Ms. Liu Zhi in Critical Condition in Liaoning Province Women’s Prison
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Liu Zhi from Shenyang City has endured severe persecution in Liaoning Province Women's Prison and is currently in critical condition. Her family has requested her release many times but the warden has refused to release her. When her family last visited Ms. Liu on February 7, 2012, she was no longer able to talk. The prison authorities refused to give an explanation for her condition.
Up to this day, the authorities have not offered any medical treatment for Ms. Liu's situation. When the family asked for her release on medical parole, they said she couldn’t be released because she practices Falun Gong.
Ms. Liu, 51, is well known for being a good person. Since she began practicing Falun Gong in 1995, she has followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and searched within when encountering problems. She always thought of others first. All her illnesses were quickly cured and the many years of conflict between her and her mother-in-law disappeared. Everyone who knew her said that she had completely changed. Not only did her health become much better, she also became a truly kind person.
However, Ms. Liu has been persecuted repeatedly for practicing Falun Gong and has been sentenced to four years in prison. She has been in critical condition several times in Shenyang Zaohua Detention Center and Liaoning Women's Prison. Every time the detention center or prison would release her and she became healthy they would illegally arrest her again.
In 2010, Ms. Liu suffered severe torture in the Zaohua Detention Center and was in critical condition. The detention center was afraid of taking responsibility for her death, so she was released. She had very little financial resources and her daughter was away at school. She had to rely on her strong will, but after doing the Falun Gong exercises, over time, Ms. Liu became healthy again.
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) personnel again arrested Ms. Liu at home on July 12, 2011. She was forced under the seat of a police car on her way to the police station. The first time her family saw her on August 16, she could walk only with the support of two people. During later visits, she was brought out in a wheelchair. Each time her family visited, they saw that her condition had become worse.
On May 17, 2012, when the family went to visit Ms. Liu, she could only move her thumb and index fingers on both hands. She was also constantly twitching. When she saw her family, she couldn’t stop crying. She could not hold her head up and had trouble opening her eyes. She picked up a napkin to wipe her face but could not even tear the paper apart. Another prisoner had to help her wipe her tears away.
The family asked for Ms. Liu's release on medical parole many times. However, the authorities not only refused, but also said that she was feigning her illnesses. The helpless family appealed to many government agencies and asked for help from society.
After strong requests from the family again and again, the prison finally agreed to a medical checkup for Ms. Liu on November 15, 2012. However, they said that the family would have to pay for it and that they would have to sign an affidavit saying that Ms. Liu was in the same condition when she was first brought to the prison. By that time, she could not even sit in the wheelchair. She fell out twice during the 10-minute visit from the family. Both times, other prisoners pulled her back up. She could not move at all by herself. Her arms and legs were hanging down loosely, she could not hold her head up and she had a lot of trouble even speaking.
On January 30, 2013, the family had to agree to pay the prison for Ms. Liu's medical treatment. The authorities still insisted that the family say that Ms. Liu was like that when she first entered the prison. However, she was completely healthy at that time and thus the family refused to comply with the lies. In retaliation, the prison personnel used the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday as a delay tactic and said that any examination and medical treatment wouldn't be done until after the Chinese New Year.
Personnel involved in the persecution:
Xu Min, deputy director, Liaoning Province Women's Prison: 86-15698806633 (Cell), 86-24-89296633 (Office)
Yang Xiuming, director, Hospital of Liaoning Province Women's Prison: 86-15698806671 (Cell)