Chinese Name: 季大友Gender: MaleAge: 77City: XiaoganProvince: HubeiOccupation: N/ADate of Death: N/ADate of Most Recent Arrest: July 27, 2019Most Recent Place of Detention: N/A

Mr. Ji Dayou, of Yunmeng County, Xiaogan City, Hubei Province, never returned home after he went out on July 27, 2019, to raise awareness about the Chinese Communist Party’s 23-year-long persecution of Falun Gong.

Mr. Ji’s family went around town to look for him, only to find the rotting body of the 77-year-old man in a reed bush 50 days later. It was reported that officers of the Chengguan Police Station delivered Mr. Ji’s clothes to his family, but it’s not clear whether it was before or after his body was discovered.

According to another local practitioner who was arrested for talking to people about Falun Gong, officers of the Chengguan Police Station threatened him by saying, “Do you know how Ji died?” While the police didn’t mention Mr. Ji again, the practitioner said that the police were implying that they tortured him to death.

Prior to Mr. Ji’s disappearance, officials of the Yunmeng County 610 Office (an extra-legal agency created specifically to persecute Falun Gong) and Domestic Security Office, harassed him several times at home and threatened to arrest him if he continued going out to talk to people about the persecution.

Mr. Ji took up Falun Gong in 1996. Since the onset of the persecution in July 1999, he had persevered in continuing the practice and raising awareness about the persecution. He was also arrested on September 11, 2011, after being reported for talking to people about Falun Gong. He was held at the Anlu Lockup for 15 days.

According to information collected by Minghui, between 1999 and 2019, at least 976 Falun Gong practitioners were arrested in Xiaogan, and 27 of them died as a result of the persecution. Another 44 practitioners were sentenced to prison, 129 were given labor camp terms, 165 were taken to brainwashing centers, and over 30,000 practitioners were harassed.