Wang Xuemei - 王雪梅

Chinese name:
Oroqen Autonomous Prefecture
Date of Death:
Date of Most Recent Arrest:
Most recent place of detention:
Oroqen Prefecture Detention Center, Alihe Town
Case Description:

Ms. Wang Xuemei died in police custody on May 21, 2010. Little has been reported about her story, aside from the following:

Officers from Dayangshu Town Police Department arrested Ms. Wang Xuemei on November 6, 2009. More than 30 practitioners have been arrested here since November 2009. Police officers forced their way into practitioners' homes, asking, "Do you still practice?" If the answer was "Yes," they would be immediately arrested and detained in the Oroqen Prefecture Detention Center, Alihe Town, as Dayangshu Town has no detention center. Practitioners were violently beaten, and only given two steamed buns and two bowls of broth with a few dirty vegetable leaves in it per day. Many practitioners developed health problems.

Two court trials were held on March 9 and 10, 2010, where 18 practitioners were sentenced to prison terms varying between 1 and 7 years. Ms. Wang appeared very ill, and requested medical parole. Her family only saw her briefly in court, and were denied any visitation rights or contact with her prior to the trial. The next time Ms. Wang's family saw her was when they went to see her body in the detention center after she died on May 21, 2010. Before Ms. Wang's arrest she was very healthy, weighing 160 pounds. Her weight had dropped to 110 pounds before she died.

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