Twin Sisters Who Practice Falun Gong Put on Trial in Xinjiang

December 02, 2015 | By a Minghui correspondent in Xinjiang Autonomous Region

( Twin sisters Ms. Wang Wen and Ms. Wang Jing from Changji City in Xinjiang Autonomous Region were arrested on March 6, 2015 for practicing Falun Gong.

Ms. Wang Jing was put through an illegal trial on October 13, and Ms. Wang Wen was tried on November 6.

The 51-year-old sisters are both accountants. Ms. Wang Wen worked in the Changji Woolen Factory, but she was fired because she practices Falun Gong. She was working for a private company prior to her arrest. Ms. Wang Jing works in the Changji Commerce and Industry Bank.

This is not the first time the sisters have been persecuted for their belief in Falun Gong. In 2003 officers from the Changji 610 Office sent them to brainwashing classes, where various torture methods are used to manipulate practitioners into renouncing their faith. Ms. Wang Wen was then sentenced in 2010 to 15 days in detention after she talked to a security guard about Falun Gong.

The twins’ elder sister, Ms. Gong Xiaojuan, a former mathematics teacher at Changji Teachers’ University, was sentenced to five years in prison last year for practicing Falun Gong. She had been illegally surveilled in her workplace for a year before her arrest. With all three of her daughters illegally detained, their 71-year-old mother, who is in need of care, has been left home alone.

Ms. Wang Wen is currently detained in Liudaowan Detention Center in Urumqi City. Ms. Wang Jing is being held in Changji Detention Center.

Ms. Wang Jing’s Trial

The Changji City Court tried Ms. Wang Jing on October 13. The prosecutor alleged that she used cellphones to send text messages promoting Falun Gong.

Ms. Wang Jing told the judge that practicing Falun Gong is not a crime. Her lawyer disputed the evidence against Ms. Wang Jing, because the prosecution could not provide a key piece of evidence: the SIM card that Ms. Wang Jing allegedly used to send the messages.

The right to freedom of speech is protected by the Chinese Constitution. Depriving a citizen of this right is a violation of the law. People who clarify the truth about Falun Gong are not guilty of any crime.

Regardless of whether evidence exists or not, Ms. Wang Jing did not commit any crime.

Related article: Three Daughters Locked Up for Their Beliefs, Elderly Mother Alone at Home

Chinese version available

Category: Accounts of Persecution

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