FDI: "Liu's life could very well depend on how quickly we act," says Falun Dafa Information Center executive director Levi Browde. "There have been many cases where the abuse of detainees stopped after their stories received international attention. We must act now to save this man."
Liu's family confronted Hu Shaobin, the head of the local district's 6-10 office (an extralegal agency leading the campaign against Falun Gong). Hu told them he'd rather let Liu die in prison than send him to a hospital because Liu was "so stubborn," referring to Liu's resistance to prison efforts to "transform" him.
"Transformation" refers to the process of coercing practitioners to abandon their Falun Gong-based beliefs and adopt the Communist Party's perspective on the practice. Authorities in locales across China have reported quotas issued by central Party authorities on the number of Falun Gong practitioners that must be "transformed" in their respective areas. Failure to meet these quotas often results in punishment, while police who meet or exceed quotas frequently receive promotions or other benefits.
Efforts to "transform" practitioners routinely involve torture, brainwashing techniques and other forms of abuse inflicted in custody. Detention facilities commonly refuse to release detained practitioners until they "transform." Each year, several practitioners die after being tortured to the verge of death and then denied release unless they submit to "transformation."