Brother and Sister Sentenced to Prison Six Months Apart for Their Faith in Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) A Chengdu City, Sichuan Province resident was sentenced to prison for his faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Mr. Yuan Bin, 52, was arrested on January 24, 2019 for seeking the release of his sister, Ms. Yuan Xuefen, who was arrested on May 21, 2018 for removing propaganda posters attacking Falun Gong.
The siblings' arrests traumatized their parents, who both fell unconscious and were hospitalized. Although their mother was resuscitated, their father passed away from complications.
Ms. Yuan was sentenced to two years by the Longquanyi Court on April 28, 2019.
Mr. Yuan was given four years and fined 10,000 yuan by the same court on October 15, 2019.
Another Falun Gong practitioner, Ms. Ding Shuqing, who was arrested on October 25, 2018 after being reported for using banknotes printed with information about Falun Gong, appeared in court with Mr. Yuan. She was sentenced to three years in prison, with a 10,000-yuan fine.
With strict information censorship in China, many Falun Gong practitioners have used creative ways to spread information about the persecution of their faith, including printing messages on banknotes.
Prior to his latest sentencing, Mr. Yuan has been repeatedly arrested and incarcerated for not giving up his faith. He served one year in a labor camp and eight years in prison. He lost his job as a teacher. His wife also divorced him.
Years of imprisonment and torture have taken a toll on Mr. Yuan's health. His hair turned gray, his teeth have fallen out, and his vision has become blurred. He has frequent pain in many of his joints and is unable to lift his right arm due to a frozen shoulder.