80-year-old Woman Serving Time at Home for Her Faith Dies After Harassment

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An 80-year-old woman was constantly harassed while she was serving a one-year sentence at home for her faith in Falun Gong. Her health continued to decline and she passed away on August 22, 2020.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Guo Yulian, of Wuwei City, Gansu Province, took up Falun Gong in 1998. Because of upholding her faith, she was repeatedly arrested and incarcerated over the past two decades.

Ms. Guo was arrested in 2000 when she went to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong and was given one year of forced labor after eight months of detention.

The police broke into Ms. Guo’s home in August 2004 and attempted to arrest her. As she wasn’t home, the police confiscated her Falun Gong books and materials. She was forced to live away from home to avoid being arrested.

The police found Ms. Guo in December 2006 and arrested her. She was later sentenced to four years in prison. She was released on medical parole after her sentencing but was taken back into custody in May 2007 and sent to the Lanzhou Prison.

Ms. Guo was arrested one more time and had her home ransacked on June 2, 2015, after she was apprehended for posting information about Falun Gong on a telephone pole.

The police harassed Ms. Guo on April 21, 2017 and arrested her three days later. While Ms. Guo was released on the evening of her arrest, the police arrested her again on April 26. As the detention center refused to accept her due to her health condition, the police had to send her back home.

On September 19, 2017, four staff members from the Liangzhou District Procuratorate informed Ms. Guo that the police had just submitted her case to their office.

The prosecutor indicted her on February 8, 2018 and forwarded her case to the Liangzhou District Court.

Ms. Guo was tried on December 23, 2019 and sentenced to one year with a 2,000-yuan fine in January 2020. She was ordered to serve the time at home.

Staff members from the local Justice Bureau kept coming to her home and harassing her. The ongoing mental distress eventually caused her tragic death.

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