According to information compiled by Minghui.org, another 139 Falun Gong practitioners were confirmed to have been sentenced to prison for their faith since July 2018.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Since the CCP started persecuting the practice in July 1999, many practitioners have been subjected to arrest and detention, imprisonment, torture, forced labor, and even organ harvesting.
Among the 139 newly confirmed cases, 20 were sentenced between July and November 2018, 62 were sentenced in December 2018, 30 were in January 2019, and 27 in February 2019.
The new cases bring the total number of Falun Gong practitioners sentenced for their faith in 2018 from 931 to 1,013. The tally for January 2019 was updated from 52 to 82, and the year-to-date number is 109.
Due to the communist regime’s information blockade, the number of Falun Gong practitioners who were sentenced cannot always be reported in a timely manner, nor is all the information readily available.
Among the 109 practitioners sentenced in 2019, eleven were between ages 70 and 79, and four were between 80 and 89.
In particular, 89-year-old Mr. Zhang Xinwei from Bazhong City, Sichuan Province, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 4,000 yuan on January 7, 2019. Forty other practitioners sentenced in 2019 were also ordered by courts to pay fines totaling 692,000 yuan.
Thirteen of the practitioners who paid fines are in Heilongjiang Province. They were sentenced to prison on February 28, 2019 and fined between 15,000 and 65,000 yuan, with an average of 35,769 yuan per person.
The 109 sentenced practitioners come from 17 provinces and centrally-controlled municipalities. Heilongjiang Province topped the list with 26 cases, followed by Shandong (15) and Jilin (11). Their terms range from six months to thirteen years, with an average of 3.67 years.
Former Accountant Given Two Years for Mailing Letter about Her Faith to a Colleague
Ms. Li Qinghua, 49, was sentenced to two years in prison and fined 5,000 yuan on February 21, 2019 for mailing a letter with information about Falun Gong to a former colleague.
Ms. Li, a former accountant in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, was arrested on August 15, 2017 and detained at Yuexiu District Detention Center for a year before appearing in Haizhu District Court on August 23, 2018.
Ms. Li has been repeatedly persecuted in the past 20 years because of her persistent efforts to speak out for Falun Gong. She lost her job, and her husband was forced to divorce her.
Elderly Couple Sentenced for Having Message about Falun Gong in Their Yard
Mr. Zhao Xingyou, 79 and Ms. Shi Guizhi, 77, from Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, were sentenced in January 2019 to 3.5 and 4 years, respectively, after they were reported for having a sprayed message that said “Falun Dafa is good” in their own yard.
Mr. Zhao was taken to Hulan Prison, while Ms. Shi was taken to Heilongjiang Province Women’s Prison even though she had some physical conditions and was denied admission to the detention center.
This article was published on Minghui.org
Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is an advanced practice of self-cultivation based on the Buddha School of teachings, founded by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the practice’s master. It is a discipline in which “assimilation to the highest qualities of the universe—Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance)—is the foundation of practice.