(Minghui.org) A 69-year-old Tianjin resident was sentenced to a three-year prison term on February 22, 2021 for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Ms. Han Shujuan was arrested and had her home ransacked on July 13, 2020 for talking to people about Falun Gong. After seven months of detention at the Hedong District Detention Center, she was tried by the Hedong District Court on February 22, 2021 and sentenced to three years in prison.

Another three practitioners were sentenced around the same time by the Hedong District Court. Ms. Liu Shuqin was sentenced to three years, Ms. Zhang Guangmin was given eighteen months, and Ms. Sun Xiuqin was given six months.

Prior to her latest sentence, Ms. Han had been arrested four times and given two labor camp terms and a prison term, for a total of nine years.

Ms. Han was first given two years of forced labor shortly after the onset of the persecution. She was arrested one more time in August 2005 for distributing Falun Gong informational materials and later given another two years of forced labor. Although she was later released due to a medical condition, she was arrested again on December 3, 2006 for distributing Falun Gong materials.

Ms. Han’s fourth arrest was on June 12, 2009 after she was reported for talking to people about Falun Gong at a residential area. She was held at the Hedong District Detention Center and later secretly sentenced to five years in Tianjin Women’s Prison.

In her first days at the prison, the guards kept her in an isolated room and forced her to sit for long hours on a small stool without moving. They also forced her to watch propaganda programs, and added toxic drugs into her food, causing her to be dizzy-headed.

Torture illustration: sitting on a small stool