A former businesswoman from China's Liaoning Province has been denied medical parole, after developing severe hypertension in prison. Her daughter, a San Diego resident, says the Chinese regime has been persecuting her mother for practicing Falun Gong.
Wang Chunyan was a successful businesswoman from Dalian in China’s north-eastern Liaoning Province. In 1999 she started practicing Falun Gong—a traditional Chinese spiritual discipline with Buddhist and Taoist principles. That same year on July 22nd, the Chinese Communist Party launched a brutal persecution campaign, attempting to eradicate the practice, forcing adherents to renounce their beliefs.
Since then Wang’s life took a turn. Her daughter Yu Ping says she was arrested many times and in 2001 was illegally sentenced to two years in prison. As she continued to practice Falun Gong, Wang was arrested again in 2007 and sentenced to five years in prison. She’s now at the Dabei Women's Prison.
Yu Ping, who lives in San Diego, says prison officials notified her family in May that her mother had hypertension. Wang’s blood pressure (240/140) was so high it placed her above Stage 4 Hypertension—a condition needing immediate medical attention and which could result in organ failure.
But Yu says prison officials have denied her mother medical parole.
[Yu Ping, Daughter of Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioner]: (female soundbite, 1st in footage)
“My mum had never had any cardiovascular problems before she was persecuted. In particular, she stayed very healthy after practicing [Falun Gong]. So her high blood pressure problem definitely has to do with her being persecuted in jail.”
Yu’s mother is not the only one in her family victimized by the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong. Yu says her father died in 2001 after trying to defend her mother from authorities.
Yu Ping has been reaching out to the international community, calling on the Chinese regime to release her mother.