Chinese name:
Daqing City
IT engineer/Well-Survey Company of Daqing City's Petroleum Administration Bureau
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Case Description:

Mr. Zhang Hongquan, an IT engineer at Well-Survey Company of Daqing City's Petroleum Administration Bureau. In 2000, his employer withheld his pay, and then fired him. Mr. Zhang Hongquan went to Longhugang Village, Dumeng County in November 2001, the local party secretary reported him and was taken to the Dumeng County Detention Center, where he was beaten by the police several times and began a hunger strike that lasted for more than ninety days to protest the illegal persecution. The guard force-fed him chicken feed through a dirty tube, which caused severe phthisis, and he lost control of his bodily functions. Although Mr. Zhang was on the verge of death the authorities at the detention center said they would detain him until he died.

In 2002 Mr. Zhang Hongquan was sentenced to three and a half years of imprisonment. Zhou Xin, a guard at the Dumeng County Detention Center, took Mr. Zhang to Harbin City Number Three Prison, but they refused to accept him due to his poor health until Zhou Xin bribed them. At the Number Three Prison, Mr. Zhang was locked up in the small cell and frequently beaten by the guards. They force-fed him until his life was in danger. The Prison took the opportunity to extort 30,000 yuan from his family. Mr. Zhang Hongquan was later transferred to Mudanjiang City Prison, where the torture continued. In July 2005 Mr. Zhang was released, but he'd lost part of his memory. He only recognized his family members, and he couldn't remember where he'd just been, let alone things that had happened years ago. In September 2006, after he'd recovered somewhat, Mr. Zhang returned to work. He was arrested once again, and was taken to Longfeng District Detention Center, where he was treated inhumanly, and several months later he was sentenced three years of forced labor. Owing to the continuous persecution he suffered over the years, Mr. Zhang's phthisis returned again in the forced labor camp. A hole formed in his lung, but he was only released after his family made several requests. Nevertheless, Mr. Zhang Hongquan finally passed away on February 24, 2007.