Chinese name:
Researcher at Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Heilongjiang
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
Daqing Prison
Case Description:

( An award-winning rice specialist from Heilongjiang Province died in 2015, after years of imprisonment and police harassment that wreaked havoc on his health.

Prior to his passing, Mr. Yu Liangbin had remained bedridden for six years following his release from a three-year imprisonment for refusing to give up his faith in Falun Gong.

The 75-year-old scientist was an agronomist with the Suihua Agriculture Institute of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Heilongjiang Province. During his tenure, he had won many awards for the significant contributions he made to the study of rice nutrition and growth.

Mr. Yu credited Falun Gong for curing his gastric cancer and giving him the energy to thrive in his career, yet he was sentenced to three years in 2006 for holding firm to his faith.

He was brutally tortured in prison and his health quickly deteriorated. After his release, the local authorities continued to harass Mr. Yu at home. They also terminated his job and stripped him of his pension.

Yu Liangbin spent the last years of his life in poverty and pain. After he died in 2015, his family filed a criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin on August 11, holding the former dictator responsible for launching the persecution of Falun Gong that resulted in Mr. Yu's suffering and death.

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