(Minghui.org) Two Hanzhong City residents were tried for their faith without the knowledge of their lawyers or families. Their loved ones are calling for the case against them to be dropped.

Ms. Yang Hua, 55, and Ms. Wu Yali, 57, were arrested on June 22, 2017 for talking to people about the Chinese communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong, a mind-body practice based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They were issued formal arrest warrants one month later, on July 27.

Hantai District Court held a hearing on November 16, without informing the two Falun Gong practitioners' lawyers or families.

While Ms. Yang and Ms. Wu await verdicts at Hantai District Court, their loved ones submitted a request to the court asking for the case to be dropped and the two women to be released. As no law in China criminalizes Falun Gong, Ms. Yang and Ms. Wu should never have been arrested for exercising their constitutional right to freedom of belief.

Both Ms. Yang and Ms. Wu had been previously imprisoned for refusing to renounce Falun Gong. Ms. Yang was twice given forced labor and served nine years in prison. Ms. Wu was once imprisoned for five years.

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