– Minghui.org (07.10.2019) – https://bit.ly/35jDp8H – According to information compiled by Minghui.org, the month of August 2019 recorded 60 new cases of Falun Gong practitioners sentenced to prison by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) court system.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and 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.
The practitioners were sentenced for raising awareness about the persecution of Falun Gong, including telling people about the practice, distributing calendars and brochures with information about Falun Gong, and disseminating information about the persecution using wifi hotspots.
These sentenced practitioners come from 18 provinces and municipalities in China, with the provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang topping the list with 12 cases each. The prison terms ranged from 1 to 11 years, with an average of 3.36 years.
Due to the CCP’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.
The police extorted money from, or the court fined, 24 practitioners for a total of 239,000 yuan, with an average of 11,381 yuan per person.
Eleven of the practitioners are 65 or older. Their sentences ranged from one to nine years, with Ms. Ma Yunhua, 70, sentenced to 9 years and fined 20,000 yuan.
The following are snapshots of several of the practitioners who were sentenced.