(Minghui.org) Two Xuchang City, Henan Province residents have been taken to the Xinxiang Women’s Prison on October 12, 2021, after their appeals against their three-year terms for practicing Falun Gong were rejected.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Pan Yuhuan and Ms. Yang Xinhong were arrested on August 22, 2020, after being reported for talking to people about Falun Gong. After over a year at Xuchang City Detention Center, they appeared in Weidu District Court on February 5, 2021. Two lawyers entered not guilty pleas for them. Judge Wang Lin repeatedly interrupted the lawyers and the practitioners’ own defense.
The court later sentenced both women to three years with a 3,000-yuan fine. They appealed with the intermediate court, while ruled to uphold their original sentences.
Ms. Pan, 56, took up Falun Gong in April 1999. She credits the practice for curing her back pain, frozen shoulder, and stomach problem. She is known for being kind and hardworking.
Ms. Pan has a blended family. She and her husband each have a child from a previous marriage. Her husband has three brothers. In China it is traditional for parents to take turns living in each son's home, but her parents-in-law live with her all the time. She had no complaint and took good care of them. After they became bedridden, she cooked for them, fed them, and helped them in the bathroom.
After her stepson divorced, Ms. Pan also cared for his son on occasions. At one point, her own mother fell and broke her leg. She also moved in and Ms. Pan took care of several people at the same time.
Her daughter said, “It’s amazing to see the responsibilities my mother took on and the sacrifices she made for the family. If she didn’t practice Falun Gong, she wouldn’t have been able to do this. This is the power of faith.”
Ms. Yang, 47, always took the difficult assignments at work and never complained. Her husband died in a car accident three years ago. She said it was Falun Gong that gave her faith and strength to carry on and take care of her teenage child as a single mother. Her son also became more mature, independent, and considerate.
Perpetrators’ contact information:
Wang Lin (王琳), vice president of Weidu District Court: +86-13782378686Yuan Shaowu (袁少武), judge of Weidu District Court: +86-15893715319Lin Jing (林静), prosecutor of Weidu District Procuratorate: +86-374-4360298Dong Zhanjun (董占军), officer of Guicun Police Station: +86-18637463978
(More perpetrators’ contact information is available in the original Chinese article.)
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