(Minghui.org) Mr. Fu Changsheng’s family was dealt a heavy blow when he was sentenced to nine years in April 2021 for practicing Falun Gong. This is the third time that the Changzhi City, Shanxi Province resident has been sentenced for his faith, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.

Prior to his latest prison term, Mr. Fu, a 63-year-old coal mine worker, has been given three years in 2006 and another four years in 2016. He served both terms in the Jinzhong Prison, where he was subjected to various torture methods and forced to do intensive unpaid labor.

On June 18, 2020, only five months after he was released from his second term, Mr. Fu was arrested again after being reported for raising awareness about the persecution. Cui Yong and Li Wanxi of the Domestic Security Office, as well as Han Junsheng, an agent of the Changzhi City 610 Office (an extralegal agency created to persecute Falun Gong) participated in his arrest.

Huang Helong, the deputy president of Luzhou District Court, handed down the latest sentence against Mr. Fu. In the past few years, Huang has participated in sentencing several Falun Gong practitioners, including the three-year term given to Mr. Zhang Yanbing.

While Mr. Fu is being imprisoned, the authorities suspended his pension and ordered his family to pay back the pension benefits he has received during previous terms, citing a new policy that no Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for their faith are entitled to any pension payment. 

Mr. Fu’s wife struggles with poor health and doesn’t have any income herself. The authorities, however, threatened to suspend the couple’s children’s jobs, if they didn’t pay back the pension fund. Mr. Fu’s oldest daughter said she is considering selling their house now.

Meanwhile, the authorities also ordered Mr. Fu’s wife and daughter to sign statements to denounce Falun Gong, as part of the “Zero-out” harassment campaign (a concerted effort to force every Falun Gong practitioner on the government’s blacklist to renounce Falun Gong). It’s not clear whether Mr. Fu’s wife and daughter practice Falun Gong themselves.

Perpetrator’s contact information:
Huang Helong (黄河龙), deputy president of Luzhou District Court: +86-13835580100

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Category: Accounts of Persecution