My mom, Qiu Shaojie, age 46, was a middle school history teacher in Yantai city, Shandong Province. In 1997, my mom started practicing Falun Gong and followed the principles of "Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance" trying to be a better person in every way. Since then, my mom has gained physical health and mental peace through the practice and beloved by her students and colleagues. My family used to have harmonious and enjoyable life together.
But, all that have suddenly changed since July 20th, 1999 when the Chinese Communist Party began to persecute Falun Gong and its practitioners.
After my mom went to Tiananmen Square for petition and persisted in practicing Falun Gong, she was persecuted by the CCP many times during the past 10 years. She was illegally detained and sentenced to reeducation through labor camp for two years. The CCP tried to brainwash her and make her renounce Falun Gong.
In March 2009, she was reported by her student's parents for informing her students about Falun Gong and the persecution. On March 24, 2009, she was taken forcibly from her home by the Zhifu Public Security Bureau and 610 officers and sent to the local brainwash center in Zhifu district.
On May 4, she was transferred to detention center at the southern suburbs of Zhifu district. According to inside sources, the 610 officers of Shandong Province threatened my mom with heavy sentence during the interrogation. July 29, the People's court of Yantai city conducted an illegal trial to my mother. She was illegally accused of "the crime of using an evil cult organization to destroy the law of the country and the implementation of administrative regulations" and sentenced to four years imprisonment.
On September 10, my mom was sent to Shandong Province Women's Prison in Jinan city. Till today, there is no family visit allowed. We have no clue how my mom has been treated in jail.