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2011 continued to be a deadly year for adherents of Falun Gong—a traditional Chinese spiritual practice the Chinese regime has been persecuting for 12 years. More than 55 people from across China have been confirmed dead, mostly from torture.
The Chinese Communist Party's ongoing persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual practice continued to take away lives in 2011. Rights groups have documented dozens of deaths from around the country, as a result of torture and mistreatment.
Many Falun Gong practitioners are killed during illegal detention, often in brainwashing facilities. The perpetrators use brutal methods to force practitioners into renouncing their beliefs.
One man from eastern Shandong province died less than a month after being taken to the Lingnan Gold Mine Brainwashing Center. According to Clearwisdom.net, a website that publishes details of the persecution, 48-year-old Zhang Guihao was severely tortured between November 11th and 30th, when he died.
Aside from physical torture, psychiatric abuse has been also frequently reported. In central Hubei province, 38-year-old Guo Min spent eight years in this psychiatric institution, as she would not give in to renouncing her beliefs. She died in June after years of being given psychiatric drugs.
Professor Wang Zhiyuan from the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong says the regime's persecution amounts to genocide.