Having Lost Her Husband to the Persecution of Falun Gong, 78-year-old Woman Gets Second Prison Term for Her Faith

A 78-year-old resident of Kunming City, Yunnan Province was sentenced to a three-year prison term for practicing Falun Gong, and sent to the Yunnan Province No. 2 Women’s Prison on April 30, 2020.

Ms. He Guizhen was arrested on August 11, 2019 after being recorded by surveillance cameras while she was distributing informational materials about Falun Gong. The police ransacked her home and confiscated her 48 Falun Gong books and some of her Falun Gong keepsakes. She was sent to the Kunming City Detention Center the next day.

Ms. He was tried by the Wuhua District Court on November 27, 2019, and later sentenced to a three-year prison term.

Ms. He’s latest prison term was preceded by years of harassment and intimidation, as well as a three-year prison term in 2011 for distributing videos about Falun Gong.

Her husband, Mr. Lu Zuda, a senior engineer at the Yunnan Province Forestry Research and Planning Institute, was constantly pressured to renounce Falun Gong. He refused to comply and was subjected to frequent harassment by the police. His health declined and he passed away on December 4, 2003, at age 68.

By a Minghui correspondent in Yunnan Province, China