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Retired Teacher Cited in Missing Lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s Letter Dies From Torture in China Custody

Posted by Author on March 15, 2010

Press Release, The Falun Dafa Information Center, Mar. 14, 2010 –

NEW YORK— An elderly Falun Gong practitioner, who was cited as a torture victim by prominent attorney Gao Zhisheng in an open letter to China’s leaders, died in January due to injuries incurred in custody. Ms. Liu Lihua (刘丽华), 61, is the second of Gao’s interviewees known to have subsequently died from abuse in custody. Gao himself has been “disappeared” by Chinese security forces since February 2009.

Ms. Liu, a retired teacher from Shandong, died on January 28, 2010, after her release in September from a detention center, where she had been severely abused. Police detained her on March 24, 2009 as she was talking about the persecution against Falun Gong in public.

“During the time I was in prison, the guards employed absolutely inhumane means to torture me,” Liu told Gao Zhisheng in 2005, as cited in his open letter to Communist Party leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao urging them to end the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

“Once I was continuously handcuffed for as long as 43 days. With both of my hands cuffed behind my back, I was hung on a metal door and was beaten,” Liu reportedly said (full testimony).

Ms. Liu is the second of Gao’s interviewees whose death due to subsequent abuse in custody the Falun Dafa Information Center has documented. In 2007, Ms. Wang Yuhuan, a well-known Falun Gong adherent from Changchun died in police custody (news). In a December 2005 letter, Gao had detailed sexual assault and electrocution with batons that Wang had been subjected to in a mountain torture chamber outside the city.

“No one who has not personally experienced such pain can imagine how much it hurts,” Wang reportedly said of the abuse at the time.

Since February 2009, Gao’s own whereabouts have remained unknown, with many observers and acquaintances fearing he has been tortured and possibly killed (Washington Post op-ed by Gao’s wife). In recent years, Gao has been featured on the cover of the New York Times and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work protecting and speaking out for the gamut of China’s persecuted citizens, including Falun Gong practitioners. Shortly prior to his abduction, Gao had published a detailed account of severe abuse suffered during a previous detention, including being shocked with electric batons on his genitals (news).

Additional Details on Ms. Liu’s Death

One Response to “Retired Teacher Cited in Missing Lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s Letter Dies From Torture in China Custody”

  1. James Poulter said

    Thank you so much for keeping me informed.

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