(Minghui.org) Two more Chinese citizens were recently released after being arrested for refusing to renounce Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. They join an increasing group of Falun Gong practitioners set free in recent months, thanks to practitioners’ collective efforts in urging China’s judicial branch and law enforcement to stop the persecution.

Heilongjiang Woman Released in 16 Days

Ms. Hao Shengqiao of Hailin City, Heilongjiang Province was arrested on March 22, 2017 and had her home ransacked soon afterwards. Her husband, Mr. Zhang Hongjing, was also taken into custody, though he was released a few days later.

Mr. Zhang wrote a letter to the local police department requesting the unconditional release of his wife. He said that Falun Gong was nothing like what was depicted in the state media, as he witnessed how the practice returned his wife to health and changed her into a better person.

Many other Falun Gong practitioners, both domestic and outside of China, kept mailing letters and making phone calls to the police department, urging them to release Ms. Hao.

Ms. Hao returned home on April 5, 2017.

Liaoning Man Released on Bail in 9 Months

Mr. Zhou Jie of Dalian City, Liaoning Province was arrested on June 28, 2016. He received a notice in March 2017, informing him of the court’s decision to drop the indictment against him. His case was soon returned to the procuratorate, which in turn sent it back to the local police.

He was released on bail on March 29, 2017.