal.

Parties involved in the persecution:

Ward No. 1 of Shanxi Province Women's Forced Labor Camp: +86-351-2811147

Guards: Liu Zhongmei, Chen Chunxiang, Zhao Xi, Liang Junxia, and Kang Qingling

Other employees: Wang Min (warden), Zhang Zhiqiang, Gao Wentao, Zhang Fensheng (Party secretary), Liang Jianzhong, Zhang Yaqin, and Zhang Mei

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