Ms. He Chengyu from Sichuan Province Dies as a Result of Abuse and Torture in Detention
Name: He Chengyu (何成玉)
Address: Heshi Town, Da County, Dazhou City, Sichuan Province
Occupation: Farm laborer
Date of Death: November 2013
Date of Most Recent Arrest: May 6, 2012
Most Recent Place of Detention: Yangmahe Prison (简阳养马河监狱)
City: Jianyang City
Province: Sichuan Province
Persecution Suffered: Illegal sentencing, beatings, imprisonment, torture, force-feeding, detention, home ransacked
Falun Gong practitioner Ms. He Chengyu, a 54-year-old farm laborer, was arrested on May 6, 2012, and was illegally sentenced to five years in prison. She was persecuted severely while held at the Dazhou City Detention Center and the Yangmahe Prison in Jianyang City. She died in November 2013 as a result of torture.
Ms. He went on a hunger strike from the time she was arrested, to protest the unlawful persecution. She was transferred to the Dazhou City Detention Center within a week of her arrest and was brutally force-fed there by guards and inmates. Even the inmates admitted that the torture she endured was excessively cruel; however, she was subjected to more severe torture at the Yangmahe Prison. The guards sent her to the prison hospital after she was brutally beaten. Ms. He died in November 2013 as a result of the severe abuse.
Three other practitioners were arrested along with Ms. He. Hu Xingbi, Bi Dehui, and Zhou Hong were arrested by officers from the Da County Domestic Security Division and the Heshi Town Police Station. They were held at the Dazhou City Detention Center for months before being secretly sentenced.
Ms. He Chengyu, from Heshi Town, Da County, Dazhou City in Sichuan Province, began practicing Falun Gong in 1998. She was persecuted since the persecution started in 1999 because she upheld her belief and persisted in practicing Falun Gong.