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Ms. Li Mei Was Tortured to Death under Custody for Appealing for Falun Gong  
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Li Mei, female, age 28, resident of Hefei City, Anhui Province, China 

 Location of Death:

Hefei Women's Labor Camp, Hefei City, Anhui Province, China


        1. Hefei Women's Labor Camp
        2. Guard Deng
        3. Guard Lin

 A brief report of the incident:

 In May 2000 Li Mei was arrested and sentenced to be one and half year in Women's Labor Camp of Hefei City, Anhui Province for appealing for Falun Gong in Beijing. She insisted on practicing Falun Gong in the labor camp and suffered repeated torture.

Around 11 p.m. one night in June 2000, a guard with last name Lin detained Li and handcuffed her to the window of a small room, letting her arms and legs exposed to mosquitoes and bugs. One day, a guard found Li Mei doing the Falun Gong exercises, and proceeded to beat her. He battered and kicked her, then slammed Li Mei' s head against the wall. The guard also tied her body into an extremely agonizing position, which can cause great pain and injury.

In October 2000, Ms. Li Mei was transferred to strict supervision (the labor camp has three different levels, loose supervision, normal supervision and strict supervision) watched by two inmates 24 hours a day. She had been through arbitrary and severe torture. On January 29 (or 30) 2001, Ms. Li Meiís parents had been notified separately that Li Mei was in very critical condition. In the afternoon or evening of Jan. 31, 2001, they were told to go to Military Hospital No. 105 to see their daughter. In the hospital, her family was surrounded and forbidden to get any closer to her bed. Li Mei's body was covered with a quilt, and only her head could be seen. Bloodstains were vaguely visible around her nose, the corner of her mouth and her ears; there were black and blue wounds on her face and her neck was wrapped with gauze. According to the doctor, Li Mei's brain was no longer responding, and she only had a very weak heartbeat. On February 1, 2001, Li Mei was declared dead and was sent to the cremation station. In order to cover up her death story, Ms. Li was cremated under the police monitor, preventing photos and videotape. Her family was threatened not to expose her death to the public. Her brother-in-law was fired several days later after her death because his effort to ask for justice for Ms. Li.

News Report:

"Seven More Falun Gong Followers Die in Chinese Custody," Agence France Presse (AFP), BEIJING, February 7, 2001 

type=case,Death;type=Labor Camp, Hefei Women's Labor Camp; location=Anhui,Hefei

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