Name: Peng YuxinChinese Name: 彭玉信Gender: MaleAge: 55City: HefeiProvince: AnhuiOccupation: Former employee of the Anhui Provincial Statistics BureauDate of Death: August 2022Date of Most Recent Arrest: May 2020Most Recent Place of Detention: Hefei City Detention Center

A Hefei City, Anhui Province resident lost the ability to talk after he was given toxic injections, one month before he finished serving a prison term for practicing Falun Gong. Mr. Peng Yuxin struggled with failing health since his release and he passed away ten months later in mid-August 2022. He was 55.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Mr. Peng, a former employee of the Anhui Provincial Statistics Bureau, was arrested in his neighborhood on April 24, 2020. Without showing any IDs, search warrant,s or revealing their names, the police raided his home and confiscated his laptop, two printers, 50 Falun Gong books, and 500 yuan in cash. He was released at around 11 p.m.

Mr. Peng went to the police station in May 2020 to demand the return of his personal items, only to be arrested and held at the Hefei City Detention Center. He was later secretly sentenced to 1.5 years and ordered to serve time in the same detention center.

One month before he was released, Mr. Peng was taken out of the detention center six times and injected with pink liquid each time. By the time he was released on October 23, 2021, he had lost nearly all his ability to talk or organize a coherent speech.

He could only occasionally utter a few words. When asked whether he was given toxic injections, he nodded. His overall cognition had also declined significantly. He was unable to write his address. But when others wrote several addresses, he was able to recognize his home address. Due to his overall situation, it’s unclear whether Mr. Peng suffered other torture while in custody.

Mr. Peng struggled with poor health following his release, especially given that he lived on his own. In mid-August 2022, local Falun Gong practitioners suddenly heard the news of his passing. According to his sister, Mr. Peng’s neighbor reported his death to the police and the autopsy report issued by the Shushan District Police Department stated that he died of a stroke.

Hefei City Detention Center

In Hefei City, most Falun Gong practitioners were sent to the Hefei City Detention Center following their arrests. In 2002, three years after the persecution started, the authorities expanded it into two sites. That same year, a male practitioner was tortured to death in the detention center.

A few years ago, the detention center moved into the prison complex in Changfeng County, to be together with Hefei City Women’s Detention Center, Hefei City Lockup, Hefei City Drug Rehab Center, and Anhui Province Women’s Prison.

In 2016, the detention center built its own hospital. Its director bragged to a practitioner who was on a hunger strike to protest the persecution that they could force-feed him on-site, after a doctor in an outside hospital refused to force-feed him for fear of causing danger to him.

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