Hubei Woman Dies 2 Months after Being Arrested for Her Faith

A Wuhan City resident died within two months of her arrest, and the local authorities had her body cremated without ordering an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Ms. Zhou Jinmei was arrested on October 6, 2016, while talking to people about Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.

Her family was never informed of her arrest or where she was detained. They checked all the local police stations and detention centres but were told that no one knew where she was.

About two months after her arrest, Ms. Zhou’s family received a phone call from the Ziyang Police Station, asking them to identify Ms. Zhou’s body at a local mortuary.

Her family confirmed it was her and noted there was a mark on her skull consistent with a surgical procedure. The police claimed that she’d had a stroke and that she had been operated on to relieve her symptoms. However, they had no verifying medical records or autopsy report to show the family.

The family tried to insist that the cause of Ms. Zhou’s death be determined, but they gave in after repeated threats from the police.

Ms. Zhou’s body was cremated soon afterwards.

Ms. Zhou’s family is calling for anyone with knowledge of Ms. Zhou’s final days to provide information about her arrest and detention.

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