(Minghui.org) Ms. Zhang Wei and her younger sister, Ms. Zhang Xiaoping, who live in Donggang City, Liaoning Province, were arrested on April 18, 2015 for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

They were sentenced on December 28, 2015–Wei to eight years in prison and Xiaoping to five years. They were admitted to Liaoning Province Women's Prison in the spring of 2016 and tortured for refusing to give up their faith. Their families were not allowed to see them when they tried to visit recently.

Ms. Zhang Wei Tortured

Ms. Zhang Wei and her sister were subjected to brainwashing right after their admission to the prison. When Wei held a hunger strike to protest the illegal imprisonment, she was brutally tortured.

On her twelfth day in prison, Wei was taken to a room with no CCTV surveillance. The inmate who tortured her was then seen taking emergency medicine into the room. When Wei was led out of the room, she could barely walk and was unable to stand up straight. Soon after, she was transferred to the prison hospital and subjected to further torture.

Difficulties and Denial of Family Visits

In April 2017, when their mother went to visit her daughters, she was not allowed to see them because they refused to renounce their belief.

After repeated attempts, she was finally able to see Wei and noticed that her daughter had lost a great deal of weight.

A month later, their mother tried to visit again but was once more turned away. After protesting adamantly, she finally was able to see Ms. Zhang Xiaoping, who was in very poor health.

It was reported that Ms. Zhang Wei has been abused severely since June, when she began doing the Falun Gong exercises daily. Her husband went to visit her on August 9 but was not allowed to see her.

The sisters' families are very worried about them.

Ms. Zhang Wei was tortured almost to death in Shenyang Women's Prison in 2002 while serving a seven-year term for practicing Falun Gong. She wrote about her ordeal for the Minghui website: Ms. Zhang Wei from Donggang, Liaoning Province Brutally Tortured in Shenyang Women's Prison

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