Two days before release, a Chinese prisoner of conscience was beaten and died

67-year-old Su Yunxia was beaten to death in a women’s prison in Heilongjiang Province on September 4, two days before the end of her five-year sentence.

According to, a U.S.-based website that recorded the Chinese administration’s persecution of Falun Gong, Sue was imprisoned for her beliefs and abandoned the government-approved Qigong practice before it was called Falun Gong. Was beaten for refusing.

“Falun Gong practitioners must sign the so-called” three letters “(declarations to abandon peaceful practices) if they wish to receive a notice of release. [which is a must to leave the prison]” reported. “Otherwise he / she will be severely tortured by prisoners. [appointed by the prison guards days before the sentence is to end].. “

Sue has been practicing Falun Gong for over 20 years. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, teaches practitioners to be good people by following the principles of truth, compassion, and tolerance. But in July 1999, China’s ruling Communist Party government began brutal persecution to eradicate that practice. That’s because at that time 100 million Chinese were practicing beyond the members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). First report Sue was detained in Harbin’s Wangjia labor camp in June 2001. To force her to abandon her beliefs, guards tied Sue’s wrist to the top floor of a bunk bed taller than her, causing her to stand on her. Toes. If she wants to rest her toes, the rope digs into her wrist, which is very painful. All her weight was injuring her wrist or toes.

Sue will be arrested and will be detained many times over the next 20 years.

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Falun Gong practitioners will participate in a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of 22 years of persecution in China at the Washington Monument on July 16, 2021. (SamiraBouaou / The EpochTimes).

Persecuted and die

Sue was from Daowai District, Harbin, in Heilongjiang Province, northeastern China. According to those who knew her, Sue did no harm to society or the people around her. On the contrary, Sue took care of her neighbors and friends as well as her family. However, she was constantly harassed because the Chinese administration was intolerant of her beliefs.

Her last detention took place on the afternoon of September 7, 2016, when Sue met her fellow Falun Gong practitioner Panwenri in her hometown. They were detained at the Sanquesh police station simply because they had a pamphlet in their bag and told people the truth about what Falun Gong really was.

Hours later, police attacked Sue’s house and took away her computer, books, and even cash.

Sue’s husband, who relied on her care, lay paralyzed in his bed. However, believing in Sue’s innocence, he went to the police and district police stations with the help of his relatives and demanded Sue’s release, but was refused. He was not even allowed to pay Sue a visit in custody.

On March 31, 2017, Sue was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 10,000 yuan ($ 1,565) simply because she refused to abandon her beliefs.

Since then, Sue has been detained in a women’s prison in Heilongjiang Province. Women’s prisons in Heilongjiang are one of the most notorious prisons in China that have cruelly persecuted Falun Gong practitioners, including all forms of torture.

According to, the bread situation is still unknown. The administration has discouraged family members from disclosing the status of detained practitioners to others.

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Falun Gong practitioners will march in Sydney, Australia, on September 4, 2015, to show their support for a global proceeding against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin. (WilliamWest / AFP via Getty Images)

According to the information Obtained According to, a women’s prison in Heilongjiang has forced all newly detained Falun Gong practitioners to watch brainwashing videos 12 hours a day for 3 months without breaks. A small stool for more than 12 hours a day in a room without heat or air conditioning. Prison staff also refused to allow the practitioner to sleep for weeks, refrained from eating, and beat the practitioner.

Even if the practitioner abandons her belief, the prison first sends the practitioner to work hard for at least 13 hours a day.

It is estimated that more than 1000 Falun Gong practitioners have been detained in Heilongjiang Women’s Prison over the last 22 years. At least 31 of them have been persecuted and killed, and about 90% have been tortured to the point where long-term treatment does not help them recover.

Nicole Hao


Nicole Hao is a Washington-based reporter focused on topics related to China. Prior to joining the Epoch Media Group in July 2009, he worked as a global product manager for the railway business in Paris, France.