Mr. Liu Ruisheng, 46, Dies as a Result of Persecution

Name: Liu Ruisheng
Gender: Male
Age: 46
Address: Liaoyuan City, Jilin Province
Occupation: Middle level Manager in Liaoyuan City Power Bureau
Date of Death: January 3rd, 2010
Date of Most Recent Arrest: December 4th, 2006
Most Recent Place of Detention: Liaoyuan City Detention Centre
City: Liaoyuan
Province: Jilin
Persecution Suffered: Electric shock, sleep deprivation, forced labour, brainwashing, beatings, torture, force-feedings, extortion, dismissed from workplace, physical restraint, home ransacked, interrogation, detention

Mr. Liu Ruisheng began practising Falun Gong in 1995. He strictly disciplined himself according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and was well-loved by his boss and colleagues. On November 1st, 2000, he went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong, and he was picked up by agents from the Power Bureau Police Office and directly taken to the Liaoyuan City Detention Centre. Mr. Liu was sentenced to 15 months of forced labour, which he served in the Baiquan Forced Labour Camp in Liaoyuan City. His employer was forced to dismiss him from his job, leaving him with no income. His wife was also forced to divorce him under huge pressure. In the labour camp, Liu Ruisheng was shocked with electric batons many times and locked in a metal cage. This cage had no light and was too small for him to stand up or lie down, making living very miserable.

In April 2003, Mr. Liu was arrested for the second time and sentenced to three years of forced labour. He was imprisoned in the Chaoyanggou Forced Labour Camp in Changchun City. He was even more cruelly tortured there with methods such as electric baton shocks and being stripped then forced to stand in a tub in the winter while guards sprayed cold water on him. In the latter torture method, he was not allowed to move, or the guard would beat him. They tortured him in this manner for several hours. The abuse ruined Mr. Liu's physical health, and he became ill with severe tuberculosis. He was released on medical parole in January 2005.

On April 23rd, 2006, Liaoyuan City Domestic Security agents arrested Liu Ruisheng at his home and detained him in a detention centre for three months. Mr. Liu vomited blood several times, and he was released on bail on July 28th, 2006. His health improved in a month, but the Domestic Security agents and local police officers kept harassing him, monitoring all his activities, and restricting his personal freedom.

On the evening of December 4th, 2006, several officers came to Mr. Liu's home again, claiming that they were checking his physical condition, and they deceived him into answering some questions, after which they took him away. They called his parents around 8 p.m. and said that Mr. Liu would be returning home in a few days.

The very next day, on December 5th, 2006, Mr. Liu Ruisheng and eight other Falun Gong practitioners were all sentenced to prison. These nine practitioners all appealed the decision, but the Liaoyuan City Middle Court sustained the original sentencing and issued final sentencing on January 24th, 2007. Mr. Liu was sentenced to nine years in prison.

At noon on January 26th, five male practitioners were taken to the Shiling Prison in Siping City, and four female practitioners were taken to the Heizuizi Women's Labour Camp in Changchun City on January 29th. Mr. Liu had tuberculosis and fluid in his chest, so he was detained in the Liaoyuan City Detention Centre for three more months.

Due to his severely compromised physical condition, Mr. Liu's family demanded that he be released on parole. Afterwards, the local police constantly harassed him at home, sending agents to watch him. He had no income and lived a very difficult life. Mr. Liu died on January 3rd, 2010, survived by his elderly parents and young child.

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