Deceased Falun Gong Practitioner's Family Seeks Justice

Name: Xu Dawei
Gender: Female
Age: 34
Address: Ying'emen Town, Qingyuan County, Fushen City, Liaoning Province
Occupation: Once employed as a cook in a restaurant
Date of Death: February 16th, 2009
Date of Most Recent Arrest: January 2001
Most Recent Place of Detention: Dongling Prison in Shenyang City (
City: Shenyang
Province: Liaoning
Persecution Suffered: Electric shock, sleep deprivation, brainwashing, forced injection/drug administration, beating, imprisonment, solitary confinement, torture

Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Xu Dawei was persecuted in four prisons in eight years since 2001. In the last prison--Dongling Prison in Shenyan City--she was so severely tortured that her health was completely ruined: she was abnormally skinny, suffered from a mental disorder, and was unable to eat. She passed away two weeks after returning home on September 26th, 2009.

Her family appealed to the appropriate departments and organisations last year. Dongling Prison and its supervising unit, the Judiciary Committee of Shenyang City, threatened her family to keep them from appealing, but Ms. Xu's sad story caught the attention of some people with conscience who agreed to handle the case according to the law.

The lawyer hired by the family recently filed legal papers, including a Complaint for Compensation, to the Dongling Prison and will send them to the relevant judicial departments in Shenyang City as well.

Relevant information:

Phone number used by the Dongling Prison when calling Ms. Xu Dawei's family: 86-24-24714624, 96-24-62343403
Mr. Guo Baoyuan, 47, head of Section 3 (where Ms. Xu was persecuted) in Dongling Prison, warden number: 86-24-2112114

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