Name: Tian Jin’eChinese Name: 田金娥Gender: FemaleAge: 57City: DatongProvince: ShanxiOccupation: N/ADate of Death: May 2020Date of Most Recent Arrest: August 30, 2019Most Recent Place of Detention: Datong City Lockup

A woman in Datong City, Shanxi Province, was coerced into taking an unknown drug during a ten-day detention for her faith in Falun Gong. Her reactions significantly slowed and her memory declined after her release. Her palms and finger also became dark. She died nine months later. Her family suspects that the drug she was forced to take in custody was toxic.

In the now 24-year-long persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese communist regime, involuntary administration of toxic drugs has been frequently used in detention centers and prisons across the country in order to destroy the practitioners’ health and willpower. 

Ms. Tian Jin’e was seized by the police in a group arrest on August 30, 2019. While she was held at the Datong City Lockup, the police claimed that she had high blood pressure and ordered her to take some pills. As she refused to comply, the police tied her up in the bed and threatened to force-feed her the medicine. At that point, an officer came over and said to Ms. Tian, “We are just keeping you here for ten days. If you take the medicine on your own, you won’t suffer from force-feeding, which is quite painful.”

Ms. Tian agreed to take the medication. When she was released ten days later, her mental capacity had significantly declined. She often forgot things and had slow reactions. Her appearance also aged dramatically. 

Two days before her passing in May 2020, a friend of hers noticed that her palms and fingers were black. She asked her what happened. Ms. Tian replied that they had been like that in recent months. 

In addition to her latest arrest, Ms. Tian was previously given one year at Taiyuan Women’s Forced Labor Camp after being arrested on April 19, 2007, for distributing Falun Gong informational materials. 

Perpetrator’s contact information:

Wang Yewang (王野旺), director of Guangling County Domestic Security Office: +86-15203422857

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