Chinese name:
Liquan County
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
Liquan County Police Department
Case Description:

( A 76-year-old woman from Liquan County, Shaanxi Province recently passed away after being in a coma for five months.

Ms. Chen Shuxian was illegally arrested on April 24, 2011 for refusing to give up her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

She suffered a fractured spine as a result of beatings during police interrogation and lost consciousness several times. By the time she was released, she was paralyzed and unable to care for herself.

She fought for her life over the course of the next few years, only to slip into a coma last September, and died on February 1 of this year.

Ms. Chen before the persecution

Ms. Chen in a coma

Life Renewed through Falun Gong Practice

Ms. Chen used to suffer from migraines, high blood pressure, and various other maladies, but her ailments disappeared just one week after she began practicing Falun Gong in April 1997.

She never shied away from telling people how the practice gave her a second chance at a healthy life, or wavered in her faith after the persecution began in July 1999.

Five Arrests, Two Forced Labor Terms

Ms. Chen was arrested a total of five times between 2000 and 2011 for refusing to give up her faith. She was twice given forced labor, in 2001 and 2008.

Ms. Chen was first arrested in June 2000 when she went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. She was taken back to her hometown and thrown into Xianyang Prison, even though she was never tried or officially given a prison sentence. While imprisoned, she was often forced to stay in a fixed position (either standing, squatting, or sitting) for long periods of time. On top of that, she was only given meager amounts of food to eat.

Ms. Chen was arrested again in January 2001 and sent to Fangxincun Women's Labor Camp after being kept at a detention center for 15 days. She was forced to work without pay for 16 hours a day. Because she was denied restroom use, she often had to relieve herself in her pants. While Ms. Chen was held in the labor camp, the local police often went to harass her children at home and work.

A group of officers descended upon Ms. Chen's home in July 2002. When she refused to be taken away, the police grabbed her and dragged her along a muddy road. For the next three days, the police interrogated her with torture and gave her nothing to eat or drink. She soon became disoriented, and passed out several times. Her son could hardly recognize her when he came to visit her.

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