(Minghui.org) At least 31 Falun Gong practitioners in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, including 12 men and 19 women, are still imprisoned for their faith as of the end of 2019.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Eleven of the men are detained in Chifeng No.4 Prison. They are: Mr. Liu Cheng, Mr. Qi Hongshu, Mr. Huang Yade, Mr. Xu Dianlin, Mr. Yang Futian, Mr. Zhang Zhijiang, Mr. Jia Bin, Mr. Wu Jinggang, Mr. Chi Hailong, Mr. Zhu Guozhi, and Mr. Jiang Xuenong. 

Mr. Ji Xiaodong has been transferred between several prisons. His current location remains to be investigated.

The 19 women are being held in Hohhot City Women’s Prison. They are: Ms. Yang Lirong, Ms. Wang Jinrong, Ms. Zhang Yumei, Ms. Li Caixia, Ms. Pan Lijuan, Ms. Wang Xiufang, Ms. Zhao Guichun, Ms. Yang Cuiling, Ms. Yue Shuxia, Ms. Wang Yanxin, Ms. Ren Suxiang, Ms. Zhao Chunxia, Ms. Li Yufen, Ms. Duan Xueqin, Ms. Li Yulan, Ms. Fan Shufang, Ms. Chen Yifei, Ms. Sheng Xiuhuan, and Ms. Li Caizhi.

Nine of the practitioners are from the Yuanbaoshan District. In particular, Ms. Ren Suxiang was sentenced to eight years in prison and Ms. Pan Lijuan was given seven years. 

Eight of the imprisoned practitioners are from Bairin Left Banner, including Mr. Wu Jinggang, who was given six years, as well as Mr. Jia Bin and Mr. Chi Hailong, who were sentenced to five years each.

Other practitioners who are serving heavy terms are: Ms. Yang Lirong from the Hongshan District, with eight years in prison; Mr. Xu Dianlin and Mr. Qi Hongshu, both from the Songshan District, who were given seven and six and a half years, respectively.

In Chifeng City No.4 Prison, the inmates dipped steamed buns in feces and force-fed them to the practitioners to try to force them to write statements to renounce Falun Gong. 

The practitioners in Hohhot City Women’s Prison are beaten, deprived of sleep, and shocked with electric batons.