Ms. Xu Chunxia Dies, Family Threatened to Keep Silent
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Xu Chunxia, 58, passed away on December 2, 2014, after a one-year detention. Prison authorities demanded that her family not publish the news of her death. They also threatened them in attempt to get the name of the person who wrote the article about her situation, which was published on the Minghui website. They claimed that they would detain family members if they didn't cooperate.
Ms. Xu was taken to Shenyang No. 739 Hospital in critical condition on November 27, 2014, from Liaoning Women's Prison. Despite her condition she was handcuffed and her feet shackled, even at the hospital.
Prison authorities contacted Ms. Xu's family to sign documents for her release, but her family refused to sign away their legal right to take legal action against the prison. The prison kept demanding their signatures on the parole paperwork. The two sides were deadlocked.
Ms. Xu was illegally arrested for distributing calendars containing information about Falun Gong on December 8, 2013. She was sentenced to four years in prison six months later, and transferred to Liaoning Women's Prison on November 26, 2014. She had been detained earlier at Shenyang No. 1 Detention Center.
Summary of Key Persecution Facts:Name: Xu Chunxia (徐春霞)Gender: FemaleAge: 58Address: Shenyang City, Liaoning ProvinceOccupation: UnknownDate of Death: December 2, 2014Date of Most Recent Arrest: December 8, 2013Most Recent Place of Detention: Liaoning Province Women's Prison (辽宁省女子监狱)City: ShenyangProvince: LiaoningPersecution Suffered: Illegal sentencing, imprisonment, detention