Chinese Name: 张思琴Gender: FemaleAge: 69City: DalianProvince: LiaoningOccupation: N/ADate of Death: January 27, 2022Date of Most Recent Arrest: January 19, 2022Most Recent Place of Detention: Yaojia Detention Center

A 69-year-old woman in Dalian City, Liaoning Province died at the Yaojia Detention Center, eight days after she was arrested for practicing Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

The detention center said they’d only allow the family of Ms. Zhang Siqin (previously known as Zhang Enqin) to see her body on the condition that the authorities would cremate her body as soon as the family saw it. It has been revealed by an insider that the detention center attempted to settle the case with the family by paying them tens of thousands of yuan. It is unclear whether the family saw the body or agreed to the settlement.

Ms. Zhang’s ordeal dates back to November 12, 2019, when she was reported for distributing informational materials about Falun Gong near a farmer’s market. She was arrested by officers from the Paotai Police Station and held at the Yaojia Detention Center. 

Ms. Zhang developed illness symptoms and was released on bail on December 10, 2019. She resumed practicing Falun Gong and soon recovered. She ran a small business to support the family while caring for her ailing husband. 

The Jinzhou District Court approved Ms. Zhang’s arrest on October 14, 2020, and sentenced her to two years with a 5,000-yuan fine on August 27, 2021. 

Ms. Zhang was arrested again at home on January 19, 2022. She was terrified and was struck with a wave of nausea. Even though the doctor advised against her detention due to her medical condition, the police insisted that she was fine. They also refused to provide her with any water, which angered her family, who went with her for the physical examination. Despite strong objections from her family, the police still forcibly took Ms. Zhang to the Yaojia Detention Center. 

Ms. Zhang’s family received a call from the detention center at 6:00 a.m. on January 27, 2022, saying that she had passed away. 

Perpetrators’ information:
Ding Jiaojiao (丁姣姣), presiding judge, Jinzhou District Court
Sun Jinguang (孙金光), judge, Jinzhou District CourtLiu Anxi (刘安喜), judge, Jinzhou District CourtLiu Yang (刘洋), clerk, Jinzhou District CourtChen Wenli (陈文力), head, Paotai Town Police Station: +86-13942058444Liu Bo (刘波), deputy head, Paotai Town Police Station: +86-13337246099Yu Zhengjiang (于正江), instructor, Paotai Town Police Station: +86-13942607359